D I S C O V E R O U R L A T E S T VINTAGES ONTARIO’S SIGNATURE STYLES The buzz on what we do best + Red-hot Douro reds R E L E A DA E: SA S AT U , EP JUNE 3, 2010 R E L E A S E S E T D A T E :T U R D A YR DSA Y , T E M B E R 2 1 8 , 2 0 0 7 wines of the month QUINTA DO TEDO VINHO TINTO 2007 DOC Douro, Portugal 170217 (XD) 750 mL $17.95 Winner of the International Red Blend Under £10 Trophy at the 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards. TASTING NOTE: Aromatically powerful, blockbusting, gutsy red cherry fruit. Victoria plum, violets plus attractive toasty notes and bags of tannin that should welcome both food and friends! (Judges panel, Decanter World Wine Awards, 2009) WAYNE GRETZKY No. 99 ESTATE SERIES PINOT NOIR 2007 VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario 129056 (XD) 750 mL $18.95 TASTING NOTE: This is fairly bold for an Ontario 2007 pinot noir. It shows quite dense flavours with good complexity, all complemented by good acidity. The tannins are firm and gripping. It’s drinking well now and will hold another five years. Because of its intensity, drink it with red meats, rather than salmon or even duck. Score: HHHHK (Rod Phillips, www.rodphillipsonwine.com, Aug. 24, 2009) VINTAGES welcome september 18 pg.2 THE CREAM OF OUR CROP pg.22 plus... PRODUCT INFO AND RED-HOT TASTING NOTES DOURO pages 26-42 TEAR-OUT SHOPPING LIST page 43 * www.vintages.com THE CREAM OF OUR CROP These five varieties and styles have planted Ontario firmly on the map. In the deft hands of local winemakers, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Icewine and sparklers have forged unique identities and proven that hold our own on the world stage. Read on to find out why we shine brightly, and meet some of the homegrown talent who’ve helped craft wines – and our enviable reputation. M Noir, we can so our VINTAGES 3 1 A unique Ontario spin CHARDONNAY on a French classic ‘‘ ’’ This variety (Chardonnay) is very well suited to Canada, I’d say. – Jancis Robinson, MW, Canada House, www.newswire.ca, May 2010 Thanks to a tasting event held at Canada House in London last May that showcased some of Ontario’s best, our local Chardonnays are now turning heads internationally. As a cool-climate continental region, Niagara is often compared to the world’s most famous Chardonnay- growing region: Burgundy. Yet, once you get beyond the general terroir comparisons and inherent character of the grape, Niagara Chards present some unique expressions. Influenced by multiple moderating bodies of water (Lake Ontario, the Niagara River and, to a lesser extent, Lake Erie), Niagara also sees many more hours of heat than Burgundy with generally lower rainfall, producing wines that are ripe, more opulent and filled with elegance. Ontario winemakers tend to use French oak to best accentuate that elegance. The increasingly popular unoaked styles are appreciated for their crisp apple-tinged refreshment. 4 VINTAGES Fresh, Chablis-like Chard Rave review from Perfect paired with for a seafood salad Jancis Robinson grilled free-range chicken FLAT ROCK CELLARS UNPLUGGED HENRY OF PELHAM BARREL TAWSE SKETCHES OF NIAGARA CHARDONNAY 2009 FERMENTED CHARDONNAY 2007 CHARDONNAY 2008 VQA Twenty Mile Bench, VQA Niagara Escarpment VQA Niagara Peninsula Niagara Peninsula Would make planked salmon, smoked TASTING NOTE: Toast, spice and delicate TASTING NOTE: Pretty, Chablis-like chicken or roast pork very happy. aromas of pit fruit segue [into] a rich and unoaked Chardonnay. Aromas suggest luscious wash of flavour with lip-smacking pear, mineral, green apple, lees (giving TASTING NOTE: 40% new oak – all lemon sorbet, ripe apple compote and the wine a lovely texture) and citrus. Dry, French. Vines planted 1988. Bright light nuances of pineapple predominant. It’s mid racy and very fresh with the fruit and straw. Great density and interest. Good weight and nicely textured. Seamlessly minerality coming in on the mid-palate to lift and transparency and lovely freshness. integrated oak, deft balance and a linger- bring structure to the wine. This medium- Delicate and zesty. Long with a little bit ing luscious finish mark this as well long-finishing Chard is an excellent partner of grip. Distinguished. Drink 2010 to 2015. made, well paced and well ... delicious. for a seafood salad, grilled herbed chicken, Score: 16.5+ (out of 20) (Jancis Poured and paired perfectly with roast or poached salmon with fresh herbs. Robinson, MW, www.jancisrobinson.com, chicken or roast pork. Score: HHHHK (VINTAGES panel, July 2010) May 26, 2010) (Vic Harradine, www.winecurrent.com, May 1, 2010) 068015 (XD) 750 mL $15.95 1 268342 (XD) 750 mL $19.95 2 089037 (XD) 750 mL $19.95 2 VINTAGES 5 CHARDONNAY Niagara Chards are ripe, textured and filled with elegance ABOVE: These vines at Le Clos Jordanne are planted Burgundy- style, with twice the density of many local vineyards. TOP RIGHT: Le Clos Jordanne winemaker Sébastien Jacquey. RIGHT: Niagara soil is rich in limestone, silt and clay. CLOSE-UP Le Clos Jordanne Niagara Chardonnay has always been popular locally, ever since it was first planted successfully in the late 1950s (in vineyards that are still used today). spills the dirt “Several factors contribute to the success of our Talon Ridge and other on the perfect Chardonnays,” says Sébastien Jacquey, chief winemaker at Le Clos Jordanne. “The Niagara Bench soil is rich in limestone, silt and clay, creating the local soil perfect milieu for the vines’ roots to explore deeply for nutrients. The cool climate enables us to produce wines with fresh acidity and a perfect balance between richness and texture.” Jacquey also highlights the importance of vineyard management: “By using organic viticulture and high vine density, we’re giving the vines strength to resist disease and pests – so we’re more able to extract the terroir’s identity.” 6 VINTAGES Bring out the lobster or sea scallops pan-fried in butter LE CLOS JORDANNE TALON RIDGE VINEYARD CHARDONNAY 2008 VQA Niagara Peninsula, Vinemount Ridge TASTING NOTE: Le Clos’ most recent addi- tion to their portfolio, now in its second vintage, Talon Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay features aromas of hazelnut, apricot, white peach and lots of elegant toasty notes. Dry with excellent fruit and fresh acidity surrounded by just-right oaking. The whole package works perfectly with each ele- ment complementing the other. Medium- full bodied with a creamy yet lively and long finish. Match it to butter-brushed lobster, or sea scallops pan-fried in butter and garlic. (VINTAGES panel, July 2010) 143974 (XD) 750 mL $37.00 2 2 Definitive Ontario personality and great ageing potential RIESLING Dry Rieslings pair well with grilled calamari and Riesling has emerged as a Niagara star thanks to the combination of climate, favourable limestone/gravel/ shrimp, salmon steaks or clay soils, and the right version of the Riesling vine (usually poultry; serve moderately the Weis clones created by Hermann Weis, founder/ winemaker of Vineland Estates). From specific locations, sweet examples with fiery such as the Bench area west of St. Catharines and St. David’s Bench, the wines have an unmistakable Szechuan or Southern personality: an intriguing combination of citrus (lime) Indian dishes; try sweet and stone fruit (peach) with a seam of minerality. The other signature of great Niagara Riesling is its racy, Rieslings with cheesecakes, refreshing acidity that simultaneously brings a hint of rich custards or fruit pies. dryness to the sweetest version and is key to the variety’s significant ageing potential: the very best vintages can be laid down for 20 to 50 years. 8 VINTAGES ‘‘ ’’ A wonderful palate Ideal for pad Thai with refresher between courses lemongrass chicken FEATHERSTONE OLD VINES VINELAND ESTATES ST. URBAN Ontario provides RIESLING 2008 VQA Twenty Mile Bench, RIESLING 2008 VQA Niagara Escarpment exceptional growing Niagara Peninsula A fine match for pad Thai noodles with conditions for TASTING NOTE: With its breeding shining through – 20+-year-old German lemongrass chicken. Riesling: one might Weis-clone vines planted on the lime- and shale-rich ‘Bench’ – it delivers a racy TASTING NOTE: This Riesling from the iconic St. Urban vineyard oozes minerality even say it’s a focused mouth-watering rendition of cool-climate Riesling. Expressive aromas – to go with peach, tropical fruits and citrus on the nose. This is a focused wine little bit of viticultural key lime and steely mineral notes – segue [into] lime-drenched mineral and with a profound mineral edge from nose to finish. It all travels on a racy spine of perfection. lemon rind flavour. It’s medium bodied acidity that cuts through the subtle sweet- ness. Score: HHHHJ (Rick VanSickle, – Alanna Bailey, and nicely textured with a lip-smacking bone dry finish of grapefruit tang … www.winesinniagara.com, April 2010) VINTAGES Product Manager, a ‘must buy’ for lovers of fine Riesling. Ontario Wines, July 2010 Score: HHHHJ (Vic Harradine, 038117 (D) 750 mL $19.95 2 www.winecurrent.com, Sept. 6, 2009) 064584 (XD) 750 mL $19.95 2 VINTAGES 9 RIESLING A racy, refreshing acidity is a Niagara signature ABOVE, RIGHT: Cave Spring’s Riesling grapes come from these 35-year-old vines; limestone-rich soils add mineral complexity to the wine. RIGHT: Cave Spring operates out of an historic circa-1871 building (with the oldest functioning wine cellar in Ontario) in the picturesque village of Jordan, Ontario. CLOSE-UP Cave Spring Niagara may share a similar climate and soil types with other famous Riesling-producing regions, such as Germany, goes under- but with so many other local influences at play, further ground: comparisons are unnecessary. “With the grapes used in our CSV Riesling, there’s a confluence of factors that contribute mineral- to our ability to achieve full ripeness, year in and year out,” laced springs says Angelo Pavan, co-owner/winemaker at Cave Spring Cellars, located in the Beamsville Bench. The old vines (about infuse 35 years old) Riesling grapes used for their flagship single- vineyard CSV Riesling are always sourced from the same two structure blocks of heirloom vines. “The vineyard benefits from the cooling onshore breezes in summer and warming breezes in the fall, allowing for slow, gradual and extended ripening,” he adds. “The site also benefits from underground springs that are mineral-laced. The ripeness, structure and mineral complexity that this wine is known for derives directly from the place where it originates.” 10 VINTAGES A great addition to your cellar or with shellfish tonight CAVE SPRING CSV CAVE SPRING VINEYARD RIESLING 2008 VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula TASTING NOTE: The ’08 version of this wine will undoubtedly be counted among the best from the CSV vintages. It’s youthful on the nose and tightly wound but showing exotic tropical fruit aromas to go with profound talc and mineral notes. It’s made with slightly more residual sugar to balance out the high acids and reveals white peach, grapefruit, tropical and apple fruits that are playfully sweet and tart in the mouth. The minerality of this wine is just starting to poke through the rousing fruit flavours. Should age beautifully. Score: HHHHJ (Rick VanSickle, www.winesinniagara.com, March 24, 2010) 566026 (MD) 750 mL $29.95 2 Seafood or chicken will be charmed by this wine CHÂTEAU DES CHARMES OLD VINES RIESLING 2007 VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake Success of Riesling in Ontario is beautifully summed up by Paul Bosc Sr., founder/ winemaker at Château des Charmes: “The age of the vines in this wine has clearly been a factor in its success, including a vineyard block from the original 1978 plantings. Generally, older vines produce more complex wines. Also, the limestone from the Niagara Escarpment found in soils located in the St. David’s Bench sub-appellation adds the superb minerality in the finished wine.” This features peach, pear, apricot, mineral and citrus aromas with a nervy intensity on the palate. 277228 (D) 750 mL $16.95 2 3 NOIR An elegant Ontario interpretation that inspires international buzz PINOT ‘‘ Norman Hardie, who owns the eponymous winery in Prince Edward County [PEC], told me, ‘...we have all that limestone in the soil so we tend not to see stress in the vines even in drought situations. There was a six-week stretch when we didn’t have any rain [in 2007]. ...it could not have come at a more ideal time. The fruit was just immaculate.’ ’’ –Tony Aspler, A Wine Lover’s Diary, www.tonyaspler.com, Aug. 28, 2008 Pinot Noir is a fickle vineyard partner. It must be grown in the right soil, with perfect sun exposure, proper cooling breezes, and the ideal amount of moisture; and the winery must pick the right version of this ever-evolving vine. If any of these factors are out of whack, Pinot Noir can become tired and jammy (if the climate’s too warm), or thin and lean (if it’s too cool or wet). Specific vineyard sites in both Niagara and Prince Edward County have proven to be sweet spots for the grape, consistently producing ripe, elegant, cherry-, plum- and earth-infused versions that are garnering critical and customer acclaim. Even international buzz is afoot: respected British wine critic Steven Spurrier named one of our local Pinot gems “Best New World Red Wine” in the May 2010 edition of Decanter. 12 VINTAGES The Red Paw Vineyard at Coyote’s Run Estate Winery features red Trafalgar clay loam, formed about 450 million years ago. Stony and rich in iron, it’s an ideal medium for growing premium wine grapes. Charming Pinot for fish Wild yeast fermentation A gutsy Pinot for or red meat courses gives this wine real charm flavourful red meats COYOTE’S RUN RED PAW VINEYARD NORMAN HARDIE COUNTY WAYNE GRETZKY No. 99 ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2008 PINOT NOIR 2008 SERIES PINOT NOIR 2007 VQA Four Mile Creek, Niagara Peninsula VQA Prince Edward County, Unfiltered VQA Niagara Peninsula Ever-adaptable, Pinot pairs with every- Try this 2008 Pinot with veal medallions TASTING NOTE: This is fairly bold for an thing from salmon and tuna steaks to and a red wine reduction sauce. Ontario 2007 pinot noir. It shows quite grilled veal chops. dense flavours with good complexity, all TASTING NOTE: Terrific cranberry/cherry complemented by good acidity. The TASTING NOTE: The Red Paw Vineyard aromas mingle with fragrant woodsy/ tannins are firm and gripping. It’s drinking delivers Pinots in a softer, more restrained earthy notes [from the wild yeast] on the well now and will hold another five years. style. This is delicate and pretty with nose of this subtle yet substantial Pinot Because of its intensity, drink it with red cherry fruit and vanilla notes. Noir … The purity of the flavour profile and meats, rather than salmon or even duck. Score: HHHJK (Rick VanSickle, unwavering mineral focus make this a Score: HHHHK (Rod Phillips, www.rod- www.winesinniagara.com, April 2010) lighter style Pinot (11.5 percent alcohol) phillipsonwine.com, Aug. 24, 2009) that’s going to wow fans of graceful 079228 (XD) 750 mL $22.95 2 wines that whisper as opposed to shout. 129056 (XD) 750 mL $18.95 2 Score: HHHHJ (Christopher Waters, Wine of the Month www.watersandwine.com, Jan. 22, 2010) 125310 (XD) 750 mL $35.20 2 VINTAGES 13 PINOT NOIR Niagara and PEC Pinots are ripe, infused with cherry, plum and earth aromas ABOVE: With its modern look and weathered wood siding, Lailey Vineyard’s main building bridges the present and the past (it’s built on the site of an 1800s brickyard). ABOVE RIGHT: Lailey ages many of their wines in Canadian oak barrels made by an Ontario cooperage. RIGHT: Winemaker Derek Barnett. CLOSE-UP Lailey finds Pinot Noir vines love to evolve in the vineyard, so proper site and vine selection are vital. “Lailey’s Pinot Noir vineyard was planted over 30 years ago,” says winemaker the right DNA: Derek Barnett. “The vineyard is close to the Niagara River, whose influence as well Burgundian as cooler nighttime temperatures permit a longer, slower ripening, creating fresh, balanced wines with delicate fruit characters. The limestone-based soil is also vital, clones match but so is clonal selection. The Pinot Noir clones that originated from the Morey- Saint-Denis region of Burgundy work best in our vineyards, giving us wines with good local colour and rich aromatics.” To add another layer, the winery sources a small conditions amount of fruit from the Bench area west of St. Catharines for their Niagara Peninsula Pinot. As Barnett observes, “that property has a wonderful airflow and fine, shallow, gravelly soil. The 15-year-old vines produce smaller clusters giving a bit more colour and a touch of spice to the finished wine.” 14 VINTAGES Roast turkey with trimmings will love this wine LAILEY PINOT NOIR 2008 VQA Niagara Peninsula This month marks Lailey Vineyard’s 10th anniversary, so why not toast this exceptional producer with one of their own fine wines. A great choice for your upcoming Thanksgiving dinner. TASTING NOTE: A blend of fruit from the Lailey estate in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Wismer Vineyard in Vineland, the 2008 Niagara Peninsula Pinot makes the most of its bright, juicy character. This medium- bodied red shows admirable balance and complexity on the palate. Great value. Score: HHHHK (Christopher Waters, www.vinesmag.com, Undated) 591404 (XD) 750 mL $25.00 2 VINTAGES 15 4 A venerated style with a refreshing local twist SPARKLING WINE The Champagne method of making sparkling wine is embraced through- Ontario sparklers out the world, but Niagara’s climatic advantages have allowed winemakers here to more than replicate the style. Local versions made using this are a natural fit painstaking and costly traditional method can be favourably compared to the original, but with that all-important Ontario spin. In order to achieve with oysters, roast the desired structure between flavours, sugars and acidity, grapes for chicken, sushi traditional-method sparkling wine are picked earlier and at lower sugar levels than other wine grapes. The Niagara style allows for a fine balance and sashimi. between its cool-climate roots and New World fruit-friendly nature, creating a bubbly that is simultaneously refreshing and robustly fruity. CLOSE-UP BELOW: Flat Rock Cellars’ hexagonal glassed-in winery tasting room affords scenic views of the Niagara Flat Rock caps it off: Peninsula; on a clear day, Toronto is visible across Lake Ontario. RIGHT: Winemaker Ross Wise. a way to better ageing Traditional-method Niagara sparkling wines have a unique taste profile. “The Twenty Mile Bench region blesses us with limestone-rich soils, giving our wines intense minerality and great texture,” says Ross Wise, winemaker at Flat Rock Cellars. “The cool breeze off the lake and over the top of the Escarpment regulates the temperatures, allowing our grapes to slowly develop their flavours and maintain their crisp acidity – vital for sparkling wine.” Even the packaging can be innovative. Flat Rock has never used cork, so they weren’t about to start now. Under crown cap is how all traditional sparkling wines spend their first few years, so Flat Rock chose it for their finished product too. “With the crown cap, there’s no risk of cork taint, and the wine has better ageing potential,” says Wise. “And to top it all off, the crown cap allows more bubbles to stay in the wine once opened.” 16 VINTAGES Unique closure helps to intensify the mousse FLAT ROCK RIDDLED SPARKLING 2007 VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula TASTING NOTE: This is a brilliantly packaged and deeply delicious traditional- method sparkling wine. Aromas suggest binned apple, pear blossom, lemon-lime, mineral and even a hint of crème brûlée. Dry, lemony fresh, complex and very lively. Wonderfully dense mousse with a long crisp/toasty finish. Roast pork, grilled salmon, oysters or lobster would all complement this fine fizz. (VINTAGES panel, July 2010) 187377 (XD) 750 mL $24.95 1 New at VINTAGES Intensely flavoured sparkling wine made for grilled lamb or beef JACKSON-TRIGGS PROPRIETORS’ GRAND RESERVE MÉTHODE CLASSIQUE BRUT 2005 VQA Niagara Peninsula TASTING NOTE: Slight copper-tint colour suggesting a short maceration on the Pinot Noir skins (Chardonnay is the other grape). Very attractive nose of straw- berry eau de vie, lemon zest, bread dough and pie crust. Dry to just-a-touch off-dry with a vivacious, tingling mousse. The fruit and acidity are quite lively and lovely. Medium bodied with a long, fresh finish. Best enjoyed as an aperitif, or with grilled lamb or beef. (VINTAGES panel, July 2010) 587691 (XD) 750 mL $19.95 1 5 Ontario’s sweet spot on the world stage ICEWINE ABOVE AND RIGHT: Frozen Vidal grapes, ready for the Icewine harvest. Icewine may have been born on a cold, frosty day in Germany, but Ontario gets the credit for making it an international celebrity. For Icewine to be made, the temperature must stay at or below -8° C for Ontario Icewine is three days in a row while the grapes freeze on the vine. The fruit is then picked and pressed frozen, which sometimes yields just a single, sublime on its own concentrated drop of juice from each grape (the water stays behind or with Parmigiano- as ice crystals). The first successful Ontario Icewines were made from the hybrid Vidal grape. Since then, Riesling, Cabernet Franc and Reggiano cheese even sparkling versions have joined the fold. Inniskillin’s 1989 Icewine and rich desserts. won the Grand Prix d’Honneur at the 1991 Vinexpo, which put Ontario and the style on the world wine map. At a recent in-house tasting of the 1989 vintage, the wine still exhibited a youthfulness, suggesting it will continue to age gracefully. 18 VINTAGES ‘‘ More than 75 percent of all the ice wine in Canada comes from Ontario ... When the frozen grapes are pressed at just the right temper- ature, usually immediately after picking, the water is crystal- lized, and the juice that remains consists of the most exquisitely con- Dark chocolate or mature Bubbles bring a lovely hint of centrated sugars ’’ cheeses are just the ticket dryness to this fine Icewine and flavors. MALIVOIRE CABERNET FRANC INNISKILLIN SPARKLING VIDAL ICEWINE 2008 ICEWINE 2008 – Julia Lawlor, VQA Beamsville Bench, VQA Niagara Peninsula, In Gift Tube The New York Times, Niagara Peninsula Feb. 26, 2010 Gold Medal winner at the 2010 Sélections Forty-nine volunteers, including wine- Mondiales des Vins Canada. This intriguing maker Shiraz Mottiar, braved the freezing sparkling version from the Icewine masters cold to pick the grapes for this wine. at Inniskillin displays all the virtues of their Their names are listed in tribute on the still Icewines, but the CO2 bubbles seem back label. Nice touch we thought. to have the effect of adding a touch of This red Icewine is remarkably fresh with intriguing dryness to this generally very all that lovely sweet fruit balanced out sweet wine. As a result, it is an excellent by crisp acidity. Look for dark chocolate, partner for pâté, or great for sipping cassis and even a hint of fresh herbs. after a Thanksgiving meal. Calls for some mature cheeses or a chocolate mousse. 560367 (MS) 375 mL $69.95 2 685602 (MS) 200 mL $34.95 2 VINTAGES 19 Adores apple crumble or a strawberry-rhubarb pie REIF ESTATE VIDAL ICEWINE 2007 VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake Gold Medal winner at the 2010 Cuvée Awards. TASTING NOTE: This pours 18K yellow gold in the glass with lifted alluring aromas of toffee, spice cake and treacle. From 25-year-old vines, this delivers a stunning mouthful of flavour with spiced pear, honeyed mango and spice-infused apfelkuchen [German apple cake] to the fore. It’s full bodied, fully flavoured delivering a monumental aftertaste that’s balanced and mouth-watering delicious ... Score: HHHHJ (Vic Harradine, www.winecurrent.com, Nov. 7, 2009) 544791 (S) 200 mL $24.95 2 Dream team with Ontario or French blue cheese ZIRALDO ESTATE RIESLING ICEWINE 2007 VQA Niagara Peninsula “Canada’s fine-wine patriarch is back and I’m thrilled he’s devoting time to riesling, one of Niagara’s most compelling varieties.” (Beppi Crosariol, The Globe and Mail, Nov. 20, 2009) TASTING NOTE: Ziraldo Riesling Icewine 2007 hails from the great 2007 harvest and is very good. Intensely sweet and ripe, with opulent flavours of preserved apricots, peaches and honey, it’s balanced nicely by enough acidity to cleanse the palate ... (Beppi Crosariol, The Globe and Mail, Nov. 20, 2009) 149609 (S) 375 mL $59.00 1 ICEWINE Ontario Icewines show off an extraordinary array of flavours TOP RIGHT: Icewine pioneer Donald Ziraldo. BELOW: Ziraldo’s latest project is a two-year-old organic vineyard, planted in the fertile soil of a former fruit orchard. ABOVE: This soon-to-be demolished building housed the original Inniskillin winery, founded by Ziraldo and partner Karl Kaiser. CLOSE-UP Ziraldo Estate Karl Kaiser and Donald Ziraldo, of Inniskillin fame, may not have produced Canada’s first Icewine, but they were largely Winery helps responsible for this sweet treat becoming our ambassador to increase the wine world. Donald Ziraldo, now owner of Ziraldo Estate Winery, explains why Niagara is ideal for the style: “The cold the cool factor winters naturally freeze the water in the berries to yield an exquisite balance of fruit, acid and an extraordinary array of flavours which results in this fine wine.” He found the 2007 vintage especially remarkable: “I was struck by the aroma of peach. I conferred with Karl Kaiser, Icewine genius and my long-time partner, and he said that it was a result of the heat reminiscent of the hotter Okanagan. 2007 was the hottest vintage on record in Ontario, which brought that lovely peach smell and taste front and centre.” VINTAGES 21 Tidy vineyards rise high above the Douro River near Pinhão, Portugal. Portugal’s most celebrated region is famous for Port, but among those in the know, dry red wines are causing excitement all their own. RED-HOT 22 VINTAGES Douro’s VINTAGES 23 SOME LIKE IT HOT Basking in the sun quite a distance from the Atlantic coast, Douro is Portugal’s hottest region. Over 100 grape varieties thrive here, including Douro’s dynamic duo: indigenous superstar Touriga Nacional, and Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo). These form the backbone of the region’s dry reds, which are deep, smoky wines drenched in dark fruit, peppery spice and herbs. Dry wines have been produced here since antiquity – long before Port – and over the last decade, they have reclaimed their standing as some of the world’s best. Douro reds are fantastic with herbed steak or spicy gourmet sausage. 2007th HEAVEN QUINTA DO CRASTO OLD VINES RESERVA 2007 Douro has been blessed with some very DOC Douro good growing seasons in recent years, DID YOU KNOW… TASTING NOTE: This has a including 2004 and 2008. But once in a “Quinta” on complex array of red and while a real blockbuster vintage, such as a Portuguese dark fruit flavors, led by blue- 2007, comes along. What Made It Great? wine label berry, kirsch, dark plum and dark cherry. Very plush means the midpalate, with an elegant, Early-season rain set the Douro River wine was caressing finish of spice, flowing swiftly, providing moderating air grown in the mocha and cream. Drink now currents throughout a beautifully bright through 2017. Score: 93 vineyards of (Kim Marcus, www.winespec- spring. This led to early budbreak preced- a single estate. tator.com, April 30, 2010) ing a long, sunny growing season. 990572 (XD) 750 mL The resulting wines are robust, generous $34.95 2 On the Back Cover and deeply flavourful. 24 VINTAGES QUINTA DOS ACIPRESTES QUINTA DO TEDO QUINTA DO NOVAL VALE DO BOMFIM 2008 RESERVA 2007 VINHO TINTO 2007 MARIA MANSA 2004 DOC Douro DOC Douro DOC Douro DOC Douro (Symington Family Estates) (Real Companhia Velha) Winner of the International TASTING NOTE: Impressively, TASTING NOTE: Superbly juicy TASTING NOTE: Powerful Red Blend Under £10 Trophy this is just the second vintage of on the nose, with cherry, spice from new wood dominates at the 2009 Decanter World Quinta Do Noval’s flagship dry mulberry and plum all coming this young wine. Under that, Wine Awards. red. Charming and fragrant, through loud and clear. The the fruit is raisiny, with black with floral notes followed by palate is bursting with charac- figs, dark tannins and a TASTING NOTE: Aromatically anise, mulberry, plum and ter, showing generous fruit potential blockbuster of flavors. powerful, blockbusting, gutsy maraschino cherry. Dry and enlivened by a touch of spice. Those tannins and the acidity red cherry fruit. Victoria plum, spicy on the palate, with It’s all wrapped in structured promise good aging on this violets plus attractive toasty mocha and fig characters join- tannins, and finishes with good concentrated wine. Score: 90 notes and bags of tannin that ing the aroma replays. length. This wine will pair (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, should welcome both food Smooth tannins, round texture, with any hearty meal, or try it May 3, 2009) and friends! (Judges panel, and a wonderful, rich, long with dark-chocolate-covered Decanter World Wine Awards, finish. This will pair very nicely cherries for something a little 167627 (D) 750 mL 2009) with lamb. (VINTAGES panel, more personal. (VINTAGES $21.95 2 Nov. 2009) panel, Nov. 2009) 170217 (XD) 750 mL $17.95 2 167650 (D) 750 mL 167676 (D) 750 mL Wine of the Month $19.95 2 $14.95 2 New at VINTAGES New at VINTAGES VINTAGES 25 DISCOVER OUR LATEST • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 SPIRITS product notes DRINKABILITY INDEX SCOTCH WHISKY This is intended as a guideline for you, our customer. GLENFARCLAS 10 YEARS OLD HIGHLAND The index reﬂects the collective view of our purchasing SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY panel. The length of time to cellar wines is a very subjective Speyside decision and will depend on individual preferences, cellar TASTING NOTE: ... 10-year-old exhibits a nose of temperature, storage conditions etc. rich Christmas cake, featuring most notably Sherry, raisins, nuts and spices. A background hint of smoke is also present. The palate is defined by 1 DRINK NOW: Enjoy and drink. There is no beneﬁt to cellaring. quite dry Sherry, with a developing and gradually sweetening full body. The finish is long, nutty, and 2 DRINK OR HOLD: cellaring,enjoyed now,on individual matured further by Can be depending but may be comparatively dry. Less overtly Sherried than some older expressions of Glenfarclas, the 10-year- preference. old nonetheless gives its Macallan rival a real run for its money. Score: 3.5 (out of 5) (Gavin D. Smith 3 HOLD: Ideal forby somecellaring.feel that the may well be enjoyed now further but we This wine wine will & Tom Cannavan, www.whisky-pages.com) develop favourably under ideal cellaring conditions. 243790 700 mL $59.95 PERCEIVED SUGAR CONTENT Perceived dryness/sweetness by tasting evaluation. VINTAGES scale ranges from Extra Dry to Sweet: XD, D, MD, SPRINGBANK 10 YEARS OLD M, MS, S. Please discuss speciﬁcs with our Product CAMPBELTOWN SINGLE MALT Consultants or store staff. SCOTCH WHISKY (J. & A. Mitchell & Co.) ALCOHOL CONTENT TASTING NOTE: Nose: A real young and old The alcohol/volume content for any product released by supershow, with soft adolescent tones from the bar- VINTAGES is available on our website. Visit www.vintages.com ley and something much more brooding from the and view the Product Information page by entering the oak. Intriguing...; Taste: Ditto the delivery: a slight LCBO# into the Product Search ﬁeld. molassed feel to the juicy barley but the oak is dry and firm; outstanding spices, too; Finish: Some Products in this release may be available to customers in shards of citrus and lemon drop gives a lovely limited quantities. Please see store personnel for details. contrasting sharpness to the sweet barley. Balance: Now that’s much more like it!! The last bottling I Please note prices shown are subject to change without had really was all over the show. This is still slightly notice. VINTAGES cannot assume responsibility for typo- Bambi-ish; But there is some real meat here, too. graphical errors in this catalogue. All prices include appli- On this showing, I am beginning to change my mind cable container deposit and HST. about younger Springbanks. Score: 89 (Jim Murray, Whisky Bible, 2010) 708362 750 mL $79.95 on the cover TOMINTOUL THE GENTLE DRAM Back: 10 YEARS OLD SPEYSIDE GLENLIVET FRANCIS COPPOLA DIAMOND COLLECTION SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY IVORY LABEL CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2008 TASTING NOTE: Nose: Intense and sharp. Slightly California (521021, $24.95, page 29) spirity. Leafy. Fern. Cherry trifle. White pepper. Palate: Enveloping and warm. Velvety. Cream fudge. RINGBOLT CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2008 A lot of spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper. Finish: Margaret River, Western Australia (606624, $19.95, page 32) Long-lasting. Warm. Gently vanishing with almonds and nuts. Comment: Quite a muscular Speysider. QUINTA DO CRASTO OLD VINES RESERVA 2007 The perfect dram to buck you up after a woodland DOC Douro, Portugal (990572, $34.95, page 24) walk mushroom-picking on a cold November day. Score: 7.5 (out of 10) (Martine Nouet, www.whisky- mag.com, Nov. 16, 2002) 181974 700 mL $62.95 26 VINTAGES SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 DISCOVER OUR LATEST • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 RUM FERREIRA LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORT 2000 RON BARCELÓ IMPERIAL RUM DOC Douro, Btld. 2004 10 Years Old TASTING NOTE: This is delicious and a terrific TASTING NOTE: Bright amber copper color. buy from a great vintage. Its tannins and con- Aromas of buttercream, dried cherries, pineapple centrated fruit suggest more cellar time would be marmalade, and caramelized nuts follow through rewarded, but it doesn’t need long (LBVs are on a silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full usually ready four to six years after bottling). It’s full body with great depth and balance. Finishes with bodied, smooth and impressive with very ripe a frosted carrot cake, cola nut, mocha, and robust cherry, milk chocolate, and dried herb aromas. brown spice fade. Exceptional. Score: 92 Lovely acidity keeps it all together. Excellent length. (www.tastings.com, June 23, 2010) Score: 91 (David Lawrason, www.winealign.com, Oct. 2009) 094227 700 mL $49.95 675751 (S) 750 mL $18.95 1 CHAMPAGNE FORTIFIED WINE CHARLES MIGNON PREMIER MADEIRA CRU BRUT ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE AC BLANDY’S 5-YEAR-OLD BUAL MADEIRA TASTING NOTE: This is a real treat. Pretty pale pink DOC, Portugal in the glass with fresh strawberry and apples on A distinctly sweet Madeira with plenty of nutty the nose and palate, this dry, medium-bodied, well- honey and caramel flavours and aromas. This structured Champagne has superb length and would be a wonderful partner for a piece of dark a wonderfully full finish. Great with pork dishes, or chocolate (70% cocoa and above) or a bowl savour sips of it with good company and con- of mixed nuts. versation. (VINTAGES panel, Feb. 2010) 011049 (MS) 750 mL $24.95 1 173435 (XD) 750 mL $47.95 2 SPARKLING WINE PORT DELAFORCE VINTAGE PORT 2003 JEAN GEILER PRESTIGE BRUT DOC Douro, Btld. 2005 CRÉMANT D’ALSACE TASTING NOTE: A fabulous nose of cassis and AC Alsace, France berries, with hints of licorice. Full-bodied and lightly TASTING NOTE: Jean Geiler Crémant d’Alsace sweet, with supersexy tannins and a long, long Brut Prestige from Alsace, France is a very well finish. Very classy. Superb for Delaforce. Best after priced sparkler. Tasteful and well made with 2012. Score: 95 (James Suckling, www.wine- bracing acidity and soft round flavours of tarte tatin spectator.com, April 30, 2006) and almond. Pair it with the last grilled shrimp of the season. (Carolyn Evans Hammond, www.wine- 180794 (S) 750 mL $57.95 3 tribune.com, Sept. 26, 2008) 957746 (XD) 750 mL $17.95 1 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 VINTAGES 27 DISCOVER OUR LATEST • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 SPARKLING WINE CONT’D LANDMARK OVERLOOK CHARDONNAY 2008 Sonoma County & Santa Barbara County L. VITTEAUT-ALBERTI TASTING NOTE: The top value is the excellent BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT 2008 Chardonnay Overlook, 75% of which is ac- CRÉMANT DE BOURGOGNE cessed from Sonoma and 25% from Santa AC, Burgundy, France Barbara. Its medium straw/green color is followed Blanc de Blancs sparklers are made solely with by notes of poached pears, cloves, white currants, white grapes. Look for especially tangy fruit and and nectarines, pure fruit, medium to full body, and zippy freshness. a good finish. It should drink well for 2-3 years. Winemaker Eric Stern judiciously uses wood as a TASTING NOTE: Vitteaut-Alberti’s Brut Blanc de complementary seasoning, which is evident in Blancs has wonderful grapefruit and melon notes, all these Chardonnays. Score: 89 (Robert Parker and fabulous creamy froth. (Kristine Hansen, Jr., www.erobertparker.com, Feb. 2010) www.slashfood.com, Nov. 3, 2009) 727891 (D) 375 mL $17.95 2 180018 (D) 750 mL $18.95 1 356501 (D) 750 mL $32.95 2 USA – WHITE WINE CALIFORNIA STAG’S LEAP WINE CELLARS KARIA CAKEBREAD SAUVIGNON BLANC 2007 CHARDONNAY 2007 Napa Valley Napa Valley TASTING NOTE: Cakebread Cellars has been TASTING NOTE: More lemon oil, hazel nut, and a leader in Napa since 1973, and is a master with brioche notes, along with a hint of orange mar- Bordeaux varietals, so perhaps this astonishingly malade, are found in the 2007 Chardonnay Karia. good Sauvignon Blanc shouldn’t come as too much This is a very pretty wine, and like its sibling, of a surprise after all. Pale lemon in the glass, it the Arcadia, best drunk over the next several years. offers up remarkably complex notes of white peach, Score: 89 (Robert Parker Jr., www.erobert- passion fruit, spring flowers, and yellow plum parker.com, Dec. 2009) accented by brush strokes of sweet vanilla oak. Dry, medium-full bodied, intense and flavourful, with 054585 (XD) 750 mL $37.95 2 a long, gently toasty finish. A truly classic example of oaked Sauvignon Blanc in top form. Sure to impress. Savour with traditional turkey dinner, swordfish steaks, or oak-smoked shrimp in a light cream-sauce pasta. (VINTAGES panel, Aug. 2010) 707224 (XD) 750 mL $39.95 1 USA – RED WINE CALIFORNIA LAIRD COLD CREEK RANCH CHARDONNAY 2007 BENZIGER SYRAH 2006 Carneros, Napa Valley North Coast TASTING NOTE: This is clean and vibrant, with Benziger has long practised sustainable agriculture spicy green apple and green pear joining sweet in the production of their wines. Their methods honeydew melon. Full-bodied, with a touch of oak are not only good for the environment, they also folding in on the finish. Drink now through 2011. help nurture grapes with more site-specific Score: 90 (James Laube, www.winespectator.com, characters, flavours and aromas. This full-bodied June 30, 2009) Syrah shows ample blackberry fruit with hints of coffee, supported by supple tannins. Try it with 147348 (XD) 750 mL $39.95 1 beef steaks, from grass-fed cows. 067215 (XD) 750 mL $19.95 2 28 VINTAGES SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 DISCOVER OUR LATEST • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 BUONCRISTIANI O.P.C. 2006 IRONY CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2007 Napa Valley Napa Valley TASTING NOTE: A sleeper selection, the 2006 Listed as one of “California's Best of Best Bargains” O.P.C. is a delicious, full-throttle blend of 42% by Quarterly Review of Wines in their Summer Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah, 20% Merlot, and 2010 issue, this delightful Cabernet is designed for 8% Malbec. Possessing copious aromas of everyday enjoyment. Look for blackberry and red- flowers, blackberries, black currants, pepper, and fruit characters as well as hints of floral and mint in camphor, refreshing acid buttressing substantial this charming, well-balanced red. Serve it along- flavors, a velvety texture, and good length, this he- side rare roast beef. donistic as well as intellectually satisfying 2006 can be enjoyed over the next 5-7 years. Score: 90 025106 (XD) 750 mL $19.95 2 (Robert Parker Jr., www.erobertparker.com, Dec. 2009) 196063 (XD) 750 mL $47.95 2 FERRARI-CARANO TRÉSOR 2006 Sonoma County LA CREMA PINOT NOIR 2008 TASTING NOTE: A supple, harmonious effort. Full- Sonoma Coast bodied, showing ripe, fleshy currant, black cherry We’re in good hands here because, for more and plum flavors, with spicy, herbal, cedary notes. than 30 years, La Crema has specialized in Charming in its own way, this is graceful and producing exceptional Pinot Noirs from the cool balanced, complex and subtle, with a long, full Sonoma Coast. Look for soft cherry, spice and finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, herbal flavours and aromas in this velvety Pinot Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc. Drink now courtesy of winemaker Melissa Stackhouse. through 2016. Score: 92 (James Laube, Enjoy with veal tenderloin or grilled salmon. Perfect www.winespectator.com, Nov. 15, 2009) for a cozy evening meal. 928150 (XD) 750 mL $59.95 2 732040 (D) 375 mL $16.95 2 FRANCIS COPPOLA DIAMOND COLLECTION IVORY LABEL CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2008 ROBERT SINSKEY VINEYARDS California CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2005 Francis Coppola officially opened the new location Vandal Vineyard, Los Carneros, for his winery in Geyserville, Sonoma, in May 2007. Napa Valley Winemaker Corey Beck, who has been with Winner of a Gold Medal and a score of 90 at Coppola for a decade, works closely with California BioVino 2010 in Toronto. growers to find the best fruit for each wine. This classic Cali Cab features aromas of cassis, cherry, TASTING NOTE: This has a gorgeous nose spice and woodsmoke. It’s dry and fruity, with with loads of blackberry, blueberry and cassis. The supporting tannins and refreshing acidity. Will work palate is an instant replay of the aromas and is well with rich meat-based pasta, or as part just as exciting and satisfying. Dry and full bodied, of a relaxing evening with some premium dark this beauty will pair well with grilled steak. chocolate. (VINTAGES panel, May 2010) 521021 (XD) 750 mL $24.95 2 196048 (XD) 750 mL $39.95 2 On the Back Cover SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 VINTAGES 29 DISCOVER OUR LATEST • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 USA – RED WINE CONT’D ARGENTINA – RED WINE CALIFORNIA BENMARCO MALBEC 2008 Mendoza SEGHESIO HOME RANCH (Dominio del Plata) ZINFANDEL 2008 TASTING NOTE: The 2008 Malbec, which con- Alexander Valley tains 10% Bonarda, spent 11 months in 50% new TASTING NOTE: This is a ripper; lifted aromas of French oak and 50% first use American oak. mixed spice, black pepper, dark field berry and Purple-colored, it reveals an expressive nose of notes of mineral peel off the nose of this complex wood smoke, cinnamon, incense, and black and beautifully structured red. Waves of flavour cherry. Round, ripe, medium-bodied, and savory, wash over the palate with juicy boysenberry, suc- this layered effort has a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. culent black cherry and tangy black raspberry Enjoy it over the next 5 years. Score: 90 (Jay Miller, predominant- this vineyard was planted in 1895. www.erobertparker.com, Aug. 2009) It’s full bodied dense and concentrated with ex- cellent texture and a lingering balanced lip-smacking 657601 (XD) 750 mL $17.95 2 aftertaste layering on ripe supple tannin, moder- ating acidity and sprigs of spice mingling with dark berry fruit. Score: HHHHH (Vic Harradine, www.winecurrent.com, May 1, 2010) 070391 (D) 750 mL $44.95 2 LINDAFLOR PETITE FLEUR 2007 STONEHEDGE RESERVE Uco Valley, Mendoza CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2008 (Bodega Monteviejo) Napa Valley TASTING NOTE: A fleshy, polished style, with Stonehedge Winery has established itself as one of medium-weight blackberry and crushed plum fruit the most reliable producers of affordable premium- laced with a coffee note. Malbec, Cabernet quality wines in California. Their Reserve wines are Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. Drink now. Score: 88 from 100% Napa Valley fruit, and this version offers (James Molesworth, www.winespectator.com, the ripe blackcurrant aromas and silky tannins Sept. 30, 2009) that lovers of Californian Cabernet adore. This is big enough to stand up to a grilled steak, but soft 167254 (XD) 750 mL $19.95 1 enough to be enjoyed on its own. 025122 (D) 750 mL $24.95 2 ARGENTINA – WHITE WINE SEPTIMA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2007 ALAMOS CHARDONNAY 2009 Mendoza Mendoza TASTING NOTE: Admirers of cabernet sauvignons For over 100 years, the Catena family have been made in the style of the New World will appreciate making wine in Argentina. Their Alamos line is the value provided by this Argentine dry red. It’s characterized by outstanding fruit concentration a darkly colored, full-bodied cabernet that’s well- and moderate oak ageing. Expect layers of balanced with natural acidity, all preceded by crisp green apple and pear aromas and flavours vinous aromas of wild mushrooms and moderate interwoven with some toasty notes in the back- vanilla-oak. (Jon Christensen, The Columbus ground. Serve it with grilled white fish with a lemon Dispatch (Ohio), April 28, 2010) sauce, or with ratatouille. 167262 (D) 750 mL $13.95 2 801571 (D) 750 mL $13.95 1 30 VINTAGES SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 DISCOVER OUR LATEST • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 TRIVENTO RESERVE MALBEC 2008 CHILE – RED WINE Mendoza TASTING NOTE: This wine is always a great value – the 2008 shows mixed berry fruit and espresso CONCHA Y TORO MARQUES DE CASA notes, it has plenty of juicy, ripe berry fruit on the CONCHA CARMENÈRE 2007 palate with cedar-y hints and spice. It is rounded Peumo, Cachapoal Valley and supple, easy-drinking with coffee flavours TASTING NOTE: The Marques de Casa Concha lingering on the finish. (Daenna Van Mulligen, series begins with the 2007 Carmenere which www.winescores.ca, May 10, 2010) spent 16 months in French oak. Saturated purple in color, it offers up a splendid bouquet of toasty 974469 (D) 750 mL $12.95 1 oak, tobacco, Asian spices, plum, and blueberry. Mouth-coating, layered, and bordering on opulent, there is plenty of ripe tannin lurking under the fruit, succulent flavors, and excellent balance. This awesome value will be at its best from 2012 to 2020. Score: 91 (Jay Miller, www.erobertpar- ker.com, April 2009) 169862 (D) 750 mL $19.95 3 VINECOL ORGANIC CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2008 ESTAMPA RESERVE ASSEMBLAGE Mendoza CABERNET SAUVIGNON/CARMENÈRE/ Our Quality Assurance Laboratory has determined PETIT VERDOT 2007 that this wine contains 6 mg/L of free sulphur. Colchagua Valley This big, full-flavoured Chilean blend will pair nicely TASTING NOTE: Launched in 2000, Vinecol’s sole with beef fondue, Korean BBQ or bison burgers. aim has been the production of quality organic grapes. Very attractive mixed berry character on TASTING NOTE: Each wine in the Estampa’s the nose, with red fruit, black pepper and plum Reserve line is an excellent value. The 2007 rounding out the palate. Well-balanced acidity and Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere-Petit Verdot Re- tannins. A perfect match for pasta in a meat serve focuses on black fruits. A bit weightier sauce. (VINTAGES panel, Nov 2009) on the palate, it is likely to evolve for 1-2 years and will offer peak drinking through 2015. Score: 87 167270 (D) 750 mL $13.95 2 (Jay Miller, www.erobertparker.com, April 2009) 4 Organic Product 169920 (D) 750 mL $14.95 2 CHILE – WHITE WINE AUSTRALIA – WHITE WINE CONCHA Y TORO MARQUES DE CASA CONCHA CHARDONNAY 2008 CUMULUS ESTATE BLOCK 50 Limarí Valley CHARDONNAY 2007 TASTING NOTE: A vibrant and deliciously layered Central Ranges, New South Chardonnay from one of Chile’s newest viticultural Wales hot spots, the Limarí Valley. Ripe pear, melon, citrus TASTING NOTE: Cumulus Estate may have been zest, buttered toast, and smoke ascend from named for the cloud formations so common in the the glass. On the palate, it’s medium-full bodied yet area, but when it comes to producing wines their quite elegant, with bright acidity bringing balance. feet are firmly planted on the ground. This lovely A toasty oak note emerges on the lingering finish. bright-gold Chardonnay is loaded with dreamy Expertly made, and a very fine value. Serve it peach, lemon, and tropical fruit notes. Crisp with along-side roasted chicken with a light glaze of some vanilla and orchard fruit on the palate, this honey, garden-fresh herbs, and lemon pepper. dry, full-bodied, buttery Chardonnay will go nicely (VINTAGES panel, Aug. 2010) alongside pasta with chicken in a cream sauce. (VINTAGES panel, Jan. 2010) 342857 (D) 750 mL $17.95 1 186122 (XD) 750 mL $13.95 1 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 VINTAGES 31 DISCOVER OUR LATEST • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 AUSTRALIA – WHITE WINE CONT’D MITOLO JESTER SHIRAZ 2007 McLaren Vale, South Australia This is the 375-mL size of our popular Essentials ROBERT OATLEY Collection wine (659607). SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009 Pemberton, Western Australia TASTING NOTE: The 2007 Jester Shiraz is dark TASTING NOTE: Like their Kiwi neighbours, the ruby/purple-colored with an alluring perfume of Australians are turning some heads with their mineral, earth notes, blueberry, black cherry, and Sauvignon Blancs. Platinum-hued in the glass, this blackberry. Smooth-textured, ripe, and intensely version opens up with scents of fresh asparagus, flavored, the wine conceals enough structure to cut grass, tropical fruit and melon. Ever-so-slightly evolve for 4-6 years. The finish is lengthy and pure. off-dry, it sports a medium body and balancing Score: 91 (Jay Miller, www.erobertparker.com, acidity en route to a tropical-fruit-filled finish. A nice Aug. 2008) sipper, or give it a try with seafood pasta. (VINTAGES panel, Aug. 2010) 180430 (D) 375 mL $11.95 2 186106 (D) 750 mL $17.95 1 AUSTRALIA – RED WINE PARINGA SHIRAZ 2008 South Australia, BURGE FAMILY David Hickinbotham SHIRAZ/GRENACHE/MOURVEDRE In its June 2010 issue, Wine Spectator named OLIVE HILL 2006 this Shiraz a “Best Value.” Barossa Valley, South Australia TASTING NOTE: The 2006 Olive Hill Red Blend TASTING NOTE: Dark and spicy, this red offers is composed of 68% Shiraz, 18% Grenache, and fresh sage and tarragon overtones that mingle with 14% Mourvedre aged in one-third new French the black cherry and spice flavors, persisting barriques. It is a glass-coating purple color with an against polished tannins. Drink now through 2013. expressive nose of spice box, leather, earth notes, Score: 89 (Harvey Steiman, www.winespecta- mushroom, blueberry, and black cherry. Smooth- tor.com, June 30, 2010) textured, layered, and savory, it is already reveal- ing considerable complexity. Another 3-4 years of 180422 (D) 750 mL $14.95 2 cellaring should reveal even more of its hidden attractions. Drink it from 2012 to 2022. Score: 93 (Jay Miller, www.erobertparker.com, Feb. 2009) 183418 (D) 750 mL $34.95 3 RINGBOLT CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2008 Margaret River, Western Australia TASTING NOTE: Last year we advised that you FROGMORE CREEK PINOT NOIR 2006 should buy the best piece of lamb you can afford, Tasmania roast it up and serve it with this little beauty – TASTING NOTE: Light and lithe, with gorgeous though of course we were talking of the 2007. red cherry and raspberry fruit on a slender frame, Same advice applies here, though. It tastes shaded with spicy, peppery notes. The finish sails chocolately, gravelly, curranty and pure. It’s got away nicely. Drink now through 2012. Score: 90 class and grunt, is beautifully balanced and the (Harvey Steiman, www.winespectator.com, Web flavours persist long after you’ve swallowed. Quality Only, 2007) wine – fit for a fine Saturday night. Drink: 2010- 2015. Score: 93 (Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh, 182972 (D) 750 mL $26.95 2 The Big Red Wine Book, June 1, 2010) 606624 (D) 750 mL $19.95 2 On the Back Cover 32 VINTAGES SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 DISCOVER OUR LATEST • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 VINROCK SHIRAZ 2007 SPY VALLEY CHARDONNAY 2008 McLaren Vale, South Australia Marlborough, South Island TASTING NOTE: Dense purple; medium- to full- TASTING NOTE: Like quite a few of us, this wine bodied, with strong regional and varietal expression; is bright but not rich. A citrusy vibrancy runs has excellent structure and even more length; through it, the oak forms a subtle backdrop; a vel- great outcome for the vintage. Drink [until] 2020. vety texture supplies comfort and warmth. It Score: 94 (James Halliday, www.winecompan- would suit a Japanese dish, such as prawn teriyaki. ion.com.au, March 2009) Score: HHHHK (www.cuisine.co.nz, May 2010) 180414 (D) 750 mL $19.95 2 057737 (XD) 750 mL $19.95 2 WIRRA WIRRA SCRUBBY RISE SHIRAZ/CABERNET SAUVIGNON/PETIT VERDOT 2008 NEW ZEALAND – RED WINE South Australia TASTING NOTE: This is a stirring return to form. Of course it’s more than just shiraz – it’s part OYSTER BAY MERLOT 2009 cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot too. Fantas- Hawkes Bay, North Island tically affordable red to wrap your lips around. The Hawkes Bay region on New Zealand’s North Full of jammy, blackberried flavour but it’s the dusty, Island is best known for producing red wines, earthen, spicy notes that really get send the particularly with classic Bordeaux varieties. The Slurpability Score soaring. There’s a modest amount moderate maritime climate, sunny skies and of tannin grip and a sweet, Turkish delight-like gravelly soils are perfect for growing deeply deli- flavour rippling through the aftertaste. A bonza red. cious Merlot like this one. This well-structured Made to drink. Now. Drink: 2009-2011. Score: 90 wine offers rich fruit flavours with hints of spice. (Campbell Mattinson, www.winefront.com.au, Enjoy with grilled steaks or gourmet sausages. Oct. 14, 2009) 692343 (XD) 750 mL $18.95 2 187765 (XD) 750 mL $15.95 1 SOUTH AFRICA – WHITE WINE NEW ZEALAND – WHITE WINE FIRST SIGHTING GOVERNORS BAY SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009 SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009 WO Elim Marlborough, South Island (Strandveld Vineyards) TASTING NOTE: Here’s a classic Marlborough TASTING NOTE: Strandveld Vineyards is located on Sauvignon Blanc. Pretty, fresh and lively. Aromas of Africa’s most southern tip, right where the Atlantic sweetgrass, pea pods, asparagus, passion fruit, and Indian oceans meet. The winery’s First Sighting green apple, and a touch of mint. Dry, medium range pays homage to the discovery of the land bodied, and vivacious, with nice texture and fine by Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Diaz in 1488. balance, culminating in a tangy finish. Definitely a This wine is fresh with light vegetal and pepper solid value. Enjoy with lightly herbed pan-seared notes. Crisp, balanced, with a medium-long finish scallops, or chicken cacciatore. (VINTAGES panel, that ensures your first sighting of this wine will Aug. 2010) certainly not be your last. (VINTAGES panel, Nov. 2009) 651703 (XD) 750 mL $16.95 2 018705 (XD) 750 mL $14.95 1 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 VINTAGES 33 DISCOVER OUR LATEST • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 SOUTH AFRICA – RED WINE BORDEAUX CHÂTEAU DU JUGE BLANC 2008 THE RUINS SYRAH/ AC Bordeaux Sec CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2009 (Pierre Dupleich, Vitic.) WO Eilandia, Robertson TASTING NOTE: This lovely white Bordeaux – (Bon Cap Organic Wines) 90% sauvignon and 10% semillon from old vines This wine exhibits baked plum, blackberry and – delivers crisp acidity and well-modulated, cassis aromas and flavours. It is dry and ripe with complex flavours. The components harmonize a lively streak of acidity for balance. It is an ex- very successfully, making this an excellent cellent choice for pot roast or braised meats. Our choice for grilled white fish, seafood, or steamed Quality Assurance Laboratory has determined that mussels. Score: HHHHJ (Rod Phillips, this organic wine contains 16 mg/L of free sulphur. www.rodphillipsonwine.com, July 22, 2010) 018739 (D) 750 mL $14.95 2 171082 (D) 750 mL $15.95 2 4 Organic Product BURGUNDY CYPRUS – WHITE WINE DOMAINE JEAN-MARC BROCARD CÔTE DE LECHET CHABLIS KAMANTERENA 1er CRU 2008 XYNISTERI 2008 AC Paphos Regional Wine TASTING NOTE: A high-toned nose combines (SODAP) mint and lemon peel aromas that slide into round TASTING NOTE: Loads of energizing citrus on the and intense yet rather delicate middle weight nose – lemon and orange blossom in particular, flavors underpinned by a firm spine of acidity and but there are also some nice herbal and fresh ripe ample minerality on the lingering and sappy finish pear notes. Crisp and medium bodied, it will serve where the vineyard’s hallmark citrus character as a delightful aperitif, but will also pair beautifully resurfaces. Drink [from] 2013+. Score: 89-92 with smoked salmon. (VINTAGES panel, Feb. 2010) (Allen Meadows, www.burghound.com, Oct. 2009) 179911 (XD) 750 mL $11.95 2 181305 (XD) 750 mL $26.95 3 FRANCE – WHITE WINE LORON & FILS LES VIEUX MURS ALSACE POUILLY-FUISSÉ 2007 MURS AC, Vieilles Vignes SPARR TRADITION RIESLING 2008 TASTING NOTE: This is classic Pouilly-Fuissé, AC Alsace with well-extracted flavours that are focused and (Charles Sparr, Négoc.-Élev.) finely nuanced, riding on a refreshing seam TASTING NOTE: The best part of any tradition is of fresh acidity. Everything is well integrated and the trappings – and this wine is no exception. judiciously balanced, making for a wine that’s Loaded with aromas of sweet lime, apricot, mineral, delicious and refreshing and very versatile. Enjoy honey and apple, it is inviting and generous. it with pork and poultry or with white meats or The dry palate is enlivened by refreshing citrus zest fish in a cream-based sauce. Score: HHHHJ tones and a lovely minerality. Finishes fresh and (Rod Phillips, www.rodphillipsonwine.com, crisp. Enjoy it with an authentic Chinese chicken May 10, 2010) salad. (VINTAGES panel, Nov. 2009) 181313 (D) 750 mL $29.95 2 176933 (XD) 750 mL $16.95 2 34 VINTAGES SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 DISCOVER OUR LATEST • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 LOIRE CHÂTEAU LARY 2006 AC Bordeaux DOMAINE DE SAINT-PIERRE (Forcato Père et Fils, Prop.) SANCERRE 2008 Winner of a Gold Medal at the 2007 Concours AC Général Agricole in Paris. Coming in the wake of (Pierre Prieur & Fils, Prop.-Récolt.) the much-heralded 2005 vintage, the 2006 TASTING NOTE: Deliciously enticing notes of Bordeaux were only given moderate acknowledg- chamomile, sweet lemon, white pepper, mineral ment at their Futures tastings. Now that the and apricot get the ball rolling. This Gold Medal wines are in bottle, there are success stories to winner (Concours de Vignerons Indépendants 2009) share, such as this predominantly Merlot-based keeps the pleasure coming with luscious replays. AC Bordeaux. Showcasing aromas of raspberry, Delicate and well balanced. Crisp acidity holds plum, cedar and woodsmoke, it will make a everything beautifully together through the medium- delicious match tonight with grilled lamb, or cellar long finish. (VINTAGES panel, Nov. 2009) it for 3-5 years. 170258 (XD) 750 mL $24.95 2 177048 (XD) 750 mL $14.95 2 SOUTHWEST GRAIN SAUVAGE BLANC DE BLANCS 2008 CHÂTEAU TOUMILON 2005 AC Jurançon Sec AC Graves (Cave des Producteurs de Jurançon) TASTING NOTE: (Translated from the French) A Gold Medal winner at the 2009 Concours Général This family-owned estate was bought from a Dutch Agricole in Paris. This wine is made from Gros wine merchant in 1783, and the vineyard Manseng, a hardy variety known for producing was recognized on [royal cartographer Pierre de] flavourful wines. Belleyme’s 18th-century map. A Bordeaux blend made of Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Cabernet TASTING NOTE: Brilliant deep straw in the glass. Franc (10%) and Merlot. Elegant, it displays red Lovely lemon rind and peach aromas with zesty berries in its emerging bouquet as well as on the citrus flavours on the palate. Dry, with a nice long palate. The young tannins suggest a wait of one or finish. (VINTAGES panel, Jan. 2010) two years. (Guide Hachette, 2008) 176727 (XD) 750 mL $15.95 2 177030 (XD) 750 mL $21.95 2 FRANCE – RED WINE BORDEAUX CHÂTEAU BARATEAU 2005 AC Haut-Médoc CHÂTEAU TOUR D’HORABLE 2005 Winner of a Gold Medal at the 2008 Concours AC Côtes de Castillon Mondial de Bruxelles. (J.A. Faytout, Prop.) TASTING NOTE: A plummy, rich red that’s TASTING NOTE: This lovely wine is laden with red balanced and full-bodied with delicious dark berries fruit and berry aromas. Some chocolate and and cassis and smoky long finish. Decant for toffee round out the experience for a decidedly 1-2 hours. Pair with: beef rib roast. Drink: 2010- delectable offering. Dry, medium bodied with 2016. Score: 89 (Natalie MacLean, www.natalie- good length and fruit throughout, this Bordeaux maclean.com, Oct. 2, 2009) will go with braised meats, or, for a vegetarian option, try with ratatouille. (VINTAGES panel, 174656 (XD) 750 mL $14.95 2 Dec. 2009) 170282 (XD) 750 mL $23.95 2 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 VINTAGES 35 DISCOVER OUR LATEST • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 FRANCE – RED WINE CONT’D LOIRE COULY-DUTHEIL LA COULÉE BORDEAUX AUTOMNALE CHINON 2007 TASTING NOTE: A lovely Cabernet Franc-based CLOS LABORIE 2006 wine that will complement lighter red meats or AC Margaux pastas. Aromas suggest raspberry, fresh herbs and (Château Tayac, Prop.) blackberry. It is dry, with nice fruit replays on the A wine such as this shows why the 2006 Bordeaux palate. Light- to medium-bodied with a lingering vintage should get the acclaim it so rightly de- finish. (VINTAGES panel, Nov. 2009) serves. Look for cassis, vanilla, underbrush and blueberry aromas and flavours. Dry and fruity with 640771 (XD) 750 mL $15.95 1 fine acidity and moderate tannins to give balance. Cellar it 3-5+ years, or enjoy it tonight with grilled- rare red meats. 091454 (XD) 750 mL $33.95 3 MIDI BURGUNDY CHÂTEAU REMAURY GRANDE DOMAINE PAVELOT LES VERGELESSES RÉSERVE MINERVOIS 2007 PERNAND-VERGELESSES 1er CRU 2007 AC AC (M. Remaury, Prop.) TASTING NOTE: An earthy, fresh and ripe nose that Gold Medal winner at Concours des Grands Vins is highly layered while displaying a distinctly du Languedoc 2008. sauvage character to the mélange of red and dark berry fruit aromas that precede the powerful, TASTING NOTE: Deep ruby colour. Intriguing concentrated and vibrant flavors brimming with aromas of black cherry, plum, blueberry, ripe minerality on the palate staining finish that tomato and fresh flowers, enlivened by wisps of is youthfully austere. This will need a few years to floral and peppery spice. Dry, with gently spicy emerge from its shell but should be worth the dark fruit. Medium body, silky texture, fine structure- wait. Drink [from] 2013+. Score: 90-92 (Allen lending tannins, and a long, pretty, floral-tinged Meadows, www.burghound.com, April 2009) finish. Enjoy with marinated lamb chops. (VINTAGES panel, Aug. 2010) 155226 (XD) 750 mL $42.95 3 181339 (D) 750 mL $13.95 2 DOMAINE ROUX PÈRE & FILS LES GRANDES CHARMILLES JEAN-LUC BALDÈS ESPRIT DE FLORE BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR 2009 MALBEC 2007 AC AC Cahors TASTING NOTE: This wine is loaded with notes TASTING NOTE: This gorgeous Malbec tantalizes of cherry, strawberry, raspberry, ripe tomato, the senses with mouthwatering notes of chocolate, mushroom and spice. An astounding value, this raspberry, blueberry and blackberry. On the palate wine would serve as an excellent introduction it has a nice intensity that opens to a deliciously to Pinot Noir. Rookie or pro alike will enjoy this wine lengthy finish. Fire up the barbecue and toss on with a chicken Florentine. (VINTAGES panel, some steak, or a gourmet burger or two. (VINTAGES March, 2010) panel, Jan. 2010) 181297 (D) 750 mL $13.95 2 176735 (D) 750 mL $13.95 2 36 VINTAGES SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 DISCOVER OUR LATEST • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 RHÔNE GEORGIA – WHITE WINE ERIC ROCHER TERROIR DE CHAMPAL SAINT-JOSEPH 2007 TBILVINO TSINANDALI DRY WHITE 2008 AC Kakheti Region TASTING NOTE: This shows a bit of a brawny edge According to Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford to its grilled herb, macerated currant and fig fruit, Companion to Wine, Georgia is “one of the world’s with notes of tobacco and licorice root. The tobacco great and historic centres of both wild and culti- edge takes over on the finish, which has nice grip. vated vines.” Georgia’s reputation continues to grow Drink now through 2011 Score: 90 (James in the West. This white, a blend of indigenous Molesworth, www.winespectator.com, Oct. 31, 2009) varieties Rkatsiteli and Mtsvane, is light-bodied with delightful scents of melon and apple. An ideal 177626 (XD) 750 mL $27.95 2 companion for fruit salads. 026658 (D) 750 mL $12.95 1 FONCALIEU LA RÉSERVE DU CROUZAU GREECE – RED WINE ST. GERVAIS CÔTES DU RHÔNE- VILLAGES 2007 AC ESTATE PAPAIOANNOU SINGLE TASTING NOTE: ... Voluptuous and crowd-pleasing, VINEYARD AGIORGITIKO 2006 it’s brimming with European-style elegance and V.Q.P.R.D. Nemea balance that should appeal to connoisseurs – the A Gold Medal Winner at the 2009 Thessaloniki oenological equivalent of pop art ... There’s a International Wine Competition. truckload of dark-skinned fruit flavour here plus typical Rhone savoury notes of licorice and TASTING NOTE: Leading with an invigorating nose lavender ... with a good dose of crisp acidity to keep of pepper, berry, smoked meat and almond java, things food-friendly and lively. The St. Gervais this delicious wine does not slow down one iota as would be a good partner for braised red-meat dishes, it dives into flavours of cassis, cherry and light such as lamb shanks. (Beppi Crosariol, The smoke. Dry and medium bodied, this is a perfect Globe and Mail, Jan. 22, 2010) match for lamb gyros. (VINTAGES panel, Feb. 2010) 142943 (XD) 750 mL $13.95 2 047977 (XD) 750 mL $17.95 1 SOUTHWEST ISRAEL – RED WINE DOMAINE DU CRAMPILH L’ORIGINEL MADIRAN 2006 AC TULIP WINERY JUST (Oulié Père & Fils, Vign.-Prod.) CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2008 TASTING NOTE: Marie Oulie’s 2006 Madiran Upper Galilee L’Originel blends 30% Cabernet Sauvignon into its TASTING NOTE: Made entirely from Cabernet Tannat ... Cocoa powder, mint, vanilla, oriental Sauvignon grapes, [it is] dark garnet [in colour] with tobacco, and lightly cooked cherry in the nose lead violet and orange reflections, [and is] showing to a dense yet by no means obstreperously-tannic surprisingly generous wood after only eight months palate that preserves an admirable sense of juicy in oak but that in good balance with tannins and refreshment and even a hint of creaminess of fruits. On the nose and palate traditional Cabernet texture. Walnut oil, mint chocolate and bitter-sweet black currant, blackberry and spices, those with vanilla bean and cherry skin inform a satisfyingly an appealing earthy-herbal overlay that lingers nicely long finish ... certainly could flourish for a decade on the palate. Score: 88 (Daniel Rogov, or more in bottle. Score: 88 (David Schildknecht, www.haaretz.com, Feb. 24, 2010) www.erobertparker.com, Aug. 2009) 035097 (XD) 750 mL $19.95 2 070037 (XD) 750 mL $15.95 2 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 VINTAGES 37 DISCOVER OUR LATEST • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 ITALY – WHITE WINE UMBRIA CASTELLO DELLA SALA BRAMÌTO DEL PIEDMONT CERVO CHARDONNAY 2009 IGT Umbria CA’ DEI MANDORLI DEI GIARI (Marchesi Antinori) MOSCATO D’ASTI 2009 The Umbria region in general, and Antinori’s DOCG Castello della Sala estate in particular, have shown Moscato d’Asti, with its gentle sweetness, fizz a fine hand with Chardonnay. The 2009 Bramìto and low alcohol, is a perfect way to start (or finish) Chardonnay is no exception. Filled with aromas of a fine meal. peach, apricot, toast and a fine minerality, this well-made, fresh Chardonnay is an ideal partner for TASTING NOTE: (Translated from the Italian) Fresh, barbecued jumbo shrimp or even for the up- with juicy fruit and a touch of tannins on the coming Thanksgiving dinner. finish. Score: HHK (Angelo Peretti, www.internet- gourmet.it, Dec. 6, 2009) 176792 (XD) 750 mL $21.95 2 179259 (MS) 750 mL $15.95 1 ITALY – RED WINE ABRUZZO FONTANAFREDDA GAVI DEL COMUNE DI GAVI 2009 AGRIVERDE NATUM DOCG MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO 2008 Gavi is the home of the Cortese grape. Other DOC, Made with Organic Grapes regions in Piedmont and northern Italy also grow it, Our Quality Assurance Laboratory has determined but nobody does it better. At its best, as with this that this wine contains 9 mg/L of free sulphur. It’s version, Cortese is fruity and aromatic, with a hint vibrant, balanced and easy to love, with notes of of minerality. A terrific match for pan-fried fresh- plum, marzipan, raspberry and strawberry. Enjoy it water fish, or grilled chicken breast with roasted tonight with penne arrabiatta. Awarded BBM by red peppers. Gambero Rosso Italian Wines, 2010 – very high honours for such a humble price. 075440 (XD) 750 mL $15.95 1 180224 (XD) 750 mL $12.95 2 4 Organic Product Available Now TRENTINO PIEDMONT BOLLINI PINOT GRIGIO 2009 DOC Trentino G. D. VAJRA ALBE (Empson & Co.) BAROLO 2005 Neil and Maria Empson continue to strive to find DOCG the ultimate expression of the best fruit from the TASTING NOTE: The 2005 Barolo Albe caresses most suitable vineyards. They intrude into the the palate with a soft core of perfumed fruit. This winemaking process as little as possible, ensuring generous, open Barolo isn’t likely to be a long-term the finished wine is a true reflection of the place ager, but it offers tons of class and elegance. The where it was grown. This fresh, versatile, citrus- and finish is round and impeccably refined. Anticipated melon-scented wine would complement a maturity: 2009-2019. Score: 91 (Antonio Galloni, grilled prawn dish or a selection of hors d’oeuvres. www.erobertparker.com, Oct. 2009) 951319 (XD) 750 mL $16.95 1 179879 (D) 750 mL $34.95 2 38 VINTAGES SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 DISCOVER OUR LATEST • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 PIETRO RINALDI MADONNA DI COMO TUSCANY DOLCETTO D’ALBA 2008 DOC BANFI TASTING NOTE: Rich and grapey, with blueberry BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2004 undertones. Full-bodied, with chewy mouthfeel and DOCG rich, juicy fruit. Drink now. Score: 89 (James TASTING NOTE: Has fabulous aromas of black- Suckling, www.winespectator.com, Dec. 15, 2009) berry, black cherry and raspberry. Full-bodied, with wonderfully integrated tannins, fresh mushrooms 182261 (XD) 750 mL $16.95 1 and milk chocolate. Chewy in the end. We will see if this is better than the 2001 with age. Best after 2010. Score: 93 (James Suckling, www.wine- spectator.com, Web Only, 2009) 378257 (XD) 750 mL $59.95 2 RICOSSA BARBERA D’ASTI BANFI CENTINE 2007 SUPERIORE 2007 IGT Toscana DOC TASTING NOTE: Attractive, typically dusty Tuscan Barbera may be given the Asti appellation nose of dusty cherry and dried earth, licorice, Superiore designation only if it has been aged in dried fruit, pot pourri. The palate is juicy, firm, oak casks or barrel for at least one year. This flavourful, with well above average intensity and wine was created with the cuisine of Piedmont in depth and complexity at this price. Super value; mind, so think along the lines of agnolotti, grilled drink or hold mid term. Score: 89 (John Szabo, meats and aged seasoned cheese when pairing. www.winealign.com, Feb. 2010) 070839 (XD) 750 mL $16.95 2 947440 (XD) 750 mL $16.95 1 SAN BIAGIO MONTERSINO CASTELLO DI QUERCETO BARBARESCO 2006 CHIANTI 2008 DOCG DOCG TASTING NOTE: Shows notes of dried flower and A terrific, value-priced Chianti that’s perfect for grilled meat, with white pepper. Full-bodied, with patio picnics or backyard barbecues. The wine is chewy tannins and powerful fruit and flavors. Really filled with blackberry, new leather and spice builds on the palate. An excellent young Nebbiolo. aromas and flavours, making it a good partner Best after 2012. Score: 91 (James Suckling, for chorizo sausage or pepper steak. www.winespectator.com, Dec. 15, 2009) 164798 (XD) 750 mL $12.95 2 181370 (D) 750 mL $34.95 3 Available Now SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 VINTAGES 39 DISCOVER OUR LATEST • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 ITALY – RED WINE CONT’D MONTEPELOSO ENEO 2006 IGT Toscana TASTING NOTE: The 2006 Eneo has developed TUSCANY beautifully since it was bottled. It is a remarkably soft-textured, seamless wine loaded with black FATTORIA DI BASCIANO IL CORTO 2007 cherries, blackberry jam, mint, tar and graphite in a IGT Toscana vibrant and utterly spellbinding style. The wine’s TASTING NOTE: Dark ruby in color, offering intense sheer extract covers the potent yet silky tannins that aromas of blackberry and mineral, with violet and lie beneath. Clean, minerally notes linger on the blueberry hints. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and long, satisfying finish. This is a spectacular effort. In a subtle yet intense palate of blackberry and 2006 Eneo is 40% Montepulciano 40% San- Chinese tea. Complex and fascinating. Sangiovese giovese, 10% Marselan and 10% Alicante. Antici- and Cabernet Sauvignon. Score: 92 (James pated maturity: 2016-2026. Score: 95 (Antonio Suckling, www.winespectator.com, Oct. 31, 2009) Galloni, www.erobertparker.com, Aug. 2009) 134775 (XD) 750 mL $27.95 2 114660 (XD) 750 mL $44.95 3 FATTORIA LA LECCIAIA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO SAN FABIANO CALCINAIA 2004 CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2007 DOCG IGT Toscana TASTING NOTE: Plush aromas of black cherry and TASTING NOTE: Offers currant and blackberry, blackberry. Full-bodied, with soft, silky tannins with a hint of black licorice. Full-bodied, with a and a long, delicious finish. There’s fresh acidity very polished and silky tannin structure. Long and and lots of subtle flavor on the finish. Still needs beautiful. Best after 2011. Score: 93 (James a little time to open. Best after 2010. Score: 93 Suckling, www.winespectator.com, Oct. 31, 2009) (James Suckling, www.winespectator.com, April 30, 2009) 181420 (XD) 750 mL $22.95 2 Arrive in Style 180083 (XD) 375 mL $24.95 2 GIACOMO MORI CASTELROTTO CHIANTI RISERVA 2006 DOCG VILLA CAFAGGIO TASTING NOTE: The estate’s 2006 Chianti Riserva CHIANTI CLASSICO 2007 Castelrotto adds 15% Merlot to the Sangiovese DOCG and is aged in French oak, both of which contribute TASTING NOTE: This tastes like $50 Chianti, of- to the wine’s greater richness. Ripe dark cherries, fering notes of cherries, smoke and spice – a steal plums, flowers and new leather emerge from this for a Tuscan wine of this calibre. It would go well relatively soft yet powerful Chianti. The Castelrotto with pasta and tomatoes, but has enough stuffing to possesses terrific harmony, especially in the way the stand up to beef and lamb as well. (Geoff Last, small barrels give the wine an extra dimension of www.canada.com, Undated) volume without dominating its balance. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2016. Score: 90 (Antonio Galloni, 176776 (XD) 750 mL $19.95 2 www.erobertparker.com, Aug. 2009) 180026 (XD) 750 mL $26.95 2 40 VINTAGES SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 DISCOVER OUR LATEST • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 VITICCIO CHIANTI CLASSICO MACEDONIA – RED WINE RISERVA 2006 DOCG This wine was #35 in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 BOVIN ALEXANDAR 2007 Wines of 2009. Tikves Wine Region TASTING NOTE: Worthy of the grandeur of its TASTING NOTE: Fabulous aromas of blackberry, name, this great blend of Merlot, Cabernet dark chocolate and flowers follow through to a full- Sauvignon and Vranec holds nothing back with bodied palate, with supersilky tannins and its ripe black fruit, plum, raspberry, vanilla and amazing richness and subtlety. Goes on for minutes marzipan aromas and flavours. The palate is on the palate. Best from 2010 through 2015. equally impressive, bursting with confident replays. Score: 93 (James Suckling, www.winespecta- This medium-bodied beauty will make a nice tor.com, Oct. 15, 2009) match for a lamb-based shepherd’s pie. (VINTAGES panel, Feb. 2010) 599308 (XD) 750 mL $34.95 2 178061 (XD) 750 mL $13.95 2 PORTUGAL – RED WINE VENETO MASTINO AMARONE DELLA CALLABRIGA 2007 VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 2006 DOC Alentejo DOC (Sogrape Vinhos) (Villa Girardi) Sogrape’s Callabriga is produced from mostly TASTING NOTE: The Villa Girardi family winery was Aragónez (Tempranillo) with the rest comprised of established in 1986. The villa itself was designed Alfrocheiro and Alicante Bouschet. The wine is by the Veronese architect Luigi Trezza in the late designed to demonstrate a modern winemaking 1700s. This soft, creamy Amarone offers up style using the grapes and vineyards that reflect gorgeous cherry notes on the nose. Soft, structured, the best of Portugal. Look for aromas of blackberry, and rich, the fruit carries through to a wonderfully cherry and plum, plus hints of spice and nicely persistent finish. Made for meals featuring red integrated oak tones. This dry, medium-full-bodied meats or mature cheeses, but will work beautifully wine is enjoyable now with flavourful meat, such as an after-dinner wine. (VINTAGES panel, Feb. 2010) as bison steaks, roast leg of lamb or game meats. 179382 (D) 750 mL $39.95 2 167643 (D) 750 mL $16.95 2 ROMANIA – WHITE WINE MONTE ZOVO SA’ SOLIN RIPASSO VALPOLICELLA 2008 RECAS T LEGEND OF TRANSYLVANIA DOC FETEASCA REGALA 2009 Year after year, this fabulous Ripasso is a major Viile Timisului Region hit with customers. It’s fruit-forward with layers of TASTING NOTE: The “Legend of Transylvania” line cranberry, cherry, herb, peppery spice and meaty might tap into our fascination with vampires, but notes. Dry with a medium-full body and a lingering there’s definitely nothing to fear here. This beauty finish, it has the structure to match flavourful is all give and no take. Gentle floral tones blend dishes such as roast leg of lamb or gourmet pizza pleasingly with peach, apple and candy notes. Off- with the works. Its upfront fruit-forward style also dry with a lively crisp acidity, this medium-bodied makes it a pleasant sipping wine. white will match well with farfalle aglio e olio topped with grilled chicken strips. (VINTAGES panel, 650713 (XD) 750 mL $17.95 2 Feb. 2010) 178848 (MD) 750 mL $9.95 1 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 VINTAGES 41 DISCOVER OUR LATEST • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 ROMANIA – RED WINE DESCENDIENTES DE J. PALACIOS PÉTALOS 2008 DO Bierzo ¸ ˘ ˘ ˘ MONS ER BABEASCA NEAGRA 2008 TASTING NOTE: The entry-level 2008 Petalos del (Cramele Odobesti) Bierzo is sourced from rented vineyards ranging in TASTING NOTE: Made from 100% Babeasca ˘ ˘ age from 40-90 years. It spends a few weeks in ˘ Neagra, this wine displays notes of black olives, new French barriques followed by 6-10 months in plums, raspberries and mulberries on the nose, seasoned oak. Purple in color with an alluring along with a hint of graphite. On the palate it adds nose of lavender, incense, spice box, black cherry, delicious suggestions of spice and chocolate to and blueberry, on the palate it has excellent go with the well-balanced fruit and tannins. This volume, intensity, and layered fruit. It has the struc- wine has good length and a tangy, fruit-filled ture to evolve for 1-2 years but can be approached finish. A good choice for gourmet burgers. (VINTAGES now. It is an outstanding value and introduction to panel, Feb. 2010) the Mencia grape. Score: 90 (Jay Miller, www.ero- bertparker.com, April, 2010) 178038 (XD) 750 mL $12.95 2 675207 (XD) 750 mL $21.95 2 SPAIN – WHITE WINE BODEGAS JULIAN CHIVITE BALUARTE VERDEJO 2008 DON JACOBO CRIANZA 2005 DO Rueda DOCa Rioja TASTING NOTE: Founded in 1647, Bodegas (Bodegas Corral) Chivite can lay claim to eleven generations of family This wine won a Silver Medal at the 2009 Concours involvement in the winery – a truly impressive Mondial de Bruxelles. It blends 85% Tempranillo, record. This continuity of purpose has paid great 10% Garnacha and 5% total of Mazuelo and Graci- dividends in their wine. The Baluarte Verdejo ano. Ripe, round, and filled with raspberry, plum, offers lovely grassy notes with lime and grapefruit blackberry and toasty oak, with a pleasing structure. in support. Fresh and lively on the palate with Match it to pork or lamb roasts. good acidity and a crisp, refreshing finish. Pair with a salad featuring tomatoes, or try with crab cakes. 937714 (XD) 750 mL $13.95 2 (VINTAGES panel, Oct. 2009) 168294 (XD) 750 mL $15.95 2 SPAIN – RED WINE SWITZERLAND – RED WINE BERONIA RESERVA 2006 DOCa Rioja DÔLE DU VALAIS 2007 TASTING NOTE: Deep, purple-tinged ruby in Swiss Valley colour, this expressive wine abounds with aromas of (Provins) blackberry, raspberry, black cherry, woodsmoke, A blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay, this lithe and mocha and a hint of vanilla. These nuances replay savoury red is all about elegance. It’s light bodied, nicely on the palate, where they’re balanced by and features aromas and flavours of cherry fruit, fine, structured tannins. Medium-full bodied, the smoked meat, and tilled earth. Those who love red wine offers up a deliciously savoury, spice-infused Burgundy will find a glimmer of recognition in this finish. Enjoy with blackened leg of lamb, or spicy wine. Enjoy with veal stew or root-veggieratatouille. meat dishes. (VINTAGES panel, Dec. 2009) 050203 (XD) 750 mL $17.95 2 160697 (D) 750 mL $18.95 1 42 VINTAGES SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 PRODUCT INDEX SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 SPIRITS SCOTCH WHISKY I 243790 GLENFARCLAS 10 YEARS OLD Page 26 $59.95 HIGHLAND SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY (700 mL) I 708362 SPRINGBANK 10 YEARS OLD CAMPBELTOWN SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY Page 26 $79.95 I 181974 TOMINTOUL THE GENTLE DRAM 10 YEARS OLD Page 26 $62.95 SPEYSIDE GLENLIVET SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY (700 mL) RUM I 094227 RON BARCELÓ IMPERIAL RUM (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC) (700 mL) Page 27 $49.95 FORTIFIED WINE MADEIRA I 011049 BLANDY’S 5-YEAR-OLD BUAL MADEIRA (PORTUGAL) Page 27 $24.95 PORT I 180794 DELAFORCE VINTAGE PORT 2003 (PORTUGAL) Page 27 $57.95 I 675751 FERREIRA LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORT 2000 (PORTUGAL) Page 27 $18.95 CHAMPAGNE FRANCE – CHAMPAGNE I 173435 CHARLES MIGNON PREMIER CRU BRUT ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE Page 27 $47.95 SPARKLING WINE CANADA – ONTARIO I 187377 FLAT ROCK RIDDLED SPARKLING 2007 Page 17 $24.95 I 560367 INNISKILLIN SPARKLING VIDAL ICEWINE 2008 (375 mL) Page 19 $69.95 I 587691 JACKSON-TRIGGS PROPRIETORS’ GRAND RESERVE Page 17 $19.95 MÉTHODE CLASSIQUE BRUT 2005 FRANCE – ALSACE I 957746 JEAN GEILER PRESTIGE BRUT CRÉMANT D’ALSACE Page 27 $17.95 FRANCE – BURGUNDY I 180018 L. VITTEAUT-ALBERTI BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT Page 28 $18.95 CRÉMANT DE BOURGOGNE WHITE WINE CANADA – ONTARIO I 566026 CAVE SPRING CSV CAVE SPRING VINEYARD RIESLING 2008 Page 11 $29.95 I 277228 CHÂTEAU DES CHARMES OLD VINES RIESLING 2007 Page 11 $16.95 I 064584 FEATHERSTONE OLD VINES RIESLING 2008 Page 9 $19.95 I 068015 FLAT ROCK CELLARS UNPLUGGED CHARDONNAY 2009 Page 5 $15.95 I 268342 HENRY OF PELHAM BARREL FERMENTED CHARDONNAY 2007 Page 5 $19.95 I 143974 LE CLOS JORDANNE TALON RIDGE VINEYARD CHARDONNAY 2008 Page 7 $37.00 I 544791 REIF ESTATE VIDAL ICEWINE 2007 (200 mL) Page 20 $24.95 I 089037 TAWSE SKETCHES OF NIAGARA CHARDONNAY 2008 Page 5 $19.95 I 038117 VINELAND ESTATES ST. 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