Limited Wines for 2017
Arriving in January
Vermentino – $220
Although rare in North America, in Italy the Vermentino grape is a white star. Think of flavours like white peach, green apple, fresh lime and even a bit of dried tarragon on the finish. On the palate, it has a quenching acidity that makes your mouth water with delight and a delicate weight that allows this wine to be sip-worthy on its own.
Old Vine Zinfandel – $230
The famous thick, gnarled and twisted old Zinfandel vines of Lodi in California’s Central Valley contribute to intense concentrated flavors in the grapes.
Oak and tannins, pepper and spice combine to enhance trademark blackcurrant and cherry flavors Rich fruit and complex structure dazzle from first aroma to long, refined finish.
Lodi Ranch 11 – Cabernet Sauvignon- $230
Oak and tannins, pepper and spice combine to enhance trademark blackcurrant and cherry flavours. Rich fruit and complex structure dazzle from first aroma to long, refined finish.
Arriving in February
French Chardonnay – $210
A fabulous unoaked French Chardonnay, with notes of citrus, honey, melon and green apple. A dense texture and minerality that lend to a creamy mouthfeel. Chardonnay grapes originated in the Saone-et-Loire region of France, and take their name from the village of Chardonnay. These famous wine grapes were found to be a natural cross between Pinot and Gouais Blanc grapes.
Milagro – $230
Blending grapes together is an art, with of course a bit of science, and the grapes here are perfectly suited. Three of Spain’s great red varieties, Tempranillo, Garnacha and Bobal bring their lush and hedonistic qualities to pair the full-bodied and well-structured friends Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Together, you have a wine with a range of black and red fruit characteristics, cherry cola, anise and white pepper and a powerful yet supple mouthful.
Nero D’Avola – $230
Nero D’Avola has long been a prized varietal in its native Sicily and in the last decade has been gaining favour in the rest of the world as a serious red, joining the ranks of big Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Nero D’Avola offers aromas of ripe black fruit with notes of vanilla and smoke, and abundant flavours of ripe black cherry & plum with spicy accents, velvety tannins, and a long finish.
Arriving in March
Blanc de Noir – $210
Blanc de Noirs is a French term that translates to a white wine made from dark grapes. Pinot Noir, which many wine experts argue is the greatest red wine grape in the world, is used for this particular wine. By quickly removing the skins from the juice after the grapes have been pressed, the pigment from the skins is not transferred to the juice and you have all the beautiful complexities of Pinot Noir while keeping the colour light and the tannins at bay. This wine, with its crab apple and strawberry driven nose and white peach and grapefruit palate pairs well with delicate dishes.
Kookaburra Red – $230
A bold, charismatic blend of Grenache, Shiraz, and Mataro loaded with raspberry, blackberry, spice, and a supple finish. Grenache brings ripe, jammy fruit flavours and hints of cinnamon spice. Shiraz provides a punch of blackberry, and plum flavours with elements of black pepper spice, while Mataro brings savoury, earthy notes, spicy elements and texture.
Arriving in April
New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc – $210
Intensely aromatic, fragrant with grass and currant leaves, this fruit-forward wine casts long, robust flavours of zesty fruit with a crisp dry finish.
Grenache Cabernet with Grape Skins – $230
Cabernet Sauvignon, the undisputed “king” of grapes, is a big, bold character that has strong tannins in his youth, yet unwinds himself with age to a smooth, velvety texture that is worth waiting for. Flavours like black currant (cassis) jam, cigar box and black olive. Grenache is the yin to Cabernet Sauvignon’s yang. It’s both soft and jammy to balance out the powerful structure of Cabernet, yet rich and spicy enough to stand up to him. Flavours like red licorice, black cherry and raspberry combine with warm vanilla and spice that rounds out the blend perfectly.