Seminar speaker, David Gleave MW of Liberty Wines in the UK, in his exceptional presentation on Italian wines, focused on 'sense of place' rather than terroir as an indicator of quality. His four destroyers of sense of place included quantity of grapes vs quality; over-ripeness producing a huge bang for the buck and resulting in a deadness of fruit; faults in winemaking; and oak, as in too much or too heavy a toast on a delicate wine.
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Toronto Lawn & Tennis Club, 44 Price Street, Toronto. For more information, email: Keenan@propellerpr.com
Arcadian Court, Simpson Tower, 401 Bay Street, 8th Floor, Toronto. German Wine Fair
Since 1897, four generations of the Lichtlé family have been producing exquisite Alsatian wines from their 4-ha vineyard In Husseren-les Château. Each of their five different soil types is dedicated to a specific varietal, insuring the best possible example of Alsace wines. This Pinot Gris is golden yellow in colour with notes of raisin, quince and toast. Very well-balanced.
Availability: Consignment (12 bottles/case) $20.99/bottle
Dark cherry and black pepper aromas are matched by subtle spicy oak. A complex palate with red berries and fine-grained tannins.
‘Sommeliers take note: this is a serious producer” James Halliday, 91 pts
90 points, Robert Parker
LCBO # 323790 — $18.95
Expressive nose of cherry jam, oak and licorice. Cherry flavours, pleasant minerality and fine tannins. This elegant wine will benefit from another 3-5 years in the cellar.
89 points – Wine & Spirits Magazine
LCBO #243774 — $19.95
Arrowood's signature wine is composed of the finest fruit from neighbouring vineyards in Sonoma Valley. Lush, layered and complex, it captures the fingerprint of the variety, the sense of place and Arrowood’s finest representation of the vintage. Rich and enticing from the first swirl, the wine opens with aromatics of black cherry, black berry, toast and crème de cassis. These notes gracefully introduce the palate with a harmonious blend of plump berry fruits, notes of cedar and well-integrated tannins on the long, lingering finish.
LCBO #347330 — $99.95
The fruit for this wine comes from four neighbouring Russian River Valley vineyards. The region’s cool climate has resulted in a vibrant fruit experience with a rich, crisp, long- lasting finish. The flavours are bright with focused varietal character and spice notes.
93 points Robert Parker; 91 points Steven Tanzer
LCBO #247243 — $49.95
“Oak can mask a multitude of sins.”
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