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Arguably the greatest vintage of Brunello di Montalcino ever!

Brunello di Montalcino 2016: Arguably the greatest vintage of Brunello di Montalcino ever!

 I've received quite a few bottles of the magical 2016 vintage from Brunello di Montalcino.  This vintage leaves most people speechless, regardless of personal taste. Even if you are not sure which bottle (or bottles) to get, it would be hard to go wrong with any of these excellent wines. 2016 Stands out as the strongest vintage ever in Brunello di Montalcino, a legendary vintage, thanks to a textbook growing season!

 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2016: 

 Argiano's Brunello di Montalcino is distinguished by its elegance and its deep ruby red color. It presents a good concentration on the mid-palate and a persistent aftertaste, with a rounded and voluptuous body, and interesting, silky tannins. 97 Decanter. 

$74.99 per bottle plus tax. 

 

 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2016:  

 Incredible effort for one of the largest estates in Montalcino. This estate produces stunning wines vintage after vintage. Keep this one for at least a decade! 97 Vinous, 96 Wine Spectator. 

$84.98 per bottle plus tax. 

 

 Castiglion Del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino 2016: 

 Complexity, superb structure, and an inviting, mouth-filling palate are the hallmarks of this Sangiovese grown in the 42-hectare Capanna vineyard facing towards the Mediterranean Sea. A garnet-flecked ruby red, it releases generous, emphatic fragrances classic to Sangiovese, developing a near-endless progression notable for its beautiful balance. 97 Decanter, 99 JS. 

$95.98 per bottle plus tax. 

 We also have 6 magnums (1.5L) available of the 2016 vintage: $214.99 plus tax.

 Le Ragnaie Brunello di Montalcino 2016: 

Blended from Le Ragnaie's scattered vineyards, this provides a wide-angle snapshot of Montalcino’s varied territory, violets and Mediterranean scrub meeting wild strawberry, stone and an intriguing earthiness. It also encapsulates Sangiovese’s buoyancy, coming across as mid-weight at first then building with power as firm, dusty tannins wrap around a tangy core. The finish is energetic and uplifting - an elegantly sculpted Brunello. 

 $119.98 per bottle plus tax. 96 Wine Spectator 

 Sesti Brunello di Montalcino 2016: 

The Sesti estate's vineyards are in the enviable position of being on the southern slopes of Montalcino, where some of the most prestigious Brunello comes from. Giuseppe Sesti is considered the leading winemakers of the region. 94 Wine Advocate 

 $147.98 per bottle plus tax. 

New Zealand Pinot Noir and Riesling plus Canada's top Pinot Noir!

Hi wine friends,

I hope you are enjoying the summer. There are a few new exciting arrivals in the Vintages Room this week.

Leeuwin Estate 2018 Art Series Chardonnay:

Definitely one of my favourite producers of Chardonnay in Australia. The Margaret River is such an amazing winegrowing region.

Immaculate, powerful, intense nose with purity and clarity of primary fruit characterised by pear, white peach, lime curd and custard apple. There are infinite layers of brioche, grilled hazelnuts, cinnamon quill, shaved nutmeg, black cardamom and almond meal. A thread of graphite in the background adds elegant complexity.

"Let's put it this way. This is the closest I have come to awarding a wine 100 points...Stellar wine from a stellar vintage. The remarkable this is that this is a wine 100 percent barrel fermented in new French oak barriques with regular lees stirring for 11 months - and it certainly doesn't taste excessive, or even slightly oak. It has such high-fidelity purity with complex seductive aromatics of vanilla bean and light oatmeal with a cutting minerality and spicy lift. But the palate, oh the palate. This is where things start to explode. Power, poise an​d persistence with a dry savouriness balancing the intense ripe fruit. It ​is such a long finish with an ever so slightly, charry finish completing a remarkable wine".​ 99-plus/100 Ray Jordan, The West Australian, 27 February 2021​

​$115.98 per bottle plus tax.

Champagne Varnier Fannier Grand Cru St. Denis:

Incredible Blanc de Blancs made in tiny quantities. The history of this estate dates back to 1860 when the Fanniere family began growing grapes and selling them to Champagne negociant houses. It was only in 1950 that the family started producing champagne under their own name.

$89.99 per bottle plus tax.

Rippon Mature Vine Riesling 2019: 95 Points JS

A warm & productive summer put plenty of flesh on this wine. The fruit is issued from Rippon’s mature vines, whose root hairs have invaded the schist rock below. Lurking towards the end of the first mouthful is substantial phenolic power and it soon starts to take charge of the wine… and give it its sense of place.

Rippon's 2019 Mature Vine Riesling strikes a winning balance between fresh green apple, tangy citrus and spring-like florals. It's medium-bodied (12% alcohol) and almost dry, with great concentration and length.

$49.98 per bottle plus tax.

Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2017: 99 Points JS

The farm voice of a distinct parcel of land: Rippon. On the western board of Roy’s Bay, Lake Wanaka, Rippon’s north-facing escarpment forms the meeting point of terminal moraines and coarse gravels, all based in schist, on which some of the region’s earliest vines were planted. Rippon is a Wine issued from all of the fully developed Pinot Noir vines growing in this land.

This offers aromas of violets, blueberries, red and dark cherries, fragrant, freshly cracked black pepper and wet dark stones. Complex, but still tightly wound and reserved. The palate is very concentrated, dense and elegantly poised with such powerful tannin, carrying concentrated blueberry and dark-cherry flavors long. Really taut, fully ripe and mouth wateringly intense pinot noir. Dark cherry-pit freshness to close. From bio dynamically grown grapes. Drinkable now, but better in five years.

$76.98 per bottle plus tax.

Little Engine Gold Label Pinot Noir 2018:

A deep purple colour, luxuriant with dark cherry, strawberry, and rhubarb aromas, layered with notes of chocolate and subtle vanilla. The palate is pleasing on entry with inviting dark fruit, cassis, cocoa, and hints of cola, along with savoury notes inviting us to take another sip. Tannins are round and rich. Good acid balance with a generous finish. The winemaking team recommend patience and a favourable cellaring environment to encourage the development of alluring tertiary characteristics. This wine will age beautifully through 2025.

95 Points - Gold, Decanter World Wine Awards 2021. The highest scoring Canadian Pinot Noir!

$69.98 per bottle plus tax.

Filling your wine rack with some local gems and classics during the last few weeks of Summer!

Filling your wine rack with some local gems and classics during the last few weeks of Summer!

 

It’s the last few weeks of summer and fall is approaching fast. I like all four seasons, but especially fall and winter.  With BBQ season almost done for the year, it is time for slow-cooked meals, Dutch ovens, crock pots and hearty meals. The cooler weather matches well with bigger wines (maybe a switch from white to red) and warmer dinners. I probably drank more white than red this summer, but it also depends on the food pairing. I’m looking forward to tasting the newest release of the iconic Black Hills Nota Bene 2016. This is one of BC’s greatest red blends (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc) and it sells out every vintage since their first in 1999. I will be pouring the 2016 Nota Bene this Saturday in the Langley Vintage Room! Collectors and BC wine enthusiasts are quick with this one, it will sell out fast! Retails for $62.49.

 

We also have the Beni Di Batasiolo 2007 Barolo in all our Vintage Rooms. This is a fantastic wine that is ready to drink (requires a few hours of decanting) or could be cellared for another few years. A great match with wild mushroom risotto and aged parmesan Reggiano or a charcuterie board with meats and aged cheeses. A steal at $55!

 

I am also very excited to have Checkmate in the Vintage Room here at our Langley location. These wines are very hard to get (restaurants get first dibs) so I’m lucky to carry it! We have the 2013 Silent Bishop Merlot and 2014 Attack Chardonnay. This artisanal winery only produces two varietals (Chardonnay and Merlot) and they do it right. Some of the best Chardonnay and Merlot Canada has to offer!! Very small production, 12 barrels for the Merlot.

The 2014 Attack Chardonnay retails for $114.99 and the 2013 Silent bishop Merlot retails for $84.99.

 

Enjoy the last few weeks of Summer!

 

Cheers,

Q