Case of 6 bottles.
As the days get shorter, nights get cooler, and the trees reveal their fall colours, we find meals get heartier and more red wines get opened. With this in mind, we are pleased to offer a new mixed case of wines chosen to complement Fall menus.
This mixed case of six red wines (one bottle of each) are all from independent wineries where care is taken from vineyard to grape to bottle. These wines are also available to purchase by-the-case through this Web site.
Wine# 1 Degani, Valpolicella Classico 2019 (Veneto, Italy)
This wine is made from a blend of three grapes – Corvina (40%), Corvinone (25%), and Rondinella (30%) – from Degani’s own vineyards. After a 15-day, cool maceration to extract colour and bright fruit flavours and aromas, the must is fermented and aged in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks to retain freshness.
Tasting Note:Fresh and drinkable, this wine has deep aromas of juicy cherries and plums. Full-bodied in the mouth, tasty and well balanced on the finish.
Pairings: The perfect choice for guests who prefer fruitier style, medium-bodied wines. It is versatile and will complement medium- to fuller-bodied dishes, and particularly tomato-based pasta dishes, and roast Turkey.
Wine# 2 La Lecciaia, Sangiovese Toscana Igt 2015 (Tuscany, Italy)
This wine is made from 100% Sangiovese grapes sourced from estate vineyards in Montalcino, the source of the famous Brunello di Montalcino. The grapes were hand-harvested when the reached peak ripeness and maturity. Vinification was in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks, then aged for a minimum of 18 months in large Slavonian oak casks.
Tasting Note: Earthy aromas of wild berries and blackberry, with floral notes of herbs, mocha and baking spices. Medium- to full-bodied, and rich on the palate. Smooth tannins, with a long finish. It may need a few minutes to open up.
Pairings:Complements fuller-bodied foods like steak, braised meat dishes, and hearty stews. Also pasta with meat-based sauces, and pizza.
Wine# 3 Bodega Tajinaste, Tinto Traditional (Canary Islands, Spain)
Made from 100% Listán negro (pronounced lee-STAN neh-gro) grown on hillside vineyards at a height of 600 metres above sea level. That's right up the slopes of the famous Tenerife volcano, El Teide! These are old vines - 40% are planted using the multiple braided cordon system, and the remainder on trellis’s - and the grapes are hand harvested at ideal ripeness.
The grapes are cold macerated prior to fermentation, and both alcoholic and malolactic fermentations take place in stainless steel tanks. About a third of the wine is aged for two months in American oak barrels.
Tasting Note:Highly aromatic, reminiscent of fresh red fruits - cranberry, cherry, and plum - with peppery/balsamic notes. Smooth, with balancing acidity, medium tannins, and a clean finish.
Pairings:Goes with charcuterie, veal, grilled pork, pizza, burgers, as well as roast Turkey and other poultry.
Wine# 4 Cartoixa de Montsalvat, Montclass 2017 (Priorat, Spain)
A blend of 60% Grenache (from 30-40 year old vines), 20% Carignan (from 80-100 year old vines), and 10% Syrah, from low-yield vineyards on mountain slopes. The grapes macerate for 15-20 days, then fermented in stainless-steel tanks. The blend is then made, and the wine is aged for 10 months in new French-oak barrels.
Tasting note: Complex aromas and flavours of black fruits - blackberry, cherry and blueberry - with toasted sweet oak, mocha, vanilla spice, and black pepper notes. Intense, yet balanced, with good acidity, sweet, ripe tannins, and long finish.
Pairings:Grilled and braised meats - beef and lamb - earthy vegetarian dishes, and spicy Moroccan dishes.
Wine# 5 Poggio Stenti, Pian di Staffa Montecucco Riserva 2015 (Tuscany, Italy)
Made from 100% Sangiovese grapes, hand-harvested from estate vineyards, right across the Orcia River from famous Montalcino. Fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks, then the wine ages for approximately 30 months in 20 hectolitre, fine-grained, French-oak barrels, to soften the more aggressive attributes of the Sangiovese grapes, and to develop a more balanced wine with a complex bouquet. 2015 is a spectacular Tuscan vintage.
Tasting Note:Deep and rich, with aromas and flavours of dark cherries, wild raspberry, and blueberries, with notes of mocha, menthol, and vanilla spice. Round, smooth, and well-structured with firm tannins, lovely acidity, balanced alcohol, and a long, elegant finish.
Pairings: It will complement most medium- to full-bodied dishes, particularly grilled red meat (beef tenderloin or lamb), game, salumi, or classic pasta dishes with meat- or mushroom-based sauces.
Wine# 6 Bodegas Itsasmendi 2016 (Basque Country, Spain)
This rare red Txakoli (pronounced chak-oh-lee) is made from a blend of Pinot Noir (65%) and an indigenous Basque grape called Hondarribi-Beltza (pronounced on-dar-ee-bee belt-za), from vines over 20 year old in two small plots.
Eklipse has a unique varietal personality; much of which comes from the influences of the Cantabrian Sea which is only a few kilometers away, the age of the vines, plus the predominantly limestone and clay-loam soils. The plots are also surrounded by an ancient Cantabrian Holm Oak grove.
Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel conical tanks to retain the fresh aromatics of the grape, and then the wine is aged for 10 months in a 2,000 litre French oak vat, to add structure and complexity.
Tasting Note: Earthy aromatics of blueberry, raspberry, and strawberry, and with slight floral (violets), underbrush, and mineral notes. Balanced acidity, medium body and tannins, and a clean elegant finish.
Pairings: It will complement most medium- to full-bodied dishes, particularly grilled red meat (beef tenderloin or lamb), game, or earthy vegetarian dishes.