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A Wine Lover's Diary, Part 459: Jet Lagged (September 3, 2013)

Tuesday, August 27: Woke up early this morning as expected. Wrote my 680News wine reviews and went through a ton of emails. A disturbing number from Russia and China, probably trying to convince me not to bomb Syria.

In the evening, to Edo to meet the group who will be travelling to Japan with Deborah and me on September 16th for two weeks. Barry Chaim, the owner of Edo, is leading the tour. Deborah and I could hardly keep our heads off the table. Jet-lag with a vengeance.

Wednesday, August 28: Lunch at Patachou with David Hamilton, the publisher of Toronto Life. He seemed interested to know more about the Ontario Wine Awards and sip&Savour Ontario. Then dropped into the LCBO at Scrivener Square to pick up three bottles of Jacquart Mosaique Brut Champagne for a champagne and sparkling wine seminar I'm conducting for residents of the our condo building. In the afternoon I tasted the following wines:

  • Flat Rock Cellars Good Kharma Chardonnay 2010 (Ontario – $16.95): straw colour; rich nose of peaches backed by spicy oak; full-bodied, sweet peach and tropical fruit flavours. Mouth-filling with a spicy finish. (88)
  • Ironstone Obsession Symphony 2012 (California – $14.70): pale straw colour; aromatic, spicy Muscat-like nose (Symphony is a cross of Muscat of Alexandria and Grenache Gris); off-dry, grapey flavour of orange and cardamom; easy drinking, light on the palate with a faint spritz. (89)
  • Tenuta S. Anna Cabernet Franc 2011 (Veneto – $13.95): ruby with a violet tint; smoky, red berry nose; dry, floral, cherry flavour, well-structured and medium-bodied with a firm finish. (88)
  • La Posta Cocina Tinto 2011 (Mendoza – Malbec, Syrah, Bonarda – $13.25): deep ruby colour; earthy, black cherry nose with a floral note; richly extracted fruit with a licorice note, full on the palate with a note of violets on the finish. (87+)
  • Las Rochas Garnacha 2010 (Calatayud, Spain – $15.35): ruby colour with a tawny note; spicy, raspberry and vanilla oak nose; sweet raspberry flavour with a lively acidic spine. Well made with good length. (88)
  • Tilia Malbec 2012 (Argentina – $12.95): deep ruby colour; plum with oak nuances; firm, medium-bodied, dry with a touch of volatility and a firm tannic finish. (86)
  • Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (Paso Robles – $19.95): deep ruby colour; cedary, black fruit nose with a floral top note; medium to full-bodied, remarkably elegant for the price with a tannic lift on the finish. (89)

Our neighbour Sally came over to dinner. With guacamole, Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2012 and Megalomaniac Riesling 2011 from Ontario. Grilled some sausages on the BBQ and served them with a vegetable stir fry and served Burrowing Owl Meritage 2008 from BC.

Thursday, August 29: A meeting with Marc Koehane of Scotiabank to determine whether it's advantageous for Grapes for Humanity to move our account from our current bank. At 7 pm the Champagne and Sparkling Wine seminar in the party room. Some 30 people attended and by all accounts had a great time.

Friday, August 30: At 10 am met with an account Manager at RBC to discuss Grapes For Humanity's account. She'll get back to me about lowering banking fees. In the afternoon tasted more wines:

  • Southbrook Connect Organic White 2012 (Ontario – $14.95): Vidal/Riesling/Gewurztraminer/Sauvignon Blanc. Medium straw colour; spicy, peachy-melon nose; off-dry, medium-bodied, with spicy-floral flavours of melon and peach. Well made. (88)
  • Bench 1775 Chill 2012 (Naramata, BC – $15.90): 46% Pinot Gris, 25% Chardonnay, 11% Sauvignon Blanc, and 6% each of Viognier, Pinot Blanc and Gewürztraminer. Very pale colour; spicy, herbaceous nose of grapefruit and apple; off-dry, apple, lychee and apricot flavours with lively acidity. Touch of bitterness on the finish. (87)
  • Bench 1775 Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (Naramata, BC – $17.90): pale straw colour; delicate, green pea nose with a citrusy-floral note; crisply dry with grapefruit and lemon flavours; sustains well on the palate. (88+)
  • Montevina Winery Pinot Grigio 2010 (California – $14.95): very pale colour; pear skin nose with an earthy note; unctuous on the palate, full-bodied, dry, pear flavour with lively acidity and a browning apple finish. (87)
  • Southbrook Connect Organic Red 2011 (Cabernet Franc/Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon: Ontario – $15.95): ruby-purple colour; cedar, tobacco, currants on the nose with evident oak; medium-bodied, cherry and blackcurrant flavours with a floral note; lively acidity with chewy tannins. (88)
  • Mayor de Castilla Crianza 2010 (Ribera del Duero – $15.95): deep ruby colour; earthy, strawberry nose; dry, strawberry, plum and leather flavours, fresh acidity with a firm finish. (87)
  • Illuminati Riparosso Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011 (Abruzzo – $13.95): deep ruby-plum colour; oaky, cherry nose with a chocolate note; dry, cherry flavour with a rustic note; firm tannins. (87)
  • Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (Mendoza, Argentina – $12.95): deep ruby colour; cedar and minty, blackcurrant nose; light on the palate but firmly structured; dry, redcurrant and blackcurrant flavours with a floral top note. Good value. (88)
  • Lapostolle Casa Gran Selección Carmenère 2011 (Rapel Valley, Chile – $15.95): dense purple-ruby colour; blackcurrant and red pepper nose; mouth-filling sweet fruit, well balanced with a creamy texture, juicy and full on the palate. (89)

For dinner, maple glazed salmon on the BBQ, sweet corn and yams with a bottle of Mayor de Castilla Verdejo 2012 from Rueda, Spain.




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