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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

OCTOBER 2017

31 VINTAGES

DUORUM OLD VINES RESERVA 2012

DOC Douro

TaSTING NOTE:

The old vine vineyard

gives all the structure and concentration to

this rich wine. It is dense, tightly structured

with mineral and fruit tannins. There is a

ripe juicy background of plum jelly and

acidity. It is a wine that is still developing,

so wait until 2017. Score:

93

(Roger Voss,

Wine Enthusiast

, Feb. 2016)

372235 (XD) 750 mL $63.00

CANADA

– ONTaRIO

RED WINE

BACHELDERWISMERSPARKE

VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2014

VQA Twenty Mile Bench,

Niagara Escarpment

TaSTING NOTE:

a pale and delicate

pinot in the Bachelder style, focused more

on dusty dried red fruit and pot pourri

than sheer weight or density. This is toute

en finesse as I’m sure the winemaker

intended, fine and firm, succulent and

savoury, with excellent length. Old wood

plays its gently oxidative tune without

contributing significant flavour. Drink

now or hold into the early ’20s. Score:

91

(John Szabo, MS,

winealign.com

,

March 13, 2017)

520379 (XD) 750 mL $44.95

STRATUS CABERNET SAUVIGNON

2012

VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake

TaSTING NOTE:

The Stratus 2012

once again belies the perception, still held

by some, that big reds can’t be made in

Niagara’s cool climate. The Niagara-on-

the-Lake sub appellation, on the border

of the Four Mile Creek, the region’s

warmest, is the origin of this bold and

muscular cabernet, dense, very ripe yet

still sinewy and firm, anything but jammy

and soft, certainly not green. Tannins are

abundant and chewy, but balanced by

masses of dark fruit, ensuring that textural

harmony will eventually be reached, likely

in another 2-3 years or so, the minimum

needed to soften these edges. Though this

wine can be cellared until the late ’20s.

I suspect without concern. an impressive

effort. Score:

92

(John Szabo, MS,

winealign.com

, Oct. 27, 2016)

312108 (XD) 750 mL $42.20

13

TH

STREET ESSENCE

PINOT NOIR 2011

VQA Niagara Peninsula

TaSTING NOTE:

Essence wines, this

is where you find the personality of Colas,

this is his playground, a place where he

can make the wines that best express the

best of the vintage, his take on the vintage.

The Pinot shows black cherry, meaty-loamy

notes, truffles and swirling spices on the

nose. It is built with structure, designed to

age, with ripe, assertive tannins, savoury

cherry flavours, currants, earthy and spicy

but doesn’t seem over the top on the

palate. My temptation would be to lay this

down for a while to bring it all into harmony.

Score:

92

(Rick VanSickle,

winesinnia

gara.com

, Nov. 27, 2014)

237222 (XD) 750 mL $44.95

WHITE WINE

BACHELDERWISMER VINEYARD

CHARDONNAY 2012

VQA Twenty Mile Bench,

Niagara Escarpment

TaSTING NOTE:

Hailing from a warmer

vintage, this is one large, rich and fleshy

chardonnay. But despite the girth and

depth it still pulls some fine acidity and

minerality out of its hat as the wine wanes

on the finish. Expect very lifted peat

smoke from the barrels, with ripe almost

custardy peach/pear fruit and almond

on the nose. Some sense of herbality there

as well. It rolls across the palate then

battens down on the finish, hitting excellent

to outstanding length. Score:

92

(David

Lawrason,

winealign.com

, Jan. 25, 2015)

345819 (XD) 750 mL $44.95

AUSTRALIA

RED WINE

PEPPER TREE COQUUN

SINGLE VINEYARD SHIRAZ 2014

Hunter Valley, New South Wales

TaSTING NOTE:

Grown on the Tallawanta

vineyard, planted in 1920. It’s a wine of

balance, power and length, the pirouette

of savoury-spicy-cherried flavours

anchored by fine-set tannin and ripe

cherry-leather fruit. Exquisite integration

of oak. Elegance and the haunt thereafter.

Drink By: 2035. Score:

95

(Campbell

Mattinson,

winecompanion.com.au

,

Oct. 6, 2016)

483461 (XD) 750 mL $66.00