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Michel Lenique – 3D wines Brut Champagne

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Vintage: Non-Vintage
Type: Champagne
Country: France – Pierry

This non-vintage champagne is a special selection that is available only through 3D wines. The house, Lenique is based in Pierry and they have been around for a long time and know how to make Champagne. This champagne has amazing bubbles, both small and plentiful that seem to last forever. The taste is great and there is almost no after taste. Very good and highly recommended.

Champagne Mercier- Cuvee du Fondateur

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Vintage: Non-Vintage
Type: Champagne
Country: France – Epernay

This is a very good Non-vintage champagne. It is the Founder’s selection from Mercier and I found it full of flavour, great bubbles and and overall excellent taste. It even had a bit of the “vintage flavour” to it, making it a bit stronger and fuller of flavour than one would expect from a non-vintage. Recommended.

Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Vintage: 2006
Type: Malbec
Country: Argentina

Wow. After cleansing my palate of Casillero del Diablo (Chile) Malbec, I tried this Argentinian Malbec and was surprised at the difference. First of all, its colour is a gorgeous ruby-violet shade. Swirl it around in your glass to release aromas of berries and chocolate. Admire its long legs. Taste the cherries and minty finish. This is just lovely.

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Yellow Tail – Bubbles

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Vintage: Non-Vintage
Type: Sparkling Wine
Country: Australia

Here is a wine maker who has taken a luxury product and has made it accessible to folks who like to celebrate and enjoy bubbles on an everyday basis. The bubbles are sharper than what you would find in bottles of sparkling wine produced in North America, which is closer to what my palate prefers. This is quite a sweet sparkler (actually, very sweet) and I am still not sure which exotic fruits’ aromas lift out of the glass. This is perfect for those summer evenings when both partners had a good day at work or when you have some out-of-towners visiting you for brunch!

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Yellow Tail – Shiraz

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Vintage: 2008
Type: Shiraz
Country: Australia

Oh dear. As a big fan of Australian shiraz wines, I really wanted to like this one (especially because Yellow Tail has consistently produced fantastic merlots). Unfortunately, I find this Shiraz too grainy on the tongue, which is perhaps what happens when the boss’ nose wants to be generous with its earthiness and full-bodiness. Its redeeming features are its intense purple-like colour, spicy aroma and formation of long legs on the glass.