Iconic Reds – November 26, 2015

Grant Graves
November 26, 2015

While the weather was cool last night the block buster wines we sampled at our Red Wine Icons tasting were able to warm us all.  The lineup included products from many of the best producing regions in the world which demonstrated their power, finesse and their potential for aging, a reflection of why they are considered iconic.  All participants enjoyed themselves and each had a couple of favourites.

So now for the lineup:

2009 Contino Graciano Rioja (Rioja Spain)$99.99.The sumptuous 2009 Graciano was raised entirely in new French oak (with 10% Hungarian) for 15 to 16 months. It has a very intense, creme de cassis, blueberry and dark plum-tinged bouquet with a hint of baked cherries. The palate is medium-bodied with a rounded, sensual entry. It is very supple and caressing in the mouth, with beautifully interwoven new oak towards the finish. It is a lush young Graciano that will need 5-6 years aging” Robert Parker

2009 Le Macchiole Messorio (Tuscany, Italy) – $265.99.  “The 2009 Messorio (Merlot) emerges from the glass with dark cherries, plums, mocha, smoke, incense and grilled herbs. This was surprise for those in the group that thought they did not like Merlot”. Robert Parker

2009 Kapcsandy Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin (Napa, California) – $434.99. “The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon-Grand Vin opens with a rush of dark red fruit, flowers, spices, new leather and licorice. It is an extremely classy wine graced with exceptional length and tons of polish. The intensity tapers off just a touch on the mid-palate and finish.” Robert Parker

2011 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou (Saint Julien Bordeaux) – $204.99  “The 2011 Ducru Beaucaillou possesses a dense ruby/purple color along with a beautiful nose of sweet creme de cassis, crushed rock and spring flower aromas. This rich, medium to full-bodied St.-Julien is among the most concentrated wines of the Medoc. Moderate tannin is sweet and well-integrated.” Robert Parker

2004 Reschke Empyrean (Coonawarra, South Australia) – $122.99. “The wine reveals a splendid perfume of smoke, vanilla, scorched earth, black currant, and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by an extracted, thick, rich Cabernet with gobs of dark fruit flavors, superb balance, and a 60-second finish.” Robert Parker

2005 Quintarelli Rosso del Bepi IGT (Vento, Italy) – $204.99  Highly collectible this 2005 begins with a glorious nose, followed by power, concentration, and explosive energy, with dark cherry, leather, and spice, its tannins a perfect blend of smoothness and thickness. Another one for the ages from Quintarelli.

2010 Ornus dell’Ornellaia (Tuscany, Italy) – $119.99, 375 ml bottle  There is abundant vibrant fruit on the nose, with notes of peach jam and honey balanced by notes of lemon and grapefruit. In the mouth it combines a great richness of sweetness and fruit with a great intensity.of citrus, lemon zest, and minerally nuances.

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