Reach Haiti Fundraising Wine Raffle!

The Kensington Wine Market has partnered again with Reach Haiti to raise funds for their charitable efforts in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation.

Reach Haiti’s Mission & Philosophy: “We will act within the context of Haitian objectives for education and offer our knowledge, personnel and financial support in partnership arrangements with projects established through mutual consultation.   We will undertake education projects that contribute to long-term development of individuals, communities and the overall education system where possible.   Innovation will be a cornerstone in our approach.”

We here at Kensington Wine Market have put together a case of wine valued at $2100.00 retail, which is being raffled off to raise funds for the charity. Only 100 tickets are available at $100 a piece for a chance at winning this incredible selection of wines. The draw will be held on July 27th. Tickets are available at the Kesnsington Wine Market, and can also be bought through the charity. Tickets can be purchased by cash or cheque (made out to “Reach Haiti”). For contact details and more information on their efforts visit: http://www.reachhaiti.ca/ .

Here are some further details on the wines included in this incredible case:

Ramonet Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Blanc 2009 (Chardonnay, France) - The famous domaine, according to some, is the home ofBurgundy’s greatest genius, Andre Ramonet. Half of the 34 acredomaine is white, including immaculately made Batard andBienvenues-Batard-Montrachet, a delicate and racy ChassagneMontrachet Premier Cru Les Ruchottes, and excellent Chassagne”Villages”. Their red wines are less famous but remarkably fine. – Rating : 90

Chateau Troplong Mondot 2009 (Bordeaux, France) - It boasts an inky/purple color along with a gorgeous bouquet ofmocha, chocolate, blackberry and cassis fruit, an unctuous texture,a full-bodied, viscous mouthfeel and a skyscraper-like, multilayeredfinish. This spectacular wine is nearly overwhelming in its richness,thickness and intensity. This blockbuster, fabulous TroplongMondot will benefit from 10-15 years of cellaring and keep forthree decades or more. It is not shy either, bouncing over thepalate with 15.5% natural alcohol. - Rating : 99

Roederer Cristal (Champagne, France) - ”Seriously precocious nose with notes of apple blossom, freshstrawberries, clotted cream, cashews and lightly toasted hazelnutsplus a barely detectable hint of oak. Great concentrationof apple crumble flavours with very fine bubbles and a crispbackbone of acid. Long creamy finish. Drink 2010 to 2029″. – Rating : 96

Krug Grande Cuvee NV - When Johann-Joseph Krug founded the Krug champagnehouse in 1843, his dream was to give his name to nothingless than an exceptional champagne. Six generations later, hewould approve of his descendents’ commitment to excellence.Krug produces only premium blends. The wines aremade from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meuniergrapes. It is a wine with great finesse. – Rating : 94

Moet Dom Perignon 2002 - Dom Pérignon was the 17th century Benedictine monk who hasgone down in history as the person who “invented” Champagne.He sold the brand name to Moët & Chandon, which used it as thename for its prestige cuvée, which was first released in 1937.Incredibly smooth, creamy fruit with perfect balance that with agetakes on toasty aromas and a finesse equaled by very few ofthe other Grandes Marques. – Rating : 96

Larrivet Haut Brion Blanc 2009 (White Wine, France) - A stunningly rich nose of melons, honeysuckle, pineapple andorange rind are followed by a fresh, wellproportioned, and mediumto full-bodied dry white Graves to drink over the next decade ormore. – Rating : 92

Ornellaia 2007 (Cabernet Sauvignon, Italy) - Ornellaia, Tenuta dell’Ornellaia’s flagship wine, was first producedwith vintage 1985, from an extremely careful selection of thevineyards grown on the Estate. Produced in limited quantities,hand-crafted and vinified with the utmost care and attention todetail, Ornellaia has constantly received top ratings from the mostinfluential opinion leaders around the world. – Rating : 93

Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 (Napa Valley) - Still a baby in terms of development, it is reminiscent of a first orsecond-growth Pauillac. Celestial notes of black currants, camphor,graphite, cocoa, white chocolate and spice box are all present in thisfull-bodied, extravagantly rich, multidimensional Cabernet. It willneed another decade to hit full maturity, but should easily last 15-20years thereafter. ” – Rating : 97

Rolf Binder Hanisch 2006 (Shiraz, Australia) - The flagship 2006 Shiraz Hanisch ups the ante considerably.Purple/black in color, it exhibits a brooding bouquet of toasty oak,smoke, leather, espresso, wild blueberry, and blackberry liqueur.Powerful, layered and multi-dimensional, this dense, savory Shirazdemands 8-10 years of additional cellaring and will be at its best from2016 to 2036. – Rating : 93

Kapcsandy Cuvee 2006 (Cabernet Sauvignon, California) - The 2006 Estate Cuvee State Lane Vineyard (a blend of 48%Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc)possesses a dark plum/purple color as well as notes ofroasted coffee, cocoa, chocolate, black currants, sweet cherries,and subtle oak. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, layered,intense, pure, and long, it is approachable now, but promises todrink well for two decades or more. – Rating : 93

DuMol Chloe Chardonnay 2008 (Chardonnay, California) - ”The 2008 Chardonnay Chloe reveals undeniable minerality aswell as abundant honeyed citrus, medium to full-bodied,powerful, concentrated flavors, good acidity, and a long, richfinish”. – Rating : 94

Henry Marionnet Provignage 2009 (White Wine, France) - Henry Marionnet is generally considered to be the bestproducer of Gamay in the Loire. By picking late and discardinggreen grapes he achieves maximum ripeness which translatesinto fleshy and sweetly-fruited wines. Provignage is the namegiven to the technique originally used to propagate the vines.Notes of apples, pears and white flowers abound as well asdried fruits, minerals and honey. The combined length, richnessand complexity is fabulous.

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