WoW! What a great tasting. I have done many tastings over the last 10 years and I would have to say that this one was the most exciting to do. The wines showed beautifully. The good thing is that with the November 18 weekend sale, you will be able to get an extra discount on these gems.
As all wines were enjoyed by all, I had attendees provide me their ranking based their liking. The rankings are noted below. As usual my personal favourites are a little different, I absolutely loved the Vieux Certan and the Rene Rostaing wines. They were drank a little young but boy are they going to be special and worth the wait in the cellar. Chin, Chin.
Phelps Insignia, Napa, California 2012 $354.99
A whopping 96 to 100 points for the 2012 vintage from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate! The Phelps Insignia is legendary, as you can probably tell from that score. The review says it all: “Joseph Phelps’ flagship wines include the incredibly age worthy Insignia. The 2012 Insignia Proprietary Red is composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc, all aged 24 months in 100% new French oak. It boasts an opaque purple color as well as fabulous notes of graphite, blackberries, blackcurrant liqueur, camphor, barbecue smoke and spice box. Rich, full-bodied and opulent with plenty of tannin and structure lurking beneath the extravagant generosity of fruit, this stunning 2012 should drink well for 25-30+ years
Quintarelli Bepi, Veneto IGP, Italy 2005 $204.99
From one of Italy’s legendary winemakers, the late Giuseppe Quintarelli, “one of the icons of Italy,” according to Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Rosso del Bepi is the label Quintarelli used for wines that don’t meet his exacting standards for Amarone. That said, it is still always a favourite of critics and serious fans of Italian wines!
Kaesler Old Bastard Shiraz, Barossa, Australia 2010 $167.99
96+ points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate! The review: “Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Shiraz Old Bastard is a little closed with black fruit, licorice and chocolate box scents alongside some floral and cloves nuances. Full-bodied and concentrated with rich and seductive flavors, the vibrant acid frame persists through a long, spicy- and layered finish. Drink it from 2015 to 2025+”.
Allende Aurus, Rioja, Spain 2007 $204.99
91 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate! The review: “The 2007 Aurus has a very sweet, candied, coconut-tinged nose where the new oak is too conspicuous. Fruit is dark fruit, hints of raisin and liquorice. Tannins are softening. It has a very sweet, candied, coconut-tinged nose where the new oak notes are present. The palate is soft, fleshy and rounded with mouth-coating tannins. There is patently a smorgasbord of fruit here. Drink 2016-2026.”
Rene Rostaing Cote Blonde, Cote Rotie, France 2012 $212.99
Here is Robert Parker’s 97-point review of the 2012 vintage: “I think the best wine here (at the moment anyways) is the 2012 Cote Rotie Cote Blonde. More reserved and closed initially, it has subtle, yet seductive notes of black raspberry, blackberry, toasted spice, smoke earth and cured meat that gradually opens up in the glass. This is followed by a full-bodied, dense, substantial Cote Rotie that has awesome polish to its tannin, a great mid-palate and a smoking finish. It too needs short-term cellaring, but will keep for 2-3 decades”.
Vieux Chateau Le Certan – Pomerol, Bordeaux, France 2011 $263.99
91 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate! The review: “The dense ruby/purple-tinged 2011 Vieux Certan offers a beautiful bouquet of plums, black cherries, cassis and hints of graphite/pencil shavings, as well as spice, an excellent texture and medium body. A success in this difficult vintage, it should age easily for 10 to 15 years…A blend of 70% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Franc (the highest in a number of years) and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon.”