Clear medium-deep plum red. Pronounced nose of good PN typicity: raspberry and violets with interesting hints of barnyard, spice, smoke and even menthol. Medium-bodied, presenting a mouthful of crushed red berries, especially raspberries, over soft tannins and refreshing acidity. Definitely not a faint-hearted PN, this will mature for another 2 years. The perfect match for roast smoked duck with a spicy berry sauce and potatoes au gratin.
The white Lucky Penny is a blend of Chardonnay, Viognier and Pinot Grigio. It’s fresh and forward on the nose with orchard and tropical fruits and a whiff of wild honey. There’s a touch of sweetness on the palate but balanced out by generous acidity. The flavours range from apple and pear to citrus and apricot.
Ontarian partners Peter Gamble and Ann Sperling make this wine on their small vineyard holding in the Mendoza Valley. Dense purple in colour, the wine has a spicy plum and blackberry bouquet with notes of tar and vanilla oak. Full-bodied, dry with spicy black fruit flavours; firmly structured with a cedary, peppery note on the finish.
To qualify for the Nemea Appellation, red wines must be 100% native Agiorgitiko. Aged in new oak, this one offers a complex bouquet revealing black cherry and spice, as well as charred smokiness. Rounded and full-flavoured in the mouth with generous dark fruit, firm structure and solid balance.
Taylor's boasts extensive reserves of very old cask-aged Tawny Ports, and as of 1964, have released a series of 50-year-old Tawnies from a single vintage (Colheita). Still potent up-front, with salted marzipan, orange, whisky and wood tannins more strident and firm on the palate than in previous Colheitas. Carmelized orange, singed brown sugar, butterscotch, raisins, honeycomb and pecans finish with great length and a fiery warmth.
Made from a local grape called Trebbiano di Lugana, which is related to the Verdicchio family. Bright straw in colour with a minerally, green-melon nose. Medium-bodied, dry and well-balanced, with ripe melon and lemon flavours.
Ruby-purplish. Nero d’Avola is a grape found in South Italy that often produces very nice wines. Blended with 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, this expression shows a nice fruity nose with an animal touch that retains a good freshness. Tannins are finely grained; it is full-bodied but has a nice finesse to it. Drink now.