October 1, 2014
Well folks here is next year's lineup of Winexpert's 25th Anniversary of the Limited Editions. The deadline for ordering is December 5th. No monies are needed until you are called to start your wine. These limited offerings offer tremendous value. They each have 18 litres of pure juice instead of the normal 16 litre kits and are priced very reasonably. This years wines are $1 more than last year. This is the first price increase in three years. White wines will be $181.95/batch of 30 bottles, reds will be $184.95. The exception is the April offering which contains juice plus grape skins. This wine will be the same price as our other grape skin wines at $202.95/batch.
The reds will take 7 weeks to make, the whites 6 and the grape skin wine will take us 8 weeks to produce. While some of the wines will be ready to enjoy early, they all benefit from aging and we try to keep some of the reds for 3-4 years so they can reach their full potential. Please find our own tasting notes below each offering.
RED: SHIRAZ/VIOGNIER - Australia; MEDIUM to FULL BODY, DRY, 14% ALCOHOL
NOTES: A repeat of the 2012 blend of full body shiraz and floral scented white viognier. We have been reproducing this wine in the barrels for the past two years due to its popularity. The viognier takes the bite off the shiraz and makes for a very nice smooth wine that will be ready to enjoy in 3-6 months. This wine responds well to being put in an OAK BARREL for extra aging.
WHITE: RIESLING - Mosel Valley Germany; LIGHT to MEDIUM BODY, OFF-DRY 12% ALCOHOL
NOTES: A true German Riesling with tastes of apple and lemon, not too sweet but suitable for summer sipping. For those who lean to towards Gewurztraminer, Traminer-Riesling and Piesporter this is the wine for you. This wine will be light and crisp with a smooth, slightly sweet finish. Ready to drink almost immediately after bottling.
RED: TRIUMPH - Washington State MEDIUM TO FULL BODY, DRY, 13.5% ALCOHOL
NOTES: A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a small amount of Cabernet Franc. This wine will be similar to the Washington Cab/Merlot Limited from lasts year's lineup but the added Cabernet Franc gives a touch more astringency (a dryness in the finish). We used to carry an estate wine with this same three grape blend until the juice became too hard to source. It was one of our favourite wine kits. This wine could be OAKED. It will be a nice early drinker, say 3 months minimum in the bottle but this one again benefits from time. This is our choice of best of the three reds.
WHITE: TRIO BLANCA - California MEDIUM BODY, DRY, 13.5% ALCOHOL
NOTES: Another repeat from 2009 and 2005. A blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Muscat from the Lake County region of Northern California. This white wine has it all, body, perfume, and citrus flavours. We have had some really good dry whites in the Limited lineup these past few years (think South African Chenin/Viognier/Roussane, Argentine Torrontes and Austrian Gruner Veltliner) but this is the one. In 2009 when I started training, there was not enough kits available so I went without. After I was lucky enough to be given a bottle by Alyson, I started to ask customers if they would be willing to trade a case for anything in my own collection. I had very few takers on this offer. Buy this one, it's that simple.
RED: SUPER TUSCAN - Italy FULL BODY, DRY, 14% ALCOHOL
NOTES: A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese. Our grape skin offering for 2015. A very important consideration when deciding on whether to order this one or not is how long are you willing to hold it in the bottle before quaffing? If the answer is 9 months or less, this wine is not for you. The grape skins wines, with the exception of the Malbec/Shiraz and the Amarone, require time in the bottle. The finished wine after a year or more is quite exceptional. You get the nose of a commercial wine, lots of body and a big finish. But early on the wine is "yeasty" and a little harsh. Sorry, that's just the way it is. This wine is suitable for OAK, again if that is how you want your wine.
So, to conclude, for the whites we have a highly desirable, full flavoured dry TRIO BLANCA, and a nice slightly sweet sipper in the RIESLING. For the reds we have a full flavoured SHIRAZ/VIOGNIER, a smooth dry TRIUMPH (Cab.Sauv/Merlot/Cab.Franc) and a grape skin wine that needs time to mature in the SUPER TUSCAN.
All of the chocolate-raspberry and blackberry ports are now sold. We will have them completed by the 2nd week in November. We will remind you all to bring a small bottle of brandy
We have started to pull the Amarone wines from the barrels. If you had one on order, calls are being made for bottling appointments right now and will continue into next week.
Our own Shiraz/Viognier wines are and have been going in to the barrels. These wines will be ready by early December.
The new red wine, Enigma (the blatant copying of the popular commercial wine Apothic Red) has been a great seller this summer and early fall. It is blend of Old Vines Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Those who like it, like it a lot. It will need some time in the bottle but it is fruit forward (from the grenache grape), lightly oaked red with hints of vanilla. It's not for everyone but if you like the commercial wine, you'll love this one at 1/3 of the price.
July 21st, 2014
New ENIGMA from California has intense fruit aromas and notes of black cherry, coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Full bodied with a smooth, round finish. Food friendly, this wine pairs well with everything from pizza to pasta and is a great match for meats like ribs or chicken with sweet and sticky marinade. read more
July 7th, 2014
What’s the skinny on new SKINNY MIST™? They’re fruit infused wines that are anything but skinny on flavour. We’ve paired the refreshing notes of fresh fruit with crisp and juicy varietals for an incredible taste that’s less than 80 calories per glass. So go ahead and enjoy – these Mists are skinny jeans approved. read more