Gift Wines to Please Many Palates

MoreMagJan2013coverWhich wine to buy as a gift when you want to impress someone, but don’t know their tastes? With Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and weddings coming up this spring and summer, you’ll want to have some ideas in mind before you go to the liquor store. Here are three terrific bottles guaranteed to garner a big thank-you.

MoreMagJan2013Le Clos Jordanne Claystone

 

Le Clos Jordanne Claystone Terrace Pinot Noir

Niagara, Twenty Mile Bench

This is my favourite wine from this winery, year after year. Its exuberant energy and power come from a complex weave of nuances: truffles, black cherry, violets, cedar box and dark spices. Brooding and temperamental: love it! Drink: 2011-2019.  33951  13%   $35.00  Score: 94/100

Wolf Blass Grey Label

 

Wolf Blass Grey Label Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

Langhorne Creek, Australia

Deserves every penny of this not so inexpensive price point. Common splurge and enjoy yourself: aren’t you worth it? Deep, brooding aromas of black fruit, smoke and fleshy plums. Bring it on! Pair with: buffalo steak, angus beef, game, saddle of lamb chops, grilled lamb chops with olive oil drizzled over feta cheese.  470120  14%   $35.00  Score: 90/100.

Domaine De Bila Haut Occultum

 

Domaine De Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem M. Chapoutier

Côtes Du Roussillon-Villages Latour De France, Midi, France

Rich, velvet fleshy black raspberries loll over your tongue and release their juicy flavour as you move the wine around in your mouth. Full-bodied and pleasurable. Close your eyes. Drink: 2012-2018.  643239  14%  $24.95  Score: 93/100.

 

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