Which 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.
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
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.
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.