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Jane Staples

Jane Staples Certified Sommelier

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2099 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 99/100

Palo Cortado, from Bodega Valdespino in Andalucia, Spain is an unusual intermediate Oloroso/fragrant style of sherry that starts as a biologically aged wine but gradually loses the layer of flor and continues maturation oxidatively. Intensely fragrant and flavourful, with complex layers of dried fruit, salted toffee, nuts, balsamic, toast, orange peel and cigar box with a mineral backbone. It caresses the tongue, awakening all of your taste buds and has a lingering, dreamy finish. Once tasted, you will always remember this wine. Enjoy with cured meats, soft blue cheese, foie gras or nuts. This outstanding wine was rated 99 points by Robert Parker and I would definitely concur. Almost impossible to find outside of Spain, where it sells for between 90-120 Euros per half-bottle. Tasted Nov. 2016, #Sherry TT

de Anada

Alvear de Anada Pedro Ximenez 2014

Montilla-Moriles, Spain
2029 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 97/100

A taste of Andalusian sunshine in your glass! Made from 100% Pedro Ximenez grapes which have been dried in sunshine on grass mats, then aged in traditional earthenware jars, "tinajas" for at least 12 mos. A beautiful amber colour, with rich aromas of raisins, dates, apricots and orange rind. The palate is decidedly raisiny, with flavours of dried fruit and rinds and hints of rosemary honey. Extremely satiny and luxurious- liquid velvet in your glass. Robert Parker gave the 2011 Anada 100pts. Serve 6-8 C, with Creme Brulee and crushed nuts, or simply on its own. You could cellar this til 2025. But life is short- why wait? Tasted Jan. 2017

Essence De Dourthe 2010

Bordeaux, France
1948 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 97/100

Joy in a glass. Not made every year, only when conditions are optimal, using the best grapes selected from the best Dourthe estates, blended from Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Fragrant and harmonious, subtle, with complex layers of flavour and a dreamy finish. Lucky to have tasted the 2010. The winemaker calls it a "Super-Bordeaux". Tasted with Frédéric Bonnafous, Head Winemaker for the Bordeaux estates of Dourthe, April 2017

1791 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 96/100

This elegant, complex wine is made from a blend of 65% Malbec and 35% Cabernet Franc grapes grown in Argentina's Mendoza Valley. Beautifully aromatic with ripe red fruits, violets and spices. The rich, layered palate shows concentrated ripe red fruit, balsamic notes and silky tannins with great structure. Elegance and finesse shine throughout this spectacularly vibrant wine. Enjoy with roast lamb in mushroom sauce or hard cheeses. Tasted September 2017 with Trapiche's winemaker Sergio Case at Ottawa's Westin @venueontwentytwo.

Private Reserve

Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2015

Napa Valley, California, United States
1713 days ago

Jane scored this wine: 96/100

An excellent growing season produced this Napa Chard that celebrates the skill of winemaker Mark Beringer and showcases the Napa region. Tropical fruit, peach, citrus and smoke on the nose of this rich, layered Chard. The luscious palate continues these exquisitely blended elements in a silky-satiny texture and lingers through to the elegant finish. Tasted Nov. 2017

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Memorable Wine

Perrier-Jouet Champagne on the plane home from Paris.


First Wine

Folonari Valpolicella


Current Fav Wine

Faustino1 Rioja Gran Reserva 2010





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