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The Half Dozens
The Half Dozens
Every once in a while, I like to showcase some exciting wines that we sell in six packs. My hope is that the six pack format will encourage you to try something new from the Rogers & Company portfolio.
The wines I am featuring in this newsletter span the wine producing world, and include one of Rioja’s great white wines, an elegant Pinot Noir from a Sonoma Coast pioneer, a laser focused 1er Cru Chablis from a storied producer and an iconic Brunello from the great ’13 vintage…and I could go on.
There are over 300 wines in our portfolio, and over 100 are packed in cases of six. That’s a wealth of options!
To see the full portfolio, including all wines packed in cases of six, please look through our website. Most of these wines are not available at the LCBO, and many are only available in limited quantities. Our wine list is always changing, so it’s worth a visit to see what’s new! Looking for more updates? We post new arrivals, limited offers, and LCBO releases on Instagram.
If you would like help making a selection, or you just want to ‘talk wine’, call me anytime: 647 955 8872 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gaston Chiquet’s Blanc de Blancs d’Aÿ is truly one of the most memorable Champagnes. This 100% Chardonnay comes from Grand Cru Pinot Noir terroir. Its distinctiveness inspired Rajat Parr to pen in 2010, “…a wine that every sommelier and serious wine drinker should know about…..the wine proves the point about terroir in Champagne: it is not at all an expression of Chardonnay, but an expression of this place. If you are a terroir doubter, game over. Terroir clearly exists, and this wine proves it.” – Secrets of the Sommeliers (2010)
“A graceful Champagne, with a pleasantly round creaminess, finely balanced by the vivid acidity. The lacy mousse carries a delicate mesh of poached apricot, madeleine, ground ginger and chalk-tinged mineral. Disgorged May 2017. Drink now through 2022.” 92 points, Wine Spectator, Nov 2018
Christian Moreau’s Chablis are well known for their texture, no doubt brought out by their barrel program. Now you’re saying,“Barrels? But this is Chablis!”.
Well, many wineries in Chablis do in fact use barrels to complexify their wines (very subtly) and to soften the acidity and to bring wines into balance. You won’t even notice the oak, if the winery has done their job.
“Vaillon is a large well-known 1er Cru vineyard on the left bank in Chablis that is composed of many plots. Christian Moreau’s plot is in the heart of the vineyard. Year in and year out, their Vaillon is always one of their most exciting wines. Their 2016 is not different. A great success, it has almost all of the vivacity of the 2014 vintage combined with the ripeness of the 2015 vintage. Drink now with sauteed scallops or cellar it for the next five or ten years.” 94 points, Michael Apstein, winereviewonline.com, April 2018
“This vineyard, on the left, cooler bank of the River Serein, has produced a crisp, intensely fruity wine, with something of the steely character that marks out many Chablis. Along with that, a riper style brings out peach and pear flavours. Drink the wine soon for the fruit, although it will be even better from 2021.” 93 points, Wine Enthusiast, April 2018
“Attractive grapefruit and white peaches with a gentle reductive edge. The palate has a very intense, concentrated core of lemons and tart peaches with creamed honey. A pithy, juicy texture. Excellent quality here. Drink or hold.” 93 points, JamesSuckling.com, Aug 2018
I absolutely love this wine. It defies preconceptions of white Rioja. There are no nutty notes, no oxidative nuance, just full bodied, gloriously golden fruit with high acidity and a finish that goes on and on.
Marques de Murrieta makes waves when it releases its other white, a Rioja Gran Reserva “Especial”, which is often released to market after decades in the cellar. The last vintage received multiple 100 point scores from the critics. When that wine isn’t produced, it is bottled as Capellania. Seriously, this is something special for the money!
“This is a very impressive food-wine. The discreet candied lemon and lime notes are underlined by the French oak and the medium-full palate is dry, but silky with a long, refined finish. Named after the plot where the Viura vines of the estate are grown.” 93 points, JamesSuckling.com, August 2018
“Viura with some 15 months in new French oak: succulent richness, quince, pear, nutmeg and cinnamon notes.” 92 points, Decanter, July 2018
“If you’re going to use one winery as your source of house Albariño, Pazo de Señorans is a great choice.” Tim Atkins, MW, on Pazo Señorans, 2013
On Spain’s wet, verdant west coast, the appellation of Rías Baixas (pronounced Ree-us Bye-Shuss) grows one of the country’s great whites, Albariño. I like to think of it as “Spanish Muscadet”. The best examples, like this, age very nicely as well.
“The complex white-peach, gooseberry and floral nose is very enticing and just beginning to open up. Rich, yet sleek and elegant with spot-on balance of fruit, creaminess from yeast contact and lemon-lime acidity. Where is that pan-fried fish! Drink now or hold.” 92 points, JamesSuckling.com, August 2018
Well known for their talent with Bordeaux varietals, Duckhorn’s Chardonnay game is impressive as well.
The fruit comes from a number of vineyards across the valley. Ninety percent of this vintage was fermented in barriques, the other 10% in stainless steel. Forty percent of the wine went through malolactic fermentation, so it has a nice balance of acidity to its “creaminess” on the palate. The wine was then raised in 100% French oak for 10 months. Forty percent was new oak, 30% second vintage, and 30% were neutral barrels.
“In 2016, Renee Ary added fruit from a new source to this wine, pulling from the Huichica Ranch in Carneros as well as the usual mix of vineyards in southern Napa, Oak Knoll and Atlas Peak. And though she has retained the basic style of prior years (90 percent of the lot fermented in French oak barrels, 40 percent of them new), she is using more barrels with water-bent staves, which tend to diminish the oak influence on the wine, and she’s changed her malolactic regime to diminish the buttery outcome while still softening the acidity. The result is an earthy chardonnay that’s supple and creamy, with gentle loquat tartness and savoury, umami notes of fresh puffball mushrooms. Decant it for a creamy veal stew.” 93 points, Wine & Spirits, Oct 2018
Falchini’s “Paretaio” is an elegant, harmonious wine with a balanced, velvety palate. 2014 made wines for early consumption, not complicated by youthful tannin or quiet fruit. The terms supple and rounded could not be more appropriate.
It is produced from grapes grown in the Paretaio vineyard in San Gimignano, and is a “Super Tuscan” blend of approximately 95% Sangiovese and 5% Merlot. The wine spent 12 months in small French oak barrels of varying ages, then 12 months in bottle prior to release.
This is classic Tuscan Sangiovese: animal, leather, dried cherry and tobacco on the nose, with elegant mouth-filling cherry on the palate and rounded acidity. A late, darker note of licorice continues through the finish.
Few Barolos offer true drinking pleasure when very young. Fundamental to Nebbiolo is the tannin structure, which in many cases only resolves with years in a cellar. Fortunately for us winemaker Davide Rosso produces a wine that is both structured and open, classically proportioned yet fruit-forward. If you don’t have the patience to age Barolos yourself, I recommend this as an excellent option.
“Davide Rosso’s 2014 Barolo del Comune di Serralunga d’Alba is a delicious appellation-level wine. Deceptively medium in body, the 2014 packs quite a bit of punch, with plenty of Serralunga tannin enshrouding the fruit. Smoke, scorched earth and licorice add to the wines virile expression of Nebbiolo. There is quite a bit to admire in this overachieving, village-level Barolo. Well done.” 91 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Nov 2018
Altesino has long been considered the standard bearer in Montalcino. Their “normal” Brunello, here, often receives greater scores and better reviews than competitors’ best wines, Riservas or single-vineyards. The 2013 is no exception.
“An intense perfume of juniper, bay laurel, sage, rose and berry marks this silky red. The structure is there, yet superb balance and refined tannins help this retain elegance through the long finish. Almost ethereal in its presence. Best from 2021 through 2036.” 95 points, Wine Spectator, June 2018
“The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino is absolutely unique in terms of its aromatic display. To me, the nose is particularly beautiful because I have a preference for balsamic notes of cola, mint or medicinal herb (that may not be to everyone’s liking). You get those in spades here. These aromas are often more prominent in cooler vintages like 2013 in the Brunello appellation. In this case, they resemble intense eucalyptus. There is subtle fruit at the back, with wild berry and plum. The mouthfeel here is absolutely silky, fresh and streamlined. It is stitched finely together like lace. I am curious to see how a wine like this ages and whether the aromas hold tight or eventually fall flat. I would suggest a slightly shorter drinking window. But for now, this is my kind of Brunello. Bottoms up! 2020-2030.” 94+ points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Feb 2018
“A wealth of ripe fruit with spice, orange peel and cherry. Full body, fine tannins and a bright and vivid finish. Drink in 2021.” 94 points, JamesSuckling.com, Nov 2017
Over 25 years ago, Flowers pioneered the growing of elegant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on the rugged coastal ridges of the far Sonoma Coast, which now is considered among the top appellations in the country.
“The 2016 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast is pale ruby-purple colored with a pronounced red currants and cranberries-scented nose with hints of rose hips, raspberry leaves and dried herbs plus a waft of fungi. Medium-bodied, delicately fruited and with beautifully pure cranberry and earth-inspired layers, it has a firm frame of grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with an herbal lift.” 91 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, April 2018
“The 2016 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is another terrific appellation-level wine from Flowers. Medium in body, the 2016 is a model of total grace and understatement. Game, incense, tobacco, dried flowers and licorice add layers of nuance throughout. The tannins are a bit coarse, especially for the size of the wine, but that is a relatively small critique given how far things have come here in recent years. Flowers works with purchased fruit for the Sonoma Coast bottling.” 91 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, July 2018
“The 2016s don’t have the sheer sweetness of fruit or sexy style found in the 2015s, nor the massive concentration and tannic backbone found in the 2013s, yet they possess another level of freshness, purity, and elegance, with thrilling concentration and length. This is Napa Valley at its most classic and majestic. The beauty of the 2016s is their balanced style that’s going to allow them to drink well for nearly all their life.” JebDunnuck.com, Jan 31, 2019
Having drank this just last week, I can say that the 2016 Faust is rich and balanced and just all-around delicious. It’s a little shy on the nose at first pour but quickly begins to unfurl, and once it does, it reveals layer upon layer of dark, savoury Cabernet flavour. It walks a fine line between classic, old-school Napa and modern approachability. There’s something here for everybody to love.
“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is blended of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller portions of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, aged for 19 months in 30% new French oak. The core of the fruit comes from the Coombsville estate blended with some mountain and valley floor fruit from elsewhere. Medium to deep garnet-purple coloured, it offers a beautiful core of ripe blackcurrants, blackberries and lavender with nuances of cedar chest, pencil lead and camphor plus a waft of tilled soil. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a nice, firm backbone of ripe, grainy tannins and well-played freshness delivering a long, vibrant finish. 2018-2032.” 92 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Dec 2018
“Coming all from the estate Monte Bello Vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate checks in as a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, and the balance Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. I suspect it’s as good as many vintages of Monte Bello in the past and offers a gorgeous perfume of vanilla-tinged blackberries, blueberries, incense, cedar pencil, and bay leaf. Deep, medium to full-bodied, incredibly polished and perfectly balanced, with ultra-fine tannin, it’s a knockout bottle of Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon that will keep for two decades and be drinkable for all of it.” 94 points, JebDunnuck.com, June 2018
“Ridge’s 2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is incredibly refined and polished. In some vintages the Estate Cabernet needs time in bottle to be at its best. That is not the case with the 2015, which is sumptuous, open-knit and positively stunning in its beauty. Stylistically, the 2015 is decidedly on the riper, more sumptuous side of things for Ridge, and yet all the elements are impeccably balanced throughout. Soft tannins add to the wine’s considerable appeal. 2020-2030.” 92 points, Antonio Galloni vinous.com, Aug 2018
“The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (which hails from the Monte Bello Vineyard) is already quite expressive, revealing aromas of blackcurrant, ripe cherries, cigar box and burning embers, framed by a judicious application of new oak. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied, supple and nicely balanced, with fine-grained tannins, a good core of ripe fruit and a pure finish. While the Estate Cabernet is explicitly crafted to be approachable in its youth, this should be well worth following for the next 15 years.” 92 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, May 2018