Consignment Wines

California

****1/2 drink or cellar
Hanna Winery & Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Alexander Valley $42.15
Alexander Valley is a premium appellation, '04 is a great vintage and this wine is great value. You'll find mixed spice box plus earthy and minty aromas billowing from this classy and elegant California Cab. It's medium bodied and silky textured, delivering a steady stream of amazing warm (14.4% alcohol) flavours—cassis, mulberry and black briary berry among them. Perfectly balanced, it provides perceptible, but acceptable, tannin, a defined structure and the potential to age. Drink now to 2014. Order by the case for home or office delivery via this email \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . (VH)

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Torres 'Marimar Estate - Don Miguel Vineyard' Pinot Noir
Sonoma County $48.25 (138072)
The exotic and involved aromas include smoked meat, dark berry fruit and nuances of lilac. Fully flavoured, medium bodied and richly textured, the deftly balanced flavours of spicy zesty cranberry, ripe sweet pomegranate and black currant glide along to and through the warm (14.2% alcohol) leisurely finish. The aromas and flavours opened up in the glass suggesting a one- or two-hour aeration/decant. The tannin are ripe and supple while the price is more than fair. Order by the case for home or office delivery via this email \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . (VH)

France

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Chateau Sainte Marie 'Veilles Vignes' 2006
AOC Entre deux Mers $18.70
A gorgeous white Bordeaux blend of 68% Sauvignon Blanc, 28% Semillon amd 8% Muscadelle, billowing forth with honeyed fruit, mineral and straw aromas. It's medium bodied and slightly off dry delivering an explosion of flavours on the palate—honeyed and spiced pear, apple compote, and a bracing stream of ripe lemon-lime citrus zest for balance. Low yields and older vines—some of the Semillon is 100+ years—mark this as special. This really struts its stuff as an aperitif. Order by the case for home or office delivery from Rob Elvy of The Small Winemakers Collection at 613.530.0575. (VH)

New Zealand

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Palliser Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2006
Martinborough $21.15
Very expressive on the nose, it bursts forward with exuberant aromas of wild herbs, ripe red apple and a bouquet of flowers. In the mouth it's all about ripe citrus and stone fruit flavours with rich yellow plum, ripe nectarine and yellow peach up front. It's medium bodied and nicely textured with a zippy and refreshing lemon-lime finish. Pair this very good value wine with mussels steamed in coconut milk, with a slice of lime. Order by the case for home or office delivery via this email \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . (VH)

Spain

****1/2 drink or cellar
Conde de Siruela 2006
DO Ribera del Duero $15.95
Spice box, gamey nuances and distinctive tapenade aromas waft from this 100% Tempranillo beauty. The rich and robust flavours burst on the palate with sweet cherry, spiced black plum and cassis up front. It's medium bodied, nicely textured, and sports firm tannin providing structure and grip. The well-balanced finish lingers. Drink now to 2014 with savoury stew or grilled red meats. There's a world of value here. Order by the case for home or office delivery via email from Aaron Shaw This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . (VH)