Do you ever hear a song that sends you spinning back on your timeline? Music, like the sense of smell, is a powerful memory tool. I am finding the same thing about a great wine. I remember my first Super Tuscan, a Tignanello. I sipped it so slowly because I wanted it to last forever.
Some events are worth celebrating with a truly memorable bottle of wine. You know, the kind you write about in a journal, or try to scrape off the label or hold on to the cork. Here are a few fantastic splurges that will have you savouring every sip, but will YUOU cost no more than a bottle from the lower end of a restaurant wine list.
Pietranera 2007 Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy $37.95 LCBO
If you have a special occasion to celebrate, it’s hard to go wrong with a Brunello. This was a gift and on a Friday night worthy of a fine wine, it was absolutely perfect. This wine is beautifully balanced with a long velvety finish. This one has earned the top scores it received from the cork dorks (which, for the record, I only checked AFTER I licked the top of the bottle to get every drop.)
Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin 2009, Okanagan, B.C. $44.95 SAQ
This Bordeaux blend goes down just right. It is big and bold and become the pride of B.C. A classic blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, this wine is all about red and blackberries, spice with a hint of chocolate. You can open and savour right away, or leave it for another special occasion between now and 2021. Alcohol 13.8%
La Vite Lucente 2011, IGT, Tuscany, Italy $34.95 LCBO, $35.00 SAQ
This is full-bodied and elegant, a truly gorgeous wine – resplendent with aromas of blackberries, cherry and vanilla. It’s produced by Frescobaldi, a family that has been producing wine since 1308 – they actually traded wine with Michelangelo. This is their so-called second wine to big brother Super Tuscan Luce della Vite, but every bit as worthy at this price.
So look for a special occasion, or maybe just the end of a long week.
Uncork, decant and enjoy!