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Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Event: Profile Wine Group 2017 Portfolio tasting Sept 26, 2017 at Liberty Grand

The Date and Time: Tuesday September 26, 2017  2PM to 8:30PM
The Event: Profile Wine Group 2017 Portfolio
The Venue: Liberty Grand
The Target Audience: wine press, sommeliers, private clients, licensees
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are through the LCBO or by private order.
The Quote/Background: This showcase was last presented in Toronto in 2015. It will be a biannual affair. BTW, this was one of the very few wine shows I have attended that let me choose my own wines to sample and in my own order. Thanks!!
The Wines: I only tasted table wines, and then not all of them:
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Finca Las Cerezas Altamira Single Vineyard Malbec 2015 Argentina, $40.95 Private Order (PO)
-Dandelion Vineyards Red Queen of the Eden Valley Shiraz 2015 $65.95 PO
-Domaine des Deux Roches Pouilly Fuisse Plentitude de Bonte 2015 $42.95  PO
-Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas Les Ruchets 2014 $99.95 Consignment
-Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer Reserve 2016 Alsace $18.95 Vintages October
-Pierre Sparr Riesling Altenbourg 2015 Alsace $18.95 Vintages March 2018
-Casale del Giglio Mater Matuta Rosso 2013 $76.95 PO
-Castello di Querceto Il Picchio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015 $74.95  PO
-Castello di Querceto Il Querciolaia 2011 $60.95  PO
-Cesari Bosan Amarone Classico Riserva 2008 $99.95 Consignment
-Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Monfalletto 2013 $66.95 Consignment
-Cordero di Montezemolo Langhe Elioro Chardonnay 2015 $54.95 Consignment
-Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Bricco Gattera 2013 $114.95 PO
-Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Enrico VI 2013 $134.95 PO
-Fattoria Le Pupille Saffredi 2014 $144.95 Consignment
-La Spinetta Barolo Garretti 2013 $76.95 PO
-Mazzei Castello Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Gran Selezone 2013 $75.95 PO
-Rocca delle Macie Sergio Zingarelli Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2012 $100 Classics
-Sassetti Livio Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010 $144.95.95 Consignment
-Bodegas Altanza Lealtanza Gran Reserva 2010  $31.95 PO
-Bodegas Altanza Sorolla 2010  $99.95 PO
-Bodegas LAN Gran Reserva 2010 $36.95 PO
-Bodegas LAN Culmen Reserva 2011 $104.95 PO
-J.Lohr October Night Chardonnay Arroyo Seco 2015 $34.95 Vintages
-J.Lohr Cuvee Series St. E 2013 $80 Vintages
-Miner Wild Yeast Chardonnay 2014 $63.95 PO
-Palmaz Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 $229.95 Consignment
-Peter Franus Coturo Chardonnay 2014 $51.95 Consignment
-Peter Franus Napa Valley Red Wine 2014 $87.95 Consignment
-Somerston Priest Ranch Coachgun Red 2012 $124.95 PO
-Somerston Stornoway 2013 $149.95 PO
-Somerston Celestial Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 $199.95 PO
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Palmaz Amalia Chardonnay 2014 $99.95 Consignment
-Palmaz Cedar Knoll Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 $89.95 Consignment
-Peter Franus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 $76.95 Consignment
-J.Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 $55.95 Consignment
-Miner Viognier 2016 California $27.95 PO
-Miner Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015 $45.95 Consignment
-Miner Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 $99.95 Consignment
-Bodega Iniesta Corazon Loco Premium 2012 $36.95 PO
-Bodegas Altanza Lealtanza Sauvignon Blanc 2016  $18.95 PO
-Bodegas LAN Santiago Ruiz Albarino 2016 $27.95 PO
-Velenosi Ludi 2014 $49.95 PO
-San Polo Brunello di Montalcino 2012 $71.95 Consignment
-Sassetti Livio Brunello di Montalcino 2012 $87.95 Consignment
-Susana Balboo Brioso 2016 Argentina $45.95 PO
-Wakefield The Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Australia $199.95 PO
-Montes Folly 2012 Chile $82 Classics
-Chateau de Nages JT White 2015 France $29.95 PO
-Domaine des Deux Roches Bourgogne Tradition 2015 Consignment $24.95
-Domaine des Deux Roches Macon Villages Tradition 2015  $24.95 PO
-Domaine des Deux Roches Saint Veran Vieilles Vignes 2015 $37.95
-Domaine des Deux Roches Pouilly Fuisse Vieilles Vignes 2015 $36.95 Vintages
-Domaine des Deux Roches Pouilly Fuisse Les Crays 2015 $56.95  PO
-Jean-Luc Colombo Rose Cape Bleue 2016 $19.95 Consignment
-Jean-Luc Colombo Viognier la Violette 2015 $18.95 Consignment
-Jean-Luc Colombo Condrieu Amour de Dieu 2014 $84.95 Consignment
-Auelio Settimo Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata 2012 $84.95 PO
-Auelio Settimo Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata 2010 $84.95 PO
The Food: the deep and dark espresso coffee came from Barocco Coffee Company; the sparkling and still water came directly from the Dolomites via Dolomia water; Speducci Mercatto and Paganelli co-ordinated the sopressata and salumni and wild board coppa, as well as the local prosciutto; and Cibo provided a penne borghese pasta dish. Breads were also included.
The Downside: it was blazing hot outside, with a slow walk from Dufferin Gates to Liberty Grand.
The Upside: a chance to re-discover the many wines and principals of Profile.
The Contact Person:;
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 91.


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