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Monday, November 9, 2009

Oct 6/09 Event: annual portfolio tasting of the Profile Wine Group

The Time and Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2009  1PM to 8PM
The Event: annual portfolio tasting of the Profile Wine Group
The Venue: Liberty Grand
The Target Audience: wine trade, private clients – about 1300 in all!
The Availability/Catalogue: everything is available through LCBO
Vintages, Consignment or Private Order.
The Quote/Background: Profile Wine Group brings together Barrique, Vin
Vino and Du Chasses agencies. They are strong on Italian wines and
American wines. In recent years, they have added more from Portugal and
France, as well as Megalomaniac from Ontario and Domaine Antolino Brogo
Apple Ice Cider from Quebec.
The Wines: with over 300 wines, I only tasted a sampling – prices are
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Maverick Twins Chardonnay 2007 Australia, $27.95 Private Order
-Jip Jip Rocks Sparkling Shiraz 2008 Australia, $14.95 Private Order
-Dom Antolino Brogo Cryomalus Ice Cider 2007 Quebec $36.95 half-bottle
-L'Ecole #41 Columbia Valley Semillon 2007, $23.95 Private Order
-Oakville Ranch Chardonnay 2007, $45.95 Private Order
-Columbia Crest Chardonnay 2006, $17.95 Private order
-Champagne Marguet Cuvee Grand Cru 2002, $57.95 Private order
-Cellar Pinol Mather Teresina 2004/05 Red Spain, $49 LCBO Web
-Bodegas LAN Limitada 2005 Spain, $54.95 Cons
-Bodega LAN Culmen 2004, $79.95 Private Order
-Bodega LAN Rioja Gran Reserva 2001, $27.95 Vintages
-Signorello Estate Cabernet 2006 California, $71.95 Cons
-Miner Chardonnay 2007 Napa, $34.95 Cons
-Peter Franus Brandin Vineyard Zinfandel 2006, $47.95 Cons
-L'Ecole #41 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Merlot 2006, $42.95 Vintages
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Rutini Chardonnay 2007 Argentina, $21.95 Private Order
-Penmara Chardonnay Reserve 2006 Australia, $20.95 Private Order
-Wakefield Estate Chardonnay 2008 Australia, $19.95 Consignment
-Grevepesa Clemente VII Chianti Reserva 2006, $29.95 Cons
-Terreblanca Croce Chianti Riserva 2005, $32.95 Cons
-Bersano Gavi 2008, $17.95 Consignment
-Gordon Bros Kamiak Windust White 2008, $19.95 Private Order – blend of
chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and 10% gewurztraminer
-Columbia Crest Chardonnay 2008 Grand Estate, $20.95 Private order
-Villa Mt. Eden Bien Nacido Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2006, $24.95 Cons
-Martin Ray Angelina Sonoma Chardonnay 2007, $22.95 Private Order
-Martin Ray Russian River Chardonnay 2007, $31.95 Cons
-J. Lohr Riverstone Estate Chardonnay 2006, $19.95 LCBO General
-J. Lohr October Night Chardonnay 2006, $32.95 Private Order
-J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay 2006, $32.95 Private Order
-Merryvale Starmont Chardonnay 2006, $32.95 Cons
-M.Picard Montagny 2007, $42.30
-Champagne Marguet Cuvee Gran d Cru Rose 2003, $60.95 Private Order
-Pierre Sparr Riesling Reserve 2007, $16.95 LCBO Vintages
-Signorello Edge Cabernet 2007, $33.95 Cons
-Signorello Fuse Cabernet 2006, $38.95 Cons
-Amity Chardonnay Reserve 2007 Oregon, $32.95 Cons
-Keenan Chardonnay Spring Mountain District 2007, $41.95 Private Order
-Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, $64.95 Private Order
-Miner Oracle Napa 2005 (bordeaux-blend), $79.95 Cons
-Chateau Teyssier St. Emilion Laforge Grand Cru, $89.95 Cons
-Chateau Teyssier St. Emilion, $41.95
-J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Paso Robles, $20.95
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Argento Chardonnay 2008 Argentina, $9.75 LCBO General List
-Crios Chardonnay 2009 Argentina, $16.95 Consignment
-Megalomaniac My Way Chardonnay 2008 Niagara, $24.75 Consignment.
-Falernia Pedro Ximenez 2009 Chile, $13.95 Private order – bone-dry
white, unusual.
-Chateau de Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2007, $17.95 Vintages
-Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills Chardonnay 2008, $22.95 Private
-Merryvale Starmont Sauvignon Blanc 2008, $29.95 Private Order
-Stonehedge Sauvignon Blanc 2007 California, $17.95 Cons
-Stonehedge Chardonnay 2007 California, $17.95 Cons
-Miner Viognier 2007 California, $19.95 Cons
The Food: we had cheeses from Thornloe Cheese in Ontario and Fifth Town
cheeses from Prince Edward County (Isabella, Petal Luma, Cape Vessey,
and Lighthall Tomme, all cave aged). Pingue Prosciutto was available,
as well as seven great olive oils with breads from St. John's Bakery.
The Downside: too many wines to sample in one day, but only ONE
Zinfandel in the entire California range.
The Upside: a good range of Chardonnays for every price point and every
The Contact Person: or
The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 89.

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