Here are some stand out beverages to be released on Saturday June 13th, 2015  at Vintages – hint, there are some great Father’s Day gift options in this release!

First up,

Single Malt Scotch – every father’s dream gift for Father’s Day

Ardbeg Perpetuum Islay Single Malt

—VINTAGES#: 410928   |   750 mL bottle

Ardbeg Perpetuum is regarded as the most heavily peated and smoky of Islay’s whiskies, with characteristic smoke, sea salt, citrus and vanilla notes that linger long and gratifyingly. The Perpetuum is Ardbeg’s special bottling created to celebrate the distillery’s 200th anniversary and stands not only as a testament to the enduring legacy of traditionally styled Islay Scotch but also as a promise of great things to come.

Matt’s review:

Peat galore!  Such deep and concentrated smoky peat and sea salt with rich caramel and spice on the palate. Very refined and elegant despite the intensely peaty nose.  The spicy finish keeps going for minutes.  Wow!  If you like peat-rich Islay then you must taste this beauitful expression of Islay.  Tasted May 2015. 95 points. Matt Steeves –



The Balvenie Portwood 21-Year-Old Single Malt

—VINTAGES#: 500090   |   750 mL bottle

Matt’s review:

The Balvenie PortWood 21 year shows incredibly sweet and delicous aromas and flavours.  So perfectly balanced, this is a very special Scotch that’s received just a touch of Port cask treatment towards the end of it’s long journey en route to the bottle.  Absolutely lovely!  Great value and would make a terrific gift.  Tasted May 2015. 96 points. Matt Steeves –

$349.95 and so worth it!

And now some great reds,

Trinchero Haystack Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Cabernet Sauvignon

—VINTAGES#: 218487   |   750 mL bottle

Matt’s review:

Black in colour, this is a huge wine with incredible aromatic and flavour intensity.  Dark berries, sweet spices, charcoal, ash, and vanilla on the nose and palate.  Very big wine with big structure that commands a two hour decant to soften the big tannins.  Enjoy 2020-2040.  94 points. Tasted May 2015.  Matt Steeves –

$79.95 – a real gem from Napa!

Super value red,

Silver Buckle Ranchero Red 2010

Syrah, Merlot, and Zin Blend

—VINTAGES#: 412684   |   750 mL bottle

Matt’s review: This super value priced gem from Central Coast California is sure to put a smile on your face.  Another high quality and unique product from the Rutherford Ranch family of wines, the Silver Buckle is a  serious crowd-pleaser that will complement any dish you choose to enjoy it with.  Soft, refined, and so smooth, this is a very well balanced wine.  Gold medal winner and Best of Class at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition it was also a favourite at the California Wine Fair in Ottawa earlier this year.  Everyone was raving about how terrific this wine was and of course asking when it would be available for sale.   Now’s the time!  This is a wine to buy by the case and enjoy over the next few years.  Tasted April 2015.  91 points. Matt Steeves –

Incredible value! So smooth! $21.95

Another great value red,

Château de Panigon 2011


—VINTAGES#: 230367   |   750 mL bottle

Matt’s review:

Medium ruby red, the nose shows smoky notes, black berry, and a touch of BBQ sauce.  Well balanced, with great acidity and tannin struture, this would complement a gourmet burger this summer, served slighly chilled in the summer sun.  Enjoy!  Tasted May 2015.  90 points. Matt Steeves –

Super bargain price gem from Bordeaux, France. $18.95

Now, an iconic red fit for a king!

Opus One 2011

Red Blend

—VINTAGES#: 406512   |   375 mL bottle

Matt’s review:

Deep ruby red with a intensely deep core, borderline black, indicating the depth and complexity that’s in this storied wine.  The nose displays rich and savoury stewed fruits, herbs, plum, cacao, green pepper, florest floor, and charcoal.  The palate shows layers of sweet dark fruit, plum, and black currant.  Wonderfully balanced, all the pieces of this masterpiece are in perfect harmony which creates the most wonderful mouthfeel and long lasting flavour which never seems to end.   A fantastic wine. Highly recommended!   Tasted May 2015.  97 points. Matt Steeves –

  One of the most storied wines in the world. Opus One, in a demi bottle, making it more affordable, yet still $231.95 – Worth it for such a cellar worthy bottle.

Château des Jacques Moulin-À-Vent 2011


—VINTAGES#: 700187   |   750 mL bottle

Matt’s review: What an expressive Beaujolais from the mecca of Gamay! Intense nose showing layers of dark field berries, black cherry, stewed fruits, herbs, and spice. Well balanced, with great flavour concentration, this is a fine wine to enjoy with roasted small game, poultry, or even BBQ. Enjoy 2015-2020. Tasted May 2015. 91 points. Matt Steeves –


Roux Père & Fils Vougeot Les Petits Vougeots 1er Cru 2010

Pinot Noir

—VINTAGES#: 940403   |   750 mL bottle

Matt’s review: Wow!  Berries, spice, herbs, expressive and youthful, this is a fantastic effort from a storied winery.  Tasted May 2015. 93 points. Matt Steeves –



Oyster Bay Sparkling Cuvée Rosé

Sparkling – Dry

—VINTAGES#: 280172   |   750 mL bottle

Matt’s review:  A lovely sparkling wine from Oyster Bay.  Brilliant light copper colour with citrus, biscuit, and field berry notes. Micro bubbles make this refreshing blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir a great complement to any charcuterie platter, grilled fish, roasted poultry, or just on its own. 89+ points. Matt Steeves

Such a lovely pink bubbly!  $21.95

Kim Crawford Small Parcels Fizz 2009

Sparkling White

—VINTAGES#: 381236   |   750 mL bottle

Matt’s review:  Another Small Parcels premium product from Kim Crawford in NZ. This 2009 KC “Fizz” methode traditionnelle sparkling wine is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Marlborough. It spent 42 months on its lees and the depth of flavour reflects that. Loaded with delicate orchard fruit notes and flavours, fresh baked bread, incredible minerality (making it exceptionally food friendly), delicate micro bubbles all makes this a terrific and affordable alternative to vintage Champagne. A wine I’d recommend buying by the case and watching it evolve over the years. Tasted October 2013. 91 points. Matt Steeves

Premium Small Parcels Fizz from Kim Crawford. A must try! $29.95

Antech Expression Brut Crémant de Limoux 2012


—VINTAGES#: 68239   |   750 mL bottle

Matt’s review: A touch of sweetness makes this a fantastic bubbly to enjoy with just about anything you can throw at it!  Tasted May 2015. 90 points. Matt Steeves –

$19.95 – a great deal! Saber this sucker at your next garden party and have some fun!


Megalomaniac Grounded Cabernet Franc Icewine 2013


—VINTAGES#: 415976   |   200 mL bottle

Matt’s review: Baked apple, cinnamon, spice, pepper jelly, and sweet orchard fruit.  Lovely wine!  Enjoy with freshly baked apple pie.  93 points. Matt Steeves –

For a special occasion, you can’t beat Ice Wine. This is a real winner, especially with freshly baked apple pie and vanilla ice cream. $34.95 for a small bottle (200ml).