Opimian Wine Concierge

 

Like a hotel concierge, Opimian’s Wine Concierge is in charge of the special services that will take your membership experience to the next level. This is true for every member, from the newly joined to the long-time members

 

A concierge is traditionally the go-to person for travellers and hotel guests who want to know more, see more and do more in the area. Opimian’s Wine Concierge plays this role for our members, and so much more. Their job is to ensure you are getting the most out of your membership by taking advantage of every benefit, learning about every wine and exploring new regions, all without having to leave the comfort of your own home (unless you love to travel, in which case, our Wine Concierge will help you with that too!)

Opimian loves that our Wine Concierge is available to help our members. This personal touch is what sets our customer service apart – you will be able to speak to an actual person when you call! One that is knowledgeable in all things wine.

If you reach out to our Wine Concierge today, here are just a few of the things that he would love do for you:

 

Meet your Opimian Wine Concierge, Carl Bird

Carl has been a fixture at Opimian for over 15 years. He started out as a member, then took over the Northwest Territories (well, Opimian’s chapter there) as Area Representative. In 2015, he moved to Montreal - his hometown - and joined the team at the head office as Area Representative Liaison and Opimian Wine Concierge.

 

To contact our Wine Concierge

Opimian loves that our Wine Concierge is available to help our members. This personal touch is what sets our customer service apart – you will be able to speak to an actual person when you call! One that is knowledgeable in all things wine:

 

 

Bird's Eye View on Cellar Offering 255

                     9542       

Lot 9542 - Temático Argentino Joven Torrontés, Valle de Famatina, La Rioja, Mendoza, 2016

Torrontés is Argentina's signature grape and in this version, Mauricio Lorca has produced an excellent example of a wine that typifies this varietal. Very aromatic citrus is the key component to this grape variety. The crisp acidity on the palate is balanced by dry light and refreshing flavours of soft muted lemon. The version I tasted recently, Lot 8973 from C246, has a touch of residual sweetness. Not enough to offset the crisp acidity, but the right amount to provide a nice counterfoil.

  • Appearance - Crystal clear wine of medium intensity, lemon green, with legs up to its neck.
  • Nose - Clean with medium intensity aromas of roses, citrus and green apple. The aromas are bright and youthful.
  • Palate - Off Dry with high acidity, medium alcohol and medium (-) body. Medium intensity flavours of lemon, grapefruit and green apple dominate with the floral notes at the back end. This nicely balanced wine has a medium (+) finish.

This is a great value wine that has reached its peak. Drink now as this wine is not suitable for ageing.

Paired with pan-seared piri piri seasoned basa fish.


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Lot 9557 - Alfa Crux Malbec, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, 2014

José Manuel Ortega produces an extraordinary range of wines of different varietals and the Alfa Crux is his pièce de résistance (couldn't find a decent Spanish translation). Big, bold, deep in colour yet soft and supple on the palate with great body and elegance. This is a must have for the avid collector. The version I tasted recently, Lot 8972 from C246, had it all. Deep purple colour, intense aromas of dark fruit. Medium plus body with high acidity and tannins and dark fruit flavours.

  • Appearance - Clear, deep purple with long slow flowing legs.
  • Nose - Clean with pronounced aromas of blackberry, ripe plum, currants, smoky tobacco, black pepper and licorice. This wine is still developing.
  • Palate - Dry with high acidity, tannins, and body. Medium (+) alcohol is countered by pronounced flavours of dark cherries, ripe plums, blackberries, licorice, tobacco and cocoa. The tobacco and spices linger through a long warm finish. The firm tannins and licorice were quite prominent in the first glass. After a moderate decanting these characteristics softened and produced an extremely well-balanced wine.

An outstanding wine that can be enjoyed now with moderate decanting but which has the potential to age for another 7 years and would likely hold for up to 3 years after that.

Paired with Moroccan seafood couscous and lamb Tagine. 

 

 

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