2012 Château Argadens Bordeaux

I last reviewed the 2011 which I only had a tasting of so I thought I would grab a bottle of it. The wine is a vinatges essential so available in many LCBO web stores. Dark in color with a nice dark berry nose. On the mid palatte the wine displays some rich dark berries to match the nose along with some oak notes, mocha and chocolate. On the medium length finish the wine lingers really nicely in the mouth along with some vibrant acidity, some nice smooth tannins and some nice dryness. There’s some nice complexity to the wine not common at this price point. This is a lovely, typical, varietal bordeaux. I would give it an 88+. Very nice and worth a go. But be sure and pair it with something hearty so it can stand up to the wine!

From the LCBO web site:

From the LCBO’s web site:
Château Argadens Bordeaux — VINTAGES#: 681643
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
$17.95
Release Date:April 1, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: Bordeaux, France By:Maison SichelSugar Content:3 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:BordeauxDescriptionThe Sichel family of Château Palmer fame has been a part of winemaking in Bordeaux for some six generations. Always a great value, this popular, classically framed blend of Merlot and Cabernet is a great choice for grilled lamb.

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Bogle Essential Red 2014

This is another excellent red from Bogle. Dark in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some rich dark cherry fruit. The cab sauv is really coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lively acidity, mild tannins and noticeable alcohol. A little breathing or ageing would help this out easily. I would give it a solid 88. Yum

From the LCBO web site:
Bogle Essential Red 2014 — VINTAGES#: 394452
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth $21.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:January 21, 2017
Alcohol/Vol13.5% Made in: California, USA By: Bogle Winery Sugar Content:9 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Full-bodied & Smooth
Description: The Bogle family blends old vine Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah to make this wine and ages it in oak for 12 months. Expect jammy fruit with notions of cedar and cocoa. The producer suggests pairings of burgers, blue cheeses or dark chocolate macarons.

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Château Argadens Bordeaux 2011 mini review

Dark in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich red berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins and lively acidity along with some noticeable alcohol. I would give it an 88-89. A very nice deal indeed for the price!

From the LCBO’s web site:
Château Argadens Bordeaux — VINTAGES#: 681643
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
$17.95
Release Date:April 1, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: Bordeaux, France By:Maison SichelSugar Content:3 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:BordeauxDescriptionThe Sichel family of Château Palmer fame has been a part of winemaking in Bordeaux for some six generations. Always a great value, this popular, classically framed blend of Merlot and Cabernet is a great choice for grilled lamb.

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Calera Mount Harlan 2012 Chardonnay mini review

Pale in color with a nice varietal nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich varietal fruit, nice apple/pear and vanilla. On the medium length finish the vanilla lives on nicely in the mouth. This is a well oaked chard. Right up my alley. I would give it an 89 or so. Yumm Full bodied and rich is what the LCBO calls it and I would agree!

From the LCBO for a different year:
Calera Chardonnay 2013 — VINTAGES#: 968925
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich $44.25
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:March 21, 2015
Alcohol/Vol 14.0% Made in:California, USA By: Calera Wine Co Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Full-bodied & Rich Varietal:Chardonnay Description’Yes, Josh Jenson is nuts about limestone. That single word distinguishes this tiny region from everything else in California. Mount Harlan provides California with just about our only window on the French claim about the importance of this bedrock to their great Burgundies. There are, to be sure, other calcareous areas, notably the shales of Paso Robles west side, but true limestone is not a California thing’ (Clark Smith, appellationamerica.com, May 12, 2009). Serious Chardonnay fanatics won’t want to miss this uniquely mineral expression of Cali’s microscopic Mt. Harlan AVA, which contains just one winery: Calera.

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2014 Stoney Rdige Cab Franc

Dark in color with a mild red cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice red cherries coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lively acidity along with some smooth tannins and dryness. This is definitely a softer milder cab franc. Very approachable and an easy drinker. I would give it an 88 or so, given the price is not a bad deal at all.

From the LCBO web site:
Stoney Ridge Cabernet Franc — LCBO#: 369702
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity $14.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:July 23, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in:Ontario, Canada By:Stoney Ridge Cellars Ltd. Sugar Content:6 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Cabernet FrancDescriptionLook for this Cabernet Franc to deliver complex and layered aromas of dark fruit, earth and oak tones. The palate will be balanced and integrated with black fruit, earth and spice undertones.This is a VQA wine.

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14 Hands 2014 Chard

I’ve been on a roll of good chards lately … This is another one. Pale to slightly golden in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely varietal apple and pear. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice toasty vanilla notes and some nice acidity. The fruit on this one is nice and expressive. A well made, not over oaked shard. I wuold give it an 88-89. Very nice for the price. Full bodied and rich.

14 Hands Chardonnay 2014 — VINTAGES#: 468546
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich
14 Hands is named for the small but resilient wild horses that were once found throughout the Columbia River Basin. This Chardonnay has a soft caramel and oak undertone that supports the leading apple, citrus and mineral tones. Crafted in an easy-to-enjoy style, this is fresh and long with a creamy mouth feel. (VINTAGES panel, Feb. 2016) $18.95

Release Date:December 10, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: Washington, USA By: Chat Ste Michelle Sugar Content:6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

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Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico 2013

Dark in color with a mild red cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dried fruits and red cherry notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely smooth tannins, nice dryness and complexity. I would give it an 89, another perfect example of a Chianti classico. I paired it with a home made rabbit stew and it went well. The complexity and dryness are subtle so best appreciated without food.

From the LCBO web site:
Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico 2013 — VINTAGES#: 3962
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
Here is Barone Ricasoli’s bread and butter wine. Some 600,000 bottles of the 2013 Chianti Classico Brolio were made and all the fruit that goes into this wine is estate-grown. This is a powerhouse wine in terms of production numbers and the 2013 vintage is an especially delicious one. I highly recommend this excellent value wine. The wine shows crunchy tannins and youthful fruit nuances with bright cherry and blackberry. The mouthfeel is generous and fresh. Score – 91. (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, Sept. 21, 2015)
$22.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:December 10, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: Tuscany, Italy By:Casa Vinicola Barone Ricasoli Spa Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Medium-bodied & Fruity Varietal:Sangiovese Blend

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Barbuntín Albarino 2014

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Albarino’s inc ase you don’t know them can be nice crisp dry wines from Spain. This particular one is golden in color with a mild nose, with some minerality coming through. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild green apple notes along with minerality to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp dry acidity that builds in the mouth. I would give it an 88 or so. Very food friendly. A perfect example of an Albarino.

From the LCBO web site:
Barbuntín Albarino 2014 — VINTAGES#: 461285
STYLE – Light & Crisp
Quince, green apple and chinimoya [custard apple] nose with a concentrated lemony savoury palate and a clean saline finish. Score – Silver Medal. (International Wine Challenge, 2016) $17.95

Release Date:November 26, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in: Rias Baixas, Spain By: Quinta de Couselo Sugar Content:5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra DryStyle:Light & Crisp

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2013 St Francis Cab Sauv

Dark in color with a nice red cherry nose. On the mid palate this is a lovely smooth cab sauv with lots of nice red cherries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins along with some nice dryness that builds and lingers in the mouth. There’s a nice bit of complexity to this wine. It’s a more subtle well made cab yumm. I would give it an 89+. Very food friendly. We paired it with steak and it went REALLY well 🙂 I would agree with the LCBO’s description of full bodied and smooth. By the way, I had the 2012 at Quinns and it was equally as yummy.

From the LCBO web site:
St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 — VINTAGES#: 671164
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
This is a deeply coloured, nicely rich yet quite well structured cabernet – as are so many 2013s from California. It has a classic, lifted nose of blackcurrants, herbs, dark chocolate and some oak sheen. It’s full bodied, fairly dense and still youthfully tannic but it is balanced. The length is very good to excellent. Good value in the overpriced universe of California cabs. Score – 91. (David Lawrason, winealign.com, July 20, 2016) $29.95

Release Date:December 10, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 14.6% Made in: California, USA By: Kobrand Corporation Sugar Content:13 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry

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2014 Peller Private reserve Pinot noir

I enjoy my pinot noirs and Niagara make some fabulous ones! They are super food friendly. This one is garnet in color with a with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice smooth softer light red berry notes along with some varietal rustic notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity and soft tannins. This is definitely a softer gentler pinot. It subtly grows in the mouth. I would give it an 88 or so. $25 at the winery.

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Two sisters 2015 Oaked chardonnay mini review

It’s not unusual for wineries to purchase grapes to broaden their offerings or simply to keep the production facilities busy. Idle equipment = lost revenue. It’s always a shame when these wineries purchase grapes from outside their appelation. Two sisters are doing some great work on their reds, only reds in fact are grown on the property. So they purchases the grapes for this chard from Beamsville from Daniel Lenko. They were quite up front about this, which I applaud. So right off the bat this wine is going to have to win me over past my biases … This wine spent 7 months in oak. Pale in color with a softer varietal nose of apple and pear. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely expressive apple and pear. Beautiful fruit. Oh oh, a chink in the armor is revealing itself. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely vanilla notes along with some smooth acidity. I like my chards and I have to say this is a good one. I would give it an 89+, very nice. Not over baked, not unoaked, just right. This is one of the better chards coming out of Niagara right now. Yumm

From the winery’s web site:
2015 CHARDONNAY $49.00
Hand-harvested and barrel fermented for 7 months in French oak, this Chardonnay has impressions of citrus fruit, yellow apple and grilled pineapple on the nose. With great weight balanced weight, there is an intricate backbone of minerality with expands to a creamy, floral finish. Great acidity throughout makes this an excellent candidate for the cellar.

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2014 Peppoli Chianti Classico

A while back I did a writeup after a tasting of a bunch of chianti’s from Gabbiano. I learned lots about the region. This chianti classico has seen some time in oak, and then some bottle aging. Nothing specific on the bottle as to length of time in each. On the nose the wine displays some nice soft red berries. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely soft red berries along with some typical dried fruit flavors. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lively, bright acidity along with some nice smooth tannins and some smokey notes. A classic chianti, pun intended. I would give it an 88 or so. This is a vintages essential product so readily available. A perfect companion for pastas, pizzas or rabbit!

from the LCBO web site:
Antinori Pèppoli Chianti Classico — VINTAGES#: 606541
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity $19.95

Release Date:April 1, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: Tuscany, Italy By: Marchesi Antinori S.P.A.Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Medium-bodied & Fruity Varietal:Sangiovese DescriptionA food-friendly Chianti Classico made on the historic Pèppoli estate, whose vineyards date back to the middle ages. Features cherry, currant, leather and herbal notes. Pair with homemade pizza, cured meats or pasta with Bolognese sauce.

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2014 Peller Signature series sauv blanc (mini review)

This sauv blanc has been aged in oak for 1 year. Most sauv blancs from New Zealand for example see no oak. In California an oaked sauv blanc is called a fume blanc. This one is pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some subtle citrus notes along with some nice minerality. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm and acidity and builds slightly in the mouth. This is definitely a more subdued sauv blanc, I suspect due to the oaking. I prefer mine a bit more edgy but it is a nice wine none the less and will be very food friendly. An easy sipper. I would give an 88- or so. It’s $30.20 at the winery.

from the winery’s web site (for the 2013 vintage):
Harvested from estate owned vinyeards and our long-standing growers in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Only premium free-run juice from Sauvignon Blanc grapes were used for full expression of the fruit. A small portion of the juice began spontaneous fermention using wild yeast from the vineyard, then aged in barrel (the wild yeast contributes to aromas and complexity). 80% of the juice was barrel fermented and aged sur lie for 12 months in 100% French oak barrels (new and older barrels) to develop a rich, complex mouthfeel. 20% of the juice was fermented in our concrete ‘Egg’ to enhance mouthfeel and texture, then transferred to barrel for aging.

Serve with grilled halibut with a barbecued corn salsa; smoked salmon and trout appetizers; creamy pasta dishes with smoked salmon and asparagus; buttered grilled asparagus; herbed roast chicken; smoked turkey; smoked cheeses. Enjoy lightly chilled at 14 to 16°C. Drink now through 2017.

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2013 Sterling Chard

Th Californians are making great strides at dialing down the oak on the chards and letting the fruit shine through. I submit this as an example. Pale to golden in color with a mild varietal nose. On the mid palate the chard fruit shines through with some lovely apple and pear. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely smokey, oaky notes along with some spicy notes. This is a lovely smooth varietal chard. Not over baked. It’s nice crisp and dry. I would give it a solid 89 which for the price is a great deal!

Sterling Chardonnay 2013 — VINTAGES#: 330233
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:November 12, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: California, USA By:Treasury Wine Estates Sugar Content:5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Rich Varietal:ChardonnayDescriptionFounded in 1964, Sterling is both one of the foundational properties in Napa Valley and one of the first to work with Chardonnay. Their 2013 is sourced from sites in the southern reaches of the Napa Valley, and features fruit from cool-climate locations in Carneros. You can expect this to offer the bright and balanced acidity typical of these sites. It will be a great match for buttered shrimp. #22.95

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2014 Berringer Chard mini review

Pale in color with a lovely rich nose of apple and pear. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely apple and pear along with some nice vanilla. The medium length finish displays some nice acidity. I would give it an 88 or so. A lovely varietal chard. Not over baked. It’s an essential so readily available.

Beringer Chardonnay — VINTAGES#: 84988
Beringer Chardonnay
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich
Founded in 1876, Beringer is California’s longest continually operating winery. This Chardonnay is vivid and focused with tropical fruit, lemon, pear, toasty spice and zesty acidity. Creamy and round, this will be ideal for buttered lobster. $22.95

Release Date:April 1, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 14.1% Made in: California, USA By:Beringer Vineyards Sugar Content:5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Full-bodied & Rich
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2014 Meiomi Pinot Noir mini review

Garnet in color with a nice expressive varietal nose, lots of soft red fruits and rustic notes. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice red fruits and rustic notes just the way a pinot noir ought to be! On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and acidity. I would give it an 88 or so.

Meiomi Pinot Noir — VINTAGES#: 130138
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
A decadent and popular take on Pinot Noir is crafted by Joseph Wagner of the family behind Caymus. Loaded with chocolate, dark cherries and berries, it’s a generous wine with soft tannins. Enjoy tonight with baby back ribs, grilled salmon or rib-eye steaks. $23.95 WAS $26.95 SAVE $3.00

Release Date:April 1, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 14.5% Made in:California, USA By:Copper Cane LLC Sugar Content:12 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry
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2015 Lacey PEC county fruit Pinot Noir (mini review)

Garnet in color with a nice varietal nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice varietal soft red fruits, strawberry/raspberry and the like along with some nice rustic notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth acidity and tannins. A very nice pinot from the county. Sadly not in the LCBO, $25 a bottle at/from the winery. As always with Prince Edward County wineries, you have to ask where the fruit is from. In this case it’s 100% county fruit!

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Fuentespina Roble 7 2013

Dark in color with a mild cherry and wood nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely smokey cherry notes along with some nice oak. On the medium to long finish the wine displays some firm tannins and acidity. The alcohol is quite noticeable at 14%. There’s some lovely peppery notes. Is is a complex well made tempranillo. Probably one of the best I’ve had in a while. I would give it an 89 or so which for the price is a bargain. This is definitely a bigger wine, wimps need not apply!

From the LCBO web site:
Fuentespina Roble 7 2013 — VINTAGES#: 657395

STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
Opaque ruby. Warm, spice-accented cherry and redcurrant aromas are complemented by a subtle herbal nuance. Dry and spicy on the palate, offering bitter cherry and black pepper flavors that become sweeter with air. The peppery element lingers on the gently tannic finish, which shows good lift and cut. Drinking window: 2016-2021. Score – 88. (Josh Raynolds, vinous.com, Sept. 2015) $15.95

Release Date:November 12, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: Ribera del Duero, Spain By: Avelino Vegas S.A.Sugar Content:3 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity

Description: Ribera del Duero wines have really established themselves since 1982 when the region was finally awarded its Denominacion de Origen (DO). Vega Sicilia, in the western part of the region, has been producing exceptional wines there since the 19th century, but it took the awarding of the DO to really open the region up. Since 1980, more than 50 estates have set up shop, including Bodegas Fuentespina, owned by the Avelino Vegas company. This 100% Tempranillo shows off the fruit forward possibilities of the grape. Enjoy with rich meat or pasta dishes.

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Santa Margherita Brut Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore

Pale in color with a crisp nose. On the mid palate this is a typical crisp dry, small bubble prosecco. On the medium length finish it’s smooth and dry with some nice citrus notes lingering. It’s a lovely food friendly wine. I would give it an 88 or so. CLassic prosecco!

From the LCBO web site:
Santa Margherita Brut Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore — VINTAGES#: 687582
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Flavourful
Prosecco, northern Italy’s charming sparkling wine, may just be the best-value fizz around. This refreshing version shows lemon zest, pear, white peach, apricot and toasty flavours. Terrific with seafood appetizers or salmon teriyaki. $18.95

Release Date:April 1, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 11.5% Made in: Veneto, Italy By:S. Margherita S.P.A.Sugar Content:10 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Medium-bodied & Flavourful

DescriptionProsecco, northern Italy’s charming sparkling wine, may just be the best-value fizz around. This refreshing version shows lemon zest, pear, white peach, apricot and toasty flavours. Terrific with seafood appetizers or salmon teriyaki.

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Casas del Bosque Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2015 mini review

Pale in color with a nice crisp citrus nose. On mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich pink grapefruit and citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity and tartness. It’s nice and crisp and dry. This would be a very food friendly wine. Yum. I would give it an 88+ which for the price is a good deal. This is a Vintages essential so should be widely available.

From the LCBO web site:
Casas del Bosque Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2015 — VINTAGES#: 974717
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful
The best Chilean sauvignon blancs generally come from Casablanca Valley, which enjoys cooling influences from the Pacific coast at an altitude of 800 feet above sea level. Founded in 1993, the award-winning Casas del Bosque was one of the first wineries in the valley … Renowned winemaker Grant Phelps has worked at Casas del Bosque for more than 13 years and crafted this wine. Grapes were harvested at night to maintain the fruit’s full potential and acidity. In the cellar, grapes were gently pressed and allowed skin contact for four days. The majority of the wine was vinified in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats, and 4 percent of it was barrel-fermented to add texture and weight. In the glass, it offers aromas of kiwi, lime zest and a whiff of jalapeno. On the palate, taste grapefruit, guava, mineral undertones and an herbal character. Drink it as an aperitif or with oysters, turkey gumbo, artichokes, grilled fish, smoked salmon, salads and light cheeses. (Brenda Maitland, bestofneworleans.com, Nov. 30, 2015) $14.95

Release Date:July 9, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in:Casablanca Valley, Chile By: Vina Casas Del Bosques Sugar Content:4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Aromatic & Flavourful

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2014 Mirasou Pinot Noir

This is a general list product. I love pinots, certain foods just pair perfectly with them, like salmon, duck etc … This one is garnet in color with a mild rustic nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice soft red berries along with some nice rustic notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice firm tannins, acidity and a hint of pepper. This is a bigger pinot. For the price it’s a BB Bargoon! I would give it an 88 or so. The fruit is not as expressive as some but good none the less.

From the LCBO web site:
Mirassou Pinot Noir — LCBO#: 185249
STYLE – Light-bodied & Fruity
pale ruby colour; raspberry, sour cherry and touch of vanilla in the nose; dry light to medium body; soft cherry and cranberry flavours, soft, smooth finish $14.45

Alcohol/Vol 13.5%Made in: California, USA By: Mirassou Vineyards Sugar Content:14 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Light-bodied & Fruity

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2012 Castello di Neive Barbaresco

Garnet in color with a light red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice soft red berries, rustic notes and dried fruits. But where a good Barbaresco lives is in the finish. On the medium length finish the wine displays some subtle super dryness that builds in the mouth, especially without food. There some nice smooth tannins and acidity. Barbarescos are a cheap mans Barolo made from the same grape, the Nebbiolo. I would give this an 88+. A great example of a this Italian wine style.

From the LCBO web site:
Castello di Neive Barbaresco DOCG — LCBO#: 160143
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
Clear garnet colour; cherry, leather, spice and toasty oak aromas; dry, full-bodied, slightly firm, yet well balanced with red fruit flavour and fine tannins. $23.20

Release Date:July 6, 2012
Alcohol/Vol 14.5% Made in: Italy By: Castello Di Neive Azienda Agricola Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Full-bodied & Smooth Varietal:Barbaresco
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Chilcas 2013 chard mini review

Golden in color with a nice varietal nose of apple/pear. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely varietal chard fruit, apple and pear to match the nose along with some nice vanilla notes. This is a nicely oaked, not over baked chard. Yumm. I would give it an 88-89 another of the stars from the Chilean wine festival. Sadly not in the LCBO right not, $24.95 a bottle.

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Ritual 2015 Pinot noir mini review

Garnet in color with a nice varietal nose displays soft red berries and rustic notes. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice varietal notes to match the nose, soft red berries, raspberries and some nice rustic notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness, and firm tannins. A lovely pinot displaying nice fruit! I would give it an 88+, one of the stars of the recent Chilean wine fest in Toronto. Sadly not yet in the LCBO $22.95 a bottle.

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2016 Montes Outer Limit mini review

Pale in color with a nice grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays grassy notes to match the nose along with some nice acidity. On the medium length finish the citrus notes linger nicey displaying some nice mouth grip. I would give it an 88 or so.

From the LCBO web site for a different year:
Montes Outer Limits Sauvignon Blanc 2015 — VINTAGES#: 389643
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful
A very tangy and bright white with lots of sliced lemon and grass character on the nose and palate. Intense and lively. Energetic. Drink now. Score – 90. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Oct. 29, 2015) $16.25
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:April 30, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in:Aconcagua Valley, Chile By: Montes S.A.Sugar Content:6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor : XD – Extra Dry Style: Aromatic & Flavourful
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