2014 Stoneleigh Sauv Blanc

Another one from the general list. Pale in color with a nice crisp nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely green grassy notes along with some nice crisp minerality. On the medium length finish the lively acidity and lemon zest lives on nicely. I would give it an 88-89. Beautiful wine for the price and a very good year.

From the LCBO web site:
Stoneleigh Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc — LCBO#: 293043
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful
Pale straw colour; gooseberry, herbs and a hint of tropical fruit on the nose; dry and medium-bodied with a crisp finish. $17.95

Release Date:May 16, 1998
Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: New Zealand By:Pernod Ricard Pacific Pty Ltd Sugar Content:5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Aromatic & Flavourful

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2015 Lössterrassen Grüner Veltliner mini review

This is another one from the Austrian event. Pale in color with a nice crisp nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely crisp dry notes, nice minerality and some grassy notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice tart notes along with some nice lively acidity. A lovely food friendly Grüner. I would give it an 88+ For $15.95 a bottle it is a great deal. Sadly not in the LCBO.

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2011 Clos De Siete

I’ve had this one and it’s been consistent year over year. Inky dark in color with a nice nose of black berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice rich black berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and some nice acidity. The wine is a very nice food friendly wine. I would give it an 88-89.

From the LCBO web site (for the 2012 vintage):
Clos de los Siete 2012 —VINTAGES#: 622571
Style – Full-bodied & Smooth  › (57% Malbec, 18% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Syrah; aged in second- and third-use French oak barrels): Bright red-ruby. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, cassis, blackcherry and dark chocolate. Dense, creamy and sweet, conveying an impression of elegance for all its volume. A very sweet, spicy blend with harmonious tannins and noteworthy length. Year after year, this wine from Michel Rolland is a terrific value. Drinking window: 2015-2022. Score – 91. (Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, Jan. 2015) $23.95
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Laurent Mabileau St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil 2013 mini review

Dark in color with a nice cab franc varietal nose along with some mild oaky notes. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice soft cab franc notes, and red berries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice soft dryness and tannins and some acidity. It’s definitely a milder softer cab franc. I would give it an 88 or so.

From the LCBO web site:
Laurent Mabileau St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil 2013 Cabernet Franc — VINTAGES#: 61192
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
If Bourgeuil is the sinewy, fruit-driven expression of Cabernet Franc in the Loire Valley, then St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil is its slightly lighter and more ethereal incarnation. This one offers sour cherry, earth and smoky notes and shows great balance throughout. There’s also a subtle mineral component on the palate and good tannic bite on the finish. (VINTAGES panel, April 2015)
$16.25

Release Date: December 12, 2015 Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in: Loire, France By: Domaine Laurent Mabileau Sugar Content:6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra DryStyle: Medium-bodied & Fruity
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Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2013

Inky dark in color with a nice nose of black berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild but deep black berries to match the nose. Be sure to savor it before you swallow it because you get immediately whacked by bitter, harsh notes. I passed it through my aereator twice and even let it breath a bit. I’m not sure whether aging will improve this wine but for now it’s nasty. Slightly less so when paired with food. If I had more bottles of this I would return them. Very disappointing. In the past this was an excellent wine. I would give it an 86-87. Did I mention YUK?

From the LCBO web site:
Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2013 — VINTAGES#: 998476
STYLE – Full-bodied & Firm
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2013 Shiraz The Lodge Hill is redolent of eucalyptus, Chinese five spice, blackberries, black cherries and pepper hints, then fills the medium to full-bodied palate with a good amount of chewy tannins and plenty of spicy black fruit before ending medium to long in the finish. Drink: 2015-2019. Score – 90. (Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, erobertparker.com, July 2015) $24.95

Release Date:April 2, 2016 Alcohol/Vol 14.0% Made in: South Australia, Australia By: Negociants International Sugar Content:6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Firm

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2015 Riverlore Sauv Blanc

I’ve been grabbing random wines from the general list of New Zealand section and I had not yet tried this one.
Pale in color with a nice grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely grassy notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some citrus, zest and some nice lively acidity. This is quite a nice food friendly sauv blanc. I would give it an 88+. For the price it’s worth giving it a try.

From the LCBO web site:
Riverlore Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Sauvignon Blanc
—LCBO#: 417600 | 750 mL bottle
Riverlore Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful
Pale yellow green colour; aromas of ripe pear, gooseberry and fresh cut grass with notes of tropical fruit and lime; dry, medium bodied, richly textured, with balanced fresh acidity, flavours of gooseberry, ripe apple, fresh herb and tropical fruit, with notes of passion fruit and asparagus. $15.90
Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand By: Wairau River Wines Ltd. Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Aromatic & Flavourful
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Henri Bourgeois Les Baronnes Sancerre mini review

Sancerre is a region of the Loire valley in France. The wines are made 100% of sauv blanc. Pale in color with a nice crisp nose with some nice minerality. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice grassy notes along with some nice citrus. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp acidity. It’s a very food friendly wine. I would give it an 88 or so. A nice wine but honestly for the money you can do better.

From the LCBO web site:
Henri Bourgeois Les Baronnes Sancerre — VINTAGES#: 542548 Henri Bourgeois Les Baronnes Sancerre
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful
Clear pale lemon colour; subtle aromas of citrus and mineral; extra dry with flavours of grapefruit, and lemon with minerally notes; medium length finish, drink now $25.95
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2012 Whitehaven Pinot Noir

Garnet in color with a lovely varietal rustic nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with rustic notes, soft red berries and the like. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity. I would give it an 88+. We paired it with BBQ salmon and it went perfectly. Very nice.

From the LCBO web site:
Whitehaven Pinot Noir — LCBO#: 245696STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
Garnet colour with lively aromas of raspberry, cherry and hints of leather; spices follow through on the palate; dry, with medium body $24.10
Alcohol/Vol 14.0% Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand By: Whitehaven Wines Com. Ltd. Sugar Content:5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Medium-bodied & Fruity
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Stoneleigh 2013 Lattitude Pinot Noir mini review

I last reviewed the 2010 Vintage from this winery and enjoyed it. This one is garnet in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate this is a nice smooth pinot with some nice soft red berries and rustic notes coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity and tanning. I would give it an 88+. $25.95 This particular one isn’t in the LCBO, only the slightly lower stream non latitude is.

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Kacaba 2014 Oak Aged Chardonnay Mini review

Pale to golden in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the displays some lovely apple/pear fruit. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice butterscotch and vanilla along with some mild spicy notes. The texture has a touch of creamyness to it. I would give it an 88-89 which for the price is not a bad deal at all. We bought it at the winery.

From the winery’s web site:
AGED IN OAK CHARDONNAY 2014
Details: Harvest started in the early morning hours of October 9th, 2014. As the sun climbed into the day the newly picked fruit started its journey to become the Aged in Oak Chardonnay. First undergoing a gentle destemming then being allowed to rest on its skin for 12 hours before a whole berry pressing. Next the juice was cold settled for 3 days before being racked and inoculated to start the fermentation. After the primary fermentation the wine was racked for it lees and transferred to a combination of eight new and second fill French oak barrels were the wine underwent a full malolactic fermentation, creating underlying butteriness to complement the fruits lively acid. The wine rested in these barrels with for 6 months before being racked, cold stabilized and finally bottled mid September 2015. Per bottle: $24.95

Tasting Notes: Enticing aromas of butterscotch, vanilla bean and Asian pear. The palate delivers with rich and creamy notes of Crème brûlée baked aplle and peach.

Food Pairing: With much freshness, this wine matches superb with seafood, both cooked and crudo. Try sweet rich crabmeat with butter, scallops (seared or ceviche!), and oysters on the half shell, raw or grilled. All things buttery or lemony will match heavenly.

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2013 13th Street Pinot gris

Pale in color with a nice crisp nose. On the mid palate the wine displays apple and hint of peach. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely minerality and some nice crisp acidity. Very food friendly. I would give it an 88 or so. Very nice.

From the winery’s web site:
2013 PINOT GRIS 88 PTS $19.95
TECHNICAL NOTES
APPELLATION: VQA Creek Shores
VINEYARD(S): Market Vineyard
GRAPE VARIETY(IES): 100% Pinot Gris
BRIX AT HARVEST: 19.9°
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 12.5%
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 4 grams– dry
TOTAL PRODUCTION: 450 cases
TASTING NOTES
This Pinot Gris was sourced exclusively from our own vineyard beside the market on Fourth Avenue in the Creek Shores appellation. We chose to harvest two blocks of the Market vineyard at different times. The first, western block which had the greatest risk from humidity was picked first in mid-September and the eastern block was picked almost two weeks later. Hand-picked, the grapes were crushed and destemmed before spending a couple of hours on the skins to extract added complexity and aromatic intensity. The grapes were then pressed and fermented and aged in stainless steel with fine lees to provide added richeness and creamy mouthfeel.

Enjoy over the next 3 years with white fish poached or baked with lemon butter, simple chicken dishes, creamy fresh cheeses, green vegetable or herb risotto or sweet garlic pork sausages. Serve lightly chilled rather than cold.

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2013 Rodney Strong Sonoma Chardonnay

Nice golden color with a mild, varietal nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely apple and pear. The fruit is quite nice on this one. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice butterscotch and vanilla. The wine has a slight bit of creamyness to it. I would give the wine an 88-89. A very nice chard. The LCBO says Full bodied and rich, and I would whole heartily agree!

From the LCBO web site:
Rodney Strong Chardonnay 2013 — VINTAGES#: 226936
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich
The 2013 Sonoma County Chardonnay is a blend of both estate fruit and locally farmed fruit that results in a wine that reflects the Sonoma County terroir. This wine was barrel fermented with lees stirring every month to give a nice aroma of ripe lemon and apple with a touch of toast. As you taste this wine you will enjoy the complexity of … lemon, apple, pineapple and pear with a background of various spices. It has perfect acidity and a nice lingering finish that leaves these same flavors on your palate. Due to this acidity and fruits you will find that this is a nice food wine that works well with seafood such as salmon and cod, particularly if they have been prepared with a spicy sauce or pesto. (Steve Ferree, examiner.com, Feb. 7, 2015) $19.95
Release Date:January 9, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.7% Made in: California, USA By: Rodney Strong Vineyards Sugar Content: 6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: D – Dry

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Babich 2014 Sauv Blanc

Another one from the general list. It is pale in color with a crisp nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice mild pink grapefruit notes. On the medium length the grapefruit lingers in the mouth along with some nice acidity. This is an ok Sauv blanc, but not awesome. I would give it an 88 or so. I preferred the Whitehaven.

From the LCBO web site:
Babich Sauvignon Blanc — LCBO#: 620054
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful
Pale yellow; fresh herbal & grassy notes; cisp biting acidity with tart gooseberry flavour. $15.95 Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand By: Babich Wines Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Aromatic & Flavourful
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2014 Whitehaven Sauv Blanc

Pale in color with nice mild grassy citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine spot on matches the nose with some nice grassy notes along with some nice citrus. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp acidity. This is a nice smooth varietal New Zealand Sauv blanc. Very food friendly. Not the boldest I’ve had but smooth. I’m not sure I would say it’s “light” as the LCBO describe it, but heh. I would give it an 88+. Quite nice. In case you go looking for this wine, it’s in the general list (not vintages).

from the lcbo web site:
Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc — LCBO#: 308288
STYLE – Light & Crisp
Pale straw colour; pronounced grassy and gooseberry aromas with white peach and citrus notes; dry and crisp with grassy and citrus flavours with a zesty lime finish. $19.05

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2009 Simi Cab

Ok, biases up front, I love Cab sauvs, and Napa make some of my favs. I’ve had this one in my cellar since 2013 and decided to crack it and see how it’s keeping. I have another one in the cellar so wanted to see if I need to move up my deadline for when it ought to be drunk by. And nothing irritates me more than wasting a good bottle of wine by not drinking it soon enough … Onto the tasting, dark in color with lovely vibrat bright cherry nose. This one is leaping out of the glass waiting for me … On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely bold rich cherries to match the nose. It has kept REALLY well and is still holding it’s own. Not a sign that it’s approaching past due. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely firm tannins, nice dryness, a bit of pepper and a hint of oak too. The wine lingers beautifully dancing on the tongue leaving the fruit to make you just sit there and go yummm. And people give you this odd look like they just don’t get it. I would give this wine a solid 90. Not in the LCBO right now but here was the listing from when I bought it. I highly recommend you keep the notes from when you bought it for record keeping purposes. Be sure and sip this without food to start to appreciate the length of the finish. I had the 2012 vintage of this wine, but after how fabulous this one was, it didn’t make the grade. Just goes to show you wines really can vary year to year and the benefits of having a cellar. I wish I’d bought a case.

SIMI CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2009 VINTAGES 25221 | 750 mL bottle Price $ 24.95 Made in: California, USA By: Constellation Brands Inc. Release Date: Aug 31, 2013 Wine, Red Wine 13.5% Alcohol/Vol. Style: Full-bodied & Firm Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Blend All other wines that match this varietal » Sugar Content: 3 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Tasting Note Lovely complexity on the nose with lots of concentrated fruits, cassis, cedar and dark chocolate with some black pepper spice loitering in the background. The feel is quite velvety given the heft and power here. The tannins declare their presence early and loudly but the intense fruit keeps pace until the very end of the long finish. The interplay is wonderful. A superbly balanced and structured wine. (VINTAGES panel, July 2013)

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Thirty Bench 2013 Small lot pinot noir mini review

I love travelling down to Niagara, touring the wineries, meeting the enthusiastic people that make up the wine industry. I have to say, Thirty Bench is one of my least favorite. So much so I have skipped them many times. I’ve found the staff to be pretentious, the wines to be average and the price to be high. A poor combination indeed. But I decided it was time to give them another try. This time around we got an amazing, well informed, and personable server! What a great start to changing my view of Thirty Bench. Recently I reviewed the 2013 Small Lot Chard and loved it. It was shockingly good. I would put it up there with Hidden Bench chards of years past. So much so I coughed up the $30 for the bottle. So next up we have this wine.

12 months in French Oak, only 212 cases made. They do mean small lot. This time around Thirty Bench was sampling almost exclusively small lot wines. The wine is garnet in color with a nice rustic nose. On the mid palate the wine displays beautiful varietal pinot fruit notes including soft red berries and lots of rustic flavors dancing in the mouth. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and acidity. I would give this wine an 88+ Very nice indeed and a great example of how well Niagara can do pinots. I have to say my visit to Thirty bench is starting to change my opinion of them. The wine was $35 a bottle and I actually coughed it up for the collection!

From the winery’s web site:
2013 Small Lot Pinot Noir
$35.00 per bottle
Ruby red colour with a bouquet of cherry, raspberry, red plum and smoke. Medium-bodied, elegant and fruit-forward. Juicy, fruit flavours of red berry and cherry fill the mouth. Red berry tea, pomegranate and red currant notes linger on the finish.
Pinot Noir grapes were hand-picked and hand-sorted from our own Thirty Bench vineyard and fermented in open top wood fermenters. Barrel aged in French oak for 12 months.
Serve at a cool room temperature of 15 to 17˚C. Pair with venison and a red wine cherry reduction; veal steaks; beef tenderloin; mushroom based dishes; pheasant; quail; duck breast. Enjoy with a selection of cheeses which may include Peau Rouge, La Sauvagine and Reblochon. This wine will age gracefully through 2020.
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2012 Vineland Estates reserve Chard

Pale to golden in color with a lovely varietal chard nose of apple and pear. On the mid palate the fruit is big with some nice apple and pear to match the nose. On the medium length finish there’s some lovely vanilla and butterscotch along with some nice acidity and a hint of pepper. Be sure and not serve this wine too cold or you will miss a ton of the depth and complexity. This really is a very nice chard. We served it with pan fried cod and it went really well. A perfect compliment to the meal. I would give it an 88-89. Yumm. By the way, the term Reserve on this wine does not refer to length of time in the barrel (which was 12 months) as it does for some wines, but rather a quality designation. The grapes were hand selected and sorted.

From the winery’s web site:
Varietal: Chardonnay Region: VQA Niagara Peninsula Country: Canada Vintage: 2012 Alcohol: 12.5% Acidity: 5.25
This latest vintage displays an entirely new level of excellence, focus and refinement within our Reserve Chardonnay pedigree. All the enticing elements including the fully developed hardwood fruit notes plus the limestone and shale pulses are completely interwoven and harmonious. This wine will keep you eager and engaged as it continuously draws you in. A beautifully integrated acidity helps to parse and enliven the weighty palate and leaves you looking for that next encounter. Winemaker: Brian Schmidt Retail: $34.95
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2013 Vineland Estates Brut Reserve mini review

Pale in color with a nice crisp nose. On the mid palate the wine is a nice crisp dry bubbly. Lovely citrus notes. The bubbles are nice and fine. The medium length finish has some nice acidity. This is a very food friendly wine. I would give it an 88-89.

From the winery’s web site:
Varieties: Pinot Meunier (49%), Chardonnay (42%), Riesling (9%) Region: VQA Ontario Country: Canada Vintage: 2013 Alcohol: 12.0% Acidity: 9.15 Bottle size: 750 mL
The fine, “creamy” bubbles lightly dance on your tongue delivering a distinct, enlivening
and bright citrus chorale. Clear notes of fresh apple, peach and pear whisper almost undetectably from the wings in this effervescent presentation of subtlety and nuance. A mouth-watering acidity ensures this sparkler is enjoyable as a solo or as the perfect pair for oysters on-the-half-shell and other fresh seafood. Celebrate life as you drink in this liquid Ode to Joy!

Winemaker: Brian Schmidt
Winemaking notes: Service Temp.: 8 – 10˚C Enjoy now.
Retail: $28.00
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Thirty Bench 2013 Small Lot Chardonnay Mini review

Pale in color with a lovely varietal nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely varietal apple/pear coming through. Beautiful fruit! On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice butter and vanilla. The wine is a bit on the creamy side in texture. The alcohol and acidity are well under control. This really is a nice well made California style chard. 12 months on the lees. I would give it an 89. Yumm

From the Winery’s web site:
2013 Small Lot Chardonnay
$30.00 per bottle
Hand-picked and hand-sorted from our own Thirty Bench vineyard. This Chardonnay has a bouquet of ripe apple, grilled lemon, toasty oak, vanilla, spice, almond and a hint of floral. This medium-bodied wine has a rich mouthfeel with flavours of lemon, pineapple and apple are balanced beautifully by toasty oak and biscuit notes. Lemon and spicy oak notes linger on the finish. Barrel fermented and aged ‘sur lie’ in French oak for 12 months. This wine will age gracefully through 2018.
Pair with cream sauces on pasta and seafood, turkey with mushroom stuffing and creamy mashed potatoes, salmon wrapped in puff pastry, chicken pot pies, mushroom risotto, smoked Gouda and truffled Brie cheeses with artisanal breads.
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Château Pierre de Montignac 2009

Dark in color with a mild nose. on the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark berries backed by some nice woody notes along with some firm acidity and tannins. There’s a hint of pepper on the finish, some nice dryness and some noticeable alcohol. The Cab cab is nicely present here. It’s a bit young and would benefit from a little aging or decanting. I would give it an 88 or so. Quite nice.

From the LCBO web site:
Château Pierre de Montignac 2009 — VINTAGES#: 437954
STYLE – Full-bodied & Firm
This is packed, with lots of plush dark plum, fig and linzer torte notes, carried by sweet spice and caressed by well-integrated toast through the juicy finish. Very solid. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Score – 90. (James Molesworth, winespectator.com, March 31, 2012) $23.95

Release Date:December 12, 2015
Alcohol/Vol 14.5% Made in:Bordeaux, FranceBy:Maison Ginestet SaSugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & FirmVarietal:Bordeaux Red

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Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Shiraz 2nd Vintage

Dark in color with mild nose of black berries. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely rich black berries and a hint of sweetness. On the medium length finish the wine displays some smoky notes, some firm tannins, acidity and some nice lingering pepper. The black berries also hang around for a bit. The alcohol is definitely noticeable. I would give it an 88 or so. Not as fruit forward as some, not as bold as others.

From the LCBO web site:
Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Shiraz Shiraz/Syrah — LCBO#: 419986
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
Deep ruby/purple colour; pronounced aromas of black fruit, toasted oak, crushed mint and eucalyptus; dry, with full body and lush tannins; flavours of blackberry and black cherry, with herbal and toasted oak notes; the finish is medium in length, with some warmth on the palate; drink now or cellar for two to three years. $19.95

Alcohol/Vol 14.8% Made in: South Australia, Australia By: Jacobs Creek Wines Sugar Content:14 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: D – Dry Style: Full-bodied & Smooth
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Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvée 2012 mini review

Dark color with a nice smooth red cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some bright red cherries to match the nose along with some plum. There’s a hint of sweetness and some dried fruit notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm acidity along with some nice dryness. I would give it an 88+.

From the LCBO web site:
Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvée 2012 Red Blend — VINTAGES#: 397521
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
… Gun-Bun is one of the Sonoma wineries I never stop talking about, and this red blend is one of the reasons why. I don’t even know exactly what-all is in this, but it evokes something from the southern half of France, and with the big delicious plum note that jumps out of this wine I’m guessing Merlot is one of them. Also full of dark berries, chocolate and a bit of smoke. Rounded, nuanced, and rich. Buy it now, drink it soon. (Amy Glynn, pastemagazine.com, Sept. 8, 2015) $19.95
Release Date: January 9, 2016 Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: California, USA By: Vineburg, Llc Dba Gundlach Bundschu Sugar Content:5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: D – Dry Style: Full-bodied & Smooth Varietal:Red Blend
Description From the oldest family-owned winery in California, this is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with a bit of Zinfandel and smidgens of Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Robert Parker Jr. awarded this wine a rating of 88 points in Nov. 2014, citing its ‘attractive texture’ and ‘seductive finish.’

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Pennywise Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 mini review

Dark color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice red cherries backed almost immediately by some crisp acidity and mild tannins. The finish is medium in length. The wine might be a bit on the young side, or require some breathing. Then you might be better able to appreciate the fruit. At this point I would give it an 88 or so.

From the LCBO web site:
Pennywise Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 — VINTAGES#: 441402
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
The 2013 vintage has earned much praise as one of California’s very best ever – accolades stemming from the ideal wine-producing conditions created by the drought that has gripped the state. The resulting wines offer impressively ripe fruit and a distinct richness and character. The Pennywise has all this in spades; it’s floral, fruit forward and juicy, delivering great purity in its cassis and fruit notes. The judicious use of oak adds vanilla but does not overpower. A delicious, tremendous, value-priced wine. (VINTAGES panel, May 2015) $18.95
Release Date:January 9, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: California, USA By:The Other Guys, Inc Sugar Content:10 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Smooth

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2011 Red Stone cab/merlot

Dark in color with a nice red/black berry nose along with some dried fruits. On the mid palate the wine displays some firm black cherry notes backed almost immediately by some some firm acidity, tannins and dryness. The cab franc in the blend is definitely noticeable. This wine is a bit on the young side and is displaying some green notes. I would give it an 88 or so. Be sure and pair this with something hearty because it’s definitely a bigger wine. We bought this one at the winery $28.95 per bottle. The blend is 40% Cab Franc 20% cab sauv and 40% Merlot.

From the winery’s web site:
2011 CABERNET MERLOT
Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, carefully sourced from select vineyards. Aged 18 months in French oak, this rich wine displays layered notes of cranberry, strawberry and a hint of lavender.
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2014 Wolf Blass Yellow Label Sauvignon Blanc

Pale color with a mild grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice smooth grassy notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp acidity. This is a smooth lighter sauv blanc. Very food friendly. I would give it an 88 or so. The LCBO description of light and crisp seems spot on.

From the LCBO web site:
Wolf Blass Yellow Label Sauvignon Blanc — LCBO#: 611475
STYLE – Light & Crisp
Medium straw colour; aromas of pear, melon and hay aromas; dry, light to medium bodied, well balanced, with fresh cut grass, lime and herb flavours. $14.95
Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: Australia By: Mildara Blass Limited Sugar Content: 5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Light & Crisp
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