Gray Monk Pinot Noir 2014

Garnet in color with a mild soft red berry nose. On the mid palate this is a varietal spot on Pinot Noir. Lovely soft red berries to match the nose, strawberries and the like along with some nice rustic notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely dryness and nice tannins. The wine has some nice mouth grip with the rustic notes lingering nicely. This is quite a complex wine, for the price it’s a great deal. A perfect pinot. I would give it an 88-89. Yumm.

From the LCBO web site:
Gray Monk Pinot Noir 2014 — VINTAGES#: 251835
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:March 4, 2017
750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol12.1%Made in:British Columbia, CanadaBy:Gray Monk Cellars Ltd.Sugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Pinot NoirDescriptionGray Monk began operations in 1972 and it’s one of Canada’s most well-known producers, let alone BC. You can expect this 2014 Pinot Noir to be earthy and floral with a lovely texture. Look for notes of sandalwood, cherry, smoke and peppery spice. Enjoy with grilled salmon or herb-dressed grilled pork.This is a VQA wine. $19.95

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Marangona 2015 Lugana Turbiana (mini review)

The Italian wine scene can be overwhelming to some. There are so many unique varietals that are unique not just to Italy but to specific regions of Italy. You could spend a lifetime learning them all. But not a bad way to spend some time don’t you think? This particular wine is made from a Turbiana grape in the Lugana region. Pale in color with a nice crisp nose with lots of minerality coming through. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely crisp minerality to match the nose along with some citrus notes. On the medium to long length finish the wine displays some lovely tart notes that build in the mouth. The wine has some very nice mouth grip with the acidity lingering nicely in the mouth. This is definitely on the bigger side. It’s a food friendly wine that could easily hold it’s own against some spicy foods and the like. I really enjoyed it. I would give it an 88+ Not in the LCBO but available in cases of 6 for $28 a bottle from Apparition Wines. Yumm.

From the winery’s web site:
MARANGONA LUGANA
100% ‘Turbiana,’ or Trebbiano di Lugana, grown using a ‘double arc’ cordon in calcareous, mineral-rich clay soil. The grapes are picked by hand into small boxes, pressed as whole clusters, and fermented at low temperature. Once fermentation is complete the wine is aged on its fine lees for about 4 months, then bottled early in the following year. No oak or malolactic fermentation. The vines are around 20 years old.

Pale straw color; aroma of almonds, herbs, citrus and a touch of apricot; flavors completely consistent, with excellent acidity, fresh and long. I love this as an aperitif, or as a broadly useful table wine (roast chicken, fish…).

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2015 Root 1 Sauv blanc

Every now and then I grab a wine from the general list on flyer. No research … This is one of those. It caught my eye. Chile is one of the rare regions not affected by phyloxera a pest that loves eating grape roots. The result is that Chile, and this wine, have vineyards still growing on their original, sometimes very old vines/root stock. That is this wines claim to fame. Pale in color with an odd nose, some almost solvent notes. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild citrus notes and some odd solvent like notes. It’s not horrible, but not awesome either. I have no idea how to describe the flavor or where it might be coming from or if this might be a bad bottle of some kind. On the medium length finish the wine has some nice acidity and the solvent notes are mildly noticeable. A day later did not help it. I would give this an 87-88. In spite of the super low price this is not a great wine and there are much better Sauv blancs out there.

From the LCBO web site:
Root 1 Sauvignon Blanc — LCBO#: 445882
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful
Pale straw colour; the nose opens with a bright citrus bouquet, lime, grapefruit and fresh cut grass; the palate is extra-dry, light to medium-bodied with more crisp, fresh flavours of citrus, mineral and fresh herb notes; the finish is short and elegant. $12.95

Release Date:October 5, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in: Casablanca Valley, Chile By: Vina Ventisquero Ltda. Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Aromatic & Flavourful

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2014 Cupcake Black Forest Decadent Red

Dark in color with a black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some rich black berries to match the nose, black cherries and the like along with some mocha. Straight out of the bottle the alcohol was quite noticeable but that died down a little. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins, sharp dryness and acidity along with some peppery notes. This is a surprisingly complex wine for the price, indicative of it being a heavily blended wine. It actually reminds me a lot of an aussie shiraz. I would give it an 88 or so.

From the LCBO web site:
Cupcake Black Forest Decadent Red— LCBO#: 470088
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
Deep ruby red colour; aromas of sweet black fruit, chocolate cake and vanilla with notes of dark fruit, cherry and spice; dryish, medium to full-bodied, soft, rounded, moderately structured palate, supporting flavours of dark fruit, cherry, blueberry, spice, vanilla and dark chocolate, notes of cinnamon and sweet fruit. $14.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:February 7, 2017
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in:California, USA By: Cupcake Vineyards Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Smooth

From the winery’s web site:
A dark, decadent red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Verdot and Petite Sirah. The barrel aged Cabernet Sauvignon provides the powerful but elegant backbone and structure while the Merlot adds the dark berry nose and luscious mouthfeel. The Zinfandel adds a particular spiciness that you can only grow in California. PetiteVerdot, a winemaker’s best friend, always makes a blend taste better and adds a pretty floral aroma and purple hue while the Petite Sirah seals thedeal with its inky color and round tannins.

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2015 Lacey Pinot Noir (mini review)

When tasting wines from Prince Edward county one has to be careful. There are a number of the wines that are made from Niagara grapes. Now while I have no objection to this practice I prefer when the winery is up front about it and I can make a choice. This particular Pinot is PEC fruit! Garnet in color with a nice light red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice soft raspberry/strawberry notes along with some nice varietal rustic notes. It’s smooth on the finish. I would give it an 88 or so. A nice pinot and a great example of what PEC can deliver! Not in the LCBO so you will have to take a trip out to the county $22 a bottle or grab it from Apparition wines.

In case you’re not aware. there’s a wine event coming up that will feature wines from Prince Edward County called County in the City. I’ve gone since they started this event. And it’s a great opportunity to sample some of the county’s wine and meet some of the wine makers.

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2016 Azul Sauv Blanc (mini review)

I had the pleasure of being invited to the first portfolio tasting of Apparition Wines held at the yet to be open Birch Bistro. Laurie Hillesheim has created a beautiful space on Mount Pleasant. She chose some lovely meats that paired perfectly with the wines. I am looking forward to the opening of this new French style restaurant! Be sure and checkout this 1901 Heinzman bar piano. One of the keys is actually signed by Heinzman!

When one thinks of great white wines out of Argentina, a Sauv blanc does not jump to the forefront. This one is capable of changing that. I have no idea why there aren’t more sauv blancs in Argentina. This one is pale in color with a lovely citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely crisp citrus notes along with some nice grassyness. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely citrus notes that build in the mouth. It has some nice mouth grip. This is a lovely boisterous sauv blanc. Just how I like them. I would give this an 88+. It’s not in the LCBO, so you will have to buy it by the case from Apparition Wines in a case of 12 for $24 a bottle. Yumm … This is one of a number of outstanding wines I tasted from Apparition’s portfolio, I was thoroughly impressed. More reviews to come …

From the winery’s web site:
AZUL
SAUVIGNON BLANC
This beautiful Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of citrus, pink grapefruit, lime, with a whiff of green grass. On the palate, an explosion of intense citrus flavour swith along, crisp finish. Ideal to accompany salads, shellfish and other light seafood dishes. Serve well-chilled.

Vineyards Location: Agua Amarga Tupungato/ Tunuyán
Altitude: 1200
Plantation year: 2003/2005
Irrigation system: drip

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Stadt Krems Grüner Veltliner 2015

Pale in color with a nice crisp nose. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely crisp dry notes to match the nose. On the finish the wine displays some mild pink grapefruit note and some nice acidity. The complexity of the wine is better explored without food. This is a super food friendly wine that could go almost anywhere a sauv blanc would go. A very nice wine. A bit on the milder side. I would give it an 88 or so. I enjoy Grüner Veltliner if for no other reason than variety! Full bodied and rich (is how the LCBO describe it). Huh?

From the LCBO web site:
Stadt Krems Grüner Veltliner 2015 — VINTAGES#: 295626
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich
A rather closed nose wants to give little away, but the palate is zingy with yeast, grapefruit peel and fresh, greenish leafiness, all held with focus and poise. Very refreshing. Best Buy. Score – 90. (Anne Krebiehl, MW, Wine Enthusiast, July 2016) $16.95

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2013 Kacaba Merlot

Inky dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely rich black berries. The wine is getting a little long in the tooth but the fruit is still there. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and acidity. This wine has kept well and is still holding it’s own, but honestly I am not sure for how much longer. I would give it an 88-89. We paired it with a filet mignon and it went perfectly. As did the chocolate chip cookie for dessert! Me cookie monster 🙂 To my tastes this is more of a cab than a merlot, but let’s not be pedantic.

Kacaba are doing some great work and continue to! This one was $29.95 at the winery. I bought it in Jan 2016. Not in the LCBO.

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2014 Montes Alpha cab sauv

I previously tasted the 2013 of this wine and enjoyed it at the Chilean wine show so I bought this one. Dark in color with an odd, almost woody nose. On the mid palate there are some noticeable mint notes, something I am not fond of, along with some dark red cherries. The mint notes died down as it breathed, but were still there. On the medium length finish there’s some nice dryness, tannins and complexity. I would give it an -88. Not bad, but not great either. If I had more I would return them 🙁 Not sure if they are simply having consistency issues or what …

From the LCBO web site:
Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon — VINTAGES#: 322586
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth $19.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:April 1, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 14.0% Made in: Colchagua Valley, Chile By: Montes S.A.Sugar Content: 9 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Smooth Varietal:Cabernet/Merlot Description: What do you get when you combine one of Chile’s most renowned producers with the world’s most famous grape? Near perfection, that’s what. Concentrated, complex and generously fruity and fresh. Enjoy this with grilled meats and people you wish to impress.

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Lander-Jenkins Chardonnay 2014

Pale in color with a nice albeit mild nose of apple and pear. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with apple and pear, lovely fruit! On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely soft vanilla notes along with some oak. This is a gently oaked chard, subtle and elegant. I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially given the the price. I would give it an 89 Yumm.

From the LCBO web site:
Lander-Jenkins Chardonnay 2014 — VINTAGES#: 162651
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich
Lander-Jenkins uses owl boxes to control pesky rodents in the vineyard. These boxes attract owls and other birds of prey to take up residence on the property and to provide 24/7 protection for the grapes and vines. Their 2014 Chardonnay is Californian through and through, offering ripe tropical fruit with mineral, toast, vanilla, butter and butterscotch tones. A creamy, smoky glass of awesomeness. (VINTAGES panel, June 2016) $18.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:February 18, 2017
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in:California, USA By:Round Hill Cellars Sugar Content:13 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Full-bodied & Rich

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2014 Wakefield Shiraz (mini review)

Dark in color with a nice nose of black berries. On the mid palate this is a classic aussie shiraz displaying some nice black berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and acidity. It’s a bit high in alcohol so it may need a bit of breathing depending on your tastes. A classic shiraz. It’s an essential so readily available. I would give it an 88 or so.

From the LCBO web site:
Wakefield Shiraz — VINTAGES#: 943787
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth $18.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:April 1, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 14.5%Made in: South Australia, Australia By: Wakefield Wines Pty Ltd. Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Full-bodied & Smooth Varietal:Shiraz/Syrah Description: Wakefield is the name used in North America by Australia’s eminent Taylor family. Their Clare Valley Shiraz will offer great depth and richness with ripe blackberry, blueberry, black pepper and chocolate. Pair with lamb.

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2014 Mission Hill Five Vineyards Pinot Noir

Garnet in color with a nice varietal nose of soft red berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice soft red berries to match the nose, think raspberries and the like, along with some nice rustic notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some soft tannins and acidity. This is a milder, food friendly, varietal pinot noir. For the price it’s a pretty good deal I’d say. I would give it an 88+. I paired it with some pan fried veal and it went perfectly. This by the way is in the general list area (not the Vintages section) so fairly widely available.

From the LCBO web site:
Mission Hill Five Vineyards Pinot Noir — LCBO#: 145128
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
Light ruby colour; sour cherry, berry, beet, earth and raspberry aromas; dry, medium bodied, with earthy, fruity flavours, balanced acidity and moderate tannin on finish. $17.95

PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:May 21, 2010
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: British Columbia, Canada By:Mission Hill Vineyards Inc. Sugar Content:6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Medium-bodied & Fruity

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2013 Montes Alpha Cab Sauv (mini review)

Dark in color with a nice cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice soft red cherries coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins, acidity and some ncie dryness. The LCBO description seems accurate full bodied and smooth. I would give it an 88+.

From the LCBO web site:
Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet/Merlot — VINTAGES#: 322586
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth $19.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:April 1, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 14.0% Made in: Colchagua Valley, Chile By: Montes S.A.Sugar Content:9 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Smooth
Description: What do you get when you combine one of Chile’s most renowned producers with the world’s most famous grape? Near perfection, that’s what. Concentrated, complex and generously fruity and fresh. Enjoy this with grilled meats and people you wish to impress.

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2014 Joie Pinot Noir (non reserve) mini review

Garnet in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some soft red berries, think raspberry, along with some nice rustic notes, spot on varietal. On the medium length finish the wine displays some soft tannins and acidity. This is a softer, gentler, food friendly Pinot Noir. I would give it an 88 or so, quite nice. Sadly not in the LCBO and they do not seem to have an Ontario rep, so you will have to take a trip to the winery in BC. Shame that is 🙂

From the Winery’s web site:

Pinot Noir 100%
Trout Creek Vineyard, Summerland (clone 777)
This is It Vineyard, Naramata (clones 115, 667, 777)
Albrecht Family Vineyard, Naramata (clones 667, 777, 828)
Plein de Vie Vineyard, Penticton (clones 667, 115)

Residual Sugar – 1.7g/L, Alcohol – 13% Price – $25.90 BC & Winery Direct Production – 507 cases

We work with Pinot Noir because we feel that it naturally excels in the cool climate desert of south-central British
Columbia. The superiority of the Burgundian varietals to our terroir is undeniable, but of equal importance is their
compatibility with the cuisine of the Pacific Northwest. This pinot noir is a blend of two vineyards made in a fruit forward
style for early drinking. Pleasant acidity is balanced with bright cherry fruit.
2014 VINTAGE REPORT
2014 was a quality vintage. April was warm and pleasant, encouraging budbreak in the first week of May. A typical, rainy
June created rapid growth by early July, and veraison was even and complete by mid-August. Above average temperatures
continuing from July through September meant quick and even ripening until a temperature dip at the beginning of harvest
slowed the vines and ended the sugar spike, but al lowed three weeks of further flavour development. A warm, dry October
allowed for extended hang times producing flavourful grapes with full phenolic ripeness and complex flavour. Overall, we
saw higher than normal brix levels – achieved early due to the summer heat – but fresh acidity and ripe flavours that came
with our typical long harvest period. 2014 was a stunning vintage.
VINIFICATION
The fruit was hand picked and a sorting table was utilized to select only the best fruit. A portion of the fruit was selected
to be crushed and de-stemmed and then fermented in small open top 500L fermenters and the balance was
fermented in a large 25hl open top wooden cask. Our red fermentation technique revolves around small lots, which
allows for complexity with yeast strain selection, temperature control, gentle handling of fruit, and ease of punch
downs. This style of red fermentation allows us to preserve fresh fruit character. After fermentation, the wines were
gently pressed off the skins, settled for 24 hours, racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation and then aged for
10 months in a mix of large 25hl wooden casks, puncheons and barriques on fine lees. This mix is intentionally larger
format to provide a larger wine to wood ratio as not to overwhelm the delicate fruit profile of this pinot noir. Our
barrel program combines Allier and Vosges oak from two Burgundian coopers, Billon and Damy. We chose a medium
toast for the barrels which allows the wine to express a savoury component of coffee and bacon as a nice
counterpoint to the sweet fruit. 20% new wood is refreshed into this program each year in the form of puncheon.
After a winter and spring of barrel age, the wine was then cross-flow filtered pre-bottling, in order to gently
focus the layers of the wine. We chose a stelvin closure to best preserve the wine’s lively characteristics. The 2014
Pinot Nair was aged for a year in bottle before release.
TASTING NOTES
The deep, black cherry colour is suggestive of the intense core of juicy cherry fruit found in the glass. Sweet spice on
the nose carries through to the palate and is balanced by savoury coffee and tar notes. This a pretty, yet powerful pinot
noir. An excellent pairing for charcuterie, duck, salmon and coastal mushroom dishes.

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2027 Cellars Aberdeen Road Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

Pale in color with a nice albeit mild apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine diplays some lovely fruit, apple and pear to match the nose. This is well done! On the medium length finish the wine some nice oaky notes along with some lovely dryness and vanilla. This is a lovely smooth well made chard, but one you need to be super careful with in terms of temperature. Too cold and you will think it’s light and crisp as the LCBO describe it. Let it warm up and some very nice complexity comes to light. I would give this an 88-89. The price is creaping up there but it is quite good. Yumm. As usual, perfect pairing is scallops but be gentle this wine is subtle. A lot of the complexities are best appreciated when sipped on it’s own. Niagara can make some lovely chards and this is definitely one of them. It’s from the Beamsville Bench.

From the LCBOs web site:
2027 Cellars Aberdeen Road Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 — VINTAGES#: 472241
STYLE – Light & Crisp
Spice box, Key lime and persimmon aromas herald a mid-weight splendidly textured, medium-weight mouthful of tangy lemon-lime yoghurt, poached pear and spice-laden peach skin. This is crowd-friendly and delicious with all moving parts in synch – excellent tang balanced with ripe fruit, firm structure juxtaposed with soft creamy texture, striking individual aromas and flavours tempered with a lingering, pleasing finish and aftertaste. It’s like meeting up and spending time with an old friend. Score – 4 1/2 Stars (out of 5). (Vic Harradine, winecurrent.com, Jan. 18, 2016) $30.00
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:November 26, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 12.8% Made in:Ontario, Canada By:2027 Cellars Ltd.Sugar Content: 2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra DryStyle: Light & Crisp

A little about 2027:
You won’t find 2027 Cellars on a wine route map
Research and his international experience led Kevin to establish 2027 Cellars – a virtual winery. What is a virtual winery you ask? Essentially, it is a winery within a winery. By sharing space & equipment at Featherstone Estate Winery where he is the assistant winemaker, Kevin has made a business arrangement with Featherstone’s owners – David Johnson & Louise Engel – to make wines at their facility under a different brand and name. This enables Kevin to realize his dream of his own winery with low capital costs and also allows for Kevin to cultivate and harvest grapes from select mature vineyards owned by other wineries or grape growers in distinct Niagara sub-appellations. This approach underlies Kevin’s philosophy of winemaking – to meticulously manage the vineyards so that his small batch of handcrafted wines express the unique varietal character and distinct terroir of each vineyard. You will see what we mean when you have a sip of the outstanding wines in this month’s Savvy Selections. For starters, you will notice that the labels identify the vineyard name where Kevin sourced the grapes for the specific wine. (From a post dated 2013).

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Light Horse Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays blackberries to match the nose. On the medium length finish there’s some noticeable oak along with some tannins and acidity. Honestly this wine reminded me a lot of a Zinfandel. If I pretend this is a Zin it’s lovely. If I was looking for a cab, not so much. So if you can get your head around that then it’s a nice wine. The back of the bottle doesn’t say anything about the wine itself, more about the story, blah blah bah. Now I love when a wine has a good story but please tell me something about the wine … ANYTHING 🙂 I would give it an 88 or so.

From the LCBO web site:
Light Horse Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 — VINTAGES#: 479113
STYLE – Full-bodied & Firm
Woodsy with apparent aromas of blossom, pepper, and luscious Bing cherry. There are suggestions of tangerine as well. Vivid red berries and toasted oak frame the palate with a touch of cinnamon and red plum. Supple and smooth on the finish. Very Good. Strong Recommendation. Score – 89. (Ultimate Wine Challenge, 2016) $21.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:February 4, 2017
Alcohol/Vol 14.5% Made in: California, USA By:Jamieson Ranch Sugar Content:8 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Firm

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2014 Beringers Founders Chard

Pale in color with a mild slightly odd nose. Nothing I can place. On the mid palate the wine displays some varietal chard fruit, pear really coming through along with some apple. On the medium length finish the pear comes through along with some mild oak/vanilla notes. This is a gently oaked chard. I would give it an 87-88. Frankly I think I prefer the Sterling Vintners reserve. The LCBO call it full bodied and rich? Ya I wouldn’t got there … at all. This is a general list product.

From the LCBO web site:
Beringer Founders’ Estate Chardonnay — LCBO#: 534230
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich
Bright gold colour; spicy, toasty vanilla and tropical notes on the nose; full-bodied on the palate with forward apple citrus fruit and vanilla notes; well-balanced with a long finish. $17.95
Release Date:January 1, 2001
Alcohol/Vol 13.9% Made in: USA By:Beringer Vineyards Sugar Content:9 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Full-bodied & Rich

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2015 Bishop Shiraz (mini review)

Inky dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lots of lovely black berries coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some smooth tannins and acidity. This is an easy sipping/drinking Shiraz with little to no pepper on the finish. It should be quit food friendly. I would give it an 88 or so. Now while I liked it, I then saw the price and got sticker shock …

From the LCBO web site (for a different year):
Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz 2013 — VINTAGES#: 627869
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
From the Ebenezer district of the Barossa Valley, and made in the inimitable plush and velvety style of Ben Glaetzer, dripping with black fruits, oak and soft, ripe tannins; retains remarkable equilibrium in the face of the cornucopia of flavours, and no heat from the alcohol. Drink by: 2033. Score – 95. (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, July 27, 2015) $39.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:February 20, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 15.1% Made in:South Australia, Australia By: Ben Glaetzer Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Smooth

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2014 Mission Hill Five Vineyards Chardonnay mini review

Slightly golden in color with a mild, varietal chard nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice apple/pear to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice mild vanilla and butterscotch. The fruit builds nicely in the mouth. This is a smooth lightly oaked (8 months) chard. Not a bad deal for the price. I would give it an 88 or so. Be careful to not serve this too cold or it will come across as bland. Note this is a general list product, not vintages (so you know where to look in your LCBO!). The LCBO call it light and Crisp, I think I’d agree.This is one of those Chards unoaked Chard lovers might be ok with …

from the LCBO web site:
Mission Hill Five Vineyards Chardonnay VQA — LCBO#: 281212
Mission Hill Five Vineyards Chardonnay VQA
STYLE – Light & Crisp
Straw yellow colour; pear, golden apple and touch citrus in the nose; juicy pear, apple and lemon flavours with balanced acidity
$15.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:May 11, 2012
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in:British Columbia, Canada By: Mission Hill Vineyards Inc. Sugar Content:5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style:Light & Crisp

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G. Marquis The Silver Line Chardonnay 2014

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Pale in color with a lovely varietal chard nose. On the mid palate the wine displays traditional apple and pear notes. On the medium length finish there are some nice smooth vanilla and oak notes. This is barrel aged but the oak is by no means over the top. A lovely well made Niagara on the lake chard from Magnotta (although they seem to almost hide that fact). I would give it an 88 or so … We paired it with some pan seared scallops and it went well!

From the LCBO web site:
G. Marquis The Silver Line Chardonnay 2014 — VINTAGES#: 258681
G. Marquis The Silver Line Chardonnay 2014
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich
Bright, elegant style of Chard showing lemon and apple fruit, ginger, vanilla and floral notes, with a hint of toast. Pair with roast pork or chicken, or turkey dinner. (VINTAGES panel, March 2016) $17.95

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2009 Hidden Bench Felseck vineyard Pinot Noir

I’ve had this one in my cellar for quite a while now and thought it was time to crack it. Couldn’t wait any longer 🙂 Nice garnet in color with a lovely varietal rustic nose along with some typical barnyard, earthy hints. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely varietal pinot noir notes to match the nose. Soft red berries, rustic notes and the like. On the medium length finish the wine still has some lovely lively acidity and tannins. This is still a beautiful wine and could have cellared even longer. I would give it an 89+. It was $29.95 at the winery. Yumm.

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Rivera Il Falcone Riserva Castel del Monte 2009

Dark in color with a nice fruity red berry nose. About the only thing fruity about this wine. On the mid palate the wine displays some red berry notes to match the nose along with some noticeable oak notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins, nice dryness and lively acidity. The wine is a little young. I would give it an 88 or so …

From the LCBO web site:
Rivera Il Falcone Riserva Castel del Monte 2009 — VINTAGES#: 177295
Rivera Il Falcone Riserva Castel del Monte 2009
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
The 2009 Castel del Monte Il Falcone Riserva does a great job of highlighting the Nero di Troia element of this blend. The wine is composed of 70% Nero di Troia and 30% Montepulciano, but with this balanced vintage we get a better view of this special native grape of Puglia. The bouquet boasts a wild side with bramble, forest berry and pressed violets. Other aromatic components include toasted nut, licorice and tar. The tannins are softly polished and help to give the wine a silky texture. This may be the best vintage of Il Falcone Riserva that I have come across. Score – 93. (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, March 23, 2015) $23.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:November 12, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: Puglia, Italy By: Azienda Vinicola Rivera Spa Sugar Content:4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity Varietal:Nero di Troia

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St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Inky dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich dark berries/cherries to match the nose along with some nice oak notes along with some nice mocha. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and vibrant acidity. A lovely well made cab sauv. We paired it with a filet mignon and it went brilliantly. Yumm. I would give it an 89+.

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
PRODUCT DETAILS
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 Style:Full-bodied & Smooth

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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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