Best’s Bin No. 1 Shiraz 2013

Dark in color with a mild black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice black berry notes along with some noticeable oak. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness and fine tannins along with a hint of pepper. The fruit on this wine is on the milder side but its a nice elegant wine. It will pair well with milder foods. We paired it with bbq filet mignon and it went well. I would give it an 88 or so …

From the LCBO web site:
Best’s Bin No. 1 Shiraz 2013 — VINTAGES#: 222323 Best’s Bin No. 1 Shiraz 2013
STYLE – Full-bodied & Firm
Deep, dense crimson-purple; savoury/foresty nuances provide the backdrop for the black fruits and licorice aromas and flavours; maturation in large-format French oak has kept the wine fresh and firm, with a minimum 25-year future. Drink By: 2038. Score – 94. (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, July 27, 2015) $19.95

Release Date:August 6, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 14.5% Made in: Victoria, Australia By:Best’s Wines Pty Ltd Sugar Content:6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: D – Dry Style: Full-bodied & Firm Varietal:Shiraz/Syrah Description: 2016 marks the 150th anniversary since Henry Best purchased the property and began clearing the land and planting grape vines.
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2015 Evans & Tate Breathing Space Sauvignon Blanc

Pale in color with a nice grassy nose. On the mid paalte the wine displays some nice grassy notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish there’s some nice citrus and grapefruit notes with crisp acidity. This is a softer gentler sauv blanc. Very food friendly. I would give it an 88 or so …

from the LCBO web site:
Evans & Tate Breathing Space Sauvignon Blanc — LCBO#: 447078
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful
Pale lemon colour; delicate aromas of citrus, mineral, passion fruit and honeydew melon fill the nose; the palate is dry, medium-bodied with balanced acidity and filled with citrus, grapefruit, herbal and snow pea flavours; clean finish with good length. $15.95
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Stags’ Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2013

Dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays black berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish there’s some nice smooth tannins along with some nice dryness. I would give it an 88 or so. An easy sipping wine, and food friendly too … Quite nice.

From the LCBO web site:
Stags’ Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2013 — VINTAGES#: 590356
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
Stags’ Leap has always had a great reputation for its Petite Sirahs. The 2013 Petite Sirah from Napa is 78% Petite Sirah, 11% Syrah, 8% Grenache and the rest Mixed Blacks, aged 12 months in 100% American oak. Blackberry and blueberry fruit, floral notes, licorice and camphor are all present in this medium to full-bodied, but excruciatingly tannic wine that needs at least 7-8 years of cellaring. If the tannins don’t subside, my rating will look excessive. Drink: 2024-2034. Score – 88+. (Robert Parker Jr., robertparker.com, March 2016) $39.95

Release Date:September 3, 2016
Alcohol/Vo l14.3% Made in: California, USA By:Treasury Wine Estates Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Full-bodied & Smooth

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De Chanceny Cremant de Loire Rose Brut mini review

Pale rose in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine is a nice crisp dry bubbly with nice fine bubbles. I was surprisingly impressed. I don’t often go for Roses and only bubbly some times. The wine would be super food friendly. I would give it an 88 or so.

From the LCBO web site:
De Chanceny Cremant de Loire Rose Brut
Cabernet Franc — LCBO#: 211466
STYLE – Light & Fruity
Pale salmon colour with fine bubbles; supple aromas of pink grapefruit, strawberry and fresh bread dough; dry, light bodied, with zesty flavours of crisp red apple, red berries, mineral and a hint of toast. $18.75

Release Date:September 5, 2014
Alcohol/Vol12.5% Made in: Loire, France By: Alliance Loire Sugar Content:12 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Light & Fruity Varietal:Cabernet Franc

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2014 Kacaba Cab Franc Mini review

Dark in color with a nice varietal nose. On the mid palate the wine’s lovely fruit is expressive and varietal. Cab franc done right! On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice firmness without being aggressive. A beautiful well made wine. I would give it an 88-89. $24.95 at the winery.

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2013 Kacaba Cab Sauv mini review

Dark color nice red cherry nose. On the mid palate you get some nice red cherries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice lively acidity along with some mild pepper and tannins. There’s some noticable alcohol upon first opening, surprising because it’s only 13%. It’s a touch young but approachable now. I would give it an 88+. $24.95 at the winery. One the better cab sauv’s out of Niagara! As always, great job Kacaba!

From the winery’s web site:
CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013
Details

Cabernet Sauvignon has a tendency to be vigorous and therefore we hard prune these vines in order to reduce the yield and increase the colour and flavours. The bunches were also hand thinned in order to retain only premium quality fruit. The 2013 vintage fruit was hand picked in the cool of the early morning to retain the primary fruit flavours. The grapes were crushed and transferred to open fermenters then fermented to dryness which took a period of 21 days. Each day, the Cabernet Sauvignon was hand plunged 3 times to ensure maximum colour and flavour extraction. The resulting wine was then pressed and transferred to a mixture of French and American oak barrels in readiness for malolactic fermentation and consequent barrel ageing. After the 21 months, the barrels were racked and blended into stainless steel tanks. Prior to bottling the wine underwent light filtration to ensure freshness of flavours and brightness of colour.

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Sivas-Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 mini review

Dark color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark berries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice tannins and some noticeably hot acidity. I would give it an 88 or so.

From the LCBO web site:
Sivas-Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 — VINTAGES#: 451377
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
An almost minty nose and definite fruit-filled aromas. Rich and chocolaty, with plenty of nice sweet fruit. Good varietal character, with a tannin backbone to support the long finish. Did we mention the fruit? Plenty of it here on display. As suggested by the producer, pair with mouth-watering lamb chops, pepper-crusted filet mignon with mushroom-wine sauce or fusilli with roasted eggplant and goat cheese. (VINTAGES panel, Oct. 2015) $24.95

Release Date: July 9, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in:California, USA By: Don Sebastiani & Sons Sugar Content:5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Smooth

This wine scored 94 points and was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2015 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition.
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Ca’ Momi Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Dark in color with a nice red cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice juicy red cherries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins and lively acidity. It’s a nice fruit forward cab with a nice finish. I would give it an 88 or so.

From the LCBO web site:
Ca’ Momi Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 — VINTAGES#: 315002
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
Intense red cherry, cranberry, tobacco and tea aromas with a touch of dark tar earth. Full bodied with elegant tannins. Black fruit, leather and tobacco on the long finish. Great balance. Will improve two to three years. Drink 2015-2027. Score – 17 (out of 20). (Maureen Downey, jancisrobinson.com, May 5, 2015) $26.95
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2015 Trius Sauvignon Blanc

Pale in color with a nice citrus nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth citrus notes. It’s a softer gentler sauv blanc. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice food friendly acidity and the citrus notes linger nicely in the mouth. I would give it an 88 or so. A nice pairing for seafood.
From the LCBOs web site:
Trius Sauvignon Blanc VQA — LCBO#: 221804
STYLE – Light & Crisp
pale straw colour; lemon and grapefruit with mineral, gooseberry and grass aromas; dry, medium body; fresh lemon flavour with a long crisp finish
$14.95

From the winery’s web site:
Our refreshing Sauvignon Blanc is a summer favourite and the most popular white wine at Trius!
Fresh and lively flavours of citrus, fresh apple and green herbs on the palate. Zippy, refreshing flavours of grapefruit linger on the finish. Sip and enjoy!
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah 2013

Ok quizzie time … what’s the difference between a Syrah and a Shiraz … insert Vanna White tune … Answer … Style. The grape is the same. Dark in color with a nice earth tone on the nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich black berry notes not quite to the point of blueberry but close. There’s some noticeable oak. On the medium length finish the wine displays some super soft tannins and acidity. This is definitely more of a fruit forward wine. Without food the peppery notes are noticeable. We paired it with home made Mac and cheese and even this over powered the finish. Probably a good pairing would be salmon. There’s definitely some noticeable oak and earth tones on the finish. I would give the wine an 88 or so. Not aweful but not outstanding either.

From the LCBO web site:
Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah 2013
Shiraz/Syrah — VINTAGES#: 949651
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
Notes of olive, herbs, flowers, orange peel, gravel, meat, coffee and light barrel spices leap up on a wine that shows a lot of aromatic complexity. The fruit and savory flavors are plush and full in feel followed by a lingering finish. There’s a whole lot of wine delivered for this price. Best Buy. Score – 90. (Sean P. Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast, March 2016) $21.95

Release Date:August 20, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.9% Made in: Washington, USA By: Chat Ste Michelle Sugar Content:5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: D – Dry Style: Full-bodied & Smooth
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Bernard-Massard Brut Cuvée de L’Écusson mini review

This wine is non-vintage (meaning they blend grapes from different years to achieve a consistent flavor). It’s 50% chard, 30% pinot blanc, 10% Pinot noir and 10% Reisling. Pale color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine is nice and crisp, and dry. The bubbles are ncie and fine making this a food friendly wine. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness. I would give it an 88+. Very nice !!

From the LCBO web site:
Bernard-Massard Brut Cuvée de L’Écusson — VINTAGES#: 970970
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Flavourful $18.95

Release Date:June 25, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 12.0% Made in: Luxembourg By: Bernard-Massard S.A.Sugar Content:12 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Medium-bodied & Flavourful Varietal:Sparkling – Dry
Description Luxembourg has a long history of producing sparkling wines; its cool climate is ideal for creating sparklers with a marked crispness. This fizz is a unique blend of Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and is crafted in a balanced, fresh style that will be perfect with seafood platters.
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2013 Stags’ Leap Cab Sauv mini review

Dark in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate this is a big rich juicy red cherry fruit forward cab. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice pepper and spice along with some lovely acidity. I would give it an 88-89

From the LCBO web site:
Stags’ Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon — VINTAGES#: 996405
STYLE – Full-bodied & Firm
Stags’ Leap Winery is more than a deer crossing. Layered and complex, this wine features aromas and flavours of cassis, black cherry, cinnamon and woodsmoke. Cellar this powerhouse for up to 5 years, or enjoy tonight with rare steaks, roast beef or lamb.

Release Date:April 1, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.9% Made in: California, USA By: Treasury Wine Estates Sugar Content: 9 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Firm
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2014 Saint Clair Family Estate Chardonnay

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some varietal apple/pear. On the medium length finish the wine displays some mild oak notes. This is a lightly oaked chard with some nice fruit. It’s not overly complex. I would give it an 88 or so. Depending on your tastes it’s not a bad chard. For me it’s a little on the milder side.

From the LCBO web site:
Saint Clair Family Estate Chardonnay Marlborough
Chardonnay — LCBO#: 417618
Saint Clair Family Estate Chardonnay Marlborough
STYLE – Light & Crisp
Clear pale lemon yellow colour; medium intensity aroma of ripe apple, citrus and melon, with a hint of spicy oak; very dry, with light body and lively acidity; flavours of ripe tree fruit and citrus, with nuances of sweet, spicy oak; medium length finish.
$16.85

Release Date:October 23, 2015
Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand By: Saint Clair Wines Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Light & Crisp
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SIMI CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013 mini review

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild cherries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dry tannins along with some nice complexity in the mouth. This wine is all about the finish, but the fruit is sadly lacking and over powered. I would give it an 87-88. Not a horrible wine by any means but not as good as past years either.

From the LCBO web site:
SIMI CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013 Alexander Valley, Sonoma County TASTING NOTE: Bold, supple blue fruit gives this cabernet an impression of simple, healthy richness, while that exuberance is held in check by a tannic grip that seems to come from fruit skin as much as oak. It’s already accessible, but may gain additional dimension with a few years
in bottle. Well-priced and smartly crafted, it’s a wine for roast beef. Score: 90 (wineandspirits – magazine.com, Dec. 2015) Full-bodied & Firm 25221 (XD) 750 mL $24.95

Release Date:August 6, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: California, USA By: Constellation Brands Inc. (Us)Sugar Content: 6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Firm Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

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2013 Kacaba Cab Franc

Niagara cab francs are some of my fav wines. They have really gone through a fabulous evolution of the years. For a long time they were edgy tannic monsters you didn’t dare approach for 5-10 years. Over time the wineries have learned to tame the beast and come up with a wine just like this one. Kacaba have been doing some great things for a number of years now, and regular readers know I’m a fan and visit the winery often. The staff are amazing (and no, they don’t pay me to advertise for them :)). Dark in with a nice varietal dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich dark cherry fruit along with some nice chocolate and mocha. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vibrant acidity and some fine but firm tannins. There is some noticeable oak on the wine. Alcohol is well under control. This is a perfect example of a well done, elegant styled cab franc … yumm. I would give it an 89. Pair it with something like steak/lamb. Looks like the winery is onto the 2014 vintage of the wine. I paid $24.94 at the winery.

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2007 Closson Chase South Clos Chardonnay

When people think of ageable wines most think of red wines. I submit this one for your consideration. It’s not my first oak aged chard I have aged and been very happy with the result. Slightly golden in color with a lovely varietal chard nose. The fruit is still coming through on the nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some rich bold apple and pear. On the medium length finish the wine is showing huge oak, and vanilla. This wine has aged extremely well. I would give it an 89+. But if you don’t like oak aged chards skip this one because the oak is really prevalent even now. It’s not to the point of over baked but it is heavily crafted. I bought this one at the winery a long time ago and paid $40 for it. Yumm. We paired it with a pan seared cod and scallops and it went very well.

From the winery’s web site:
Release Date: Sept 2009
Appellation: 100% Prince Edward County
Harvest: Hand harvested September 30, 2007 2.1 ton/acre Barrel fermented with indigenous yeast
In barrel, March 2008 19 months 26% New French Oak, 13.7% alcohol. 3204 Bottles made.

Tasting Notes:
www.clossonchase.com 629 Closson Road, Hillier, Ontario, K0K 2J0 info@clossonchase.com
Closson Chase Vineyards Inc. T) 613.399.1418 F) 613.399.1618 Wine Maker: Deborah Paskus
September, 2009 Very rich and opulent on the nose: sweet and rich and round. More Californian than anything else really with
just a hint of popcorn. Big and bold, but not fat. Drink 2009-2012 ~ Jancis Robinson, Seriously Cool Chardonnays Taste
Event,London, England, May 2010 This Chardonnay was selected from our older section of the vineyard, and represents the best of the Chardonnay harvest. The nose is rich and warm with great balance of aromas contributed by the fruit, the barrel and the
19 months of aging, in barrel. Peach juice, orange peel, home made apple sauce, butter, toast crumbs, cedar, taffy. The structure is the true feature of this wine, a result of the vines feet being in a home of gravel and fractured limestone. Should age well.
~ Deborah Paskus, Viticulturalist

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Lungarotti Rubesco Sangiovese/Colorino 2012

Dark in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice red berries and dried fruits to match the nose. There’s some noticeable oak present as well. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins, some vibrant acidity and some nice dryness. I would give it an 88 or so. We paired it with a filet mignon and it went well. It’s a simple well made fruit forward Sangiovese. Medium body and fruity as the LCBO characterize it is spot on.

from the LCBO web site:
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
Subtle aromas of plums and spices such as incense and cloves with some dried rose petal. Full body with round, soft tannins. Tangy acidity and a long, flavorful finish. Solid wine as always. Drink now. Score – 92. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Oct. 29, 2015) $17.95

Release Date:July 23, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in:Umbria, Italy By:Cantine Dr. G. Lungarotti & Co Sugar Content:3 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity

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COLUMBIA CREST H3 MERLOT 2013 mini review

Inky dark in color with a dark berry nose with a hint of plum coming through. On the mid palate the wine displays some rich dark cherries and a hint of plum. On the medium length finish there’s some nice tannins and dryness. I would give it an 88 or so. More like a cab than a Merlot but good none the less. I would agree full bodied and smooth as the LCBO describes it.

From the LCBO web site:
COLUMBIA CREST H3 MERLOT 2013 Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley
This wine is sibling to the tremendously popular Vintages Essential (210047), Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon.
TASTING NOTE: Outstanding wine and value. Rich with ripe red raspberry and dark chocolate. Long intense finish. An elegant mouthfeel full of luscious flavors that keep on evolving. Score: 93 (Tasting panel, Cheers, Sept. 18, 2015) Full-bodied & Smooth 209874 (D) 750 mL $19.95

PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:August 6, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 14.5% Made in: Washington, USA By:Chat Ste Michelle Sugar Content:10 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Full-bodied & Smooth
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BEST’S BIN NO. 1 SHIRAZ 2013 mini review

Inky dark in color with a mild nose of black fruit. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice black fruit to match the nose, blueberries and the like. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity and dryness. A very nice varietal Aussie Shiraz. Not too overpowering, not too sweet. I would give it an 88+.

From the LCBO web site:
BEST’S BIN NO. 1 SHIRAZ 2013 Great Western, Victoria The year 2016 marks 150 years since Henry Best purchased this property and began clearing the land and planting grape vines.
TASTING NOTE: Deep, dense crimson-purple; savoury/foresty nuances provide the backdrop for the black fruits and licorice aromas and flavours; maturation in large-format French oak has kept the wine fresh and firm, with a minimum 25-year future. Drink By: 2038. Score: 94 (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, July 27, 2015) Full-bodied & Firm 222323 (D) 750 mL $19.95

Release Date:August 6, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 14.5% Made in: Victoria, Australia By:Best’s Wines Pty Ltd Sugar Content:6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Full-bodied & Firm 2016 marks the 150th anniversary since Henry Best purchased the property and began clearing the land and planting grape vines.
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2016 Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc

I’ve had this one over many different vintages and it is consistently good. Pale in color with a mild grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely rich grassy notes along with some nice citrus. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp lively acidity. This is a varietal food friendly sauv blanc. I love sauv blancs. One of my fav whites these days. I would give it an 88 or so …

From the LCBO web site:
Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc — LCBO#: 426601
Style – Light & Crisp  ›
Pale straw colour; intense aromas of gooseberry, lime, grass and asparagus; dry, medium bodied, crisp acidity, and flavours of bell pepper, gooseberry citrus; clean, crisp finish. $17.45

Release Date: September 22, 2010 Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand By: Villa Maria Estates Ltd. Sugar Content: 6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Light & Crisp
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Alejandro Fernández Dehesa La Granja 2008 Tempranillo

Inky dark in color with a nice nose of dark berries and oak. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark berries, oaky notes and some nice chocolate and coffee. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice firm tannins and acidity. I would give it an 88-89. Very nice.

From the LCBO web site:
Alejandro Fernández Dehesa La Granja 2008 Tempranillo — VINTAGES#: 192476

Style – Full-bodied & Smooth  ›
This is pedigree wine at a relatively affordable price. Alejandro Fernandez, producer of one of Spain’s most noteworthy labels, Tinto Pesquera, turns out this excellent, aged red from a property in Zamora near northern Portugal. A subtle whiff of funky barnyard air greets the nose, leading to a smooth, supple palate redolent of plum, spicy oak and black pepper. Big but, remarkably, unheavy. Pair it with roast lamb, pork or poultry, the more herbs the better. Score – 91. (Beppi Crosariol, The Globe and Mail, Nov. 17, 2015) $19.95

Release Date: July 23, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 14.3% Made in: Castilla y León, Spain By: Bodegas Fernandez Rivera Sugar Content: 3 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Full-bodied & Smooth
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2015 Anselmi San Vincenzo

Things have been a bit busy in life lately, sorry for being a sparse on the reviews. This one is pale in color with a slightly floral nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some floral notes to match the nose along with some slightly sweet, slightly citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice lingering tartness that lives on in the mouth especially without food. The wine is crisp, dry and flavorful. I would give it an 88 or so. Not going to replace sauv blanc as my fav, but good none the less.

From the LCBO web site:
Anselmi San Vincenzo Garganega Blend — VINTAGES#: 948158
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful $15.45 WAS $16.95 SAVE $1.50 Limited Time Offer Until August 14, 2016

Release Date:April 1, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 12.7% Made in: Veneto, Italy By: Anselmi Sugar Content:11 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Aromatic & Flavourful Varietal: Garganega Blend Description Fans of Soave will love this wine — it’s made with the same grape (Garganega) and it’s intense and complex, with exotic aromas of lavender, toast, peach and pineapple. A suave match for pasta in creamy pesto sauce, sushi or risotto with pork tenderloin.

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Maetierra Atlantis Albariño 2015

Pale in color with a crisp minerally nose along with a hint of petrol. On the mid palate there is slight honeysuckle note (very faint but there) along with some nice crisp citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some crisp lively acidity. A nice dry food friendly Albariño. I would give it an 88 or so.

From teh LCBO web site:
Maetierra Atlantis Albariño 2015 — VINTAGES#: 452078
STYLE – Light & Crisp
Beautiful nose with aromas of peaches, pear, grapefruit, honeydew melon, bananas, almonds, mineral and white flowers. Tangy and fresh, with bright citrus and tropical tones, and a saline note to the minerality. Enjoy this long, mouth-watering wine with fresh shellfish, calamari or summer salads, or wait a year or two and follow its development. (VINTAGES panel, June 2016) $16.95

Release Date:July 23, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in: Rias Baixas, Spain By: Vintae Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Light & Crisp

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2012 Kacaba Merlot Reserve

Inky dark in color with nice dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice rich dark berries along with some nice chocolate and mocha. On the long finish the displays some firm tannins and some nice complexity. The wine lives on in the mouth. Be sure and pair this with something big, we paired it with filet mignon and it was delicious. I would give it an 89+, sadly only available at the winery, how aweful to have to visit the winery 🙂 $44.95 Yumm …

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2009 Peninsula Ridge Estates Chardonnay Reserve Beal Vineyards

Slightly golden in color with a mild nose of pear and apple. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice pear and apple. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vanilla and butterscotch. This is a more gently oaked chard but quite nice. I would give it an 88 or so. For a seven year old chard it’s holding it’s own nicely. We paid $18.95 at the winery.

From the winery’s web site:
Product Description

The nose is rich and inviting with notes of honey comb, citrus and crème brulée. The palate is rich and powerful with the same flavours perfectly balanced with mouthwatering acidity and minerality. Aged in French and American oak for 12 months.

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