Curvos Loureiro 2020

I’ve previously had a Alveleda that was a blend of Loureiro and Alvarinho so I was curious who brought what to the table so decided to try this one … It’s 100% Louriero. On the nose there are some mild flinty notes along with some distinct minerality. On the mid palate the wine displays some vibrant green apple notes along with a hint of almost honey suckle. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vibrant acidity and citrus notes that coat the palate. For the price this is not a bad wine, but I think the Alvarinho adds a nice degree of complexity and think I prefer it. I would give this an -88 … From the LCBO web site, check stock:

Loureiro

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Curvos Loureiro 2020 from LCBO

‘Loureiro’ is Portuguese for ‘laurel’ and is a nod to the grape’s evergreen and floral aromas. An ensemble player in Vinho Verde, it’s seldom seen as a single varietal. This crisp, lively wine has deftly expressed white flower notes, plus snappy citrus that makes it ideal for appetizers of all sorts and a gem for a chilled plate of oysters.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:November 13, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12%Made In:Vinho Verde, PortugalBy:Quinta De Curvos – Sociedade AgricoSugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Light & CrispVarietal:Loureiro

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2020 Quinta da Aveleda Vinho Verde

Pale straw in color with a crisp dry minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice lime notes along with some crisp dry minerality to match the nose. On the medium length finish the citrus/lime notes and acidity linger nicely. This is a super food friendly wine. I would give it an -88 which for the price is a bargain, it’s in the general list and is a similar blend of grapes seen on the Maria Papoila I previously reviewed but at a lower price point, Loureiro/Alvarinho. It’s worth noting they changed the bottle, I thought they had stopped carrying this wine, I guess not. From the LCBO web site, check stock.

750 mL bottle  |   LCBO#:  89995$13.00 (0)Write a Review

Quinta da Aveleda Vinho Verde from LCBO

Pale lemon yellow with green highlights; aromas of nuts, grapefruit and herbs; extra dry, fresh and lively, with a slight spritz, steely mineral notes as well as flavours of lime, herbs and a cleansing touch of yeast on the finish.

PRODUCT DETAILS

750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:11%Made In:PortugalBy:Sociedade Agricola E. ComercialSugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Light & Crisp

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Marcel Cabelier Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay 2015

Slightly golden in color with a smokey/flinty nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild apple notes along with smokey/flinty notes to match the nose. There’s also some noticeable woody notes, oak etc. On the medium length finish the wine is dominated by flinty notes and vibrant acidity. I would give it an 87-88, not a terrible wine, but it won’t be replacing ANY of my favs, especially at this price … From the LCBO web site, check stock:

Chardonnay

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Marcel Cabelier Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay 2015 from LCBO

This is a seldom seen chardonnay from Jura, a sub-alpine region known for firm traditional, somewhat oxidative wines from chardonnay and other white varieties. Fans of fino sherry will approve of this mature example. It pours medium gold. The nose is very nutty, toasty, cedary and vaguely musty, with some baked apple and lemon tucked below the surface. It is medium weight, firm with riveting yet balanced acidity at its core. Impressive structure and excellent length. I would try this as an aperitif white accompanying strong washed rind cheeses, nuts and olives. Score – 89. (David Lawrason, winealign.com, Dec. 29, 2020)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:August 21, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Jura, FranceBy:Les Grands Chais De FranceSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Light & CrispVarietal:Chardonnay

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2020 Winzer Krems Gruner Veltliner 13

I love Gruners and pounce on them anytime I get a chance (insuring that they are low in sugar content which most are). I was walking through the LCBO and this one leapt out into my pocket and I had no choice but to take it home with me (after paying for it of course:) ). Pale straw in color with a nice crisp minerally/citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine has a hint of effervescence along some lovely minerality and zesty citrus notes to match the nose, nice and dry just the way I like them. On the medium length finish the vibrant acidity and citrus notes dance on the tongue. This is a lovely, food friendly, varietal gruner, I would give it an -88 which for the price is a bargain. Grab more while you can, a definite yum! From the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  375022$13.955.0 (2)Write a Review

>(V) Winzer Krems Gruner Veltliner 13 from LCBO

PRODUCT DETAILS

750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12%Made In:Kremstal, AustriaBy:Winzer Krems EgSugar Content:3 g/LStyle:Light & Crisp

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Niro di Citra Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2017

Dark in color with a mild cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice varietal black cherry notes along with some nice mocha and coffee. On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant acidity along with some nice smooth velvety tannins, nice and dry. We paired this with a red sauce pasta and it went well, but without food the palate coating richness of this wine is even more prominent. This wine definitely punches above it’s price point, it’s a bargain and yum to boot. I’ve give it an 88 or so. From the LCBO web site, check stock, I’ll definitely go back and grab more!:

Montepulciano

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  278150$16.954.7 (3)Write a Review

Niro di Citra Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017 from LCBO

Made from 100% Montepulciano, this is a dense, concentrated wine, with juicy cherry and plum fruit, vanilla, anise and coffee notes along with brilliant, food-friendly acidity. Perfect for smoked sausages or a meaty pizza or pasta dish.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:November 13, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Abruzzo, ItalyBy:CitraSugar Content:7 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Montepulciano

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Quails’ Gate Rosé 2020

Pale salmon in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays crisp dry minerality, some red fruits, mild strawberry and the like. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp citrus and minerality along with a hint of tartness, like cranberry. Not a bad Rose, -88 or so. Won’t be displacing my favs, but nice anyway. From the LCBO website, check stock:

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Quails' Gate Rosé 2020 from LCBO

Based in the Okanagan Valley, Quails’ Gate is owned by the Stewart family and has been family farmed for three generations. The 2020 vintage of their pink wine is based on Gamay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and was given four hours of skin-contact time after harvest. Expect easygoing red fruit with hints of herbs and flowers, and pair with grilled chicken and beet greens.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 10, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:British Columbia, CanadaBy:Quails’ Gate Vyds. Estate WinerySugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Easygoing & Fruity

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FRIND Big Red 2018

Inky dark in color with a smooth black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some rich elegant black cherry notes along with some nice mocha and oak notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth well balanced acidity and tannins, nice and dry. This is a well made, elegant wine perfect for steak or other red meats. We had it with filet mignon and it was delicious. I would give this wine an 88+, definitely earns my yum factor! This is definitely more of a drink now style of wine. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc

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FRIND Big Red 2018 from LCBO

This is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 12 months in French and American oak. The wine begins with aromas of black currant and blackberry. On the palate, flavours of black cherry and black currant mingle with a hint of vanilla. Score – 90. (johnschreiner.blogspot.com, Aug. 6, 2020)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:October 30, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.2%Made In:British Columbia, CanadaBy:Frind Winery LtdSugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & SmoothVarietal:Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc

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Underwood Rosé 2020

Pale salmon in color with a nice soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice strawberry notes along with some nice crisp tartness/acidity. On the medium length finish the wine displays some citrus based acidity that dances on the tongue. This is a nice smooth rose, there’s a hint of effervescence on the tongue. Try as I may I can’t find the grape used on this Rose, but it’s a nice wine. I would give it an -88 or so. We paired it with a bacon and cheddar gourmet burger and it went well, nicely cutting through the fat. from the LCBO web site, check stock.

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Underwood Rosé 2020 from LCBO

This rosé comes from sites in the Willamette and Umpqua valleys and offers up great balance and a food-friendly, crisp character. There is considerable elegance here, along with floral, juicy citrus and tropical tones. A lip-smacking delight as a sipper, it will also be a fine match for summer salads or grilled seafood.READ MORE. SCREEN READERS, CONTENT WILL APPEAR ABOVE THIS CONTROL.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 24, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12%Made In:Oregon, USABy:Union Wine CompanySugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Easygoing & Fruity

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Orestiadi Grillo 2019

I first got introduced to this Sicilian grape at an Italian tasting and was intrigued, we don’t get a lot into the Ontario market so when I saw one, I grabbed it. Pale straw in color with a mild minerally nose. On the mid palate wine packs a flavorful punch with loads of citrus, floral notes, and palate coating minerality. On the medium length finish the wine’s minerality and acidity linger beautifully in the mouth especially without food, nice and dry! Wow this wine is delicous, I would give it an 88 which for the price is a great deal, yum. The LCBO say it’s Light and crisp, well they got one of two right, light? On what planet? From the LCBO web site, check stock:

Grillo

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Orestiadi Grillo 2019 from LCBO

This Grillo opens with a white flower note accented by grapefruit citrus tones. It’s racy and lean, with zesty acidity, pear, citrus, and a delicate saline touch to the minerality. A great sipping wine, this will also be perfect for brunch or fish dinners.[Luca Maroni did not include a tasting note.] Score – 91. (lucamaroni.com, June 24, 2020)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:October 30, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Sicily, ItalyBy:Orestiadi SrlSugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Light & Crisp

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Le Grand Cerf Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Pale straw in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice grassy and citrus notes along with some VERY mild pink grapefruit. On the medium side of length the wine displays some nice softer acidity minerality and mouth grip, elegant … nice and dry. This is not your Chilean or New Zealand edgy Sauv blanc, more of a softer baby brother which makes it even more food friendly! I went into the cellar to find something more subtle to match with Chilean seabass and this was the perfect match. I would give this an -88. More of a drink now style of wine but easily enjoyed for the next 1-2 years IMHO. From the LCBO web site, check stock

Sauvignon Blanc

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Le Grand Cerf Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2019 from LCBO

Savvy connoisseurs know that Touraine is a treasure trove of elegant, modern Sauvignon Blanc offering outstanding value. Expect this one to bring crunchy orchard fruit, gooseberry and grassy notes backed by lip-smacking acidity and steely minerality, and pair with pan-fried freshwater fish and green salads.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:August 21, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Loire, FranceBy:Loire ProprietesSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Aromatic & FlavourfulVarietal:Sauvignon Blanc

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2020 Speck Bros. Family Tree ‘The Goat Lady’ Chardonnay VQA

Slightly golden in color with a rich golden delicious apple nose. On the mid palate the wine packs a vibrant golden delicious apple note to match the nose along with some noticeable oaking notes like butterscotch and the like. On the medium length finish the wine displays some creamy notes along with some mild acidity, the fruit lingers nicely on the tongue. This will never be mistake for anything other than an oaked chard, and to some extent the fruit is a little overwhelmed by the oaking. Is it overbaked? Well that’s something that you would need to decide. Not my favorite chard of all time, and the 10 g/l is noticeable but not overwhelming. I’d give this an 87-88. From the LCBO web site, check stock, we paired it with pan fried white bass, and to say it was a match made in heaven would be an exaggeration, it went ok, slightly too sweet, something dryer would have complimented the meal better IMHO. Food pairing is such an art, ya this day I missed the perfect pair … it happens.

Chardonnay

750 mL bottle  |   LCBO#:  16792$16.954.6 (5)Write a Review

Speck Bros. Family Tree 'The Goat Lady' Chardonnay VQA from LCBO

PRODUCT DETAILS

750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Ontario, CanadaBy:Speck Bros.Sugar Content:8 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Full-bodied & RichVarietal:ChardonnayThis is a VQA wine

From the winery’s web site:

THE GOAT LADY CHARDONNAY 2020

DESCRIPTION

This wine is named after Marion who kept goats next to the vineyard when the Speck Bros. were children. Marion fed their dog Boswell warm bowls of fresh goats’ milk and it didn’t take long for him to abandon them and move in with her. A creamy rich Chardonnay that keeps you coming back for more.

WINEMAKER’S NOTES

  • 100% Chardonnay.
  • Fermented and aged in American oak for 7 months.
  • Partial malolactic fermentation produces a creamy rich mouthfeel while maintaining freshness.
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2020 Miraval Rosé

Salmon in color with soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some strawberry and cranberry notes … On the tongue there’s a hint of pepper and sharp tart notes that’s a little unusual and lasts a while, mostly without food. With food it is less noticeable but still unusual. We paired it with hamburgers and it kind of fought with the food. Not a perfect match at all … On the medium length finish the wine displays some citrus and tart notes that linger lightly … The complexity on this wine is interesting in that it has layers of flavors. I would give it an 87-88, one must be very careful what it is paired with. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

Grenache/Shiraz

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  342584$23.954.8 (4)Write a Review

Miraval Rosé from LCBO

First released in 2012, this has become one of the most sought-after of all rosé wines, beloved for its berry character, fresh pastry, red plum, nuts and mushrooms fruit – not to mention its easygoing, food-friendly texture. Pair with grilled fish or chicken, or summer salads.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 1, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Provence, FranceBy:Jolie, Pitt & PerrinSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & DryVarietal:Grenache/Shiraz

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Kilikanoon Killerman’s Run Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Inky dark in color with a big black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays vibrant fruit forward black cherry notes along with some light mocha. On the lighter side of medium in length the wine displays soft tannins and acidity. The black fruits linger in the mouth. There’s a sweetness to the wine that seems higher than it is. There’s no errant minty or herbal notes that I don’t care for, so at least there’s that 😉 We paired it with a strip loin, and it went ok, but not really a compliment to the meal. Now comes the question … would I run back and grab more? Nahh there’s better wines. It’s ok just not an amazing wine to my tastes. This is a very fruit forward, drink now style … I would give it an 87-88, from the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  675223$19.95AWC93 (0)

Kilikanoon Killerman's Run Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 from LCBO

Regarded as an outstanding riesling vintage in the Valley, ’17 was also kind to cabernet sauvignon producing ripe flavours and varietal flair. One of those all-rounder, favourite kind of wines that get consumed early rather than later, it holds no pretence and is all pleasure. Drink by: 2026. Special Value. Score – 93. (Jeni Port, winecompanion.com.au, Aug. 1, 2020)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:October 16, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14%Made In:South Australia, AustraliaBy:Kilikanoon WinesSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & Firm

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D’Angelo Aglianico del Vulture 2016

Dark in color with a funky nose, lots of wood and earthy notes coming through, unusual to say the least. On the mid palate the wine displays some typical rough edgy notes, black cherries, earth notes to match the nose and some dominate oak. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm dryness, edgy, velvety tannins and vibrant acidity. This is a typically rustic wine with higher levels of complexity than I am use to on Aglianicos. This is the first time I’ve noticed the del Vulture in the name and Wikipedia says ” Located on volcanic soils derived from nearby Mount Vulture“. This is definitely an interesting wine with a lot of character, but be careful what you serve it with, IMHO this is NOT a smooth elegant wine. We served it with lasagne and it went ok, not a perfect pairing but good none the less. I would give it a solid 88. from the LCBO web site check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  971689$18.95WS90 (0)Write a Review

D'Angelo Aglianico del Vulture 2016 from LCBO

A fresh, brambly red, this is medium- to full-bodied and loaded with freshly chopped rosemary and marjoram notes. Taut tannins create a dense, chewy frame for flavors of dried cherry and currant fruit, black tea, smoke and sandalwood. Best from 2022 through 2027. Score – 90. (Alison Napjus, winespectator.com, Aug. 31, 2020)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:October 16, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Basilicata, ItalyBy:Casa Vinicola D’AngeloSugar Content:3 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & Firm

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Speck Bros. Family Tree The Padré Cabernet/Merlot 2019

Dark in color with a nice vibrant black cherry nose. On the mid palate it spot on matches the nose with nice dark cherries, some tobacco notes, and rich mocha. On the medium length finish the wine displays some mild pepper and smooth tannins. This is a really good steak wine, the sugar content at 10g/l is a little higher than I would like and you can definitely taste the sweetness, but it’s fairly balanced. There are some noticeable alcohol notes on the finish. I would give this an -88 or so, which for the price is not bad at all. I couldn’t find anything about the specific blend other than it being cab sauv/cab franc and merlot. Speck have been doing some amazing stuff, their Three of Hearts Rose is one of my fav roses out of Niagara right now. From the LCBO web site, check stock.

Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  18667$19.95WC915.0 (1)Write a Review

Speck Bros. Family Tree The Padré Cabernet/Merlot 2019 from LCBO

Heavenly aromas rise from the glass – red and black cherry/berry fruit, dark plum and grilled savoury herbs. It’s sourced from the holy trinity of the Bordeaux blend – cabernet franc/cabernet sauvignon/merlot. Flavours of black bramble berry and juicy Bing cherry are joined on the mid-palate with lively tang and pizzazz. It’s medium-plus bodied with good balance and excellent mouthfeel and lingering finish; it’s so much more than the psalm of its parts. Pick up a case or so and rejoice over the next year and even longer and pour with roast turkey and all the fixings. Exceptional Value! Drink or cellar. Score – 91. (Vic Harradine, winecurrent.com, Sept. 11, 2021)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:September 18, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Ontario, CanadaBy:Speck Bros.Sugar Content:10 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Full-bodied & SmoothVarietal:Cabernet Sauvignon/MerlotThis is a VQA wine

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Sons of Eden Freya Riesling 2019

Biases are always better when they are put up front … Well, I really don’t like sweet wines, and sadly a lot of Rieslings are sweet … Not all though. I first tasted the 2018 vintage of this wine and enjoyed it. I’ve also had some Alsace ones that are dry and enjoyed them as well. this wine is pale straw in color with a honey suckle, floral nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some beautiful vibrant fruit, nice honey suckle and lime notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some rich floral notes, crisp acidity, lovely dryness and minerality. This is a beautiful Riesling and would be super food friendly with lots of ability to hold it’s own. Be careful not to serve this too cold unless your intentionally trying to soften it. I would give this a solid 88. We paired it with pan friend pickerel and it went perfectly. Total yum … from the LCBO web site, check stock:

Riesling

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Sons of Eden Freya Riesling 2019 from LCBO

From two Eden Valley vineyards: 44yo vines at Craneford, the other at High Eden, both hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed. Intense, pure lime/lemon fruit hits the bullseye, juicy yet crisp/crunchy acidity on a long palate. Drink by: 2032. Special Value. Score – 96. (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, Aug. 1, 2020)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:October 16, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:South Australia, AustraliaBy:Sons Of EdenSugar Content:3 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Aromatic & FlavourfulVarietal:Riesling

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Maria Papoila Loureiro/Alvarinho 2020

Pale straw in color with a mild nose, about the only thing mild about this wine … on the mid palate the wine displays some vibrant tart green apple notes. On the medium to long length finish this wine displays different characters with and without food … Without good the wine displays some beautiful long, crisp notes, vibrant citrus that stick to the tongue giving some long mouth grip that lives on beautifully … with food the wine is not so overwhelming as to blow anything you might pair it with away. We paired it with smoked sausage and it went well. I would give this wine a solid 88 and if I can find more, I’ll grab more. This will easily keep another 1-2 years. This wine is right up my alley, dry, crisp and lively … yumm … This was a gift, thanks Niky, and we really enjoyed it. Unlike some vino verde’s there is no effervescent notes. From the LCBO website check stock (FYI the LCBO web site for this product is down at time of writing).

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  408146$17.95 (0)Write a Review

Maria Papoila Loureiro/Alvarinho 2020 from LCBO

Lithe, crisp and sprightly, this youthful unoaked blend is made from fruit grown in granitic soils in the relatively rainy northwestern corner of Portugal. Look for notions of crunchy apple, tangy apricot and clover field and pair with green salads or seafood.READ MORE. SCREEN READERS, CONTENT WILL APPEAR ABOVE THIS CONTROL.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:October 2, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:11.5%Made In:Vinho Verde, PortugalBy:Saven S.A.Sugar Content:6 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Light & Crisp

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Mado en Provence Rosé 2020

Pale salmon in color with s mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely crisp dry strawberry notes that dance nicely on the tongue. On the medium length finish citrus notes and acidity linger nicely, nice and dry. This wine is temperature sensitive do not serve it too cold … I would give it a solid 88. Another lovely Provence rose, we paired it with air fried chicken legs and it was perfect. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

Rosé

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  19839$19.95 (0)Write a Review

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PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:September 4, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Provence, FranceBy:Sa Les Vins BrebanSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Easygoing & FruityVarietal:Rosé

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Laurenz V. Friendly Grüner Veltliner 2019

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some soft citrus and lemon notes along with some nice minerality. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely vibrant acidity, citrus nose along with some noticeable effervescent notes, noticeable even in the glass, nice and dry. We paired it with fettucine shrimp fettuncine alfredo and it went perfectly. If you haven’t tried a Grüner yet this is a varietal, reasonably price one if you can get past the effervescent notes. I would give it an -88 … From the LCBO web site, check stock:

Grüner Veltliner

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Laurenz V. Friendly Grüner Veltliner 2019 from LCBO

Pear drop and freshly cut Conference pear peel fill the nose with fruity, easy freshness. It is this fresh, vivid bright fruit that takes center stage on a creamy, smooth and slender palate. It shows some of the varietal pithiness towards the dry finish. Score – 91. (Anne Krebiehl, MW, Wine Enthusiast, March 2021).

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:September 18, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Kamptal, AustriaBy:Laurenz V Fine Wine GmbhSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Light & CrispVarietal:Grüner Veltliner

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Boschendal 1685 Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Dark in color with nice cherry nose, much milder when first opened. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild fruit on the mid palate, dark cherries and the like. But, where this wine lives is in the finish where the fruit comes to life in the mouth after you’ve swallowed along some firm peppery notes, noticeable alcohol, strong acidity and tannins, nice and dry. I’m hard pressed to say if this wine is just a little young or what. A day later I had some of the leftover wine (I know right, bizarre concept), and the mid palate hadn’t improved much. There’s some nice rich notes in the finish, chocolate, mocha and dark fruits. I would give it an -88, I like more in the mid palate. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

Cabernet Sauvignon

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  631549$19.95DEC94 (0)Write a Review

Boschendal 1685 Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 from LCBO

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:September 18, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14.3%Made In:Coastal Region, South AfricaBy:Dgb (Pty ) Ltd.Sugar Content:3 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & FirmVarietal:Cabernet Sauvignon

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Bruce Jack Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Pale straw in color with a nice mild citrus and minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some soft citrus notes, some green apple and some noticeable minerality, super dry. This wine strikes you straight off as being ‘different’ … Not the usual grassy, or lemony wine, something a little unique. we paired it with bacon and mushroom quiche and it went well. As it warmed up the minerality, citrus and mouth grip grew, especially without food. I would give it an -88, I think I might go back and get more just for the uniqueness of it, and for that lovely price! A bargain! from the LCBO web site, check stock:

Sauvignon Blanc

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  21115$13.95 (0)Write a Review

Bruce Jack Sauvignon Blanc 2020 from LCBO

The grapes for this wine come from select prime sites across the Western Cape. They are harvested early in the morning to retain freshness and lift. The result is a wine of verve and tension, with green apple, orange citrus and wet stone. A zesty option for seafood or prosciutto-wrapped bread sticks.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:September 4, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Western Cape, South AfricaBy:Bruce Jack Wines Sa Pty LtdSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Aromatic & FlavourfulVarietal:Sauvignon Blanc

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Veramonte Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Pale straw in color with a citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild pink grapefruit and stone like notes. On the medium length finish the wine leaves some acidity and citrus notes on the tongue, nice and dry. There’s also some really noticeable green notes. This isn’t a bad wine, but I’m not rushing back to grab more. The LCBO description is filled with things I just scratch my head on. Who writes these? i would give this an 87-88 From the LCBO web site, check stock:

Sauvignon Blanc

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  367748$14.95JS93 (0)Write a Review

Veramonte Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2019 from LCBO

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:September 4, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Casablanca Valley, ChileBy:Alto De Casablanca SaSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Aromatic & FlavourfulVarietal:Sauvignon Blanc

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2020 Collavini Pinot Grigio

Pale straw in color with a mild peach and minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely crisp, dry minerality along with some mild peach and citrus notes. On the medium length finish the citrus notes, acidity and minerality stick nicely to the tongue. This is a lovely wine and for the price is a good deal, a second Pinot Grigio, something that usually is underwhelming to me. This is a general list wine. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   LCBO#:  33340$14.804.6 (5)Write a Review

Collavini Pinot Grigio from LCBO

This pinot grigio is a customer favourite, and it’s easy to see why. It’s pale straw, with inviting aromas of lemon, pear, and apple. The palate offers flavours of apricot, grapefruit and a hint of honey. It’s light-bodied and crisp, with a palate-cleansing finish. Pair with mushroom risotto or grilled shrimp.

PRODUCT DETAILS

750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Veneto, ItalyBy:Eugenio Collavini Viticoltori S.R.LSugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Light & Crisp

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Knotty Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Dark in color with a mild black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some big juicy black plums and black cherries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant acidity along with some sweetness, palate coating dryness and mild tannins, maybe even a hint of some green notes. Quite a fruit forward, drink now style of wine. We paired it with Keg Prime rib hamburgers and it went swell … I would give it an -88. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

Cabernet Sauvignon

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  16193$21.95BL91 (0)Write a Review

Knotty Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 from LCBO

Bright garnet color, smooth plum nose, fresh, juicy and generous; nice texture, good depth, considerable complexity, a stunning wine at this price, stock up. From Rodney Strong. Score – 91. (Anthony Dias Blue, bluelifestyle.com, 2020)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:September 18, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14.5%Made In:California, USABy:Rodney Strong VineyardsSugar Content:6 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Full-bodied & FirmVarietal:Cabernet Sauvignon

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Mado en Provence Rosé 2020

Pale salmon in color with a nice crisp minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice soft red berry notes, strawberry and raspberries … On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dry crispness where the minerality sticks nicely to the tongue. This is a classic Provence, crisp dry Rose. I would give it an -88, quite nice. As always, don’t serve this too cold or you will loose a LOT of the complexity of the wine. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

Mado en Provence Rosé 2020

Rosé

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  19839$19.95 (0)Write a Review

Mado en Provence Rosé 2020 from LCBO

Coteaux Varois en Provence is quite young, having only been established in 1993. It’s a prime appellation for rosé, which represents the lion’s share of the wines produced here. Compared to areas such as Bandol, the region is quite cool, translating to exceptional freshness and lift in the wines. Sip this one on a sunny day with a charcuterie plate.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:September 4, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Provence, FranceBy:Sa Les Vins BrebanSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Easygoing & FruityVarietal:Rosé

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