Bias up front, I find a lot of Niagara Gamay’s way too fruit forward for my tastes, so when I was given this, I was skeptical … Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild dried black plums along with some smokey and even tobacco notes. On the medium length in finish the wine displays some firm peppery notes, tannins, and acidity that stick to the tongue. If you use to wimpier Gamays this will be a surprise to the taste buds. The flavor is quite unique, and even unusual. I would give it an -88 or so … From the LCBO web site, check stock:
Born right on the Château des Charmes estate in the early 1980s, Gamay Noir Droit differs from regular Gamay in that Droit brings a bit more body and oomph as well as spicy, smoky notes. This wine is unoaked and bursting with cherry fruit, smoke, spices and brilliant food-friendly acidity. Winemaker Amélie Boury recommends a pairing of sautéed duck breast with wild mushrooms.
Pale straw in color with a mild apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays more of a fruit forward lightly oaked character with apple and pear notes, and slightly creamy. On the medium length finish the wine displays some peppery notes and the citrus sticks nicely to the tongue. At 3g/l it’s nice and dry. I would give it an -88 or so. From the LCBO web site, check stock (this is a general list product).
Straw colour; soft pear fruit, vanilla, yellow berries and citrus aromas and flavours with yellow melon notes; extra dry, medium-bodied, balanced acidity with soft vanilla and spice on the finish.
Dark in color with a mild black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine display vibrant black fruits, nice mocha and oaking notes. On the medium length finish the wine has beautiful, velvety, firm tannins that stick to the tongue nicely, nice and dry, and some nice acidity. For the price this is a bargain, but honestly I think it’s a drink now to my tastes to don’t buy a lot of it, but I will be going back for more. Yumm. I would give this an 88+. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
Fresh-plum, soil, licorice and walnut-husk aromas. It’s medium-bodied with sleek, tight-grained tannins. Juicy finish. Try from 2022. Score – 90. (jamessuckling.com, March 3, 2021)
Inky dark in color with a mild black fruit nose. On the mid palate the wine packs a punch with big black cherry notes along with some mocha, spice, and some pepper. On the medium length finish the wine delivers some solid palate coating tannins, firm acidity and lovely dryness. The rich dark berry notes along with the tannin live on in the mouth. This is NOT a wimpy Merlot, this is a serious one that punch WAY above it’s price point in complexity. It’s a little young, some aging would soften it a bit. I would give this a solid 88 … yumm. From the LCBO website, check stock.
This Merlot was macerated on the grape skins for 8-10 days and aged in tanks for 8-10 months. Vintage after vintage, it carries complexity and depth well beyond its humble price tag. Expect brambly blackberry and juicy cherry embroidered by rose petals and a sprinkling of black pepper, and pair with grilled red meats and forest mushrooms, or a selection of semi-hard cheeses.
We don’t get a lot of Falanghina’s here, so when we do I pounce on them. Another of the unique indigenous grapes of Italy! You could spend a career learning these wines, oh the agony of the challenge 🙂 Pale straw in color with a nice apple nose, similar to chard on the nose … On the mid palate the wine displays some nice tart green apple notes, some nice lime citrus and some minerally notes … On the medium length finish the nice tartness, acidity and citrus notes linger nicely, even more pronounced without food, nice and dry! Be careful what you pair it with, this is a softer gentler wine. We paired it with bacon quiche and the wine was almost overpowered. This is not a bad price for a Falanghina, I may go back and grab some more, I bet it would easily keep a couple years. I would give this an -88. From the LCBO website, check stock:
Masseria Altemura is situated in the heart of Salento halfway between the Ionian and Adriatic seas. Its unique terroir is shaped by sea breezes that refresh vines rooted in white calcareous rock and the red soil of Salento. Expect a citrusy wine with touches of white flowers, luscious peach and apricot, and a mineral finish. Sip with seafood risotto, or seared scallops in herbed butter.
Inky dark in color with a dark berry nose … On the mid palate the wine displays vibrant black berry notes, black cherry, and mocha … On the medium length finish the wine displays lovely firm dusty tannins, nice acidity, super dry with lots of complexity. For the price this is an excellent wine, a definite yumm … I’d give it an 88+. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
Only ripe, blueberry and blackberry flavors with nice freshness and some healthy, supple tannins within the sleek frame, make this an immediately appealing red Bordeaux that’s very food-friendly. Drink or hold. Score – 91. (jamessuckling.com, Feb. 3, 2019)
Pale straw in color with a citrus/minerally nose … On the mid palate the wine packs a punch with some strong green/grassy/citrus notes along with a hint of grapefruit tartness. On the medium length finish the wine delivers some racy acidity that sticks to the tongue and the green notes linger … A very interesting wine. I have no clue what the mystery blend of this wine is, but I would give it a -88 or so, which for the price is awesome, definitely unique. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
Robert Parker wrote in 2016, ‘My favorite value winery not only in Spain, but in the world, is Bodegas Borsao in the up-and-coming appellation of Campo de Borja.’ This wine validates his enthusiasm with its creamy texture, crunchy acidity and depth of tropical fruit aromas and flavours. Sip it with lightly grilled seafood.
Rose all day baby, yaaaaa … This one is and interesting color, not the usual pale salmon. Mild on the nose the wine packs a punch with some solid tart strawberries notes dominating the mid palate. On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant acidity and minerality that stick nicely to the tongue, especially without food. The flavors from this wine are quite unique and enjoyable. It’s nice and dry and another great, food friendly Rose. I would give it an 88 or so … From the LCBO web site, check stock:
From an iconic New Zealand producer, this blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is bright and tangy, with lively red cherry, strawberry, melon and snappy citrus. You can confidently pour this vibrant, food-friendly rosé with brunch or dinner.
Dark in color with a black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine delivers nice bold black cherries and the like. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice bold tannins and acidity … nice and dry. When I buy a Nero d’Avola I expect an earthy, edgy wine, I was shocked at how refined this one is. Now given the price point I guess I should have expected it … I would give it an 88 or so. Quite an interesting wine if you’ve never had a Nero d’Avola, it’s certainly a good one. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
Sweet violets and rose come together with crushed blackberries and a spritz of tangerine to form an inviting bouquet as the 2019 Nero d’Avola Lagnusa opens in the glass. It’s silky-smooth and round, the ripe black fruits and confectionary spices creating a seductive display. Brisk acids and minerals build tension through the finale, making pleasant punctuation to such an extroverted yet balanced expression. Drinking window: 2021-2026. Score – 92. (Eric Guido, vinous.com, June 2021)
Dark in color with a nice mild black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some black cherries to match the nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some firm acidity and lighter tannins, nice and dry. This is a nice approachable cab franc for the price. I would give it an 88 or so. We paired it with a striploin … As it opened up some mocha notes came out, it might be a little young. This is a lovely entry level cab franc. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
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This Cab Franc consistently over-delivers at this price point. It features excellent depth and complexity of rich dark fruit and vanilla notes accented by bright floral tones. Balanced and structured, it can be enjoyed tonight with your favourite grilled meats.
This is a very different kind of rose, right from the color which is a lot more deep rich red notes than most … Mild on the nose with a vibrant mid palate that packs a lot of flavor, think pomegranate, or tart cherries and the like, not the easiest flavor to nail down. On the medium length finish the wine packs quite a punch with tannins sticking to the tongue, as well as vibrant acidity, nice and dry. This wine has a lot of character to it, but if your expecting your typical rose, you might be in for a surprise. I would give this wine an 88 or so, definitely worth a try, but only with an open mind. And be careful what you serve it with, the complexity and vibrancy of the flavors could overwhelm softer foods. We paired it with air fried pork chops and it kinda blew them away. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
This is a tangy, mouth-watering, versatile wine, with aromas and flavours of savoury herbs, apple, cherry, strawberry and citrus. Pair it with grilled seafood or a rainbow-sweet-potato hash.
Biases up front, I’ve had a lot of sweet Reislings and am SO NOT A FAN but when I saw this one at 2 g/l residual sugar it enticed me to try it … Pale straw in color with a mild nose of minerality and a hint of honeysuckle. On the mid palate the wine is nice and crisp with the minerality shining through, along with some nice green apple notes. On the medium length finish there a hint of honeysuckle, but really more lime/green apple tart notes. The acidity clings to the tongue nicely providing some nice depth and complexity. There’s some noticeable creaminess to the wine, not to the level of a malolactic chard but still noticeable. I would give this an 88 or so, quite a lively wine. From the LCBO web site, check stock: This wine is the exact opposite of everything I have come to loath in Riesling, which is an odd way of saying … I like it!
This wine was served at the European Union’s first meeting, in 1959 in Strasbourg. The 2019 is a deft, finessed Riesling, with juicy lemon and peach fruit, racy acidity and a snappy minerality. Pair with vegetable curries.
Inky dark in color with a nice dark berry and oaky nose. On the mid palate the wine displays vibrant fruit forward dark berry notes, along with some mild mocha … On the medium length in finish the wine displays some nice peppery notes, noticeable more so without food along with some mild tannins and acidity, nice and dry. This is more of a drink now, fruit forward wine, so don’t buy a lot but it’s delicious, yumm… I would give it an 88 or so, which for the price is excellent IMHO. We paired it with a striploin steak and it went perfectly, did I mention yum? From the LCBO web site, check stock.
The 2019 Meerlust Red is a blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Initially a little reticent on opening, this wine quickly sheds its broody, sulky, spicy veil to reveal a wonderfully complex aromatic array of black plum, black berry compote, orange peel, Christmas pudding over hints of pressed violets, sweet cedar spice and graphite nuances. The palate is plush and fleshy from the word go, showing an open knit, expressive opulence of red currant, bramble berry, black currant, sweet oak spice, black tea and a sleek texture that simply embraces the palate and makes you go back again and again for another sip. Refreshingly vibrant and impressively generous, I suspect this wine will age surprisingly well for over 10+ years even though it’s simply a cracking drinker right now on release. Hats off to the entire Meerlust crew. Score – 92. (gregsherwoodmw.com, Oct. 17, 2021)
Inky dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely deep rich black berries to match the nose, dark cherries and dark chocolate along with some vibrant acidity and firm tannins. This is a serious wine so be careful what you pair it with. We paired it with beef bourguignon and while I can’t say it completely blew it away, it wasn’t a match made in heaven either. On the medium length finish the wine coats the palate and with vevety tannins that stick to the tongue. A very nice, complex wine especially for the money, and I was about to press save when it happened … a sneezing fit, a usual symptom of high sulphites, so unfortunately I would give it an -88 and only if your not allergic to sulphites. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
Concentrated flavors of blueberries and blackberries are nicely framed by moderate tannins in this dry wine that’s been bolstered with 13% Petite Sirah. A full body and lightly gripping texture set it up nicely for pairing with big proteins. Score – 90. (Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 1, 2021
Pale salmon in color with an expressive nose for a rose. On the mid palate the wine displays some vibrant ripe strawberry notes. On the lighter side of medium in length the wine’s acidity sticks slightly to the tongue. This is a gentle summer sipper. We paired with with wild boar and it went well. I would give it an -88. Not the longest rose I’ve ever had but tasty and nice and dry. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
Made with 100% Cabernet Franc, this wine is juicy and soft with bright, ripe fruit, including impressive watermelon, cherry, redcurrant, red bell pepper, and an underlying savoury herbal note. It will shine when served for brunch with tuna salad or roast-chicken sandwiches.
Pale straw in color with a citrus nose. The bubbles and effervescence which is typical of a vinho verde are visible right on the first pour and on the tongue. On the mid palate the wine is a fruit forward mouth of lime with crisp acidity and dryness. On the medium length finish the wine’s crisp minerality and citrus notes live on. I would give it an 87-88, not a bad wine, but nothing I rush out and grab more either, to me it was a flat wine with few layers or complexity. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
There are seven main grape varieties from which Vinho Verde is typically made; this one uses Alvarinho and Trajadura. Expressive and aromatic, the wine offers peach, apricot and zesty lemon notes with a gentle mineral undercurrent. Sip it with grilled scallops or steamed mussels.
Pale straw in color with a citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays strong lime and grassy notes. This is definitely a fruit forward edgy sort of sauv blanc. On the medium length finish the citrus notes and crisp acidity grip onto the tongue. We paired it with a bacon and cheese quiche, and it was not a great pairing. Honestly I think I am outgrowing this type of sauv blanc. I would give it an 87-88. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
This dynamic, popular Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc spends some time on the lees following fermentation, which imparts greater depth and texture to the final wine. Intense without sacrificing finesse, it offers apple, pear, peach, grapefruit and passion fruit along with Marlborough’s distinctive herbaceous character. Pair it with grilled chicken, grilled shrimp, or grilled asparagus.
Dark in color with a nice dark berry nose … On the mid palate the wine displays some nice elegant black cherries and black plums, along with some mocha. On the medium length finish the wine displays lovely dusty tannins and smooth acidity … nice and dry! Not a hint of errant minty or herbal notes! This is quite a nice wine, we paired it with filet mignon and it went REALLY well not as complex as some Bordeaux blends but good anyway. I would give it an 88 or so, for the money it’s worth grabbing a few, we went through two in night 😉 Damned evaporation, or as the country music song goes … There’s a whole in my bottle … From the LCBO web site, check stock:
The 2020 vintage of the Penley Gryphon is Cabernet Sauvignon with 30% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. It’s generous and rich, with ripe dark fruit, plum, cherry, vanilla, smoky oak and cloves. Enjoy it tonight with barbecue fare or cellar for another 6-8 years.
I have to admit, I have not had a lot of Roses from Chile, so I approached this with some curiosity. On the positive side it is 100% Pinot noir, so it’s intriguing … Pale salmon in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays nice smooth soft red fruits, strawberries and the like. On the medium length finish the wine displays nice smooth crisp, dry acidity and citrus notes that linger nicely. This wine is a beautiful patio summer sipper, or it pairs well with lots of foods too. I would give it an 88 or so. Quite nice, and a good showing. To date I have been underwhelmed by entry level Chilean pinot noirs but this Rose is redeeming! From the LCBO web site, check stock:
Made with direct pressed clusters, squeezed gently for light color and then fermented as a white in stainless steel tanks, this is truly cherry juice – refreshing, light, and ideal to drink by the liter in the summer. Not to be missed, a wine that speaks of what a good moment it is for rosé in Chile. Score – 91. (Patricio Tapia, guiadescorchados.cl, 2022)
Pale salmon in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice crisp dry citrus notes, acidity and minerality. Without food the acidity sticks nicely to the tongue, a beautiful sipper. with food the wine’s acidity cuts through fats and the like to compliment the meal. It’s a nice Rose, I would give it an -88. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
From a super-popular producer, this wine is sourced from vines grown in alluvial soils along the River Piave. It’s bright, fresh and complex, with notions of peach and apricot underscored by marine mineral, and will pair beautifully with pasta primavera or shrimp scampi.
Dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice black berries to match the nose, maybe even some black currants along with some mocha notes. On the medium length finish the wine finishes up with smooth tannins, nice acidity and nice dryness. I would give it an -88. A nice cab, nothing outstanding, but nice … I didn’t get any of the herbal notes mentioned on the LCBO web site. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
Columbia Valley can produce top-quality, value-priced Cabernet, making it a great alternative to regions such as Napa, where wines sometimes come with a hefty price tag. This example shows ripe dark fruit, cocoa and fresh herbs. Pair with mushroom burgers and drink through 2026.
Pale salmon in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild effervescent notes along with crisp dry acidity and a hint of zesty tartness. Lots of crisp minerality and strawberries coming through. There’ some unusual flavors that I couldn’t place, perhaps from the pinot meunier, the back of the bottle says it’s a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Gamay Noir. I would give it an 87-88, a nice crisp dry rose, but a little odd, and honestly, at this price you can do way better with a Provence rose. I only bought one, but would likely return it otherwise. We paired it with a cheddar and blue cheese burger and it went nicely.
Thirty Bench is one of the most trusted producers in Niagara. This rosé has oodles of buoyant cherry, strawberry and watermelon alongside rhubarb and a touch of spice. Refreshing and zesty, it’s perfect for enlivening an outdoor brunch but also has the versatility, structure, and depth of character for dinnertime. Try it with grilled calamari, pizza, grilled salmon, sausages, or really whatever you’re having.
Garnet in color with a mild nose of red cherries. On the mid palate the wine displays deep rich cherries along with dark chocolate notes. On the longer side in length the wine’s tannins are BIG, FIRM and ripe, sticking to the togue. Super dry. This wine is a little young and should easily have another 2-5 years of storage and it will soften out. I would give it an 88 or so, quite a nice entry level Barolo for the price. On sale right now $3 off andin the general list so readily available. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
$29.70 Original Price$32.70 Save $3.00 Sale Ends: July 17th LCBO#:178541
Garnet red colour; rye bread, lifted, spicy red plum and cherry aromas and flavours; tar, licorice, savory and spicy; extra dry, medium to full bodied, excellent balance of fruit and plentiful tannins with a long, complex finish.
Pale golden in color with a nice apple and pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely apple and pear fruits along with some nice vanilla notes. On the medium length finish the wine is nice and dry with some creaminess coming through. This is somewhere in between in terms of oak influence, this is less oaked than one of my current goto favs, the Henry of Pelham Short Hills chard … I would give it an 88 or so, we paired it with grilled calamari and scallops and it was delicious, yumm, I will be going back to get more, not cheap, but yummy and another great Niagara oaked chard! From the LCBO web site, check stock:
Housed in a heritage home, Kew has a charming back patio where visitors can enjoy a stunning view of the vineyard. Their Old Vine Chardonnay is barrel-fermented and aged for 11 months in oak and shows tropical fruit, lemon, apple, a snappy acidity and a pure minerality. It will drink through 2025+ with smoked cheese or grilled pork.
Garnet in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dried fruit notes and red cherries along with some tomato. On the medium length finish the wine displays some mild acidity and tannins. This is definitely a lighter Nebbiolo, I would give it an -88 I won’t be rushing back for more. From the LCBO web site, check stock.
Best known for Barolo and Barbaresco, the Nebbiolo variety also thrives in some parts of the nearby hills of Alba. This wine is less rigidly built than its brethren but still quite structured, offering earthy red fruit on a supportive frame. Savour now through 2025 with hearty meat dishes and firm cheeses.