Domaine Jacky Marteau Sauvignon Touraine 2017

Very pale in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crispness, minerality acidity. It’s vivid and bright with some nice complexity that is best appreciated without food. It is very food friendly, we paired it with chicken schnitzel and it went well. The wine builds in the mouth … I would give this an 88+, which for the price is a good deal. Touraine is a region in the more well known Loire valley where Sancerre. My LCBO product specialist said, it you like Sancerres you will like Touraine’s and they tend to be cheaper! Deal! I’ll have to keep an eye open for more Touraines!

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Domaine Jacky Marteau Sauvignon Touraine 2017 — VINTAGES#: 745349
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful
100% Sauvignon Blanc. Attractive and concentrated with grassy aromas and ripe fruit. Pear and minerals on the palate. Plush. Score – 88. (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2018)
$15.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:January 5, 2019
Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: Loire, France By: Domaine Jacky Marteau Sugar Content: 4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Aromatic & Flavourful Varietal:Sauvignon Blanc Description: Silver Medal winner at the 2018 Concours Général Agricole in Paris.

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2017 Thirty Bench winemakers blend Chard

I’ve been buying this for a couple of years now, and sadly it’s trending opposite to my tastes, becoming more fruit forward, less complex, less oaky. 2015 was the best of the years to date (to my tastes). Vinification notes say it’s changed only in going from 10 months of french oak to 9. Pale in color with a nice apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice apple and pear to match the nose. The fruit is definitely the star. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice firm acidity and some pepper notes. Its slightly creamy, but very little vanilla or butterscotch. Trending more towards an unoaked chard. I would give it an -88 or so.

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Rock Point Pinot Noir 2015

The release before Christmas from the LCBO is always filled with lots of over priced wines they think you will buy to give as presents. The release just after Christmas (when everyone is broke) is always the bargain lists. Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild cherry notes (reminded me at first of more like a cab) along with rustic notes that start to build. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice tannins, dryness and acidity. The rustic notes linger nicely. It’s definitely not your typical pinot noir, but then Oregon always brings something unique to the table I would give it an 88 or so.

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Rock Point Pinot Noir 2015 —VINTAGES#: 463018
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
$17.95
Release Date:January 5, 2019
Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: Oregon, USA By: Del Rio Vineyards, Llc Sugar Content: 3 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Pinot NoirDescriptionRock Point makes their Pinot partly in oak and partly in stainless steel to emphasize the fruit character. Expect ripe strawberry, red cherry and raspberry and pair with duck, roast beef or tourtière.

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Trius Brut

I was walking out of Longos just before New Years eve and they were sampling this bubbly. And one must have a bubbly to bring in the new year. Pale in color with a nice apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice crisp apple/pear to match the nose along with some nice fine bubbles. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dry crisp minerality. It went very nicely on it’s own for the start of what’s shaping up to be an awesome wine. I would give it an 88 or so …

From the LCBO web site Check stock:
Trius Brut VQA Sparkling — LCBO#: 284539
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Flavourful
Pale yellow gold colour; floral, brioche, citrus and green apple fruit aromas and some light toasty notes; dry, light-medium bodied, crisp balanced acidity, with tart apple, honey, lemon/citrus flavours and a long refreshing finish. $29.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in: Ontario, Canada By:Andrew Peller Limited Sugar Content:10 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Medium-bodied & Flavourful Varietal:Sparkling This is a VQA wine

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Monte del Frà Lena di Mezzo Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore 2015

Dark in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice juicy red berries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice firm tannins and acidity. Quite a nice, varietal ripasso, I would give it an 88-89. We paired it with a steak and it went really well and held it’s own well! Sorry to be a little slow on posts, busy holiday period!

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Monte del Frà Lena di Mezzo Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore 2015
Corvina/Rondinella
—VINTAGES#: 165662 | 750 mL bottle
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Monte del Frà Lena di Mezzo Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore 2015
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
A very pretty nose of dried lavender, rose petals and sweet morello cherries. Medium to full body, lots of tension, fine acidity and a minerally, driven finish. Drink now. Score – 92. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Oct. 20, 2017) $22.95

PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:December 8, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 14.0% Made in: Veneto, Italy By: Monte Del Fra Sugar Content:7 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style: Full-bodied & Smooth

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2017 G. Marquis Chard

I’ve previously reviewed both the 2014 and 2016 vintages of this wine and been impressed. I was grabbing the pinot so grabbed the chard at the same time. Slightly golden in color with a nice apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with rich apple and pear notes along with some nice vanilla and butterscotch. On the medium length finish the wine is nice and dry and the apple and pear linger nicely. The LCBO say full bodied and rich, I whole heartedly agree. I would give it an 88+. Very nice deal for the price. I paired it with pan fried cod and it was a lovely compliment to the subtle flavors of cod. Act now … limited time off $2 off!

G. Marquis The Silver Line Chardonnay — VINTAGES#: 258681
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich
The Stone Road Vineyard’s soil warms quickly and holds heat during the day, yet cools just as quickly at night. This assists in ripening the grapes while maintaining freshness and preventing the development of unbalanced flavours making this wine possible. A wealth of buttered toast, pineapple, peach, toast and oak spice. Perfect for grilled pork or chicken.
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PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:April 3, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 12.3% Made in: Ontario, Canada By: Magnotta Winery Sugar Content:5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Full-bodied & Rich Varietal:Chardonnay Description: The Stone Road Vineyard’s soil warms quickly and holds heat during the day, yet cools just as quickly at night. This assists in ripening the grapes while maintaining freshness and preventing the development of unbalanced flavours, making this wine possible. A wealth of buttered toast, pineapple, peach, toast and oak spice. Perfect for grilled pork or chicken.This is a VQA wine

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2015 Buried Hope Cabernet Sauvignon

Dark in color with a mild cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some vibrant cherries to match the nose along with some mocha. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and acidity and a hint of pepper. This is definitely a fruit forward wine, the LCBO say full bodied and smooth, I’d agree. I would give it an 88+. Quite nice and quite food friendly.

From the LCBO web site http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo/product/sku/356113.html:
Buried Hope Cabernet Sauvignon — LCBO#: 356113
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
Deep garnet colour; intense aromas and flavours of cassis, blackberry fruit, oak, chocolate and vanilla; ripe, soft and juicy on the palate. $19.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Alcohol/Vol 14.5% Made in: California, USA By: Pernod Ricard Winemakers Pty Ltd Sugar Content:4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry

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Stadt Krems Grüner Veltliner 2016

Pale in color with a nice crisp minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice crisp dry honeysuckle notes. This reminds me a lot of a crisp dry Riesling. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp dry minerality along with some nice acidity. This is a super food friendly wine with the acidity to cut through cheesy dishes. We paired it with Fettucine carbonara and it went well. Held it’s own without overpowering the meal. I would give it an -88.

From the LCBO web site Check stock.:
Stadt Krems Grüner Veltliner 2016 — VINTAGES#: 295626
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful
A touch of yeast and sage emerges amidst lime peel scents on the nose of this wine. The palate reinforces those flavors, while white pepper and lime notes tingle around the edges. It’s lean but concentrated and finishes with such a clean and refreshing zip that you just want to sip more. Score – 91. (Anne Krebiehl, MW, Wine Enthusiast, July 1, 2017) $18.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:November 24, 2018
Alcohol/Vol12.5% Made in: Kremstal, Austria By:Sc Dulon Sugar Content:4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Aromatic & Flavourful Varietal: Grüner Veltliner

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Feudo Montoni Lagnusa Nero D’Avola 2015

I had this one recommended to me by a colleague … Thanks Semion! I don’t know the Nero D’Avola grape well so had no idea what to expect. Inky dark in color with a mild black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose in spades with big bold rich black berries, almost blueberries. Immediately there’s noticable silky/velvety tannins and some nice mocha notes shining through. This is a mouthful of yummy in a glass. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely tannins and acidity, nice and dry. The complexity of the wine in the mouth is impressive. Lots of layers of flavors. Oh my is this a big bold beautiful wine. I would give it a 89-90. Very nice. I paired it with a striploin steak and it held it’s own without a problem, but paired even better with the chocolate chip cookie I finished the meal with. Every decent meal ends with some form of chocolate does it? 🙂

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Feudo Montoni Lagnusa Nero D’Avola 2015 — VINTAGES#: 523738
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
Bright red-ruby. Perfumed nose of violets and plum. Then silky tannins nicely frame the ripe, suave red and blue fruit flavors which showcase lovely inner-mouth perfume. Closes very long with outstanding delineation, delightful acid-fruit-tannin balance, and penetrating violet nuances. A knockout Vigna Lagnusa, one of the best vintages of this wine ever. Drinking window: 2017-2024. Score – 94. (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2017) $23.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:November 10, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 13.2%Made in: Sicily, Italy By: Feudo Montoni Sugar Content:3 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle: Medium-bodied & Fruity Varietal:Nero d’Avola

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2016 G. Marquis Pinot Noir

I’ve had this wine for a couple of vintages now and been impressed with it, quite good, I last wrote up the 2014 vintage. It’s made by Magnotta and G. Marquis is a premium label for them. Garnet in color with a nice strawberry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays nice firm strawberry and red berries notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine has some firm tannins, nice acidity and nice dryness. This is quite a good pinot, a perfect pairing for any poultry. I would give it an 88 or so.

From the LCBO web site.
G. Marquis The Silver Line Pinot Noir — VINTAGES#: 258673
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity $19.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:April 3, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in: Ontario, Canada By: Magnotta Winery Sugar Content:7 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity Varietal: Pinot Noir Description: The G. Marquis vineyard in Niagara-on-the-Lake is home to carefully tended 25-year-old Pinot vines. This wine offers complex notes of red cherry, raspberry, mineral and smoke. Elegant and structured, it’s a good match for mushroom risotto.This is a VQA wine.

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Sutherland Pinot Noir 2015

Garnet in color with a strawberry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays strawberries to match the nose. On the lighter side of medium length in finish the wine displays some gentle tannins and acidity along with some mocha notes. This is a slightly lighter pinot but still spot on varietal. Very nice. This was number two we paired with the cornish hen. I would give it an 88 or so.

From the LCBO web site:
Sutherland Pinot Noir 2015 — VINTAGES#: 624924
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
Healthy medium cherry-red. Cranberry, raspberry, herbs and earth on the nose; aeration brought some darker cherry and forest floor notes. A juicy, leanish midweight, with good penetration to its red berry, herb and spice flavors. More about aromatics than weight -which is no complaint! Nicely delineated, fresh Pinot with brisk acidity and a light touch. Finishes with a fine dusting of dryish tannins and subtle length. Drinking window: 2017-2021. Score – 88. (Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, May 2017) $19.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:October 27, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 13.8% Made in: Elgin, South Africa By: Thelema Mountain Vineyards (Pty) Lt Sugar Content:3 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Medium-bodied & Fruity

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Pazo das Bruxas Albariño 2016

Pale in color with a nice crisp nose with some nice citrus coming through. On the mid palate it matches the nose with nice crisp dry minerality along with some nice lime notes. On the medium length in finish the wine displays some lively acidity. A super food friendly well made Albarino that would hold up well to fatty or even spicy foods. We paired it with a seafood stir fry with hoisen sauce and it went well having no issues cutting through sauce without issue but still not overwhelming the food. I would give it an 88 or so.

From the LCBO web site:
Pazo das Bruxas Albariño 2016 — VINTAGES#: 417667
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful
Pazo das Bruxas takes its name from Galician folklore. It is said that in the vast forests of Galicia witches lived in old country houses (pazos) where they would connect with nature to obtain the best fruits from it…Look for a fresh, almost skinny white, with an aromatic (think sauvignon) bent. Bitter melon, green and yellow apples and Asian pears mark the palate along with crunchy acidity, lees and grass. The finish is fresh and clean with almonds and mineral notes. Best with shellfish, especially west coast oysters. Score – 88. (Anthony Gismondi, gismondionwine.com, Nov. 27, 2017)
$16.75
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:August 4, 2018
Alcohol/Vol12.5% Made in: Rias Baixas, Spain By: Familia Torres Sugar Content: 2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Aromatic & Flavourful Varietal:White Blend

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Cloudline Pinot Noir 2017

Garnet in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with nice strawberry and raspberry notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice soft tannins and lively acidity. This is definitely more of a fruit forward robust pinot. It’s nice and dry. I would give it an 88+. We paired it with cornish hen and it went very well.

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Cloudline Pinot Noir 2017 — VINTAGES#: 159970
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity $25.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:October 27, 2018
Alcohol/Vol13.5% Made in: Oregon, USA By: Domaine Drouhin Oregon Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Medium-bodied & Fruity Varietal: Pinot Noir Description: The Drouhin family of Burgundy fame know a thing or two about great Pinot Noir. So impressed were they by the Willamette Valley’s potential for Pinot that they started this winery there. Expect a sleek, elegant wine showing bright red berry fruit and earthy shading, and pour it alongside roasted beetroot salad with goat cheese.

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13th Street Cuvée Brut Rosé

I have to admit, I’m not a fan of Rosé … and even less of a fan of a sparkling Rosé but I had this one at a wine tasting and was impressed. Recently I had a little dinner party, ya I know your invite got lost in the mail 🙂 and decided to choose this wine to kick off the the evening … so I guess … spoiler alert … I liked it. Typical Rosé in color with a nice crisp dry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice crisp dry notes to match the nose along with some nice red berry notes. The wine is a blend of pinot noir and chardonnay. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and acidity. This is a super food friendly wine with a nice bite capable of holding up to the appetizers I was serving including even blue cheeses. I would give the wine an 88 or so. Quite nice, but not cheap …

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13th Street Cuvée Brut Rosé — VINTAGES#: 147504
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Flavourful $27.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:April 3, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in:Ontario, Canada By: Thirteenth Street Wine Corp.Sugar Content:12 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Medium-bodied & Flavourful Varietal:Sparkling – Dry Description Since creating their first in 1998, 13th Street’s sparkling wines have been one of their great strengths. Dry with a bright acidity and a creamy mousse, the Brut Rosé offers red fruit and mineral tones. Perfect as an aperitif or with smoked salmon.

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2016 Sargent Canyon Cab sauv (mini review)

Dark in color with a lovely rich fruit forward nose of cherries. On the mid palate it spot on matches the nose with nice rich cherry notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins. This is quite a nice, food friendly, fruit forward Cali cab. I would give it an 88 or so. Sadly, not in the LCBO but available from TheCaseforWine for $18.95 in cases of 12.

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2017 Novas Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc Organic

Pale in color with a crisp nice citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice citrus, and pink grapefruit notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine display lovely dryness, and acidity. Without food the wine’s lively acidity dances on the tongue building nicely. With food it is less pronounced. This is a beautiful food friendly wine. Nice crisp, dry and bold just how I like them. I would give it an -88 or so. It was one of the standouts from the recent Chilean wine fest held at the ROM, so I searched around and found a bottle to do a deeper dive. We paired it with pan fried steak, kidney and mushroom, and it held up well. Lots of depth. Very nice indeed. The LCBO say Aromatic and Falvorful … I agree totally.

From the LCBO web site Check stock:
Novas Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc Organic — LCBO#: 553800
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful
Award winning, organic wine from Chile. In the glass it’s a pale lemon in colour and exhibits aromas and flavours of lemon, grapefruit and stone fruit with herbal tones. The palate is dry and medium-bodied with active acidity leading to a crisp, clean finish. Enjoy with lightly herbed chicken alongside ripe mango salad. $15.90
PRODUCT DETAILS
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: San Antonio Valley, Chile By: Vinedos Emiliana S.A.Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry

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José Pariente Verdejo 2016

Pale in color with a nose with lots of minerality coming through. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice crisp dry citrus, maybe even grapfruit coming through and lots of minerality. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vibrant and acidity and the citrus notes linger a bit. This is a lovely dry food friendly wine, a really lovely example of a Verdejo. I would give it an 88 or so … The LCBO say Full bodied and rich … huh, odd description.

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José Pariente Verdejo 2016 — VINTAGES#: 345058
José Pariente Verdejo 2016
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich
Pungent aromas of lime skin, ruby red grapefruit, nectarine, and a pleasant touch of celery seed combine to create a complex nose to this zippy wine. The palate is rich and contains more citrus flavors with ample acidity for a bright finish. Excellent. Highly Recommended. Score – 90. (Ultimate Wine Challenge, 2017) $19.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:October 27, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: Rueda, Spain By: Bodegas Jose Pariente Sugar Content:5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Rich

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Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Pale in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice subtle citrus notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity and dryness. The minerality comes through nicely. This is a softer, more elegant style of sauv blanc so be careful what you pair it with because it can easily be overcome. To my tastes this is not quite what I look for in a sauv blanc, especially given the price. I would give it an 88-

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Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc 2016 — VINTAGES#: 191593
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful
Silky and elegant, with crisp Key lime, Meyer lemon and fresh herbal shadings on a light, refreshing body. Shows plenty of persistence on the finish. Drink now. Best Values. Score – 89. (MaryAnn Worobiec, winespectator.com, Oct. 31, 2017) $19.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:October 27, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 13.9% Made in: California, USA By: Sutter Home Winery Sugar Content:4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Aromatic & Flavourful

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Alta Vista Premium Cabernet Franc 2016

This one caught my eye in that I think it’s the first time I’ve seen what appears to be a 100% cab franc from Argentina so I wondered what it would be like. Inky dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine does not disappoint with nice black berries to match the nose along with some nice mocha. With food this is an approach now food friendly cab franc. On it’s own and you get to appreciate the rich palate coating tannins that build nicely in the mouth, lively acidity and beautiful dryness that this wine has to offer. Quite and impressive in it’s complexity given it’s humble price. It can easily keep a couple of years. I would give it a solid 88+ which given the price is a great deal. Quite a varietal spot on Cab franc.

From the LCBO web site Check stock:
Alta Vista Premium Cabernet Franc 2016 — VINTAGES#: 609081
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
Dried red plums, redcurrants, vanilla and lots of nutmeg. Full body, ripe, bold tannins, some juicy acidity and a fruit-forward finish. Not the most subtle wine, but this remains very drinkable. Score – 91. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, April 5, 2018) $17.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:October 27, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 13.9% Made in: Mendoza, Argentina By:La Casa Del Rey S.A. Sugar Content: 2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Medium-bodied & Fruity

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Lenz Moser Prestige Grüner Veltliner 2016

I’m a big Grüner fan. This one is pale in color with a mild nose. With food the wine was quite light and non-descript. I served it with Mac and cheese and my gf had a cabbage role, and both us found the food overwhelmed the wine. Which is odd given that neither is all that big in flavors. Once we were finished the meal we sipped the wine and got some nice citrus and minerality. There’s a slight hint of effervescence on the tongue. It builds nicely in the mouth, albeit subtle. I would give it an 87-88, only because I look for more in a wine.

From the LCBO web site Check stock:
Lenz Moser Prestige Grüner Veltliner 2016 — VINTAGES#: 71233
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful
Pale yellow straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of pineapple, passion fruit, and honeydew melon with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a medium-length quartz and lime finish with fine, silky, fruit tannins. A zippy and fruity Grüner for hot summer nights and grilled fish dinners. Highly Recommended. Best Buy. Score – 89. (tastings.com, June 20, 2017) $16.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:October 27, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in: Niederösterreich, Austria By: Lenz Moser Gesselschaft M.B.H.Sugar Content: 5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style

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2015 Franciscan Chard

Slightly golden in color with a nice pear/apple nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some rich pear and apple. On the medium length finish the wine displays lovely vanilla, butter and some butterscotch along with some nice dryness and acidity. The wine has some nice creamyness to the texture. This is definitely a well oaked chard, which won’t be to some people’s tastes, but is right up my alley. It’s not over baked, just right. I would give it an 88+ which for the price is a great deal. We paired it with pan fried lake perch in panko bread crumps and it went well, but was a little overpowering for the perch. The LCBO say full bodied and rich … hell ya!

From the LCBO web site Check stock:
Franciscan Chardonnay 2015 — VINTAGES#: 496125
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich
Franciscan Estate was established in 1973 and began producing wines in 1975. This beautiful Chardonnay brings complex notions of rich vanilla, spices, apple butter, tropical fruit and lemon. Pair with pork-belly hoagies and grilled pineapple salad. (Vintages panel, July 2017) $19.75
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:March 17, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in:California, USA By: Constellation Brands Inc. (Us) Sugar Content:5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra

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2017 Rocca Delle Macie Moonlite (mini review)

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Italian Consulate wine tasting at Roy Thompson hall in Toronto. This is only the second time I’ve attended … it’s positively overwhelming. Over 127 tables of wines being poured. So your looking at over 600 wines being poured. Amazing event, and of course, lots of great food to boot. This year I decided on a different approach. Focus on whites. Italy has a ton of unique varietals that have even been proven genetically to be unique! With that … on with the review. Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice crisp dry minerality, some green apple and pear. The wine is subtle at first and it builds very nicely in the mouth. It’s quite complex but you can easily overlook it. I’m not sure how it would hold up to food but I was quite impressed with this wine. I would give it an 88 or so. Sadly not in the LCBO, available from Profile Wine group for $17.95 a bottle in cases of 6. I wish more suppliers would offer cases of 6!

From the winery’s web site:
MOONLITE Toscana IGT
Grape varietals: Chardonnay 35%, Vermentino 30%, Pinot Grigio 20%, Trebbiano 15%
Production Technique
The grapes involved in the Moonlite blend come from selected vineyards in Maremma Area. The wine is produced following the most
advanced fermentation techniques for white wines.
Wine description
Color: straw-yellow with green reflections
Bouquet: intense aromas of white flowers with hints of flint.
Taste: Fresh mineral notes (from the Vermentino) blend perfectly with toast and citrus notes(from the Chardonnay).
Winemaker’s recommendations
Excellent alone, and particularly well-suited to light appetizers, seafood, soft cheeses and white meat dishes. Serve chilled.

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2017 Grayson cellar Cab sauv

We had this at Red’s Midtown off their by the glass menu … Dark in color with a rich vibrant nose that just jumps out at you. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely bold rich dark cherries. On the medium length finish the wine displays nice smooth tannins and nice acidity. This is a beautiful fruit forward Cali style of cab. Right to my tastes. I would give it an 89 or so. Yummy. This is more of a drink now style of wine, but should easily last a year. It’s very food friendly. I paired it with a cheese ravioli in red sauce and it went perfectly.

At Red’s it was ~16 a glass. It’s not in the LCBO, but available for $21.95 a bottle in cases of 12 from Rogers and Company. This is one of those usual tricks restaurants love to do which is pour by the glass wines that are not in the LCBO in hope you don’t know how much they have marked it up … In this case 3X …

From the Rogers web site:
The 2017 Grayson Cabernet Sauvignon shows a dark ruby colour with a rich nose of blackberry, raspberry, and a hint of black pepper. This is an intense Cabernet with a round mouth feel and soft, lingering finish. The palate is full of rich fruit and a soft note of toasted French oak.

This vintage is a new release that has yet to be submitted to press, but the previous vintage, 2016, was awarded a Double Gold Medal for having earned 99 points in the 2018 California State Fair’s Wine Competition. This made Grayson Cabernet Sauvignon the “Best of Class” California Cabernet in a field of over 450 wines!

“A frequent entry into these best buy pages, winemaker Larry Levin knows how to fashion flavorful, authentic tasting whites and reds at bargain-basement prices.”

Robert Parker on Grayson Cellars, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Nov 2014

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2017 Silverpoint Sauv Blanc

I recently noticed this one in the general list section and hadn’t tried it, so gave it a whirl. I’m always looking for my next new fav daily wine, and at this price it was worth a flyer! Pale in color with a nice citrus and grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine spot on matches the nose with nice zesty citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice grassy notes and the citrus lingers nice. It’s got some lovely lively acidity and nice dryness. It coats the palate. The complexity of this wine belies it’s bargain price. Grab some before they figure it out. I would give an 88+. A perfect match for so many foods! The LCBO say aromatic and flavorful which is a perfect description of this wine!

From the LCBO web site Check stock
Silver Point Sauvignon Blanc — LCBO#: 187013
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful
Pale straw colour; grassy, gooseberry and grapefruit aromas; medium body; nice core of rich fruit flavours with good acidity, yet still elegant; long strong finish $13.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:April 25, 2012
Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in: New ZealandBy: Cooper’s Creek Vineyard Ltd. Sugar Content: 5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Aromatic & Flavourful

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2017 Burnt Ship Bay Sauv blanc

Pale in color with nice citrus, minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with citrus, and minerality coming through. This is a smoother, milder sauv blanc, but spot on varietal. Medium in length on the finish the citrus notes and acidity are notable. It’s nice and dry! This is definitely a milder sauv blanc up front, so be sure and pair it with something not too lively or you wont be tasting the wine. I paired it with a cajun catfish and honestly, it was slightly over powered. It could easily be sipped on the patio in the summer. The wine builds nicely in the mouth especially without food. I would give it an 88-. Not bad at all for the price. I emailed the winery and was told “the vines are from our (Burnt Ship Bay) own vineyard. They are now 5 years old. The vineyard is in the border of the Four Mile Creek and Lakeshore sub-appellations. Great spot for this varietal!”

from the LCBO web site Check stock:
Burnt Ship Bay Estate Sauvignon Blanc — LCBO#: 517185
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful
Sited in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Burnt Ship Bay Estate Winery is making delicious wines for all palates. Expect aromas and flavours of grapefruit, gooseberry, lemon, pepper and freshly cut grass. Light and refreshing this is a perfect match for grilled salmon with rosemary potatoes and grilled vegetables. $15.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:September 25, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 12.0% Made in:Ontario, Canada By: Burnt Ship Bay Estate Winery Ltd. Sugar Content: 2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style: Aromatic & Flavourful Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc This is a VQA wine

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