Simi Sonoma County Dry Rosé 2018

A lovely strawberry in color, this one caught my eye in the store. At 3 g/l in residual sugar it’s up my alley. We had pizza on the menu tonight, lazy, so a perfect Rose night! A mild nose greets you, but it’s about all that’s mild. On the mid palate the wine displays lots of light red berries, quite a melange of flavors. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and acidity. This is a surprisingly complex Rose, but when you see the details from the winery’s web site (42% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Malbec, 4% Syrah, 3% Tempranillo, 1% Graciano ) you can see why! I would give it an -88, and a perfect pizza wine. I’ll probably go back and grab a few while they are still around.

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750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  668467$19.95

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Simi has been making wine since 1876 and historically blends this rosé by drawing on a palette of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec, with splashes of Syrah, Zinfandel and others in support. The 2018 is bursting with juicy suggestions of ripe watermelon, strawberry and citrus and will pair well with grilled chicken, charcuterie, pork loin or pizza. (Vintages panel, June 2019)Read More 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 20, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.9%Made In:California, USABy:Constellation Brands Inc. (Us)Sugar Content:3 g/LStyle:Easygoing & Fruity

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Terres Secrètes Les Préludes Saint-Véran 2017

Pale in color with a mild apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice varietal fruit, lots of apple/pear coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity, and nice dryness This is more a gently oaked chard in the typical French style. There’s no vanilla, or butterscotch, no creamyness. It’s an ok chard, but honestly, I like them bigger/more complex, more oaky. The LCBO say full bodied/rich? Not to my tastes it isn’t. Honestly, if I had more I’d take them back, more of a personal preference thing. I’d give it an -88.

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Chardonnay

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  16725$19.95

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A very fine, uplifting Chardonnay that presents in a thoroughly pleasing, quaffable style. Balanced and lithe with bright acidity and intense stone fruit and citrus. Refreshing and engaging with a long, dry finish. Quite versatile, it will be a delightful sipper, but it’s also perfect for grilled fish, grilled shrimp or any number of salads. (Vintages panel, Oct. 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:October 12, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Burgundy, FranceBy:Blasons De BourgogneSugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & RichVarietal:Chardonnay

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2018 Riverlore Sauvignon Blanc

For a while this was one of my goto Sauv Blancs … If your looking for a continuously happy story, it’s in theater number 3 (a Lemony Snickets reference). Very pale in color with a citrus lime nose. On the mid palate the wine displays really FIRM citrus, lime, and grapefruit notes. This is NOT a subtle or elegant wine, it’s a mouthful of grapefruit. This has, for me, gone over the edge from being an edgy wine into an over top inelegant wine. If you are serving something super spicy it might hold up to it, otherwise I would so skip this wine. I would give it an 87 or so.

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Sauvignon Blanc

750 mL bottle  |   LCBO#:  417600$14.25$16.75 Save $2.50 Limited Time Offer
Until October 13, 2019

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Set in Marlborough, New Zealand’s famed wine region, Riverlore is making flavourful wines. This sauvignon blanc has aromas of pear, gooseberry and fresh cut grass with a hint of lime, tailed by flavours passion fruit and citrus. Medium-bodied and dry with lively acidity; great with baked salmon with a lemon-caper drizzle.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Marlborough, New ZealandBy:Wairau River Wines Ltd.Sugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Aromatic & FlavourfulVarietal:Sauvignon Blanc

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Rabl Löss Grüner Veltliner 2017

If you haven’t tried a Grüner yet, this is a good one to try, it’s exactly what you can expect from one, and reasonably priced, but I guess I’m getting ahead of myself a little. Pale in color with a nice crisp dry minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice citrus notes, nice crisp dryness and vibrant acidity. The wine has some lovely mouth grip where the lively acidity lingers nicely in the mouth especially as it warms up a little. Leaving lots of dryness on a medium length. This is a super food friendly wine. I would give it an 88 or so. Very nice. Give it a try!

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750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  295709$15.95

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Kamptal is one of the best regions for Austria’s signature white. This one is floral and fresh-tasting, with honey and citrus overtones and a refined underlying minerality. Ideal for seafood. (Vintages panel, Sept. 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:September 28, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Kamptal, AustriaBy:Weingut Rudolph RablSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Aromatic & Flavourful

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Lornano Chianti Classico 2015

Dark in color with a milder nose … On the mid palate the wine packs a nice punch with big with nice red berries jumping out at your. On the mid palate the wine matches the mid palate with BIG dryness, nice complexity and nice mocha notes. The complexity of this wine is punching well above it’s price point. Really yummy, as long as you like bigger wines. I would say this is a drink now wine, but if you like it softer, a year or two of aging or breathing will soften it … but why would you do that 🙂 I would give this an 88-89 very nice!

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  211599$18.95LM97

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PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:September 28, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14%Made In:Tuscany, ItalyBy:Riolite Vin S.R.L.Sugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Sangiovese

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2017 Willm Réserve Riesling

It’s always a good place to put one’s biases up front … I don’t like sweet wines. Sadly, a lot of Riesling’s from many places fall into this category, resulting in me going largely off Reisling. Greg, a friend at work recommended I give Alsace Rieslings at try. Alsace is a region right near the border of France and Germany. I recently was perusing the WineAlign limited time offer list and found this one. Every month the LCBO “feature” certain wines at a discounted price, kinda like a sale. So I thought ok no better time than now to test Greg’s recommendation. Interestingly my gf seems to like Greg’s recent recommendations … hmmm. I digress … Pale in color with an interesting nose, straight out of the fridge it was quite mild, as it warmed up the scents started to become more boisterous. Lots of floral notes, some minerality, a hint of honey suckle all come up to greet the nose. Quite inviting … on the mid palate the wine displays some noticeable honey suckle, some nice minerality and some citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine’s vibrant acidity coats the mouth leaving a nice citrus note. The wine has a slightly syrupy texture to it, noticeable mostly on the finish. This wine has some nice mouth grip and can hold it’s own with a lot of food. I paired it with a shrimp and scallop fettuccine alfredo and it went well. It’s super food friendly. I would have to say … Greg’s right, I liked it 🙁 Wahhhhh I would give it an 88 or so, which for the price is a good deal. Grab some while the LTO is on! I bet it will easily keep for a while! At 5g/l residual sugar, it’s nice and dry!

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Riesling

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  11452$17.95$19.95 Save $2.00 Limited Time Offer
Until October 13, 2019

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Think Riesling is always sweet? Think again. Rieslings from Alsace, like this classic, are often bone dry. This features aromas and flavours of lime juice, peach and mineral. The ultimate food wine. Pair with grilled shrimp and pesto pasta, or gourmet sausages.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 3, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12%Made In:Alsace, FranceBy:A. WillmSugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Aromatic & FlavourfulVarietal:Riesling

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Voyager Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2016

Pale in color with a slightly smoky nose along with some citrus notes. I don’t get any floral notes one would expect from the semillon. As it turns out, this wine has been aged in oak for 2 months. On the mid palate the wine displays some softer citrus notes along with some vibrant acidity. This is more of an elegant style of sauv blanc Vs some edgy ones. I would give it an -88.

Blend – Meritage

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  570770$16.75

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Estate-grown, night-harvested, matured for 2 months in oak … Right in the mainstream of Margaret River style, and of high quality. The fragrant bouquet has lemon myrtle and herb aromas, the long palate with perfect acidity to freshen the finish and aftertaste. Drink By: 2020. Special Value. Score – 94. (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, Aug. 1, 2017)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:September 1, 2018Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.9%Made In:Western Australia, AustraliaBy:Voyager Estate Wa Pty LtdSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Aromatic & FlavourfulVarietal:Blend – Meritage

From the winery’s tasting notes:

Variety: 68% Sauvignon Blanc, 32% Semillon

Colour: Pale straw green

Nose: Fresh, lifted tropical fruit aromas with hints of citrus and talc.

Palate: A vibrant blend with fresh, crunchy fruit flavours of tropical and citrus. A small component of barrel fermentation and some lees contact offers additional complexity and texture to the palate, finishing with a clean, crisp, natural acidity. Style: The 2016 vintage has produced a classic expression of this quintessential Margaret River blend, showcasing a wonderful purity of fruit coupled with lovely texture and complexity; a perfectly balanced wine with a long, crisp dry finish, made to drink whilst young and fresh.

Food Match: Great as an aperitif. Enjoy with fresh goat’s cheese, light crustacean or fish entrées. Alc/Vol: 13.0% pH: 3.27 Total Acidity: 6.2g/L Harvest Date: 24 Ferbuary to 3 March 2016

Oak Maturation: 18% new French oak for two months (Semillon)

Bottling Date: July 11, 2016 Cellaring Potential: Made for immediate enjoyment

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Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages 2017

Dark in color with a dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark plums. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and acidity. This particular gamay is not as temperature sensitive as others, but still don’t let it get too warm or too cool. I would give it an -88. A good pair for lighter meals like salmon, trout (which is what we had it with) or pork. This is a general list product so widespread availability.

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Gamay

750 mL bottle  |   LCBO#:  122077$14.95

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An intense bright ruby colour; shows fragrant aromas of red cherry/cranberry and spice with earthy/floral, cracked peppery notes; dry, soft and rounded palate, delightfully fresh and tart with easy tannins, shows forward flavours of stawberry, sour cherry, pepper and herb, with notes of dark candied fruit and sweet spice.

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PRODUCT DETAILS

Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Burgundy, FranceBy:George DuboeufSugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Gamay

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Chateau Ste. Michelle Rosé 2018

Strawberry in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice lively acidity, some tart rhubarb like notes, along with some mild citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice palate coating minerality. I would give it an -88. Quite a nice rose with some nice complexity and bite 🙂

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  568212$18.95

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Made from a blend of Syrah and Merlot, this is built like a red wine with a touch more delicacy and brightness. It’s lively and polished with aromas and flavours of red apple, watermelon, cherry and rhubarb, and a long, balanced finish. Best now through 2021 with grilled pork or lamb burgers. (Vintages panel, May 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 20, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Washington, USABy:Chat Ste MichelleSugar Content:6 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & Dry

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Southbrook Triomphe Organic Cabernet Franc Rosé 2018

Salmon in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice crisp minerality, some citrus and zest notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays crisp palate coating acidity. There’s a hint of tartness to the finish. I would give it an -88. This is quite a food friendly wine, and should hold it’s one with a lot of different foods.

Rosé – Dry

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  279117$19.95

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The Cabernet Franc really shines through here, with notes of bell pepper alongside the red raspberry, cherry and orange citrus tones. This is lithe, tangy, fresh and long, with a subtle Cab Franc savouriness on the close. It will be a nice sipper, but would also match well with a charcuterie platter, grilled salmon, or black-bean veggie burgers. (Vintages panel, May 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 6, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:11%Made In:Ontario, CanadaBy:Southbrook VineyardsSugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Easygoing & FruityVarietal:Rosé – DryThis is a VQA wine

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Cave du Château de Chénas Moulin-à-Vent 2016

I’ve been continuing my exploration of Gamays from France and continue to be converted … LCBO stores sometimes put wines on sale that haven’t moved, this one was at my local store for $14, from an original $19.95, so a no brainer to give it a try. Slightly dark in color with a nice juicy fruity nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice black berries and a hint of sweetness. On the lighter side of medium in length on the finish, the wine displays some nice smooth dry tannins and mild acidity. A super food friendly wine. For the sale price I paid this is a bargain. I would give it an -88. I’m not sure Gamay is going to become one of my favorite wines of all times, but it’s working it’s way into my wine list.

Gamay

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  648477$19.95

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The vaulted cellar in which the wines of Château de Chénas mature was built in 1730. This is a bright, fresh Gamay with lifted strawberry, ripe red raspberry, light spice, and a touch of toast on the finish. The acidity and tannins make this a fine option for veal. (Vintages panel, Oct. 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 27, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Beaujolais, FranceBy:Cave Du Chateau De ChenasSugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Light-bodied & FruityVarietal:Gamay

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Kir-Yianni Akakies Xinomavro Rosé 2018

I’ve been on a bit of journey on Roses lately so when I saw this one I trundled off and found one … it was a bit of a quest 🙂 Strawberry in color with a mild soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice crisp dryness, and some vibrant acidity. On the medium length finish the wine displays some hints of rhubarb, and some palate coating acidity that lingers beautifully especially without food. This is a super nice rose with some nice complexity to it. For the price, this is a bargain. We enjoyed it. Be careful to pair it with things not too hearty or the wine can be overwhelmed. I would give it an 88. If yo can get your hands on some of it … DO!

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Rosé – Dry

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  71050$13.95

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PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 6, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Macedonia, GreeceBy:Kir-YianniSugar Content:5 g/LStyle:Medium-bodied & DryVarietal:Rosé – Dry

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Ravanal Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Dark in color with a nice cab nose, nice cherry notes. On the mid palate the wine displays varietal, bold dark cherries coming through. Quite vibrant. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vibrant acidity and good tannins along with some green notes. It’s nice and dry. I think this wine might be a bit too young. I bet in 6 months it will be even smoother than it currently is. For now I would give it an -88.

Cabernet Sauvignon

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  542183$15.95

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Quite a serious wine with sophisticated dry tannins and a long, tight finish. This will benefit from ageing through at least 2020, though there’s already lovely redcurrant fruit and subtle spices. Score – 93. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, March 16, 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:August 31, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Colchagua Valley, ChileBy:Vinos Ravanal LimitadaSugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & FirmVarietal:Cabernet Sauvignon

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Fabre Montmayou Reserva Cabernet Franc 2016

Dark in color with a nice dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice smooth dark cherries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth acidity and tannins. Without food there’s also some noticeable peppery notes, it’s nice and dry This is a food friendly, approachable, drink now style of cab franc. I would give it a solid 88. To my knowledge this is one of only a few single varietal cab francs out of Argentina, but hopefully a sign of more to come!

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Cabernet Franc

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  492736$18.95

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100% Cabernet Franc. Gorgeous example of Cabernet Franc. Youthful with potential to explode with floral perfumed notes, cassis and clove. Great depth. Its harmony saves it from becoming truculent, but protein is needed. Score – 96. (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:August 17, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14.4%Made In:Mendoza, ArgentinaBy:Domaine Vistalba S.A.Sugar Content:6 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & FirmVarietal:Cabernet Franc

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Mas des Bressades Cuvée Tradition Rosé 2018

Continuing my exploration of French Roses … Strawberry in color with a nose of pure strawberries. On the mid palate, you guessed it, strawberries! On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant acidity, super dry. Not a bad rose at all, not as long as some, but quite refreshing and a great choice on a patio! I would give it an -88.

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Rosé

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  950576$16.95

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PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 27, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Rhône, FranceBy:Cyril Marès, vign.Sugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & DryVarietal:Rosé

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Westmount Pinot Noir 2015

Nice garnet in color with a soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice vibrant red berries, edgy strawberries and the like. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild pepper, nice tannins and smooth acidity, and nice and dry. This is a beautiful, varietal, spot on pinot. Classic Willamette valley. I would give this an 88+, yumm. This should easily keep too … We paired it with veal loin chops and it went well complementing the meal.

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Pinot Noir

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  10704$19.95

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Aromas of raspberries, cherries and hints of citrus. Medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. A bright red. Drink now. Score – 91. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Dec. 15, 2017)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:August 17, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.8%Made In:Oregon, USABy:Nw Wine Company, LlcSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Pinot Noir

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Lakeview Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vibrant acidity and has some nice mouth grip. Not a bad sauv blanc, albeit a little mild. I would give it an -88.

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Sauvignon Blanc

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  483958$18.95

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This feels like bottled sunshine – the aromas are tropical and citrus. There is a slight grassy note but it is buried under all the ripe fruit flavours from the nose. This is pure ripe fruit with not a sign of underripe fruit in sight – this may disappoint you if you lean towards New Zealand for your Sauv Blanc kick. It is an exciting time to see all these different styles of Sauv Blanc making an appearance in the province. Score – 4 Stars (out of 5). (André Proulx, andrewinereview.ca, Oct. 12, 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:August 17, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Ontario, CanadaBy:Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits LtdSugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Aromatic & FlavourfulVarietal:Sauvignon BlancThis is a VQA wine

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2018 Muga Rose

I’ve been on a new path of discovery when it comes to Rose, so I thought I’d give this one a try. Quite pale salmon in color with a soft red berry nose. I found this wine VERY temperature sensitive. Fresh out of the fridge the wine displays some nice light red berries. On the medium length finish the wine displayed mild acidity/minerality. Over the course of an hour the wine warmed up where it’s complexity opened up significantly. The fruit on the mid palate died down, and the palate coating minerality and acidity took over. It’s got some nice complexity in the mouth once warm, especially without food. If you buy this wine, I’d encourage you to leave it out of the fridge for about an hour to allow it open up. It’s nice and dry at 4g/l. I’d give it an -88 or so. Not bad at all for the price! We paired it with BBQ pork with mushroom sauce and it went well, held it’s own without overwhelming the meal. The This wine is Garnacha 60%, Viura 30% and Tempranillo 10%.

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Rosé – Dry

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  603795$14.95

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This blend of Garnacha, Viura and Tempranillo is a classic rosé from Muga. It features impressive tangy red berry, citrus, peach and rosewater tones in a lively, fresh package. A wine that will show tremendous versatility with food. Try it with seafood, salads, grilled chicken or even burgers.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 3, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Rioja, SpainBy:Bodegas Muga S.A.Sugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Easygoing & FruityVarietal:Rosé – Dry

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2017 Mission Hill Five Vineyards Pinot Noir

Soft red berries on the nose, strawberries come to mind, varietal. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely strawberry notes to match the nose along with some nice rustic notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and acidity. A spot on varietal pinot from Okanaghan. This is in the general list. I’d give it an 88 or so which is pretty good deal!

Pinot Noir

750 mL bottle  |   LCBO#:  145128$18.45

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Light ruby colour; sour cherry, berry, beet, earth and raspberry aromas; dry, medium bodied, with earthy, fruity flavours, balanced acidity and moderate tannin on finish. Nice and dry.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:British Columbia, CanadaBy:Mission Hill Vineyards Inc.Sugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Pinot NoirThis is a VQA wine

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2016 Burning Kiln Cureman’s Chard

Pale to slightly golden in color with a nice apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely, varietal apple and pear to go with the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vanilla and good acidity. It’s nice and dry, with noticeable creamyness. It spent 9 months in oak and is a gently oaked chard, but just enough for me. Really, quite a good chard. We paired it with one of my gotos, pan seared sea scallops and the two were like a match made in heaven. Sadly not in the LCBO, but available at the winery for $24.95. When we were there they were at the end of the 2016 vintage and had it on sale for $19.95. A good price for this wine. I would give it an -88. Another impressive wine from this emerging region.

From the winery’s web site:

Cureman’s Chard

Hand­picked, hand sorted, and whole cluster pressed, the Chardonnay grapes were harvested at ideal ripening conditions where sugar levels approach 23 Brix while still maintaining fresh aromatics and elegant acidity. This Barrel Fermented Chardonnay was left on its lees with batonage occurring twice a month for a total of 9 months aging in our French Oak Foeders and barrels. Notes of fresh fruit and citrus are carried through with subtle characteristics of honey, butter and soft vanilla bringing a richness out in the finish. 100% Chardonnay – VQA

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Château Briot 2017

Pale in color with a nice bright citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice lime and grapefruit notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice palate coating minerality along with a hint of tartness that grows in the mouth. It’s not a bad Sauv Blanc for the price, I would give it an -88. Crisp and dry, super food friendly.

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750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  668855$14.95

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Made from Sauvignon Blanc grown in clay-limestone soil and aged on the lees in stainless steel vats, this wine offers layers of binned apple, citrus, guava and a touch of freshly cut grass. Crisp acidity and a mineral quality make for a lip-smacking finish. This will pair nicely with root vegetable soup, shrimp toast or shellfish. (Vintages panel, Oct. 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 6, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.7%Made In:Bordeaux, FranceBy:DucourtSugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Aromatic & FlavourfulVarietal:Bordeaux

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Château la Tour de l’Évêque Rosé 2018

I’ve been on a bit of an exploration of Southern France Roses lately an saw this one, so bought it on a flyer. Lovely rose in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice strawberry fruit. On the mid palate the wine has some nice vibrant acidity with some nice palate coating minerality. The wine is nice and dry. I would give it an -88. This is another Provence Rose. Quite nice.

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750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  319392$19.95

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The vines from which this perennially popular rosé is sourced are organically farmed and harvested by hand. The 2018 vintage blends 41% Cinsault, 29% Grenache and 18% Syrah with splashes of Sémillon, Rolle, Mourvèdre, Ugni Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Expect a zesty, berry-and-citrus-fruity rosé that will be ideal with summer salads or green olive tapenade.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:August 3, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Provence, FranceBy:Chateau La Tour De L’EvequeSugar Content:3 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & Dry

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Frei Brothers Sonoma Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Dark in color with a nice black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely expressive black cherries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays firm peppery notes, tannins and acidity. Even now this wine is a little young. As we made our way through the bottle it softened. I would give it an 88+. Yumm. We paired it with a BBQ striploin and it went beautifully. This is one of those wines I like to have verticals in the cellar of …

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Cabernet Sauvignon

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  38075$34.95

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This is always a big, round, generous wine, and the 2015 is no exception to the rule. Juicy and ripe with sweet plums, blackberries, vanilla, spice and succulent tannins, this will be brilliant with your favourite cut of steak, grilled medium rare. (Vintages panel, June 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:June 22, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14.2%Made In:California, USABy:E. & J. Gallo WinerySugar Content:6 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & SmoothVarietal:Cabernet Sauvignon

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Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages 2017

Beaujolais as you may or may not know is a Gamay Noir. I have to admit I’ve not been a fan of a number of Ontario Gamays, tough for me to admit 🙂 Beaujolais Nouveau are fruity wines, fermented for short periods, meant to be drunk young which this is not. Beaujolais-Village wines are SUPER sensitive to temperature. I did two experiments. The first started with the wine at room temperature. At room temp it displayed some nice black berry notes on the mid palate with some nice firm acidity and tannins. We had the wine with trout and were on the patio and the wine warmed up. As it warmed up it became softer, and it became fruiter. The wine is nice and dry. I’d give it an -88.

For the second experiment I did what I was told and chilled it for 20 minutes. Straight out of the fridge it had some nice dark fruit but had some nice smooth tannins and finish. This time I kept the bottle in the AC house to let it warm up slower. The warmer it became the more the fruit came out and the softer the finish. This wine has a VERY narrow profile from a temperature point of view. Too warm and it’s bland. Too cold and it’s bland. A little three bears going on.

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Gamay Noir

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  365924$17.95

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If you like Beaujolais, this is one you’ll want to come back to again and again. It features fresh strawberry, dark cherry and floral flavours. Chill for 20 minutes and enjoy with grilled salmon, churrasco chicken or Spanish tapas.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 3, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Beaujolais, FranceBy:Maison Louis JadotSugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Gamay

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2016 Burning Kiln Kiln Hanger

We were in town to visit the Canadian Raptor Conservancy (a kind of Zoo for Raptors) and dropped by here to check them out. We visited, in all, three wineries in the region, and these guys are by far the most mature of the group. They have repurposed Kilns from Tobacco to make apassimento style wines (think Amarone). They are wisely applying the process selectively, not all grapes lead themselves or benefit from, apassimento. This one is 100% Cab Franc, 100% Kiln dried, and then 24 months in oak. Dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some vibrant, big bold black fruits. On the medium length finish the wine has some nice big tannins and acidity. It’s nice and dry at 7.2g/l. This is a BIG BOLD wine. If you like your wines expressive this is a drink now, otherwise aging/decanting will soften it, I like it just the way it is. I would give this an 89. Not in the LCBO but available for $49.95 a bottle at the winery. I also tried their Inferno (Petite Verdot based) and M1 (Merlot based), both of which are also apassimento in style and these were also excellent. Similar taste profiles. All are from estate fruit. Quite an impressive family of wines from an emerging region (for now there is no Appellation for this area). We had lunch on their patio which was lovely as well.

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$49.95

The 2016 Kiln Hanger is an Ontario Wine Award Gold Medal Winner in the Appassimento Red Category.  It was kiln dried for 25 days and aged in French and American Oak for 24 months, producing flavours of raspberry, strawberry jam, and plum, with slight hints of pipe tobacco, nutmeg, and anise.

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