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

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  12652$19.95AWC96 (0)Write a Review

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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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

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  66225$19.95WE91 (0)Write a Review

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

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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

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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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Losi Querciavalle Chianti Classico 2015

Dark in color with nice cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely red cherry notes along with some vibrant tomato … On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and acidity, nice and dry This is a beautiful wine, ready to be drunk now, ignore the LCBO’s tasting notes which were made in 2019 … I will be going back for more, yum … 88 or so! From the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  515478$19.95WAL90 (0)Write a Review

Losi Querciavalle Chianti Classico 2015 from LCBO

Let’s talk about sangiovese needing time. Even this generous and rapturous 2015 from the Losi family is not ready to tell its Castelnuovo Berardenga, on the road to Pontignano truth. Not yet. Annata yes I know but structured like the chapels that take a decade or more to restore after many centuries of formidable architecture refusing to yield. Like this Alberese fed sangiovese. Always a firm one of honest and fair play. Drink date: 2021-2028. Score – 90. (Michael Godel, winealign.com, March 7, 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:September 4, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14.1%Made In:Tuscany, ItalyBy:Soc. Agricola Losi Pietro + PaoloSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & Firm

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2020 Masi Masianco Pinot Grigio

I don’t buy a lot of Pinot grigio, I find them too soft for my palate, but a friend Gino served this one so I bought one to give it a longer try … Pale straw in color with a nice crisp, citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine delivers some nice crisp dry citrus notes and zest. On the medium length finish the wine has a nice little bite to it with some crisp dryness, acidity and minerality that coat the palate, not as big as say some New Zealand Sauv blancs but quite vibrant, we were impressed. Quite dry, just how I like my whites. We paired it with a air fried, rotisserie pork tenderloin and it went well … I would give it a -88 or so, for the price a good deal. From the LCBO web site, check stock … heads up this is a general list product NOT a vintages. I was shocked reading the LCBO description that is made with “semi-dried” verduzzo grapes, this is the same process, apassimento, that’s used in Amarone. Interesting … The LCBO say light and crisp, I think calling this light is underselling …

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Masi Masianco Pinot Grigio from LCBO

Made using a blend of freshly-harvested pinot grigio and semi-dried verduzzo grapes. Enjoy floral aromas and flavours of citrus and nuts with mineral and honeyed notes. The wine is medium bodied with soft acidity and clean finish. Serve with hors d’oeuvres, fish or white meats.

PRODUCT DETAILS

750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Veneto, ItalyBy:Masi Agricola S.P.A.Sugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Light & Crisp

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Cantina del Garda Bardolino Chiaretto Rosé 2020

We’ve had a lot of Rosés lately, really enjoying them. So food friendly, but I have discovered I like them dry and HATE them sweet … special thanks to Jenn who set me off on the re-exploration of Rosés. This one came on the radar, and I’ve not had an Italian one before and the price was cheap so I leapt at the opportunity … Pale salmon in color with a nice crisp nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some soft red berries, strawberries and the like. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp dry minerality, and some citrus notes, nice and dry, just the way I like them. The wine has some good punch to it, we put it up against duck confit leg and it held it’s own nicely complimenting the duck while cutting through the fat. I would give this an -88. For the price is is a bargain … Like most Rosé this is a drink now so buy some but not a lot. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

Rosé

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  20014$12.95 (0)Write a Review

Cantina del Garda Bardolino Chiaretto Rosé 2020 from LCBO

From vines averaging 10-25 years of age, this blend comprises Corvina Veronese, Rondinella and Molinara sourced from clayey calcareous soils and was aged in stainless for four months to lock in the freshness and purity of the fruit. It’s classically crisp and dry, with lively red fruit, citrus, and refined mineral tones. Chill and sip or pair with fish or grilled zucchini.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:September 4, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12%Made In:Veneto, ItalyBy:Vitevis – Cantina Del GardaSugar Content:6 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Easygoing & FruityVarietal:Rosé

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Carpineto Chianti Classico 2018

Dark in color with a mild cherry nose. On the mid palate there are some subdued cherry notes. On the medium length in finish the wine displays some soft tannins and acidity. I’ve had this wine in past years and honestly this wine is a shadow of previous years. The oaking is overwhelming soft fruit notes. I would give it an 87-88, and would not be rushing out to get more. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

Sangiovese/Canaiolo

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  356048$19.95VIN915.0 

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The 2018 Chianti Classico is bright and beautifully focused in the glass. Sweet red cherry, mint, white pepper and chalky notes give the 2018 a brilliant upper register to match its mid-weight translucent personality. Medium in body and vibrant, the 2018 is so expressive. Readers will find a classically austere Chianti Classico built on tension. This blend of Sangiovese and other indigenous varieties works so well here. Drinking window: 2022-2033. [To enjoy tonight, decant for one hour.] Score – 91. (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Sept. 2020)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:August 7, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Tuscany, ItalyBy:Carpineto Casa Vinicola S.N.C.Sugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Sangiovese/Canaiolo

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2019 Trius Distinction Pinot Noir

I picked this one up on the way out of the grocery store at the Wine Shop, this wine is from Niagara on the Lake, generally speaking, compared to Beamsville, NOL are softer … This wine is garnet in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some soft red berries, raspberries and strawberries and the like. On the finish the wine is quite light with super soft tannins and acidity. I’d really like to say I enjoyed this wine, but sadly it’s a step off of a kit wine. I would give it an 87 or so, which for the price is a disappointment, if I had more I’d return them. From the wineries web site:

Our Pinot Noir underwent traditional red wine making, 48% was aged in older barriques and puncheons for 10 months (100% French oak), and 52% was aged in large neutral French oak casks$19.95

Trius Distinction Pinot Noir 750mL
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Domaine Tselepos Driopi Agiorgitiko 2018

Dark in color with a nice dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some big black berry notes along with some dark chocolate. On the medium length in length the wine displays some big peppery notes, noticeable alcohol, firm dry tannins and acidity. As with most Agiorgitikos this is a bigger wine, we paired it with a striploin and it went well, with food the flavors aren’t overwhelming, on it’s own the complexity of the wine is easier to appreciate. I would give it an -88. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  60830$21.95 (0)Write a Review

Domaine Tselepos Driopi Agiorgitiko 2018 from LCBO

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:August 21, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.9%Made In:Nemea, GreeceBy:Ktima TseleposSugar Content:3 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Full-bodied & Firm

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Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2020

I’ve had this Sauv blanc a number of vintages in the past and liked it … Pale straw in color with a nice grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice vibrant grassy notes to go along with the nose along with some nice grapefruit and green apple. This is a solid, edgy, racy sauv blanc so be careful what you serve it with . On first meal we had it with Carbonara and honestly it overpowered the food. Take two was with duck wings and it cut through the fat beautifully. I would give it an -88, a classic New Zealand Sauv blanc. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

Sauvignon Blanc

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  919514$19.95WO93 (0)Write a Review

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2020 from LCBO

It’s classically styled and expressed, showing Granny Smith apple, apricot, lemon peel and jasmine notes on the nose, leading to a wonderfully flavoursome palate offering excellent fruit power and persistency, making it fabulously drinkable. At its best: now to 2023. Score – 93. (Sam Kim, wineorbit.co.nz, March 2021)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:August 21, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Marlborough, New ZealandBy:Wither HillsSugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Aromatic & FlavourfulVarietal:Sauvignon Blanc

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Fina Nero d’Avola 2017

This wine was suggested by a colleague, thanks Semion! Dark in color with a mild black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some vibrant black berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some noticeable oak, some pepper and chocolate, nice and dry. This is definitely more of a fruit forward drink now style of wine. We paired it with a BBQ striploin and it went well, and did not overpower the meat at all. Quite nice. I’d give it a -88 or so, would also be a good pizza or spaghetti wine. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

Nero d’Avola

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  17679$16.95JS90 (0)Write a Review

Fina Nero d'Avola 2017 from LCBO

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 24, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14%Made In:Sicily, ItalyBy:Fina Vini SrlSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Nero d’Avola

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Underwood Rosé 2020

Try as I did, I could not find ANYTHING about the grapes used in this rose. Salmon in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some strawberry and a hint of sweetness and honeysuckle. Honestly I wouldn’t have picked it up, but their own description says “Tasting Notes: Rose, Peach, Honeysuckle” and ya, I can get it, peach is subtle at best. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vibrant acidity and dryness. This is not a bad Rose, but not a fav of mine either, the honeysuckle notes just seem errant to the wine. I would give it an 87-88. Luckily I only bought one ;( From the LCBO web site, check stock:

Rosé

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  19531$22.95 (0)Write a Review

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.

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 & FruityVarietal:Rosé

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Lander-Jenkins Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Dark in color with a nice black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice black cherries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some soft tannins and acidity along with some floral or perfume notes. I would give this one a -88, honestly I won’t go back and grab more, but it was an ok wine, I preferred the Buena Vista from the same release. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

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Lander-Jenkins Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 from LCBO

This Cabernet from Lander-Jenkins is crafted to be fruit-forward and food-friendly, with luscious dark fruit, cherry, earthy minerality and tobacco. It’s a wine that scores well above its price point, and it will be a great option for grilled peppers and mushrooms with your favourite cut of steak.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:August 21, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:California, USABy:Round Hill CellarsSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & FirmVarietal:Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

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Buena Vista North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the delivers some nice vibrant dark cherry notes. On the medium length finish the wine delivers some nice mocha and dark chocolate notes along with some vibrant acidity and smooth tannins, nice and dry. This is a smooth easy drinking, not fruit forward cab. There aren’t any errant minty, or herbal notes, I would give it an 88 or so. We paired it with red sauce meat spaghetti and it went well. This is a very food friendly wine and can be paired with lots of choices, but nothing too big or it will overwhelm the wine. For the price this is a good deal, and I will probably go back and get some more, but this is more of a drink now wine. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

Cabernet Sauvignon

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  254458$19.95WAL89 (0)Write a Review

Buena Vista North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 from LCBO

This is a solid, good value cabernet which is not a comment I often make about California cabernets at this price. It is medium-full bodied with just enough acid and tannin structure, amid some ripe blackberry/blackcurrant jam character. The length is very good, the finish shows some cab tannic grit. Good to very good length. I wanted a bit more because I like the wine. Score – 89. (David Lawrason, winealign.com, Jan. 11, 2021)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:August 21, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:California, USABy:Boisset CollectionSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Cabernet Sauvignon

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Mustilli Aglianico 2017

Dark in color with a red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays bright, sour cherry notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant acidity and mild tannins. This wine to my tastes is more fruit driven, and not overly complex. Oddly, the wine is unoaked. I would give it an 87-88. We paired it with red sauce meat spaghetti and while it held it’s own it was not awesome. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

Aglianico

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  19292$16.95VIN91 (0)Write a Review

Mustilli Aglianico 2017 from LCBO

Deep red. Aromas and flavors of red fruit puree, complemented by a pristine mineral and raspberry nectar presence. Clean, fresh and juicy on the long, delightful finish. A lovely wine. Drinking window: 2019-2022. Score – 91. (Ian D’Agata, vinous.com, Nov. 2019)

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PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:June 26, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12%Made In:Campania, ItalyBy:Societa Agricola Mustilli SrlSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & Fruity

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Château Bréhat 2015

Dark in color with mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays nice dark berry, dark cherry notes along with some nice mocha and dark chocolate notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins, nice smooth acidity and some mild pepper notes, most notable without food, nice and dry. This is quite a nice, inexpensive Bordeaux, not as complex as some but yum for the price. I would give it a solid 88+, from the LCBO web site check stock:

Bordeaux

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  348672$20.95WE90 (0)

Château Bréhat 2015 from LCBO

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:June 26, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Bordeaux, FranceBy:Jérôme et Béatrice de MonteilSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Bordeaux

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Château Terre Blanque 2018

Dark in color with a nice dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely vibrant black cherries along with some mid mocha notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice approachable tannins, nice and dry. Quite a nice smooth Bordeaux and a great deal for the money, yumm! I would give it an 88 or so, not as complex or long as some but quite nice. Should keep for a little while, but to my tastes this is a drink now wine. We paired it with a BBQ filet mignon, and it was heavenly! From the LCBO web site, check stock:

Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  18577$17.95DWWA915.0 (1)

Château Terre Blanque 2018 from LCBO

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Violets, dried cherries and very dark crunchy fruit – all forest berries and black bramble fruit – in a full-on style. Rich and palate-enveloping. Score – 91. (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 29, 2021750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14%Made In:Bordeaux, FranceBy:Odile et Thierry Bazon, vign.Sugar Content:3 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon

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