Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2017

Pale to slightly golden in color with a nice apple/pear varietal nose … On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely elegant pear and apple along with some nice vanilla notes. The wine displays some nice creamy texture. On the medium length finish the wine is nice and dry with crisp acidity. This is a beautiful, varietal, oaked chard, just the way I like them. We paired it with pan fried sea scallops and brussel sprouts and it went perfectly. It was a meal made in heaven or at least by me 🙂 I would give this a 90. Yumm. This wine should keep quite nicely as well 2-5 years would probably be no issue at all. Be sure and serve it not to cold to appreciate it’s complexity.

From the LCBO web site: Check stock:

Chardonnay

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  570952$29.95

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Beguiling honey, nectarine & kumquat nuances on striking 2017, gorgeous satin texture, richness from wild ferment in barrel, purity & vivacity enhanced by cool-climate acidity. Score – 94. (Platter’s South African Wine Guide, 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 6, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Elgin, South AfricaBy:Paul Cluver WinesSugar Content:3 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & RichVarietal:Chardonnay

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2017 Meiomi Pinot Noir

Dark in color wine a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays more cherry notes than I would expect out of a Pinot. On the medium length finish the wine displays some acidity and tannins. Honestly to my tastes this is NOT a varietal Pinot noir. It’s not a bad wine, just not what I expect out of a Pinot. Even the color gave this away … I would give it an 87-88. I wouldn’t be rushing out to grab any, even at this lowered price. (They dropped the price $5).

Pinot Noir

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  130138$21.95 Check LCBO stock

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Bring the drama of the California coast to your next dinner party host without paying a dramatic price. Meomi blends grapes from three top areas for producing world-class, velvety smooth Pinot Noirs.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 3, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14.5%Made In:California, USABy:Constellation Brands Inc. (Us)Sugar Content:9 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Full-bodied & SmoothVarietal:Pinot Noir

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Castelgreve Riserva Chianti Classico 2013

I last enjoyed the 2016 Chianti Classico from this winery and loved it, so when I saw this one, I figured the Riserva is only going to be better … Oops. Dark in color with a mild red berry nose with some oak coming through on the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some mild red fruits and a lot of woody/earthy/oaky notes. The fruit on this wine is quite subdued and overwhelmed by the oaking. On the medium length finish there’s some dried fruit notes, some mild tannins and acidity. While not a bad wine, it’s not a great one to my tastes and honestly, the non Riserva was a lot better. I would give it an 87-88. I bought 4 and haven’t decided if I’m going to take them back or not …

Sangiovese Blend

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  344416$22.95 Check LCBO stock

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Very charming and attractive nose with herbal hints and menthol tones. Intense and complex on the palate, with generous layers of red forest fruits, spice and leather. A very seductive style, with plenty of charm and complexity. Score – 95. (Andrea Briccarello, decanter.com, March 30, 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 6, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Tuscany, ItalyBy:Castelli Del GrevepesaSugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Sangiovese Blend

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Snapper Rock Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pale in color with a mild nose, some stone fruits. On the mid palate the wine displays some soft stone fruits to patch the nose. Some mild peach along with some nice acidity and minerality. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity along some palate coating flavors. This is not a wimpy Pinot gris. Super food friendly. I would give it an 88 or so.

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  536185$16.95

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So refreshing and balanced. This delivers ripe peach and grapefruit, with passion fruit, grass, lime and just a touch of spice. An elegant, characterful wine that will be great with tapas. (Vintages panel, Oct. 2018)

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Release Date:July 6, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Marlborough, New ZealandBy:Snapper Rock Wines Limited ParSugar Content:7 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Aromatic & FlavourfulVarietal:Pinot Gris

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Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2017

I like my Chenin’s dry rather than sweet. This one caught my eye at 3g/l. Pale in color with a nice mild minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some soft minerality along with a hint of honeysuckle. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity that lingers in the mouth. Not a bad chenin at all. I would give it an 87-88. Not awful but not awesome by any stretch. I would give it an -88

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  231282$17.95

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A wine of tremendous character and depth for the money, this is yet another superlative value from Ken Forrester. The palate is fleshy and replete with white and yellow fruit, and wood is not a factor. Length and depth are impressive. Structured, age worthy, intensely flavoured. Badly underpriced, but let’s not tell anyone. Score – 92. (John Szabo, MS, winealign.com, Nov. 8, 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:June 22, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14.5%Made In:Stellenbosch, South AfricaBy:Forrester VineyardsSugar Content:3 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & RichVarietal:Chenin Blanc

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Partake non alcoholic beer

I attended the recent Toronto Wine and Spirits festival and these guys were there sampling there non alcoholic craft brewed beer. If your like me, and these guys it seems, you’ve been underwhelmed by the non alcoholic beers. Why would you want a non alcoholic beer? Well maybe you decide to give your liver a break for a day or two but would still enjoy the taste? I’ve tried two of their offerings at this point the Pale which is available at the LCBO and the Blonde which is available at the Beer store. The Pale is a little more hoppy and bitter than the blond at an IBU of 10 while the Pale is 8. I preferred the Pale, just more to my tastes but both are quite flavorful and give no indication your drinking a non alcoholic beer. At only 0.3% alcohol, and only 15 calories there’s a surprising amount of flavor! I tried the get some of the beer at the beer store only to arrive and find out their online stock was wrong. So I gave up and ordered it directly from the brewery They delivered it quickly and right to my door by Canada Post. Obviously if you can get it at your local beerstore then it’s cheaper simply because they don’t have to ship it to your door. Price wise I paid $55 for a 24, so $2.30 a can.

According to Chelsea from Partake brewing it is legal to drink these anywhere you would a soda or a bottle of water! Way cool! This by the way was confirmed by the Alcohol Gaming Commission of Ontario who said ” Any beverage containing over 0.5% alcohol is considered an alcoholic beverage and would not be legal to drink in public without appropriate permits. ”

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Tawse Growers Blend Pinot Noir 2016

Niagara makes some wonderful Pinot Noirs. So much so I have trouble accepting supporting ones from other places, especially at even higher prices. This one is beautifully garnet in color with a nice soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely strawberry fruits, nice and firm. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely vibrant acidity and some nice tannins. This is an elegant well made varietal pinot. The price is creeping up there, but this one is worth it. Yumm. I’d give it an 88+. We paired it with some BBQ trout and it was a little piece of ratatouille in the mouth. I’ve also had the Growers blend Cab Franc and been impresed.

From the LCBO web site: Check stock.

Pinot Noir

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  130989$25.95

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A lightly-hued red in the glass, it offers delicate aromas of piquant spice, cedar and raspberry on the nose. It streaks over the palate with tang, tart and acidity borne of crunchy red fruit flavours – currant, pie cherry and passionfruit – along with wisps of sharp spice. I enjoyed the tart acidity and am confident that with a pasta in tomato sauce, red pizza or lasagne pairing, most others will, too. Score – 90. (Vic Harradine, winecurrent.com, Nov. 17, 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 11, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Ontario, CanadaBy:Tawse WinerySugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Pinot NoirThis is a VQA wine

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Collavini T Friulano 2017

I picked this one up on a whim, with no research. I saw that it was nice and dry and I’ve enjoyed wines from the Friulano region so what the heck. Pale in color with a nice crisp minerally nose. The wine spot on matches the nose with lots of super crisp, dry minerality, maybe some citrus/lime. Honestly I had some challenges picking out the flavors. On the medium length finish the vibrant acidity, minerality and citrus coat the mouth. This is on the verge of bitter and edgy to some. I would give it an -88. You could easily pair this with alfredo, seafood or other hearty foods and it will hold it’s own. A very nice wine. The LCBO say light and crisp? On what planet?

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750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  631622$16.95

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Quite a developed dry white with pronounced lemon-curd character on the nose. Serious depth and some structure, which are well balanced by lemony freshness at the finish. With more complexity this would rate higher. Drink now. Score – 90. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Nov. 25, 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:June 22, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.9%Made In:Friuli, ItalyBy:Eugenio Collavini Viticoltori S.R.LSugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Light & Crisp

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2016 Arboleda Single Vineyard cab

I last wrote up the the 2015 and the 2017 vintage of this wine, sorry out of order,  and enjoyed them. This bodes well for consistency in this fine wine. This one is dark in color with a nice dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely vibrant fruit. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth acidity and tannins. This is an enjoyable lovely cab, nice and dry, yumm. I would give it an 88+. I didn’t get any of the herbaceous notes in the LCBO tasting.

Arboleda Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 VINTAGES#: 606764 $19.95 Check LCBO stock
Blackcurrants and fresh herbs such as basil on the nose. Medium body, firm and silky tannins. Subtle complexity. Understated. Drink now. Score – 92. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, March 16, 2018)

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PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date: November 24, 2018
Bottle Size: 750 mL bottle
Alcohol/Vol: 14%
Made In: Aconcagua Valley, Chile
By: Vina Sena S.A.
Sugar Content: 4 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry
Style: Full-bodied & Firm
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

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2017 Reva Nebbiolo D’Alba DOC

Dark in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate there’s some nice red fruits coming through. But like most Nebbiolos where this wine lives is in the finish where it displays nice super firm tannins, lovely dryness and complexity. It’s palate coating and builds nicely in the mouth. Yumm … I would give it an 88+. Sadly not in the LCBO but available by the case from Nicholas Pearce Wines for $29.95 a bottle in cases of 12, which is a very good deal for this wine. This was a real star for me at the recent Gambero Rosso tasting. It really stood out!

From the Winery’s web site:

Location: San Sebastiano in Monforte d’Alba

Hectares: 1.3 ha

Exposure: south

Altitude: 360 m

Grape variety: Nebbiolo 100%

Plant density: 4,500 vines per hectare

Type of harvest: manual

Soil: clay and limestone, alternating with marl and fossiliferous sandstone, tending to “elveziano”

Vinification: spontaneous fermentation on the skins in stainless steel tanks for 17 days. 80% of malolactic fermentation takes place in large Austrian oak barrels and the remaining 20% in used tonneaux and barriques.

Ageing: 12 months in Austrian oak, with subsequent bottling in November

Ageing potential: 15 years and more

Production: 4,500 bottles

Format: 0.75 L

Serving temperature: 18°C

Sensory profile: full, elegant flavour, with soft, enveloping tannins. Aromatic bouquet with hints of rose, red berries and spices.

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Small Gully The Formula Robert’s

My taste buds have ebbed and flowed on Shiraz, I’m kinda in a meh phase on them. This one was on sampling at the LCBO by me so I grabbed one. Dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice juicy, jammy black berries to match the nose, almost blueberries. On the lighter side of medium length finish the wine displays some soft tannins and pepper. This is largely a fruit forward wine. While the sugar content is quite low, it still has an air of sweetness to it. I would give it an 87-88. I didn’t hate it, but didn’t love it either. I look for something bigger in the finish for shirazs.

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750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  142935$19.95

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Formula for success: (three passionate partners + 40-year-old vines + estate vineyards) x a single-minded focus on quality = a powerful and savoury Shiraz with rich dark fruit, chocolate, woodsmoke and big, ripe tannins. Perfect for roasted or grilled meats.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 3, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:15.9%Made In:South Australia, AustraliaBy:Small GullySugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry

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Vesevo Beneventano Aglianico 2015

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice subtle black berry notes. On the long finish the wine displays some super dry notes, edgy tanins, and lively acidity. This wine lives in the finish and it’s surprisingly complex for the price. I would give it an 88 or so.

Aglianico

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  120907$16.95

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Great black cherry, spicy jam for Aglianico Benevento 2015. Score – 92. (Luca Maroni, lucamaroni.com, July 21, 2017)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 25, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.6%Made In:Campania, ItalyBy:Farnese Vini SrlSugar Content:6 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Aglianico

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Beauvignac Picpoul de Pinet 2018

This was a gift from a friend, Greg, I admit to not being familiar with this grape PIQUEPOUL Pale in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some soft citrus notes to match the nose. The medium length finish the wine displays some nice lively palate coating acidity and minerality that lives on nicely in the mouth. There’s an air or two of flavors I couldn’t place well. I would give it an 88 or so. Super food friendly, but the finish is even more prevalent on it’s own.  Yumm …

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  350124$14.95

Image for Beauvignac Picpoul de Pinet 2018 from LCBO

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The name Picpoul, or Piquepoul, means ‘lip-stinger’ and is a direct reference to the vibrant natural acidity of this grape. Grown in clay and limestone soils, the wines of Picpoul de Pinet are always bright and refreshing, making them perfect for oysters or grilled fish. Expect notes of apple, lemon citrus and a salty mineral edge, with herbal accents.

Release Date:May 25, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Midi, FranceBy:Les Costières de PomerolsSugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Light & Crisp

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Balbás Reserva 2006

Inky dark in color with a 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 HUGE tannins, smooth palate coating dryness and some mocha notes. This is a BIG tempranillo. Straight out of the bottle the wine displays some green notes that eased quickly, it’s a little young. 6 months would make a HUGE difference. For now I would give it an -88 but with could easily improve to an 88+ …

From the LCBO web site https://www.lcbo.com/lcbo/product/sku/85183.html

Balbás Reserva 2006

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  85183$24.95

Image for Balbás Reserva 2006 from LCBO

The 2006 Balbas Reserva has fine delineation on the nose with blackberry and blueberry fruit, the Cabernet Sauvignon (10%) lending an attractive graphite edge. The palate is well defined with good backbone and a vivacious, edgy finish that demonstrates crisp acidity and superb poise. This is aging very well. Drink now-2018+. Score – 91. (Neal Martin, robertparker.com, Feb. 27, 2013)

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Release Date:March 16, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14%Made In:Ribera del Duero, SpainBy:Bodegas BalbasSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & Smooth

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Arboleda Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

This is my third year writing up this wine and it continues to delight and surprise me. Wines like this I credit with changing my opinion on Chilean cabs! Nice and dark in color with a rich bold red cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine spot on matches the nose with lovely rich varietal red cherries. To my tastes this reminds me a lot of California cabs which I love. On the medium length finish the wine displays lovely tannins, acidity and dryness. Super food friendly. Yumm 88+. Which for the price is again an awesome deal. Last time around I bought probably almost a case of this by the time they run of it in the LCBO 🙂

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750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  606764$19.95

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PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 11, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14%Made In:Aconcagua Valley, ChileBy:Vina Sena S.A.Sugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & FirmVarietal:Cabernet Sauvignon

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Burgo Viejo Crianza 2014

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice firm black berries along with some lovely coffee and mocha. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm acidity and nice tanins. This is a beautiful varietal edgy Crianza. If you like your wines smooth and elegant … meh look elsewhere. I would give it an 88 or so. Quite nice. Which for the price is a good deal!

From the LCBO web site (Check LCBO stock)

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  168815$16.95

Image for Burgo Viejo Crianza 2014 from LCBO

Deep ruby. Aromas of cherry pit, licorice and vanilla, along with a smoky nuance in the background. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering oak-accented bitter cherry and cassis flavors that become livelier with aeration. A floral note appears on the long, smoke-tinged finish, which is given shape and grip by dusty, fine-grained tannins. Drinking Window: 2019-2024. Score – 90. (Josh Raynolds, vinous.com, May 2017)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 11, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Rioja, SpainBy:Bodegas De Familia Burgo ViejoSugar Content:4 g/LStyle:Medium-bodied & Fruity

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Rapaura Springs Reserve Pinot Noir 2017

Garnet in color with a nice soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice vibrant strawberry and rustic notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and good acidity. A super food friendly Pinot. I would give it an -88. Price is creeping up there a but, but this is a lovely pinot …

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750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  645184$24.95

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Fabulously ripe and instantly appealing, the bouquet shows black cherry, blueberry compote, floral and warm spice aromas, leading to a concentrated palate that is succulent and fleshy. The wine offers terrific fruit purity and intensity, wonderfully complemented by velvety texture and silky tannins. At its best: now to 2021. Score – 93. (Sam Kim, wineorbit.co.nz, June 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 11, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.3%Made In:Central Otago, New ZealandBy:Rapaura SpringsSugar Content:6 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Pinot Noir

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Château Baracan 2015

Finding inexpensive Bordeaux is not easy. A lot of the lower price ones are just not great. Dark in color with a nice dark berry nose, very inviting. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice black cherries shining through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice tannins and acidity along with some nice peppery notes. This is quite a good wine for the money. I would give it an 88 or so. For the price it’s a bargain. Grab a case!

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750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  629980$16.95

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The wine has fine, juicy fruit over smooth tannins. Its smoky flavors, touches of wood aging and rich tannic structure are integrating well. It will be ready to drink from 2020. Score – 90. (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 31, 2017)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 27, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.7%Made In:Bordeaux, FranceBy:Pierre Montagnac SarlSugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Bordeaux Red

From the winery’s web site:

A.O.C : Cadillac CĂ´tes de Bordeaux rouge
District : Capian
Vineyard surface area : 38 hectares
Terroir : Clayey-gravelly slopes
Grape varieties : 40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
Average vine age : 20 years
Ageing : 12 months in oak barrels.

Viticulture : Traditional Bordeaux-style vine training, with two canes and a flat arch. Controlled grassing-down of the vine rows or mechanical working of the soil, to improve the soils’ vitality and biodiversity. Manual “green pruning”, for a homogeneous distribution and proper aeration of the grape bunches. Mechanical grape harvesting.
Sustainable farming methods are applied to the entire vineyard, which enjoys Haute Valeur Environnementale (“High Environmental Value”) certification.

Vinification : Destemming, crushing and vatting. Cold pre-fermentation maceration during 72 hours, to delicately extract colour and fruitiness. Fermentation and maceration in stainless-steel, temperature-controlled tanks during 20 days on average.

Tasting notes :
Château Baracan, with its garnet red colour and fruity nose, is dense and round in the mouth, with a wonderfully fresh finish.
The perfect wine for grilled or roasted red meats.

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William Hill North Coast Chardonnay 2016

Golden in color with a nice apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice apple/pear to match the nose. The fruit on this wine is quite expressive. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice creamyness along with some vanilla. It’s a lovely not over oaked chard just the way I like them. Quite rich. I would give it an 88 or so … Yumm!

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750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  288555$19.95

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Round and buttery with lots of toast oak on the nose and palate. Rich and full-bodied with a creamy texture on the palate. Toffee and caramel on the finish. This wine is part of the winery’s coastal collection, with vines planted in vineyards along the north and central coast of California. Pair with roast chicken and turkey. Drink: 2018-2022. Best Value Wine. Score – 90. (Natalie MacLean, nataliemaclean.com, July 4, 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 27, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12%Made In:California, USABy:E. & J. Gallo WinerySugar Content:8 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Full-bodied & RichVarietal:Chardonnay

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Hinterbrook Nomad Pinot Noir 2016

Strawberry on color with a nice strawberry nose. The color with lively in comparison to the usual garnet … On the mid palate the wine displays some nice strawberries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins and some nice acidity. There some earthy notes as well. This was quite good, but more firm than I expected. I wonder if may they did whole bunch ferment to increase the tannins. I would give it an -88. Quite nice given the price!

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750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  364372$19.95

Image for Hinterbrook Nomad Pinot Noir 2016 from LCBO

It’s always a joy to find Pinot Noir with spot-on varietal character at such a reasonable price. Bright cherry and raspberry are joined by hints of underbrush and mushrooms, all in good balance. This Nomad is something to write home about, especially when paired with roast beef sandwiches and grainy mustard. (Vintages panel, Sept. 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 27, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14%Made In:Ontario, CanadaBy:Hinterbrook Estate WinerySugar Content:3 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Pinot NoirThis is a VQA wine

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Matahiwi Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Pale in color with a nice citrus and grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some firm citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm acidity. The citrus and acidity coats the mouth beautifully. If your looking for a soft gentle elegant sauv blanc … this ain’t it. It’s an edgy vibrant classic New Zealand sauv blanc, just the way I like it. Yumm I’d give it an 88+.

From the LCBO web site: Check stock.

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  402677$17.00

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Towering over the competition, this stand-out Sauvignon Blanc is sophisticated and subtle with sweet fruits and a touch of basil. Lovely and lifted with a fresh, rounded texture. Score – 95. (Decanter Asia Wine Awards, 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 27, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Wairarapa, New ZealandBy:Matahiwi Vineyard LtdSugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Aromatic & FlavourfulVarietal:Sauvignon Blanc

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CREW Cabernet Franc 2016

Dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice varietal dark berry notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish there’s some nice pepper, spice and tannins. It’s a nice smooth approachable Cab franc. I would give it an -88. It’s nice and dry with smooth acidity. Quite food friendly.

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750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  315945$22.95

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This has quite a lot going on. There’s nice intensity to the ripe red fruit tones, and they have plenty of support from sweet spice, chocolate, vanilla, sandalwood and leather notes. Long, rich, rounded and lithe. Try this with barbecued sausages, grilled pork chops, or a roast beef dinner with all the trimmings. (Vintages panel, Sept. 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 11, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.8%Made In:Ontario, CanadaBy:Colchester Ridge Estate Winery Inc.Sugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Cabernet FrancThis is a VQA wine

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Cavino Nemea Grande Reserve 2012

Inky dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice vibrant black fruits to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dusty tannins and some in balance acidity. The wine straight out of the bottle displayed some noticeable alcohol but this subsided quickly. This is a bigger wine, so be careful what you pair it with . We paired it with striploins and it went very well. I would give it an 88 or so. Quite nice and spot on for this lovely, hearty greek varietal.

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750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  295618$18.95

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PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 11, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Peloponnese, GreeceBy:Cavino S.A.Sugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Agiorgitiko

From the back of the bottle: GRANDE RESERVE

protected Designation of Origin NEMEA

Red Wine / Vin Rouge

This amazing full bodied wine is crafted from hand-picked indigenous Agiorgitiko (St George) grapes in ancient Nemea region in Peloponnese. Aged 2 yrs

In French oak barrels and over 3 years in the bottle. It boasts aromas of red fruit

Syrup accented with spices.  Robust yet well-balanced tannic frame supported by

Long after taste of roasted nuts. Cellar for a decade or decant well and serve in a large fine glass at 17C with red meat stews yellow cheese platters, including traditional Greek smoked cheeses from Mestsovo or Vermio.

“it never ceases to amaze me how Cavino can give so much effort, time and patience for so little.” (Michael Godel, Wine Alin 2018)

Imported For: United Stars Corporation, Toronto, ON, Canada

Product of Greece 13.5% alcohol

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2017 Inniskillin Reserve Chard

I love chards, perfect pairing for scallops. Yum, a decadent meal for sure. Sometimes as I’m walking out of the Metro I pop into the WineRack store, which is where I grabbed this one. This chard is golden in color with a nice apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with nice apple and pear along with some nice vanilla notes. This is particular cahrd is not over oaked at all, slightly creamy in texture. On the medium length finish the wine has some nice smooth food friendly acidity and the vanilla builds nicely in the mouth. I would give it an -88 or so. Which for $20.95 is not a bad deal at all!

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Casal de Ventozela Branco Vinho Verde 2017

I don’t know Vinho Verde well but a colleague Greg was telling me about them so I thought I’d give it a whirl. Pale in color with a citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine has some noticeable effervescence, you can even see bubbles in the glass. There’s some nice green notes, maybe green apple, maybe lime, I struggled to place it to be honest. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp citrus and vibrant acidity. The effervescence through me off a little, I wasn’t expecting it. The wine is a lot drier to my tastes than 7g/l would imply. I would give the wine an -88. And given the price, definitely worth a try.

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750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  428326$13.95

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A blend of Arinto, Loureiro and Trajadura, this is fresh and vibrant with notions of citrus and tropical fruit bound by a ribbon of brilliant acidity. A touch of spritz adds further lift. Sip with seafood, particularly roasted sardines with olives, capers and parsley. (Vintages panel, April 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 27, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:11.5%Made In:Vinho Verde, PortugalBy:Sociedade Agr. Casal De VentozelaSugar Content:7 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Light & CrispVarietal:Vinho Verde

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