Mountadam Riesling 2018

Pale straw in color with a very mild honeysuckle nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice crisp, dry, minerality, as long as some citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp minerality that lingers nicely in the mouth. It’s nice and dry, but be careful to not serve it too cold, warmer and it’s depth comes through more. I would give this an 88 or so, and to my tastes a lot more towards a Alsace Riesling than a sweet German Riesling. From the LCBO web site: Check stock

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  288266$19.95AWC96

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Exceptional riesling! Bravo! A seam of transparent, juicy acidity transports yuzu spice, grapefruit pulp, nashi gelato and lemon drop flavours long. Mellifluous. Graceful. A sophisticated spellbinding wine. Fresh, but nothing tangy, nor hard. Special Value. Drink by: 2030. Score – 96. (Ned Goodwin, winecompanion.com.au, Aug. 1, 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 11, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.8%Made In:South Australia, AustraliaBy:Mountadam Vineyard (David & Adam WySugar Content:5 g/LStyle:Aromatic & Flavourful

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2019 Jacob’s Creek Moscato Rosé

I picked this one up without looking more closely … Salmon in color with lots of bubbles as you pour it (I didn’t even know it was a sparkling wine). On the nose the wine displays some sweet sugary notes along with some strawberry … On the mid palate, ooooh I wasn’t ready for that … it’s a mouth of sweet strawberry jam with bubbles. On the finish, oh forget it, this is all sugar … This reminds me more of a pop or a wine cooler. At 67 g/l residual sugar, if you choose to buy this, be ready for sweet. It might be ok for sipping on a patio, but don’t try and pair it with much in food, I have trouble thinking of ANYTHING it would go well with.

750 mL bottle  |   LCBO#:  367276$13.60

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A fresh, fragrant and delicious, low alcohol rosé. It shows perfumed aromas and flavours of ripe raspberry, strawberry and candied fruit with pear and sherbet notes. The palate is lightly sweet and crisp with a refreshing spritz and vibrant red berries on the finish. Sip on its own, with fresh fruit, soft cheese or bbq.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:7.6%Made In:AustraliaBy:Jacobs Creek WinesSugar Content:67 g/LSweetness Descriptor:S – SweetStyle:Soft & Off-dry

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Clos Bel-Air 2016

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice black plums along with some mocha notes. On the lighter side of medium in length the wine displays some nice smooth dry tannins along with a hint of green notes. This is quite a good wine for the $$s. This is a wine from the right bank of Bordeaux. I would give it an 88 … We paired it with a filet mignon and it went perfectly. It is more of a drink now wine, but should easily keep another year or two. I have no idea what the LCBO wine critic tasted … sure wasn’t the same bottle I did … From the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  633040$22.95WAL90

Image for Clos Bel-Air 2016 from LCBO

Such a fine example of the merlot dominant blend of this estate offering characteristic richness laced with spice and tension from acid. Notes of pepper and musk give a seductive appeal that is sure to please widely. The tender fruit of merlot dominates this wine in the most elegant fashion. Tannins are still quite firm but the fruit is abundant and mouth-fillingly fleshy. A notable value not to be missed. A pleasure to drink right away with a short decant but with the stuffing to last another 3-4 years. Score – 90. (Sara d’Amato, winealign.com, April 9, 2019)

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Release Date:July 11, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Bordeaux, FranceBy:Château du Moulin NoirSugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & Fruity

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Hess Select Monterey County Chardonnay 2018

Biases up front, I prefer an oaked chard over an unoaked. When I read the description on the LCBO web site I was under the misunderstanding this was an oaked chard. Even the categorization of full bodied and rich to me lead me to believe this was an oaked chard. And then reality hit. As Cuomo said to Trump … reality wins EVERY time … I digress. Pale in color with a nice apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice golden delicious apple and pear notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine has some nice mild acidity, but not very creamy, nice and dry. If you looking for a gently oaked chard this might be right up your alley, and frankly, even the back of the bottle says it’s gently oaked so I have no idea what the LCBO Vintages panel tasted. I would give this an 87-88 simply cause it isn’t to my tastes. If the LCBO were taking wines back, I’d return the second bottle.

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from the LCBO web site: Check stock:

Chardonnay

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  986778$19.95

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This is always a complex, well-made wine that manages to hold on to a delicate character without sacrificing breadth or depth. There’s apple, melon, vanilla, spice, and an oaky toast that emerges deftly on the close. Really nice. Try this with grilled chicken, salmon or pork dishes. (Vintages panel, Aug. 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 11, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.4%Made In:California, USABy:The Hess CollectionSugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & RichVarietal:Chardonnay

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Granite Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Dark color with a black cherry nose. On the mid palate there are some black cherry notes along with some cassis, minty, herbal and even some eucalyptus notes. On finish the wine is on the lighter side of medium in length with some vibrant acidity and mild tannins. Definitely more of a fruit forward, drink now style of wine. I would give it an 87+, not a bad wine, just not to my tastes. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

Cabernet Sauvignon

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  14370$19.95

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A very intriguing nose that offers an engaging mix of cassis, black cherry, chocolate, mocha and smoke. In the mouth it’s plush and fruit-forward, with comprehensive ripe dark fruit and spice and velvety tannins. There’s excellent intensity and balance throughout and a long finish. A great patio wine, ideal for grilled meat. (Vintages panel, July 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 11, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:California, USABy:Goldstone Land Company, Llc DbSugar Content:5 g/LStyle:Full-bodied & FirmVarietal:Cabernet Sauvignon

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2019 Redstone Rose

Salmon in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice strawberry notes along with some citrus. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp acidity, nice dryness along with some nice red wine like complexity. Quite a good Rose. I would give it an -88, perfect for the patio and with enough going on to hold it’s own with food! From the LCBO web site, but for the 2018 vintage: Check stock: We picked ours up at the winery, but the winery’s web site has no details on it.

Rosé

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  650655$17.95

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A soft, round, generous, approachable pink wine bursting with strawberry, citrus and cantaloupe, with a touch of red pepper. Lightly chill and sip with sandwiches of grilled red pepper, zucchini and eggplant slathered in basil pesto. (Vintages panel, May 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:June 22, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Ontario, CanadaBy:Redstone Winery Inc.Sugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Easygoing & FruityVarietal:RoséThis is a VQA wine

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2015 Redstone Cab/merlot

Dark in color with a nice rich red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice firm dark cherry notes along with some earthy notes and mocha/coffee … On the medium length finish the wine displays some velvety, edgy tannins and vibrant acidity. This wine is all about your preferences, if your open to a bigger wine, with food that can withstand an edgy wine it’s good. If you prefer a softer gentler wine you probably want to decant it or age it. For me it’s a drink now with lots of character $29.95 at the winery … Sadly no details on the web site. I was about ready to press save on this post when it started … a significant (not the worst I’ve had) allergic reaction, unstoppable sneezing, nose running, for about an hour. This happens to me when the wine has higher than usual levels of sulphites, odd because I’ve had many Tawse and Redstone wines and this has never happened.

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2017 Small Gully The Formula Robert’s Shiraz

Inky dark in color with a mild black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some juicy, fruit forward, black berries and black currants along with some herbal notes. On the lighter side on the finish the wine displays mild tannins and acidity with the fruity notes living on, with little to no pepper. In spite of being 15.9% alcohol the alcohol was not prevalent on the taste buds. This is definitely a softer, gentler, fruity wine, honestly I look for more at this price point. The LCBO call this full bodied and smooth, I personally would say fruity and smooth. I would give it an 87+. We paired t with some bacon wrapped filet mignon, and it went ok. It would be fine for softer meals like salmon or trout … From the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  142935$19.95

Image for Small Gully The Formula Robert's Shiraz from LCBO

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 1, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:15.9%Made In:South Australia, AustraliaBy:Small GullySugar Content:3 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & Smooth

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2019 Peller Rose

Salmon in color with a nice strawberry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays nice crisp strawberry notes to match the nose along with some nice citrus acidity. On the medium length finish the wine is nice and dry with the citrus acidity living on nicely in the mouth. I would give it an 88 or so. We paired it with BBQ ribs and the crisp acidity cut through the fat and sweetness of the sauce perfectly, and the nice flavors held there own. from the winery’s web site: $22.95 We bought it at the wine shop at Longos.

Private Reserve Rosé 2018

Inspired by the refreshing Rosés of Provence, this pretty pink wine is made from a blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir grapes.

Harvested from the vineyards of long-standing growers for Peller Estates. This Rosé is a blend of 87% Pinot Noir, 10% Gamay Noir and 3% Pinot Meunier grapes which were allowed several hours of skin contact for a perfect pink colour, then whole bunch pressed, cool fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks. Bottled early for full fruit expression.

Delicate copper pink colour with a pretty aroma of freshly picked peach, melon, red berry and Rainier cherry. A light, dry and refreshing Rosé. The palate is refreshed with flavours of wild field berries, red apple and pear. Lively notes of cranberry and red berries linger through on the finish.

Serve chilled at 10 to 12ºC. Casually sip on warm spring and summer days or enjoy with a Greek salad; summer salads with feta cheese; feta bruschetta; barbecued shrimp skewers; crab cakes; grilled calamari; poached salmon; pork tenderloin with a rhubarb rosé wine reduction; tapas; pissaladiere; Margherita pizza; pasta with rosé sauce; eggplant parmigiana. Enjoy this wine while young and fresh

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Carpineto Chianti Classico 2017

Dark in color with a nice cherry nose. On the mid palate the black fruits are smacked immediately by firm tannins and acidity. The wine is just too young to be approachable now and just completely overshadows what is likely a nice wine. We let it sit once opened for a few days with the cork on and it softened, so if your drinking it now you will need to consider decanting it and leaving it for a while, or cellar it for a bit, maybe even a year or two, which is what I’ve done with the second bottle we bought. With food the wine is softer, but you better be having something with big flavor, or your going to equally overwhelm the food. I would give it an 87 with the potential of improving dramatically with patience. From the LCBO web site: Check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  356048$19.95

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This wine is beloved for its richly articulated black fruit, leather and tobacco notes. You can expect this vintage to reflect the wine’s characteristic elegance and food-friendly structure. It will continue to evolve for 8-10 more years or will be wonderful tonight with barbecued chicken in an herb-garlic marinade.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 2, 2020Bottle Size:750 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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2018 Kacab Rebecca Rose

Salmon in color with mild nose. On the mid palate the wine smacks you with bubble gum being the dominant flavor along with some citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some mild acidity where the citrus notes lives on. I have to say, I really didn’t like this wine at all, the bubble gum was off putting, just not to my tastes. I would give it an 87 or so. From the Wineries web site: $18.55 at the winery

Rebecca Rose 2018
Style: Dry Rosé WineSugar: 11.7 g/LABV: 11.8%

Tasting Notes:

A fun and versatile small batch wine! Savour intense aromatics of pink grapefruit, bubble gum and subtle notes of rose petal. On the palate this wine exuberates fresh and lively notes of pink grapefruit, sour cherry and racy sour candy. Enjoy this youthful and energetic rosé on its own or matched with everything from charcuterie to roast duck or more traditional dishes as barbeque chicken or even mussels Provençal.

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2014 Chateau Capbern

I bought this as part of a Bordeaux futures order quite a while back. About three years ago I opened one and it was a tannic monster. I decanted it, and it still was unapproachable. I gave in and aerated it and it was palatable. So I decided it was time to give it a try again … Dark in color with a big dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays big rich, bold, dark chocolate notes, somewhat bitter, some mocha and dark berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins, acidity and strong peppery notes. If you like your wines on the bigger side it’s ready otherwise it can wait another year or two. I would give it an 88+. It was $29.95 and well worth it. This is a left bank wine from Bordeaux.

TASTING NOTE: Really fine florality, fragrance, length and grip from 78% Cabernet Sauvignon – more airy than earthy and beautifully expressive. Drink: 2018-2028. (Steven Spurrier) Score:90 (DEC)

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Columbia Winery Merlot 2017

Dark in color with a mild plummy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays a fruit forward, plum dominant jammy merlot. On the lighter side of medium in length the wine displays some soft tannins and acidity. I would give it -88 … Be careful what you serve it with, we had it with bacon wrapped filet, it would have been perfect for salmon or trout … Too soft. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  14676$19.95

Image for Columbia Winery Merlot 2017 from LCBO

The rich mixture of distinct soil types, slopes and aspects within the Columbia Valley permits an exciting range of wine styles and varieties to prosper and has given rise to 12 official AVAs. Though the name of the game here is diversity, robust, intense Merlots such as this one lead the charge. Expect a wine with dark fruit and considerable structure.Read Less 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:June 13, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.9%Made In:Washington, USABy:E. & J. Gallo WinerySugar Content:7 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Full-bodied & Smooth

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2018 Trius Barrel fermented Chard

Slightly golden in color with an apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some prominent vanilla notes, along with some nice apple and pear to match the nose. This is a nice, rich varietal, oaked, dry chard. Quite nice, especially for the price! I would give it an 88 or so … From the Trius winery’s web site:

Trius Winemaker, Craig McDonald, allowed the juice that was gently pressed from Niagara grapes for this wine to ferment and age ‘sur lie’ in French oak barrels for 12 months. The resulting wine is a rich, smooth, full-bodied white that showcases flavours of citrus, green apple and spice from first sip through to lingering finish.

Pair with lemon roasted chicken, smoked salmon risotto, creamy scalloped potatoes, grilled chicken, pork chops with Dijon and tarragon and turkey pot pie. Serve lightly chilled 13 to 15°C.

From the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   LCBO#:  251470$19.95

Image for Trius Barrel Fermented Chardonnay VQA from LCBO

Barrel fermented and aged sur lie for 10 months in 100% French oak barrels of which 20% were new, this Chardonnay has a smooth, round mouthfeel and the perfect balance of acidity to refresh on the finish.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 20, 2018Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Ontario, CanadaBy:Peller EstatesSugar Content:3 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & RichVarietal:ChardonnayThis is a VQA wine

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San Felice Chianti Classico 2017

Dark in color with a nice cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice cherry notes, along with some nice tomato notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth acidity and tannins, nice and dry. The LCBO say medium bodied and fruity, I’d say right on! I would give it an 88 or so … We paired it with homemade pizza and it went well, as my wine instructor said, if it grows together it goes together 😉 From the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  282996$19.95JS91

Image for San Felice Chianti Classico 2017 from LCBO

A wine with solid density and freshness for the vintage with a medium to full body, dusty tannins and a flavorful finish. Better in 2020, but already pretty. Score – 91. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Nov. 7, 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 16, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Tuscany, ItalyBy:Societa Agricola San Felice S.P.ASugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & Fruity

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Hugh Hamilton The Ratbag Merlot 2016

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice firm black plums, and earthy notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dusty tannins, vibrant acidity, some green notes and some pepper, nice and dry. This is quite a nice Bordeaux style Merlot with some nice complexity with flavors on many levels. I would give it an 88+. From the LCBO web site, check stock: Yumm, I think I will go back and grab some more!

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  59972$24.95AWC91

Image for Hugh Hamilton The Ratbag Merlot 2016 from LCBO

In such a Mediterranean clime, it is easy to forget just how well Bordeaux varieties can perform with the region’s maritime influence. This is no exception. Gently extracted for a design persuasive of early drinking. Notes of tomato leaf, mint and a plummy mid-palate strewn with dried herb, are the calling cards. Score – 91. (Ned Goodwin, winecompanion.com.au, Aug. 1, 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 30, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:15%Made In:South Australia, AustraliaBy:Hugh Hamilton Wines Pty Ltd.Sugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & Smooth

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Licenciado Reserva 2015

Dark in color with a nice black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with big black cherries along with some rich mocha, and coffee notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice bold tannins and acidity, nice and dry. This is a big wine, not to the point of a palate bruiser, but be careful what you serve it with, or the wine is all your tasting! We paired it with rack of venison, and honestly it was a bit too big for that, I should have expected that, it’s 100% tempranillo. I would give it an 88+ which for the price is a good deal. In spite of being a 2015 I would say it will keep a bit longer, but at the risk of loosing it’s character. The LCBO say full bodied and firm, um, oh ya! From the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  370023$23.95JS91

Image for Licenciado Reserva 2015 from LCBO

Aromas of blueberries, violets and perfumes. Medium to full body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. A little hard, but fresh and clean. Drink now or hold. Score – 91. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, July 26, 2019)

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Release Date:May 16, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Rioja, SpainBy:Burgo ViejoSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & Firm

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De Bortoli G.S. Pinot Noir 2018

Garnet in color with a nice, soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays nice, varietal, fruit forward raspberry and rustic notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some bold black pepper along with some reasonably smooth tannins and firm acidity, nice and dry. This is a nice juicy pinot. We paired it with grilled salmon and trout and it went perfectly. I would give it an -88. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  15511$19.95

Image for De Bortoli G.S. Pinot Noir 2018 from LCBO

Crafted in an almost European style, this offers wonderful earth and cherry tones with a unifying smoke note throughout. This balanced wine has great energy and drive and shows excellent oak management and restraint, with notable structure. Pair with grilled salmon steaks or grilled pork. (Vintages panel, June 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 30, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Victoria, AustraliaBy:De Bortoli WinesSugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Pinot Noir

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Imagery Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Dark in color with a nice dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice rich, bold dark cherries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice pepper notes, along with some firm tannins and acidity. I would give it an 88 or so … We paired it with a striploin and it went well. Quite a nice cab. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  14369$23.95

Image for Imagery Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 from LCBO

This is a sneaky-serious wine, one that is at first floral, inviting, approachable and fun, then reveals a gorgeous layered complexity and a long, satisfying finish. This has ripe fruit, plush tannins and great intrigue and nuance. A lovely wine for beef or lamb burgers, or steak. (Vintages panel, July 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 30, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14.3%Made In:California, USABy:The Wine GroupSugar Content:7 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & Firm

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Merf Chardonnay 2018

Pale to golden in color with a mild apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice fruit forward apple/pear along with some mild vanilla notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness and pear notes. It all depends how you like your chards, if you prefer mild oaking, then this is right up your alley with some nice fruit forward notes … If your like me and prefer bold rich, creamy oaked chards, meh this one isn’t for you. I would give it an 87-88 … From the LCBO web site check stock: The LCBO web site says full bodied and rich? Not to my tastes.

Chardonnay

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  13313$19.95

Image for Merf Chardonnay 2018 from LCBO

This buttery Chardonnay has a sensual, rich texture and offers ripe apple and rich vanilla notes. Fresh, integrated acidity keeps everything balanced. Crafted to offer wide appeal, this will be an easy match for grilled chicken-and-bell-pepper kebabs, pork chops or ham. (Vintages panel, May 2019)

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Release Date:May 30, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.8%Made In:Washington, USABy:Chat Ste MichelleSugar Content:8 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Full-bodied & RichVarietal:Chardonnay

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Lenz Moser Prestige Grüner Veltliner 2018

Golden in color with a nice tart nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild effervescence along with some nice crisp tartness, green apples and lime notes. On the medium length finish the citrus notes hang around nicely in the mouth, a super food friendly crisp with with nice dryness and minerality. I would give it an 88 or so. Gruner’s are always a great value and this one is no exception … from the LCBO web site, check stock Yumm:

Grüner Veltliner

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  71233$15.95JS91

Image for Lenz Moser Prestige Grüner Veltliner 2018 from LCBO

Quite complex notes of herbs and green grass with limes and green apples. The palate has a juicy, taut delivery of green mangoes and lemons. Drink now. Score – 91. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Dec. 19, 2019)

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Release Date:May 30, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Niederösterreich, AustriaBy:Lenz Moser Gesselschaft M.B.H.Sugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Aromatic & FlavourfulVarietal:Grüner Veltliner

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Valdemar Inspiración Selección 2015

Dark in color with a nice smooth black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice smooth juicy black berries to match the nose along with some nice mocha, oak and vanilla notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm peppery notes, smooth tannins and vibrant acidity, nice and dry It really was quite good, and belies it’s price! I would give it an 88. We paired it with a big filet mignon and it went perfectly! From the LCBO web site: Check stock

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  166512$19.95WS92

Image for Valdemar Inspiración Selección 2015 from LCBO

This generous red offers ripe plum and currant flavors accented by licorice, cola and smoky notes. Well-integrated tannins support the polished texture, while juicy acidity keeps this fresh. Balanced, in the modern style. Drink now through 2025. Score – 92. (Tim Matthews, winespectator.com, Feb. 28, 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 30, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Rioja, SpainBy:Bodegas ValdemarSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & Smooth

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CREW Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

I last reviewed the Merlot from Crew and was impressed. This one is inky dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some big bold edgy black fruits, strong peppery notes, firm acidity, noticeable alcohol and super dry tannins. If your looking for a soft, elegant wine, meh, this ain’t for you 🙁 In some ways the wine reminds me of some of the big edgy Niagara reds of 10 years ago. I would give it an 87-88 … From the LCBO web site: Check stock:

Cabernet Sauvignon

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  465187$22.95

Image for CREW Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 from LCBO

LENS has a warm growing season, and the area’s advantageous combination of the shallow waters of Lake Erie and its southerly position allows grapes ample opportunity to achieve full ripeness. This Cabernet is savoury and ripe, with redcurrant, plum, spice box and smoke, and will be great with lamb burgers or steak. (Vintages panel, April 2019)Read Less 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 30, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Ontario, CanadaBy:Colchester Ridge Estate Winery Inc.Sugar Content:3 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Cabernet SauvignonThis is a VQA wine

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Durigutti Cabernet Franc 2017

Dark in color with a mild dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark cherries to match the nose along with some firm peppery notes, vibrant acidity and some mocha, nice and dry. Not a bad Cab Franc and much less mild than previous Argentinian cab francs. I would give it an -88. From the LCBO check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  14916$18.95JS94

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This is very floral and inviting on the nose with notes of rosemary, violets, lavender, citrus, orange peel and boysenberries, as well as lots of spicy undertones. Full-bodied and really seductive with tightly-wound, grainy tannins, vibrant acidity and a long, succulent finish. Drink in 2021. Score – 94. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, April 11, 2018)Read Less 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 30, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.8%Made In:Mendoza, ArgentinaBy:Pacha Co SaSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & Firm

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I Balzi Nero d’Avola 2018

Dark in color with a mild black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice black berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely rich chocolate and mocha notes along with some nice acidity and tannins, nice and dry! This wine’s complexity punches well above it’s price point. A nice wine, with some big flavors. Be careful what you pair it with … I’d give it an -88. This is a Sicilian wine. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  14007$14.95

Image for I Balzi Nero d'Avola 2018 from LCBO

There’s a lot of wine here for the price, with richly articulated red and black fruit, tobacco, cocoa, coffee, and pepper spice. Refined tannins give structure, while the acidity offers nice balance. This is a wine to pair with venison or ripening cheeses. (Vintages panel, July 2019)Read Less 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 16, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Sicily, ItalyBy:Casa Vinicola Natale Verga S.P.ASugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & Fruity

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