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.

From the LCBO web site. Check Stock.

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

PRODUCT DETAILS:

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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PRODUCT DETAILS

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 🙂

From the LCBO web site (Check stock)

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

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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 …

From the LCBO web site (Check Stock):

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!

From the LCBO web site (Check stock)

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 Côtes 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!

From the LCBO web site: Check stock

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  364372$19.95

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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

Image for Casal de Ventozela Branco Vinho Verde 2017 from LCBO

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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Sarl Champagne William Saintot Cuvee Seduction Champagne mini review

Every year I give my nieces a treat at Christmas, a bottle of Pol Roger champagne for them to have a magical New Years eve … I recently attended a tasting of this champagne and was suitably impressed. The bottle is a little less than but the flavors are impeccable. Pale in color with a nice apple and pear nose. On the mid palate this is a lovely vibrant champage with apple/pear and loads of minerality coming through. On the medium length finish the wine is nice and dry with citrus notes and minerality coating the palate beautifully. This is a smooth elegant yummy champagne. It doesn’t come cheap, but if your looking for something special this just might fit the bill. I would give it an 89-90. It’s 55% chard from 2015, and 45% 2014.  6.5g/l!

from the LCBO web site Check stock:
Sarl Champagne William Saintot Cuvee Seduction Champagne LCBO#: 100197
$82.50

Light gold, gray reflections with fine bubbles. Buttery aromas with some roasted notes, then comes fruit with a freshness of citrus and citronella in finale. An attractive bottle with everything in harmony. Ideal for the aperitif and the beginning of a meal.

PRODUCT DETAILS
Bottle Size: 750 mL bottle
Alcohol/Vol: 12%
Made In: Champagne, France
By: Sarl Champagne William Saintot
Varietal: Chardonnay

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Fontanafredda Langhe Nebbiolo 2017

Nebbiolo is the grape used in Barolos and Barbarescos, and when they are simply referred to by the grape as this one is, you can sometimes get some bargains. This one is dark in color with a nice red berry nose. Straight out of the bottle the alcohol is super noticeable. I chose to decant it and this helped a lot. I think the wine is just a little young. On the medium length finish this wine displays some lovely tannins and acidity that coat the mouth in typical Nebbiolo form. For the price this is a good wine and it can hold it’s own with pretty lively meals. We paired it with a red sauce spaghetti and it went well! I would give it an -88 or so.

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750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  638312$19.95

Image for Fontanafredda Langhe Nebbiolo 2017 from LCBO

Made from the Nebbiolo grape of Barolo and Barbaresco fame, this wine is grown in limestone-rich hillside vineyards and matured in oak for eight months. It’s solidly structured, balanced and quite elegant, with plenty of tangy red fruit character. A nice choice for cured meats and firm cheeses. (Vintages panel, July 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 13, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.3%Made In:Piedmont, ItalyBy:FontanafreddaSugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & FirmVarietal:Nebbiolo

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Clayhouse Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Dark in color with a mild cherry nose. This wine is of two profiles, with and without food. Without food the wine displays some nice vibrant cherries to match the nose along with some nice mocha notes, and a hint of oak. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness, smooth tannins and nice acidity. With food it’s a lot softer so this is a food friendly wine but it needs to be something on the milder side. I paired it with lasagna and honestly it overwhelmed it. Salmon would seem like the perfect pairing. I would give it an 88 or so. A perfect sipping wine.

From the LCBO web site:
Clayhouse Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 — VINTAGES#: 57869
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth $18.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:February 2, 2019
Alcohol/Vol 14.5% Made in: California, USA By: Vintage Wine Estates Sugar Content: 4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Full-bodied & Smooth Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Description: Clayhouse, who specialize in small-lot winemaking, source all of their grapes from the Red Cedar Vineyard. The winery is 90% solar powered and Clayhouse is certified by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. This Cabernet will have the lush, smooth character of Paso Robles and will be approachable and rich. Expect impressively communicated dark berry fruit with oak, chocolate and coffee underpinnings. Perfectly suited for mildly spiced beef ribs or meaty lasagna.

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Swartland Winemaker’s Collection Chenin Blanc 2018

Pale in color with a honey suckle nose. On the mid palate the displays some sharp acidity, some smokey/flinty notes and some minerality. This is an odd/funky chenin. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice mouth grip and citrus notes the grow. I would give it an 87-88. I bought two and will be returning the second. I’m underwhelmed.

From the LCBO web site:
Swartland Winemaker’s Collection Chenin Blanc 2018 VINTAGES#: 631523 $12.95
Image for Swartland Winemaker’s Collection Chenin Blanc 2018 from LCBO
In the dry climate of Swartland, some 50 kilometres north of Cape Town, Chenin Blanc has long been the local white wine specialty. This one is perfumed and pretty with orange blossom, tropical fruit and spice notes wrapped in a creamy mouthfeel. A great value and a lovely choice for carnitas or pork chops. (Vintages panel, April 2018)
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:March 2, 2019
Bottle Size: 750 mL bottle
Alcohol/Vol: 13.6% Made In: Swartland, South Africa By: Swartland Wine Cellars
Sugar Content: 3 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Rich

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2015 Ménage à Trois Decadence Cabernet Sauvignon

I was wandering through my local LCBO and they were sampling this wine, I tried it and liked it enough to buy a bottle. I have to turn my reaction off to the silly name to even consider this wine, but I’ve been impressed by their chard … On sale right now for $2 off. Dark in color with an expressive cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with fruit forward cherry notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and acidity. It’s not as sweet as you might expect from 8g/l. The LCBO call it full bodied and smooth … too my tastes it’s a lot more fruit forward than this would imply. I would give it an -88. This is a general list product.

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Ménage à Trois Decadence Cabernet Sauvignon LCBO#: 643882
$16.95 WAS $18.95 SAVE $2.00 Limited Time Offer Until April 28, 2019

Indulge in this latest offering from Ménage à Trois. Decadence Cabernet Sauvignon is deep ruby and has lovely aromas and flavours of stewed plum, chocolate, cinnamon and leather. Notes of cherry and mocha lead to a medium-bodied and fruity palate, finishing silky-smooth. Pair with chocolate covered strawberries.

FOOD PAIRINGS
Lamb & Feta Cigars Lamb & Feta Cigars Gyros Burgers with Oven-Roasted Lemon Potatoes Gyros Burgers with Oven-Roasted Lemon Potatoes Lamb Tagine with Apples Lamb Tagine with Apples
PRODUCT DETAILS
Bottle Size: 750 mL bottle
Alcohol/Vol: 13.5%
Made In: California, USA
By: Trinchero Family Estates
Sugar Content: 8 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry
Style:Full-bodied & Smooth
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

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2017 Josh Cellars Chardonnay

I was wandering through the LCBO and needed a cold bottle of chard to go with the cod I had planned for the meal and this one was there. Based on the description I grabbed it. Pale to slightly golden in color with a mild apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice apple and pear to match the nose along with some vanilla. It’s slightly creamy in texture. On the medium length finish the wine is nice and dry. This to my tastes is a lighter oaked chard showing more fruit than oaking in profile. I would give it an 88 or so. The milder flavors were perfect for the cod. Quite nice.

from the LCBO web site Check stock:
Josh Cellars Chardonnay LCBO#: 561100 $17.95

Crafted with fruit sourced from California, including Mendocino and Monterey counties. This chardonnay boasts aromas and flavours of vanilla, apple and spice with subtle citrus and oak notes. The mouthfeel is rich and rounded with a long finish. Serve with grilled halibut alongside mashed potatoes and vegetables.
PRODUCT DETAILS
Bottle Size: 750 mL bottle
Alcohol/Vol: 13.5%
Made In: California, USA
By: Wj Deutsch & Sons Ltd
Sugar Content: 5 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry
Style:Full-bodied & Rich
Varietal: Chardonnay

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Left Field Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2017

Pale in color with a mild stone fruit nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with nice peach and pear. If your expecting a wimpy pinot gris go elsewhere because on the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp dry minerality, and fresh lively acidity. Not as long as some but it does linger nicely in the mouth. This is my kind of Pinot Gris. We paired it with shrimp/scallop fettucine Alfredo and it wen perfectly, held it’s own. I would give it an 88 or so. Definitely a drink now, fresh crisp wine! Not bad at all for the prices.

from the LCBO web site Check stock:
Left Field Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2017
Pinot Gris
750 mL bottle | LCBO#: 277649 $19.50

Ripe apple and the fuller figured pear saunter into view with lovely spice and vanilla trailing behind. They chatter in gentle, sweet tones.
PRODUCT DETAILS
Bottle Size: 750 mL bottle
Alcohol/Vol: 12%
Made In: New Zealand
By: Villa Maria Estate Limited
Varietal: Pinot Gris

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Château de Marsan 2015

I was walking through the LCBO and wanted a hearty red to go with a striploin so I grabbed this one on a whim. Dark in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice plum notes along with some cherry. Reading the back of the bottle it’s 70% merlot and 30% cab. On the medium length finish the wine displays some oak, firm tannins and acidity. It’s a bit young and softened as it had been opened. It’s nice and dry. The back of the bottle says let it breath for an hour and that’s not a bad plan. It’s moderately complex. I would give it an -88. It paired really well with the striploin and held it’s own.

From the LCBO web site:
Château de Marsan 2015
750 mL bottle | VINTAGES#: 446245
$17.95
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Aromas of blackcurrants and fresh green tea follow through to a medium to full body and firm and chewy tannins that are polished and poised. Needs one or two years to soften. Drink in 2020. Score – 91. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Feb. 2, 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:February 2, 2019
Bottle Size: 750 mL bottle
Alcohol/Vol: 13.5%
Made In: Bordeaux, France
By: Pierre Montagnac Sarl
Sugar Content: 2 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry
Style:Full-bodied & Firm

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2015 Josh Cellars Merlot

We were doing a tasting of the Reserve Cab sauv and noticed it tasted more like a merlot than a cab so decided to give this one a whirl. It’s in the general list, and a LOT cheaper. Dark in color with a nice black plum nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with black plums, and maybe some black cherries. There’s an underlying hint of mint/eucalyptus I’m not a fan of but it is mild. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity and tannins, it’s nice and dry/ All in all, mint aside, this is a nice Merlot. I would give it an -88.

From the LCBO web site Check Stock:
Josh Cellars Merlot LCBO#: 638221 $18.95

Joseph Carr Winery makes a tier of wines named after his affable father Josh. Josh Merlot, in turn, is inviting and full of character. With aromas and flavours of blueberry, vanilla, and mocha, a velvety texture, and fine tannins on the finish, this red will complement lamb, meat-based pasta or soft cheeses. Cheers Josh!

FOOD PAIRINGS
Steak Crostini with Grilled Scallion Relish Steak Crostini with Grilled Scallion Relish Beef Sirloin with Argentinean Criolla Sauce Beef Sirloin with Argentinean Criolla Sauce Pipérade-Braised Short Ribs Pipérade-Braised Short Ribs

PRODUCT DETAILS
Bottle Size: 750 mL bottle
Alcohol/Vol: 13.5%
Made In: California, USA
By: Wj Deutsch & Sons Ltd
Sugar Content: 6 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry
Style:Full-bodied & Smooth
Varietal: Merlot

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