Seven Falls Chardonnay 2016

Pale in color with a mild apple and pear nose. On the mid palate this wine is a tale of two situations … with food this is a mild chard with light oaking. Some apple/pear to match the wine. Without food the apple/pear come through and there’s some mild vanilla notes. This is a lighter chard and you need to be careful what you serve it with. We served it with pan fried scallops but honestly the wine was overpowered. I would give it an 87+, I was quite disappointed and expected more. If I had more I’d take them back based on price. It’s not a bad wine, just not a great wine for my tastes. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

Chardonnay

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  385773$21.95 (0)Write a Review

Seven Falls Chardonnay 2016 from LCBO

Open-knit, inviting, easy and appealing, with notes of ripe pineapple and tropical fruit. There’s a strong but balanced oak influence here that adds complexity. A great option for grilled chicken. (Vintages panel, Nov. 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:October 3, 2020750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Washington, USABy:Chat Ste MichelleSugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & RichVarietal:Chardonnay

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Calvet Pinot Blanc 2018

I get a lot of my content from wine tastings that of course in todays COVID times are suspended. As an example I would get 30+ wines tasted in an evening. Even if I only wrote up the stars of the night I would get 5-10 wines out of an event. I’m sure you’ve noticed the update rate has slowed. Sorry about that. I will continue to do my best to share as much as I can …

Pale in color with a nice minerally, citrus not. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice citrus notes that match the nose, lime/lemon and the like. With food it’s milder, without food a little more descript. I served it with seafood fettucine alfredo and it was a little hard pressed to rise above it. On it’s own it’s got some nice mouth grip where the nice acidity dances on the tongue. I would give it an 88-. For the price not a bad deal, just pair it with something not quite as lively. Nice and dry. from the LCBO web site: Check stock

Pinot Blanc

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  15382$14.95 (0)Write a Review

Calvet Pinot Blanc 2018 from LCBO

The Calvet Pinot Blanc 2018 is fermented in stainless steel, preserving the delicate floral and fruit tones. It shows lifted citrus notes, with excellent freshness and a fine minerality. It’s a good food wine that will be great with fish or salads but will also shine as a sipper paired with soft cheeses. (Vintages panel, Nov. 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:October 3, 2020750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Alsace, FranceBy:Les Grands Chais De FranceSugar Content:6 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Light & CrispVarietal:Pinot Blanc

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Giant Steps Chardonnay 2018

Pale in color with a nice apple and pear nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with vibrant apple and pear coming through. This is a fruit forward, elegant, unoaked (or lightly oaked) chard. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity, nice and dry. If you prefer your chards unoaked this is a good one, but an expensive one. I’d give it an 88 or so. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

Chardonnay

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  243154$29.95AWC95 (0)Write a Review

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In terrific form. It captures you from the outset. Stone fruit, custard powder, toasted bran and cedar spice notes have sparks flying in the glass. Crushed fennel too, particularly through the aftertaste. It attacks with flavour from the start and maintains a good pace throughout. The finish takes care of itself. Special Value. Drink by: 2025. Score – 95. (Campbell Mattinson, winecompanion.com.au, Aug. 1, 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 16, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Victoria, AustraliaBy:Inland Trading Co.Sugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & RichVarietal:Chardonnay

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Tawse Spark Brut Sparkling 2016

Pale straw in color with nice mild citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely varietal apple, pear and citrus notes. On the medium length finish, especially on it’s own, the wine has some nice mouth grip where the lime, and minerality notes stick around nicely along with some prominent pastry and nutty notes. This is a nice bubbly. We paired it with shrimp fettucine alfredo and it went perfectly. This is a well made wine, for a reasonable price. I’d give it an 88+. From the LCBO web site: Check stock.

Sparkling – Dry

375 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  404558$15.95WN89 (0)Write a Review

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This is a bright, easy-going sparkler from a blend of 44% Pinot Gris, 31% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay with an emphasis on the citrus. Look for candied lemon and lime, a faint pear note with a delicate floral character. The bubbles persist nicely making it a refreshing spring/summer sipper. Score – 89. (Michael Lowe, winesinniagara.com, Dec. 16, 2019)Read Less 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:March 31, 2018Bottle Size:375 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Ontario, CanadaBy:Tawse WinerySugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FlavourfulVarietal:Sparkling – DryThis is a VQA wine

From the winery’s web site:

Winemaking Notes: This Traditional Method Sparkling is made from a base of Quarry Road Chardonnay, with Laundry Vineyard Pinot Noir and Hillside Vineyard Pinot Gris. Having spent 12 months on the lees, this spark has delicious notes of pie crust, crisp green apple and citrus on the nose. These aromas are complimented by flavours of Granny Smith apple, grapefruit and just a hint of pastry on the palate.

Growing Conditions: Sourced from select sustainably farmed Niagara Peninsula vineyards. Viticultural practices included vertical shoot positioning, shoot thinning, cluster thinning, hand leaf removal and hand harvest.

Food Pairing: Sparkling wines are always a pleasure to pair as they are so versatile and easily compliment a wide variety of foods. The Spark Blend is no different. Shrimp ceviche, deep fried tempura vegetables or gougeres would be fun and tasty pairings for this delightful Spark. Of course a Sparkling wine is always perfectly fine all on its own, just add a toast!

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Chateau St. Jean Merlot 2017

Dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some vibrant black plums. On the medium length finish the wine displays some soft tannins and acidity. This is definitely a softer, gentler fruit forward Merlot. Be careful what you serve it with, we had a tomato based pasta and it pretty much overwhelmed the wine. I’d give this an -88. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  25304$19.955.0 (1)Write a Review

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Floral, with fruit, vanilla and spice on the nose. The palate is ripe and vibrant, offering mixed blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, rhubarb and cherry. Pair with grilled ribs or lamb burgers. (Vintages panel, July 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 25, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.8%Made In:California, USABy:Treasury Wine EstatesSugar Content:6 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Full-bodied & Smooth

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Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi Tenuta di Castiglioni 2018

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark berry notes along with some noticeable oak/wood. On the lighter side of medium in length the wine displays some nice vibrant acidity and nice dry tannins. This is quite a nice wine, albeit a bit young. I’d give it an 88 or so. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  145920$18.95$21.95 Save $3.00 Limited Time Offer
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Frescobaldi has been crafting wines for over 700 years. This silky, modern-styled blend of Cab, Merlot and Sangiovese is filled with red fruit, sweet spice and vanilla notes. A perfect choice for lamb.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 1, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14%Made In:Tuscany, ItalyBy:Marchesi De FrescobaldiSugar Content:6 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Full-bodied & Firm

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Domaine Chauviniere Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2018

Pale in color with a citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice, crisp, dry minerality along with some dominant smokey notes that’s kind of off putting. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness and the citrus notes remain. I really didn’t like this wine, and the smokey notes were powerful enough to impart their way into the quiche we were having with it. I’d give this an 87 or so … Not to my tastes.

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Evidencia Reserva Touriga Nacional 2016

Inky dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some expressive dark fruits. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins and acidity along with some bold mocha/coffee notes, but I have to admit, expectations had me expecting a much more vibrant wine. Now if your into soft easy drinking wines, this isn’t for you, but if your expecting a big palate bruising tempranillo like wine, meh this isn’t that either. Somewhere in between. Not a bad wine I just don’t think I had my expectations met … I do admit I don’t know this grape well … I would give it a -88. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  15002$16.95WE90

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Floral aromas and a rich texture set the scene for a dense wine. Tannins and black fruits combine together, held by the mineral texture and spice from oak aging. This is a powerful wine that should age longer, so wait to drink until late 2019. Best Buy. Score – 90. (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, April 1, 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 11, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Dão, PortugalBy:Parras WinesSugar Content:7 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Full-bodied & Firm

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Rioja Vega Crianza 2016

Dark in color with a mild nose, about all that is mild about this wine. On the mid palate the wine displays some firm black cherries along with some nice chocolate notes. On the medium length in finish this wine displays some firm peppery notes that easy with food and as it breathes along with some nice firm tannins and acidity, nice and dry. This is not as much a bruiser as some, but is definitely a bigger wine. We paired it with lamb and it was a perfect pairing. I’d give it an 88 which for the price is a good deal. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

Tempranillo

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  471854$17.95DWWA89 (0)Write a Review

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90% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha. Youthful red berry fruits on the nose with some delicate liquorice notes. Rich and concentrated palate. Score – 89. (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:August 22, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.6%Made In:Rioja, SpainBy:Principe De Viana, S.L.Sugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Tempranillo

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Trimbach Pinot Blanc 2018

Pale in color with a nice minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice crisp mild green apple notes along with some golden delicious. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice, crisp, dry minerality and some citrus notes. Without food this is nice and crisp but with food, we served it with seafood alfredo, it softens and does not overwhelm the food. I would give it an 88 or so … Quite nice and for the price a great deal! From the LCBO web site, check stock.

Pinot Blanc

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  15381$20.95 (0)Write a Review

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This is quite juicy and balanced, with nice freshness and fruit purity. Notes of yellow and green apple, with lemon and a refined, sharply delineated mineral note. Pair with grilled shrimp or seafood pasta. (Vintages panel, Nov. 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:August 22, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Alsace, FranceBy:F.E. TrimbachSugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & RichVarietal:Pinot Blanc

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Villa Matilde Stregamora Piedirosso 2018

Dark in color with a dark berry and smoky nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark berries along with some noticeable coffee and mocha notes along with a hint of earthiness. On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant acidity and nice tannins. Quite a lively wine, and more dry than 8 g/l would lead you to expect. I would give it an 88 or so … Check LCBO stock. From the LCBO web site:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  575233$18.95LM90 (0)Write a Review

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This is well-balanced and extremely tasty, with ripe dark fruit framed by suggestions of tobacco and a subtle earthiness. Appealing and quite firm, it will be a good match for beef empanadas or barbecued ribs. (Vintages panel, June 2019)[Luca Maroni did not include a tasting note.] Score – 90. (Luca Maroni, lucamaroni.com, July 5, 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:August 22, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.4%Made In:Campania, ItalyBy:Villa MatildeSugar Content:8 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & Fruity

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Calamus Ball’s Falls Red 2017

Inky dark in color with a mild black berry nose, about the only thing about this wine that is mild. On the mid palate the wine displays some intense, vibrant black berry notes, along with some slightly bitter dark chocolate, quite fruit forward. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and acidity, nice and dry. There’s a hint of green pepper notes as well. This is a wine that’s bolder than one would expect at this price point. Be sure and serve it with something fairly big, I went with bacon wrapped filet mignon and it held it’s own. I would give it an 87-88 … From the LCBO web site, check stock:

Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  10527$16.95WC91 (0)Write a Review

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Alluring aromas of rich, dark berry fruit, dark chocolate and cassis abound on the nose of this deftly balanced, gorgeously flavoured red. It dishes up mouthfuls of sweet-tinged fruit – dark cherry and ripe bramble berry interwoven with excellent tang and acidity and mixed spice. It’s medium bodied with good mouthfeel and a lengthy finish oozing with flavour, tangy acidity and plenty of charm. Load up the trunk and pour with steak, burgers or beef fajitas. Score – 91. (Vic Harradine, winecurrent.com, Sept. 21, 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:August 22, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Ontario, CanadaBy:Calamus Estate WinerySugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Cabernet Franc/Cabernet SauvignonThis is a VQA wine

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2018 Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc

In case your not aware, a Fume blanc is an oaked Sauv blanc, some Bordeaux Sauv blancs have oak as well. I’ve always been kind of opposed to the concept … I love a sharp edgy sauv blanc so the idea of taking that edge off with oak, kinda didn’t appeal to me … and then this wine came along. Pale in color with a nice minerally citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice firm edgy citrus notes, even some grapefruit. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vibrant acidity. There’s some wood notes and nuttiness coming through but in all the affects of the oak are limited and this is quite a nice wine. I would give it an 88 or so … From the LCBO web site: Check stock

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  221887$22.95

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This iconic Napa expression is intense with a rich mouthfeel. It features toast, vanilla and roasted fruit tones along with ripe, bright apple, melon, lemon zest and tropical notes. The addition of roughly 15% Semillon adds a gorgeous silkiness to the texture. An intriguing classic, it will have good versatility at the dinner table and will work equally well with turkey dinner or grilled fish.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 1, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.9%Made In:California, USABy:Constellation Brands Inc. (Us)Sugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Aromatic & Flavourful

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Ambrogio e Giovanni Folonari Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2015

Dark in color with a nice cherry nose. On the mid palate this wine is classic Chianti, pun intended with lots of nice dried cherry and tomato notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dry, velvety tannins and some nice acidity. This is a perfect, well made varietal Chianti Classico riserva. The oak does not overwhelm the lovely fruit. Well done. I would give it an 88+ From the LCBO web site: Check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  11109$24.95JS94 (0)Write a Review

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This ripe Chianti Classico shows aromas of strawberries, cherries and red plums. Hints of earth, too. Full body, juicy tannins and a medium-deep finish. Delicious now, but it will be better in 2020. Score – 94. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Jan. 22, 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:August 8, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14%Made In:Tuscany, ItalyBy:Ambrogio E Giovanni Folonari TenuteSugar Content:3 g/LStyle:Full-bodied & Firm

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2018 Beronia Tempranillo Rioja

Dark in color with a nice dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some vibrant black cherries along with some nice wood and tobacco notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some edgy tannins, acidity and dryness. For the price this is a surprisingly complex wine that punches above it’s weight. I would give it an 87-88, not refined, but tasty none the less. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   LCBO#:  243055$13.95

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Dark ruby colour; sweet and savoury notes of dark berry fruit, cedar and spice; dry, with medium body, supple tannins and dark fruit flavours

PRODUCT DETAILS

Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14%Made In:Rioja, SpainBy:Bodegas Beronia S.A.Sugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & Fruity

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2018 Tawse Quarry Road Organic Riesling

In a perfect world a reviewer would not be influenced by their personal biases. Sadly, that is not a world I live in. I have been turned off repeatedly by sweet rieslings, just so not to my tastes. Some will love them, and to the I can only say, have at them. Sadly at 26 g/l and 10.5% alcohol this is not moving in the right direction of my taste buds. Pale in color with a honey suckle nose. On the mid palate the wine is dominated by honey suckle that matches the nose. There’s some apricot and even a hint of ice wine like notes on this wine. It’s slightly syrupy in nature. On the medium length finish the wine displays lots of acidity and syrupy notes along with apricots. This is quite a bold rich wine, but I would have a very hard time recommending a food to pair with this wine, it borders on a dessert wine to my tastes. From the LCBO web site, check stock

Riesling

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  198853$24.95

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Floral with lime, lemon, nectarine and mineral notes. Complex and pure with excellent weight and texture. A precise and exquisite Ontario Riesling. Great with spicy Asian foods.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 1, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:10.5%Made In:Ontario, CanadaBy:Tawse WinerySugar Content:26 g/LSweetness Descriptor:M – MediumStyle:Aromatic & FlavourfulVarietal:RieslingThis is a VQA wine

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Château Vignol Blanc 2018

Pale in color with a mild grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice grassy notes to match the nose along with some lime and some oily notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice citrus along with some nice vibrant acidity. I would give it an 88 or so. Quite a nice sauv blanc most likely blended with some semillion. From the LCBO web site: Check stock This wine is from the Entre Deux Mers region of Bordeaux region of France, where you can get some reasonably priced wines such as this.

Sauvignon Blanc Blend

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  108522$15.95

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The Doublets are one of the leading families of Bordeaux’s Entre-Deux-Mers region. You can expect this Sauvignon Blanc-based blend to be floral and ripe, with well-articulated citrus and peach, an underlying Sauvignon Blanc herbal tone and a refined mineral note. This will be excellent with seafood.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 30, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Bordeaux, FranceBy:Famille DoubletSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Aromatic & FlavourfulVarietal:Sauvignon Blanc Blend

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2018 Mission Hill Reserve Chardonnay

Golden in color with a nice golden delicious apple nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice baked apple notes along with some pear and distinctive vanilla notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity and dryness. If you like your Chards unoaked, meh, look somewhere else, but if your like me and you like oaked chards, your in luck this is a good one with some nice buttery and richness. I would give this an 88+, I really liked it. From the LCBO web site Check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  545004$24.95

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If you haven’t yet experienced the dazzling wines of BC’s Okanagan Valley, this is a striking introduction. A juicy Chardonnay loaded with flavours of pear, melon and creamy toffee. Sings with pasta alfredo, grilled eggplant sandwiches or baked chicken.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 1, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:British Columbia, CanadaBy:Mission Hill Vineyards Inc.Sugar Content:6 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & RichThis is a VQA wine

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2017 A to Z Wineworks Pinot Noir

Garnet in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice cranberry, and sour cherry notes along with some rustic and earthy tones. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and acidity. This is a vibrant, fruit forward pinot noir. We paired it with duck, and honestly it was a bit too big for it. Quite a tasty wine. I’d give it an 88+. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  229781$24.95

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Founded in 2002, A to Z Wineworks has twice seen their wines named to Wine Spectator’s Top 100 wines of the year. Always impressive, earthy and characterful, this is a Pinot that brings the savoury and the smoky to its red berry fruit. A wine for duck.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 16, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Oregon, USABy:A To Z Winework L.L.CSugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & Fruity

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Sons of Eden Freya Riesling 2018

Pale in color with a varietal honey suckle nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with honey suckle being dominant along with some citrus, and lime notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity. This is quite a dry, varietal, fruit forward drink now riesling I quite enjoyed it. I’d give it an 88 or so … From the LCBO web site, check stock: The LCBO say aromatic and flavorful and I’d have to agree.

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  12652$19.95AWC93

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Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed. The citrus and lime blossom bouquet leads into a wonderfully expressive palate, with Roses lime juice flavours filling all the senses. Fruit-sweet until the finish, when crisp acidity dries the mouthfeel. Drink by: 2027. Special Value. Score – 93. (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, Aug. 1, 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 4, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:South Australia, AustraliaBy:Sons Of EdenSugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Aromatic & Flavourful

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2019 Aveleda Vinho Verde

This is the second Vinho Verde from Alveleda but this one doesn’t give away which grapes are involved on the label or on the LCBO web site. Pale straw in color with a mild, dry, minerally citrus nose. There’s some really noticeable effervescent notes. On the mid palate the wine is dominated by lime notes along with some vibrant acidity and minerality. On the lighter side of medium in length the acidity and citrus notes linger slightly. I’d have to say I prefer the other wine, but this one is ok too, and cheap and cheerful 😉 From the LCBO web site: Check stock With a bit of digging I found the grapes used on the Winery’s web site : Loureiro, Arinto, Trajadura and Azal. I don’t know if the LCBO web site is correct but it says 15 g/l which shocks me, the acidity really hides the sugar content.

50 mL bottle  |   LCBO#:  5322$10.95$11.95 Save $1.00 Limited Time Offer
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Aveleda has been a family-owned business since the 1870s and vinho verde is one of their focal points. This one is pale lemon coloured with fresh aromas of ripe apple and pear. Harmonious on the palate with crisp acidity and bright flavours that culminate in a zesty, slightly spritzy finish.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:9.5%Made In:Vinho Verde, PortugalBy:Sociedade Agricola E. ComercialSugar Content:15 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Light & Crisp

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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

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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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PRODUCT DETAILS

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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