Garnet in color with a mild nose of red cherries. On the mid palate the wine displays deep rich cherries along with dark chocolate notes. On the longer side in length the wine’s tannins are BIG, FIRM and ripe, sticking to the togue. Super dry. This wine is a little young and should easily have another 2-5 years of storage and it will soften out. I would give it an 88 or so, quite a nice entry level Barolo for the price. On sale right now $3 off andin the general list so readily available. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
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Garnet red colour; rye bread, lifted, spicy red plum and cherry aromas and flavours; tar, licorice, savory and spicy; extra dry, medium to full bodied, excellent balance of fruit and plentiful tannins with a long, complex finish.
Pale golden in color with a nice apple and pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely apple and pear fruits along with some nice vanilla notes. On the medium length finish the wine is nice and dry with some creaminess coming through. This is somewhere in between in terms of oak influence, this is less oaked than one of my current goto favs, the Henry of Pelham Short Hills chard … I would give it an 88 or so, we paired it with grilled calamari and scallops and it was delicious, yumm, I will be going back to get more, not cheap, but yummy and another great Niagara oaked chard! From the LCBO web site, check stock:
Housed in a heritage home, Kew has a charming back patio where visitors can enjoy a stunning view of the vineyard. Their Old Vine Chardonnay is barrel-fermented and aged for 11 months in oak and shows tropical fruit, lemon, apple, a snappy acidity and a pure minerality. It will drink through 2025+ with smoked cheese or grilled pork.
Garnet in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dried fruit notes and red cherries along with some tomato. On the medium length finish the wine displays some mild acidity and tannins. This is definitely a lighter Nebbiolo, I would give it an -88 I won’t be rushing back for more. From the LCBO web site, check stock.
Best known for Barolo and Barbaresco, the Nebbiolo variety also thrives in some parts of the nearby hills of Alba. This wine is less rigidly built than its brethren but still quite structured, offering earthy red fruit on a supportive frame. Savour now through 2025 with hearty meat dishes and firm cheeses.
Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate this wine is a spot on varietal Chianti Classic with nice cherry and mocha notes. On the medium length finish the wine is nice and dry with smooth tannins, some edgy acidity and some tomato notes. Another very good Chianti classico, a definite yumm, I would give it an 88 or so, I’ll definitely go back and grab more! From the LCBO web site, check stock
First produced in 1997, this wine is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Made from 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo, it spent 12 months in Slavonian oak barrels, adding subtle toasty shading to a core of vibrant cherry and cedar. Pour with prosciutto and burrata.
Pale salmon in color with an odd pink grapefruit nose. The wine took me off guard, it was NOT what I was expecting. On the mid palate the wine displays strong, dominant pink grapefruit notes along with some strong acidity. This is an intriguing wine, but you have to open your mind to “different”. The wine honestly reminded me more of a New Zealand Sauv blanc than a Rose … I would give it an 87-88, from the LCBO web site, check stock:
Pasqua 11 Minutes Rosé 2021
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This juice of this delicately coloured rosé spends 11 minutes in contact with the skins, taking its light hue from the combination of Corvina, the white grape Trebbiano di Lugana, Syrah and Carmenère that comprise the blend. The resulting wine is elegant, bright and fruity, with tangy strawberry, citrus, and snappy acidity. A great sipper, this will shine with charcuterie or grilled chicken.
Pale salmon in color with a soft strawberry nose … On the mid palate the wine displays some nice sharp tart strawberry notes that stick nicely on the tongue. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vibrant acidity and the tart strawberry lingers nicely … nice and dry. This is another lovely, reasonably priced Portuguese rose. Sounds like a bit of a kitchen sink blend … I’d give it an 88 or so, yum. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
This salmon-coloured rosé is intense and floral, with red fruit, savoury herbs, orange citrus and a dynamic acidity. Comprising more than 10 indigenous grape varieties, it’s a tasty display of the vast array of styles and expressions that can be crafted from Portugal’s over 250 unique grape varieties. Perfect for sipping or food, this will be a great brunch wine.
Pale golden in color with a vibrant apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays absolutely spot on varietal oaked chard with apple and pear, nice vanilla noes, and some nice creaminess. On the medium length finish the wine display beautiful elegant richness, dryness and smooth acidity that sticks beautifully to the palate. We paired it with pan seared scallops and it was a match made in heaven, I would give it an 88+, and a definite yumm. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
This complex, balanced Russian River Chard is barrel-aged and charming, with peach, melon, lemon citrus and buttery toast. It’s plush and creamy, with a long, integrated finish. Enjoy it tonight with grilled lobster or allow it to evolve through 2024.
Dark in color with a smoky, earthy nose along with some black berries. On the mid palate the wine displays deep rich black berries along with some nice peppery notes, vibrant acidity and firm tannins. On the medium length finish the wine’s acidity lives on the mouth along with some hot alcoholic notes, nice and dry. This like most tannats is an edgy wine, if your looking for smooth, elegant wines, ya this so isn’t that. It’s nice a dry with lots of character to it, but be sure and serve it with something hearty that can hold up to it. I think the wine might be a little young, some patience of decanting would really help ease the alcohol and acidity. For now I would give it an -88. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
Mainly Tannat with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine comes from the home estate of Madiran leader Alain Brumont. The wine balances bold tannins from all three grapes with the power of black fruits, acidity and density. It needs to age and will be ready from 2022. Ranked #54 in Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Wines of 2020.
Dark in color with a nice mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice rich dark cherry notes along with some nice dark plum and tomato notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant acidity and nice tannins, the wine is dry in spite of the 9g/l. This is a LOVELY wine that punches WAY above it’s price point, a definite yum. I will go back and grab a lot more. Wow … We paired it with a Bison ribeye and it went well, not a perfect match, a little big for the food … From the LCBO web site, check stock.
This modern Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cab offers refined floral, candied berry, cedar and ginger aromas with enough structure for short-term cellaring or pairing with food tonight. Great with spaghetti and meatballs, or with grilled lamb with mushroom risotto.
Salmon in color with a mild slightly minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some soft citrus and grapefruit notes, but where this wine lives is in the finish. On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant acidity that sticks to the palate where citrus notes linger nicely, nice and dry. There’s even some interesting smokey notes. This wine reminds me more of a crisp dry white than a rose, so not exactly one of the best wines I’ve had recently but not horrible either. I would give it an 87-88. I have two and won’t return it, but won’t buy more either … From the LCBO web site, check stock:
This stunning value is made from 100% Pinot Noir and promises layers of delicate strawberry, spring blossoms and citrus. Pair with poached salmon, turkey sandwiches or a mushroom salad.
Salmon in color with a smoky flinty nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice crisp minerality, strawberries and the like. The minerality sticks nicely to the tongue leaving some almost lime hints. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp dryness and acidity. A perfect summer sipper, and given the price, a good deal. Check LCBO stock:
Vinho Verde Doc, Portugal Varieties: Azal Tinto, Touriga Nacional and Espadeiro Vintage: 2020 / 11% Vol
Aveleda Fonte Rosé is a typical rosé profile from the Vinho Verde Wine Region. The night harvest allows the grapes to keep their freshness and, consequently, preserve their aromatic properties. This rosé is made using the direct pressing method: when arriving at the vinification center, the grapes are directly pressed at low pressures to avoid skin contact. The alcoholic fermentation happens in stainless steel vats under strictly controlled temperatures to preserve the most typical aromas of the varieties. Fermentation happens in contact with lees in order to keep the freshness of the wine.
Pale rose, in the typical Provence style, this wine is elegant and fruity, with a crisp and delicate bouquet marked by notes of red berries and flowers. The velvet-smooth-texture and penetrating minerality make this wine extremely gastronomic, perfect to pair with dishes with delicate aromas.
Pale salmon in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely vibrant tart strawberry and cranberry notes along with some strong palate coating citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays vibrant acidity and citrus notes that linger nicely, nice and dry. For the money this is a lovely wine, if there were any comment it’s that the fruit is not prominent overwhelmed by the acidity, but still a lovely wine, especially for the money! Yup, yum! From the back of the label this is cab franc based. From the LCBO web site check stock:
Cave Spring Dry Rosé VQA
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Light salmon pink colour; floral, pink grapefruit, herbs and jam aromas; extra dry, medium-bodied with grapefruit flavours, balanced acidity and good finish
Very pale salmon in color with a soft minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine delivers some strong acidity, tart pink grapefruit and citrus notes. On the medium length finish the acidity sticks to the tongue nicely … quite dry! The fruit is kinda overwhelmed by the acidity, but it’s a nice wine anyway. I would give it a -88 or so … From the LCBO web site, check stock:
This bright, fresh rosé comes to us courtesy of the Perrin family of the renowned Château de Beaucastel. It’s juicy and focused, with strawberry, orange citrus, Provençal herbs and spice. A perfect match for tapas or grilled chicken.
Dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays nice rich black cherry and black plum along with some dark chocolate notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice pepper, FIRM acidity and tannins … nice and dry. It’s a little young, but a little breathing will do the trick. For the price this is a good deal IMHO, I would give it an 88 or so … From the LCBO web site, check stock:
Bordeaux’s 2018 vintage was the hottest, driest season in 50 years and produced ripe, opulent wines. This blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc was sourced from clay, gravel and sand soils and is rich and succulent, with savoury herbs, oak spice and chocolate tones. Pair with a burger, or steak and mushrooms.
Dark in color with a rich dark berry nose … a promising sign of what’s to come! On the mid palate the wine is a deep rich dark berry, dark cherry, dark chocolate and the like. A lovely rich wine. On the medium length finish the wine displays nice smooth tannins and acidity, nice and dry. I would give this an 88 or so, yum, one of the nicer cabs in a while, check LCBO stock:
Fruit from six vineyards (70% from Sonoma County and 30% from Contra Costa County) compose this American oak-aged red. Luscious aromas of licorice, leather, plum, and cinnamon toast entice the nose before black coffee and blackberry are coated in satin on a palate defined by supple yet structured tannins. Bittersweet dark chocolate carries more dark fruit to a balanced, long, and somewhat spicy finish. Score – 92. (Meridith May, tastingpanelmag.com, Jan./Feb. 2021)
Dark in color with a mild cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine packs a punch with vibrant dark cherries, dark chocolate tomato and mocha notes. On the medium length finish especially without food the wine displays lovely rich, firm, velvety tannins and vibrant acidity … nice and dry. This is a beautifully complex Chianti classico, definitely a yum wine. I would give it an 88+. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
This wine is 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot sourced from vines 15-30 years of age. It takes its name from Marquis Mazzei’s distinguished ancestor Ser Lapo, who is credited with authoring the first official mention of Chianti, on Dec. 16, 1398. It’s fresh and structured, with dark cherry, blackberry, smoke and earth. A wine of depth and complexity that will cellar for a decade or more.
These days, I find myself in the minority, I enjoy oaked chards. This one is golden in color with a nice apple and pear nose. On the mid palate the wine is a lovely well oaked, but not over baked chard displaying lovely vanilla and caramel notes along with apple and pear … On the medium length finish the wine is nice and creamy with smooth acidity to balance it out. Quite a rich chard, we paired it with pan seared scallops and it was lovely. I would give it an 88+, probably one of the nicest new to us chards in a while. Yum. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
Dark in color with a mild black berry nose along with some oaky notes. On the mid palate the wine displays dark black berries to match the nose along with some mild oaky notes. On the medium length finish there’s some vibrant acidity and white pepper notes along with some smokey/tobacco notes especially noticeable without food. This is a reasonable complex wine, but it does not come cheap. I would give it a -88 or so … Check stock, from the LCBO web site (apologies the LCBO have yet again changed their website, making copying and pasting more time consuming :() :
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Valley offers a fresh, nicely focused, classic Sonoma character as well as medium to full body, lots of cassis and plum fruits, a solid sense of minerality, and ample tobacco and graphite-like nuances. It should be an outstanding wine. Score – 90-92. (jebdunnuck.com, July 22, 2021)
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This modern Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cab offers refined cherry and berry aromas with enough structure for short-term cellaring or pairing with food tonight. Great with spaghetti and meatballs, or with grilled lamb with mushroom risotto.
Inky dark in color with a nice black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some juicy rich black cherry notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine display some nice dusty tannins, a hint of sweetness and some mild acidity, along with some mild peppery notes. There are some minor herbal notes but all in all a nice cab sauv, I would give it an -88. We paired it with a striploin and it was a yumm moment. Quite nice.
750 mL bottle | VINTAGES#: 12331$21.95WO93 (0)Write a Review
A delectably styled cabernet; the fragrant bouquet shows blackcurrant, dark cherry, violet, vanilla and cedar characters with a touch of tobacco complexity. It is succulent, supple and lingering on the palate with excellent weight and intensity, finishing long and very tasty. At its best: now to 2028. Score – 93. (Sam Kim, wineorbit.co.nz, Sept. 2020)
Dark in color with a nice black berry nose … On the mid palate the displays lovely rich black berries, black cherries and the like to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant acidity smooth tannins and lovely dark chocolate/coffee notes and palate coating dryness … oh and a hint of peppery notes. This is a very good Bordeaux for the price, not as complex or velvety as more expensive wines but priced just right. We paired it with a grilled Filet Mignon and it was heaven, yum, I would give it an 88+! It should also improve with even as little as a year in the cellar. I often prefer when Cab Franc is in the mix as it is in this one, if even in small amounts. I wish the LCBO/the French were more upfront in the mix as they are with this wine. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc
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45% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc. There is a lovely depth of fruit on the nose, the palate has beautiful density of dark cherries and smokey hints, with freshness and very silky tannins, lively refreshing and very satisfying. Score – 94. (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2016)
Release Date:February 19, 2022750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Bordeaux, FranceBy:A. Deluze Et FilsSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & SmoothVarietal:Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc
Dark in color with a mild cherry nose with some oaky notes coming through. On the mid palate this wine is a BIG one with lots of dark cherries, tomato notes, firm vibrant acidity and noticeable oak. On the medium length finish the tang from the tomato notes lives on as does some palate coating tannins, dryness and acidity. If you like your wines smooth and elegant, ya this is NOT that, so be careful what you serve this with. I went with a smoked trout and honestly it kinda blew the fish away but was heavenly with the chocolate browning. I would give this an 88 … It’s possible this is a bit young and some aging, or decanting might help. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
750 mL bottle | VINTAGES#: 22761$17.00JS924.5 (2)Write a Review
Intense aromas of blackberries, flowers and bark. Medium to full body and firm, chewy tannins. Delicious finish. Drink now. Score – 92. (jamessuckling.com, Aug. 10, 2020)
Release Date:January 8, 2022750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Tuscany, ItalyBy:Soc. Agr. Fattoria Di Piazzano S.S.Sugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Sangiovese Blend
Pale straw in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some apple and pear. On the mid palate the wine displays some oaky, toasty, spicy/pepper notes with a slightly creamy texture, nice and dry. If your expecting a oak dominant chard you will be disappointed, this leans more to the side of an unoaked chard to my tastes. There some nice mouth grip to the minerality and citrus notes. The LCBO site said grapefruit, I’m not sure I am leaning that far but it has some tangy notes. I would give it an 87-88, expectations are everything and this didn’t meet mine sadly. I won’t be running back for more, it you like more unoaked this might be a nice compromise. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
750 mL bottle | VINTAGES#: 186346$18.95AWC96 (0)Write a Review
Parcels of clones 95 and 76, free-run juice direct to barrel, wild yeast fermentation, matured for 10 months in French oak. An elegant, tightly focused wine built on grapefruit and white peach fruit flavours. The length and balance are very good. Drink by: 2030. Special Value. Score – 96. (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, Aug. 1, 2020)
Release Date:February 19, 2022750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:South Australia, AustraliaBy:Ashwood Estate Pty Ltd Trading As SSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & Rich
Dark in color with a nice mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine packs a bunch with beautiful rich dark berries along with mocha and smokey/oaky notes. On the medium length in finish the wine has some lovely crisp dryness, tannnins and acidity … oh and some tomatoey notes. I would give this an 88+, another delicous Chianti Classico, and definitely a more complex one. Yumm … Go grab some more! From the LCBO web site, check stock:
750 mL bottle | VINTAGES#: 540922$17.95JS93 (0)Write a Review
This is a really delicious Chianti Classico with cherry, light chocolate and some floral and citrus undertones. Medium-bodied. It shows lovely depth and a layered texture with ripe, round tannins. Drink or hold [for 7+ years]. Score – 93. (jamessuckling.com, Aug. 11, 2021)
Release Date:March 19, 2022750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Tuscany, ItalyBy:Casa Vinicola Luigi Cecchi + FigliSugar Content:3 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Chianti
Garnet in color with a nice soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine has lovely soft red fruits, strawberry and raspberry and the like along some some lovely palate coating rustic notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays smooth tannins and vibrant acidity, nice and dry. This is a lovely, varietal, fruit forward, food friendly wine, a bargain for the price, I would give it an 88 or so … Yum! A bargain for the price … BUY MORE 😉 From the LCBO web site, check stock:
750 mL bottle | VINTAGES#: 624924$19.95TAT894.0 (1)Write a Review
From vines planted in 2006, this friendly-priced Pinot was aged in French oak for nine months and promises juicy strawberry, exotic spices and earthy notes. A versatile food wine, it’ll pair with beef stew, blackened salmon or mushroom risotto.[Tim Atkin, MW, did not include a tasting note.] Score – 89. (timatkin.com, South Africa Special Report 2021)
Release Date:March 19, 2022750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.8%Made In:Elgin, South AfricaBy:Thelema Mountain VineyardsSugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Pinot Noir