Rcabernet Sauvignon 2017

Dark in color with a nice black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some black cherries, blackberries and cassis. On the medium length finish the wine has some strong acidity, mild peppery notes and mild tannins. This is not a bad cab, but sadly, not a great one either. I would give it an 87-88. I bought two, will likely take one back.

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750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  13181$19.95

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This is a balanced, plush, bold Cabernet that hits all the marks. There’s a complex array of aromas and flavours to indulge in, including blueberry, blackcurrant, bramble, baking spice, mocha and graphite. Displaying great tension and backbone, this has the oomph for big dishes such as lamb shanks or venison. (Vintages panel, July 2019)Read More 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:January 11, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:California, USABy:V VinesSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & Firm

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San Fabiano Calcinaia Chianti Classico 2016

Every now and then a wine come along that makes you go … yummm. Ok, I probably should have led with spolier alert 🙂 Dark in color with a nice mild cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice vibrant cherries to match the nose, along with some nice tobacco and leather notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely, complex, dusty tannins that are best appreciated without food. It’s super dry and coats the mouth beautifully. Acidity is well balanced as is alcohol. We paired it with a red sauce based pasta and it went perfectly. This really is an amazing, well made Chianti Classico for a bargain of a price. This wine will easily keep a good 5 years I would say. I would give this an 88+. Why this hasn’t flown off the shelf is beyond me, it was release in Nov 2019.

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Sangiovese

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  23408$21.95JS94

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***LATE ARRIVAL. PRODUCT NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE.***A very intense nose of soaked fruit with blackberry compote, licorice, tea leaves, tobacco and ash. Full-bodied, very structured and serious, which is not something you can often say about a normal Chianti Classico. Chewy, but the acidity more than balances everything out. Drink in 2020. Score – 94. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Sept. 11, 2018)Read More 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:November 9, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Tuscany, ItalyBy:San Fabiano CalcinaiaSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Full-bodied & SmoothVarietal:Sangiovese

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2018 Tawse Growers Blend Rose

Salmon in color with a mild strawberry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice sharp strawberry notes along with some firm acidity and some mild tannins. This is more of a fruity rose on the mid palate but more of vibrant acidity on the finish. An interesting contrast. I’d give it an 88 or so. Not in the LCBO but available for $20.15 at the winery.

From the winery’s web site:

Retail$20.15 Case$241.80VARIETIESPinot Noir GamayVINTAGE2018 COUNTRYCanada REGIONVQA Niagara PeninsulaAlcohol12% Bottle size750 mL DRINKING WINDOW2019 – 2020Winemaking Notes

The 2018 Grower’s Blend Rosé is a Pinot Noir- based blend with Cabernet Franc, Gamay Noir and Pinot Gris. To impart structure and colour, it was made using a process called “saignée” though which we combine the free-run juice of select single-vineyard red grapes before they are pressed. The result is a beautiful pale pink and aromatic Rose that is bursting with aromas of cherry blossom, ripe strawberry and watermelon alongside an almost confectionary-like sweetness. The palate is ripe with sweet strawberries and pineapple with a well-rounded mouth-feel. This is a very quaffable wine indeed.Growing Conditions

Sourced from select Niagara Peninsula vineyards. Viticultural practices included vertical shoot positioning, shoot thinning, cluster thinning, hand leaf removal and hand harvest.Food Pairing

Rose is always the easiest and most versatile wine to pair with. This wine is the perfect match for fried calamari, crab cakes, jerk chicken or a beet and goat cheese salad.

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Hahn Monterey Chardonnay 2017

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine starts off with some apple and pear coming through that are quickly overwhelmed by strong peppery notes and firm acidity. Not to the point of bitter, but close. The wine has some slight creamyness to it, and it’s nice and dry. For me, the fruit is being way overshadowed, I think this would improve in a year or two or with aerating, but for now it’s not to my tastes. Lots of chards are way more up my alley … I’d give it an 87-88. If I had more I’d return them 🙁

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Chardonnay

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  234393$21.95

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This winery is still owned and run by the Hahn family, who founded it in 1980. Their 2017 Chardonnay spent five months in oak and offers suggestions of buttered scone, apple and just-ripe banana. There’s a nice balance of fruit with oak and vibrancy with roundness, and the finish is tangy and gently toasty. Savour this through 2023 with barbecued scallops or lobster linguine. (Vintages panel, May 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 6, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14.5%Made In:California, USABy:Hahn Family WinesSugar Content:7 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & RichVarietal:Chardonnay

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Firriato Santagostino Baglio Sorìa Nero d’Avola/Syrah 2013

Inky dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some bold rich dark plums along with some noticeable oaky notes, and some mocha/coffee. On the medium length finish the wine displays some black peppery notes from the syrah, nice and dry along with some firm tannins and acidity. This wine has some nice complexity displaying flavors on a number of levels. I would give this an 88-89. We paired it with a striploin and yum, it went well, holding it’s own without overwhelming the food. For the price this is a good deal.

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750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  291369$19.95JS91

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Authentic wine from southern Italy, showing aromas of cherries, red plums and orange peel. Medium to full body, velvety tannins and a beautiful and shining finish. A blend of nero d’avola and syrah. Delicious now. Score – 91. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Oct. 22, 2018)Read More 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:November 9, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14.5%Made In:Sicily, ItalyBy:FirriatoSugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & Smooth

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2018 Domaine Queylus Rose

I finally stopped by the Domaine Queylus winery and did some tastings. They, sadly, were all out of the to die for, 2013 Merlot. This particular wine is 100% Pinot noir and is made using a process called Saignee that I’d never heard of. The wine is quite pale salmon in color with a mild minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some interesting, unique flavors with lots of crisp dry minerality and some red wine like notes coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vibrant acidity. This is quite a tasty, dry, unique rose. I would give it an 88 or so. Yumm. At $23.95 a bottle, only at the winery, it’s quite a bargain! Oh, and the winery is pronounced Kaylus (similar to the Klingon Messianic figure).

From the winery’s web site:

A delightful pale salmon colour, this Pinot Noir Rosé has a lovely nose of peaches and pears, with overtones of cranberries and red apples and faint scents of wildflower honey. Over summer 2018, we expect this bone-dry Rosé to round out and show more light-raspberry flavours on the rich mid-palate and zesty citrus finish.

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Domäne Wachau Terrassen Federspiel Riesling 2018

Pale in color with a nice crisp, dry nose with some honey suckle coming through. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice varietal honey suckle notes with some nice dryness and minerality. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lively acidity and some citrus notes. This is not as complex or long as some Alsatian wines, but quite good none the less. I would give it an -88, super food friendly!

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Riesling

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  491902$19.95WE89

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Subtle notes of mandarin and pear play gently alongside lemon on the aromatic nose. The palate is juicy and mild and the warm vintage expresses itself in citrus pith rather than zest. The finish is dry and fresh. Score – 89. (Anne Krebiehl, MW, Wine Enthusiast, July 1, 2019)Read Less 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:December 7, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Wachau, AustriaBy:Domane Wachau EgenSugar Content:5 g/LStyle:Aromatic & FlavourfulVarietal:Riesling

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2012 Ridgepoint Cab/Merlot/Aglianco

I’ve been a fan of Ridgepoint for a long time now. The people are amazing and it’s lovely to see them bring their Italian roots to Niagara! At my recent visit they shared that they are working on growing Glera, the grape primarily used in Proseccos to Niagara. This particular wine is dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice rich elegant dark fruits, dark cherries, mocha, and some mild peppery notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth dryness, tannins and acidity. This is very nice well made wine. I would give it an 88-89. We paired it with cheese ravioli in tomato sauce and it was yummy. Held it’s own without overwhelming the food. You will have to visit the winery to get this wine for $30 a bottle. If you do go, be sure and include some time in their country kitchen for lunch, or in the summer on their patio. Did I mention I’m a fan 🙂 The Aglianco was sourced from Vieni who have sadly decided to stop growing this grape, so get while the getting is good. Did I mention yum? I thought not 🙂

From the Winery’s web site:

This unique blend was crafted using Cabernet Sauvignon (39%), Cabernet Franc (19%), Merlot (38%) and wine made from dried Aglianico (4%) grapes.  Bold and full bodied, this wine has a dark ruby colour and intense aromas and flavours of wild berries, plum, cassis and dried fruits.  This wine can be enjoyed now but the wine will age gracefully over the next several years.

Enjoy with family and friends served with Bistecca all Fiorentina, Pasta Bolognese, or an aged Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

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2018 Quinta da Aveleda Vinho Verde

Vinho Verde as it turns out, it not a grape, but more of a style, and the grapes used can vary … This one is 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 nice lime … On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice lively acidity that dance on the tongue and linger leaving some nice citrus/lime notes, nice and dry. This is a wine that could easily hold it’s own with spicy food, but we paired it with pan fried haddock and it went perfectly. For take two, we paired it with BBQ sauce pork ribs, and it held it’s own perfectly. This particular Vinho Verde is made from a blend of Loureiro and Alvarinho grapes, no idea the blend. It’s made in a drink now style, similar in some ways to a sauv blanc. This particular Vinho Verde does not have any effervescence to it, some do. I would give this a solid -88 which for the price is a bargain! It’s a general list product at the LCBO. Check stock

Vinho Verde

750 mL bottle  |   LCBO#:  89995$12.55

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Pale lemon yellow with green highlights; aromas of green apple, grapefruit, and perfume; dry, fresh and lively, with a slight spritz, steely mineral notes as well as flavours of lime and granny smith apples.Read Less 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:11.5%Made In:PortugalBy:Sociedade Agricola E. ComercialSugar Content:6 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Light & CrispVarietal:Vinho Verde

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Domäne Wachau Terrassen Federspiel Grüner Veltliner 2018

Pale in color with a mid nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild green apple notes along with some citrus. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice minerality, and crispness. It’s nice and dry, and super food friendly. A very versatile wine. I would give it an -88.

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Grüner Veltliner

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  31534$17.95WE90

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Notes of both green and yellow pears shine on the nose. The palate has a pronounced saltiness and bright lemon highlights, supported by a savory backbone. Score – 90. (Anne Krebiehl, MW, Wine Enthusiast, July 1, 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:December 7, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12%Made In:Wachau, AustriaBy:Domane Wachau EgenSugar Content:2 g/LStyle:Light & CrispVarietal:Grüner Veltliner

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2018 Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas! Dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark cherry notes along with some mocha. On the lighter side of medium in length on the finish the wine displays some smooth soft acidity and tannins. This is definitely more of a fruit forward, drink now style of cab, juicy and jammy. I would give it an -88 or so.

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Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  451336$17.95$19.95 Save $2.00 Limited Time Offer
Until January 5, 2020

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California Cabernet is amazingly popular – and rightly so! This one is loaded with ripe black fruit, cherry, cassis, plum, dark chocolate, and vanilla. It is an amazing value priced Cali Cab and ideal for barbecued ribs, or rare steak.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 3, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:California, USABy:Constellation Brands Inc. (Us)Sugar Content:8 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

From the winery’s web site:

Our Cabernet Sauvignon is dark red in color with aromas of cherry and currant and notes of leather and tobacco leaf, along with hints of dark chocolate and mocha from oak aging. This wine is fruit forward on the entry with a rich, round mouthfeel and fine, supple tannins leading to a long finish.
Double Gold Medal,2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

VINTAGE

2013 was a superb growing season. The wines show beautiful color extraction, intense aromas, and excellent flavor concentration.

GRAPE SOURCING

We source our grapes from select Central Coast and North Coast vineyards where cool nights and warm afternoon breezes ripen the fruit slowly for intense flavor and elegant textures. North Coast vineyards, including Bald Eagle, showcase blackberry, black currant, richness, and chewy tannins, while Central Coast Pine Creek and Pinnacles feature red currant, plum, dried herb, and firm structure.

WINEMAKING

Aged 16 months in French and American oak.
Alc: 13.5% | TA: 6.2g/L | pH: 3.6 | RS: 3.2g/L.
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 3% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Petite Sirah

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Castelli del Grevepesa Castelgreve Chianti Classico 2016

Dark in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice red berry notes to match the nose along with some noticeable oak and dried fruit notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth acidity, dryness and tannins. Its a lovely varietal, classic example of Chianti classico done right. I’d give it an 88 or so …

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750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  573485$17.95 JS90

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Lots of red cherries, herbs, orange rind and cedar on the nose of this pretty Chianti Classico. Medium-bodied with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now. Score – 90. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Oct. 20, 2017)Read More 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:December 7, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.6%Made In:Tuscany, ItalyBy:Castelli Del GrevepesaSugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & Fruity

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Château de la Bretesche Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2017

Pale in color with a mild minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some apple notes, and minerality to match the nose. On the medium length finish the crisp, vibrant acidity coats the palate, nice and dry. The sur lie makes the wine slightly creamy in texture. I would give it an -88 which for the price is not bad at all. Quite food friendly. There are some similarity, and some differences to a chard.

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  412163$14.95

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PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:September 14, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12%Made In:Loire, FranceBy:Jérémie Huchet, vign.Sugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Aromatic & Flavourful

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Willy Gisselbrecht Tradition Pinot Blanc 2017

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some soft green apple notes along with some mild honey suckle notes. On the medium length finish the acidity lingers nicely. A food friendly wine with some nice complexity on the finish. The wine displays some flavors I am ill suited to eloquently put into words. I would give it an -88. Greg gave this to me to expand my horizons into yet more Alsace wines, which has been successful, this is a unique flavor profile to me. Light and crisp seems to be a light description 🙂

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  557801$16.95

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Pinot Blanc can be used to create lithe, elegant wines or big, robust wines and this one tends more to the former. Expect layers of subtle orchard fruit and a lovely, silken texture. This will be a versatile wine to pair with a wide range of foods.[The Concours Général Paris did not include a tasting note.] Score – Gold. (Concours Général Paris, 2018)Read More 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:December 7, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.4%Made In:Alsace, FranceBy:Willy Gisselbrecht & FilsSugar Content:7 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Light & Crisp

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COL DEL FORNO RIVE DI REFRONTOLO Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG – Brut

I had the pleasure of attending a Wines of Veneto event, held by the Italian consulate and I learned lots, including how much proseccos can vary. This particular one was my favorite of the three we tasted. So here are the fun facts. Prosecco, by law, like champagne, can only be made in one specific region. It must contain at least 85% Glera (the grape). This particular one is 100%. Some proseccos are NV (Non vintage, like most champagnes, meaning they blend grapes from different years to achieve consistent flavor). Some proseccos (like champagne again) are left on the lees imparting a creamy texture to the prosecco. This one did not have any creamyness to it. And lastly, proseccos can be fined, although the notes on this prosecco do not mention what it was fined with. Fining a wine is the process of adding an agent that binds to large particles in the wine like pieces of stems, seeds etc, these then fall to the bottom leaving a perfectly clear wine. Often when you read a wine is vegan, or vegetarian it refers mostly to the use of non animal based agents. As an FYI, in Canada, there is no process that a winery can follow to “certify” itself as vegan or vegetarian.

Ok, back to this prosecco … pale in color with a nice soft minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine spot on matches the nose with lovely crisp dry minerally, and citrus notes. Without food the wine’s acidity gently coat the palate leaving a lovely lingering dryness, with lively acidity. This is a super food friendly wine, but I found the complexity was best appreciated on it’s own. At 7g/l this is a dry prosecco. I really enjoyed it. I would give it an 88 or so. Sadly, not currently in the LCBO, but available from Kylix wines for $23 a bottle. Yumm.

From the winery’s web site:

Vines cultivated at over 240 metres above sea level produce the grapes used to make this crystal clear sparkling wine with delicate hints of crisp fruit, acacia and wisteria blossoms. It goes well with all dishes, including fish. In the mouth it reveals an uncommon elegance that’s full and luscious. Serve at 10-12 °C.

VITIGNO100% Glera
ALTIMETRIA200 m.s.l.m
TIPOLOGIA DI TERRENOclay with sandstone subsoil
SISTEMA DI ALLEVAMENTOmodified cappuccina
DENSITÀ DI IMPIANTO3500 ceppi per ettaro
PRODUZIONE PER ETTARO130q/ha
GRADAZIONE ALCOLICA11,5% vol.
RESIDUO ZUCCHERINO7g/l
FORMATI DISPONIBILI0,75l, 1,5l
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Trimbach Riesling 2016

I was walking through my local LCBO and they had this wine on clearance, a whopping $7 off so I grabbed one. I’ve been on a bit of a journey of rediscovery on Rieslings, specifically from Alsace thanks to Greg! Now at $25 this is up there in what I would pay on a flyer, but at $18, well … Pale in color with a nice crisp dry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays mostly citrus noes, along with a slight hint of honey suckle, and I mean a hint. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice lively acidity. As it warmed up and especially the next day (ya there was some left over if you can imagine) the wine’s length improved. For $18, it’s a good wine, at $25 not so much. I would give it an -88. Super food friendly.

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750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  734517$25.95WE93

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Wet stone and fresh lemon are faint but distinct on the nose. A pure lemon flavor streaks across the slender, taut palate, with a comet-like spray of freshness. This wine is dry and, if it weren’t for juicy glimpses of ripe lemon, would be almost austere. Score – 93. (Anne Krebiehl, MW, Wine Enthusiast, Aug. 1, 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 25, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Alsace, FranceBy:F.E. TrimbachSugar Content:6 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Aromatic & Flavourful

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Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Pale in color with a nice grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice firm minerality, and citrus notes. On the medium length finish the lively acidity coats the mouth and lingers nicely. This is a lively sauv blanc able to hold it’s own with lots of different foods, nice and dry. Be sure and try this a little warmer than out of the fridge to appreciate it’s edge. I would give it an -88 or so. Quite nice!

Sauvignon Blanc

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  919514$19.95NM90

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From the Marlborough, a bright and zesty Sauvignon Blanc with crunchy green apple, gooseberry, lime zest and fresh green herb flavours on the palate. Intense and vibrant. Pair with fish tacos and grilled chicken dishes. Drink: 2019-2022. Score – 90. (Natalie MacLean, nataliemaclean.com, July 4, 2019)Read More 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:November 9, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Marlborough, New ZealandBy:Wither HillsSugar Content:5 g/LStyle:Aromatic & FlavourfulVarietal:Sauvignon Blanc

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2018 Pardevalles Albarín Blanco DO Tierra de León

We had the pleasure of stopping by George Brown’s chef house that was featuring a Spanish chef making a multi course meal with wine pairings and this one was on the list. Pale in color with a nice crisp dry, minerally nose inviting you in. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with crisp dry minerality, some nice lime notes too. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice lively acidity that lives on nicely in the mouth. Quite a tasty wine for sure. I would give it an 88 or so. Sadly, not in the LCBO but available by the case from Nicholas Pearce Wines for $21.95 a bottle in cases of 12. From NP Wines web site:

12x750ml
90pts James Suckling
​Tropical Fruit & Minerality
A straw yellow color wine with green reflections. On the nose there are predominate fruity notes and touches of vegetables, typical of the Albarín grape. In the mouth it is fresh, acidic, fruity, with considerable body and with a tasty and persistent palate. The Albarín grape is an indigenous grape from the south of the province of Leon and Asturias. This grape variety has almost disappeared yet Pardevalles have recuperated it.

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Château de Pont Touraine 2018

Touraine as you may know is the little sister to Sancerre where here too, Sauv Blanc is the star. The wines are quite a bit less expensive than Sancerre’s. This one is pale in color with a nice citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice vibrant citrus notes to match the nose along with some nice minerality. On the medium length finish the wine has some vibrant acidity with some nice mouth grip. Not as edgy as some, but still a very good Touraine. I would give it an 88 or so. Nice and dry! Quite nice for the price! Go get some!

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750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  667493$16.95

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Here’s another stunning value in Sauvignon Blanc from Touraine. Green melon, lime and peach blossom intermingle with hints of tropical fruit. Nice balance and freshness. Perfect for freshwater fish, it’ll also go nicely with lox and cream cheese. (Vintages panel, Nov. 2018)Read More 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:September 28, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Loire, FranceBy:Alliance LoireSugar Content:3 g/LStyle:Aromatic & Flavourful

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2017 Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay

Nice golden color with a nice rich apple and pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays bold rich apple and pair notes that match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice buttery, rich creamy notes and some nice vanilla. This really is a lovely rich, complex, oaked cali chard just up my alley, nice and dry! Perfect for scallops and white fish like pickerel, cod or haddock. It’s not as oaked as some, not as over baked as some, but yummy. I would give it a solid 88. It’s right now $2 off. Grab it now. Pretty sure this will easily keep 2-5 years with no issue.

Chardonnay

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  369686$19.95$21.95 Save $2.00 Limited Time Offer
Until December 1, 2019

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One hundred percent barrel-fermented Chardonnay with the richness one wants from California. Plenty of sunny fruit and lively freshness. Creamy and round with notes of buttered toast and tropical fruits. Try with char-grilled corn on the cob, or with grilled chicken.Read More 

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PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 3, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:California, USABy:Jackson Wine Estates InternationalSugar Content:8 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Full-bodied & RichVarietal:Chardonnay

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Anciano 7 Year Gran Reserva Tempranillo

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some bright cherries on the mid palate along with some nice tobacco and oak. On the medium length finish you get some vibrant acidity and medium tannins. It’s nice and dry. I would give it an -88 which for the price is not a bad deal at all. This is a general list product. Sorry I forgot to note the year 🙁

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Tempranillo

750 mL bottle  |   LCBO#:  464214$13.95

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Grapes harvested from 30 year old vines are used to produce this elegant and smooth red. Pouring a brilliant garnet colour, expect subtle aromas of sandalwood, vanilla and raspberry; the palate is dry and medium/full in body with flavours of red berry and cedar spice balanced by medium acidity and fine tannins.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Valdepenas, SpainBy:Bodegas NavalonSugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & SmoothVarietal:Tempranillo

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District 7 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Dark in color with a mild nose, some oak coming through. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice vibrant black cherries and cassis. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice tannins and acidity. There’s also a hint of pepper and some hot alcohol notes when tasted without food. This is not a bad cab for the price at all. There are NO herbal, green or astringent notes that I find off putting. I would give it an -88. I would consider this more of a drink now, although some breathing would help. The LCBO say full bodied and firm, that depends on whether it’s with or without food for me …

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750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  10473$17.00

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California is divided into 17 grape crush districts, encompassing a wide range of climate, terrain and soil types. District 7 is Monterey County, home to world-class vineyards and exceptional wines. This one boasts excellent balance and integration between the cherry and raspberry fruit and vanilla and oak spice tones. Fruity with an underlying black pepper complexity, this will be a good option for roast pork with prunes. (Vintages panel, Feb. 2019)[The Harvest Challenge did not include a tasting note.] Score – 93. (Harvest Challenge, 2018)Read More 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:November 9, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:California, USABy:Scheid FamilySugar Content:10 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & Firm

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Laurenz V. Friendly Grüner Veltliner 2016

Pale in color with a nice minerally/citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely, vibrant racy citrus notes and acidity. This is a lively wine that can hold it’s own with lots of food choices. On the medium length finish the vibrant acidity lives on in the mouth. This is ABSOLOUTELY NOT a summer sipper 🙂 I would give it an 88 or so. If your looking for a classic Grüner this is a perfect example! The LCBO say light and crisp? Bizarre

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750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  66225$19.95WS91

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Generous yet bone-dry, featuring white peach, apple, lemon and elderflower aromas and flavors. Firm, with a finish that verges on austere, yet remains long, picking up a mineral edge. Drink now through 2024. Score – 91. (Bruce Sanderson, winespectator.com, Sept. 30, 2018)Read More 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:November 9, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Kamptal, AustriaBy:Laurenz V Fine Wine GmbhSugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Light & Crisp

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Quails’ Gate Dry Riesling 2018

Pale in color with a varietal honeysuckle nose. On the mid palate the wine is nice and dry, crisp, with honey suckle being the dominant flavor. On the medium length finish the wine has some nice crisp minerality, some citrus notes and lively acidity. The wine has some nice mouth grip. We had it with BBQ sauced pulled pork and it held up well. The acidity is particularly noticeable as it warms up where it beautifully coats the palate with flavors! I would give it an -88. Quite a good dry riesling. The LCBO say aromatic and flavorful, I agree totally, perfect description. From the LCBO web site: Check stock

Riesling

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  308312$19.95

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The Stewart family at Quails’ Gate have been making wine since 1989 from vines planted in 1961. The 2017 vintage of this Dry Riesling won Gold at the National Wine Awards of Canada. Expect similar greatness from this latest vintage, which will be at peak drinking through 2023 with your favourite seafood, chicken or pork dish.Read More 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:August 17, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:British Columbia, CanadaBy:Quails’ Gate Vyds. Estate WinerySugar Content:6 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Aromatic & FlavourfulVarietal:RieslingThis is a VQA wine

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Pepper Tree Merlot 2016

Dark in color with dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some complex dark plums, cherries and some peppery notes, quite an intensely flavored wine. On the medium length finish the wine displays firm tannins, acidity and noticeable alcohol. This is a shockingly complex wine, but a little young. I would give it an -88 but be sure and pair it with something pretty big or you won’t taste anything but the wine. It earns it’s name, lots of pepper, not a wimpy merlot at all. From the LCBO web site: Check stock:

Merlot

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  520528$22.95AWC93

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A come-hither merlot, so approachable and well balanced it’s impossible to criticise it. The flavours are of redcurrant, red cherry, raspberry and cassis couched in integrated but palpable oak, the tannins supersoft. What a bargain. Drink by: 2022. Special Value. Score – 93. (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, Aug. 1, 2019)Read More 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:October 26, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14.8%Made In:South Australia, AustraliaBy:Pepper Tree Wines Pty LtdSugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & SmoothVarietal:Merlot

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