Château Bellevue La Forêt 2020

This is a grape that is new to me, Negrette described as a rustic grape from the South of France, so I decided to give it a while … Dak in color with a mild cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays candied dark cherry notes, leaning more towards black fruits. On the lighter side of medium in length the wine displays some mild black licorice, dark chocolate and coffee undertones along with milder acidity/tannins. The dark fruits to my tastes leaned almost a bit towards a malbec in flavor. I can’t say I loved this wine, but I’m also hard pressed to say I hated it. I can say, I won’t rush back for more. I’d say 87-88. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

$15.95VINTAGES#:354134

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Nice pure red fruit on the nose framed with chocolate and coffee undertones. Intense, structured, and fairly serious. Lingering finish. Score – 90. (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2022)

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  • Release Date January 7, 2023
  • Alcohol/Vol14.5%
  • Made In Southwest, France
  • By Château Bellevue La Forêt
  • Sugar Content2 g/L
  • Varietal Negrette Blend
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Rocca di Castagnoli Chianti Classico 2019

Ruby in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays nice firm dark cherries along with some dark chocolate and mocha notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays firm tomato notes as well as dusty tannins and vibrant acidity where the dark berry notes linger. This is more of an edgy Chianti than a fruit forward one. Be sure and pair it with something with some oomph 😉 I would give it an -88 or so. It should also keep well and would benefit from some aging or breathing to soften it out a bit. I bought 4, it’s not good enough to go get more, but not bad enough to return them either. I’ll just be patient and let it sit for a while. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

$17.25Original Price$21.95 Save $4.70VINTAGES#:222810

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Rocca di Castagnoli’s 2019 Chianti Classico is supple, racy and wonderfully inviting. Succulent red cherry, tobacco, mint, dried flowers and licorice are some of the many aromas and flavors that open in the glass. Silky and pliant, with terrific depth, the [2019] has a lot to recommend it. This is very nicely done. Drinking window: 2024-2039. Score – 92. (Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Sept. 2021)

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  • Release Date September 10, 2022
  • Alcohol/Vol 13.5%
  • Made In Tuscany, Italy
  • Sugar Content2 g/L
  • Varietal Sangiovese Blend
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Invivo X, SJP Sud de France Rosé 2021

Ok, I have to admit, I avoid celebrity wines. I’m not convinced the celebrity brings anything to the table. I bought this one with no research walking through the LCBO and didn’t even notice this was associated with Sarah Jessica Parker. So with skepticism I opened it … Nice salmon in color with a mild soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice ripe strawberry notes along with some nice vibrant citrus acidity. On the medium length finish the wine is nice and dry as the residual sugar number would imply, and the crisp minerality lingers nicely in the mouth. In spite of this being an SJP wine, I enjoyed it. I would give it an 88 or so, pretty much spot on what I like in a Rose, Yum. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

$19.95VINTAGES#:21585

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From actor Sarah Jessica Parker this [is] another entry in the celebrity-rich field of rose from the south of France. It is pale pastel pink. The nose is soft saffron, rosewater, strawberry and grapefruit. It is medium weight, smooth, dry and slightly bitter. The length is very good. Tasted June 2022. [Drink till 2023.] Score – 89. (David Lawrason, winealign.com)

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  • Release Date December 3, 2022
  • Alcohol/Vol 12.5%
  • Made In France
  • By Vintages Front Line Release
  • Sugar Content 2 g/L
  • Varietal Rosé – Dry
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La Cala Vermentino di Sardegna 2021

Pale straw in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays nice crisp dry citrus notes, lemon and grass. On the medium length finish the vibrant acidity, nice minerality and stone fruits stick nicely to the tongue. This is a lovely crisp dry food friendly wine, yum, grab more, but this is more of a drink now style! I would give it an 88 or so … A friend Greg gave me this one! Thanks Greg! From the LCBO web site, check stock.

$16.95VINTAGES#:627067

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A fresh and crisp vermentino with aromas of sliced pears, golden apples, lemons and sea shells. Medium-bodied, with a simple yet pleasing core of crunchy stone fruit. Drink now. Score – 90. (jamessuckling.com, Sept. 6, 2022)

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  • Release Dat eDecember 3, 2022
  • Alcohol/Vol 12%
  • Made In Sardinia, Italy
  • By Vintages Front Line Release
  • Sugar Content2 g/L
  • Varietal Vermentino
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Ventisquero Grey Glacier Single Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

On behalf of Canadian Wine Guy and I, we want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a safe New Years eve! Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine packs a punch with rich vibrant black cherries along with some dark chocolate. On the medium length finish the wine displays lively acidity, some peppery notes, and smooth tannins … nice and dry. Not a hint of off-putting herbacious notes, just a clean well made cab. I would give this an 88 or so … Yum, for the price, I’ll go back and grab more. From the LCBO web site, Check stock

$19.95VINTAGES#:485474

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Notes of blackberries, blueberries, roses and herbs. It’s medium-bodied with firm, chewy tannins. Fruity, creamy and slightly tannic at the finish. Drink from 2022. Score – 92. (jamessuckling.com, June 3, 2021)

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  • Release Date December 17, 2022
  • Alcohol/Vol14.4%
  • Made In Maipo Valley, Chile
  • By Vintages Front Line Release
  • Sugar Content2 g/L
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
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Graffetta Nero d’Avola 2019

Dark in color with a mild black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice bold rich black cherries to match the nose along with some mocha, vanilla and oak notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice firm acidity, peppery spice and tannins, nice and dry. This is a bigger wine, but not overly edgy. I would give this an 88 or so. Yum, for the price … From the LCBO web site, check stock:

$18.95LCBO#:25590

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This wine is sourced from mostly volcanic soil and has deftly accomplished ripe red fruit, berry and spice notes. Try it with roast meats or medium-aged cheeses. [Drink now till 2024+.] [Luca Maroni did not provide a tasting note.] Score: 93 points. (lucamaroni.com)

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  • Alcohol/Vol 13.5%
  • Made In Sicily, Italy
  • By Graffetta
  • Sugar Content 5 g/L
  • Varietal Nero d’Avola
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Castello di Radda Chianti Classico 2018

This one was recommended by a colleague … dark in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some ripe cherry notes, On the medium length finish, which is where this wine lives, there’s some strong dry tannins and vibrant acidity. On the medium length finish the firm acidity and dry tannins linger in the mouth. This is a bigger Chianti Classico so be careful what you serve it with, perfect for Pizza or spaghetti. I would give it an 87-88. Some breathing or aging may help it ease a bit too … From the LCBO web site, check stock:

$21.95VINTAGES#:16448

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90% Sangiovese, 5% Colorino, 5% Canaiolo. Intense soft cherry and black cherry nose with cedar notes and complex mineral nuances. Ripe tannins supported by a lively acidity. Score – 92. (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2021)

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  • Release DateSeptember 10, 2022
  • Alcohol/Vol 14%
  • Made In Tuscany, Italy
  • By Vintages Front Line Release
  • Sugar Content 2 g/L
  • Varietal Sangiovese
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Castelli del Grevepesa Clemente VII Chianti Classico 2018

Dark in color with a nice a nice red cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely vibrant cherry notes along with some nice tomato hints. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice pepper, solid acidity and dry palate coating tannins. This is lovely varietal Chianti Classico, I would give it an 88+, yumm. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

$18.95VINTAGES#:421388

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A juicy, fruity red with blackberry, walnut and coffee-bean character. Medium-bodied with a solid core of fruit and creamy tannins. It’s long and flavorful. Drink or hold [through 2024+]. Score – 93. (jamessuckling.com, Oct. 27, 2020)

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  • Release Date November 19, 2022
  • Alcohol/Vol14%
  • Made In Tuscany, Italy
  • By Vintages Front Line Release
  • Sugar Content 4 g/L
  • Varietal Sangiovese
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Monte Zovo Bardolino Chiaretto Rosé 2021

Salmon in color with a nice soft red berry nose … On the mid palate the wine displays some nice tart acidity, and cranberry notes. On the medium length finish the zesty acidity clings to the mouth and lingers nicely. This is a tasty wine, and consistent with other Bardolino’s I’ve had. They are a great deal for the price. We paired it with air fried chicken legs and it cut through the fat nicely, and was a nice pairing. I would give it an 88 or so which for the price is a bargoon! Yummy. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

$14.95VINTAGES#:409763

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Made from the local varieties Corvina (60%), Corvinone and Rondinella, this rosé delivers apricot, red plum and sour cherry. Racy acidity lends tart-and-tangy suggestions of grapefruit and white cranberry on the finish. A lovely wine at a friendly price. Pair with grilled tuna or mixed veggies.

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  • Release Date September 10, 2022
  • Alcohol/Vol12.5%
  • Made In Veneto, Italy
  • Sugar Content7 g/L
  • Varietal Rosé
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Tawse Growers Blend Cabernet Franc 2019

When you want to splurge a bit and get a spot on varietal example of what Niagara can do you can’t go wrong with Tawse Growers blends, both the Pinot and Cab Franc are yummy … Dark in color with a lovely cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine delivers with beautiful rich black cherries, some dark chocolate and mocha notes. On the medium length finish the wine packs a punch with firm tannins, vibrant acidity and lots of peppery notes. The flavors coat the palate beautifully and linger, a perfect steak wine! Yumm … I would give it an 88+, but if your looking for a smooth soft elegant wine, ya this SO ISN’T that … Big and bold! From the LCBO web site, check stock:

$29.95VINTAGES#:284570

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Each Niagara vintage lends predication and predisposed possibility to any number of grape varieties and for Tawse it is 2019 that really speaks to cabernet franc. Not exactly in a top, top fruit quality, get ambitious and be generous with wood kind of year. More like a transparent, solid fruit substance and let the varietal ability speak in clear vernacular, is what it is, honest and pure. That’s the case with Grower’s Blend 2019, a franc of great clarity and modesty. From growth through upbringing and towards a long, transparent and highly cognizant life. Those who know will appreciate the herbaceous, crisp and crunchy flavours of this handsome wine. Drink date: 2021-2025. Tasted November 2021. Score – 92. (Michael Godel, winealign.com)

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  • Made In OntarioMade In Ontario

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  • Release Date September 10, 2022
  • Alcohol/Vol 13%
  • Made In Ontario, Canada
  • By Tawse
  • Sugar Content 3 g/L
  • Varietal Cabernet Franc
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Kew Vineyards Rosé 2020

Pale salmon in color with a nice crisp minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine is nice and crisp and dry with soft red berries coming through, ripe strawberries and the like. On the medium length finish the wine displays lovely vibrant acidity and the red berries follow through … This is a lovely, right up my alley Rosé. Really nice, I would give it an 88 or so and yumm! I’ll probably go back and grab some more! From the LCBO web site, check stock:

$19.95VINTAGES#:27362

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This is the third vintage of this rosé made from Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. It was fermented and aged in stainless steel, preserving all the delicate fruit aromas and flavours as well as ensuring freshness and lift. It has an undeniable charm and elegance, with peach, cherry and tropical flavours. A great sipping wine that will be excellent with grilled chicken or veggie kebabs.

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  • Made In OntarioMade In Ontario

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  • Release Date July 16, 2022
  • Alcohol/Vol 12.7%
  • Made In Ontario, Canada
  • By Kew Vineyards
  • Sugar Content 2 g/L
  • Varietal Rosé
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Terra d’Aligi Tatone Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2017

Dark in color with a nice black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some VIBRANT black fruits and dark chocolate. On the medium length finish the wine’s velvety tannins stick nicely to the tongue along with some nice lively acidity … nice and dry, just how I like em! This would pair well with pizza or spaghetti. I would give it an 88 or so, which for the price is a bargain! Yum … From the LCBO web site, check stock:

$16.95VINTAGES#:994616

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[Vintages note] Fermented in stainless steel and matured two years in Slavonian oak, this wine was awarded 94 points on lucamaroni.com (May 15, 2020). It offers suggestions of cured meat and pressed violets along with black cherry, vanilla and mint. Savour with salumi, or pasta dishes with a classic ragù all’Abruzzese (slow-cooked tomatoes, lamb, beef and pork).

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  • Release Date October 22, 2022
  • Alcohol/Vol 13%
  • Made In Abruzzo,
  • By Terra d’Aligi
  • Sugar Content 6 g/L
  • Varietal Montepulciano
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2018 Rodney Strong Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Garnet in color with a bold red cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine packs a punch with bold vibrant cherries, and rustic notes and long with some dark chocolate. On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant pepper notes, and strong acidity where the rustic notes live on … super dry. This is a BIG BOLD varietal pinot. It will easily keep a while, if you could wait, where I suspect it would soften and mature nicely. Right now I would give it a solid 88, albeit an edgy wine. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

$29.95VINTAGES#:954834

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Russian River Valley is among the world’s finest areas outside of Burgundy for growing Pinot Noir. This wine is intense, with lifted black cherry, toast, vanilla and nutty flavours. Pair with thick grilled pork chops, rotisserie chicken or grilled tuna steaks.

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Taste Profile

  • Flavours Floral, Cherry, Toast
  • Sweetness
  • Body
  • Flavour Intensity
  • Tannins

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  • Release Date April 1, 2022
  • Alcohol/Vol 13.9%
  • Made In California, United States
  • By Rodney Strong
  • Sugar Content 2 g/L
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
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Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

Dark in color with a nice black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice vibrant red cherries to match the nose along with some bold peppery/spicy notes and some mild mocha. On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant acidity and mild velvety tannins. There’s some noticeable hot alcohol notes in the mouth. This wine might be a bit young. At the original price of $31.95 it’s not a great deal in my mind, but with the sale price of 25.85 it’s not bad, although I would have to say, I won’t rush to grab more. On the positive side, there are no herbal or minty notes that I really dislike in cabs. I would give it maybe an -88 or so … from the LCBO web site, check stock:

$25.85: Original Price$31.95 Save $6.10

VINTAGES#:39388

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This is a quintessential Napa Valley Cab. It’s filled with the intense cassis for which the region is so noted, along with rich chocolate, toast, vanilla, and oak spice. A wine for grilled burgers or steak, it will evolve for another 3-5 years.

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  • Release Date August 13, 2022
  • Alcohol/Vol 13.5%
  • Made In California, United States
  • By Franciscan
  • Sugar Content 6 g/L
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
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Curatolo Arini Grillo 2019

Pale straw in color with a nice minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some tangy green notes, maybe lime/lemon … On the medium length finish the wine displays beautiful racy acidity, crisp minerality and nice dryness. This is a lovely crisp wine that can hold it’s own. If your looking for a patio summer sipper that’s light fruity and easy drinking … ya this ISN’T that 😉 Beautiful vibrant fruit. We don’t get a lot of Grillos here, so when I see them, I grab em. I really enjoyed it, but this is definitely a drink now kind of wine. I would give it a solid 88, yumm, which for the price is a bargooooon! From the LCBO web site, check stock:

$14.95VINTAGES#:23915

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This crisp, tangy white has enticing aromas of sea breeze, citrus and white stone fruit. On the savory palate, bright acidity accompanies white peach, juicy grapefruit and pineapple before finishing on hints of saline and white pepper. Best Buy. Score – 90. (Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 31, 2020)

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  • Release Date August 13, 2022
  • Alcohol/Vol 12.5%
  • Made In Sicily, Italy
  • Sugar Content 5 g/L
  • Varietal Graciano
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Mirabeau X Rosé 2021

Nothing quite beats a Provence Rose and this is no exception. Pale salmon in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some solid crisp dry cranberry notes with vibrant acidity and minerality. On the medium length finish the wine displays lovely citrus notes, and acidity that stick to the tongue. I quite enjoyed this. I would give it an 88 or so, not the cheapest rose out there, but yum. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

$21.95VINTAGES#:25792

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A blend of 60% Syrah with 20% apiece of Grenache and Cinsault, this vegan-friendly pink wine is grown at high altitudes in clay and limestone. Look for vibrant strawberry, raspberry and pomegranate notes with a zesty ribbon of acidity running through. Pair with bacon-wrapped scallops.[The Berliner Wein Trophy did not include a tasting note.] Score – Gold. (Berliner Wein Trophy, 2022)

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  • Release Date October 8, 2022
  • Alcohol/Vol12.4%
  • Made In Provence, France
  • Sugar Content 2 g/L
  • Varietal Rosé
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Domaine Tariquet Classic Blanc 2021

This wine is an interesting blend of a number of grapes I’ve not heard of before so I was curious … Pale straw in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some vibrant acidity, strong citrus notes and the like, the exact flavors were hard to pin down, likely unfamiliar to me. On the medium length finish the zesty citrus acidity and minerality cling to the palate nicely … This is definitely an interesting wine, with quite a bite to it. We paired it with pan fried pickerel and honestly, it kind of overwhelmed the food, so be careful what you serve it with. It’s also affected by temperature, cooler and it will be softer. I would give it a -88 or so. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

$14.95LCBO#:175240

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Colombard (35 %), Ugni Blanc (45 %), Sauvignon Blanc (10 %), Gros Manseng (10%). Brilliant light yellow with pale green tints. Fresh, aromatic nose of white fruits and citrus with subtle herbal touches. Lively, tangy palate, mirroring the nose and developing delicate sourness through to the finish. Drink with oysters. Score – Gold. (gilbertgaillard.com, 2022)

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  • Alcohol/Vol10.5%
  • Made In Southwest, France
  • By Vintages Front Line Release
  • Sugar Content 5 g/L
  • Varietal Ugni Blanc/Colombard
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Christopher Michael Northwest Winemakers Pinot Noir 2019

Garnet in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice vibrant red fruits, strawberry and the like along with some rustic notes. On the medium length finish the rustic notes live on nicely in the mouth along with some nice acidity and tannins. This is a lovely varietal, inexpensive pinot! I would give it an 88 or so. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

$20.95LCBO#:25111

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A ripe, soft wine with an earthy undertone, notes of ripe strawberry, raspberry, cherry and currant, and some dried-orange character. Try it with grilled salmon or grilled duck breast.

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  • Alcohol/Vol13.5%
  • Made In Oregon, United States
  • Sugar Content 2 g/L
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
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2020 Pelee Island Lighthouse Riesling VQA

Pale straw in color with a mild green apple nose. On the mid palate it spot on matches the nose with a nice firm green apple note. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely crisp, dry, acidity, with some citrus notes and apple lingering on the tongue. We served it fairly warm and it has some nice length to it when warmer than fridge temps. We paired it with battered homemade fried cod and it went well. I would give it an 87-88 which for the price is not a bad deal. FYI this is a general list product. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

$13.95LCBO#:145417

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Bright pale yellow colour; aromas of pine nuts, spice, fresh bread, floral note and honey; dry, medium bodied, fresh and lively, with flavours of nuts, spice and honey.

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  • Made In OntarioMade In Ontario

Taste Profile

  • FlavoursNutty, Savory, Bread
  • Sweetness
  • Body
  • Flavour Intensity
  • Acidity

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  • Alcohol/Vol12.5%
  • Made In Ontario, Canada
  • By Lighthouse
  • Sugar Content4 g/L
  • Varietal Riesling
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Schreckbichl Colterenzio Pinot Grigio 2020

Pale straw in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate without food the wine displays some crisp tart, lime and even a hint of smokiness. On the medium length finish the citrus notes and vibrant acidity live on in the mouth. However, we paired it with Alfredo sauce on a butternut squash ravioli and not a chance it was holding it’s own, so be careful what you serve it with. I would give it an 87-88, which , honestly, for this price, I expect more, I won’t be rushing out to grab more. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

$19.95LCBO#:293399

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… the 2020 Alto Adige Pinot Grigio offers fresh layers of lemon, green apple, kiwi and a hint of summer grass or dried straw. This is an easy-drinking wine with a cheerful and immediate personality that would pair with an epic platter of fried shrimp. However, you also get that touch of extra complexity and tonic freshness that comes easily to the high-altitude wines of the Italian Dolomites. Drink date: 2021-2023. Score – 90. (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, Sept. 16, 2021)

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  • Alcohol/Vol 15.5%
  • Made In Alto Adige, Italy
  • By Vintages Front Line Release
  • Sugar Conten t3 g/L
  • Varietal Pinot Grigio
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El Pedrosal Crianza 2016

Dark in color with a mild red berry oaky nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild red fruits, almost some vermouth notes … On the medium length finish the wine displays firm edgy tannins, super velvety dryness that stick to the tongue noticeable oak and smokey notes. I’d have to say this wine is pretty close to past due. It’s not horrible, but if I had more I would most definitely take them back … I would give it it an 87 or so. It’s not impossible I had a bad bottle? From the LCBO web site, check stock:

$18.95LCBO#:540070

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Dark violet. Vibrant red and dark berry and floral aromas are complemented by suggestions of licorice, cola and pipe tobacco. Sweet and lively on the palate, offering juicy black raspberry and cherry flavors sharpened by a snap of zesty minerality. Seamless and approachable, delivering solid closing thrust and smooth tannins that lend shape and gentle grip to the persistent finish. Drinking window: 2022-2028. Score – 92. (Josh Raynolds, vinous.com, Feb. 2021)

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  • Alcohol/Vol14.5%
  • Made In Ribera del Duero, Spain
  • By Vintages Front Line Release
  • Sugar Content 3 g/L
  • Varietal Tempranillo
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Villa Cerna Primocolle Chianti Classico 2017

Garnet in color with a nice cherry and red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely cherry notes, red berries and tomatoes! On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant acidity that sticks nicely to the mouth along with some nice tannins, nice and dry. This is a spot on varietal chianti classico, we paired it with grilled trout and it went nicely! I would give it an 88 or so … I think I will go get more! From the LCBO web site, check stock:

$19.95LCBO#:573501

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A rich, layered red with cherry, plum and light chocolate character. Some tile, too. Medium-bodied, creamy and beautiful. Drink or hold. Score – 93. (jamessuckling.com, Oct. 27, 2020)

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  • Alcohol/Vol14.6%
  • Made In Tuscany, Italy
  • By Vintages Front Line Release
  • Sugar Content 2 g/L
  • Varietal Sangiovese
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Catena Appellation San Carlos Cabernet Franc 2019

Inky dark in color with a vibrant black berry nose that comes right out to greet you on pouring … On the mid palate the wine has some vibrant black cherries, and some mocha. On the medium length finish there some smokey, peppery and dark chocolate notes, along with some firm tannins and acidity … nice and dry. I was expecting a softer Cab Franc but this is one is quite big. We paired it with a meat sauce spaghetti and it held it’s own and is a pretty varietal cab franc. I would give it an -88 … Not bad at all for the price. Should keep for a while too! From the LCBO web site, check stock:

$22.95LCBO#:450106

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The incredible 2019 Appellation San Carlos Cabernet Franc is super elegant, fresh, varietal, nuanced and complex. A wine like this often costs more money than the price point of the appellation range, but it feels like a bargain anyway. This is an updated version of the 2018, with precision and symmetry. It’s vibrant and lively, velvety and focused. Drink date: 2021-2026. Score – 93. (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, March 31, 2021)

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  • Alcohol/Vol 13.5%
  • Made In Mendoza, Argentina
  • By Catena
  • Sugar Content 3 g/L
  • Varietal Cabernet Franc

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Masi Rosa dei Masi Rosé 2021

I’ve been enjoying exploring Rose’s, so when this one was on the list I found it intriguing … A Rose made with an Apassimento grape? With great anticipation I cracked this one … on first sip great anticipation turned almost immediately to great disappointment. This tasted like a mouth of cranberry juice, and didn’t really even task like a wine. It’s been a while since I returned a bottle of wine I hated, ya this is get’s that honor … Yuck. Please don’t pour it down the drain, even the fish wouldn’t enjoy it. Nuff said. From the LCBO web site, in case you wanna try it for yourself …

$17.95LCBO#:377267

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Masi, masters of the appassimento technique of using dried grapes in winemaking, employ the method here to add extra depth and richness. The result is a pink wine that drinks almost like a red, with ripe berry, cherry and sweet cranberry notes, bright acidity, and a smooth, generous texture. A good choice for grilled-eggplant salad or mushroom burgers.

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  • Alcohol/Vol13%
  • Made In Venezie, Italy
  • By Vintages Front Line Release
  • Sugar Content6 g/L
  • Varietal Refosco
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Château des Charmes St. David’s Bench Vineyard Gamay Noir Droit 2018

Bias up front, I find a lot of Niagara Gamay’s way too fruit forward for my tastes, so when I was given this, I was skeptical … Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild dried black plums along with some smokey and even tobacco notes. On the medium length in finish the wine displays some firm peppery notes, tannins, and acidity that stick to the tongue. If you use to wimpier Gamays this will be a surprise to the taste buds. The flavor is quite unique, and even unusual. I would give it an -88 or so … From the LCBO web site, check stock:

$19.95VINTAGES#:346742

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Born right on the Château des Charmes estate in the early 1980s, Gamay Noir Droit differs from regular Gamay in that Droit brings a bit more body and oomph as well as spicy, smoky notes. This wine is unoaked and bursting with cherry fruit, smoke, spices and brilliant food-friendly acidity. Winemaker Amélie Boury recommends a pairing of sautéed duck breast with wild mushrooms.

  • VQA WinesVQA Wines
  • Made In OntarioMade In Ontario

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  • Release Date June 12, 2021
  • Alcohol/Vol 12.5%
  • Made In Ontario, Canada
  • By Vintages Front Line Release
  • Sugar Content 2 g/L
  • Varietal Gamay
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