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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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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Granite Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Dark color with a black cherry nose. On the mid palate there are some black cherry notes along with some cassis, minty, herbal and even some eucalyptus notes. On finish the wine is on the lighter side of medium in length with some vibrant acidity and mild tannins. Definitely more of a fruit forward, drink now style of wine. I would give it an 87+, not a bad wine, just not to my tastes. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

Cabernet Sauvignon

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  14370$19.95

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A very intriguing nose that offers an engaging mix of cassis, black cherry, chocolate, mocha and smoke. In the mouth it’s plush and fruit-forward, with comprehensive ripe dark fruit and spice and velvety tannins. There’s excellent intensity and balance throughout and a long finish. A great patio wine, ideal for grilled meat. (Vintages panel, July 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 11, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:California, USABy:Goldstone Land Company, Llc DbSugar Content:5 g/LStyle:Full-bodied & FirmVarietal:Cabernet Sauvignon

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2019 Redstone Rose

Salmon in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice strawberry notes along with some citrus. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp acidity, nice dryness along with some nice red wine like complexity. Quite a good Rose. I would give it an -88, perfect for the patio and with enough going on to hold it’s own with food! From the LCBO web site, but for the 2018 vintage: Check stock: We picked ours up at the winery, but the winery’s web site has no details on it.

Rosé

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  650655$17.95

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A soft, round, generous, approachable pink wine bursting with strawberry, citrus and cantaloupe, with a touch of red pepper. Lightly chill and sip with sandwiches of grilled red pepper, zucchini and eggplant slathered in basil pesto. (Vintages panel, May 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:June 22, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Ontario, CanadaBy:Redstone Winery Inc.Sugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Easygoing & FruityVarietal:RoséThis is a VQA wine

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2015 Redstone Cab/merlot

Dark in color with a nice rich red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice firm dark cherry notes along with some earthy notes and mocha/coffee … On the medium length finish the wine displays some velvety, edgy tannins and vibrant acidity. This wine is all about your preferences, if your open to a bigger wine, with food that can withstand an edgy wine it’s good. If you prefer a softer gentler wine you probably want to decant it or age it. For me it’s a drink now with lots of character $29.95 at the winery … Sadly no details on the web site. I was about ready to press save on this post when it started … a significant (not the worst I’ve had) allergic reaction, unstoppable sneezing, nose running, for about an hour. This happens to me when the wine has higher than usual levels of sulphites, odd because I’ve had many Tawse and Redstone wines and this has never happened.

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2017 Small Gully The Formula Robert’s Shiraz

Inky dark in color with a mild black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some juicy, fruit forward, black berries and black currants along with some herbal notes. On the lighter side on the finish the wine displays mild tannins and acidity with the fruity notes living on, with little to no pepper. In spite of being 15.9% alcohol the alcohol was not prevalent on the taste buds. This is definitely a softer, gentler, fruity wine, honestly I look for more at this price point. The LCBO call this full bodied and smooth, I personally would say fruity and smooth. I would give it an 87+. We paired t with some bacon wrapped filet mignon, and it went ok. It would be fine for softer meals like salmon or trout … From the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  142935$19.95

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Formula for success: (three passionate partners + 40-year-old vines + estate vineyards) x a single-minded focus on quality = a powerful and savoury Shiraz with rich dark fruit, chocolate, woodsmoke and big, ripe tannins. Perfect for roasted or grilled meats.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 1, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:15.9%Made In:South Australia, AustraliaBy:Small GullySugar Content:3 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & Smooth

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2019 Peller Rose

Salmon in color with a nice strawberry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays nice crisp strawberry notes to match the nose along with some nice citrus acidity. On the medium length finish the wine is nice and dry with the citrus acidity living on nicely in the mouth. I would give it an 88 or so. We paired it with BBQ ribs and the crisp acidity cut through the fat and sweetness of the sauce perfectly, and the nice flavors held there own. from the winery’s web site: $22.95 We bought it at the wine shop at Longos.

Private Reserve Rosé 2018

Inspired by the refreshing Rosés of Provence, this pretty pink wine is made from a blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir grapes.

Harvested from the vineyards of long-standing growers for Peller Estates. This Rosé is a blend of 87% Pinot Noir, 10% Gamay Noir and 3% Pinot Meunier grapes which were allowed several hours of skin contact for a perfect pink colour, then whole bunch pressed, cool fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks. Bottled early for full fruit expression.

Delicate copper pink colour with a pretty aroma of freshly picked peach, melon, red berry and Rainier cherry. A light, dry and refreshing Rosé. The palate is refreshed with flavours of wild field berries, red apple and pear. Lively notes of cranberry and red berries linger through on the finish.

Serve chilled at 10 to 12ºC. Casually sip on warm spring and summer days or enjoy with a Greek salad; summer salads with feta cheese; feta bruschetta; barbecued shrimp skewers; crab cakes; grilled calamari; poached salmon; pork tenderloin with a rhubarb rosé wine reduction; tapas; pissaladiere; Margherita pizza; pasta with rosé sauce; eggplant parmigiana. Enjoy this wine while young and fresh

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Carpineto Chianti Classico 2017

Dark in color with a nice cherry nose. On the mid palate the black fruits are smacked immediately by firm tannins and acidity. The wine is just too young to be approachable now and just completely overshadows what is likely a nice wine. We let it sit once opened for a few days with the cork on and it softened, so if your drinking it now you will need to consider decanting it and leaving it for a while, or cellar it for a bit, maybe even a year or two, which is what I’ve done with the second bottle we bought. With food the wine is softer, but you better be having something with big flavor, or your going to equally overwhelm the food. I would give it an 87 with the potential of improving dramatically with patience. From the LCBO web site: Check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  356048$19.95

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This wine is beloved for its richly articulated black fruit, leather and tobacco notes. You can expect this vintage to reflect the wine’s characteristic elegance and food-friendly structure. It will continue to evolve for 8-10 more years or will be wonderful tonight with barbecued chicken in an herb-garlic marinade.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 2, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Tuscany, ItalyBy:Carpineto Casa Vinicola S.N.C.Sugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Sangiovese/Canaiolo

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2018 Kacab Rebecca Rose

Salmon in color with mild nose. On the mid palate the wine smacks you with bubble gum being the dominant flavor along with some citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some mild acidity where the citrus notes lives on. I have to say, I really didn’t like this wine at all, the bubble gum was off putting, just not to my tastes. I would give it an 87 or so. From the Wineries web site: $18.55 at the winery

Rebecca Rose 2018
Style: Dry Rosé WineSugar: 11.7 g/LABV: 11.8%

Tasting Notes:

A fun and versatile small batch wine! Savour intense aromatics of pink grapefruit, bubble gum and subtle notes of rose petal. On the palate this wine exuberates fresh and lively notes of pink grapefruit, sour cherry and racy sour candy. Enjoy this youthful and energetic rosé on its own or matched with everything from charcuterie to roast duck or more traditional dishes as barbeque chicken or even mussels Provençal.

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2014 Chateau Capbern

I bought this as part of a Bordeaux futures order quite a while back. About three years ago I opened one and it was a tannic monster. I decanted it, and it still was unapproachable. I gave in and aerated it and it was palatable. So I decided it was time to give it a try again … Dark in color with a big dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays big rich, bold, dark chocolate notes, somewhat bitter, some mocha and dark berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins, acidity and strong peppery notes. If you like your wines on the bigger side it’s ready otherwise it can wait another year or two. I would give it an 88+. It was $29.95 and well worth it. This is a left bank wine from Bordeaux.

TASTING NOTE: Really fine florality, fragrance, length and grip from 78% Cabernet Sauvignon – more airy than earthy and beautifully expressive. Drink: 2018-2028. (Steven Spurrier) Score:90 (DEC)

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Columbia Winery Merlot 2017

Dark in color with a mild plummy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays a fruit forward, plum dominant jammy merlot. On the lighter side of medium in length the wine displays some soft tannins and acidity. I would give it -88 … Be careful what you serve it with, we had it with bacon wrapped filet, it would have been perfect for salmon or trout … Too soft. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  14676$19.95

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The rich mixture of distinct soil types, slopes and aspects within the Columbia Valley permits an exciting range of wine styles and varieties to prosper and has given rise to 12 official AVAs. Though the name of the game here is diversity, robust, intense Merlots such as this one lead the charge. Expect a wine with dark fruit and considerable structure.Read Less 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:June 13, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.9%Made In:Washington, USABy:E. & J. Gallo WinerySugar Content:7 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Full-bodied & Smooth

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2018 Trius Barrel fermented Chard

Slightly golden in color with an apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some prominent vanilla notes, along with some nice apple and pear to match the nose. This is a nice, rich varietal, oaked, dry chard. Quite nice, especially for the price! I would give it an 88 or so … From the Trius winery’s web site:

Trius Winemaker, Craig McDonald, allowed the juice that was gently pressed from Niagara grapes for this wine to ferment and age ‘sur lie’ in French oak barrels for 12 months. The resulting wine is a rich, smooth, full-bodied white that showcases flavours of citrus, green apple and spice from first sip through to lingering finish.

Pair with lemon roasted chicken, smoked salmon risotto, creamy scalloped potatoes, grilled chicken, pork chops with Dijon and tarragon and turkey pot pie. Serve lightly chilled 13 to 15°C.

From the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   LCBO#:  251470$19.95

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Barrel fermented and aged sur lie for 10 months in 100% French oak barrels of which 20% were new, this Chardonnay has a smooth, round mouthfeel and the perfect balance of acidity to refresh on the finish.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 20, 2018Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Ontario, CanadaBy:Peller EstatesSugar Content:3 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & RichVarietal:ChardonnayThis is a VQA wine

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San Felice Chianti Classico 2017

Dark in color with a nice cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice cherry notes, along with some nice tomato notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth acidity and tannins, nice and dry. The LCBO say medium bodied and fruity, I’d say right on! I would give it an 88 or so … We paired it with homemade pizza and it went well, as my wine instructor said, if it grows together it goes together 😉 From the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  282996$19.95JS91

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A wine with solid density and freshness for the vintage with a medium to full body, dusty tannins and a flavorful finish. Better in 2020, but already pretty. Score – 91. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Nov. 7, 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 16, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Tuscany, ItalyBy:Societa Agricola San Felice S.P.ASugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & Fruity

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