2015 BAROLO VENDEMMI mini review

Ok, I should probably start out with I don’t buy or drink a lot of Barolos, they simply are out of the price range I’m willing to pay. This one is ruby in color with a nice dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark cherry notes, but not bright young cherries, more light wilted cherries … But this wine lives mostly in the finish where it displays elegant dusty tannins that build in the mouth and coat the palate. On the medium to long finish the wine displays some nice acidity and the tannins live on long in the mouth. This really is a super tasty wine. Nothing else is quite like a Barolo. Yumm, it is $68.75, sadly, not in the LCBO, available from Burgundy Direct by the case. I would give it a solid 89+. From Burgundy direct’s web site:

Note: Made of organically farmed fruit from commune of Barolo; Coste di Rose, Preda and Monrobiolo vineyards. Destemmed, softly crushed, indigenous yeasts, 30 day maceration-fermentation with frequent pump-overs.
 “Barale’s 2015 Barolo Vendemmia is perfumed, open-knit and inviting. Floral overtones and silky, red berry fruit give this mid-weight Barolo much of its sensuality and overall appeal. Spice, crushed berry and wild flowers develop later adding further shades of nuance. This is such a pretty Barolo from an estate that continues to make important strides.” 91 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous. November, 2019.

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Ridgepoint 2016 Merlot Cabernet Ripasso

Ripasso is a style of wine from Italy pioneered by Masi that repasses, or passes over the skins of a another wine that in turn imparts flavor and complexity. This particular wine has recaptured this spirit here in Niagara. Dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dried fruits and rich dark berry notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays lovely bold tannins, mocha and the dried fruit notes linger in the mouth, particularly without food. This is a food friendly wine and is spot on to what one would expect from a Ripasso. A good rich, complex wine, for a reasonable price! I would give it a -88. Available at the winery for $20 a bottle.

From the winery’s web site:

VQA Twenty Mile Bench

This medium bodied Ripasso style red wine was made using the Italian tradition of aging wine on the pressed grape skins from Appassimento wines. The fermented Merlot was added to barrels containing the lees and skins leftover from the pressed off partially dried grapes used in our Appassimento wines. This process adds colour, texture, and enhanced flavour in this blend. The result is a wine that displays jammy dark berry fruit aromas and flavours supported by notes of vanilla and spice.

Serve at room temperature (16 to 18 C). Enjoy with grilled red meat, or charcuterie and hard cheeses.

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Cave Springs 2017 Dolomite Pinot Noir

Garnet in color with a nice strawberry/raspberry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays strawberry/raspberry to match the nose along with some nice rustic notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice tannins and peppery notes. This is a spot on, lovely, varietal pinot noir. I would give it an 88 … Very nice. Available at the winery for $24.95 a bottle.

From the winery’s web site:

VQA Niagara Escarpment

 About This Wine:This wine is named after a layer of dolomitic limestone forming the crest of the Niagara Escarpment. Through the forces of erosion, this ancient rock has come to enrich the soils of the Escarpment benchlands below. Grown in selected vineyards along these gentle slopes, this Pinot Noir bears the mark of its origins. The calcareous clays of these sites contribute to the delicate aromatics and silky texture that are this wine’s hallmark.  Origin:92% Beamsville Bench, 8% Creek Shores  Soil:Beamsville Bench Stony clay till composed of limestone mixed with sandstone and shale Creek Shores Lacustrine clay-loam till composed of red shale and sandstone mixed with limestone  Composition:100% Pinot Noir  Harvest Data:Harvest Date- Sept. 21 – Oct. 3
Sugar- 20.7 ºBrix
Titratable Acidity- 9.9 g/L
pH- 3.36
Yield- 3.2 mt/ac (59 hl/ha)  Vinification:7-day maceration followed by 7-day fermentation using selected yeast strains; barrel ageing for 10 months in older French oak barriques and puncheons, the majority being 2nd through 4th fill  Bottling Data:Bottling Date- October 2018
Alc./Vol. 12.5%
Residual Sugar- 3 g/L
Titratable Acidity- 5.8g/L
pH- 3.65
Production- 580 cs. (9L)  Tasting Notes:The nose is highly perfumed with lifted red berry and raspberry fruit alongside nuances of tilled earth and cedar. The palate is medium bodied with a sweet, supple feel up front, followed in the middle by an elegant harmony of dark cherry fruit and nicely rounded textures. Firm, well-integrated tannins build here, carrying saturated blackberry fruit and persistent notes of black top and smoke on the finish.   Taste Profile:Dry (D)  Serving Suggestions:Coq au vin, roasted pork loin, braised pork belly with choucroute, braised rabbit, seared duck breast, ossobuco, mushroom risotto  Ageability:Best consumed 2019 through 2022; will hold through at least 2024  Ontario Retail Price:$24.95   Availability:Winery Only

2017 Pinot Noir Dolomite | Cave Spring Cellars
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Velenosi Rosé 2018

Strawberry in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate there’s some interesting edgy strawberry and cranberry notes along with some firm acidity. There’s some nice red wine notes. It’s quite a nice, complex rose, different from others. It can hold it’s own reasonable well. I’d give it an -88 which for the price is not a bad deal at all!

From the LCBO web site:

Rosé

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  668772$14.95VIN88

Image for Velenosi Rosé 2018 from LCBO

Pale red-pink. Sweet aromas and flavors of herbs, bubble gum, red cherry and red apple. Also enters slightly sweet, but finishes rather bitter with hints of dried cranberry and flowers. Drink date: 2019-2020. Score – 88. (Ian D’Agata, vinous.com, May 2019)Read Less 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:September 28, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Marche, ItalyBy:Az. Vitivinicola Velenosi ErcoleSugar Content:7 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Easygoing & FruityVarietal:Rosé

From the winery’s web site:

PRODUCTION AREA:   Company owned vineyards located in Castel di Lama

VARIETY:   Montepulciano 100%

ALTITUDE:   200-300 m  a.s.l.

SOIL:   Loam soil , tending towards clay.

TRAINING SYSTEM:   Guyot

DENSITY:   5,000 plants per hectare

YIELD PER HECTARE:   about 80 quintals

HARVEST:   Specifically selected grapes for rosé vinification are picked during the first 10 days of September.

VINIFICATION:   Once in the cellar, the grapes are destemmed and conveyed to the press. In order not to lose the main scents, the entire environment is covered with dry ice.  At this point a brief cold maceration is carried out for about 6 hours so as to extract the peak of the scents.  The fermentation is at a temperature of about 14°/15° C.  Upon completion of the fermentation, the wine is kept for some months on thin dregs to enhance its structure.

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Voyager 2017 GIRT BY SEA CABERNET MERLOT

Dark in color with a vibrant dark cherry nose that comes up and tells you straight off … this is going to be good. On the mid palate the wine spot on matches the nose with dark cherries, some mocha and chocolate. Yummm … On the softer side of medium in length the wine displays some soft elegant tannins and acidity that are beyond the wine’s price. $25 a bottle by the case from Rogers and Company (not in the LCBO). This was one of my favorite wines of a recent Taste Australia event …

From the Winery’s web site: 62% Cabernet, 35% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot

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Skouras Moscofilero 2018

This is a grape I don’t know at all Moscofilero but I was walking through the LCBO and they had this one on clearance, a few bucks off. at 6g/l I thought … sure let’s give it a go! Pale/straw in color with a floral nose with some honey suckle coming through. Not sure what it is about honey suckle but it’s something my nose picks up on right away. On the mid palate the wine is spot on the nose with some nice honey suckle notes along with some golden delicious apples. On the lighter side of medium in length the wine leaves behind some nice milder acidity and some citrus notes, crisp and dry. I could easily close my eyes and imagine this be in Alsace Riesling, similar to my tastes. I would give it an -88 …

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Moschofilero

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  442178$17.95RP90

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The 2018 Moscofilero (as Skouras spells it) comes in with four grams of residual sugar, 6.6 grams of total acidity and 12% alcohol. George Skouras called this a rainy vintage (which he sought to combat in various ways described in the producer note this issue), but this is a pretty good result. In fact, you might want to buy a lot to drink over the next couple of years. They say fine wineries show their stuff in tough years. I guess Skouras is pretty good. The wine is sweeter (that’s a relative term) and rounder than the Salto this issue, which is mostly normal. It is a little less distinguished in some respects-power and persistence-but utterly delicious and far fruitier. Despite the sweet (again, a relative term) young fruit up front, it acquires more distinction as it airs and warms, showing stonewashed hints as well. It was more interesting the next day. The aromatics are always great. This is probably a more crowd-pleasing style than the 2017 Salto this issue, but it is hardly simple. In its youth, this is pretty irresistible. Drink it on the younger side for best results, but this screwcapped Moschofilero can hold a bit, if you must. Drink Date: 2019-2023. Score – 90. (Mark Squires, robertparker.com, April 30, 2019)Read Less 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:September 14, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12%Made In:Peloponnese, GreeceBy:Domaine Skouras S.A.Sugar Content:6 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Light & CrispVarietal:Moschofilero

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Brella Pinot Noir 2014

Dark garnet in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice rustic notes, and somewhere between a raspberry and a strawberry in flavor … On the lighter side of medium in length the wine displays some soft, smooth tannins and nice acidity, nice and dry! This is a well made, inexpensive Pinot noir, for the price it’s another bargain. I wouldn’t think this will keep all that long, I’d consider it more of a drink now kind a wine. I’d give it an -88 or so.

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Pinot Noir

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  514786$16.95WAL90

Image for Brella Pinot Noir 2014 from LCBO

This elegant pinot noir has come into its own with softened tannins and a harmony of complex flavours. Notes of pepper, cedar, black cherry, bramble and tilled earth. Over time it has become notably less austere and, in fact, blossomed on the palate. Generous and richly textured with considerable length. Drink now or hold for another 2-3 years. Score – 90. (Sara d’Amato, winealign.com, Nov. 1, 2019)Read More 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:January 11, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.9%Made In:Oregon, USABy:Nw Wine Company, LlcSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Pinot Noir

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Stemmari Nero d’Avola 2017

I’ve been on a bit of binge on Italian wines and one of the ones catching my attention lately is Nero D’Avola … This one is dark in color with a mild cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely vibrant black cherry notes along with some mocha. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice firm tannins and vibrant acidity, nice and dry. The cherries live on nicely in the mouth. I would give it an 88+ which for the price is a fabulous deal. While this definitely would be awesome with red sauce, we paired it with a striplon and it held itself well. Yummy.

from the LCBO web site: check stock

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  12165$14.95

Image for Stemmari Nero d'Avola 2017 from LCBO

This Nero d’Avola comfortably calls back to the Old World with nose of stewed stone fruit, graphite, and worn leather. Remarkably balanced flavors of dark berries, stewed cherries, and soft anise spice carry over a juicy acidity that seduces the palate. Memorably drinkable. Excellent, Highly Recommended. Score – 91. (Ultimate Wine Challenge, 2019) .

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:January 11, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.4%Made In:Sicily, ItalyBy:Nosio SpaSugar Content:9 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Medium-bodied & Fruity

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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.

From the LCBO web site: Check stock

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 🙁

from the LCBO web site: Check stock:

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.

From the LCBO web site: Check stock:

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

Image for Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon from LCBO

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 …

From the LCBO web site: Check stock

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. Check stock This wine is from the Loire region of France.

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.

From the LCBO web site: Check stock

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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