Westmount Pinot Noir 2015

Nice garnet in color with a soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice vibrant red berries, edgy strawberries and the like. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild pepper, nice tannins and smooth acidity, and nice and dry. This is a beautiful, varietal, spot on pinot. Classic Willamette valley. I would give this an 88+, yumm. This should easily keep too … We paired it with veal loin chops and it went well complementing the meal.

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Pinot Noir

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  10704$19.95

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Aromas of raspberries, cherries and hints of citrus. Medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. A bright red. Drink now. Score – 91. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Dec. 15, 2017)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:August 17, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.8%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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Lakeview Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vibrant acidity and has some nice mouth grip. Not a bad sauv blanc, albeit a little mild. I would give it an -88.

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Sauvignon Blanc

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  483958$18.95

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This feels like bottled sunshine – the aromas are tropical and citrus. There is a slight grassy note but it is buried under all the ripe fruit flavours from the nose. This is pure ripe fruit with not a sign of underripe fruit in sight – this may disappoint you if you lean towards New Zealand for your Sauv Blanc kick. It is an exciting time to see all these different styles of Sauv Blanc making an appearance in the province. Score – 4 Stars (out of 5). (André Proulx, andrewinereview.ca, Oct. 12, 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:August 17, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Ontario, CanadaBy:Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits LtdSugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Aromatic & FlavourfulVarietal:Sauvignon BlancThis is a VQA wine

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2018 Muga Rose

I’ve been on a new path of discovery when it comes to Rose, so I thought I’d give this one a try. Quite pale salmon in color with a soft red berry nose. I found this wine VERY temperature sensitive. Fresh out of the fridge the wine displays some nice light red berries. On the medium length finish the wine displayed mild acidity/minerality. Over the course of an hour the wine warmed up where it’s complexity opened up significantly. The fruit on the mid palate died down, and the palate coating minerality and acidity took over. It’s got some nice complexity in the mouth once warm, especially without food. If you buy this wine, I’d encourage you to leave it out of the fridge for about an hour to allow it open up. It’s nice and dry at 4g/l. I’d give it an -88 or so. Not bad at all for the price! We paired it with BBQ pork with mushroom sauce and it went well, held it’s own without overwhelming the meal. The This wine is Garnacha 60%, Viura 30% and Tempranillo 10%.

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Rosé – Dry

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  603795$14.95

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This blend of Garnacha, Viura and Tempranillo is a classic rosé from Muga. It features impressive tangy red berry, citrus, peach and rosewater tones in a lively, fresh package. A wine that will show tremendous versatility with food. Try it with seafood, salads, grilled chicken or even burgers.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 3, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Rioja, SpainBy:Bodegas Muga S.A.Sugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Easygoing & FruityVarietal:Rosé – Dry

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2017 Mission Hill Five Vineyards Pinot Noir

Soft red berries on the nose, strawberries come to mind, varietal. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely strawberry notes to match the nose along with some nice rustic notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and acidity. A spot on varietal pinot from Okanaghan. This is in the general list. I’d give it an 88 or so which is pretty good deal!

Pinot Noir

750 mL bottle  |   LCBO#:  145128$18.45

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Light ruby colour; sour cherry, berry, beet, earth and raspberry aromas; dry, medium bodied, with earthy, fruity flavours, balanced acidity and moderate tannin on finish. Nice and dry.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:British Columbia, CanadaBy:Mission Hill Vineyards Inc.Sugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Pinot NoirThis is a VQA wine

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2016 Burning Kiln Cureman’s Chard

Pale to slightly golden in color with a nice apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely, varietal apple and pear to go with the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vanilla and good acidity. It’s nice and dry, with noticeable creamyness. It spent 9 months in oak and is a gently oaked chard, but just enough for me. Really, quite a good chard. We paired it with one of my gotos, pan seared sea scallops and the two were like a match made in heaven. Sadly not in the LCBO, but available at the winery for $24.95. When we were there they were at the end of the 2016 vintage and had it on sale for $19.95. A good price for this wine. I would give it an -88. Another impressive wine from this emerging region.

From the winery’s web site:

Cureman’s Chard

Hand­picked, hand sorted, and whole cluster pressed, the Chardonnay grapes were harvested at ideal ripening conditions where sugar levels approach 23 Brix while still maintaining fresh aromatics and elegant acidity. This Barrel Fermented Chardonnay was left on its lees with batonage occurring twice a month for a total of 9 months aging in our French Oak Foeders and barrels. Notes of fresh fruit and citrus are carried through with subtle characteristics of honey, butter and soft vanilla bringing a richness out in the finish. 100% Chardonnay – VQA

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Château Briot 2017

Pale in color with a nice bright citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice lime and grapefruit notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice palate coating minerality along with a hint of tartness that grows in the mouth. It’s not a bad Sauv Blanc for the price, I would give it an -88. Crisp and dry, super food friendly.

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750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  668855$14.95

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Made from Sauvignon Blanc grown in clay-limestone soil and aged on the lees in stainless steel vats, this wine offers layers of binned apple, citrus, guava and a touch of freshly cut grass. Crisp acidity and a mineral quality make for a lip-smacking finish. This will pair nicely with root vegetable soup, shrimp toast or shellfish. (Vintages panel, Oct. 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 6, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.7%Made In:Bordeaux, FranceBy:DucourtSugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Aromatic & FlavourfulVarietal:Bordeaux

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Château la Tour de l’Évêque Rosé 2018

I’ve been on a bit of an exploration of Southern France Roses lately an saw this one, so bought it on a flyer. Lovely rose in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice strawberry fruit. On the mid palate the wine has some nice vibrant acidity with some nice palate coating minerality. The wine is nice and dry. I would give it an -88. This is another Provence Rose. Quite nice.

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750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  319392$19.95

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The vines from which this perennially popular rosé is sourced are organically farmed and harvested by hand. The 2018 vintage blends 41% Cinsault, 29% Grenache and 18% Syrah with splashes of Sémillon, Rolle, Mourvèdre, Ugni Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Expect a zesty, berry-and-citrus-fruity rosé that will be ideal with summer salads or green olive tapenade.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:August 3, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Provence, FranceBy:Chateau La Tour De L’EvequeSugar Content:3 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & Dry

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Frei Brothers Sonoma Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Dark in color with a nice black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely expressive black cherries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays firm peppery notes, tannins and acidity. Even now this wine is a little young. As we made our way through the bottle it softened. I would give it an 88+. Yumm. We paired it with a BBQ striploin and it went beautifully. This is one of those wines I like to have verticals in the cellar of …

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Cabernet Sauvignon

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  38075$34.95

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This is always a big, round, generous wine, and the 2015 is no exception to the rule. Juicy and ripe with sweet plums, blackberries, vanilla, spice and succulent tannins, this will be brilliant with your favourite cut of steak, grilled medium rare. (Vintages panel, June 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:June 22, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14.2%Made In:California, USABy:E. & J. Gallo WinerySugar Content:6 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & SmoothVarietal:Cabernet Sauvignon

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Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages 2017

Beaujolais as you may or may not know is a Gamay Noir. I have to admit I’ve not been a fan of a number of Ontario Gamays, tough for me to admit 🙂 Beaujolais Nouveau are fruity wines, fermented for short periods, meant to be drunk young which this is not. Beaujolais-Village wines are SUPER sensitive to temperature. I did two experiments. The first started with the wine at room temperature. At room temp it displayed some nice black berry notes on the mid palate with some nice firm acidity and tannins. We had the wine with trout and were on the patio and the wine warmed up. As it warmed up it became softer, and it became fruiter. The wine is nice and dry. I’d give it an -88.

For the second experiment I did what I was told and chilled it for 20 minutes. Straight out of the fridge it had some nice dark fruit but had some nice smooth tannins and finish. This time I kept the bottle in the AC house to let it warm up slower. The warmer it became the more the fruit came out and the softer the finish. This wine has a VERY narrow profile from a temperature point of view. Too warm and it’s bland. Too cold and it’s bland. A little three bears going on.

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Gamay Noir

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  365924$17.95

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If you like Beaujolais, this is one you’ll want to come back to again and again. It features fresh strawberry, dark cherry and floral flavours. Chill for 20 minutes and enjoy with grilled salmon, churrasco chicken or Spanish tapas.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 3, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Beaujolais, FranceBy:Maison Louis JadotSugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Gamay

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2016 Burning Kiln Kiln Hanger

We were in town to visit the Canadian Raptor Conservancy (a kind of Zoo for Raptors) and dropped by here to check them out. We visited, in all, three wineries in the region, and these guys are by far the most mature of the group. They have repurposed Kilns from Tobacco to make apassimento style wines (think Amarone). They are wisely applying the process selectively, not all grapes lead themselves or benefit from, apassimento. This one is 100% Cab Franc, 100% Kiln dried, and then 24 months in oak. Dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some vibrant, big bold black fruits. On the medium length finish the wine has some nice big tannins and acidity. It’s nice and dry at 7.2g/l. This is a BIG BOLD wine. If you like your wines expressive this is a drink now, otherwise aging/decanting will soften it, I like it just the way it is. I would give this an 89. Not in the LCBO but available for $49.95 a bottle at the winery. I also tried their Inferno (Petite Verdot based) and M1 (Merlot based), both of which are also apassimento in style and these were also excellent. Similar taste profiles. All are from estate fruit. Quite an impressive family of wines from an emerging region (for now there is no Appellation for this area). We had lunch on their patio which was lovely as well.

From the Wineries Web site:

$49.95

The 2016 Kiln Hanger is an Ontario Wine Award Gold Medal Winner in the Appassimento Red Category.  It was kiln dried for 25 days and aged in French and American Oak for 24 months, producing flavours of raspberry, strawberry jam, and plum, with slight hints of pipe tobacco, nutmeg, and anise.

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Thornbury Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays a mouth full of pink grapefruit. On the medium length finish the wine displays lovely vibrant acidity with lots of mouth grip. I’d give it an 88 or so.

Sauvignon Blanc

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  734798$18.95

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It is intensely aromatic on the nose showing grapefruit, green rockmelon, kaffir lime and lemon zest characters. The palate delivers excellent fruit power and vibrancy, backed by fine texture and lively mouthfeel. The wine is punchy and tasty, offering fabulous drinking. At its best: now to 2019. Score – 91. (Sam Kim, wineorbit.co.nz, June 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 20, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Marlborough, New ZealandBy:Villa Maria Estates Ltd.Sugar Content:8 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Aromatic & FlavourfulVarietal:Sauvignon Blanc

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Mimi en Provence Grande Réserve Rosé 2018

Ok, I have to admit it, I’m not a big Rose fan. I’ve tried a lot of them and been thoroughly underwhelmed. Most a fruity with little to no substance. So much so I’d largely given up on them, sadly, especially Niagara ones. Sorry folks 🙁 I was out at a social event and one of the people was drinking a rose and she let me have a sip and I was surprised. She recommended this one so I thought I’d give it a go. It’s quite light in color with mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some soft strawberry notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some beautiful lively acidity, minerality along with some mild tannins. It’s got quite the bite, I was shocked. The minerality has some nice mouth grip. A very dry wine. This is actually quite a food friendly wine that you could pair with a lot of different foods. I would give it an -88 and maybe, just maybe is the start of me saying I don’t like Roses? We paired it with pizza and it went perfectly. Yummmmmm It was perfect after a great paddle we had in our Kayaks. Oh and the bottle is quite unique and comes with a clever glass resealable top making the bottle perfect to use as a water bottle on your table! Thanks Jennifer for the recommendation!

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  452573$20.95

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A blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, this crisply dry Provençal pink wine consistently offers evocations of wild herbs, red berries, apple and watermelon in an elegant frame. It’ll go beautifully, lightly chilled, with grilled salmon or shrimp skewers.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 6, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Provence, FranceBy:Les Vins BrébanSugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & DryVarietal:Rosé

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Franciscan Chardonnay 2016

Pale in color with a nice mild apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays all the varietal fruit notes, apple and pear to match the nose. The wine displays little to no creamyness and little to no vanilla. This is more of a fruit forward, clean, lightly oaked chard. If that’s how you prefer your chards then this is a good one with vibrant fruit coming through. On the medium length finish the wine’s acidity, and minerality come through, it’s nice and dry. Personally I love the oak … I give it an 87-88.

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750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  496125$19.95

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Golden yellow color. Aromas of butter-drizzled nuts, toasted spice cake, mulling spices, and vanilla bean gelato with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and an interesting, long pumpkin loaf, sticky toffee pudding, mocha latte, cinnamon, nutmeg, and star anise finish with coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious, lengthy Chardonnay that balances vivid acidity and memorable toasty spices. Exceptional. Gold Medal. Best Buy. Best Value U.S. Chardonnay. Score – 92. (tastings.com, Aug. 29, 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 6, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:California, USABy:Constellation Brands Inc. (Us)Sugar Content:6 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & RichVarietal:Chardonnay

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Bodega Fin del Mundo Neuquén Gran Reserva 2015

Dark in color with a nice dark berry nose. On the mid palate at first there’s some nice dark berry fruits that start to come through and then you get whacked almost immediately by firm tannins, edgy acidity, some green notes and some strong black pepper. All these flavors linger in the mouth on a long finish, there’s also some strongly noticeable alcohol. This wine is WAY to young. I would say it needs a minimum of 2 years of aging or perhaps you could try decanting or aerating the wine. The fruit that’s there given some aging will come through, but you will need some patience. For now I would give it an 87+ but there’s potential …

The bottle says it’s 34% Cab Sauv, 25% Malbec, 24% Cab franc and 17% Merlot.

Merlot Blend

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  668285$24.95 Check LCBO Stock

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A fresh nose with lots of tobacco, cedar, herbs and blackcurrants. Medium to full body, juicy tannins, some pretty acidity and a bright finish. Malbec, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc. Drink now. Score – 91. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, April 5, 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 6, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14.7%Made In:Patagonia, ArgentinaBy:La Inversora S.A.Sugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & SmoothVarietal:Merlot Blend

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Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2017

Pale to slightly golden in color with a nice apple/pear varietal nose … On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely elegant pear and apple along with some nice vanilla notes. The wine displays some nice creamy texture. On the medium length finish the wine is nice and dry with crisp acidity. This is a beautiful, varietal, oaked chard, just the way I like them. We paired it with pan fried sea scallops and brussel sprouts and it went perfectly. It was a meal made in heaven or at least by me 🙂 I would give this a 90. Yumm. This wine should keep quite nicely as well 2-5 years would probably be no issue at all. Be sure and serve it not to cold to appreciate it’s complexity.

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Chardonnay

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  570952$29.95

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Beguiling honey, nectarine & kumquat nuances on striking 2017, gorgeous satin texture, richness from wild ferment in barrel, purity & vivacity enhanced by cool-climate acidity. Score – 94. (Platter’s South African Wine Guide, 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 6, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Elgin, South AfricaBy:Paul Cluver WinesSugar Content:3 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & RichVarietal:Chardonnay

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2017 Meiomi Pinot Noir

Dark in color wine a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays more cherry notes than I would expect out of a Pinot. On the medium length finish the wine displays some acidity and tannins. Honestly to my tastes this is NOT a varietal Pinot noir. It’s not a bad wine, just not what I expect out of a Pinot. Even the color gave this away … I would give it an 87-88. I wouldn’t be rushing out to grab any, even at this lowered price. (They dropped the price $5).

Pinot Noir

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  130138$21.95 Check LCBO stock

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Bring the drama of the California coast to your next dinner party host without paying a dramatic price. Meomi blends grapes from three top areas for producing world-class, velvety smooth Pinot Noirs.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 3, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14.5%Made In:California, USABy:Constellation Brands Inc. (Us)Sugar Content:9 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Full-bodied & SmoothVarietal:Pinot Noir

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Castelgreve Riserva Chianti Classico 2013

I last enjoyed the 2016 Chianti Classico from this winery and loved it, so when I saw this one, I figured the Riserva is only going to be better … Oops. Dark in color with a mild red berry nose with some oak coming through on the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some mild red fruits and a lot of woody/earthy/oaky notes. The fruit on this wine is quite subdued and overwhelmed by the oaking. On the medium length finish there’s some dried fruit notes, some mild tannins and acidity. While not a bad wine, it’s not a great one to my tastes and honestly, the non Riserva was a lot better. I would give it an 87-88. I bought 4 and haven’t decided if I’m going to take them back or not …

Sangiovese Blend

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  344416$22.95 Check LCBO stock

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Very charming and attractive nose with herbal hints and menthol tones. Intense and complex on the palate, with generous layers of red forest fruits, spice and leather. A very seductive style, with plenty of charm and complexity. Score – 95. (Andrea Briccarello, decanter.com, March 30, 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 6, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Tuscany, ItalyBy:Castelli Del GrevepesaSugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Sangiovese Blend

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Snapper Rock Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pale in color with a mild nose, some stone fruits. On the mid palate the wine displays some soft stone fruits to patch the nose. Some mild peach along with some nice acidity and minerality. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity along some palate coating flavors. This is not a wimpy Pinot gris. Super food friendly. I would give it an 88 or so.

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  536185$16.95

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So refreshing and balanced. This delivers ripe peach and grapefruit, with passion fruit, grass, lime and just a touch of spice. An elegant, characterful wine that will be great with tapas. (Vintages panel, Oct. 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:July 6, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Marlborough, New ZealandBy:Snapper Rock Wines Limited ParSugar Content:7 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Aromatic & FlavourfulVarietal:Pinot Gris

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Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2017

I like my Chenin’s dry rather than sweet. This one caught my eye at 3g/l. Pale in color with a nice mild minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some soft minerality along with a hint of honeysuckle. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity that lingers in the mouth. Not a bad chenin at all. I would give it an 87-88. Not awful but not awesome by any stretch. I would give it an -88

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  231282$17.95

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A wine of tremendous character and depth for the money, this is yet another superlative value from Ken Forrester. The palate is fleshy and replete with white and yellow fruit, and wood is not a factor. Length and depth are impressive. Structured, age worthy, intensely flavoured. Badly underpriced, but let’s not tell anyone. Score – 92. (John Szabo, MS, winealign.com, Nov. 8, 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:June 22, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14.5%Made In:Stellenbosch, South AfricaBy:Forrester VineyardsSugar Content:3 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & RichVarietal:Chenin Blanc

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Partake non alcoholic beer

I attended the recent Toronto Wine and Spirits festival and these guys were there sampling there non alcoholic craft brewed beer. If your like me, and these guys it seems, you’ve been underwhelmed by the non alcoholic beers. Why would you want a non alcoholic beer? Well maybe you decide to give your liver a break for a day or two but would still enjoy the taste? I’ve tried two of their offerings at this point the Pale which is available at the LCBO and the Blonde which is available at the Beer store. The Pale is a little more hoppy and bitter than the blond at an IBU of 10 while the Pale is 8. I preferred the Pale, just more to my tastes but both are quite flavorful and give no indication your drinking a non alcoholic beer. At only 0.3% alcohol, and only 15 calories there’s a surprising amount of flavor! I tried the get some of the beer at the beer store only to arrive and find out their online stock was wrong. So I gave up and ordered it directly from the brewery They delivered it quickly and right to my door by Canada Post. Obviously if you can get it at your local beerstore then it’s cheaper simply because they don’t have to ship it to your door. Price wise I paid $55 for a 24, so $2.30 a can.

According to Chelsea from Partake brewing it is legal to drink these anywhere you would a soda or a bottle of water! Way cool! This by the way was confirmed by the Alcohol Gaming Commission of Ontario who said ” Any beverage containing over 0.5% alcohol is considered an alcoholic beverage and would not be legal to drink in public without appropriate permits. ”

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Tawse Growers Blend Pinot Noir 2016

Niagara makes some wonderful Pinot Noirs. So much so I have trouble accepting supporting ones from other places, especially at even higher prices. This one is beautifully garnet in color with a nice soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely strawberry fruits, nice and firm. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely vibrant acidity and some nice tannins. This is an elegant well made varietal pinot. The price is creeping up there, but this one is worth it. Yumm. I’d give it an 88+. We paired it with some BBQ trout and it was a little piece of ratatouille in the mouth. I’ve also had the Growers blend Cab Franc and been impresed.

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Pinot Noir

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  130989$25.95

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A lightly-hued red in the glass, it offers delicate aromas of piquant spice, cedar and raspberry on the nose. It streaks over the palate with tang, tart and acidity borne of crunchy red fruit flavours – currant, pie cherry and passionfruit – along with wisps of sharp spice. I enjoyed the tart acidity and am confident that with a pasta in tomato sauce, red pizza or lasagne pairing, most others will, too. Score – 90. (Vic Harradine, winecurrent.com, Nov. 17, 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 11, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Ontario, CanadaBy:Tawse WinerySugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Pinot NoirThis is a VQA wine

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Collavini T Friulano 2017

I picked this one up on a whim, with no research. I saw that it was nice and dry and I’ve enjoyed wines from the Friulano region so what the heck. Pale in color with a nice crisp minerally nose. The wine spot on matches the nose with lots of super crisp, dry minerality, maybe some citrus/lime. Honestly I had some challenges picking out the flavors. On the medium length finish the vibrant acidity, minerality and citrus coat the mouth. This is on the verge of bitter and edgy to some. I would give it an -88. You could easily pair this with alfredo, seafood or other hearty foods and it will hold it’s own. A very nice wine. The LCBO say light and crisp? On what planet?

From the LCBO web site: Check stock

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  631622$16.95

Image for Collavini T Friulano 2017 from LCBO

Quite a developed dry white with pronounced lemon-curd character on the nose. Serious depth and some structure, which are well balanced by lemony freshness at the finish. With more complexity this would rate higher. Drink now. Score – 90. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Nov. 25, 2018)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:June 22, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.9%Made In:Friuli, ItalyBy:Eugenio Collavini Viticoltori S.R.LSugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Light & Crisp

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2016 Arboleda Single Vineyard cab

I last wrote up the the 2015 and the 2017 vintage of this wine, sorry out of order,  and enjoyed them. This bodes well for consistency in this fine wine. This one is dark in color with a nice dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely vibrant fruit. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth acidity and tannins. This is an enjoyable lovely cab, nice and dry, yumm. I would give it an 88+. I didn’t get any of the herbaceous notes in the LCBO tasting.

Arboleda Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 VINTAGES#: 606764 $19.95 Check LCBO stock
Blackcurrants and fresh herbs such as basil on the nose. Medium body, firm and silky tannins. Subtle complexity. Understated. Drink now. Score – 92. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, March 16, 2018)

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PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date: November 24, 2018
Bottle Size: 750 mL bottle
Alcohol/Vol: 14%
Made In: Aconcagua Valley, Chile
By: Vina Sena S.A.
Sugar Content: 4 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry
Style: Full-bodied & Firm
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

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2017 Reva Nebbiolo D’Alba DOC

Dark in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate there’s some nice red fruits coming through. But like most Nebbiolos where this wine lives is in the finish where it displays nice super firm tannins, lovely dryness and complexity. It’s palate coating and builds nicely in the mouth. Yumm … I would give it an 88+. Sadly not in the LCBO but available by the case from Nicholas Pearce Wines for $29.95 a bottle in cases of 12, which is a very good deal for this wine. This was a real star for me at the recent Gambero Rosso tasting. It really stood out!

From the Winery’s web site:

Location: San Sebastiano in Monforte d’Alba

Hectares: 1.3 ha

Exposure: south

Altitude: 360 m

Grape variety: Nebbiolo 100%

Plant density: 4,500 vines per hectare

Type of harvest: manual

Soil: clay and limestone, alternating with marl and fossiliferous sandstone, tending to “elveziano”

Vinification: spontaneous fermentation on the skins in stainless steel tanks for 17 days. 80% of malolactic fermentation takes place in large Austrian oak barrels and the remaining 20% in used tonneaux and barriques.

Ageing: 12 months in Austrian oak, with subsequent bottling in November

Ageing potential: 15 years and more

Production: 4,500 bottles

Format: 0.75 L

Serving temperature: 18°C

Sensory profile: full, elegant flavour, with soft, enveloping tannins. Aromatic bouquet with hints of rose, red berries and spices.

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Small Gully The Formula Robert’s

My taste buds have ebbed and flowed on Shiraz, I’m kinda in a meh phase on them. This one was on sampling at the LCBO by me so I grabbed one. Dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice juicy, jammy black berries to match the nose, almost blueberries. On the lighter side of medium length finish the wine displays some soft tannins and pepper. This is largely a fruit forward wine. While the sugar content is quite low, it still has an air of sweetness to it. I would give it an 87-88. I didn’t hate it, but didn’t love it either. I look for something bigger in the finish for shirazs.

From the LCBO web site. Check Stock.

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  142935$19.95

Image for Small Gully The Formula Robert's Shiraz from LCBO

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 3, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:15.9%Made In:South Australia, AustraliaBy:Small GullySugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry

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