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

Image for Columbia Winery Merlot 2017 from LCBO

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

Image for Trius Barrel Fermented Chardonnay VQA from LCBO

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

Image for San Felice Chianti Classico 2017 from LCBO

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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Hugh Hamilton The Ratbag Merlot 2016

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice firm black plums, and earthy notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dusty tannins, vibrant acidity, some green notes and some pepper, nice and dry. This is quite a nice Bordeaux style Merlot with some nice complexity with flavors on many levels. I would give it an 88+. From the LCBO web site, check stock: Yumm, I think I will go back and grab some more!

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  59972$24.95AWC91

Image for Hugh Hamilton The Ratbag Merlot 2016 from LCBO

In such a Mediterranean clime, it is easy to forget just how well Bordeaux varieties can perform with the region’s maritime influence. This is no exception. Gently extracted for a design persuasive of early drinking. Notes of tomato leaf, mint and a plummy mid-palate strewn with dried herb, are the calling cards. Score – 91. (Ned Goodwin, winecompanion.com.au, Aug. 1, 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 30, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:15%Made In:South Australia, AustraliaBy:Hugh Hamilton Wines Pty Ltd.Sugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & Smooth

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Licenciado Reserva 2015

Dark in color with a nice black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with big black cherries along with some rich mocha, and coffee notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice bold tannins and acidity, nice and dry. This is a big wine, not to the point of a palate bruiser, but be careful what you serve it with, or the wine is all your tasting! We paired it with rack of venison, and honestly it was a bit too big for that, I should have expected that, it’s 100% tempranillo. I would give it an 88+ which for the price is a good deal. In spite of being a 2015 I would say it will keep a bit longer, but at the risk of loosing it’s character. The LCBO say full bodied and firm, um, oh ya! From the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  370023$23.95JS91

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Aromas of blueberries, violets and perfumes. Medium to full body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. A little hard, but fresh and clean. Drink now or hold. Score – 91. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, July 26, 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 16, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Rioja, SpainBy:Burgo ViejoSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & Firm

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De Bortoli G.S. Pinot Noir 2018

Garnet in color with a nice, soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays nice, varietal, fruit forward raspberry and rustic notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some bold black pepper along with some reasonably smooth tannins and firm acidity, nice and dry. This is a nice juicy pinot. We paired it with grilled salmon and trout and it went perfectly. I would give it an -88. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  15511$19.95

Image for De Bortoli G.S. Pinot Noir 2018 from LCBO

Crafted in an almost European style, this offers wonderful earth and cherry tones with a unifying smoke note throughout. This balanced wine has great energy and drive and shows excellent oak management and restraint, with notable structure. Pair with grilled salmon steaks or grilled pork. (Vintages panel, June 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 30, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Victoria, AustraliaBy:De Bortoli WinesSugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Pinot Noir

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Imagery Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Dark in color with a nice dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice rich, bold dark cherries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice pepper notes, along with some firm tannins and acidity. I would give it an 88 or so … We paired it with a striploin and it went well. Quite a nice cab. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  14369$23.95

Image for Imagery Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 from LCBO

This is a sneaky-serious wine, one that is at first floral, inviting, approachable and fun, then reveals a gorgeous layered complexity and a long, satisfying finish. This has ripe fruit, plush tannins and great intrigue and nuance. A lovely wine for beef or lamb burgers, or steak. (Vintages panel, July 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 30, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14.3%Made In:California, USABy:The Wine GroupSugar Content:7 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & Firm

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Merf Chardonnay 2018

Pale to golden in color with a mild apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice fruit forward apple/pear along with some mild vanilla notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness and pear notes. It all depends how you like your chards, if you prefer mild oaking, then this is right up your alley with some nice fruit forward notes … If your like me and prefer bold rich, creamy oaked chards, meh this one isn’t for you. I would give it an 87-88 … From the LCBO web site check stock: The LCBO web site says full bodied and rich? Not to my tastes.

Chardonnay

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  13313$19.95

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This buttery Chardonnay has a sensual, rich texture and offers ripe apple and rich vanilla notes. Fresh, integrated acidity keeps everything balanced. Crafted to offer wide appeal, this will be an easy match for grilled chicken-and-bell-pepper kebabs, pork chops or ham. (Vintages panel, May 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 30, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.8%Made In:Washington, USABy:Chat Ste MichelleSugar Content:8 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Full-bodied & RichVarietal:Chardonnay

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Lenz Moser Prestige Grüner Veltliner 2018

Golden in color with a nice tart nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild effervescence along with some nice crisp tartness, green apples and lime notes. On the medium length finish the citrus notes hang around nicely in the mouth, a super food friendly crisp with with nice dryness and minerality. I would give it an 88 or so. Gruner’s are always a great value and this one is no exception … from the LCBO web site, check stock Yumm:

Grüner Veltliner

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  71233$15.95JS91

Image for Lenz Moser Prestige Grüner Veltliner 2018 from LCBO

Quite complex notes of herbs and green grass with limes and green apples. The palate has a juicy, taut delivery of green mangoes and lemons. Drink now. Score – 91. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Dec. 19, 2019)

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PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 30, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Niederösterreich, AustriaBy:Lenz Moser Gesselschaft M.B.H.Sugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Aromatic & FlavourfulVarietal:Grüner Veltliner

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Valdemar Inspiración Selección 2015

Dark in color with a nice smooth black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice smooth juicy black berries to match the nose along with some nice mocha, oak and vanilla notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm peppery notes, smooth tannins and vibrant acidity, nice and dry It really was quite good, and belies it’s price! I would give it an 88. We paired it with a big filet mignon and it went perfectly! From the LCBO web site: Check stock

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  166512$19.95WS92

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This generous red offers ripe plum and currant flavors accented by licorice, cola and smoky notes. Well-integrated tannins support the polished texture, while juicy acidity keeps this fresh. Balanced, in the modern style. Drink now through 2025. Score – 92. (Tim Matthews, winespectator.com, Feb. 28, 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 30, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Rioja, SpainBy:Bodegas ValdemarSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & Smooth

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CREW Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

I last reviewed the Merlot from Crew and was impressed. This one is inky dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some big bold edgy black fruits, strong peppery notes, firm acidity, noticeable alcohol and super dry tannins. If your looking for a soft, elegant wine, meh, this ain’t for you 🙁 In some ways the wine reminds me of some of the big edgy Niagara reds of 10 years ago. I would give it an 87-88 … From the LCBO web site: Check stock:

Cabernet Sauvignon

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  465187$22.95

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LENS has a warm growing season, and the area’s advantageous combination of the shallow waters of Lake Erie and its southerly position allows grapes ample opportunity to achieve full ripeness. This Cabernet is savoury and ripe, with redcurrant, plum, spice box and smoke, and will be great with lamb burgers or steak. (Vintages panel, April 2019)Read Less 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 30, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Ontario, CanadaBy:Colchester Ridge Estate Winery Inc.Sugar Content:3 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Cabernet SauvignonThis is a VQA wine

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Durigutti Cabernet Franc 2017

Dark in color with a mild dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark cherries to match the nose along with some firm peppery notes, vibrant acidity and some mocha, nice and dry. Not a bad Cab Franc and much less mild than previous Argentinian cab francs. I would give it an -88. From the LCBO check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  14916$18.95JS94

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This is very floral and inviting on the nose with notes of rosemary, violets, lavender, citrus, orange peel and boysenberries, as well as lots of spicy undertones. Full-bodied and really seductive with tightly-wound, grainy tannins, vibrant acidity and a long, succulent finish. Drink in 2021. Score – 94. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, April 11, 2018)Read Less 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:May 30, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.8%Made In:Mendoza, ArgentinaBy:Pacha Co SaSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & Firm

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I Balzi Nero d’Avola 2018

Dark in color with a mild black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice black berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely rich chocolate and mocha notes along with some nice acidity and tannins, nice and dry! This wine’s complexity punches well above it’s price point. A nice wine, with some big flavors. Be careful what you pair it with … I’d give it an -88. This is a Sicilian wine. From the LCBO web site, check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  14007$14.95

Image for I Balzi Nero d'Avola 2018 from LCBO

There’s a lot of wine here for the price, with richly articulated red and black fruit, tobacco, cocoa, coffee, and pepper spice. Refined tannins give structure, while the acidity offers nice balance. This is a wine to pair with venison or ripening cheeses. (Vintages panel, July 2019)Read Less 

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Release Date:May 16, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12.5%Made In:Sicily, ItalyBy:Casa Vinicola Natale Verga S.P.ASugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & Fruity

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Château Le Grand Moulin Collection Grande Réserve 2016

Dark in color with a nice nose of dark berries and mocha … On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark plums, dark berries and chocolate/mocha to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity, edgy tannins and nice dryness. This is a lovely, drink now right bank Bordeaux from the Cotes de Blaye region. It might soften some, if you prefer softer wines. I’d give it an -88, great for the price. From the LCBO web site check stock

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  11326$17.00WE92

Image for Château Le Grand Moulin Collection Grande Réserve 2016 from LCBO

Though he’d rather be a musical genius, Jean-François Reaud did wonders with this estate, in the family since 1904. Dense and full of tannins, it also offers ripe fruits. Its structure and density match the intensity of the fruit, meaning the wine has a great future. With a dense aftertaste, the wine will age, so drink from 2022. Editors’ Choice. Score – 92. (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Feb. 1, 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 18, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14%Made In:Bordeaux, FranceBy:Sarl RobinSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & Firm

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Collier Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Dark in color with an expressive fruit forward dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with fruit forward black berries, jammy notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth dryness and tannins. In some ways this reminded me more of a zinf … I would give it an -88 … We paired it with a striploin and it went fine. There are no herbaceous, minty notes at all … Honestly I wouldn’t race out to grab a bunch of it … From the LCBO web site: Check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  14428$19.95WE89

Image for Collier Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 from LCBO

Very rich and ripe, this lip-smacking wine has abundant grapey jammy blackberry-like aromas and flavors, and a broad, mouthfilling texture. It’s well-backed by moderate tannins to balance out all that fruit. Best Buy. Score – 89. (Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast, Feb. 1, 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 18, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:California, USABy:Peltier Winery + VineyardsSugar Content:7 g/LStyle:Full-bodied & Smooth

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2018 Trius Merlot VQA

Dark in color with a mild, red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some dark plums … On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice firm tannins and acidity. Quite nice, I’d give it an -88. From the LCBO web site check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   LCBO#:  587907$15.95

Image for Trius Merlot VQA from LCBO

Medium-deep garnet red colour; aromas of dried cherry, red plum, toasty vanilla, mint and cranberry; dry, with balanced acidity, medium bodied, with flavours of spiced plum compote, pepper, red liquorice and cherry; moderately long finish.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Ontario, CanadaBy:Andrew Peller LimitedSugar Content:7 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Full-bodied & SmoothThis is a VQA wine

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Simonsig Labyrinth Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Dark in color with nice black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark cherries, and black currants overwhelmed by strong white pepper and very noticeable alcohol … nice and dry! There are some chocolate notes … This wine is a mixed bag. On it’s own it’s a big, bold edgy wine that’s a little young. We paired it with a red sauce pasta and it went okay with the pasta but it didn’t exactly compliment it either. Perhaps a steak might have been a better pairing. I would give it an 87+, but for $24.95 I can think of much better wines. Another one to two years in the bottle might soften it some. from the LCBO web site: check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  744375$24.95

Image for Simonsig Labyrinth Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 from LCBO

In the glass, the wine is an opaque bplooplum at the heart which pales out to a purple tinged ruby at the edges. The aromas and flavours are classic Cabernet. Blackcurrants, roadside brambles, pencil shavings, fynbos herbaceousness and Palma violets. The well applied oak adds its spice and vanilla. From entry the wine fills the palate with fruit, cashmere clad tannins and ends in a long and gently waning aftertaste. Iron fist in velvet glove, a balance of elegance and a serious statement. While eminently drinkable now, the wine will reward you after 5 or more years of cool cellaring. (Michael Olivier, michaelolivier.co.za, Aug. 20, 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 18, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:14%Made In:Stellenbosch, South AfricaBy:Simonsig Wines Pty LtdSugar Content:4 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & Firm

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2018 Trius Niagara Peninsula Cab Franc

Dark in color with a red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some cherries, jammy notes, along with some mocha. On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant acidity and nice tannins. This is more of a drink now, fruit forward cab franc, quite food friendly. Very approachable, I would give it an 87-88. Available at the Wine shop for $16.95 From their web site:

Our Cabernet Franc’s juicy flavours of ripe currants and blackberry develop on the palate and linger on the finish with notes of black tea and cocoa. Medium-bodied and aged 7 months in French and American oak. An incredible value for Niagara’s favourite red varietal!

Serve at a cool room temperature of 16 to 18ºC in large bowled red wine glasses with grilled steak and mushrooms; herbed lamb chops; prime rib on focaccia; Portobello burgers; beef wraps; beef and red pepper kebobs; aged Canadian cheddar or other hard cheeses.

Trius Cabernet Franc VQA 750mL
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Lyrarakis Vóila Assyrtiko 2018

Pale straw in color with nice minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine has some super distinct flavors, pink grapefruit, nice stone notes, and some lovely minerality. On the medium length finish the wine, especially without food, has some nice long mouth grip where the citrus/lime/grapefruit notes live on. This is a nice bold wine. We paired it with grilled chicken drumsticks and it calmed down a bit with food. Yumm … I would give it an 88 or so, which for the price is a good deal! Nice … and unique! From the LCBO web site check stock:

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  14420$16.95

Image for Lyrarakis Vóila Assyrtiko 2018 from LCBO

Assyrtiko creates fresh, mineral-driven wines; this certified-vegan example has all that in spades. It’s floral, with lemon and tropical tones, a pure mineral note and bright acidity. A nice pairing for a roasted green-vegetable medley. (Vintages panel, Aug. 2019)

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 18, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.5%Made In:Crete, GreeceBy:Gea Sa Lyrarakis WinesSugar Content:2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Aromatic & Flavourful

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Oyster Bay 2019 Pinot Grigio

Pale straw in color with a mild minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild peach and stone fruits. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice green apple tart notes along with some nice vibrant acidity. This is actually not a bad Pinot Grigio (said as someone who doesn’t find most Pinot Grigios complex or long enough). The tart notes coat the palate and live on nicely in the mouth, nice and dry! I would give this an 88 or so. We paired it with a bacon and mushroom quiche and it held it’s own, and was maybe even a little over powering for the meal. Who knew. It’s also not as sensitive to temperature as some whites, even straight out of the fridge there’s some nice complexity. From the LCBO web site Check stock:

Oyster Bay Pinot Grigio

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  326090$17.95$19.95 Save $2.00 Limited Time Offer
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Oyster Bay has long been a flag-bearer for New Zealand premium wine. Their PG is zesty and juicy with generous peach, lime, grapefruit and minerality, and falls between the Alsatian and Italian styles. Enjoy with grilled pork.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 1, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:12%Made In:Hawke’s Bay, New ZealandBy:Delegat LimitedSugar Content:6 g/LStyle:Light & Crisp

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Domaine Coudoulis Evidence Lirac 2016

Dark in color with a mild black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some black berries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vibrant peppery notes and some VERY noticeable alcohol. This is either WAY too young or just an alcohol bomb. Really not a great wine. It’s suprising how subdued the Grenache flavors on this wine are. I would give this wine at best an 87. If I had more I’d return them. This wine comes from the Southern Rhone, Lirac region of France. It’s a Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre. From the LCBO web site: Check stock:

Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  13513$19.95JS92

Image for Domaine Coudoulis Evidence Lirac 2016 from LCBO

Attractive, dried red-flower, cassis and blueberry aromas. The palate has a very succulent core of ripe, dark-berry flavors. Succulent, deep and even. This is a very plush and appealing Lirac. Drink now or hold. Score – 92. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Aug. 29, 2018)Read Less 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:February 8, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:15.7%Made In:Rhône, FranceBy:Domaine CoudoulisSugar Content:6 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & SmoothVarietal:Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre

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Gorghi Tondi Coste a Preola Grillo 2018

I attended an Italian tasting that included some eclectic wines/wineries from Italy and Grillo was a Sicilian grape that caught my attention. So when this one was on the release I jumped at the chance. Grillo is another one of the many very unique regional varietals that you can explore from Italy. This particular one is pale straw in color with a nice minerally, dry, lime nose. There’s some noticeable small subtle bubbles in the glass. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice tart green apple and lime notes, some nice minerally notes, that match the nose along with a hint of effervescence. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice food friendly acidity where the lime notes live on. We paired it with a rich carbonara and it went really well, held it’s own without overwhelming or fighting with the richness of the food. As it warmed up the tartness really grew in the mouth so be careful the temperature you server it at … I really enjoyed this. I would give it a solid 88! From the LCBO web site: Check Stock

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  11670$17.95FA92

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Brilliant straw-colour. Yellow fruit aromas of ripe pear and succulent peach on the nose, accentuated by a light touch of minerals. Luscious and balanced on the palate, creamy and delicate at first, with an exciting and salty finish, seems still young. Score – 92. (falstaff.at, March 4, 2019)

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PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:March 21, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.6%Made In:Sicily, ItalyBy:Tenuta Gorghi Tondi Sas Di DorettaSugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Aromatic & Flavourful

Oh an the carbonara:

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Château Haut-Bergey 2016

Inky dark in color with lovely inviting dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with dark cherries, and mocha notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some bitter dark chocolate notes along with some fine ripe tannins and hints of green pepper. This wine is quite complex, with lots of layers going on with the grippy tannins lingering. I suspect the wine is a bit young, maybe another 1-2 years and it would be even better. I would give this an -89. It really displays how the added complexity of the left bank where Cab sauv/franc are usually the star. Sadly I was unable to find much of anything about the blend on this wine. This is a left bank wine from the Pessac-Léognan region in Bordeaux.

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750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  522722$44.85WS90-93

Offers a grippy, slightly extracted feel, with a layer of plum skin around the core of steeped blackberry and black currant fruit. Delivers ample tarry grip through the finish. Score – 90-93. (James Molesworth, winespectator.com)Read Less 

PRODUCT DETAILS

Release Date:April 1, 2019Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13%Made In:Bordeaux, FranceBy:Ulysse CazabonneSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry

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