Pale straw in color with a nice minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some tangy green notes, maybe lime/lemon … On the medium length finish the wine displays beautiful racy acidity, crisp minerality and nice dryness. This is a lovely crisp wine that can hold it’s own. If your looking for a patio summer sipper that’s light fruity and easy drinking … ya this ISN’T that 😉 Beautiful vibrant fruit. We don’t get a lot of Grillos here, so when I see them, I grab em. I really enjoyed it, but this is definitely a drink now kind of wine. I would give it a solid 88, yumm, which for the price is a bargooooon! From the LCBO web site, check stock:
This crisp, tangy white has enticing aromas of sea breeze, citrus and white stone fruit. On the savory palate, bright acidity accompanies white peach, juicy grapefruit and pineapple before finishing on hints of saline and white pepper. Best Buy. Score – 90. (Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 31, 2020)
Nothing quite beats a Provence Rose and this is no exception. Pale salmon in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some solid crisp dry cranberry notes with vibrant acidity and minerality. On the medium length finish the wine displays lovely citrus notes, and acidity that stick to the tongue. I quite enjoyed this. I would give it an 88 or so, not the cheapest rose out there, but yum. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
A blend of 60% Syrah with 20% apiece of Grenache and Cinsault, this vegan-friendly pink wine is grown at high altitudes in clay and limestone. Look for vibrant strawberry, raspberry and pomegranate notes with a zesty ribbon of acidity running through. Pair with bacon-wrapped scallops.[The Berliner Wein Trophy did not include a tasting note.] Score – Gold. (Berliner Wein Trophy, 2022)
This wine is an interesting blend of a number of grapes I’ve not heard of before so I was curious … Pale straw in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some vibrant acidity, strong citrus notes and the like, the exact flavors were hard to pin down, likely unfamiliar to me. On the medium length finish the zesty citrus acidity and minerality cling to the palate nicely … This is definitely an interesting wine, with quite a bite to it. We paired it with pan fried pickerel and honestly, it kind of overwhelmed the food, so be careful what you serve it with. It’s also affected by temperature, cooler and it will be softer. I would give it a -88 or so. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
Colombard (35 %), Ugni Blanc (45 %), Sauvignon Blanc (10 %), Gros Manseng (10%). Brilliant light yellow with pale green tints. Fresh, aromatic nose of white fruits and citrus with subtle herbal touches. Lively, tangy palate, mirroring the nose and developing delicate sourness through to the finish. Drink with oysters. Score – Gold. (gilbertgaillard.com, 2022)
Garnet in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice vibrant red fruits, strawberry and the like along with some rustic notes. On the medium length finish the rustic notes live on nicely in the mouth along with some nice acidity and tannins. This is a lovely varietal, inexpensive pinot! I would give it an 88 or so. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
A ripe, soft wine with an earthy undertone, notes of ripe strawberry, raspberry, cherry and currant, and some dried-orange character. Try it with grilled salmon or grilled duck breast.
Pale straw in color with a mild green apple nose. On the mid palate it spot on matches the nose with a nice firm green apple note. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely crisp, dry, acidity, with some citrus notes and apple lingering on the tongue. We served it fairly warm and it has some nice length to it when warmer than fridge temps. We paired it with battered homemade fried cod and it went well. I would give it an 87-88 which for the price is not a bad deal. FYI this is a general list product. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
Bright pale yellow colour; aromas of pine nuts, spice, fresh bread, floral note and honey; dry, medium bodied, fresh and lively, with flavours of nuts, spice and honey.
Pale straw in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate without food the wine displays some crisp tart, lime and even a hint of smokiness. On the medium length finish the citrus notes and vibrant acidity live on in the mouth. However, we paired it with Alfredo sauce on a butternut squash ravioli and not a chance it was holding it’s own, so be careful what you serve it with. I would give it an 87-88, which , honestly, for this price, I expect more, I won’t be rushing out to grab more. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
… the 2020 Alto Adige Pinot Grigio offers fresh layers of lemon, green apple, kiwi and a hint of summer grass or dried straw. This is an easy-drinking wine with a cheerful and immediate personality that would pair with an epic platter of fried shrimp. However, you also get that touch of extra complexity and tonic freshness that comes easily to the high-altitude wines of the Italian Dolomites. Drink date: 2021-2023. Score – 90. (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, Sept. 16, 2021)
Dark in color with a mild red berry oaky nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild red fruits, almost some vermouth notes … On the medium length finish the wine displays firm edgy tannins, super velvety dryness that stick to the tongue noticeable oak and smokey notes. I’d have to say this wine is pretty close to past due. It’s not horrible, but if I had more I would most definitely take them back … I would give it it an 87 or so. It’s not impossible I had a bad bottle? From the LCBO web site, check stock:
Dark violet. Vibrant red and dark berry and floral aromas are complemented by suggestions of licorice, cola and pipe tobacco. Sweet and lively on the palate, offering juicy black raspberry and cherry flavors sharpened by a snap of zesty minerality. Seamless and approachable, delivering solid closing thrust and smooth tannins that lend shape and gentle grip to the persistent finish. Drinking window: 2022-2028. Score – 92. (Josh Raynolds, vinous.com, Feb. 2021)
Garnet in color with a nice cherry and red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely cherry notes, red berries and tomatoes! On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant acidity that sticks nicely to the mouth along with some nice tannins, nice and dry. This is a spot on varietal chianti classico, we paired it with grilled trout and it went nicely! I would give it an 88 or so … I think I will go get more! From the LCBO web site, check stock:
A rich, layered red with cherry, plum and light chocolate character. Some tile, too. Medium-bodied, creamy and beautiful. Drink or hold. Score – 93. (jamessuckling.com, Oct. 27, 2020)
Inky dark in color with a vibrant black berry nose that comes right out to greet you on pouring … On the mid palate the wine has some vibrant black cherries, and some mocha. On the medium length finish there some smokey, peppery and dark chocolate notes, along with some firm tannins and acidity … nice and dry. I was expecting a softer Cab Franc but this is one is quite big. We paired it with a meat sauce spaghetti and it held it’s own and is a pretty varietal cab franc. I would give it an -88 … Not bad at all for the price. Should keep for a while too! From the LCBO web site, check stock:
The incredible 2019 Appellation San Carlos Cabernet Franc is super elegant, fresh, varietal, nuanced and complex. A wine like this often costs more money than the price point of the appellation range, but it feels like a bargain anyway. This is an updated version of the 2018, with precision and symmetry. It’s vibrant and lively, velvety and focused. Drink date: 2021-2026. Score – 93. (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, March 31, 2021)
I’ve been enjoying exploring Rose’s, so when this one was on the list I found it intriguing … A Rose made with an Apassimento grape? With great anticipation I cracked this one … on first sip great anticipation turned almost immediately to great disappointment. This tasted like a mouth of cranberry juice, and didn’t really even task like a wine. It’s been a while since I returned a bottle of wine I hated, ya this is get’s that honor … Yuck. Please don’t pour it down the drain, even the fish wouldn’t enjoy it. Nuff said. From the LCBO web site, in case you wanna try it for yourself …
Masi, masters of the appassimento technique of using dried grapes in winemaking, employ the method here to add extra depth and richness. The result is a pink wine that drinks almost like a red, with ripe berry, cherry and sweet cranberry notes, bright acidity, and a smooth, generous texture. A good choice for grilled-eggplant salad or mushroom burgers.
Bias up front, I find a lot of Niagara Gamay’s way too fruit forward for my tastes, so when I was given this, I was skeptical … Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild dried black plums along with some smokey and even tobacco notes. On the medium length in finish the wine displays some firm peppery notes, tannins, and acidity that stick to the tongue. If you use to wimpier Gamays this will be a surprise to the taste buds. The flavor is quite unique, and even unusual. I would give it an -88 or so … From the LCBO web site, check stock:
Born right on the Château des Charmes estate in the early 1980s, Gamay Noir Droit differs from regular Gamay in that Droit brings a bit more body and oomph as well as spicy, smoky notes. This wine is unoaked and bursting with cherry fruit, smoke, spices and brilliant food-friendly acidity. Winemaker Amélie Boury recommends a pairing of sautéed duck breast with wild mushrooms.
Pale straw in color with a mild apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays more of a fruit forward lightly oaked character with apple and pear notes, and slightly creamy. On the medium length finish the wine displays some peppery notes and the citrus sticks nicely to the tongue. At 3g/l it’s nice and dry. I would give it an -88 or so. From the LCBO web site, check stock (this is a general list product).
Straw colour; soft pear fruit, vanilla, yellow berries and citrus aromas and flavours with yellow melon notes; extra dry, medium-bodied, balanced acidity with soft vanilla and spice on the finish.
Dark in color with a mild black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine display vibrant black fruits, nice mocha and oaking notes. On the medium length finish the wine has beautiful, velvety, firm tannins that stick to the tongue nicely, nice and dry, and some nice acidity. For the price this is a bargain, but honestly I think it’s a drink now to my tastes to don’t buy a lot of it, but I will be going back for more. Yumm. I would give this an 88+. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
Fresh-plum, soil, licorice and walnut-husk aromas. It’s medium-bodied with sleek, tight-grained tannins. Juicy finish. Try from 2022. Score – 90. (jamessuckling.com, March 3, 2021)
Inky dark in color with a mild black fruit nose. On the mid palate the wine packs a punch with big black cherry notes along with some mocha, spice, and some pepper. On the medium length finish the wine delivers some solid palate coating tannins, firm acidity and lovely dryness. The rich dark berry notes along with the tannin live on in the mouth. This is NOT a wimpy Merlot, this is a serious one that punch WAY above it’s price point in complexity. It’s a little young, some aging would soften it a bit. I would give this a solid 88 … yumm. From the LCBO website, check stock.
This Merlot was macerated on the grape skins for 8-10 days and aged in tanks for 8-10 months. Vintage after vintage, it carries complexity and depth well beyond its humble price tag. Expect brambly blackberry and juicy cherry embroidered by rose petals and a sprinkling of black pepper, and pair with grilled red meats and forest mushrooms, or a selection of semi-hard cheeses.
We don’t get a lot of Falanghina’s here, so when we do I pounce on them. Another of the unique indigenous grapes of Italy! You could spend a career learning these wines, oh the agony of the challenge 🙂 Pale straw in color with a nice apple nose, similar to chard on the nose … On the mid palate the wine displays some nice tart green apple notes, some nice lime citrus and some minerally notes … On the medium length finish the nice tartness, acidity and citrus notes linger nicely, even more pronounced without food, nice and dry! Be careful what you pair it with, this is a softer gentler wine. We paired it with bacon quiche and the wine was almost overpowered. This is not a bad price for a Falanghina, I may go back and grab some more, I bet it would easily keep a couple years. I would give this an -88. From the LCBO website, check stock:
Masseria Altemura is situated in the heart of Salento halfway between the Ionian and Adriatic seas. Its unique terroir is shaped by sea breezes that refresh vines rooted in white calcareous rock and the red soil of Salento. Expect a citrusy wine with touches of white flowers, luscious peach and apricot, and a mineral finish. Sip with seafood risotto, or seared scallops in herbed butter.
Inky dark in color with a dark berry nose … On the mid palate the wine displays vibrant black berry notes, black cherry, and mocha … On the medium length finish the wine displays lovely firm dusty tannins, nice acidity, super dry with lots of complexity. For the price this is an excellent wine, a definite yumm … I’d give it an 88+. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
Only ripe, blueberry and blackberry flavors with nice freshness and some healthy, supple tannins within the sleek frame, make this an immediately appealing red Bordeaux that’s very food-friendly. Drink or hold. Score – 91. (jamessuckling.com, Feb. 3, 2019)
Pale straw in color with a citrus/minerally nose … On the mid palate the wine packs a punch with some strong green/grassy/citrus notes along with a hint of grapefruit tartness. On the medium length finish the wine delivers some racy acidity that sticks to the tongue and the green notes linger … A very interesting wine. I have no clue what the mystery blend of this wine is, but I would give it a -88 or so, which for the price is awesome, definitely unique. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
Robert Parker wrote in 2016, ‘My favorite value winery not only in Spain, but in the world, is Bodegas Borsao in the up-and-coming appellation of Campo de Borja.’ This wine validates his enthusiasm with its creamy texture, crunchy acidity and depth of tropical fruit aromas and flavours. Sip it with lightly grilled seafood.
Rose all day baby, yaaaaa … This one is and interesting color, not the usual pale salmon. Mild on the nose the wine packs a punch with some solid tart strawberries notes dominating the mid palate. On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant acidity and minerality that stick nicely to the tongue, especially without food. The flavors from this wine are quite unique and enjoyable. It’s nice and dry and another great, food friendly Rose. I would give it an 88 or so … From the LCBO web site, check stock:
From an iconic New Zealand producer, this blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is bright and tangy, with lively red cherry, strawberry, melon and snappy citrus. You can confidently pour this vibrant, food-friendly rosé with brunch or dinner.
Dark in color with a black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine delivers nice bold black cherries and the like. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice bold tannins and acidity … nice and dry. When I buy a Nero d’Avola I expect an earthy, edgy wine, I was shocked at how refined this one is. Now given the price point I guess I should have expected it … I would give it an 88 or so. Quite an interesting wine if you’ve never had a Nero d’Avola, it’s certainly a good one. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
Sweet violets and rose come together with crushed blackberries and a spritz of tangerine to form an inviting bouquet as the 2019 Nero d’Avola Lagnusa opens in the glass. It’s silky-smooth and round, the ripe black fruits and confectionary spices creating a seductive display. Brisk acids and minerals build tension through the finale, making pleasant punctuation to such an extroverted yet balanced expression. Drinking window: 2021-2026. Score – 92. (Eric Guido, vinous.com, June 2021)
Dark in color with a nice mild black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some black cherries to match the nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some firm acidity and lighter tannins, nice and dry. This is a nice approachable cab franc for the price. I would give it an 88 or so. We paired it with a striploin … As it opened up some mocha notes came out, it might be a little young. This is a lovely entry level cab franc. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
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This Cab Franc consistently over-delivers at this price point. It features excellent depth and complexity of rich dark fruit and vanilla notes accented by bright floral tones. Balanced and structured, it can be enjoyed tonight with your favourite grilled meats.
This is a very different kind of rose, right from the color which is a lot more deep rich red notes than most … Mild on the nose with a vibrant mid palate that packs a lot of flavor, think pomegranate, or tart cherries and the like, not the easiest flavor to nail down. On the medium length finish the wine packs quite a punch with tannins sticking to the tongue, as well as vibrant acidity, nice and dry. This wine has a lot of character to it, but if your expecting your typical rose, you might be in for a surprise. I would give this wine an 88 or so, definitely worth a try, but only with an open mind. And be careful what you serve it with, the complexity and vibrancy of the flavors could overwhelm softer foods. We paired it with air fried pork chops and it kinda blew them away. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
This is a tangy, mouth-watering, versatile wine, with aromas and flavours of savoury herbs, apple, cherry, strawberry and citrus. Pair it with grilled seafood or a rainbow-sweet-potato hash.
Biases up front, I’ve had a lot of sweet Reislings and am SO NOT A FAN but when I saw this one at 2 g/l residual sugar it enticed me to try it … Pale straw in color with a mild nose of minerality and a hint of honeysuckle. On the mid palate the wine is nice and crisp with the minerality shining through, along with some nice green apple notes. On the medium length finish there a hint of honeysuckle, but really more lime/green apple tart notes. The acidity clings to the tongue nicely providing some nice depth and complexity. There’s some noticeable creaminess to the wine, not to the level of a malolactic chard but still noticeable. I would give this an 88 or so, quite a lively wine. From the LCBO web site, check stock: This wine is the exact opposite of everything I have come to loath in Riesling, which is an odd way of saying … I like it!
This wine was served at the European Union’s first meeting, in 1959 in Strasbourg. The 2019 is a deft, finessed Riesling, with juicy lemon and peach fruit, racy acidity and a snappy minerality. Pair with vegetable curries.
Inky dark in color with a nice dark berry and oaky nose. On the mid palate the wine displays vibrant fruit forward dark berry notes, along with some mild mocha … On the medium length in finish the wine displays some nice peppery notes, noticeable more so without food along with some mild tannins and acidity, nice and dry. This is more of a drink now, fruit forward wine, so don’t buy a lot but it’s delicious, yumm… I would give it an 88 or so, which for the price is excellent IMHO. We paired it with a striploin steak and it went perfectly, did I mention yum? From the LCBO web site, check stock.
The 2019 Meerlust Red is a blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Initially a little reticent on opening, this wine quickly sheds its broody, sulky, spicy veil to reveal a wonderfully complex aromatic array of black plum, black berry compote, orange peel, Christmas pudding over hints of pressed violets, sweet cedar spice and graphite nuances. The palate is plush and fleshy from the word go, showing an open knit, expressive opulence of red currant, bramble berry, black currant, sweet oak spice, black tea and a sleek texture that simply embraces the palate and makes you go back again and again for another sip. Refreshingly vibrant and impressively generous, I suspect this wine will age surprisingly well for over 10+ years even though it’s simply a cracking drinker right now on release. Hats off to the entire Meerlust crew. Score – 92. (gregsherwoodmw.com, Oct. 17, 2021)
Inky dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely deep rich black berries to match the nose, dark cherries and dark chocolate along with some vibrant acidity and firm tannins. This is a serious wine so be careful what you pair it with. We paired it with beef bourguignon and while I can’t say it completely blew it away, it wasn’t a match made in heaven either. On the medium length finish the wine coats the palate and with vevety tannins that stick to the tongue. A very nice, complex wine especially for the money, and I was about to press save when it happened … a sneezing fit, a usual symptom of high sulphites, so unfortunately I would give it an -88 and only if your not allergic to sulphites. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
Concentrated flavors of blueberries and blackberries are nicely framed by moderate tannins in this dry wine that’s been bolstered with 13% Petite Sirah. A full body and lightly gripping texture set it up nicely for pairing with big proteins. Score – 90. (Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 1, 2021
Pale salmon in color with an expressive nose for a rose. On the mid palate the wine displays some vibrant ripe strawberry notes. On the lighter side of medium in length the wine’s acidity sticks slightly to the tongue. This is a gentle summer sipper. We paired with with wild boar and it went well. I would give it an -88. Not the longest rose I’ve ever had but tasty and nice and dry. From the LCBO web site, check stock:
Made with 100% Cabernet Franc, this wine is juicy and soft with bright, ripe fruit, including impressive watermelon, cherry, redcurrant, red bell pepper, and an underlying savoury herbal note. It will shine when served for brunch with tuna salad or roast-chicken sandwiches.