This release features the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, known for good value wines and South Africa. South African wines seem to have won the rating game while the French wines have won the hearts of critics. Continue reading “Wine Picks LCBO Release Aug 19, 2017”
This release features the wines of Argentina. Almost any of them appear to be good value, scoring in the 90s for the most part in a very reasonable $20 range. I have singled out a couple that scored consistently high among various reviewers. Oddly, many had a wide range of scores despite high rating from Decanter World Wine Awards.
There are also many offerings from less familiar regions such as Croatia, Bulgaria, India – I call them quirky varietals….if you are feeling adventurous go ahead and experiment. (I personally usually only indulge in these if I am sitting in a taverna in said region!)
ELYSSIA GRAN CUVÉE BRUT CAVA (Spain)
392548 Score 90 $19.95
Tony Aspler of Quench Magazine says ‘This is a charming sparkler at a great price. It represents a nose of new leather and honey with a floral note. Creamy mouthfeel, medium-bodied, dry, elegant and well-balanced.’
TWO RIVERS CONVERGENCE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016 (New Zealand)
277707 Score 94 $19.95
Bob Campebell of bob campbell.nz says ‘Restrained, fruity Sauvignon Blanc that shows surprising power demonstrated by a very lengthy finish. Impressive purity and bright, high energy flavours suggesting ripe tree fruit flavours, with underlying aromatic herbal character.’
YALUMBA VIOGNIER 2015 ( Australia)
954644 Score 92 $24.95 2
Joe Czerwinski, of Wine Enthusiast describes ‘Gingery spice and floral notes bring a dimension of complexity without oak, and the wine’s fruit remains citrusy, fresh and focused through the long finish. Editors’ Choice.’ John Szabo of Winealign also rates this wine highly calling it a ‘text book example of the varietal.’
Henri Ehrhart Réserve Particulière Gewurztraminer 2015
392118 Score 91 $21.95
Vintage panel notes say ‘Quite floral with rose petal, herb garden and spice aromas. There’s a kiss of sweetness here, but the wine is ultimately dry and finishes pure, crisp and long.’
Te Mata Estate Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc 2014
490318 Score 92 $30.95
Vigna di Pallino Riserva Chianti 2014 DOCG (Italy)
514331 Score 91 $26.95
This is getting consistent high scores from various reviewers. James Suckling of jamessuckling.com says ‘A delicious Chianti with blueberry and dried cherry character. Medium body, fresh acidity and a chewy finish. Very well done for the vintage.’
SERIE A BONARDA 2015 (Mendoza, Argentina)
355560 Score 91 $16.95
Apparently the best Bonarda comes from Santa Rosa. This is 100% Bonarda. Decanter Wrold Wine Award notes describe it as ‘Complex … violets and roses as well as dark cherries. Beautiful refreshing acidity, creamy texture, fine grained tannins and a refined finish, loaded with flowers. A
sophisticated version of Bonarda.’
QUINTA DA REDE RESERVA 2013 (Portugal)
431742 Score 91 $17.95
This is getting consistent high scores around the web. Roger Voss of Wine Enthusiast says ‘Black fruits show well freshened with acidity and balanced with the dry, final tannins.’
FINCA DEL MARQUESADO RESERVA 2009 (DOCa Rioja, Spain)
492652 Score 90 $17.95 2
Vintage panel notes: ‘Woodsmoke, warm earth, black olive, black cherry and spice emerge in this complex, gracefully mature wine. It’s smoky, spicy and still quite structured on the palate. In its prime drinking window now, it should impress through 2019.’
BODEGA PIEDRA NEGRA GRAN LURTONCABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013
(Uco Valley, Mendoza Argentina)
980334 Score 95 $24.95 2
James Suckling of jamessuckling.com says this is ‘a dense and textured cab with chewy and rich tannins…full body, hazelnut and clove character with the black currants. Very long and
gorgeous. Needs three or four years to come together.’ Me thinks if you give this its cellar due you will end up with a very fine wine…
VIÑALBA RESERVA MALBEC/TOURIGA NACIONAL 2014 (Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina)
442459 Score 96 $18.95
Here is a chance to pick up a real winner from Uco Valley in Argentina. Based on various reviews you could drink this now but the tannins are described as a bit chewy yet. Give it a couple of years to let it come into its own for optimum enjoyment.
Decanter World Wine Award notes say ‘Remarkable balance and precision here. Fresh, clean cherry fruit sings on the nose. Waves of intense red fruits and flowers abound on the palate, complemented by spices and oak very well integrated. A sumptuous Malbec/Touriga Nacional blend with great structure, finely grained tannins and lively freshness.’
HIRSCH HEILGENSTEIN GRÜNER VELTLINER 2014 (Austria)
484980 Score 92 $24.95
Critics agree that cellaring this for a couple of years will allow for fuller development and softening of this signature wine from Austria. Ann Krehiehl of Wine Enthusiast describes ‘Flinty overtones signal the freshness of the wine which has yet to show its true colors. But the tight, taught, focused and zesty palate promises lots of refreshment. There is a generosity here between zest and pepper, with concentrated pear and citrus. Superclean finish.
Spain is producing some excellent value wines and have modernized some of their viticulture techniques to appeal to the wider public. Here is what you need to have a fun evening exploring the food and wine of Spain’s Rioja region. Continue reading “Everything You Need to Host a Tapas and Rioja Wine Tasting”
Buckle up! There are so many good value wines in this release this is gonna be a long post! This release features old and new favourites and there are good values for almost every wine varietal from various countries. Continue reading “Wine Picks LCBO Release July 22, 2017”
Wine Aroma Wheel and charts courtesy of Wine Folly. Click to enlarge.
Original Source: Wine Aroma Wheel by Wine Folly
Wine Profiles of Popular Varietals
The following charts indicate what you would expect to find as far a flavor in some of the most popular wine varietals. (Click to enlarge). Use this to compare what you are finding against the classic profile for that wine.
Original Source: Flavor Profiles of White Wines | Wine Folly
Original Source: Wine Flavor Profiles of Red Wines | Wine Folly
Wine Descriptions and What They Mean
Use this chart to help find the correct descriptors for aromas, flavours, textures and styles of the wine you are tasting. (Click to enlarge).
Original Source: Guide to Over 120 Wine Descriptors
This Vintage release features some great values from Spain and a selection of International Cool Climate Chardonnays. Continue reading “Wine Picks LCBO Release July 8, 2017”
Getting to know one of Canada’s developing wine regions can be a lot of fun. There are currently 35 wineries listed on the Prince Edward County (PEC) Wine Tour Map. Here are four recommendations to pass a very pleasant afternoon wine tasting in ‘The County’. Continue reading “An Afternoon of Wine Tasting in Prince Edward County”
Canadian wines have really come into their own in the past decade. This week’s release has some great wines featured that make them easy to access. Just in time for the Canada Day holiday weekend! Keep reading -there are some international outstanding values that deserve mention as well! Continue reading “Wines to Celebrate Canada’s 150 LCBO Release June 24, 2017”
This release features some Australian and French wines, some Rosés, some Canadian. In short – a little bit o’ this and a little bit o’ that.
Here are the top scorers from around the web in the $15 – $35 range. Continue reading “Wine Picks LCBO Release June 10, 2016”