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LCBO Wine Picks January 6, 2018

The LCBO is taking pity on us after all our holiday spending with a release featuring Smart Buys! This release is perfect if you want to explore new grapes or regions without breaking the bank!

I will highlight the highest ranking best value wines under $35 in the usual format. This release also offers a good chance to explore Vouvray, Viognier and Zinfandel.  Check out the notes and recommendations here.

Use this link to check out availability of wines closest to you – LCBO store locator. Just enter the product number and your postal code to get a list of stores closest to you that have it in stock.

Dessert Wines

XAVIER MUSCAT DE BEAUMES DE VENISE 2015 Vin Doux Naturel, AP (Rhone, France)

515783     Score 93       $16.95 (375mL)

Jeb Dunnuck of robert parker.com says ‘the 2015 Muscat de Beaumes de Venise offers a stunning nose of white peach, honeysuckle, sugar water and apricot. Full-bodied, rich, unctuous and decadent, with a big mid-palate and nicely balanced sweetness, drink it over the coming couple of years. Drink Date: 2016-2018.

Fortified Wines

ALVEAR CREAM SHERRY DO Montilla-Moriles (Spain)

515791  Score 91  $16.95

Robert Parker Jr. of robertparker.com describes ‘a non-vintage Cream, which is essentially a sweeter style of Oloroso. Its dark amber color is accompanied by sweet, nutty, milkshake-like aromas, tremendous precision as well as intensity, and a marvelous finish.’

CROFT RESERVE TAWNY PORT DOP (Portugal)

538983    Score 93     $18.95

This would make a great dessert course with some old cheeses, dried figs, dried apricots and  nuts. Ultimate Wine Challenge notes describe ‘ Aromas of fig, dried red berries, and burnt sugar are bright and focused. The deep flavors carry the sweetness well on the palate, offering
concentrated notes of roasted fig, caramelized apple skin, and lightly toasted walnuts. Complex and delicious. Excellent. Highly Recommended. Great Value.’

White

WAKEFIELD CLARE VALLEY ESTATE CHARDONNAY 2016 (Clare Valley, South Australia)

711556 Score 94 $15.95

Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition, 2017  note ‘This is sourced from sites in the relatively cool climate of Clare Valley. You can expect this wine to reflect the sunny tropical fruit, peach and citrus characters this region is known for. Enjoy with barbecued scallops, or a green salad with grilled chicken and avocado.’

MOUNT RILEY SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016 Marlborough, South Island (New Zealand)

981670 Score 93 $17.95

Sam Kim of wineorbit.co.nz says  “This intensely aromatic, flavourful wine is a long-time customer favourite. People love the refreshing food-friendly acidity, lush and juicy fruit, and structure. It just gives so much value and pleasure year in and year out.”

DR. SIEMENS SERRIGER WÜRZBURG RIESLING KABINETT FEINHERB 2008 Prädikatswein  (Mosel, Germany)

524827 Score 91  $17.95

If you are a fan of aged Rieslings -this one is for you! Reviews are calling this great value, buttery, balanced barely off-dry. David Schildknecht of robertparker.com says “I have always loved how Germany can combine sweetness, acidity, minerality and fruit in a style that can be so drinkable!”

ST. HUBERTUS RIESLING 2014  BC VQA Okanagan Valley (Canada)

544072  Score 90  $18.95

Micheal Godel of winealign.com describes ‘…. Stone fruit and very mineral tang, juicy, condensed and weighty … big and delicious if of a very specific style. Acidity offers up a lambasting paradox of
clean coherence and the finish is a treat.’

 

MCMANIS CHARDONNAY 2016 River Junction, California (USA)

265983  Score 90  $19.95

Natalie MacLean of nataliemaclean.com says “McManis delivers remarkable value with this classically styled California Chard. This has the butter and apple flavours that we often think of in a Cali Chard, but a lighter touch of oak makes this a more flexible option than many of its peers for food pairing or sipping on its own.”

 

 

Red Wines

KILIKANOON KILLERMAN’S RUN GRENACHE/SHIRAZ/MATARO 2013
(Clare Valley, South Australia)

412189   Score 95  $19.95

It is getting so I haven’t met a Kilikanoon wine I didn’t like!! Vintages magazine notes:
‘Gold Medal winner at the 2015 Decanter World Wine Awards. James Halliday named Kilikanoon the 2013 Australian Winery of the Year. TASTING NOTE: Worth championing. Effortless, balanced, bright-fruited and spice-laden. Cherries, aniseed, twigs, raspberries and cloves. Just enough
firmness. Beautiful wine at a beautiful price. Drink By: 2023. Special Value. Score: 95 (Campbell
Mattinson, winecompanion.com.au, July 27, 2015)’

VINA ROBLES ESTATE PETITE SIRAH 2013 Paso Robles (California USA)

538694      Score 94    $20.95

Steve Heimoff of steveheimoff.com says ‘This single-vineyard wine is an excellent Petite Sirah, inky black, soft and thick in tannins, with the most delicious mulberry, chocolate, blackberry, espresso, cola, beef teriaki and spice flavors. Oak barrel influence shows up in the smokiness
and caramelly-vanilla taste.’

SEAGLASS PINOT NOIR 2015 Santa Barbara County (California USA)

539163     Score 92      $19.95

Natalie MacLean of  natalie maclean.com describes ‘A joyously vibrant and energetic Californian Pinot Noir from the heartland of where the movie Sideways was filmed in Santa Barbara. Lip-smacking delicious cherry aromas and flavours. Medium-bodied and silky smooth. Pair with grilled chicken.’

 

Cellar Suggestions

D’ARENBERG THE FOOTBOLT SHIRAZ 2014
(McLaren Vale, South Australia)

984021    Score 93      $17.00
James Suckling of jamessuckling.com describes ‘Aromas of blackberry and blueberry with walnut, dark chocolate and cigar box. Full body, round and juicy. Lovely savory finish. Love the intensity
and structure to this. Drink in 2019.’

ALAIN JAUME CLOS DE SIXTE LIRAC 2015 AC (Rhone, France)

076349    Score 91-93       $25.95

Poor man’s Chateauneuf du Pape Alert!    Jeb Dunnuck of robertparker.com says ‘The 2015 Lirac Clos de Sixte comes from an appellation that shares a similar terroir with Chateauneuf du Pape, yet is located just across the river, on the western side of the Rhone. It’s a serious, large scaled, voluptuous effort that has lots of ripe tannin, a [big] mid-palate and copious amounts of blackberries, black cherries, scorched earth, licorice and roasted herbs. One of the bigger boned and concentrated reds in the lineup, it will have a decade of longevity. ‘

FERRATON PÈRE & FILS LES CALENDES CROZES-HERMITAGE 2015
AC (Rhone, France)

526376      Score 92-94        $29.95

Jeb Dunnuck of robertparker.com says ‘Even better than the La Matiniere cuvée, the 2015 Crozes Hermitage Les Calendes (100% Syrah, destemmed and aged in concrete) offers lots of graphite and minerality, as  well as full bodied richness, a thick, unctuous texture, present tannin and a great finish. Again, the value here is about as good as it gets. At the moment, all of the Crozes Hermitage releases share a lot of similarities, but I’m sure they’ll show more singular characters with additional time in barrel.’

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