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Wine Picks January 20, 2018 LCBO Release

The January 20, 2018 LCBO release is again taking our post-holiday pocketbooks into account with many very reasonably priced, exceptional value wines!  Two of the best value wine areas of the world are featured –  Chile and Portugal. It is a great chance to stock up!

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.

Sparkling

Your sparkling wine stash may be depleted after the holidays.  Here is a chance to stock up on 3 great value sparklings.

ANDREA BIASIOTTO EXTRA DRY PROSECCO 2016 (DOC, Veneto, Italy)

516559 (XD) Score 92  $16.95

Notes from Decanter World Wine Awards, 2017  ‘100% Glera. Zippy and intense with ripe limey-lemony fruit and medium long, minerally aftertaste. Simple and honest with tangy, citrusy acidity underneath. Light & Fruity

EMILIANA ORGANIC BRUT SPARKLING (Casablanca Valley,Chile)

536607 (XD) Score 92  $17.95

Traditional method, The largest organic winery in the world, Emiliana was named Winery of the Year for 2015 by Wines of Chile. You can view their sustainability certificates and reports
online (emiliana.cl). James Suckling of jamessuckling.com) Rich & Complex

LOUIS BOUILLOT PERLE RARE BRUT CRÉMANT DE BOURGOGNE 2014
(Traditional method, AC, Burgundy, France)

178137 XD   $21.95

This remarkable value is produced in the same manner as Champagne and is crafted from two of the same grapes – Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – but also contains Gamay and Aligoté, creating an intriguing variant of its famous northern cousin. Vintage-dated Crémants are a bit of a rarity, making this wine all the more interesting. Look for a floral, fruity wine with pear, citrus, toast and mineral notes. Medium-bodied & Flavourful

White Wines

DOMAINE DE LA FRUITIÈRE MUSCADET SÈVRE & MAINE SUR LIE 2015
AC (Loire, France)

451112 (XD)  $14.95

Vintage Panel tasting notes say ‘The vines of Domaine de la Fruitière have to work hard to find moisture, often digging for metres through the rocky soils in which they’re planted to find a water source. Forcing the vines to work harder has the double benefit of producing better-quality grapes and imparting a fine, dominant mineral overtone to the flavour profile. This 2015 Muscadet Sèvre & Maine Sur Lie is vibrant and refreshing with a lively citrus character as well as that distinctive minerality that is so beloved in these wines. Enjoy with seafood or fish dishes. Aromatic & Flavourful

DELAFORCE ALVARINHO 2015 (Vinho Regional Duriense, Portugal)

523654 Score 90 $16.95

Mark Squire of robertparker.com, says ‘ … beautiful depth, fine persistence and excellent fruit. Douro Alvarinho is not quite a “thing” yet, but most of the interesting ones seem to be associated with places where winemaker Jorge Moreira works. The lingering finish provides a serious end
to this well-constructed Alvarinho.  Full-bodied & Rich

COVELA EDIÇÃO NACIONAL AVESSO 2015 Vinho Verde (Portugal)

524868  Score 91 $17.95

Mark Squires, of robertparker.com says ‘… certainly one of the best Avesso offerings I’ve seen … Big and mouthfilling, it seems rich and concentrated (relative to the region, of course). It simply grips the palate. It adds that caressing texture that I so often see from Avesso and ends with that hint
of minerality … My only question with Avesso these days is – will they age well enough to reward the enthusiasm in the region for it? That remains unclear, but … this is wonderful just now and a terrific bargain. Just in case there is any doubt – this is dry, unoaked and not carbonated.  Aromatic & Flavourful

ANDRÉ BLANCK & FILS ALTENBOURG GEWURZTRAMINER 2016
(AC Alsace, France)

168906 (M) 750 mL $19.95

This estate has been family-owned and -operated for seven generations. The Altenbourg Gewurztraminer is sourced from vines averaging between 15 and 30 years of age planted on gentle slopes in clay and limestone soils. This wine is typically crafted in a concentrated, richly textured style. You can expect to discover a balanced, lively wine all decked out in Gewurztraminer’s rose petal, lychee and peach aromas and flavours, accented with an underpinning spice note. Try with gently spiced foods. Aromatic & Flavourful

SAN PEDRO 1865 SINGLE VINEYARD CHARDONNAY 2015 (Elquí Valley, Chile) 

540781 (XD)   Score 92  $19.95
Patricio Tapia of Descorchados says ‘Perched on the edge of the Atacama
Desert and specializing in Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc, the Elquí Valley also has
some chalky vineyards where Chardonnay achieves excellent results. Full-bodied & Rich

CHARLES BAKER B-SIDE RIESLING 2016 (VQA Niagara Peninsula, Canada)

523845 (M) Score 91 $22.20

(Stratus Vineyards)
Michael Godel of winealign.com … breath of classic Baker riesling air, blanketing from up above and with a landscape that reeks of lime and quivers with classic agitation. The fruit is wild and full, the salty grit infiltrating and gripping …  Aromatic & Flavourful

DOMAINE DES CÔTES BLANCHES SANCERRE 2016 (AC Loire, France)

409292   Score 90   $23.95

Sancerre is a bone dry Sauignon Blanc. Not typically a sipper but amazing with food like fish or asparagus!   James Molesworth of  winespectator.com says ‘ A tangy, herb-infused version, with lots of thyme and chive notes and hints of asparagus and fleur de sel. Offers a brisk, bony finish.  Aromatic & Flavourful

Red Wines

EVEL TINTO 2014 (DOC Douro, Portugal)
190694   Score 90    $14.95
Kim Marcus of winespectator.com says ‘A lithe red, with good cut to the red berry and plum tart flavors, supported by fresh acidity, showing notes of pepper and hot stone on the minerally finish. Offers impressive purity to the fruit components. Drink now through 2020. Ranked #50 in the 2016 Wine Spectator Top 100.  Medium-bodied & Fruity

LA TORRE GUINZANO SAN GIMIGNANO ROSSO 2013 (DOC Tuscany, Italy) 

480665 (XD) Score 4 1/2/5 Stars $16.95

Vic Harradine of wine current.com says ‘This 70% Sangiovese/15% Cabernet Sauvignon/10% Merlot blend matured 12 months in French oak barrique and a further 12 months in bottle. It bolts from the glass with heady aromas of red berry fruit, savory herbs and red cherry. This is medium-plus bodied with a juicy river of palate-bathing flavour – black Bing cherry dipped in dark chocolate interwoven with cassis, mixed spice and oodles of charm. The finish lingers, balanced and structured with grace and excellent tang. Well paced, well priced and well…delicious. Exceptional-value wine.  Full-bodied & Firm

PROVOLO CAMPOTORBIAN RIPASSO VALPOLICELLA SUPERIORE 2011 (DOC Veneto, Italy) 

974402 (D) Score 92 $19.95

Sara d’Amato of  winealign.com says ‘A classic Ripasso style Valpolicella with sophistication, polish and integrity. Full-bodied and nutty with notes of dried fruit fresh earth. Impressive concentration with a firm tannic presence and rounded acids. Hot finish due to an unsurprising degree of alcohol. Very good value. Medium-bodied & Fruity

SECRET CELLARS PINOT NOIR 2014 (Santa Lucia Highlands, California, USA)

539189 (XD) Score 91 $23.95
TASTING NOTE: Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate cherries and graham crackers, berry pie, and praline with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long creme brulee, delicate spice, and yams and beets finish with light oak. A finely balanced fruity, savory pinot noir. Exceptional. Medium-bodied & Fruity

IL MOLINO DI GRACE RISERVA CHIANTI CLASSICO 2013 (DOCG Tuscany, Italy)

382945 XD    Score 93   $24.95

Bruce Sanderson of winespectator.com says ‘Black cherry, plum, leather, earth and mineral flavors mark this powerful red. Rich and balanced, with spice and mineral notes echoing on the long finish. Drink now through 2028. Medium-bodied & Fruity

VALDIVIESO ÉCLAT 2010    (Maule Valley, Chile)

541128 (XD)  Score 93  $29.95

Tim Atkin, MW of  timatkin.com says ‘The Carignan variety is undergoing a renaissance right now in Chile as vintners are rediscovering old vines and creating outstanding wines with them. Valdivieso
was way ahead of the curve….  Sourced from vineyards on the plain, with greater clay content, this is a well-judged cuvée of Carignan with 34% Mourvèdre, aged in new oak. It’s a very elegant, refined style for Maule with black plum and liquorice notes and refreshing acidity.’ Full-bodied & Smooth

 

SIMI CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 (Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California,USA)
25221 (XD)       Score 93     $22.95
Meridith May of  The Tasting Panel says ‘This is a stunning vintage for one of Alexander Valley’s prestigious labels, with exotic jasmine and sweet black raspberry aromas. Boysenberry and mulberry jam and toast drape the mouth and the continuing parade of expressive fruit become[s] more dramatic and voluptuous. Tannins are round and the texture is plush. Medium-bodied & Fruity

DOMAINE DU GRANDE TINEL CÔTES DU RHÔNE 2015 (AC, Southern Rhône, France)
539478 (XD)        Score 90      $23.95
Jeb Dunnuck of robertparker.com says ‘The 2015 Côtes du Rhône is smokin’ good! Made from 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre, it’s loaded with notions of strawberries, raspberries, Provençal spice and flower. Rounded, supple, with no hard edges and sweet tannin, it got a big “Wow” in the notes and it’s well worth a case purchase for drinking over the coming 4-5 years. Drink date: 2016-2021. Full-bodied & Smooth

JAFFELIN LES GRANDES VIGNES GIVRY 1ER CRU 2015 (AC Burgundy, France)

527978 (XD)   $32.95

This was aged for 14 months in oak (25% new) before being bottled. Givry is noted for producing
wines of notable delicacy and refinement – but don’t confuse delicacy with simplicity. You can expect this to be a lithe but complex and generous wine with red and black fruit, impressive food-friendly acidity and structured tannins. Medium-bodied & Fruity

 

Cellar Suggestions

ALKOOMI BLACK LABEL CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 (Frankland River, Western Australia)

904227 (XD)   Score 93 $19.95

James Halliday of winecompanion.com.au says ‘Eight blocks harvested over 2 weeks, matured in French oak (20% new) for 12 months. A full-bodied cabernet with deep colour and robust  mouthfeel; while the tannins are balanced, they need to soften, but there’s enough blackcurrant fruit to wait however long the process takes.  Special Value. Medium-bodied & Fruity

STÉPHANE AVIRON VIEILLES VIGNES CHÉNAS 2014 (AC Beaujolais, France)

526855 (XD)  Score 93 $20.95

Roger Voss of Wine Enthusiastic says ‘This producer, who makes cru wines in a Burgundian way by avoiding the region’s carbonic maceration technique, has found a parcel of prephylloxera vines that have produced an impressive wine. It is serious and concentrated, a wine that is made to age over a long period. With black fruits, intense acidity and tannins, it should not be drunk before 2019. Editors’ Choice.  Light-bodied & Fruity

 

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