Wine Picks LCBO Release Feb 4, 2017

The Feb 4, 2017 release is full of quirky lesser known wines.  I usually find these delightful  when I am charmed by the local culture, sea views, mountain top…you get the picture.  Not so much when I am at home in my own culture!

Having said that there are a number of lesser known grapes that do deserve mention –mostly because they are very good representations of better known grapes!

Here are my picks from this release:


Value whites

Avondale Jonty’s Ducks Pekin White 2015 (South Africa)

439554       Score 90      $15.95

This looks like one of the best values in the release.  This is a blend typically driven by Chenin Blanc.  Wine Align review gives it a score of 90 and indicates flavorful, ripe, balanced, seriously stony and fruity with amazing depth and length.

Dirty Laundry Say Yes Pinot Gris 2014 (British Columbia)

423202   $19.95

This is featured in the What to Drink for Valentines with a description of fresh nectarines and a lively citrus finish from winetrails.ca.  Wine Align notes call it round and fruity with gentle acids in Alsatian style.

Jean Biecher & Fils Schoenenbourg Riesling 2014 (Alscace Grand Cru)

469767  Score 94  $23.95

Anne Krebiehl, of Wine Enthusiast notes Mirabelle plums and tart red apples mix to give a very fruity, appetizing aspect which on the palate is joined by ripe, lemony freshness.This has the balance and drama everyone wishes for in a dry riesling… Lovely Mirabelle finish of immense length.

La Chablisienne Grande Cuvée Chablis 1 er Cru 2014 (Burgundy)

685222       Score 92               $29.95

Neal Martin of robertparker.com says ‘this has crisp sea spary and cold flint-lie bouquet that is well defined and nicely focused.  The palate is clean and fresh with a fine line of acidity, great depth and poise and it gently fans out towards the finish with citrus peel, Granny Smith and gun-flint notes.’

This is blend of chardonnays from neighbouring Grand Cru vineyards… a bargain at this price.

Simonnet-Febvre Bourgogne Chitry 2014 (Burgundy)

479667    $19.95

Vintage Panel notes this is a chardonnay – citrusy and yellow apple, hints of white pepper and wither flowrs and a suggestion of flinty mineral.  Wine Align calls it a dead ringer for the pricier Chablis of the neighbouring environs.


Red Wine

Chateau Saint-Roch Vieilles Vignes Syrah/Grenache 2014 (France Roussillon)

195107  Score 90    $15.95

Reviews from various sources are suggesting to buy this one by the case!  Jeb Dunnuck or robertparker.com calls it sexy, ripe, polished – with lots of blueberry, strawberry, spice-box and dried flowers aromas and flavours.

Tectonia Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (Chile)

480822          Score 91     $19.95

James Suckling of jamessuckling.com says this is a silky red with chocolate, berry and fres tobacco character. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish.

Bridlewood Blend 175 2014 (USA California)

479070      $19.95

Syrah, Tempranillo, Malbec, Grenache, Petite Sirah and Viognier in the blend – apparently 175 variations attempted (Gotta give them A for perseverance!)   Final blend is soft, slightly jammy, raisiny with chocolate mocha oak.

Ironstone Old Vine Zinfandel (USA California)

951889              $17.95

I love Ironstone.. and I love Zinfandel so this has all the bases covered for me !  This one is categorized as Full-bodied and smooth, fruit foward blackberry and blueberry. Pair with beef!





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