Wine Picks LCBO Vintages Release June 23, 2018

This is the ‘Welcome Summer’ release! Lots of high quality rosés, including 2 top scorers from Canada! Good value Chilean wines, a 95 point Australian Shiraz for $ 25.00, and a 93 point cellar suggestion for  $23!

Here are some of the  Best Value wines in this release under $35.00.  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.

If you try any of these share your thoughts in the comments below!

Rosés

WILDASS ROSÉ 2017 (VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada)
(Stratus Vineyards)

071712   (D)  Score 90  $18.95

Vintages panel notes:   Stratus is known for blending with the best of them, and this rosé brings together a wild combination of Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. Nice fruity-savoury-tangy interplay here, with Red Delicious apple, strawberry jam, red bell pepper and garden herbs. A kiss of residual sweetness juxtaposes with a bright, lip-smacking acidity while
trace tannins lend gentle structure. Pour with herbed lamb, spicy sausages, grilled curried shrimp, or pizza with a garlic cream sauce.  Easygoing & Fruity

MIMI EN PROVENCE GRANDE RÉSERVE ROSÉ 2017 (AP Côtes de Provence, France)

452573  (XD)     Score 90     $20.95

Roger Voss of Wine Enthusiast says ‘Packed with fruit and spice, this is a great food wine. It is full bodied, rich with raspberry flavors gathered into a structure of light tannins and edgy minerality. The aftertaste brings out a crisper character. Editors’ Choice.  Medium-bodied & Dry

THIRTY BENCH SMALL LOT ROSÉ 2017 (VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada)

414227     (XD)  Score 90   $29.95

Vintages panel notes:  This elegant pink wine blends 50% Cabernet Franc, 32% Pinot Meunier, 9% Pinot Noir and 9% Merlot with the colour coming, saignée-style, from the Merlot. It opens with ripe nectarine, strawberry, maraschino cherry and pimento aromas. There’s lovely mouthfeel, with tangy acidity bringing notions of sour apple and pink grapefruit. This will be wonderful with roast chicken, grilled or smoked salmon, summer salads, deep-fried arancini or pancetta-wrapped
grilled scallops.  Medium-bodied & Dry

White Wines

DOMAINE DE LA GRENAUDIÈRE SUR LIE MUSCADET SÈVRE ET MAINE 2016 (Loire, France)
AC Gold Medal winner at the 2017 Concours des Vins du Val de Loire Ligers.

326827  (XD)   Score: 93    $15.95

Carolyn’s note:  Wines from MUSCADET SÈVRE ET MAINE are some of the best value wines on the market in my opinion.  They are from the Melon Blanc grape which is not widely known in Canada – but it should be! They have the French gift of being  consistently clean and refreshing.  Wonderful examples can be had in the $15 range.  They go beautifully with seafood and salads and can also be sipped on their own.

tastings.com tasting notes describe ‘Brilliant pale light gold color. Baked aromas and flavors of hawaiian bread with brunost, dried citrus wheels, unripe pear, and oyster shell with
a round, lively, dry light body and an engaging, medium-long champagne vinaigrette, lemon sorbet,
kumquat, and melon and nectarine finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. An ethereal Muscadet that will pair too perfectly with oysters. Exceptional. Best Buy. 2017 Best Muscadet.
Aromatic & Flavourful

ERRÁZURIZ ACONCAGUA COSTA CHARDONNAY 2016 (DO Aconcagua Costa, Chile)

556118  (XD)  Score 93      $21.95

James Suckling of jamessuckling.com says ‘This is another gorgeous white with sliced apple, lemon rind, and just a hint of cream. Grapefruit. Full body, layered and beautiful. Energetic and vivid. Screw cap. Drink now or hold. Full-bodied & Rich

MCMANIS FAMILY VINEYARDS VIOGNIER 2016 (River Junction, California, USA)

658112  (XD)      Score 92     $19.95
Vintages notes: McManis succeeded in having their vineyard in the River Junction recognized as its own AVA, citing the unique mesoclimate in which it was situated. This Viognier typically offers vibrant fruit and touches on the tropical and orange citrus end of the scale. It’s a proven sipper, but you can expect the versatility for pairing with dishes like pan-seared fish or grilled tuna steak.
Aromatic & Flavourful

HENRY OF PELHAM SPECK FAMILY RESERVE RIESLING 2016  (VQA Short Hills Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada)

643361 (D)       Score 92       $24.95
Vintages panel notes:  ‘This has excellent intensity, presence, complexity and refinement – as one would expect from vines planted in 1984. Great richness to go along with the bright, lifted tones and impressive lime and minerality. Generous and juicy, this is a truly classy expression of Ontario Riesling. A refined wine that will impress alone but has Riesling’s wonderful food-friendliness in spades. Try it with barbecued ribs, chicken or pulled pork, or give it a go with seafood. You really cannot miss with this wine.’  Aromatic & Flavourful

 

MURALHAS DE MONÇÃO VINHO VERDE 2016 (Monção e Melgaço, DOC, Portugal)
080374      (XD) Score: 90     $15.95
wineandspirits magazine.com notes:  ‘A substantial, earthy blend of alvarinho and trajadura, this strengthens its lemon and almond flavors with some smoky vegetal notes that bring to mind agave. It has power without excess weight; a firm, crisp white for gambas al ajillo or other garlic-drenched seafood.’  Full-bodied & Rich

MOSELLAND GOLDSCHILD SINGLE VINEYARD RIESLING KABINETT 2016 (Mosel, Germany)
Prädikatswein

466052 (MS)  Score 90  $16.95

Vintages panel notes: ‘Quite a complex semi-sweet Riesling bursting with ripe peach, apricot, petrol and mineral. Brilliant acidity counterpoints the sweetness while a touch of spritz enhances the wine’s vibrancy. Chill and sip with spicy coconut grilled shrimp, or sizzling sausages topped with sauerkraut.’  Aromatic & Flavourful

ACROBAT PINOT GRIS 2016 9 (Oregon, USA)

420729  (XD)   Score 90     $21.95

Paul Gregutt of Wine Enthusiast says ‘This wine knocks the flavors out of the park again this vintage, with spicy grapefruit and pine needle notes leading the charge. Think more cool fruit – lime flesh and skin – than tropical flavors. Add vivid acidity, impeccable balance and a refreshing,
wet stone finish, and this is a must-have, everyday, goes-with-anything white. Best Buy.
Aromatic & Flavourful

Red Wines

WAKEFIELD JARAMAN SHIRAZ 2016 (McLaren Vale/Clare Valley, South Australia)

377036   (XD)   Score 95    $24.95

Vintages panel notes: Ripe and concentrated on the nose with dark fruit, plum, blackberry and an earthy mocha note. There is good lift on the lithe palate despite the intensity and depth this wine brings. Great balance and structure with tangy dark fruit, oaken vanilla, earth, mocha and pepper spice. Rich and long. Everything you want and more. Try this with grilled lamb with a spicy rub, or ribs with a tangy sauce.’ Full-bodied & Smooth

CAMPO ARRIBA OLD VINES MONASTRELL/SYRAH/TINTORERA 2014 (DO Yecla, Spain)
(Señorío de Barahonda)

511519  (XD)  Score: 93      $17.00

Robert Parker Jr.of robertparker.com. says ‘ 70% Mourvèdre, 20% Syrah and 10% Grenache aged three months in small French oak … Blackberries, blueberries, acacia flowers, and chalky minerality dominate the aromatics and flavors. It is full-bodied, the price is absurdly low for a wine of this quality, and I suspect it can age nicely for another 5-6 years, although its true value is its exuberance, fruit purity and density. Drink Date: 2016-2022.
Full-bodied & Smooth

MONTES OUTER LIMITS ZAPALLAR COAST PINOT NOIR 2015 (DO Zapallar, Aconcagua Valley, Chile)
568600     (XD)    Score: 93    $27.95

James Suckling of jamessuckling.com says ‘Aromas of soil and clay with dried berry and hints of pine needle. Light stem. Full body, tangy and fresh with lovely tangy acidity and a flavorful finish.’
Medium-bodied & Fruity

R. STUART & CO. BIG FIRE PINOT NOIR 2014 (Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA)

054841 (XD)          Score: 93                    $27.95

James Suckling of jamessuckling.com describes ‘A silky and pretty red with plum and dried-strawberry character. Some smoke and chocolate undertones. Medium to full body and silky
tannins. Fine and focused.’ Medium-bodied & Fruity

 

SISTER’S RUN OLD TESTAMENT CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016 (Coonawarra, South Australia)

478271   (XD)    Score 90     $16.95

Vintage notes: ‘Look for cherry, blackberry, chocolate and spice with a smooth and approachable
texture. Spark up the grill – this is one for steak, burgers and ribs that have been kissed by flame.
Full-bodied & Smooth

THORN-CLARKE TERRA BAROSSA SHIRAZ 2016 (Barossa, South Australia)

595306   (XD)         Score: 90                            $17.95
(Josh Raynolds of vinous.com describes “Youthful purple. Black and blue fruits, vanilla and licorice on the perfumed nose. Sweet and broad in the mouth; a peppery note adds spicy lift and cut to sweet cassis and blackberry flavors. Supple tannins come in late, adding shape to a long, dark-fruit-dominated finish.’ Full-bodied & Smooth

TORNATORE NERELLO MASCALESE/NERELLO CAPPUCCIO 2015 (DOC Etna Rosso, Sicily, Italy)

487090  (XD)  Score  90    $22.95
Vintages panel notes : ‘A blend of 95% Nerello Mascalese and 5% Nerello Cappuccio, this wine is bursting with strawberry and cherry fruit backed by spicy and earthy shading. A good choice for duck.’   Full-bodied & Smooth

 

Cellar Suggestions

QUINTAY WINEMAKER’S EXPERIENCE BLEND 2015 (DO Maipo Valley, Chile)

568618 (XD)   Score: 93   $22.95

Patricio Tapia of Descorchados says ‘From the area of El Pangue, in the Maipo Costa, neighboring Casablanca, this is a blend of petite sirah (26%), malbec (26%), cabernet sauvignon (22%), syrah (18%) and the rest of carménère. Bright red fruits with warming full-bodied sensation in the mouth. But this does not impact the red and tense fruit in this blend, and does not impact the freshness. There is a wine to age, give it at least three years in the bottle.
Full-bodied & Firm

GASSIER CHÂTEAU DE NAGES JT COSTIÈRES DE NÎMES 2014 (AC, Rhone, France)

736876  (D)   Score: 92   $25.95
Jeb Dunnuck of  robertparker.com says ‘A real blockbuster in the vintage … a more Northern Rhone-styled beauty that checks in as 95% Syrah and a splash of Grenache that saw
plenty of whole clusters and aging in concrete and larger oak. Smoked meats, pepper, roasted herbs, graphite and assorted darker fruits all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, rich, beautifully textured effort, and while it’s hard to resist now, it will keep through 2024.’
Full-bodied & Smooth

PALAZZO VECCHIO MAESTRO VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO 2013 (DOCG, Tuscany, Italy)

348532  (D)   Score: 92       $29.95
Kerin O’Keefe of Wine Enthusiast describes ‘ Enticing floral, woodland berry, new leather and tilled soil aromas come together in this stunning red. Vibrant and elegant, the linear palate delivers wild cherry, red raspberry, cinnamon and clove notes, framed by firm, refined tannins and vibrant acidity. The youthful tension is pleasant, but give it time to develop even more complexity. Drink
2020-2033.’
Full-bodied & Firm

This is the 'Welcome Summer' release! Lots of high quality rosés, including 2 top scorers from Canada! Good value Chilean wines, a 95 point Australian Shiraz for $ 25.00, and a 93 point cellar suggestion for  $23!

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