I am a bit behind in my ‘homework’ of studying the Vintages Release magazines. The June 25th, 2016 LCBO release had a few wines that stood out from the crowd.
The Foreign Affair Amarose LCBO 388702 $18.95
This wine has an interesting blend of Pinot Noir, Riesling and unoaked Chardonnay. In addition 5% of the Riesling and Pinot Noir were dried to concentrate flavours (appassimento). This is the procedure used in Amarone (hence the pun on the name) where grapes are dried for approximately 3 months on woven mats.
Winesinniagara.com reviewer Rick VanSickle scored this as a 90. Tasting notes suggest cherry, strawberry on the nose and palate.
Seems like a perfect summer lunch wine.
Potential Cellar Selections
The following 2 wines:
Alamos Seleccion Malbec 2013 LCBO 322800
Tapiz Alta Collection Malbec 2013 LCBO 450155
are a fantastic value, scoring 91 and 95 for $16.95 and $19.95 respectively. Grapes for both are sourced from the high altitude Uco Valley in Argentina, which based on a past tasting experience produces some of the best Malbec in the world.
Tasting notes from Luis Gutierrez of erobertparker.com say the Alamos has complex aromas of fruit, flowers and spices. Medium to full -bodied, refined tannins and good length.
The Tapiz is described as soft and silky with violet, berry and dark fruits on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, fine tannins and favourful finish. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com).
Both of these wines are drink or hold. They would be an excellent pair of wines to taste side by side to consider the difference between the 91 score and the 95. And since they are so reasonably priced for this value I would suggest buying 2 (or more) of each and cellaring some to try in another year or two.
Wakefield Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 LCBO 744235 $18.95
This is another drink or hold that I would buy extra to cellar. Tasting notes from tastings.com indicate bright, spicy, herbal aromas and flavours of blue-berry cobbler, toffee and chocolate mint….dry yet fruity medium to full body, tingling, medium-length honey buttered toast finish. Wow! That is a lot going on in a glass! Score 94. Let me repeat… score 94- price $18.95.
Again, at the time of this writing there were still lots of these gems in stock across Ontario. Check for availability in your area through the LCBO Product Search.