Wine Picks <$35 from LCBO Vintages Release July 11th, 2020

Chardonnay lovers are in for a treat with the LCBO Vintages Release for July 11, 2020. Two exceptional quality and values in particular on offer.

White Wines

El Enemigo Chardonnay 2017    VINTAGES#:  482984 $23.95 Mendoza, Argentina

This Chardonnay is scoring 95-98 points by various critics. It is being compared the the great wines of Burgundy and California at twice the price or more. James Suckling uses a lot of superlatives to describe the richness, ension and notes of lemon, apple, complex yeast with hints of oak. That is a LOT going on for $23.95!

Leaning Post The Fifty Chardonnay 2018  VINTAGES#:  578864 $22.95 Ontario, Canada. Leaning Post has a solid reputation for quality wines, highlighting Ontario terroir. They specialize in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Fifty tends to score highly throughout the years and I would expect this one to be no exception. This one promises complexity, creaminess, stone fruit and ‘chalky minerality’. Yum.

Vignerons de Buxy Buissonnier Montagny 2017   VINTAGES#:  382879 $19.95 Burgundy, France. Here is an opportunity to enjoy the classic quality, elegance, structure of Burgundy without breaking the bank. Notes of honeysuckle, stone, lemon, peach and hazelnut with underlying minerality. This one is described as great value that will develop and evolve for 5 + years.

Mountadam Riesling 2018   VINTAGES#:  288266 $19.95 South Australia, Australia

Lots of superlatives in the description of this wine like ‘spellbinding, exceptional, mellifluous, graceful, special value’. Juicy acidity, spice, grapefruit, and lemon drop. Sounds like a winner for dry Riesling fans.

And what would my recommendations be without an exceptional value white from Portugal? Anselmo Mendes Muros Antigos Loureiro 2018    VINTAGES#:  80796 $15.95 Vinho Verde, Portugal is a crisp, light, lively Vinho Verde with fine concentration and a long finish. Mark Squires of robertparker.com scored it a 90 and suggests it will drink well for another 5 years. Not bad for $15.95…

Red Wines

Granite Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2018    VINTAGES#:  14370 $19.95 California, USA gets high marks for plush cassis, black cherry, chocolate and smoke notes and velvety tannins, Excellent intensity, balance and a long finish.

David Lawrason describes Cosentino Cigar Cabernet Sauvignon 2016   VINTAGES#:  698142 $24.95 Washington, USA as a ‘nicely poised and detailed cabernet’. Smooth, balanced acidity and tannins. Good to excellent length. He gave it a 90.

Sara d’Amato of winealign.com has high praise for Clos Bel-Air 2016  VINTAGES#:  633040 $22.95 Bordeaux, France describing an elegant Merlot dominated Bordeaux blend with richness balanced by spice and good acidity tension. ‘A notable value not to be missed’. Drink now through 2023.

Manoir du Carra Beaujolais Villages 2017   VINTAGES#:  14735 $15.95 Beaujolais, France won Gold at the Concours des Vins Macon and is described as ripe, juicy with fruit framed by spice and a touch of earthiness. A good candidate for pairing with a light dinner or sipping on its own.

Muriel Fincas de la Villa Reserva 2015  VINTAGES#:  276030 $19.95 Rioja, Spain. Tim Mathews of wienspectator.com gave this a 93 and describes …’rich, round, with ripe tannins and orange peel acidity.’ Cherry, currant, licorice, vanilla and spice-flavourful and focused. Wow…

Wine Picks <$35 from LCBO Vintages Release July 11th, 2020

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