Wine Picks <$35 from LCBO Vintages Release Oct 2 2021

Check out the Holiday Meal Pairing suggestions for the LCBO Vintages Release Oct 2 2021. Some good value Sparkling and Syrahs on offer as well.

Holiday Meal Pairing Suggestions

If you are thinking ahead to Thanksgiving consider Domaine du Bicheron Mâcon-Péronne 2019 VINTAGES#:  14960 $18.95 , a Burgundian Chardonnay that Vic Harradine gives a 92 and notes a creamy palate with a citrus and green apple profile. Crisp, balanced with persistent fruit and a crisp, refreshing finish. Perfect for turkey and all the trimmings.

Donatien Bahuaud Les Grands Mortiers Vouvray 2019   VINTAGES#:  140889 $21.95 Loire, France would also be great with your holiday meal. David Lawrason of winealign.com gives it a 90 and describes a ‘delicate chenin blanc’ but true to form with gentle quince/pear/clover honey. Off-dry and fruity with ‘good to excellent length”. Lighter to medium bodied with good acidity will work well with all the sweet potatoes and gravy beside your turkey!

I would also go with a less common suggestion- Paul Mas Single Vineyard Réserve Marsanne 2019  VINTAGES#:  462457 $13.95 Languedoc, France. Marsanne is often used in Rhone blends with Grenache Blanc and its ‘sister’ Rousanne. Expect honeyed stone fruit with good weight and richness according to Andy Howard of decanter.com who gives it an 89. The richness, bright acidity, cimplexity and concentration he describes will certainly enhance a holiday meal. And at this price you can serve it to a crowd! 

The Rosé value award this release goes to Calcu Reserva Especial Rosé 2019   VINTAGES#:  19549 $13.95 Colchagua Valley, Chile. James Suckling gives it a 92 and describes sea salt, cherry and crunchy red plums with good texture. 90% Malbecé10% Petit Verdot. Should cut through the gravy and complement the cranberries…

On the red spectrum I would look for

Van Loveren Blue Velvet Pinot Noir 20207 Vintages 21103  $16.95 Robertson, South Africa. Medium bodied and fruity with touches of toasty vanilla and bright, red fruit.

Fortified

Warre’s Warrior Finest Reserve Port  VINTAGES#:  197202 $19.95 Douro, Portugal gets a 90 from James Suckling who describes blackberry and blueberry with a hint of wood. Drink now.

Sparkling

We are seeing more and more Sparklings from Chile and for good reason. Chile has a long history or Sparkling production and perfect conditions for it. Undurraga Titillum Blanc de Noirs   VINTAGES#:  21215 $19.95 gets a 94 from Patricio Tapia of guiadescorchados.cl. He notes 5 years on the lees (highly unusual) that gives it creaminess, nuttiness and spice. Good acidity with some smoke on the palate as well. Enjoy on its own or with pastry appetizers, soft cheeses and crackers.

Compare the Chilean Sparkling with this classic from the Loire Valley in France. There are two from Chateau Montcontour – one slightly more complex than the other. Choose your prices and your bubbly from Château Moncontour Tête de Cuvée Brut Sparkling Vouvray    VINTAGES#:  207936 $19.95 or Château Moncontour Cuvée Prédilection Brut Sparkling Vouvray 2017  VINTAGES#:  168963 $22.95. Both have toasty notes. The Tête de Cuvée has a bit of citrus, pear and a lighter apple profle. Expect the Prédilection to be richer from 18 months on the lees with warmer baked apple, honey and spice notes.

White Wines

Fans of Grüner Veltliner will want to look for Markus Huber Terrassen Grüner Veltliner 2019   VINTAGES#:  484956 $18.95 Traisental, Austria. A respected producer from a respected region. Anne Krebiehl, MW, Wine Enthusiast gives it a 92. This ranked #57 in Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Wines of 2020. Expect ‘savory textured yeast with tingling, zesty lemon, resulting in a lovely combination of richness and tangy freshness.’ If you are not familiar with Grüner Veltliner grape – this is a great place to start.

South Africa’s Nederburg The Young Airhawk Wooded Sauvignon Blanc 2017  VINTAGES#:  21099 $1995 gets a 96 from the International Wine and Spirits Competition, 2019. Note the wooded reference – I would expect this to add a bit of depth and texture beyond what you may be used to in a Sauvignon Blanc. Oh – and don’t forget a hint of smoke and vanilla in there. Notes suggest clean fruit with vegetal notes and some flinty minerality. This one is definitely on my shopping list this release!

Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc 2019   VINTAGES#:  191593 $21.95 California, USA gets a 92 from MaryAnn Worobiec, winespectator.com. This ranked #21 in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2020. Expect a fruity, silky pour with citrus and pear notes. Enjoy with seafood or salads.

Red Wines

There is a good value Bordeaux in Château Le Grand Moulin 2016 VINTAGES#:  11326 $17. 95. This is a Cabernet Sauvignon dominant blend with ripe fruits, lots of tannins, structure and density. Cellar this until 2022 at least and another few years -even better.

Wine Spectator identifies Ortas Tradition Rasteau 2018  VINTAGES#:  998716 $19.95 Rhône, France as a Smart Buy. James Molesworth gives this GSM blend a 91 and describes cherry, raspberry and red licorice with ‘swirls of incense and tobacco on the finish’.

Also lots of great Shyrah/Shiraz in this release.

Alkoomi Black Label Shiraz/Viognier 2017    VINTAGES#:  203166 $21.95 Western Australia, Australia gets a 93 from Campbell Mattison who describes a mix of fruit and savory notes. Licorice, black cherry and olive on the palate with some earthy, peppery, meaty notes. Complex and ‘highly enjoyable’ – drink now through 2027.

Argentina also has a Syrah/Viognier on offer in El Enemigo Syrah/Viognier 20177  VINTAGES#:  19390 $24.95 Mendoza, Argentina which gets a 95 from James Suckling who describes a ‘super complex nose’ with spices, blackberries, stones and peppery notes. Fruit and spice carry over to the palate which is silky, rich and pure. Sounds like classic Syrah here. ‘Super elegant’.

Escondido Tempranillo 2018    VINTAGES#:  132597 $16.95 Ribera del Duero, Spain gets a 92 from James Suckling who calls it ‘ripe, juicy and pretty with cherry, berry spice, chocolate and hazelnut character.’ What more can you ask for $16.95?

Check out this Bordeaux style blend from South Africa.

Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2018  VINTAGES#:  173880 $22.95 Coastal Region, South Africa gets a 93 from Decanter World Wine Awards who descripe it as a ripe and lush wine with dark fruit and a bit of sweet oak. 48% Cab Sauv; 36% Merlot and 12% Cab Franc.

Puglia has a rich Primitovo on offer in Papale Linea Oro Primitivo di Manduria 2016   VINTAGES#:  261784 $22.95 Puglia, Italy. Monica Larner of robertparker.com gives it a 90 and calls it ‘richly saturated and thick with a long trail of dark fruit aromas’ with a palate infused with spice, smoke and tar. Generous and intense.

At the top of our ‘snack bracket’ is Rodney Strong Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016   VINTAGES#:  350454 $34.95 California, USA. Decanter Panel gives this an impressive score of 95 and describe it as generous, rich and succulent with black olives, chocolate and blackcurrant. Well integrated tannins contribute to elegance and ripeness. Very long finish with vanilla and coffee notes. Still dense and youthfull this will drink now through 2035. If youare in the mood for California you this will give you a bang for your buck.

Wine Picks <$35 from LCBO Vintages Release Oct 2  2021

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