The LCBO Vintages Release April 14, 2018 is a fun one. The feature Grapes Gone Global highlights an old world example and a new world example of various grapes. This makes for a perfect opportunity to explore a given varietal and different wine making styles.
Much as I would love to be able to try each and every one of these -the reality is I can’t! So if you decide to try one or some please come back and tell us about it in the comments!
Explore Old World vs New World Wine Making Styles
You might be surprised at how different styles of winemaking in different countries can make the same grape variety almost unrecognizable.
One of the best examples I can think of is Chardonnay.
- A French Chardonnay will typically be unoaked; have high acidity with flinty minerality; clean and crisp and elegant; light to medium bodied.
- An Italian Chardonnay may be similar to the French style but it is typically very light bodied and may be, in my experience, almost indistinguishable from Pinot Grigio.
- The other end of the spectrum is the notorious California Chardonnay treatment – oaked, buttery, rich, full bodied.
So the Vintages panel have put together a great set of recommendations to explore old world vs new world Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc, Malbec, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Viognier and Zinfandel. This is a great opportunity for wine tasting clubs or wine enthusiasts to explore specific grapes. There is no point to my repeating the information in the article so if you want to learn more then check out the Vintages New Release Circular.
In the meantime, I will highlight 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.
Value Highlights of LCBO Vintages Release April 14, 2018
MARIE-PIERRE MANCIAT BRUT CRÉMANT DE BOURGOGNE (Traditional method, AC, France)
402362 (D) $24.95 Score 92 by Lisa Isabelle of winecurrent.com
ZARDETTO MOLÍN CONEGLIANO VALDOBBIADENE PROSECCO SUPERIORE 2015 (DOCG, Veneto, Italy)
514521 (XD) $18.95 Score 91 by James Suckling of jamessuckling.com
DOMDECHANT WERNER HOCHHEIMER RIESLING KABINETT 2015 Prädikatswein (Rheingau, Germany)
722413 (MS) $19.95 Score: 92 by Anna Lee Iijima of Wine Enthusias
ASTROLABE PROVINCE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016 (Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand)
010421 (XD) $24.95 Score: 92 MaryAnn Worobiec of winespectator.com
KEN FORRESTER OLD VINE RESERVE CHENIN BLANC 2016 (WO Stellenbosch, South Africa)
231282 (XD) $17.95 Score 91 by Neal Martin of robertparker.com
CLINE VIOGNIER 2016 |(North Coast, California, USA)
128421 (XD) $18.95 Score 91 by tasting.com
Ranked #82 on Wine Enthusiast’s 2017 Best Buys list.
MARGAN FAMILY HUNTER VALLEY SÉMILLON 2017 (Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia)
493338 (XD) Score 91 $19.95
BARTALI RISERVA CHIANTI 2013 (DOCG Tuscany, Italy)
541524 (XD) $19.95 Score 95 by Decanter World Wine Award
ENCHANTED TREE SHIRAZ 2014 (South Australia)
540286 (XD) $17.95 Score 94 by Sam Kim of wineorbit.co.nz
PIRATHON BY KALLESKE SHIRAZ 2013 (Barossa Valley, South Australia)
130278 (XD) $29.95 Score 94 by James Halliday of winecompanion.com.au
NOBLE VINES 337 CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 (Lodi, California, USA)
483321 (D) $19.95 Score 93 Meridith May of The Tasting Panel Magazine
( describes ‘Aromatic treasures of blackberry spice and espresso are accented by a dot of eart
SÃO MIGUEL ESCOLHA DOS ENOLOGOS 2015 (Vinho Regional Alentejano, Portugal)
445122 (XD) $22.95 Score 93
VILLA PONCIAGO LA RÉSERVE FLEURIE 2015 (AC Beaujolais, France)
299917 (XD) $19.95 Score: 92 by Roger Voss of Wine Enthusiast
This is one of the wines featured in the Grapes Gone Global so consider comparing this Beaujolais to the Canadian Gamay below.
BARÓN DE LEY GRAN RESERVA 2010 (DOCa Rioja, Spain)
642496 (XD $29.95 Score 91 by Luis Gutiérrez of robertparker.comy
REMO FARINA RIPASSO VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO SUPERIORE 2016 (DOC Veneto, Italy)
999946 (D) Score 90 $18.95
MALIVOIRE GAMAY 2016 (VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada)
591313 (D) $17.95 Score 90 by John Szabo, MS of winealign.com
Gold Medal winner at the 2017 National Wine
Awards of Canada.
This is one of the wines featured in Grapes Gone Global so consider comparing it to the Beaujolais above.
MAZZEI ZISOLA 2015 (DOC Sicilia Noto Rosso, Italy)
303925 (XD) $19.95 Score 90 by Ian D’Agata of vinous.com
CHÂTEAU HAUT-MONPLAISIR PRESTIGE CAHORS MALBEC 2012 (AC Cahors, Southwest, France)
462374 (XD) $25.95 Score 93 by Roger Voss of Wine Enthusiast Ranked #27 in Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Wines 2016.
BURGO VIEJO CRIANZA 2014 (DOCa Rioja, Spain)
168815 (XD) $16.95 Score 90 by Josh Raynolds of vinous.com