Wine Picks LCBO Vintages Release July 7, 2018

The Vintages Release for July 7, 2018 is a bonanza for Chardonnay lovers with the Cool Climate Chardonnay feature. There are lots of other good value summer sippers available as well.

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.

Or you can now order LCBO products on-line  .  Of late LCBO have indicated all release wines are available for on-line  ordering.

RosÉ Wines

Black Cottage Rosé (Marlborough, New Zealand)

This was released March 2018 but the store locator shows there is a lot of stock remaining all over the province.

539320    D       Score 91          $16.80

Inspired by the fresh and crisp wines of Corsica and the South of France. The final result is attractive and elegant, filled with aromas of rose petals, coconut and sandalwood. Dry, fresh and crisp on the palate with underlying flavours of raspberries, caramelized sugar and mineral notes that persist to a clean finish.   Easygoing and Fruity

CHÂTEAU LA TOUR DE L’ÉVÊQUE ROSÉ 2017 (AC Côtes de Provence, France)

319392    (XD)    Score 91    $20.95

The vines from which this perennially popular rosé is sourced are organically farmed and harvested by hand. The 2017 vintage blends 45% Grenache, 28% Cinsault and 11% Syrah with splashes of Sémillon, Rolle, Mourvèdre, Ugni Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Expect a zesty, berry-and-citrus-fruity rosé that will be ideal with summer salads, grilled seafood or smoked salmon.
Medium-bodied & Dry

CHÂTEAU D’AQUÉRIA TAVEL 2017 ( AP Rhone, France)

319368  (XD)       Score 91      $23.95
Vintage panel notes:  This wine is always a popular choice with Vintages customers. The 2017 vintage blends 45% Grenache Noir with 20% Clairette, 15% Cinsault, 8% Mourvèdre, 6% Syrah, 4% Bourboulenc and 2% Picpoul and shows juicy red apple, cherry, strawberry and watermelon with some herbal and spice shading, notable heft and plenty of tangy acidity. Chill and pour with barbecued salmon and sautéed Swiss chard. Medium-bodied & Dry

SAINT AIX ROSÉ 2017 (AP Coteaux d’Aix en Provence, France)

451906   (XD)       Score 88-90                $22.95

Notes from   This domaine, originally a truffle orchard, was converted to a vineyard in the early 1900s. TASTING NOTE: Vibrant pale orange. Expressive nose of strawberry and red berry fruits with a fine tangy note. Ample, smooth, concentrated palate driven by delicate tension, honest spicy fruit aromas and a harmonious sensation. A wonderful, virile wine for full-flavoured foods.  Medium-bodied & Dry


White Wines

ARCA NOVA VINHO VERDE 2016 (DOC Vinho Verde, Portugal)

292029   D  Score 95   $13.95

This wine was awarded the Chairman’s Trophy at the 2017 Ultimate Wine Challenge.  (The scores on this range from high 80s to this 95.  Nevertheless at this price you can take a chance and rate it yourself!)
Ultimate Wine Challenge, 2017 notes: Pouring a very bright crystal with green highlights, this  incredibly refreshing wine has aromas of grapefruit skin, tomato stem, and powdery
minerals. The palate shows an invigorating, gentle spritz that further advances the quaffable character of the wine. Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation. Aromatic & Flavourful

(DO Limarí Valley, Chile)

143768   (XD)          Score 93       $22.95

James Suckling of says “A dense and fruity white with hints of sliced apples, lemons and stones. I like the firmness and phenolic texture at the finish. 60% barrels and 40% used barrels and then racked into eggs. Drink now.  Full-bodied & Rich

CHANSON PÈRE & FILS VIRÉ-CLESSÉ 2015 (AC Burgundy, France)

042044  (XD)          Score 91  $24.95

Bruce Sanderson of says ‘Very pure, this white delivers expressive aromas and flavors of peach, apple, spice and oyster shell. Lingers on the finish, with elements of spice and brown butter. Drink now through 2020. Smart Buys.’  Full-bodied & Rich

WESTCOTT ESTATE CHARDONNAY 2016 (VQA Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula, Canada)

424507 (XD)          Score 91       $27.95
Jamie Goode of says ‘Fresh and detailed, this is quite delicious with some bright tangerine and pear notes alongside some richer white peach characters. Fresh with a fine spiciness on the finish. Very attractive, showing nice focus.  Light & Crisp


148866 (XD)      Score 91  $29.95

David Lawrason of says ‘This rich, creamy chardonnay from the warm 2016 vintage pours fairly deep lemon colour. The nose is subtle and complex with ripe peach, fine toast/bread, hazelnut, butterscotch and a touch of earthiness. It is quite full bodied, soft and concentrated, perhaps a bit low in acid. Excellent to outstanding length.’ Full-bodied & Rich

LOOSEN BROS. DR. L RIESLING 2016 Qualitätswein (Mosel, Germany)

599274  (MS)               Score 90        $14.95
Anna Lee Iijima of Wine Enthusiast says ‘More mineral than fruit, this dry white is a fantastic value, expressing Riesling’s most crystalline character. Tangerine and green apple flavors are crisp and concentrated, showered in streams of lime acidity and cool mineral sensations. Drink now through 2020. Best Buy.  Aromatic & Flavourful


734921  (D)      Score 90           $15.95

Vintages panel notes: The 2016 Maculan Pinot Grigio is more tropical and ripe than you might expect from a northern Italian Pinot Grigio. There’s nicely articulated apple and a crisp lemony citrus too, along with plenty of bright, lively acidity. Fresh and lovely with a good length and finish. Great for sipping, or for seafood. Light & Crisp


391847   (XD)     Score 90            $16.95

Vintages notes: This is from a fifth-generation producer, and the estate has been certified for sustainable agriculture since 2006. You can expect a fresh, mineral-rich wine with balanced lime citrus and tropical fruit tones. Great with seafood, this will also be a fine warm-weather sipper.
Aromatic & Flavourful


196956  (D)   Score 88-90  $16.95

Gold Medal winner at the 2017 Paris Concours Général Agricole.  Lisa Isabelle of scored this as 90. Either way this is a chance to indulge in the Alsation style of Pinot Gris at a very reasonable price.

Anne Krebiehl, MW of  Wine Enthusiast describes ‘ Fresh juicy Conference pear dominates nose and palate. The body is light and flavors are off dry, giving an extra boost to the ripe pear notes. The finish has a fresh pithy edge and is moreish. Drink soon while aromas are at their peak.’
Aromatic & Flavourful

HENRY OF PELHAM ESTATE RIESLING 2016 (VQA Short Hills Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Canada)

557165  (D)        Score 90          $19.95

David Lawrason of says ‘This is a pale, slim-downed, well balanced riesling with somewhat reserved aromas of lemon blossom, green apple, spice and some minerality. It’s streamlined, just off-dry and nervy with fine acidity. The length is excellent. Some lovely sour
lemon bitterness on the finish. Very pretty.’  Aromatic & Flavourful

Red Wines

RITUAL PINOT NOIR 2015 (Casablanca Valley, Chile)

514182  (XD)    Score 93     $21.95

The notes here specify Alto de Casablanca.  Pinot Noirs coming out of Chile’s cooler regions are starting to come into their own at very reasonable prices. Keep your eyes open for more Pinot Noir values coming out of Chile!

Tim Atkin, MW of says ‘Working with Burgundian terroir specialists Claude and Lydia Bourguignon has helped to improve the quality of this impressive Pinot Noir, grown on granite soils. Older wood, 25% whole bunches and sappy minerality complement the sweet, savoury red cherry and wild strawberry fruit flavours. Drinking Window: 2018-2023’  Medium-bodied & Fruity

SEGHESIO SONOMA ZINFANDEL 2016 (Sonoma County, California, USA)

942151  (XD)    Score 93              $29.95

Tim Fish of describes ‘Plump and loaded with rich, jammy fruit, this Zinfandel is a pleasure to drink. Bold accents of wild berry, spicy cinnamon and licorice glide dynamically
toward plush tannins. Drink now through 2025.’ Full-bodied & Smooth

PAPER ROAD PINOT NOIR 2016 (Wairarapa, North Island, New Zealand)
179770     (XD)    Score 93  $26.95
This wine is known as Falloon Block Pinot Noir in New Zealand and Paper Road Pinot Noir outside of New Zealand.
Sam Kim of says ‘A wonderfully composed pinot, the beautifully fragrant bouquet shows dark cherry, plum, floral, spice and toasted almond characters. It is concentrated and succulent on the palate, delivering excellent fruit power and velvety texture,
brilliantly supported by silky tannins. The wine is rich and flavoursome, while remaining elegant and well structured. At its best: now to 2021. Medium-bodied & Fruity


134544   (D)   Score: 92    $15.95
This wine was awarded BBM glasses in the 2018 edition of Gambero Rosso Italian Wines.
Kerin O’Keefe of Wine Enthusiast describes ‘Aromas of ground black pepper and wild berry lead the way. The juicy delicious palate mirrors the nose, doling out succulent Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry and cinnamon. Easygoing and balanced, it boasts supple tannins and fresh acidity. It’s made to be drunk young so enjoy soon. Editors’ Choice.’ Medium-bodied & Fruity

PASCUAL TOSO RESERVE MALBEC 2015(Barrancas Vineyards, Mendoza, Argentina)

183897   (XD)      Score 92    $19.95
James Suckling of  says ‘This is a solid red with a dense and chewy texture. Full-bodied, layered and rich. Tight and focused. Very pretty. Drink now or hold.’   Full-bodied & Smooth


490375   (XD)   Score 92   $20.95

Decanter World Wine Awards, 2017 notes: 100% Cabernet Franc. A sweet yet restrained nose of bright cherry fruit with a power packed palate of cranberry and red cherry.  Medium-bodied & Fruity

PLANETA NOTO NERO D’AVOLA 2012 (DOC Noto, Sicily, Italy)

477190   (XD)     Score: 92        $27.95
Kerin O’Keefe of Wine Enthusiast says ‘Intense, alluring aromas of exotic
spice and ripe red fruit take center stage in this fragrant, polished red. The elegantly structured
palate offers juicy cherry, crushed raspberry, cinnamon and white pepper, framed by silky tannins that give it a smooth mouthfeel. A carob note marks the finish. Editors’ Choice’.  Full-bodied & Smooth

SEIN 2011 (DO Alicante, Spain)

391896    (XD)     Score 90     $17.95

Beppi Crosariol of says ‘This chunky-rich blend of 60-percent monastrell with 40-per-cent syrah is mighty ripe, tipping the scale at 15-per-cent alcohol. It dishes up plenty
of stewed-fruit and cocoa character, like a prune-raisin chocolate bar, but there’s discipline and depth thanks to the peppery syrah and savoury oak. A big mouthful for the money.’ Full-bodied & Firm

Cellar Suggestions

M XX270 SYRAH 2015 (Corsica, Vin de France)
571778  (XD)         Score 94    $25.95

Jeb Dunnuck of says ‘Coming all from granite soils and 100% Syrah, the 2015 Corse XX270 is another flat out great wine from this estate. Notes of blackberries, blueberries, crushed violets, spice and hints of mint all flow to a ripe, sexy, concentrated and beautifully
textured red that has plenty of sweet fruit, an energetic, vibrant texture and a great finish. Drink it anytime over the coming decade.’ Medium-bodied & Fruity

LAVAU VACQUEYRAS 2014 (AC Rhone, France)

104927     (XD)    Score 91     $26.95

Gold Medal winner at the 2016 Paris Concours Général Agricole.
John Szabo, MS of says ‘Another excellent, very spicy and complex Vacqueyras here from the Lavau family, dense, dark, savoury and full, a blend of half grenache, with 40% syrah and the rest mourvèdre. Tannins are pleasantly grippy and acids in balance, while savoury dark fruit, pot pourri and spice linger nicely. I’d give this another year or two in the cellar at least to come
round; in my experience, this wine ages very well.’  Full-bodied & Smooth

CHÂTEAU LA ROCHE BAZIN 2014 (AC Côtes de Bordeaux – Blaye, France)

416701  (XD)      Score 90       $18.95
Roger Voss of  Wine Enthusiast says ‘Under the watchful eye of consultant Eric Delacroix, the Bazin twins (Thierry and Odile) created a wine that is dark and dense. This is a young wine with good potential. Its black fruits and solid tannins are rich and structured. Acidity and ripeness go together and will let the wine develop well. Drink from 2019.’ Full-bodied & Firm

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