Wine Picks LCBO Vintages Release May 11, 2019

Sauvignon Blanc is the star of the LCBO Vintages Release May 11, 2019 with shining examples from the Loire Valley and New Zealand.  There is also a Beaujolais that critics say ‘would embarrass many crus’…. at $16.95!

If you are not a fan of Sauvignon Blanc now you might be after you try a couple of those on offer this release.  Try a French and a New Zealand and compare the difference in style!

I am now able to  review and rate wines from a curated sample of some 60 + wines  from each LCBO Vintages release. Subscribers to The Wine Lover’s Kitchen newsletter will  get my personal reviews and ratings, in all price ranges a few days before the release date.  Not on the mailing list yet?  You can sign up here to receive your advance reviews!

Full reviews will also be available to members of nataliemaclean.com in advance of the release date.

I will continue to highlight the best value wines under $35 as usual prior to the release date and my personal highlights will be available to all on-line a week after the release date.

Use this link to check out availability of wines closest to you – LCBO store locator. Just enter the product number in the search field in the upper right corner. When the product page comes up click on the Select Store button on the right margin.  A dialogue box will come up. Add 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.

Here are my picks for some of the best value wines under $35 in this release.

Fortified

BURMESTER 10-YEAR-OLD TAWNY PORT (DOP Port)

223958(S)    Score 95      $28.95
Richard Mayson of  decanter.com describes ‘Mature orange colour and seductive aromas of fruit cake, honey and a touch of spice. Mellifluous, smooth and suave palate yet beautifully fresh with a dusting of tannic spice on the finish.’ Sweet

CAVE DE LUGNY CUVÉE MILLÉSIMÉE BRUT CRÉMANT DE BOURGOGNE 2014 Traditional method, AC, Burgundy, France

183764  (D)           $23.95
Vintages note: ‘Crafted from the same grapes that give us Champagne and sourced from similar soils, Crémant de Bourgogne represents astonishing value. Vintage-dated offerings add a little extra shine. This will have toast, apple, pear, peach and citrus on the nose and palate and will be refined and zesty. A great option for seafood or chicken, it will also work well with pork dishes.’ Medium-bodied & Flavourful

VILLA MARIA SOUTHERN CLAYS SINGLE VINEYARD SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018  Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand

447474 (XD)    Score  92    $29.95

Joe Czerwinski of  robertparker.com says ‘The 2018 Single Vineyard Southern
Clays Sauvignon Blanc pops with tropical fruit. Passion fruit, guava, even papaya notes can be found on the nose of this effusively scented offering. It’s
medium-bodied and round in the mouth, then narrows down a bit on the finish, where it picks up herbal shadings similar to cut grass. Drink Date: 2019-2020.’
Aromatic & Flavourful

CVNE MONOPOLE CLÁSICO 2015 DOCa  Rioja, Spain

489583 (XD)   Score  92 -94    $31.95
Luis Gutiérrez of robertparker.com says ‘ … Viura with a good dollop of Manzanilla Sherry from Sanlúcar that adds biological notes and hints of nuts and spices. 2015 is the best vintage in recent years, with good quality and quantity … It’s quite lean and at first you don’t notice the biological
aromas much … does appear with time in the glass as the wine breathes. It’s subtle and with some sharpness and chalky sensations on the palate, very tasty and long. This should develop nicely in bottle. Drink Date: 2018-2025. ‘
Aromatic & Flavourful

MOMO ORGANIC SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016  Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand

009167(XD)     Score 91   $19.95
Bob Campbell, MW of  bobcampbell.nz  describes ‘Ripe, mellow sauvignon blanc withtree fruit, peach, melon and red capsicum flavours. A subtly succulent wine in charming, easy-drinking style. Drink 2017 to 2020.’
Aromatic & Flavourful

OHH POITOU SAUVIGNON BLANC 2017  AP Haut-Poitou, Loire, France

635854 (XD)    $16.95

Vintages panel note: ‘Situated south of the Loire River from Touraine, Haut-Poitou is a relatively new appellation, having just gained official status in
2011. The soils there are clay and limestone, and this wine is particularly mineral, with a flinty tone complemented by a core of tangy grapefruit. All
elements are in excellent balance. Sip this with shellfish.’
Aromatic & Flavourful

EDGEBASTON CHARDONNAY 2017 WO Stellenbosch, South Africa

636019 (XD)  Score: 90    $15.95
Neal Martin of  vinous.com says ‘The 2017 Edgebaston Chardonnay,
matured for 10 months in 10% new oak, has a simple, light, somewhat tertiary bouquet. The palate is well balanced, displaying crisp acidity, fine tension and just the right amount of salinity on the finish. Not bad at all, but give it another year in bottle. Drinking window: 2019-2027. ‘
Full-bodied & Rich

Red Wines

CASTELGIOCONDO BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2013 DOCG  Tuscany, Italy

035295 (XD)    Score 96       $27.95
Kerin O’Keefe of  Wine Enthusiast describes ‘ Wild berry, crushed violet, pipe
tobacco and chopped herb aromas leap out of the glass. Smooth and savory, the full-bodied palate shows restraint and elegance, delivering red cherry,
pomegranate, ground clove and black pepper alongside taut, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity. Ranks #35 of Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100
Wines of 2018’.
Full-bodied & Smooth

 

WITS END LUNA SHIRAZ 2017 McLaren Vale, South Australia
311258 (XD)  Score: 95      $17.95

Awarded a Double Gold Medal at the 2018 San Francisco International Wine Competition.  ‘This wine includes a splash of Barbera and is always complex, layered, fresh and impressive, with artfully articulated dark cherry, smoke, meat and spice tones. A great favourite of Vintages customers, it will drink beautifully through 2023+. ‘
It was among James Halliday’s Top 100 in the Reds Under $30 and the Best of the Rest categories.
Full-bodied & Smooth

TOHU SINGLE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2016  Marlborough, South Island,  NZ

645242 (XD)  Score: 95    $34.95

Decanter World Wine Awards note:  ‘100% Pinot Noir. Juicy raspberry,
violet and baking spice aromas. The palate is medium with floral, berry/cherry fruit and an appealing savoury/dried herb/forest floor edge. Appealing wine in this price category with round, soft tannins and a long finish.’Medium-bodied & Fruity

DOMAINE DE LA MADONE LE PERRÉON BEAUJOLAIS-VILLAGES 2017
AC Beaujolais, France
981175 (XD)  Score: 92    $16.95

William Kelley of  robertparker.com says ‘The 2017 Beaujolais-Villages
Le Perreon is superb, wafting from the glass with aromas of crushed blackberries, mulberry and licorice. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied,
ample and concentrated, with fine, melting tannins, juicy acids and a generous and expressive core of fruit. This is a terrific Beaujolais-Villages that would
embarrass many crus. Drink Date: 2018-2026.’
Light-bodied & Fruity

 

CMASSERIA ALTEMURA SASSEO PRIMITIVO 2016  IGT Salento, Italy

366955 (D)  Score: 92       $16.95

James Suckling of  jamessuckling.com  says ‘Shows some really pretty blackcurrants, blueberries, oyster shell and crushed stones. Full-bodied with all the fruit you would expect, but also a sense of freshness and style, thanks to a fine layering of acidity/tannin tension. Drink now. ‘
Full-bodied & Smooth

CHÂTEAU DE NAGES VIEILLES VIGNES COSTIÈRES DE NÎMES 2016
AP Rhone, France

040964  (XD)  Score: 92    $19.95
Joe Czerwinski of robertparker.com says ‘The luscious 2016 Costieres de
Nimes Vieilles Vignes offers seamless black cherry and raspberry aromas and flavors. It’s medium to full-bodied, creamy and ripe, with a long finish. It’s
not the most complex wine you’ll ever encounter, but it offers plenty of fruit-driven pleasure now and will continue to do so over the next few years. Drink
Date: 2018-2022.’
Full-bodied & Smooth

CHÂTEAU DE RIBEBON 2015 AC Bordeaux Supérieur,  France

546119 (XD)    Score: 91    $15.95

Roger Voss of Wine Enthusiast says ‘The wine, from one of the five
Aubert family properties, is rich and full of great fruit. With ripe tannins and blackberry generosity over the wood aging, this is still structured yet ready to
drink. ‘
Medium-bodied & Fruity

STORIA ANTICA RIPASSO VALPOLICELLA SUPERIORE 2016
DOC Veneto, Italy

273672 (D)  Score: 91       $17.95
Natalie MacLean, nataliemaclean.com  says ‘… a great value … rich dark fruit,
smoky and toasty on the palate. Generous oak is well woven with rich black fruit, mocha and dark chocolate. Savoury, dark and delicious with full-bodied weight and incredible concentration of flavour. Long finish. Great wine. Well-structured and balanced with supple tannins, this is a comfort wine and a perfect pairing to slow-braised beef ribs and rich meat dishes. Drink:
2018-2024.’
Medium-bodied & Fruity

CAP ROYAL ROUGE 2015  AC Bordeaux Supérieur, France

486761 (XD) Score: 90      $18.95

James Suckling of jamessuckling.com  says ‘Quiet modern, offering spicy oak and mocha on the nose amid aromas of blueberries, cassis and bracken. The palate’s smooth and layered with mid-weight red fruits and lighter tannins that hold the finish in succulent style. Drink now.’
Medium-bodied & Fruity

SCARANTO GOVERNO ALL’USO 2016  IGT Toscana, Italy

540914 (D) $18.95

Tony Aspler gave this wine a score of 89 points and called it a Best Buy: “Spicy, savoury, blackberry nose with a hint of licorice; medium-bodied, fruity, sweetish plum flavour, soft on the palate. An easy drinking wine with ripe tannins.” (vintageassessments.com,June 23, 2018)
[Luca Maroni tasting note not available.] Score: 98 (Luca Maroni, lucamaroni.com, 2018)
Medium-bodied & Fruity

Cellar Suggestions

SANTA CAROLINA RESERVA DE FAMILIA CARMENÈRE 2015
DO Rapel Valley, Chile

034942 (XD)  Score: 92     $22.95

James Suckling of jamessuckling.com desribes ‘ Plum and berry aromas with some burnt orange undertones. Fresh herb, too. Full body, juicy and layered. A delicious wine. Needs time to soften. Drink in 2020.’
Full-bodied & Firm

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