Wine Picks LCBO Vintages Release Oct 26th, 2019

The LCBO Vintages release for Oct 26th, 2019 has a few gems including  a high scoring Gigondas (Cru AOP in Burgundy) and a Carignan blend from Priorat, Spain that is outstanding in quality and value.

Good Bets Under $35

 

White Wine

Veneto, Italy  Score 91   VINTAGES#:  707158  $19.95
Looking to try something different?  This Trebbiano from Northern Italy is aromatic and flavourful but with good acidity.  David Lawrason of Winealign.com scored it a 91 after tasting it in May 2019. Superlatives abound in his review including ‘really lovely, refined yet generous’ ‘nicely intense with very good acidity’ and ‘the focus, purity and length are excellent’.   Note that ‘aromatic’ here means floral and fruity so pair with sweet seafood, shrimp, crab etc or mild cheeses.

Red Wine

Viña Errazuriz Syrah 2017  Aconcagua Valley, Chile
Score 93  VINTAGES#:  387910  $21.95
James Suckling of jamessuckling.com gave this a 93 calling ‘it dense and rich for the region’ and citing brambleberry and spice and a firm, creamy texture.  Sounds delicious!
Score 94   |   VINTAGES#:  17400  $28.95
Gigondas is a Cru of Southern Rhone and represents good value. Anna Lee Iijima of Wine Enthusiast gave this one a 94 calling it ‘robust yet elegant’ citing black plum and berry flavours with’brisk acidity and firm, fine-grained tannins’. It is a drink or hold, drinking well but could gain complexity over the  next 5 + years.
Priorat, Spain  |   Score 92  VINTAGES#:  67843
I had the good fortune to visit Priorat this spring and Buil & Giné winery in particular several times.  I can’t say enough good things about their robust wines focused on Grenache and/or Carignan.  Neither can John Szabo of winealign.com.  He gave this a 92 score  calling it ‘ultra ripe but showing that classic Priorat character of hot black licorice and wet, sun-warmed slate’  and ‘top shelf value’.  Run don’t walk… this is a rare chance to access Priorat wines in Ontario.
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