Sunday, 21 May 2017

May 2017 Picks

Hi Wine World 

People usually ask me what wine they should drink and I always suggest to them to drink whatever makes them happy. This usually leads to a blank stare because the world of wine can be a bit daunting. If you have a wine you love and it's only $9.95 that's great, but why not try something new? Perhaps a new grape, a new region, a new country, heck even a new colour of wine. After some friends, neighbours and family asked me to suggest some recommendations this blog was born. I plan to discuss a variety of wine topics but for now enjoy my first post.

Below are a few wines I suggest you try from the LCBO which I think offer good quality at an affordable price. These wines became available for purchase May 13th, 2017. Why not give one a try and tell me what you think?

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Region, LCBO Product #, 
Product Name, Grape, Year, Price
Description from LCBO 

Ontario, Canada #486324 
North 43, Merlot, 2014, $14,95 
"Coming from the hard-hit 2014 season - the year of the harsh Polar Vortex which impacted the yields of many grapes in Niagara, Merlot included - this is a ripe, round Merlot full of blueberry, plum, herbs, spices and vanilla notes. Beautifully structured and balanced with lingering tannins, this will be a great option for burgers or ribs."

Mendoza, Argentina #492736
Fabre Montimayou Reserva Cabernet Franc, 2014, $17.95
"You'd expect a Bordeaux winemaker to be good at producing Cabernet Franc, and that's the case with Hervé Joyaux-Fabre. This comes from Perdriel, and sees no new oak at all, allowing the cool, grassy, spicy perfume of the grape to express itself. Leafy yet voluptuous,with plenty of structure. 2016-2021. Score - 94."    

Maipo Valley, Chile #059337
Espino Single Vinyard Gran Cuvee, Carmenere, 2012,  $19.95
"William Fèvre of Chablis fame is no newcomer to Chile. Viña William Fèvre Chile was established in 1992, and it has played a significant role in demonstrating Chile's potential as a world player. Carmenère, originally a blending grape from Bordeaux, has risen to become Chile's signature red grape. Carmenère has flourished in the warm, sunny valleys of Chile, where it produces generous, earthy and spicy wines with marked complexity. Enjoy this example with burgers or grilled ribs."

Maipo Valley, Chile #485474 
Ventisquero Grey Glacier Single Block, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013, $19.95
"A fresh and minerally style, with focused red plum and dried cherry flavors that offer crisp acidity. Notes of green herbs and Asian spice show on the tannic finish. Score - 89."

Maipo Valley, Chile #18721
Vina Tarapaca Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013, $17.95
"Aromas of blackberry, iron and spice. Mushroom too. Full-bodied, juicy and rich with a long finish. Soft and flavorful. Drink or hold. Score - 92." 

Loire Valley, France #488908
Domaine De Poix Touraine, Sauvignon Blanc, 2015, $13.95
"Sourced from a single site, this exceptional value is an exciting new addition to the Vintages family with impressive freshness and characteristic grassy tones on the nose and palate, it delivers marvelous vibrancy and lift. Enjoy its lemon citrus tones with passion fruit, delicate spices and a mineral underpinning."

Bordeaux, France #487546 
Chateau Haut-Mazieres, Merlot blend, 2014, $15.95
"60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Beautiful damson and vanilla on the nose, with hints of clove and violets the palate is equally complex and satisfying, with loads of jammy cassis and plum fruit, superb wine has everything and all in harmony. Score - 95."

Midi, France(Southern France) #481317 
Domaine Due Ministre Saint-Chinian, Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre (GSM), $18.95
"Saint-Chinian's soils present two stylistically distinct accents from the same area: Schist-based soils in the north produce wines that are rich in mineral and acidity and quite tannic when young, while the clay and limestone soils to the south -- around Muriel les Béziers, where this wine is from -- tend to create softer, rounder wines. You can expect this example to be floral with dark fruit, herbs and meat notes. Enjoy with herb-rubbed steaks".

Rhone Valley, France #494831 
Domainse Jaume Altitue 420 Vinsobres, Grenache/Syrah, 2014 $16.95
"Oaky nose with streamlined fruit. Stylish, free-flowing palate, making a polished and well-sustained wine with lively tannins. Good value. Drink 2018-2025. Score - 90."

Piedmont, Italy #478941
Canti Estate Barbera D'Asti Superiore, Barbera, 2011, $12.95
"Barbera d'Asti is one of the most important wines of Piedmont, and its great popularity is in some part due to the fact that Barbera is more approachable young than Piedmont's Nebbiolo-based Barolo and Barbaresco wines. This one offers impressive aromatics with spicy, mature fruits, plus the bright acidity that plays such a role in Barbera d'Asti's ageability. Try this with grilled burgers and mushrooms." 

Douro, Portugal #477943
Quinta Da Rede Grande Reserva Branco, Arinto blend, 2014, 21.95
"Due to its location near the western end of the Douro vineyards, this vineyard makes very fine white wines. This one is at the top, with wood fermentation and aging giving richness, intense flavors and a fine structure. It's a wine that demands serious aging - ripe and full of zesty acidity as well as toast and spice flavors. Start drinking this impressive wine from late 2017. Cellar Selection. Score - 93." 

Rioja, Spain #947309
Conde Valdemar Reserva, Tempranillo blend, 2009, $19.95
"Cigar box, clove and leather notes frame a core of dried cherry, tobacco and tea flavors in this traditional red. Firm tannins underlie a silky texture, while orange peel acidity keeps this fresh. Focused and lively. Drink now through 2023. Score - 91." 

Rioja, Spain #490961
Izadi Larrosa Premium Rose, Garnacha, 2016, $14.95
"Crafted from Garnacha and Tempranillo, this is floral and herbal with a nice earthy undertone to the subtle fruit on the nose and palate. Excellent balance and texture with a long, zesty finish. Enjoy with grilled lamb."

Happy Sipping 


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