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I always look for those diamonds in the rough, those Bordeaux’s that rise above their humble price. A colleague of mine recommended this one, so I grabbed it. Inky dark in color with a nice soft plummy nose. On the mid palate the wine is a classic Bordeaux with nice black berries, rich bold fruit coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays beautiful silky tannins, some nice acidity and lovely mouth grip. It’s nice and dry! The complexity of this wine belies it’s price. A real deal. For me this is a classic Bordeaux as few can do as well. It’s made in an appreciate now style. It would last a good couple years, but I’m not sure how long it will last. I would give it an 89, which for the price is a steal.

From the LCBO web site:
Bergeron Prestige 2014 — VINTAGES#: 550285t
Château Cailleteau Bergeron Prestige 2014
STYLE – Full-bodied & Firm
This wine from Blaye sister-brother team of Marie-Pierre et Pierre-Charles Dartier is perfumed, ripe with black fruits and with a generous smooth texture. With the hint of tannin from the wood aging and the black-plum fruits, it will be a rich, generous wine. Drink from 2018. Cellar Selection. Score – 90. (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 1, 2016) $21.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:September 1, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 14.2% Made in: Bordeaux, France By: Dartier Sugar Content:4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style: Full-bodied & Firm

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I last tasted the 2014 vintage of this wine and loved it, it was my favorite wine of last year’s Chilean wine fest … Well it’s back! One can never assume that a follow on vintage will be able to repeat past excellence … So … Dark in color with a nice dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice smooth dark cherries along with some nice oaky notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and acidity. It is really quite good. Another lovely vintage. I would give it an 88+. Yumm.

From the LCBO web site:
Ventisquero Grey Glacier Single Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 — VINTAGES#: 485474
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
This attractive varietal Cabernet comes from the granite soils of the Trinidad Vineyard in the coastal part of the Maipo Valley. Polished, youthful and aromatic, it has notes of mint, cedarwood and dried herbs. Drink Date: 2019-2025. Score – 91. (Tim Atkin, MW, timatkin.com, Chile Special Report 2018) $19.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:September 15, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 14.4%Made in: Maipo Valley, Chile By: Vina Ventisquero Ltda. Sugar Content:3 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

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Canadian Wine Guy by John Galea - 4M ago

Back in 2012 I had the chance to try the 2008 vintage of this wine at a wine show and was impressed. Being a mini review I looked forward to trying a bottle with food. Well it came up on this month’s vintage release. This wine comes from the emerging area of Lake Erie, North shore. Dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays beautiful, rich, bold black plums along with some nice cherry and a hint of mocha. On the medium length finish the wine displays some smooth tannins and acidity. This wine is nice and dry! and is is a smooth, elegant, complex wine. I would give it an 89 or so, which for the price is good. I’m not sure how long it will keep, and not sure how long it will last in the LCBO. On the back of the bottle it says 539 cases were made. GO GET SOME … NOW!

From the LCBO web site:
CREW Merlot 2016 — VINTAGES#: 310532
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
For CREW, being a small family-owned and -operated winery is a point of considerable pride, and the effort and dedication shine through in their wines. This Merlot from the near-perfect 2016 vintage is ripe and savoury with superb complexity and is loaded with black plums, red and dark berry, cigar box, earth and spice. Tight and full with great poise, this will be ideal for hearty lamb stew or game meats such as bison burgers. (Vintages panel, March 2018) $17.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:September 15, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 13.7% Made in: Ontario, Canada By: Colchester Ridge Estate Winery Inc.Sugar Content:3 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

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Dark in color with a nice cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely dark cherries. On the medium length finish the wine is nice and dry with smooth tannins and some nice oaky notes. This is a classic chianti classico! I would give it an 88 or so, which for the price is great. We paired it with lamb chops and it’s got enough going on to hold up to the lamb! Very nice, and has been consistent over a number of vinatges!

from the LCBO web site Check stock:
Castelli del Grevepesa Castelgreve Chianti Classico 2016 — VINTAGES#: 573485
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
Lots of red cherries, herbs, orange rind and cedar on the nose of this pretty Chianti Classico. Medium-bodied with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now. Score – 90. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Oct. 20, 2017) $17.00
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:September 1, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 13.6%Made in: Tuscany, Italy By: Castelli Del Grevepesa Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

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Slightly golden in color with a nice varietal apple/pear nose. On the mid palate this is a smooth well made chard, with apple and pear to match the nose. The wine is more of a gently oaked style with some more subtle vanilla coming through. On the medium length finish the wine has some nice creamyness to it, and it’s nice and dry. A super food friendly chard with some nice mouth grip.. I would give it an 88 or so … quite nice.

From the LCBO web site Check stock:
Rustenberg Chardonnay 2016 — VINTAGES#: 598631
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich
Very enticing, with yellow apple, shortbread, macadamia nut and lemon curd flavors carried by fresh acidity and backed by judicious toast on the finish. Drink now through 2019. Score – 90. (James Molesworth, winespectator.com, June 30, 2018) $19.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:August 18, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: Stellenbosch, South Africa By: Rustenberg Wines Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry

From the winery’s web site:
Stellenbosch Chardonnay
Rustenberg is a well-known producer of high quality Chardonnays and the Stellenbosch Chardonnay embodies our house style.

A traditionally made, barrel fermented Chardonnay, the Rustenberg Stellenbosch Chardonnay is a combination of complexing factors from the vineyard, wild yeast and careful barrel age, aiming for balance and expression in each vintage.

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Kabang is a restaurant only brand for Stratus. We found it at the Keg, and decided to take a flyer on it … the price was quite reasonable. On the nose the wine displays some mild cherries … On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely bold cherries coming through. This is a lovely wine … Smooth, elegant, food friendly and a perfect choice for the steak we had coming, a blue cheese filet … On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and acidity. There’s even a hint of mocha there as well. I would give the wine an 88+. Yumm ….

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Dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine is dominated by the flavors of the shiraz, black berries and almost blue berries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and acidity. Not a bad wine, I’d give it an 87-88. We paired it with spaghetti and went fine.

from the LCBO web site:
Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2016 — VINTAGES#: 278390
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
$17.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:June 23, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 14.5% Made in: Stellenbosch, South Africa By: Rustenberg Wines Sugar Content:3 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Smooth Varietal:Shiraz/Merlot/Cabernet Description: This wine has long stood as an example of the refinement and quality to be found in South African red blends. Crafted from Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this was aged for 16 months in 20% new and 80% used American and French barrels. The used barrels included those seeing their second, third, fourth and fifth usage. You can expect impressive cassis and dark fruit with pepper spice accents. Perfect for lamb burgers.

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I last reviewed the 2014 and was thoroughly impressed, actually I would put it amongst the best Chilean cabs … This one is nice and dark in color with a nice dark berry nose. The mid palate spot on matches the nose with nice black cherries coming through. On the mid palate the wine is nice and dry, smooth, good tannins and acidity. You could easily close your eyes and imagine this being a California cab, which to my tastes is a complement … I would give this wine a solid -89 which for the price is an excellent deal. For the 2014 I went back and grabbed a number and they kept pretty well. I’ve bought a number again … Yumm!

From the LCBO web site Check stock:

Arboleda Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 — VINTAGES#: 606764
STYLE – Full-bodied & Firm
This cabernet reveals its origins with the refined texture of those tannins that demand lasagna. Score – 91. (Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, 2017)
$19.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:July 21, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 14.0% Made in: Aconcagua Valley, Chile By: Vina Sena S.A.Sugar Content: 3 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Full-bodied & Firm

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