CHÂTEAU LA BIENFAISANCE GRAND CRU 2010, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France


La Bienfaisance

Cost: $37.95 (Clearance: $30.40)
Grape Variety: 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc
Category: Red wine
Location Bought: LCBO Vintages
Country: France
Region: Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Château La Bienfaisance
Alcohol: 14% Alcohol/Vol.

An enjoyable wine,  not sure I would pay the full price for it, but I might think twice when I try it again in 5 years

Description: Dark ruby in colour with a medium+ intense nose. This wine features cedar, blackberry, blackcurrants, mulberries, plums, Allspice, licorice, green twigs and leather. Medium to medium+ body with medium+ tannins, good acidity and a long length.

Negatives: Some heat coming from the 14% alcohol

Interesting Note:

Drink now or in the next 10 years on its own or pair it with roasted venison tenderloin.

Tasted: 27 Sept 2014

Score: 8.5+/10, Value: 8.5/10 (Clearance price: 8.5+/10), Total: 17+/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 3.5+

LCBO: 195198

CHÂTEAU HAUT-VIGNOBLE SEGUIN CASTÉJA 2010, Ac Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux, France


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Cost: $29.95
Grape Variety: Bordeaux Blend
Category: Red wine
Location Bought: LCBO Vintages
Country: France
Region: Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Château Haut-Vignoble Seguin
Alcohol: 13% Alcohol/Vol.

Smooth full flavoured Bordeaux that’s ready to drink now

Description: Dark ruby in colour with a medium+ intense nose. This wine features cedar, blackberry, blackcurrants, plums, raspberry, blueberry, smoked bell peppers, turmeric, graphite and leather. Medium to medium+ body with medium tannins, good acidity and a long length.

Negatives: None

Drink now or in the next 5 years on its own or pair it with peppercorn steak

Tasted: 24 Sept 2014

Score: 9/10, Value: 8.5+/10, Total: 18/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 4

LCBO: 348748

BRUT EXCELLENCE DE CHANCENY VOUVRAY 2011, Méthode Traditionnelle, Ac Vouvray, France


Magnum De Chanceny FT

Cost: $25.99 Cayman Islands
Grape Variety: Chenin Blanc
Category: Sparkling wine
Location Bought: Blackbeard’s
Country: France
Region: Vouvray, Loire Valley
Format: 750 mL
Producer: De Chanceny
Alcohol: 12% Alcohol/Vol.

An easy drinking sparkling wine that I would love to drink on a regular basis

Description: Bright gold in colour with a medium+ intense nose and a fine mousse. This creamy and smooth sparkling wine features peaches, lemon lime, tangerines, candied fruit and macadamia nuts on the nose. Medium body with good acidity and a long length.

Negatives: None

Interesting Note: I love the shape of the bottle

Drink now or in the next 5-7 years on its own or pair it with Red Snapper Thai Ceviche

Tasted: 19 Sept 2014

Score: 9+/10, Value: 9+/10, Total: 18.5/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 4+

TIGNELLO 2O10, IGT Toscana, Italy


Tignanello

Cost: $102.95 (Cayman Islands: $70.10 CI)
Grape Variety: 80% Sangiovese 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc
Category: Red wine
Location Bought: LCBO Vintages and Blackbeard’s
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Antinori
Alcohol: 14% Alcohol/Vol.

An elegant wine just don’t think it’s worth the price

Description: Deep ruby in colour with a medium+ intense nose. The wine features cedar, sour cherry, red currants, pimento, tobacco leaves, plum and sandalwood. Medium with medium+ tannins, high acidity with long length.

Negatives: None

Interesting Note: Needs several hours to decant

Drink now or in the next 15 years on its own or pair it with flank steak and roasted peppers

Tasted: 18 Sept 2014

Score: 8.5+/10, Value: 8/10, Total: 17/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 3.5+

LCBO: 986786

NIAGARA COLLEGE TEACHING WINERY BARREL FERMENTED CHARDONNAY 2O10, VQA St. David’s Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada


Teaching Winery

Cost: $18.95 (Clearance: $15.20)
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Category: White wine
Location Bought: LCBO Vintages
Country: Canada
Region: St. David’s Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Niagara College
Alcohol: 13% Alcohol/Vol.

You must like Oaky Chards to like this one, and I do

Description: Deep gold in colour with a medium to medium+ intense nose. The wine features medium to medium+ toasted oak, lemon tarts, pineapple, green and yellow apples, dill, ginger, butterscotch, vanilla and Allspice. Medium+ body with good acidity and a very long length.

Negatives: A bit tart on the finish

Interesting Note: Students from the Niagara College Winery made this wine. If you’re in St. Catharines, Ontario, please visit the college winery as these students produce some great wines.

Drink now or in the next 3 years on its own or pair it with Renegade Pork with Mango Ginger Rub.

Tasted: 9 Sept 2014

Best Buy

Score: 8.5+/10, Value: 9/10 (Sale price 10/10) Total: 18/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 3.5+

LCBO: 40634

SILENI CELLAR SELECTION MERLOT 2012, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand


Sileni

Cost: $15.95 (Clearance: $12.80)
Grape Variety: Merlot
Category: Red wine
Location Bought: LCBO Vintages
Country: New Zealand
Region: Hawke’s Bay
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Sileni
Alcohol: 12% Alcohol/Vol.

Nothing complicated here just a light and juicy wine

Description: Medium ruby to garnet in colour with a medium to medium+ intense nose. The wine features light oak, cherry, raspberry, blackberry & plums. Medium to light body with low tannins, good acidity and an average length.

Negatives: Seemed like there was a second fermentation going on in the bottle

Drink now or in the next 2 years on its own or pair it with garlic prime rib.

Tasted: 12 Sept 2014

Score: 8.5/10, Value: 8.5/10 (Sale price 8.5+/10) Total: 117/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 3.5

LCBO: 308106

LE CLOS JORDANNE VILLAGE RESERVE CHARDONNAY 2011, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada


CLos

Cost: $30.00 (Clearance: $20.85)
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Category: White wine
Location Bought: LCBO Vintages
Country: Canada
Region: Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Le Clos Jordanne
Alcohol: 13.5% Alcohol/Vol.

One of the smoothest Chards I’ve tried. This may even please those that are ABCers

Description: Bright gold in colour with a medium to medium+ intense nose. The wine features oak that’s well integrated, light toast, lemon, pineapple, green apples, peach, limestone. Medium+ body with good acidity and a very long length.

Negatives: None

Interesting Note: Works with both Montrachet and Chablis style stemware

Drink now or in the next 5 years on its own or pair it with Gouda cheese

Tasted: 10 Sept 2014

Best Buy at clearance price

Score: 9/10, Value: 9/10 (Sale price 10/10) Total: 18/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 4

LCBO: 33936

MAGNOTTA CRACKLING GAMAY ROSÉ NV, Charmat Method, VQA, Ontario, Canada


Crackling Gamay

Cost: $10.15 (Sale price September 2014: $8.15)
Grape Variety: Gamay Noir
Category: Sparkling wine
Location Bought: Magnotta Winery
Country: Canada
Region: Ontario
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Magnotta
Alcohol: 11.9% Alcohol/Vol.

An off dry spritzer that’s a really nice wine to bring to a party

Description: Deep ruby in colour with a low intense nose and creamy mousse. The simple but flavourful wine features strawberry and cherry. Medium+ body with good acidity and an average length.

Negatives: None

Drink now on its own or pair it with Cayman Style Ceviche (Fresh Snapper, Vinegar, Lime Juice, Tomato, Red Onion, Cilantro & Scotch Bonnet)

Tasted: 11 Sept 2014

Best Buy

Score: 8.5+/10, Value: 9/10 (Sale price 10/10) Total: 17.5+/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 3.5+

MAGNOTTA SPECIAL RESERVE DRY GEWÜRZTRAMINER 2010, VQA, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada


Gewurtz

Cost: $14.15 (Sale price September 2014: $12.15)
Grape Variety: Gewürztraminer
Category: White wine
Location Bought: Magnotta Winery
Country: Canada
Region: Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Magnotta
Alcohol: 13.5% Alcohol/Vol.

An impressive Gewürz from Niagara Peninsula

Description: Deep gold in colour with a highly intense nose. The wine features lychee, granny smith apples and lemon meringue pie. Full body with good acidity, a fairly long length and the alcohol is well integrated.

Negatives: None

Drink now or in the next 3 years on its own or pair it with Gary Parker’s Pad Thai

Tasted: 8 Sept 2014

Best Buy (Amazing Buy at the sale price)

Score: 8.5+/10, Value: 9/10 (Sale price 10/10) Total: 17.5+/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 3.5+

MAGNOTTA EQUIUS SERIES GAMAY NOIR 2012, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada


magnotta gamay

Cost: $10.15 ($9.15 on sale for September 2014)
Grape Variety: Gamay
Category: Red wine
Location Bought: Magnotta Winery
Country: Canada
Region: Niagara Peninsula
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Magnotta Wines
Alcohol: 12.5% Alcohol/Vol.

Beaujolais Nouveau? Bah humbug. Try this Gamay, you won’t regret it

Description: Medium ruby in colour with a medium to medium+ intense nose. This may not be a complex wine, but it full flavoured. The wine features cherry, rhubarb, smoked wood and a mild bubble gum finish. Medium to light body with light tannins, good acidity and a fairly long length.

Negatives: None

Interesting Note: Chill it like a Pinot to 15 degrees

Drink now or in the next year on its own or pair it with roast beef in cherry balsamic sauce.

Tasted: 6 Sept 2014

Amazing & Best Buy

Score: 8.5+/10, Value: 9.5+/10 (Sale price 10/10) Total: 18.5/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 3.5+

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