TESSELLAE OLD VINES 2012, Ac Côtes Du Roussillon, France


Tessellae

Cost: $18.95
Grape Variety: 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre
Category: Red wine
Location Bought: LCBO Vintages
Country: France
Region: Côtes Du Roussillon
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Tessellae
Alcohol: 14.5% Alcohol/Vol.

Juicy, smooth & easy drinking wine with lots of flavours

Description: Deep ruby in colour with a medium+ intense nose. This wine features medium Cherry, mulberry, blueberry, lavender, black and white peppers, Kirsch liqueur and mesquite. Medium to medium+ body, light tannins with good acidity, a fairly long length and the alcohol is well integrated.

Negatives: None

Interesting Points: The Grenache grapes were sourced from 60 year old vines while the Syrah and Mourvedre came from 20 year old vines.

Drink now or in the next 2 year on its own or pair it with beef tenderloin with cherry black pepper sauce.

Tasted: 23 Aug 2014

Score: 8.5+/10, Value: 8.5+/10 Total: 17.5/20

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

LCBO: 343517

 

CLOSSON CHASE VINEYARDS CHARDONNAY 2008, VQA Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada


Closson Chase 2008

Cost: $34.95
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Category: White wine
Location Bought: Closson Chase Winery
Country: Canada
Region: Prince Edward County, Ontario
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Closson Chase
Alcohol: 12.6% Alcohol/Vol.

I through down a challenge to find any Californian high end Chard that is as good as this and with only 12.6% alcohol and under $35

Description: Old gold in colour with a medium to medium+ intense nose. This complex wine features medium toasted oak, butter, crème brulee, toasted marshmallows, lemon tart, tangerines, pink grapefruit, dill, ginger, roasted almonds, Anjou pear and apple crumble pie. Full body with good acidity and a long length

Negatives: None

Interesting Points: The wine is on its last leg as it’s gone from fruity and mineral to tertiary notes, but still so good.

Drink now or in the next year on its own or pair it with grilled maple ginger pork chops.

Tasted: 22 Aug 2014

Top Pick

Score: 9+/10, Value: 9.5/10 Total: 18.5+/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 4.5

MAGNOTTA EQUUS SERIES TRIONFO 2013, VQA Ontario, Canada


Trionfo

Cost: $8.55 (On sale if you buy a case it comes out to $7.55/bottle)
Grape Variety: Baco Noir, Maréchal Foch, Pinot Noir
Category: Red wine
Location Bought: Magnotta Winery
Country: Canada
Region: Ontario
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Magnotta Winery
Alcohol: 13.1% Alcohol/Vol.

Well this is a really pleasant surprise. An easy drinking, vibrant, red fruit wine with no negatives and under $9!

Description: Medium to light ruby in colour with a medium to low intense nose. This wine features red currants, wild raspberry, mild Christmas cake, smoke ambers and dried herbs. Medium body with light tannins, good acidity and a fairly long length

Negatives: None

Interesting Points: – Chill the wine to 15 C and use a Pinot Noir glass
                         – I like the saying on the back label: ” I see the horse not just as a thing of beauty but also a soul mate” 

Drink now or in the next year on its own or pair it with Speck, Brie and Arugula pizza. (FYI Ragazzi at Grand Cayman makes the best)

Tasted: 20 Aug 2014

Amazing and Best Buy

Score: 8.5+/10, Value: 10/10 Total: 18.5+/20

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

MAGNOTTA VIDAL CLASSIC 2013, Charmat Method, VQA Ontario, Canada


 

Vidal

Cost: $9.15
Grape Variety: Vidal
Category: Sparkling wine
Location Bought: Magnotta Winery
Country: Canada
Region: Ontario
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Magnotta Wines
Alcohol: 12.1% Alcohol/Vol.

A Spumante but with a bit more oomph

Description: Medium straw in colour with a medium to medium+ intense nose and a creamy mousse. This simple but flavorful wine features Anjou pears, Spy apples, orange and honeydew melon. Full body with good acidity and a good long length

Negatives: None

Drink now on its own or add orange or peach juice.

Tasted: 18 Aug 2014

Score: 8.5/10, Value: 9/10 Total: 17.5/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 3.5

CLOSSON CHASE S. KOCSIS VINEYARD CHARDONNAY 2009, VQA Beamsville Bench, Ontario, Canada


2009SKocsis-ChardVQABeamsvilleBench_web

Cost: $34.95 (Clearance $24.50)
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Category: White wine
Location Bought: LCBO Vintages
Country: Canada
Region: Beamsville Bench, Ontario
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Closson Chase
Alcohol: 13.9% Alcohol/Vol.

A premium Ontario Chard that can compete with the best in California, but not have their price tag

Description: Bright gold in colour with a medium+ intense nose. This intense, edgy and complex wine features medium toasted oak, butter, lemon custard, crème brûlée, peach, granny apple, toffee, apricot, dill, creamed corn, tea leaf and pink grapefruit. Full body with good acidity and a long length

Negatives: None

Interesting Points: Closson Chase is one of my favourite Ontario wineries that produce full body Chards. This wine worked well in both Montrachet style glassware as well as in the cooler climate one.

Drink now or in the next 3 years on its own or pair it with Fettuccine Alfredo with blackened chicken.

Tasted: 16 Aug 2014

Best Buy at clearance price

Score: 9+/10, Value: 9/10 (Clearance: 9.5+/10) Total: 18+/20

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

LCBO: 184291

DOMAINE BOISONNET CONDRIEU 2011, Ac Condrieu, France


Boissonnet-Condrieu-2010

Cost: $53.95 (Clearance price: $37.80)
Grape Variety: Viognier
Category: White wine
Location Bought: LCBO Vintages
Country: France
Region: Condrieu
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Domaine Boissonnet
Alcohol: 12.5% Alcohol/Vol.

The nectar to the gods, and I need to give my standard warning: “Danger Will Robinson” easy to drink 2 to 3 bottles

Description: Bright gold in colour with a medium to low intense nose. This smooth and silky wine features white peach, apricots, honeysuckle, honey, honeydew melon, mango, almonds and wet stone. Medium+ body with good acidity and a long length

Negatives: None

Interesting Points: To quote from www.bestwinesonline.com “Condrieu. Not Viognier. Lets be clear. Though Condrieu is made from 100% Viognier, most Viogniers ARE NOT Condrieu. Sorry if that sounds high-falutin’ or snobby but it is true. There’s a reason why Viognier is Viognier but Condrieu is Condrieu… Condrieu is manly Viognier, grown by manly men in a manly place. It is not wimpy, it is not easy but it’s oh-so GOOD… Condrieu is gluggable. You can’t stop drinking it. I can’t stop drinking it. We often hold ourselves to just one. After two bottles we can start getting into trouble.” Oh so truly written.

Drink now or in the next 10 years on its own or pair it with Foie Gras

Tasted: 15 Aug 2014

Top Pick

Score: 9.5/10, Value: 9/10 (Clearance price 10/10) Total: 18.5/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 4.5+

LCBO: 329664

MIRABELLE BRUT ROSÉ NV, Méthode Traditionnelle, California, United States


Mirabelle

Cost: $38.95 (Clearance price $27.30)
Grape Variety: 58% Chardonnay, 42% Pinot Noir
Category: Sparkling wine
Location Bought: LCBO Vintages
Country: United States
Region: California
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Schramsberg
Alcohol: 12.8% Alcohol/Vol.

At the clearance price it’s worth buying it

Description: Light copper in colour with medium+ intense nose and fine mousse. A simple sparkling wine featuring yeast, brioche, cherry, wild raspberry and lemongrass. Medium+ body with good acidity and a fairly long length

Negatives: None

Drink now or in the next 2 years on its own or pair it with sweet potato fries.

Tasted: 13 Aug 2014

Score: 8.5+/10, Value: 8/10 (Clearance Price: 8.5+/10) Total: 16.5+/20

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

LCBO: 329813

THELEMA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2009, Stellenbosch, South Africa


Thelema

Cost: $28.95 (Clearance $23.20)
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Category: Red wine
Location Bought: LCBO Vintages
Country: South Africa
Region: Stellenbosch
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Thelema Mountain Vineyards
Alcohol: 14% Alcohol/Vol.

A solid Cab that will only get better with age and for under $30, but even better at the clearance price

Description: Dark ruby in colour with a medium+ intense nose. This wine features cedar, blackcurrants, blueberry, blackberry, plums, dark cherry, turmeric, pencil shavings, tobacco leaves, eucalyptus and leather. Full body with medium+ tannins, good acidity and a long length

Negatives: None

Drink now or in the next 7-10 years on its own or pair it with Beef Wellington

Tasted: 14 Aug 2014

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

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 4

LCBO: 949305

E. GUIGAL CÔTE DU RHÔNE 2011, Ac Côtes Du Rhône, France


Guigal

Cost: $18.95
Grape Variety: 60% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 5% Mouvèdre
Category: Red wine
Location Bought: LCBO Vintages
Country: France
Region: Côtes Du Rhône
Format: 750 mL
Producer: E. Guigal
Alcohol: 14% Alcohol/Vol.

Easy drinking quality Rhône wine for under $20

Description: Bright medium ruby in colour with a medium intense nose. This wine features cedar, black cherry, blackberry, plum, white & black peppers, black olives, licorice, shitake mushrooms and smoked earth. Medium body with mild tannins, good acidity and a long length

Negatives: None

Interesting Points: E. Guigal consistently produces excellent wines from entry level to high end.

Drink now or in the next 5 years on its own or pair it with steak sandwich from Vincentina Meats .

Tasted: 12 Aug 2014

Best Buy

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

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 4

LCBO: 259721

MATCH BOOK OLD HEAD CHARDONNAY 2011, Dunnigan Hills, California, United States


Match Book

Cost: $17.95
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Category: White wine
Location Bought: LCBO Vintages
Country: United States
Region: Dunnigan Hills, Yolo County, California
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Jl Giguiere
Alcohol: 13.9% Alcohol/Vol.

If you like eating dill chips you’ll love this Chard

Description: Bright gold in colour with a medium+ intense nose. This wine features medium to light toasted oak, lots of dill, Easter Lilly, lemon meringue pie, orange marmalade and peach. Medium+ body with good acidity and a fairly long length

Negatives: None

Interesting Points: I love dill chips, so I really like this Chard.

Drink now or in the next 2 years on its own or pair it with pan seared trout in butter and wine caper sauce.

Tasted: 12 Aug 2014

Best Buy

Score: 8.5+/10, Value: 9/10 Total: 17.5+/20

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

LCBO: 205492

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