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2016 Crew Merlot

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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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Castelli del Grevepesa Castelgreve Chianti Classico 2016

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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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Rustenberg Chardonnay 2016

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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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2014 Stratus Kabang Red

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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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Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2016

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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Rustenberg Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2017

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Pale in color with a mild minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely crisp, dry minerality to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine is super dry with some nice lively acidity. It’s got some nice food friendly mouth grip. I would give this wine an 88+. Very nice for the price …

from the LCBO web site Check stock :
Rustenberg Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2017 — VINTAGES#: 456020
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful
$14.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:July 21, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 13.7% Made in:Stellenbosch, South Africa By: Rustenberg Wines Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style:Aromatic & Flavourful Varietal:Sauvignon Blanc Description: This is certified for sustainability and integrity and was sourced from west-facing slopes of Simonsberg Mountain, planted at some of the highest altitudes in Stellenbosch. At 550 metres, the grapes benefit from altitude but also from the cool ocean breezes that flow in from False Bay and Table Bay. These cooling influences allow for a crisp, fresh wine that characteristically offers impressive gooseberry, asparagus and passion fruit. Lively and refreshing with a spine of food-friendly acidity, this will be a fine choice for grilled shrimp.



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Arboleda Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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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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Esterházy Galántha Grüner Veltliner 2017

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I love Grüners, they are nice crisp, dry and food friendly. We don’t get a lot here in Ontario … This one is pale in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate right out of the fridge the wine displays some noticeable citrus notes. as the wine warmed up the lemon notes became more subtle leaving some nice green apple notes. On the medium length finish the wine has some lovely crisp dry minerality. This is a lovely varietal Grüner, but, be sure and not serve it too cold or you will miss out on lovely complexity of this wine. It has some very nice mouth grip. We served it with pan fried perch and the wine went well, not overwhelming the subtle flavors of the perch. The LCBO say light and crisp, well that would be true if served too cold …

From the LCBO web site Check stock :
Esterházy Galántha Grüner Veltliner 2017 — VINTAGES#: 568501
STYLE – Light & Crisp
For 250 years, the house of Esterházy has been devoted to producing wines in Burgenland. This snappy little Grüner shows apple, pear, chamomile and lemon character and will pair nicely with lake fish and arugula salad. (Vintages panel, June 2018)
$16.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:August 18, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 11.5% Made in: Burgenland, Austria By: Esterhazy Wine Sugar Content:3 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Light & Crisp



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2016 Closson chase Vineyard chard

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Pale in color with a mild varietal nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely vibrant apple and pear to match the nose. The fruit is really quite expressive without being a friot bomb. On the medium length finish there’s lots of complexity, some nice oak notes, some vanilla and some nice minerality from the terroir of the county. This is a lovely expression of what the county can bring to the table. I would give the wine an 88+. It’s $29.95 at the winery. And if your in the county be sure and visit, it’s a lovely place!



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CUNE Crianza 2014

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Dark in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine seems a little watery in texture along with some nice cherry notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some soft tannins and acidity. The dryness builds nicely in the mouth … A soft, food friendly crianza. I would give it an -88, which for the price is not a bad deal.

from the lcbo web site:
CUNE Crianza 2014 —VINTAGES#: 39925
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
A fresh and easy Rioja that shows plum and cherry character. Hints of cream. Mushroom, too. Medium body, low tannins and a crisp finish. Delicious now. Score – 90. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, July 24, 2017)
$16.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:July 21, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: Rioja, Spain By: Compania Vinicola Norle De Espana Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Medium-bodied & Fruity Varietal:Tempranillo Blend



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2015 Beringer Napa Valley Chard (mini review)

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Pale in color with a nice apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely varietal, bold fruit, apple and pear to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth acidity, nice dryness and some oaky notes. This is a lovely chard. I’d give it an 88+.

from the LCBO web site:
Beringer Napa Valley Chardonnay — VINTAGES#: 84988
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich $24.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:April 3, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 14.1%Made in: California, USA By: Beringer Vineyards Sugar Content:8 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Full-bodied & Rich Varietal: Chardonnay Description: Founded in 1876, Beringer is California’s longest continually operating winery. This Chardonnay is vivid and focused with tropical fruit, lemon, pear, toasty spice and zesty acidity. Creamy and round, this will be ideal for buttered lobster.



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2015 Sumac Ridge Cab/Merlot

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I had the pleasure of spending some time in Alberta recently and it’s proximity to BC means you get some of the Okanagan wines we rarely see in Ontario. I’ve had Sumac ridge wines before and been impressed so I grabbed this one. The liquor stores are a lot more privatized in BC … Dark in color with a lovely black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely black cherry notes along with some nice chocolate/mocha. On the medium length finish the wine displays lovely smooth tannins and nice acidity. There’s also some nice earthy notes common with Okanagan wines. This is a nice, approachable, food friendly wine. I quite enjoyed it. I would give it an 88 or so. Sadly not in Ontario, but it was just under $20 in Alberta.

From thewinery’s web site:
Harvest Report: The hot dry summer of 2015 led to the earlies harvest for us in the Okanagan Valley. This vintage saw some concerns due to the fires in the area as well as in Washington
State. No ill effects were seen from these events as the smoke came and went in a matter of days. Harvest proceeded, and the cool fall nights helped to enhance the varietal
flavours. All in all, 2015 was an outstanding harvest. The fruit was harvested early October and fermented in stainless steel for about 10 days. Increased flavour and colour extraction was achieved by pumping the wine over twice daily. The ferementation was allowed to go to 30C. The wine was pressed off and then it went through malolactic fermentation. Aged in a blend of French and American oak for about 6 months. 45% Merlot 35% Cab Franc and 20% Cab Sauvignon

Tasting Notes: Purple ruby colour with aromas of blackberry, dark plum and juicy oak. Flavours of dark berrry and dark plum layered with mocha and vanilla accents. Soft, approachable tannins and well balacned acidity lead to show/hide remainder of description medium long finish Great with lasagna, roast lamb, sauteed mushrooms and aged cheddar cheese



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INVIVO MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2017

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Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice grassy and citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely food friendly acidity. This is a smooth elegant Sauve blanc. I would give it an 88 or so. I paired it with a carbonara and it went perfectly.



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Chateau Haut Sociondo 2014

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Every now and then a reasonably priced Bordeaux comes along. This is one of them. Dark in color with a nice mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice rick black berries, some mocha/coffee notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins, acidity, dryness and complexity. It is very nice 88+, which for the price is excellent.

from the lcbo web site Check stock :
Chateau Haut Sociondo 2014
Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon
—VINTAGES#: 539957 | 750 mL bottle
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Chateau Haut Sociondo 2014
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
This is a ripe, spicy and full-bodied wine from the Robin group of producers created by Grand Moulin’s Jean-Francois Renaud in Blaye. The wine has both structure and rich blackberry fruit. The tannins are dusty, spicy and with fine acidity to balance. Drink this fine wine from 2019. Score – 90. (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 1, 2016) $18.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:June 9, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 13.7% Made in: Bordeaux, France By: Sarl Robin Sugar Content:3 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Smooth



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2013 Long Dog Top Dog Pinot noir

Garnet in color with a mild soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice vibrant soft red berries, strawberries and raspberries coming through along with some nice rustic notes. The fruit is really shining through without this being too fruity. On the medium length finish the wine has some nice smooth tannins and acidity. This is a smooth, elegant, varietal, approachable wine. I would give it an 88 or so. $28 at the winery in PEC.



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