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2016 Arboleda Single Vineyard cab

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I last wrote up the the 2015 and the 2017 vintage of this wine, sorry out of order,  and enjoyed them. This bodes well for consistency in this fine wine. This one is dark in color with a nice dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely vibrant fruit. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth acidity and tannins. This is an enjoyable lovely cab, nice and dry, yumm. I would give it an 88+. I didn’t get any of the herbaceous notes in the LCBO tasting.

Arboleda Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 VINTAGES#: 606764 $19.95 Check LCBO stock
Blackcurrants and fresh herbs such as basil on the nose. Medium body, firm and silky tannins. Subtle complexity. Understated. Drink now. Score – 92. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, March 16, 2018)

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PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date: November 24, 2018
Bottle Size: 750 mL bottle
Alcohol/Vol: 14%
Made In: Aconcagua Valley, Chile
By: Vina Sena S.A.
Sugar Content: 4 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry
Style: Full-bodied & Firm
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon



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2017 Reva Nebbiolo D’Alba DOC

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Dark in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate there’s some nice red fruits coming through. But like most Nebbiolos where this wine lives is in the finish where it displays nice super firm tannins, lovely dryness and complexity. It’s palate coating and builds nicely in the mouth. Yumm … I would give it an 88+. Sadly not in the LCBO but available by the case from Nicholas Pearce Wines for $29.95 a bottle in cases of 12, which is a very good deal for this wine. This was a real star for me at the recent Gambero Rosso tasting. It really stood out!

From the Winery’s web site :

Location: San Sebastiano in Monforte d’Alba

Hectares: 1.3 ha

Exposure: south

Altitude: 360 m

Grape variety: Nebbiolo 100%

Plant density: 4,500 vines per hectare

Type of harvest: manual

Soil: clay and limestone, alternating with marl and fossiliferous sandstone, tending to "elveziano"

Vinif ication: spontaneous fermentation on the skins in stainless steel tanks for 17 days. 80% of malolactic fermentation takes place in large Austrian oak barrels and the remaining 20% in used tonneaux and barriques.

Ageing: 12 months in Austrian oak, with subsequent bottling in November

Ageing potential: 15 years and more

Production: 4,500 bottles

Format: 0.75 L

Serving temperature: 18°C

Sensory pro f ile: full, elegant flavour, with soft, enveloping tannins. Aromatic bouquet with hints of rose, red berries and spices.

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Small Gully The Formula Robert’s

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My taste buds have ebbed and flowed on Shiraz, I’m kinda in a meh phase on them. This one was on sampling at the LCBO by me so I grabbed one. Dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice juicy, jammy black berries to match the nose, almost blueberries. On the lighter side of medium length finish the wine displays some soft tannins and pepper. This is largely a fruit forward wine. While the sugar content is quite low, it still has an air of sweetness to it. I would give it an 87-88. I didn’t hate it, but didn’t love it either. I look for something bigger in the finish for shirazs.

From the LCBO web site. Check Stock.

750 mL bottle | VINTAGES#: 142935 $19.95

Formula for success: (three passionate partners + 40-year-old vines + estate vineyards) x a single-minded focus on quality = a powerful and savoury Shiraz with rich dark fruit, chocolate, woodsmoke and big, ripe tannins. Perfect for roasted or grilled meats.

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Release Date: April 3, 2019 Bottle Size: 750 mL bottle Alcohol/Vol: 15.9% Made In: South Australia, Australia By: Small Gully Sugar Content: 5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry



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Vesevo Beneventano Aglianico 2015

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Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice subtle black berry notes. On the long finish the wine displays some super dry notes, edgy tanins, and lively acidity. This wine lives in the finish and it’s surprisingly complex for the price. I would give it an 88 or so.

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750 mL bottle | VINTAGES#: 120907 $16.95

Great black cherry, spicy jam for Aglianico Benevento 2015. Score – 92. (Luca Maroni, lucamaroni.com, July 21, 2017)

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Release Date: May 25, 2019 Bottle Size: 750 mL bottle Alcohol/Vol: 13.6% Made In: Campania, Italy By: Farnese Vini Srl Sugar Content: 6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: D – Dry Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity Varietal: Aglianico



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Beauvignac Picpoul de Pinet 2018

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This was a gift from a friend, Greg, I admit to not being familiar with this grape PIQUEPOUL Pale in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some soft citrus notes to match the nose. The medium length finish the wine displays some nice lively palate coating acidity and minerality that lives on nicely in the mouth. There’s an air or two of flavors I couldn’t place well. I would give it an 88 or so. Super food friendly, but the finish is even more prevalent on it’s own.  Yumm …

750 mL bottle | VINTAGES#: 350124 $14.95

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The name Picpoul, or Piquepoul, means ‘lip-stinger’ and is a direct reference to the vibrant natural acidity of this grape. Grown in clay and limestone soils, the wines of Picpoul de Pinet are always bright and refreshing, making them perfect for oysters or grilled fish. Expect notes of apple, lemon citrus and a salty mineral edge, with herbal accents.

Release Date: May 25, 2019 Bottle Size: 750 mL bottle Alcohol/Vol: 12.5% Made In: Midi, France By: Les Costières de Pomerols Sugar Content: 4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Light & Crisp



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Balbás Reserva 2006

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Inky dark in color with a black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some vibrant black berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some HUGE tannins, smooth palate coating dryness and some mocha notes. This is a BIG tempranillo. Straight out of the bottle the wine displays some green notes that eased quickly, it’s a little young. 6 months would make a HUGE difference. For now I would give it an -88 but with could easily improve to an 88+ …

From the LCBO web site https://www.lcb o.com/lcbo/produ ct/sku/85183.htm l

[Balbás Reserva 2006]

750 mL bottle | VINTAGES#: 85183 $24.95

The 2006 Balbas Reserva has fine delineation on the nose with blackberry and blueberry fruit, the Cabernet Sauvignon (10%) lending an attractive graphite edge. The palate is well defined with good backbone and a vivacious, edgy finish that demonstrates crisp acidity and superb poise. This is aging very well. Drink now-2018+. Score – 91. (Neal Martin, robertparker.com, Feb. 27, 2013)

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Release Date: March 16, 2019 Bottle Size: 750 mL bottle Alcohol/Vol: 14% Made In: Ribera del Duero, Spain By: Bodegas Balbas Sugar Content: 2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Full-bodied & Smooth

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Arboleda Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

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This is my third year writing up this wine and it continues to delight and surprise me. Wines like this I credit with changing my opinion on Chilean cabs! Nice and dark in color with a rich bold red cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine spot on matches the nose with lovely rich varietal red cherries. To my tastes this reminds me a lot of California cabs which I love. On the medium length finish the wine displays lovely tannins, acidity and dryness. Super food friendly. Yumm 88+. Which for the price is again an awesome deal. Last time around I bought probably almost a case of this by the time they run of it in the LCBO

From the LCBO web site ( Check stock )

750 mL bottle | VINTAGES#: 606764 $19.95

[PRODUCT DETAILS]

Release Date: May 11, 2019 Bottle Size: 750 mL bottle Alcohol/Vol: 14% Made In: Aconcagua Valley, Chile By: Vina Sena S.A. Sugar Content: 4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Full-bodied & Firm Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon



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Burgo Viejo Crianza 2014

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Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice firm black berries along with some lovely coffee and mocha. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm acidity and nice tanins. This is a beautiful varietal edgy Crianza. If you like your wines smooth and elegant … meh look elsewhere. I would give it an 88 or so. Quite nice. Which for the price is a good deal!

From the LCBO web site ( Check LCBO stock )

750 mL bottle | VINTAGES#: 168815 $16.95

Deep ruby. Aromas of cherry pit, licorice and vanilla, along with a smoky nuance in the background. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering oak-accented bitter cherry and cassis flavors that become livelier with aeration. A floral note appears on the long, smoke-tinged finish, which is given shape and grip by dusty, fine-grained tannins. Drinking Window: 2019-2024. Score – 90. (Josh Raynolds, vinous.com, May 2017)

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Release Date: May 11, 2019 Bottle Size: 750 mL bottle Alcohol/Vol: 13.5% Made In: Rioja, Spain By: Bodegas De Familia Burgo Viejo Sugar Content: 4 g/L Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity



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Rapaura Springs Reserve Pinot Noir 2017

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Garnet in color with a nice soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice vibrant strawberry and rustic notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and good acidity. A super food friendly Pinot. I would give it an -88. Price is creeping up there a but, but this is a lovely pinot …

From the LCBO web site ( Check Stock ):

750 mL bottle | VINTAGES#: 645184 $24.95

Fabulously ripe and instantly appealing, the bouquet shows black cherry, blueberry compote, floral and warm spice aromas, leading to a concentrated palate that is succulent and fleshy. The wine offers terrific fruit purity and intensity, wonderfully complemented by velvety texture and silky tannins. At its best: now to 2021. Score – 93. (Sam Kim, wineorbit.co.nz, June 2018)

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Release Date: May 11, 2019 Bottle Size: 750 mL bottle Alcohol/Vol: 13.3% Made In: Central Otago, New Zealand By: Rapaura Springs Sugar Content: 6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity Varietal: Pinot Noir

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Château Baracan 2015

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Finding inexpensive Bordeaux is not easy. A lot of the lower price ones are just not great. Dark in color with a nice dark berry nose, very inviting. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice black cherries shining through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice tannins and acidity along with some nice peppery notes. This is quite a good wine for the money. I would give it an 88 or so. For the price it’s a bargain. Grab a case!

From the LCBO web site ( Check stock )

750 mL bottle | VINTAGES#: 629980 $16.95

The wine has fine, juicy fruit over smooth tannins. Its smoky flavors, touches of wood aging and rich tannic structure are integrating well. It will be ready to drink from 2020. Score – 90. (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 31, 2017)

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Release Date: April 27, 2019 Bottle Size: 750 mL bottle Alcohol/Vol: 13.7% Made In: Bordeaux, France By: Pierre Montagnac Sarl Sugar Content: 4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity Varietal: Bordeaux Red

From the winery’s web site :

A.O.C : Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux rouge
District : Capian
Vineyard surface area : 38 hectares
Terroir : Clayey-gravelly slopes
Grape varieties : show/hide remainder of description 40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
Average vine age : 20 years
Ageing : 12 months in oak barrels.

Viticulture : Traditional Bordeaux-style vine training, with two canes and a flat arch. Controlled grassing-down of the vine rows or mechanical working of the soil, to improve the soils’ vitality and biodiversity. Manual "green pruning", for a homogeneous distribution and proper aeration of the grape bunches. Mechanical grape harvesting.
Sustainable farming methods are applied to the entire vineyard, which enjoys Haute Valeur Environnementale ("High Environmental Value") certification.

Vinification : Destemming, crushing and vatting. Cold pre-fermentation maceration during 72 hours, to delicately extract colour and fruitiness. Fermentation and maceration in stainless-steel, temperature-controlled tanks during 20 days on average.

Tasting notes :
Château Baracan, with its garnet red colour and fruity nose, is dense and round in the mouth, with a wonderfully fresh finish.
The perfect wine for grilled or roasted red meats.



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William Hill North Coast Chardonnay 2016

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Golden in color with a nice apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice apple/pear to match the nose. The fruit on this wine is quite expressive. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice creamyness along with some vanilla. It’s a lovely not over oaked chard just the way I like them. Quite rich. I would give it an 88 or so … Yumm!

From the LCBO web site Check stock .

750 mL bottle | VINTAGES#: 288555 $19.95

Round and buttery with lots of toast oak on the nose and palate. Rich and full-bodied with a creamy texture on the palate. Toffee and caramel on the finish. This wine is part of the winery’s coastal collection, with vines planted in vineyards along the north and central coast of California. Pair with roast chicken and turkey. Drink: 2018-2022. Best Value Wine. Score – 90. (Natalie MacLean, nataliemaclean.com, July 4, 2018)

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Release Date: April 27, 2019 Bottle Size: 750 mL bottle Alcohol/Vol: 12% Made In: California, USA By: E. & J. Gallo Winery Sugar Content: 8 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: D – Dry Style: Full-bodied & Rich Varietal: Chardonnay

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Hinterbrook Nomad Pinot Noir 2016

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Strawberry on color with a nice strawberry nose. The color with lively in comparison to the usual garnet … On the mid palate the wine displays some nice strawberries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins and some nice acidity. There some earthy notes as well. This was quite good, but more firm than I expected. I wonder if may they did whole bunch ferment to increase the tannins. I would give it an -88. Quite nice given the price!

From the LCBO web site: Check stock

750 mL bottle | VINTAGES#: 364372 $19.95

It’s always a joy to find Pinot Noir with spot-on varietal character at such a reasonable price. Bright cherry and raspberry are joined by hints of underbrush and mushrooms, all in good balance. This Nomad is something to write home about, especially when paired with roast beef sandwiches and grainy mustard. (Vintages panel, Sept. 2018)

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Release Date: April 27, 2019 Bottle Size: 750 mL bottle Alcohol/Vol: 14% Made In: Ontario, Canada By: Hinterbrook Estate Winery Sugar Content: 3 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity Varietal: Pinot Noir This is a VQA wine

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Matahiwi Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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Pale in color with a nice citrus and grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some firm citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm acidity. The citrus and acidity coats the mouth beautifully. If your looking for a soft gentle elegant sauv blanc … this ain’t it. It’s an edgy vibrant classic New Zealand sauv blanc, just the way I like it. Yumm I’d give it an 88+.

From the LCBO web site: Check stock .

750 mL bottle | VINTAGES#: 402677 $17.00

Towering over the competition, this stand-out Sauvignon Blanc is sophisticated and subtle with sweet fruits and a touch of basil. Lovely and lifted with a fresh, rounded texture. Score – 95. (Decanter Asia Wine Awards, 2018)

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Release Date: April 27, 2019 Bottle Size: 750 mL bottle Alcohol/Vol: 13.5% Made In: Wairarapa, New Zealand By: Matahiwi Vineyard Ltd Sugar Content: 5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Aromatic & Flavourful Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc



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CREW Cabernet Franc 2016

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Dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice varietal dark berry notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish there’s some nice pepper, spice and tannins. It’s a nice smooth approachable Cab franc. I would give it an -88. It’s nice and dry with smooth acidity. Quite food friendly.

From the LCBO web site: Check stock .

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  315945 $22.95

This has quite a lot going on. There’s nice intensity to the ripe red fruit tones, and they have plenty of support from sweet spice, chocolate, vanilla, sandalwood and leather notes. Long, rich, rounded and lithe. Try this with barbecued sausages, grilled pork chops, or a roast beef dinner with all the trimmings. (Vintages panel, Sept. 2018)

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Release Date: May 11, 2019 Bottle Size: 750 mL bottle Alcohol/Vol: 13.8% Made In: Ontario, Canada By: Colchester Ridge Estate Winery Inc. Sugar Content: 5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity Varietal: Cabernet Franc This is a VQA wine



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Cavino Nemea Grande Reserve 2012

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Inky dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice vibrant black fruits to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dusty tannins and some in balance acidity. The wine straight out of the bottle displayed some noticeable alcohol but this subsided quickly. This is a bigger wine, so be careful what you pair it with . We paired it with striploins and it went very well. I would give it an 88 or so. Quite nice and spot on for this lovely, hearty greek varietal.

From the LCBO web site Check LCBO stock :

750 mL bottle | VINTAGES#: 295618 $18.95

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Release Date: May 11, 2019 Bottle Size: 750 mL bottle Alcohol/Vol: 13.5% Made In: Peloponnese, Greece By: Cavino S.A. Sugar Content: 4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity Varietal: Agiorgitiko

From the back of the bottle: GRANDE RESERVE

protected Designation of Origin NEMEA

Red Wine / Vin Rouge

This amazing full bodied wine is crafted from hand-picked indigenous Agiorgitiko (St George) grapes in ancient Nemea region in Peloponnese. Aged 2 yrs

In French oak barrels and over 3 years in the bottle. It boasts aromas of red fruit

Syrup accented with spices. Robust yet well-balanced tannic frame supported by

Long after taste of roasted nuts. Cellar for a decade or show/hide remainder of description decant well and serve in a large fine glass at 17C with red meat stews yellow cheese platters, including traditional Greek smoked cheeses from Mestsovo or Vermio.

"it never ceases to amaze me how Cavino can give so much effort, time and patience for so little." (Michael Godel, Wine Alin 2018)

Imported For: United Stars Corporation , Toronto, ON, Canada

Product of Greece 13.5% alcohol



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