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The Good Juice on Vintages
September 28, 2019 

Wine to Look for at the LCBO This Weekend! - COMING TO VINTAGES! Click on the bottle image or product name below for LCBO stores near you.

Bodegas Altanza Lealtanza Reserva 2012

Bodegas Altanza Lealtanza Reserva 2012 – Wine of the Month  +208223  $22.95

Complex and well-balanced bouquet; this wine has a well-layered nose of red raspberry and licorice accompanied by smoky and spicy notes coming from the oak.  It is supple and rich on the palate, with a meaty texture and lively fruit.  A medium-bodied red wine with soft drying tannins and just enough acidity to make this wine very food friendly. Its ripeness and long finish will please many wine-lovers.  It will gain complexity in the cellar. 

Food Pairing

Lealtanza Reserva will enhance and complement a wide range of meaty soups, stews and roasts, as well as cured cheeses and delicatessen.  Suggestion: braised beef cheeks in red wine sauce.

97 Pts & Platinum Decanter Asia 2018

Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva Famiglia Zingarelli 2016

Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva Famiglia Zingarelli 2016 – Arrive in Style  +930966  $24.95

Ruby red colour.  The nose is ample, intense and refined, with excellent variety of aromas.  The taste is warm, robust, elegant with a persistent aroma.

Food Pairing

This wine is particularly suited for red meats, roasts, wild game and dry cheeses.

93 Pts – Bruce Sanderson,, August 31, 2019

“Sweet ripe plum and black cherry fruit counter the leather, earth and macchia flavors in this expressive red.  Well-built, with dusty tannins and a savory aftertaste.  Best from 2021 through 2035.”

Wakefield Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Wakefield Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  +744235  $19.95

At release, the wine is a deep red with a vibrant purple hue.  The wine has an aroma of rich blackcurrant, subtle spice, tomato leaf and a touch of eucalypt.  French oak maturation is also evident with subtle aromas of cedar and dark chocolate.  This is a wine of great intensity.  It has distinctive blackcurrant and cassis fruit flavours.  Subtle oak characters of cedar cigar box and spice are also evident.  The tannins are fine and elegant – a hallmark of the varietal.  The palate is well balanced, complex and fulfilling and lingers on the finish.

91 Pts & Gold & Exceptional –, December 10, 2018

“Ruby colour.  Herbal aromas of eucalyptus, dark chocolate, and geranium with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long blackberry jam, anise, allspice, and pickled ginger finish with moderate oak flavor.  A spicy, lively Aussie Cabernet with a silky mouthfeel.”

Pierre Sparr Cremant D’Alsace Brut Rosé

Pierre Sparr Cremant D’Alsace Brut Rosé  +39016  $19.95

Salmon pink colour.  Fresh aromas of soft red berries, (predominantly strawberry & raspberry).  On the palate, round and fruity with hints of peach.  The flavours are intense, with lively acidity framed by a well-made structure and delicate bubbles.  An extremely lively mousse gives this wine an instant festive character. The finish is clean, dry and smooth.

90 Pts – Natalie MacLean, October 28, 2017

“Superb quality and taste for the price!  Toasty with some field raspberry notes.  Bone-dry and refreshing.  Here's your summer party bubbly.  Bring it on!  A terrific producer and well-known in Alsace and around the world.  This bubbly is made using the traditional champagne method from only pinot noir grapes.”

J. Lohr Los Osos Merlot 2016 375ml

J. Lohr Los Osos Merlot 2016 375ml 2016  +10459  $13.95

 “The 2016 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot has a medium-dark color intensity with a mature red hue in the glass.  Varietal aromas of black cherry and lilac are integrated with a barrel signature of toasted hazelnut, dark chocolate, and baking spice.  We use whole berry fermentation and a generous amount of Malbec in this blend to accentuate bright fruit tones and provide a rich, lengthy finish.” - Steve Peck, Winemaker.

Food pairing

Delicious with summer grilled sausages or herb-roasted chicken.

90 Pts – Rich Cook,, May 22, 2018

“Another vintage, another value from the J. Lohr Estates line.  I can’t think of another line of wines that will please a wide range of palates at this kind of price and availability.  The Los Osos is generous with black fruit and spice, moderate oak toast and a pleasing finish that makes for a fine cocktail or a great grilling partner.”

Velenosi Rosé Ascoli Piceno 2018

Velenosi Rosé Ascoli Piceno 2018  +668772  $14.95

Bright pink.  Intense. Initially light floral scents of roses and violets slowly become more distinct along with notes of small red fruit like red currant and raspberry.  Full structure typical of the variety (Montepulciano). Distinguished by its pleasant freshness and intense mineral finish.

88 Pts – Ian D'Agata,, May 2019

“Pale red-pink.  Sweet aromas and flavors of herbs, bubble gum, red cherry and red apple.  Also enters slightly sweet, but finishes rather bitter with hints of dried cranberry and flowers.”


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