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The Good Juice on Vintages
October 12, 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.

Montes Purple Angel 2016

Montes Purple Angel 2016  $62.95
LCBO #62364

Elegant on the nose, with aromas of ripe red and black berries over a background of sweet notes.  Being stored in French oak barrels adds aromas of dark chocolate and coffee which go with the typical fruity aromas of this variety.   Well-structured on the palate, with smooth and full tannins.

98 Pts – James Suckling, April 5, 2019

“The complexity of this is something very special with dark berries, hot stone, iodine, and oyster shells.  Full-bodied, very tight and polished with creamy tannins that envelop your palate, caressing every inch.  Deep and dark fruit and wet earth at the finish.  Drink or hold”

Coriole Estate Shiraz 2016

Coriole Estate Shiraz 2016  $24.95
LCBO #931600

The 2016 Estate Shiraz offers abundant aromas of mulberry, dark cherry bitter chocolate and subtle hints of mohogany and gamey meats.  The moorish palate is bright and engaging showing plump dark fruit and red berries and savoury earthy notes, framed by elegant yet persistent tannins.  A medium to full bodied Shiraz displaying quintessential McLaren Vale dark fruits, and spice.

95 Pts & Gold – Campbell Mattinson,, May 1, 2018

“Most of the estate shiraz vines are now 50yo; some 100yo vines were also employed.  This is a silken release, fresh as daisy too, with plum, cassis and redcurrant flavours lifted by notes of violet.  A gentle creaminess to the texture doesn't hurt a jot.  When you reach for a bottle of McLaren Vale shiraz you're hoping it tastes like this, and as good.”

Tenuta Rocca Barolo del Comune di Serralunga 2013

Tenuta Rocca Barolo del Comune di Serralunga 2013  $59.95

Brilliant, garnet red with good intensity, with slight garnet/orange highlights.  Ethereal, intense and persistent, with scents of violet, cherry, spices (cinnamon, cloves), vanilla and leather.   Dry, warm, with generous body, robust and suitably tannic but not too austere, smooth, balanced, with an intense and persistent finish characterised by sensations reminiscent of the bouquet.

94 Pts – Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, May 1, 2018

“This opens with enticing aromas of menthol, new leather, forest berry and star anise.  Reflecting the nose, the elegantly structured palate delivers flavors of raspberry compote, Marasca cherry, licorice and tobacco framed by fine-grained tannins.  Fresh acidity lends balance.  Drink 2023–2033.”

J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  $49.95
LCBO #68658

 “2016 Hilltop Cabernet shows dark fruit, chocolate, graphite and anise on the nose. The palate is dense and soft at once with layers of mineral, sweet oak barrel and fresh savoury notes.”  -  Steve Peck, Director of Winemaking

Food pairing

Delicious with rosemary-seasoned ribeye and garlic roasted potatoes with parsnips and fennel.

94 Pts – Rich Cook,, July 30, 2019

“Twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen… the count continues for Hilltop with this fifth vintage in a row to cross my desk.  It keeps the points coming with signature Paso style, yet continues to ramp up complexity as new vineyard holdings come on line.  This vintage features fruit from El Pomar, Creston and Adelaida districts, and it shows a structural step up this year.  Translation -- buy more, it’ll last longer!”

J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay Arroyo Seco 2017

J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay Arroyo Seco 2017  $34.95
LCBO #171272

Light straw in colour, this 2017 Arroyo Vista Chardonnay exhibits intriguing aromas of Meyer lemon cream, yellow flowers, baked pear, crème brûlée and toasted hazelnuts.  The rich palate texture is derived from the use of classic Burgundian techniques, such as primary and malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels and weekly stirring of the lees during aging.  The texture is balanced by fresh flavours of apple, pear, and citrus, with a long, sweet oak finish.

Food pairing

Triple crème brie cheese, herb roasted chicken, seafood risotto, or hazelnut-crusted halibut.

90 Pts – Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast, September 1, 2019

“Plump aromas of pineapple jam, plumeria and toast show on the ripe nose of this bottling.  The palate, crisp at first, is broadened out by a pineapple cream flavour.  A chalky grip leads to a toasty finish.”


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