Monday, August 31, 2015

  • Monday, August 31, 2015

LCBO VINTAGES Release September 5: Uncork Something Great!



LCBO Wine Picks from September 5, 2015 VINTAGES Release
The newest batch of wines from the LCBO VINTAGES Release will be on shelves this coming . Once again, it is a mono-thematic release with this one titled "Uncork something great!" and attempts to tell the VINTAGES story.

Of the 20 wines featured as part of the VINTAGES story, 6 wines made my list of wine picks. First up is a 2005 vintage Dom Perignon Champagne that is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Also included is a Syrah from Chile, a Malbec from Argentina, and an old vines GSM blend (40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre) that was all aged in concrete tank from Midi. The dry white wine from d'Arenberg is a blend of 55% Viognier and 45% Marsanne. For fans of sweeter wines, there is Flat Rock's Riesling.

Patrick Lesec Galets Blonds Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012 from AC, Rhône, France (93 pts)
Other sweet wines in this release include an off-dry (i.e. slightly sweet) Chenin Blanc from South Africa and a medium sweet Grand Cru Pinot Gris from Alsace. Also available are a pair of very sweet Rieslings from Germany - one is a Riesling Kabinett (available as Flagship Store Exclusive), while the other is a Riesling Spätlese.

In red wine, the Olarra is mostly Tempranillo with Grenache and Mazuelo (a.k.a. Carignan) in support, while the Hacienda Valvarés is 100% Tempranillo. The Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a blend of mostly Grenache, with Syrah and Mourvèdre added, while the Tenuta Degli Dei is a blend of (60%) Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Lastly, the Ridge Monte Bello comes in 2 bottle sizes, each of which is composed of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot.

Enjoy my LCBO wine picks for this week! Cheers!

Red Wine:

  • MONTGRAS ANTU SYRAH 2012 - Colchagua Valley, Chile (#425900) (XD) - $17.00
  • TESSELLAE CÔTES DU ROUSSILLON OLD VINES GRENACHE / SYRAH / MOURVÈDRE 2013 - AP, Midi, France (#343517) (XD) - $17.00
  • OLARRA CLÁSICO RESERVA 2009 - DOCa Rioja, Spain (#423541) (XD) - $18.95
  • KAIKEN ULTRA MALBEC 2012 - Mendoza, Argentina (#050849) (XD) - $19.95  reviewed here
  • HACIENDA VALVARÉS 2011 - DOCa Rioja, Spain (#423509) (D) - $19.95
  • MAS DEL PÉRIÉ LA ROQUE MALBEC 2012 - AC Cahors, Southwest, France (#414524) (XD) - $21.95
  • MORAINE SYRAH 2013 - BC VQA Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada (#424580) (XD) - $23.95  reviewed here
  • HIDDEN BENCH PINOT NOIR 2012 - VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada (#274753) (XD) - $29.95  reviewed here
  • VERBENA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2009 - DOCG, Tuscany, Italy (#165126) (XD) - $39.95
  • TENUTA DEGLI DEI CAVALLI 2010 - IGT Toscana, Italy (#350405) (XD) - $49.95
  • PATRICK LESEC GALETS BLONDS CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2012 - AC, Rhône, France (#078089) (XD) - $56.95  reviewed here
  • RIDGE MONTE BELLO 2012 - Santa Cruz Mountains, California, USA (#209999 / #711085) (XD) (375 mL / 750 mL) $101.95 / $190.95
Moraine Syrah 2013 from BC VQA Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada (89 pts)Hidden Bench Pinot Noir 2012 from VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada (91 pts)

White Wine:

  • DOMAINE LA HAUTE FÉVRIE SUR LIE MUSCADET SÈVRE & MAINE 2014 - AC, Loire, France (#390625) (XD) - $13.95  reviewed here
  • FLAT ROCK RIESLING 2014 - VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada (#043281) (M) - $16.95
  • HENRY OF PELHAM ESTATE CHARDONNAY 2013 - VQA Short Hills Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada (#268342) (XD) - $19.95
  • BAILLY LAPIERRE SAINT BRIS SAUVIGNON BLANC 2014 - AC, Burgundy, France (#424655) (XD) - $19.95
  • D’ARENBERG THE HERMIT CRAB VIOGNIER/MARSANNE 2013 - McLaren Vale, South Australia (#662775) (XD) - $19.95
  • STUDERT-PRÜM GRAACHER HIMMELREICH RIESLING SPÄTLESE 2009 - Prädikatswein, Mosel, Germany (#409680) (S) - $21.95
  • PIERRE SPARR MAMBOURG PINOT GRIS 2011 - AC Alsace Grand Cru, France (#686451) (M) - $24.95
  • CLEMENS BUSCH MARIENBURG RIESLING KABINETT 2013 - Prädikatswein, Mosel, Germany (#424234) (S) - $28.95  FSE
  • KWV THE MENTORS CHENIN BLANC 2014 - WO Paarl, South Africa (#419580) (D) - $29.95  FSE
  • DOMAINE LOUIS MICHEL & FILS FORÊTS CHABLIS 1 ER CRU 2012 - AC, Burgundy, France (#231936) (XD) - $39.95  FSE
Domaine la Haute Févrie Sur Lie Muscadet Sèvre & Maine 2014 from AC, Loire, France (88+ pts)

Sparkling Wine:

  • DOM PÉRIGNON BRUT VINTAGE CHAMPAGNE 2005 - AC, France (#280461) (XD) - $219.95


The rest of the wines from the VINTAGES Release are here.


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