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LCBO VINTAGES October 28, 2017: Italian Masterpieces + Big New World Reds



LCBO Wine Picks from October 28, 2017 VINTAGES Release
The upcoming release into LCBO VINTAGES on features Italian Masterpieces as its main theme, while the mini-feature focuses on big red wines from the New World. New wines will be on LCBO VINTAGES shelves across Ontario this coming .

Surprisingly, both themes in this release are rather uninspiring. The main theme highlights 10 wines, and not one wine made my list of wine picks. From the feature on big New World reds, only the latest Terrunyo Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile made the cut from a list of 6 wines. However, not to worry, there are slew of other fine wines from the rest of the release, many of which are age worthy.

Concha Y Toro Terrunyo Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (91 pts)

Among my red wine picks from the rest of the release, there Romaneira from Portugal is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Syrah and Tinto Cão, while the Barbera d'Alba is made with 100% Barbera. The wine from Roussillon is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Carignan, while the South African red is actually a blend of 86% Pinotage, 3.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.5% Cabernet Franc, 3.5% Malbecm and 3.5% Petit Verdot. Lastly, the Chianti Classico is a blend of 92% Sangiovese, and 8% Canaiolo / Colorino / Mammolo / Ciliegiolo that was first produced in 1897!

From my white wine picks, the Soave is a blend of 85% Garganega and 15% Trebbiano di Soave. All four whites from Burgundy are made with Chardonnay. If you prefer sweeter wines, look to the Riesling or the Gewürztraminer.

Pierre Sparr Réserve Gewurztraminer 2016 (89 pts)Rosewood Origin Mima’s Block Riesling 2014 (88 pts)

In preparation for end-of-year celebrations, a couple of special Champagnes are available. The vintage Champagne is made with Chardonnay, while the Cuvée is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, and 15% Pinot Meunier.

Enjoy my wine recommendations from this release!

Red Wine:

  • R DE ROMANEIRA 2014 - IGP Duriense, Portugal (#214288) (XD) - $15.95
  • PRUNOTTO BARBERA D’ALBA 2016 - DOC, Piedmont, Italy (#928754) (XD) - $18.95
  • VIÑA COBOS FELINO CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 - Mendoza, Argentina (#132365) (D) - $19.95
  • CHÂTEAU SAINT-ROCH CHIMÈRES 2015 - AP Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, Midi, France (#119354) (D) - $19.95
  • 13TH STREET GAMAY NOIR 2016 - VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada (#177824) (XD) - $19.95
  • HAMILTON RUSSELL ASHBOURNE 2009 - WO Hemel en Aarde Valley, Walker Bay, South Africa (#512806) (XD) - $25.95
  • CASTELLO DI QUERCETO RISERVA CHIANTI CLASSICO 2013 - DOCG, Tuscany, Italy (#650754) (D) - $28.95
  • CONCHA Y TORO TERRUNYO CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 - Las Terrazas Block, Pirque Vineyard, Maipo Valley, Chile (#562918) (XD) - $34.95  reviewed here
  • NORMAN HARDIE UNFILTERED NIAGARA PINOT NOIR 2016 - VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada (#208702) (XD) - $45.00  reviewed here
  • ANTINORI PIAN DELLE VIGNE BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2012 - DOCG, Tuscany, Italy (#651141) (XD) - $62.95
  • MASI CAMPOLONGO DI TORBE AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO 2011 - DOCG, Veneto, Italy (#548677) (D) - $106.95
Norman Hardie Unfiltered Niagara Pinot Noir 2016 (92 pts)

White Wine:

  • ROSEWOOD ORIGIN MIMA’S BLOCK RIESLING 2014 - VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada (#520262) (D) - $15.95  reviewed here
  • CORONA DE ARAGÓN GARNACHA BLANCA 2016 - DOP Cariñena, Spain (#527085) (XD) - $17.95
  • PIERRE SPARR RÉSERVE GEWURZTRAMINER 2016 - AC Alsace, France (#747600) (D) - $18.95  reviewed here
  • CAVE DE VIRÉ GRANDE RÉSERVE VIRÉ-CLESSÉ 2015 - AP, Burgundy, France (#243782) (XD) - $19.95
  • PIEROPAN SOAVE CLASSICO 2016 - DOC, Veneto, Italy (#946848) (XD) - $19.95  reviewed here
  • RUSTENBERG CHARDONNAY 2015 - WO Stellenbosch, South Africa (#598631) (XD) - $19.95
  • JEAN BAPTISTE PONSOT MOLESME RULLY 1ER CRU 2015 - AC, Burgundy, France (#513457) (XD) - $43.95  FSE
  • MONT CHAUVE EN PIMONT CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET 2012 - AC, Burgundy, France (#496372) (XD) - $67.95
  • DOMAINE WILLIAM FÈVRE BOUGROS CHABLIS GRAND CRU 2012 - AC, Burgundy, France (#941229) (XD) - $89.95  FSE

Sparkling Wine:

  • LE MESNIL GRAND CRU BLANC DE BLANCS CHAMPAGNE 2009 - AC, France (#514208) (XD) - $62.95
  • BOLLINGER SPECIAL CUVÉE BRUT CHAMPAGNE - AC, France (#384529) (XD) - $79.95

Fortified:

  • FONSECA LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORT 2011 - Unfiltered, DOP, Portugal (#087551) (S) - $18.95


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