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VINTAGES Release February 17, 2018: Rising-Star Regions + Winning Ontario



LCBO Wine Picks: February 17, 2018 VINTAGES Release
The LCBO VINTAGES Release features wines from Rising Star Regions as its main theme, while the mini-theme features award-winning wines from Ontario. All of these new wines will be on shelves this .

We'll begin with the main theme that features 10 wine regions that tend to make super wines at stellar prices. Just 11 wines are featured in this section, and the only wine included among my top wine picks is a white wine blend consisting of Sauvignon Blanc & Assyrtiko from Drama, which is located in the northeastern end of Macedonia in northern Greece.

From the mini-theme that features wines that took top honours at the 2017 National Wine Awards of Canada, there are only (!) four wines listed, but three of them are included among my top wine picks from this release. Wines with top honours include a Vidal Icewine, an oaked Chardonnay, and a Gamay Noir. All of these wines are from Niagara and are typically well-made year after year.

Inniskillin Vidal Icewine 2015 (90+ pts)

Among my red wine picks, the Douro dry red wine is a steal at $13 and consists of 30% Tinta Barroca, 25% Touriga Nacional, 25% Touriga Franca, 15 Tinta Roriz and 5% Tinto Cão, grapes typically used to make Port. From Bordeaux, the Recougne is a blend of  90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Carmenere, while the Sénéjac is a blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with splashes of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. From the Languedoc, the Mosaique is a blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Mourverdre, while the Gigondas is a Grenache-led blend that also contains Syrah. Lastly, the Gattinara is made with Nebbiolo.

Enjoy my top wine recommendations from this Release. Cheers!

Red Wine:

  • VALE DO BOMFIM 2015 - DOC Douro, Portugal (#167676) (XD) - $12.95
  • CHÂTEAU RECOUGNE 2014 - AC Bordeaux Supérieur, France (#368167) (XD) - $15.95
  • S. DELAFONT MOSAIQUE 2016 - AP Languedoc, France (#482455) (XD) - $17.95
  • MALIVOIRE GAMAY 2016 - VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada (#591313) (D) - $17.95
  • LORNANO CHIANTI CLASSICO 2013 - DOCG, Tuscany, Italy (#211599) (XD) - $17.95  90 pts  wine review
  • HENRY OF PELHAM SPECK FAMILY RESERVE BACO NOIR 2016 - VQA Ontario, Canada (#461699) (D) - $24.95
  • ANZIVINO GATTINARA 2010 - DOCG, Piedmont, Italy (#534909) (XD) - $29.95
  • CHÂTEAU SÉNÉJAC 2015 - AC Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France (#962977) (XD) - $29.95
  • DOMAINE DU GRAPILLON D’OR GIGONDAS 2015 - AC, Rhône, France (#981787) (XD) - $32.95
  • SORDO GABUTTI BAROLO 2012 - DOCG, Piedmont, Italy (#530485) (XD) - $68.95
Lornano Chianti Classico 2013 (90 pts)

White Wine:

  • PIATTELLI RESERVE TORRONTÉS 2016 - Cafayate Valley, Salta, Argentina (#536672) (XD) - $14.95
  • SNAPPER ROCK MARLBOROUGH PINOT GRIS 2016 - Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand (#536185) (XD) - $16.95
  • THEMA WHITE 2015 - PGI Drama, Greece (#178442) (XD) - $18.95
  • TAWSE SKETCHES OF NIAGARA RIESLING 2015 - VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada (#089029) (M) - $18.95
  • D’ARENBERG THE MONEY SPIDER ROUSSANNE 2016 - McLaren Vale, South Australia (#656710) (XD) - $19.95
  • VILLA MARIA RESERVE WAIRAU VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016 - Wairau Valley, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand (#536201) (XD) - $24.95
  • REDSTONE CHARDONNAY 2013 - VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada (#511428) (XD) - $25.70
  • BERINGER LUMINUS CHARDONNAY 2015 - Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California (#395699) (XD) - $44.95
  • DOMAINE TAUPENOT-MERME SAINT-ROMAIN BLANC 2015 - AC, Burgundy, France (#522177) (XD) - $53.95
  • PATZ & HALL CHARDONNAY 2015 - Sonoma Coast, California, USA (#200808) (XD) - $64.95  FSE

Sparkling Wine:

  • COLVENDRA GRAN BRUT PROSECCO CONEGLIANO VALDOBBIADENE SUPERIORE - DOCG, Veneto, Italy (#517862) (D) - $19.95

Dessert Wine:

  • INNISKILLIN VIDAL ICEWINE 2015 - VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada (#388306) (S) (375 mL) - $49.95  90+ pts  wine review

Fortified:

Dalva Colheita Port 1995 (92 pts)


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