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  • Monday, March 25, 2019

Wine Picks LCBO VINTAGES Release Mar. 30, 2019: 8 Favourite Grapes



LCBO Wine Picks: March 30, 2019 VINTAGES Release
The upcoming LCBO VINTAGES Release on is a mono-thematic Release, featuring 8 favourite grapes to "Meet Your Perfect Match". All of these wines, plus many others will arrive on LCBO VINTAGES shelves across Ontario by this .

With 8 varietals featured and 2 wines for each grape, there are 16 wines in total as part of the theme of this Release. The varietals are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah and most of the selections here compare and old world wine with a new world wine. Of these 16 wines featured, 5 are included among my top wine picks. Pinot Gris (aka Pinot Grigio) is actually a naturally mutated clone of Pinot Noir. Both the dry Pinot Gris from Niagara and a Pinot Grigio from Italy are among my wine recommendations. From New Zealand, there is a nice Sauvignon Blanc. Among the reds, there is a Malbec from Argentina and a Shiraz from Australia.

Closson Chase K.J. Watson Vineyard Pinot Gris 2017 (89 pts)

The red wines from the rest of the Release includes a lovely $20 Côtes du Rhône-Villages that consists of 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 25% Carignan, while the Bordeaux red is a blend of 68% Merlot and 32% Cabernet Sauvignon from 40 year old vines. From Italy, the Chianti consists of 95% Sangiovese and 5% Colorino/Canaiolo, while the Chianti Classico is a blend of 90% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Merlot. The organic Emiliana Coyam is a perennial favourite of mine, and the 2015 is an 8-grape blend consisting of 44% Syrah, 30% Carmenere, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Mourvedre, 4% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Garnacha, and 2% Tempranillo. Lastly, the Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre.

Château Maucoil 2016 (89 pts)Giacomo Mori Chianti 2015 (90 pts)

Emiliana Coyam 2015 (91 pts)Velenosi Villa Angela Pecorino 2017 (89 pts)

Among my white wine picks, all are single varietals. The Pecorino and Avesso are not very common varietals and surely worth a try. All of the Rieslings are (mostly) dry in style, while the Pinot Gris from New Zealand will have some sweetness to it.

And finally, the lovely dry rosé from Niagara is made with 100% Pinot Noir.

Enjoy my wine recommendations from this Release!

Red Wine:

  • CUATRO PASOS MENCÍA 2015 - DO Bierzo, Spain (#039313) (XD) - $18.95
  • FINCA LAS MORAS PAZ MALBEC 2016 - San Juan, Argentina (#520486) (XD) - $18.95
  • D’ARENBERG THE FOOTBOLT SHIRAZ 2016 - McLaren Vale, South Australia (#984021) (XD) - $18.95
  • DECERO CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 - Remolinos Vineyard, Agrelo, Mendoza, Argentina (#195677) (XD) - $19.95
  • CHÂTEAU MAUCOIL 2016 - AC Côtes du Rhône-Villages, France (#638502) (XD) - $19.95  89 pts  wine review
  • CHÂTEAU MAISON NOBLE CUVÉE PRESTIGE 2015 - AC Bordeaux Supérieur, France (#633198) (XD) - $20.95
  • GIACOMO MORI CHIANTI 2015 - DOCG, Tuscany, Italy (#068858) (XD) - $22.95  90 pts  wine review
  • ROCCA DELLE MACÌE FAMIGLIA ZINGARELLI RISERVA CHIANTI CLASSICO 2015 - DOCG, Tuscany, Italy (#930966) (XD) - $24.95
  • EMILIANA COYAM 2015 - Los Robles Estate, Colchagua Valley, Chile (#063891) (XD) - $29.95  91 pts  wine review
  • DOMAINE DE LA SOLITUDE CUVÉE BARBERINI CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2015 - AC, Rhône, France (#525907) (XD) - $70.95

White Wine:

  • VELENOSI VILLA ANGELA PECORINO 2017 - DOCG Offida, Marche, Italy (#173252) (D) - $15.95  89 pts  wine review
  • KILIKANOON KILLERMAN’S RUN RIESLING 2015 - Clare Valley, South Australia (#365635) (XD) - $17.95
  • KELLEREI ST. MAGDALENA PINOT GRIGIO 2017 - DOC Südtirol – Alto Adige, Italy (#249466) (XD) - $18.95
  • COVELA EDIÇÃO NACIONAL AVESSO 2016 - DOC Vinho Verde, Portugal (#524868) (XD) - $18.95
  • PIERRE SPARR SOL GRÈS RIESLING 2016 - AC Alsace, France (#644419) (XD) - $19.95
  • TWO RIVERS CONVERGENCE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2017 - Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand (#277707) (XD) - $19.95
  • CLOSSON CHASE K.J. WATSON VINEYARD PINOT GRIS 2017 - VQA Four Mile Creek, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada (#469445) (XD) - $22.95  89 pts  wine review
  • 2027 CELLARS WISMER VINEYARD FOX CROFT BLOCK CHARDONNAY 2017 - VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada (#421362) (XD) - $22.95
  • GILBERT + GILBERT SINGLE VINEYARD RIESLING 2015 - Eden Vallery, South Australia (#633529) (XD) - $27.95
  • GREYSTONE SAND DOLLAR PINOT GRIS 2016 - Waipara Valley, North Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand (#426650) (D) - $27.95  FE

Rosé Wine:

  • MALIVOIRE VIVANT ROSÉ 2018 - VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada (#498535) (XD) - $19.95

Sparkling Wine:

  • DRAPPIER BRUT NATURE PINOT NOIR CHAMPAGNE - Zero dosage, AC, France (#179275) (XD) - $57.95

Fortified:

  • BODEGAS BARBADILLO PASTORA MANZANILLA PASADA - Unfiltered, DO Manzanilla – Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain (#515965) (XD) (375 mL) - $15.95


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