Every second Saturday the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) releases new wines into the Vintages section of their stores. These are wines available around the world, but here in Ontario this is the only place we can get them. Below you'll find my picks for those releases (release date is the title of post). I have also added the Vintages Shop Online releases and In Store Discoveries.
I am using a 5-star rating system, which appears at the end of each review; here’s the key to the stars: 5 = Outstanding … 4.5 = Excellent … 4 = Very Good … 3.5 = Good … 3 = Average
Another three things have caught the eye of the LCBO for this weekend's release. ONe is Whiskey, which I have to admit I am no expect on. The other two: Argentina (ARG) and a Tuscan/Piedmont (T/P) split, takes up the rest of the releases features. As introduced a few releases ago I have made a few changes to the report: the addition of an “If You Can Afford It” section for expensive wines that are worth their price; I have removed the “red” and “white” labels in favour of just using colour to indicate type; and the Best Buy bargain section will just have ratings, no notes, if you’re a bargain hunter you’ll love these wines.
Catena 2009 Alta Chardonnay ($39.95 - #0959973) – almost Californian in style with lots of wood and with sweet fruit notes poking through all this rides on the tail of vanilla, caramel and spice. (*** ½) – ARG
Catena 2008 Alta Malbec ($49.95 - #0982355) – stunning Malbec, always loaded with flavour. (****+) – ARG
Luigi Bosca 2008 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon ($17.95 - #0128629) – lovely nose and palate, full of dark fruit, blueberry, chocolate and spice. (*** ½+)
Riglos 2007 Gran Corte ($37.95 - #0243501) – mocha and chocolate wrapped around deep dark fruit. (****) – ARG
Viniterra 2005 Select Malbec ($21.95 - #0177964) – sweet fruit: cherry along with sweet spices, this really delivers on flavour. (****) – ARG
Josef Chromy 2010 Pepik Pinot Noir ($26.95 - #0162990) – Pinot Noir from Australia is mostly a jammy affair, but the Chromy wines have true cool climate character; lovely strawberry with an earthy quality and just the right amount of spice and acidity on the finish. (****+)
Tait 2007 The Wild Ride Shiraz ($19.95 - #0243584) – lots of chocolaty flavour with hints of pepper mixed in. (*** ½)
Two Hands 2010 Brave Faces Grenache/Shiraz/Mataro ($33.95 - #0660035) – lot of big dark fruit with raspberry, cherry and chocolate. (****)
Two Hands 2008 Sophie’s Garden Shiraz ($46.00 - #0062380) – eucalyptus, chocolate and blackberry with a whopping 15.8% alcohol content, even the spice seems big. A little hot on the finish which downgrades the mark by half a point. (****)
Glatzer 2008 Riedencuvee Zweigelt ($15.95 - #0221051) – laid back style with a goodly amount of fruit and spice. (*** ½)