Oregon, USA Carabella Vineyard This is an exceptional wine that's packed with notes of blackberry and cherry. It has hints of sea salt and chocolate that adds both texture and flavour. It is an Editor's Choice wine that received 90 points from Paul Gregutt.
LCBO #387019, $26.95 Release date: September 5, 2020
Tapiz Alta Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Mendoza, Argentina Fincas Pategonicas This wine has a fresh array of herb-laced redcurrant and cassis aromas that leave a smooth, even-paced, fresh, and seamless appeal. Received 94 points from James Suckling.
LCBO #403345, $19.95 Release date: September 5, 2020
Foris Vineyards Rogue Valley Chardonnay 2018
Oregon, USA Foris Vineyards Winery This Chardonnay is crafted without malolactic fermentation and then matured in neutral oak barrels to maintain freshness. It's light and crisp, with ripe apple, melon, mineral, and a spicy quality. Pairs excellent with smoked fish.
LCBO #665943, $25.95 Release date: August 22, 2020
Wapisa Patagonia Malbec 2017
Patagonia, Argentina Fincas Patagónicas This Malbec brings ripe aromas of blackcurrants, oak, dark cherries, and menthos to make a bold impression. The plush, succulent, and soulful feel combined with smoothly rendered tannins leave you with an unwavering finish. Received 95 points from James Suckling.
California, USA Howell Mountain Vineyards This wine offers bright red fruit and acidity with violet aromas for added complexity—a perfect contrast to the black cherry and cassis. Received 93 points from Virginie Boone.
San Polino Helichrysum Brunello di Montalcino 2014
Tuscany, Italy Vini San Polino This Brunello delivers flavours of Marasca cherry, raspberry, licorice, tobacco, and white pepper. The bright acidity lends balance and tension to the wine. Best to drink 2022-2029. Received 94 points from Kerin O'Keefe from Wine Enthusiast..
Mendoza, Argentina Bodega Tapiz This Malbec has impressive concentration and depth with fresh notes of blueberries, cassis, blackberries, and red plums. It offers a long, smooth finish. Good to drink now or hold. Received 94 points from James Suckling.
Tuscany, Italy Vini San Polino A fresh Brunello with orange rind, citrus, and red cherries and an overlay of roasted herbs and incense. This medium- to full-bodied wine is structured and flavourful with undertones of nutmeg and spices. Best to drink in 2022. Received 95 points from James Suckling.
Mendoza, Argentina Mosquita Muerza This 2016 is a blend of Malbec with 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Syrah from different vineyards in the Valle de Uco. It has oak influence and combines smoky and spicy aromas with notes of herbs, wild berries, and flowers. Best drinking 2018–2022. Received 93 points from Luis Gutiérrez of robertparker.com.
Tuscany, Italy Vini San Polino This is a full-bodied Brunello with lots of blackberry and blueberry character. It's made from biodynamically grown grapes and has a flavourful finish. Received 95-96 points from James Suckling.
With a beautiful golden yellow colour, this champagne offers tropical fruit flavours intermixed with fine limestone, spicy/floral, and brioche/caramel aromas. Full bodied, pure, and fresh, the champagne has an intense and expressive finish with lingering lemon and bitterness. Best to drink 2018-2028. Earned 93 points from Stephan Reinhardt at robertparker.com.
Michelas St. Jemms La Chasseliere Crozes-Hermitage 2017
Rhone, France Domaine Michelas St. Jemms
This Shiraz/Syrah comes from 40-year-old vines and spent 12 months in used barrels and an oak cuve, giving it an intensity unlike many others. Joe Czerwinski of robertparker.com gave it 92 points, noting that "rich, tannic blackberries cascade over the full-bodied palate, adding hints of dark chocolate and espresso on the chewy finish." Drink 2020-2027.
LCBO #637843, $34.00 Release date: January 9, 2020
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