Rhône, France La Cave Gigondas Lively dark berry and cherry aromas are complemented by hints of candied flowers and allspice. Seamless and broad on the palate, offering sweet raspberry, cherry, and succulent herb flavors underscored by a smoky mineral flourish. Smoothly blends power and finesse and finishes long and floral, with supple tannins building slowly. Received 90 points by Josh Raynolds. LCBO #638650, $24.95 Release date: March 20, 2021
Château Saint-Nabor Côtes du Rhone Blanc 2019
Rhône, France Earl Vignobles Saint Nabor
Sourced from soils made up mostly of limestone and clay, this has a light floral character that provides a pleasing additional lift on the nose. Fresh, round, and expressive with white tree fruit, apricot, tropical tones, and touches of honey and spice. LCBO #485532, $15.95 Release date: March 20, 2021
Domaine Michelas St. Jemms Les Murettes Cornas 2017
Rhône, France Domaine Michelas St. Jemms
A step up from previous vintages, the 2017 Cornas les Murettes boasts complex floral, herbal, and licorice notes on the nose. Combined with a whirl of blueberry and raspberry fruit, plus a dash of crushed stone, it makes compelling drinking. This full-bodied wine does have a firm, drying finish to complement the mouthwatering fruit, so don't be in too much of a hurry to crack a bottle. Received 92-94 points by Robert Parker. LCBO #18536, $63.00 Release date: March 4, 2021
Valserrano Reserva 2015
Rioja, Spain Bodegas de la Marquésa
This stylish Reserva has managed to preserve a noteworthy degree of freshness in the heat of the 2015 harvest. Combining ageing in French and American wood, it's an elegant, savoury cuvée of Tempranillo and 10% Graciano with savoury tannins and fine, graceful, red berry and fresh herb notes. Received 93 points by Tim Atkin. LCBO #314963, $29.95 Release date: February 6, 2021
Spioenkop Elgin Pinotage 2018
Elgin, South Africa Valuline 119 Pty Ltd
This lovely wine brings notes of violets and herbs before red and black cherry, cinnamon, and clove. It is massively dense on the palate but not at all short of freshness; the tannins firm and grippy in the best sense. A forceful wine but equally as balanced leaving it with a real effortlessness. Matured for 11 months in French oak, 80% new. Received 95 points by Christian Eedes,
LCBO #17450, $55.00 Release date: February 4, 2021
Vina Aquitania Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Maule Valley, Chile Vina Aquitania S.A.
This aromatic and expressive Cabernet Sauvignon from the Aquitania is a complex mix of varietal and fruit notes, reminiscent of peaches and flowers. The palate is soft and elegant, with fine tannins that's easy to drink and very pleasant with a peppery finish. It contains some 15% Syrah, but as 85% of the volume is Cabernet, it can be labeled as a varietal red. Received 90 points from Luis Gutiérrez.
LCBO #16616, $19.95 Release date: January 23, 2021
Auntsfield Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
Marlborough, New Zealand Auntsfield Estate
This Pinot Noir is splendidly fruited and very inviting on the nose with aromas of sweet cherry, plum, floral, cedar and subtle spice. The wine offers terrific fruit purity and intensity, wonderfully complemented by silky texture and polished tannins, making the wine seamless and persistent. At its best now to 2026. Received 94 points from Sam Kim.
LCBO #361246, $33.95 Release date: October 31, 2020
Foris Pinot Gris 2018
Oregon, USA Foris Vineyards Winery
This Pinot Grigio is a textural, mineral-drenched wine with hints of honeysuckle, lemongrass, and fresh spring herbs. The fruit centers on white peach and peppery daikon radish. The balance, harmony, texture and length are impressive. Received 92 points by Paul Gregutt.
LCBO #544312, $19.95 Release date: October 31, 2020
Auntsfield Heritage Pinot Noir 2015
Marlborough, New Zealand Auntsfield Estate
A splendidly composed and magnificently styled wine, with fragrant aromas of dark cherry, plum, violet, thyme, and toasted almond with nuances of mushroom and game. This wine exhibits exceptional focus and depth. It is multi-layered, complex, and gorgeously elegant. At its best now through 2025. Received 97 points from Sam Kim.
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
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.
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.