Tuscany, Italy Tenuta San Vincenti Crafted in a traditional style, this wine offers a solid, structured, fresh Chianti Classico with black and blue fruit and touches of strawberry. It's an ideal pairing for veal, ribs, grilled sausages, meaty stews, or pizza.
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.
Marlborough, New Zealand Auntsfield Estate Certified sustainably grown in a single vineyard, this wine is bursting with gooseberry, guava, and green apple notes. The finish is steely and bright, making this Sauvignon Blanc a great pairing for pan-fried seafood with a lemon and herb butter sauce.
LCBO #663286, $21.95 Release date: January 25, 2020
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
Wapisa Patagonia Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Medoza, Argentina Bodega Tapiz
This Cabernet Sauvignon has an intense red colour with aromas and flavours of blackberries and black currants, with plum jam notes and spices like black pepper and eucalyptus. The notes are interspersed with coffee and chocolate. Received 92 points from James Suckling.
LCBO #10970, $18.95 Release date: December 7, 2019
Bodegas Taron Pantocrator 2005
Spain Bodegas Taron
From 70-year-old bush vines grown in Rioja Alta, this full-bodied blend offers ripe, concentrated aromas of violets, liquorice, black fruits, spices, and mint. It has a velvety texture and a long finish and is a great pairing for a slow-roasted shoulder of lamb, chile con carne, or portobello mushroom burgers.
Received 93 points from Guia Penin.
LCBO #12181, $37.95 Release date: December 7, 2019
Carabella Estate Pinot Gris 2017
Oregon, USA Carabella Vineyard
Wine Enthusiast's Paul Gregutt calls this 20th anniversary release a "zippy, sassy fruit bomb of a wine." Aromatic and flavourful, Carabella's pinot gris boasts apple cider, a squirt of grapefruit, and lots of juicy acidity for freshness. It received 91 points from Gregutt.
LCBO #11255, $26.95 Release date: November 9, 2019
Château Magondeau Passion 2016
Scev Vignobles Goujon & Fils Bordeaux, France
A bold and elegant merlot with a glossy, high toast oak. Cherry and blackberry complement notes of spice and coffee. Received 90 points from the Decanter World Wine Awards 2018.