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
Tapiz Las Notas de Jean Claude 2012
Mendoza, Argentina Bodega Tapiz
A blend of Merlot with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot, the 2012 Las Notas de Jean Claude comes from a vineyard in the Uco Valley at an altitude of 1,300 metres. Luis Gutiérrez of robertparker.com says, "The nose is quite subtle, with good ripeness but without excess and integrated oak, with some sweet spices. It's subtle and elegant, quite a change from the rest of the range. The blend of grapes erases the varietal character and there is complexity beyond that of the grape. The medium-bodied palate is very polished with ultra-fine tannins and good acidity, making for a very harmonious and sleek texture through the long and elegant finish." He scored the wine with 94 points and recommends drinking through 2020.
LCBO #11969, $85.00 Release date: November 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 Saint-Nabor Côtes du Rhone Blanc 2018
Vignobles Saint Nabor Rhone, France
This full-bodied white blend has a light floral character with fresh notes of white tree fruit, apricot, tropical tones, honey, and spice. The Vintages panel recommends paring it with seared chicken breast.
LCBO #485532, $14.95 Release date: October 12, 2019
San Vincenti Chianti Classico 2016
Tenuta San Vincenti Tuscany, Italy
This medium-bodied Sangiovese blend delivers great balance and refinement with hints of dried fruit, strawberry, and cherry. With a bright finish, it's an ideal pairing for pizza or stew.
LCBO #399907, $19.95 Release date: October 12, 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.
This chardonnay is full-bodied and layered, with tones of cooked apple, pineapple, and salt and hints of cream. Best to drink now. Received 93 points from James Suckling.
LCBO #144717, $14.95 Release date: September 28, 2019
Foris Rogue Valley Pinot Noir 2017
Oregon, USA Foris Vineyards Winery Grown in the Rogue Valley of southern Oregon, this wine is silky and balanced with notes of red berries and oak spice. It's a perfect pairing for roasted turkey or prime rib. Best through 2022.
LCBO #937128, $24.95 Release date: September 28, 2019
Foris Chardonnay 2017
Oregon, USA Foris Vineyards Winery
A rich, elegant style, barrel fermented and aged. With a crisp, zesty tangerine finish, this is a food-friendly wine — and a liquid reflection of the pristine, Alpine environment from which it hails.
Received gold from the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.