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If I had $100, I would buy these wines at Vintages

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If I only had $100, I would buy . . .

LCBO Vintages Release as of Saturday, June 25, 2011

Argentina is featured in the June 25 LCBO Vintages release, the emphasis on a match made in heaven–summer barbeques along with fresh Argentine whites and fruity, robust reds. This major wine producer is known for the altitude of its vineyards, where diurnal variations and intense sunlight ensure depth of color and well-ripened fruit. Whether you enjoy a classic Chardonnay, the highly aromatic white wines produced from the Torrontés grape, or the depth and concentration available from the signature Malbec and the weighty Cabernet Sauvignon, you will find a wine to your taste in the selection available. This feature also includes a focus on white wines that offer a pure expression of the particular varietal. The selection ranges from well-chilled crisp whites to more intensely aromatic wines that are better served moderately cool.

Wines from around the world have been selected, including a tasty Riesling from Ontario’s Flat Rock Cellars, a fine Viognier from Australia, a fabulous Pinot Gris from Alsace and a fresh Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, among others. Finally, summer is truly here, and that means getting ready for Canada Day celebrations with some ‘local produce’. For something light and frothy, try the Crackling Cider from Québec, enjoy the Quails’ Gate Pinot Noir with some grilled chicken, or pop the cork on the Jackson Triggs sparkler at sunset as the fireworks begin.

Happy Summer Holidays &
Cheers

Susan

Zuccardi ‘Q’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Mendoza, Argentina
$19.95 (Vintages #140855) 14.0% alcohol

Opaque purple, bursting with aromas of sweet spice, cassis, wild roses and vanilla, this wine has a smooth velvety texture. Dry, medium-full bodied, there’s a great balance of nuanced fruit, ripe tannins and fine acidity, Approachable yet refined, it finishes dry and tangy. Enjoy it with grilled lamb or beef, or cellar medium term.

Zolo ‘Reserve’ Malbec 2008
Mendoza, Argentina
$16.95 (Vintages #81091) 14.0% alcohol

Aged 14 months in French and American oak, this inky purple gem is your go-to wine for the barbeque. Aromas of dark fruit, blackcurrant jam and sweet slightly smoky spice rush from the glass. Dry, medium-full bodied, the perceptible tannins and fresh acidity balance rich ripe field berries and dark smoky toast. It’s full flavoured to the finish, where a satisfying hint of bitter chocolate lingers.

Berton Vineyards ‘The White’ Viognier 2010
South Eastern Austalia
$14.95 (Vintages #93425) 14.0% alcohol

A golden wine with a pure expression of stone and tropical fruit, subtle floral notes. Lovely and fresh, yet creamy in texture, it’s dry, medium-full bodied and well balanced. The fabulous fruit replays on the palate, notes of lime, mango and luscious stone fruit carrying through the lasting finish. Very tasty—try it with a creamy chicken caesar salad.

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Shiraz 2008
Coonawarra, South Australia
$19.95 (Vintages #433060) 14.0% alcohol
Deep purple, intensely aromatic, this is a round, beautifully balanced, substantial wine with velvety tannins and soft fruity acidity. It captures the senses with dark fruit, sweet spice and notes of vanilla. On the finish, the sweet spice persists, mingling with nuances of toast and licorice. An excellent value—consider several bottles, or a case so that you can enjoy it as it evolves in the cellar.

Perrin ‘Les Cornuds’ Vinsobres 2009
Vinsobres, Frances
$15.00 (Vintages #241604) 14.5% alcohol
My oh my, you’re going to want to load the cart! This blend of Grenache and Syrah from a reputed producer is deeply hued and intensely flavoured. Abundant and complex, there’s depth of fruit, layers of flavours—berries, floral notes, spice, slightly smoky nuances and minerality—all framed by ripe tannins and fine acidity. Exquisite balance and a long lasting finish complete the package, An excellent value to enjoy now and for many years to come.

Grand Total: $86.80

More about my blog post: If I only had $100, I would buy…
There is a myriad of wines out there, so it’s often a challenge deciding what to select when the
LCBO Vintages catalogue comes out every two weeks or so. Like a kid in a candy shop, your attention darts from one treat to another, but what to choose . . . Something to serve to your guests this weekend? Something to put away for a special occasion? Something to store for a autumn afternoon?

I recognize that each person’s tastes and preferences are unique. “If I had $100 . . .”, will be posted just prior to LCBO Vintages releases and will highlight unique wines I have tasted that provide good value; the selection will total no more than $100.

Occasionally, I may include an optional wine – you can substitute or add it for a little more or a little less! Print this off as your shopping list knowing that these wines have been selected by a Savvy Sommelier who has sipped, savoured & swirled countless wines before they arrived on the shelves in Vintages.  Hopefully you too will find a new favorite wine.  And when you do, quickly save your pennies to buy a bottle or two more.  Warning that once a wine is gone from a particular Vintages release, that vintage, and sometimes that wine, is gone for good!

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