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If I only had $100, I would buy at Vintages…

Posted by Susan

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

If I only had $100, I would buy . . .
LCBO Vintages Release as of Saturday, February 5, 2011


The February 5th release at LCBO Vintages offers numerous features, including an introduction to the acclaimed 2007 vintage in Tuscany, a sampling of Washington state wines, as well as dessert and sparkling wines for Valentine’s Day – yes it’s coming soon, so don’t forget!


The Tuscan feature includes the wines of Chianti, Montepulciano, Montalcino, to name a few, based both on Sangiovese and international varietals. There are a couple of sparkling rosés, including Ontario’s very own 13th Street Cuvée 13, highlighted below, and a finely crafted sparkling blend from the breathtaking Blue Mountain Vineyard Estate in British Columbia. Don’t miss the delightful Icewine bearing the iconic Maple Leaf.


The general release (regularly available) offers some flavourful whites, such as the lovely Alsatian Pinot Gris included in the selection below. You might like to try the Montirius ‘Garrigues’ Vacqueyras, an unoaked intensely flavourful certified biodynamic wine. The release offers wines for the amateur and connoisseur alike. While there were many other wines which could have been included in the selection below, I hope you’ll enjoy these.




13th Street Cuvée 13 Rosé 2007VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
$24.95 (Vintages #147504) 12.5% alcohol

Savvy Company’s owner Debbie Trenholm selected this sparkling Rosé for a private luncheon held in Ottawa for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in June 2010 – read her blog post. To quote Debbie, “. . . extraordinary—dry, crisp with delicate aromas of wild strawberry, juicy red cherry with an elegant mousse that lingers as it refreshes.” A great wine for appetizers or light fare. 


George Wyndham ‘Founder’s Reserve’ Shiraz 2007
Langhorne Creek, South Australia
$19.95 (Vintages #107904) 14.0% alcohol
Purple and opaque, this award winner tantalizes with the fresh aromas of mint, ripe dark fruit and sweet spice box. Round, smooth, dry and full bodied, it’s densely textured and darkly fruity with the mint and spicy dark toast echoing on the palate. Reflecting well-crafted balance, the firm underlying structure and adequate acidity act as a counterpoint to the fruit. Pepper, toast and fruit persist on the longlasting finish. With good aging potential, this is an excellent value.

Joseph Cattin Pinot Gris 2008
Alsace, France

$18.95 (Vintages #196596) 13.0% alcohol
Winner of multiple gold medals, this wine has a lovely golden hue and lifted aromatics –floral, pear, somewhat tropical notes and nuances of sweet spice. Weighty on the palate, it’s rich in texture, almost oily, with gorgeous flavours of pear, nectarine and lovely kitchen spice riding on a backbone of fresh acidity. Beautifully balanced, deliciously smooth and round, it’s a gem. Savour chilled.





Domaine le Grand Retour Plan de Dieu Côtes du Rhône-Villages 2009
AOC Plan de Dieu, France
$13.95 (Vintages #127167) 14.5% alcohol
Another gold medal winner, this deeply hued blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre is a savoury structured wine with intense appealing aromas of dark berry fruit, spice and nuances of earthy herbs. Dry, medium-full bodied, the tannins are firm, the acidity is lively, and the concentrated flavours a delight—black berry, dark toast, spice, licorice. Notes of chocolate and dark toast linger on the finish. Match it with hearty flavourful meat dishes.




Abbona ‘La Pieve’ Barolo 2005 DOCG Barolo, Italy
$26.95 (Vintages #213132) 14.0% alcohol

This is such a great value, it had to be included as an option. Mahogany in tone, this well-crafted Barolo displays delicate floral aromas with attractive notes of red fruit, cedar and earth. Dry, medium bodied, with a lovely silky texture on entry, perceptible tannins and fine acidity underpin fresh red fruit. Approachable, with fine balance and persistence on the finish – it’s so delicious you just can’t resist another sip, and another. So, you’ll probably need more than one bottle!

Grand Total: $97.75


Optional wine worth the splurge:

Abbadia Ardenga Rosso di Montalcino 2007
$19.95 (Vintages #184945) 14.0% alcohol

DOC Montalcino, Italy
So enticing, those subtle, almost delicate aromas of sweet ripe berry fruit, vanilla, licorice & soft spice. Dry, medium-full bodied, this is a compelling wine with a lovely smooth texture on entry. Vibrant acidity and perceptible tannins match the vivid red fruit—raspberry, currant, strawberry. Ready to drink now, it offers some subtle notes of sweet herbs on the persistent dry fruit-filled finish. A candidate for short-term cellaring, this is a value-laden wine from an iconic region.