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

Posted by Susan

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

If I only had $100, I would buy . . .
LCBO Vintages Release as of Saturday, July 23, 2011

Taste your way through Italy from north to south, red or white, with the July 23 LCBO Vintages feature on Signature Varietels of Italy, some better and others lesser known. Among the whites, you’ll find delectable Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay from the North, a fruity Soave, and less common but equally appealing varietals—Greco di Tufo, Garganega and Arneis, a personal favorite for its body and rich fruit flavours. The red segment of the Italian feature includes well-known varietals from Piemonte, such as Nebbiolo—producing the renowned Barolo—Barbaresco and Barbera, from Tuscany, Sangiovese—the storied wine that creates the unique flavours of Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and Brunello di Montalcino. The lesser-known noble varietal of Campagnia and Basilicata, Aglianico, producing wines with great depth of flavour, is joined by Primitivo from Puglia. All in all, a great selection for those who have a favorite among Italian wines.

Lovers of white wine will enjoy the secondary feature, which focuses on cool-climate Chardonnay. Climatic conditions such as altitude, latitude, cool nights or cooling breezes in areas such as Burgundy, Oregon, Tasmania and Ontario bring to the fore clean crisp fruit flavours and fresh acidity, often complemented with subtle oak aging. Niagara enjoys just the right conditions to produce fine Chardonnay, and the feature includes wines from Coyote’s Run (featured in Savvy Selections), Inniskillin and Le Clos Jordanne.

Finally, you all know me as a great fan of B.C. wines – don’t miss those in this feature—a Syrah from the world’s first aboriginal-owned winery, Nk’Mip, a Merlot from Quail’s Gate, whose wines were offered to William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on their recent visit to Yellowknife, and a tangy rosé from Mission Hill that I’ve squeezed in as the sixth wine in this selection. Interested in more B.C. wines—stay tuned for a small feature in the upcoming August 6 Vintages release.

SusanVinea Gargarnega 2009
IGT Veronese, Italy
$12.95 (Vintages #230656) 13.0% alcohol

You won’t find a better value than this intensely aromatic award-winning wine produced from one of Italy’s lesser-known white varietals. Enjoy the floral, stone and tropical fruit fragrances and flavours. Dry, medium bodied, round and silky on the palate, this versatile wine offers a lasting honeyed fruit finish. Consider purchasing several bottles.

Cantina Tollo ‘Aldiano’ Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2007
DOC Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Italy
$16.95 (Vintages #51796) 14.0% alcohol
Inky purple, full-bodied and loaded with aromas and flavours of ripe dark fruit, spice box and vanilla, this is a well-crafted approachable wine. Soft tannins and acidity provide sufficient structure to balance the focused fruit, and the finish delights with notes of pepper, licorice and spice-infused chocolate. Enjoy with a meaty tomato-based pasta.


Cantina di Venosa Terre di Orazio 2007
DOC Aglianico di Vulture, Italy
$17.95 (Vintages #247494) 13.5% alcohol
Opaque ruby, dense, flavourful and intensely aromatic with notes of dark berries, vanilla and a whiff of fennel—what’s not to like! Dry, full bodied this wine from the noble varietal Aglianico offers attractive notes of herbs, spice and toast drifting over rich flavours of blueberry and blackberry. A peppery note lingers on the fruity finish. A tasty value that calls for grilled meats.

Ridgepoint Cabernet Franc 2009
VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara
$17.95 (Vintages #245639) 12.5% alcohol
This is a great example a varietal that does very well in Niagara. Semi-transparent ruby, this dry, medium-bodied wine offers alluring and complex aromas—berry, sweet spice, vanilla and an earthy herbal note. Savour the ripe red fruit—raspberry and cranberry—garnished with sweet spice and a hint of toast. The texture is quite silky, the underlying structure subtle, providing a deftly balanced wine with a long lasting fruity finish. A great choice for herbed grilled pork or other simple barbequed fare.

Château la Grolet 2009
AOC Côtes de Bourg, France
$17.95 (Vintages #126615) 13.5% alcohol
Dry, medium-bodied, finely balanced and structured, this biodynamic wine is a winner! Principally Merlot blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, it offers rich fruity aromas and nuances of herbs and earth. The fresh flavours of ripe field berries flow across the palate, supported by ripe tannins and a tangy texture. The dry, fruity finish lasts and lasts. Enjoy it with full-flavoured meat dishes or cellar 3-5 years.


Mission Hill ‘Five Vineyards’ Rosé 2010
VQA Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
$15.95 (Vintages #229716) 12.5% alcohol
Pale salmon pink, this lively rosé has delightful aromas of red berry fruit and fresh citrus. Dry, light-medium bodied, the cherry/berry and zippy citrus flavours replay with blueberry coming through on the mid palate. Tasty and bright, it offers a lasting fresh fruity finish. Enjoy with a grilled chicken and mushroom salad.

Grand Total: $99.70


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!