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

Posted by Susan

Friday, November 26th, 2010

“If I only had $100, I would buy…’
LCBO Vintages Release as of Saturday, November 27, 2010

Tomorrow’s LCBO Vintages release has an incredible selection of fortified wines, including liqueurs and ports. For appetizers, to celebrate or just for fun, there’s a range of bubbly—Champagne, Cremant, Prosecco, Cava, and others. Then there are those iconic wines . . . choose one of them, and this selection is complete! Once again I’ve included a few more wines in the options – temporarily, we might have to call this “If I had $200 . . .”!  This is partly due to the extent of the release, but also because British Columbia has some fabulous wines, hence I’ve highlighted two Merlots that will become available in this release as well.  And then, there’s this absolutely delightful French liqueur that has ‘holiday’ written all over it…  Once again, I hope that you’ll enjoy the wines that I would purchase ’If I had only $100….”


Domaine J. Laurens ‘Les Graimenous Brut’ Cremant de Limoux, France
$17.95 (Vintages #183508) 12.0% alcohol
At this time of year, you can never have enough sparkling wine, so here is one originating from the birthplace of French sparkling wine, Made in méthode traditionelle, this pale gold gem practically jumps from the glass with a dramatic mouse and citrus to the fore. Tangy and compelling, it’s dry and vibrantly fresh with bright citrus, green apple and yeasty notes. The finish is long and palate-cleansing. Tantalizing with smoked salmon appetizers.

Le Clos Jordanne ‘Village Reserve’ Chardonnay 2008
VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
$25.00 (Vintages #33936) 13.5% alcohol
Golden, subtle and perfumed, this vintage is another success with perfumed aromatics—orchard fruit, light toast and a hint of vanilla. Deftly applied oak delivers notes of light toast, while the texture and flavours are reminiscent of pear and apple autumn tart with a rich custard. Medium bodied, the wine has great acidity and a mineral note, with a very attractive finish featuring a replay of the orchard fruit and subtle toast. A match for holiday fowl, or a candidate for short-term cellaring

Elderton Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Barossa, South Australia
$29.95 (Vintages #9175) 14.0% alcohol
Crafted from 35-50 year-old vines, the depth of color and aromas captivate—floral, cassis, fine cedar predominate. Full bodied and dry, there’s firmness in the structure, fine acidity, yet a velvety texture. The palate is richly flavoured and focused—black berry fruit with spicy toast and vanilla. The finish is dry and long lasting. Decant to serve with rare bison tournedos or cellar for up to a decade

Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2007
IGT Veronese, Italy
$25.00 (Vintages #672931) 13.5% alcohol
Other wines from this producer have been fabulous – this is no exception! So expressive, this blend is produced in a modified Ripasso method. Seventy percent of the grapes are vinified immediately after harvest, while the remaining 30% are dried until December, after which the wine ferments a second time. It has lovely aromas of rich almost jammy fruit, sweet spice, licorice and a hint of toasty vanilla. Full bodied, firmly structured and intensely fruity, it’s robust and slightly chewy. With quite lively acidity, the wine demands your attention, replaying the rich fruits on the finish, along with hints of dried fruits and dark chocolate. Very tasty, match it with hearty meat dishes, hard cheeses, or cellar for another 5-7 years.

Grand Total: $97.90


Optional wines that are TOTALLY tempting:

Lillet Blanc
Bordeaux, France
$13.95 (Vintages #322297) 17.0% alcohol
Golden with a peachy note, this aperitif wine is a blend of wine and fruit liqueurs which has been produced since the late 1800s. It has engaging aromas and flavours of tropical fruit—mango with a squeeze of lime comes to mind—and orange-lemon marmalade. A spine of tangy acidity awakens the palate and acts as a counterpoint to the ripe succulent fruit. Exotic spice and candied orange rind linger on the warm finish. 

Burrowing Owl Merlot 2007
VQA Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
$39.95 (Vintages #585737) 14.0% alcohol
Opaque with a hint of brick at the rim, this wine displays the great quality of Merlot in the south Okanagan. Complex aromas include tangy berry fruit, nuanced spiced floral notes and soft vanilla. The palate is equally intricate, chock full of dark berry and pit fruit, toast, espresso roast, pepper and spice. Dry and intense, with ripe tannins and lively acidity, this medium-full bodied wine has a very consistent profile and a long-lived finish

Le Vieux Pin Merlot 2006
VQA Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
$39.95 (Vintages #206318) 14.7% alcohol
A deep opaque red, this is another great Merlot from the south Okanagan, exhibiting dark berry aromas with a herbal undertone—mint comes to mind—and sweet vanilla. Intensely flavourful highly extracted dark berry and plum flavours are lifted by some bright spicy peppery notes and fine acidity. Medium-full bodied, it’s rich, concentrated with a firm texture and a persistent dry toasty finish.


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!