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The New Year brings great value at LCBO

Posted by Susan

Friday, January 4th, 2013
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It’s become a bit of a tradition that the first  LCBO Vintages release of the year features well-priced, value-laden wines. The release this Saturday, January 5, is no exception, and includes wines from near and far, with well-known and more obscure grape varieties in the mix. There are a range of white and red wines, some very affordable sparkling wines, as well as some producers being featured for the first time in Vintages. For great quality and flavour choose sparkling wines such as the Duran Brut Cava or the Bouvet Brut Crémant de Loire. There are a couple of great Ontario white wines, the pretty peach-tinged Trius Pinot Grigio and the weightier but well-balanced Jackson Triggs Proprietors`Grand Reserve Chardonnay, included in the selection below. For value among the reds, try the Vincentin Blend de Malbecs, the Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon or the El Molet Tinto. For the adventurous, Ravenswood offers a delicious Petite Syrah. And if you`re looking for an organic red wine, you`ll enjoy the Dieter Meier Puro Corte. Finally, if you`re desperate for a value-packed wine to assuage your sweet tooth, pick up the Sivipa Vinho Generoso Moscatel de Setúbal. Enjoy this selection of wines, totally well under $100 and all less than $20 apiece!

Cheers and best wishes for a great 2013!

Susan

 

Trius Pinot Grigio 2011
VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
$15.95 (Vintages #316414) 12.7% alcohol

This is a very appealing wine, from the delicate peach-skin hue to the lifted floral, pear and stone fruit aromas. Fruity yet fresh, it delivers a lovely balance of lemon-lime acidity and ripe peach and apricot flavours. Quality and value wrapped in a fine package, this wine is delightful on its own, or savour it with fish, seafood or simply prepared chicken dishes.

 

Jackson-Triggs ‘Proprietors’ Grand Reserve’ Chardonnay 2011
VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
$17.95 (Vintages #593996) 13.0% alcohol

Aged 5 months in French oak, this golden gem offers lovely buttery aromas and texture, notes of roast pear, banana and vanilla. Dry, mid-full weight, the focused flavours of spiced orchard fruit are balanced by lively acidity. There`s a nice heft to this wine, fine balance and structure, making it a match for crab cakes or creamy pasta dishes or a choice for mid-term cellaring.

 

Dieter Meier ‘Puro’ Corte 2010
Mendoza, Argentina
$16.95 (Vintages #305094) 14.5% alcohol

Produced from a blend of organically grown Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the aromas of this deftly crafted wine leap from the glass—rich dark fruit, floral notes, smoke, toast and spiced vanilla. Dry, mid-full weight, smooth yet freshly textured, plush fruit mingles with the sweet spice of well-integrated oak. Finishing dry and lengthy, the wine is, substantial, structured and well balanced. Serve with grilled meats or cellar medium term.

 

Ravenswood ‘Vintners Blend’ Petite Syrah 2009
California
$18.95 (Vintages #161554) 13.5% alcohol

A dense inky purple, this rendition of Petite Syrah offers layered aromas of lush black berry fruit, toasty oak, cocoa and vanilla. Dry, full bodied, and plush, the ripe dark cherry/berry fruit flows across the palate, suggestions of exotic spice, white pepper and chocolate adding to the delectable taste experience. It finishes long, sweetly fruity, yet balanced. A value-laden wine for a relaxing sip. Pick up a few bottles!

 

Luis Felipe Edwards ‘Gran Reserva’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Colchagua Valley, Chile
$16.95 (Vintages #169847) 14.0% alcohol

Here’s a great value, deep garnet in hue, displaying lifted aromas of sumptuous black fruit, dried herbs, cedar and spice. Dry, full bodied, it delivers an ample, round texture. Aged 12 months in French and American oak, there a good underlying structure anchoring ripe fruit, appealing spice, herb and vanilla nuances. The finish is full, clean and fresh, fine earthy herbal notes lingering. Definitely a multi-bottle purchase.

 

Grand Total: $86.75

 

 

 

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