the LCBO is now publishing a catalogue every two weeks, I hope to be
able to post notes on each of the releases just before they come out.
CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2002 $21.95, Barrel Aged, Lake Erie North Shore,
Ontario, Colio Estates
The colour denotes a light styled wine. It has a gentle ruby shade with
a reflective purple rim. There are whiffs of blackcurrant and plum, but
considering the vintage, I find little overall to thrill. It finishes
clean with nice acidity, but little else.
‘CEV' MERLOT RESERVE 2002 $24.95, Barrel Aged, Lake Erie North Shore,
Here is a total turn around in quality from the same producer in the
same vintage. The colour of this Merlot shows off far more in depth and
concentration. The nose emits Asian spice, red raspberry, leather and
nutmeg. The palate is rich, full of toast, plenty of red fruit and a
PENINSULA RIDGE MERLOT 2002 $19.95, Niagara Peninsula
A wine with a medium ruby garnet robe and a nose of dark chocolate,
coriander seed and cedar accented by blackberry, and black cherry. It is
well balanced on the palate; it’s medium bodied and finishes with a kick
of sweet spice and Szechwan pepper.
BELLE GLOS PINOT NOIR 2002 $38.95, Sonoma Coast
Everything about Chuck Wagner’s Belle Glos Pinot starts off in the right
direction. Its colour displays a rich deep red brick ruby background. It
has lots of pretty Pinot attributes on the nose such as sweet maraschino
cherry, prosciutto, cherry and sage. It is a viscous wine. However, once
it hits the palate, it just comes across, for me at least, as being far
too sweet. It has a solid structure, but I just could not drink a lot of
ESTATES CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2002 $18.95, Niagara Peninsula
This is a pretty fruit laden wine that shows notes of plum, blackberry,
briar and tobacco. Acids are balanced; the red fruit finish is light,
but clean and refreshing.
CABERNET FRANC ‘RESERVE' 2002 $18.95, Niagara Peninsula
When first poured, this funky Cabernet Franc shows signs of compost,
earth, bell pepper, stale liquorish and toffee. Its palate reflects more
fruit by means of currant and blackberry jam. A layer of tannin is
discernable, yet it does not distract. Pleasant stuff.
CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2001 $44.95, Napa Valley
I am always partial to this stuff. The ruby/garnet/purple colour and the
nose of blackberry, currant plum skin, vanilla and red fruit than runs
right through to the long silky finish.
It is not big, but it is well built and tasty.
MERLOT 2003 $59.95, Napa Valley
Notes of sweet raspberry ripple, vanilla crème brulee, currant and
framboise dominate the nose. However, it really seems over extracted to
me. Although the palate is full of flavoursome fruit and acidity, the
concentration of sweet fruit and oak renders it hard to currently enjoy.
I hope time will mellow it.
PINOTAGE 2004 $21.95, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Walker Bay, South Africa
Here’s one for the novice. How can one explain to a newbie, the joy of a
well-constructed wine that has a nose of dark chocolate, dried doggie
deposits and well hung game? Beneath the organic aromas sits a layer of
dark fruit, cherry and plum. It is not a wine for everyone, but the
fruit does take control to reveal a solid wine with lovely black fruit
acidity and a pleasing finish.
971564 DOMAINE MATHIEU CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2001 $36.95
Despite the fact that I often bitch about the price structure and
gouging techniques the board uses to price its goods, this wine is, as
are many Rhone wine on the shelf, competitively priced. Clearly my
favourite wine today. It is pure, silky and elegant. The nose has
intermingling aromas of aniseed ball, raspberry, Thai basil, saddle
leather, kirsch, nutmeg and cola. The palate is ripe, full of delicate
dark raspberry fruit and the finish has a chewy toffee texture. A treat.
SAPERAVI KAKHETI TBILISI 2003 $16.95, Georgia
Here is a mix of sweet oak, wet fur, furniture polish, prunes and stewed
fruit. Lets leave it at that.
SANTOS LIMA 'PALHA-CANAS' VINHO TINTO 2003 $13.95, Portugal
Deal of the day has to be bestowed on this blend of mostly Castelao and
Camarate. Its colour is dark and inky. The nose shows notes of
blueberry, plum and ripe red fruit. Nicely focused on the palate, the
sweet rich flavours taste great on the finish too.
CHIVITE GRAN FEUDO, NAVARRA, CRIANZA 2000, $17.95, Spain
Another light bodied, but lightly price wine offering nice ripe cherry,
red fruit and tar.
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