This is one of the great Amarones. Dense purple-black in colour; cedary, tobacco leaf, plum and vanilla-oak nose; full-bodied, dry, richly extracted with a savoury plum flavour and an engaging floral note. A firmly structured wine.
Quintessential Kiwi Sauvignon. Pale straw colour with a nose of grapefruit, cut grass and passionfruit notes; medium-bodied, dry with richly extracted flavours of passionfruit and elderberries carried on lively lemony acidity. Great length.
This wine has graduated to the LCBO Vintages Essentials program. Rather easygoing, this Chardonnay features moderate aromatics in the form of peach, toast, apple, pineapple and anise. It is a carbon copy on the palate, with minerals and a slight nuttiness. Very good length and ready to drink.
Lively green and citrus fruit with fruit-blossom scents, mineral grip and a clean fruity finish, with a trace of residual sweetness.
This new appellation requires a minimum 85% Gamay from Beaujolais Cru vineyards (Chénas and Régnié in this inaugural release) and maximum 15% Burgundy Pinot Noir. Abundant cassis, raspberry, plum and cherry. Fresh acidity balanced by lithe tannins. Lingering savouriness on the thirst-quenching finish. Delightful with charcuterie and cheese.
There is Vinho Verde you think you know, and then there are wines like this. From one of Vinho Verde’s icons, this is Alvarinho from the Monção and Melgaço subregion, regarded as a “cru” in quality. For this wine, the vineyards sidle the river, and are blanketed with stones. The Contacto refers to the fact that this wine spent extended time on the skins. Wild pear is slicked with salts, meadow herbs and scented with a perfume of wild mint. The form is greyhound sleek and the finish lingers with savoury allure. Best with some breathing space.
Clear but opaquely deep plum-red. Strong, smoky nose of stewed plums and black liquorice. A tooth-stainer that will put hair on your chest with powerful, oaky plum and cherry flavours and sturdy tannins. Best with a dry-aged grass-fed New York striploin steak done medium-rare. Good for another couple of years.