Luccarelli Primitivo 2019

At a Glance
Overall Deep burgundy, cocoa, spice,  currants, fig jam, starts a bit “hot” really lush finish
Notes Some words and terms really get people going. For instance “moist” and “mouth feel” make my brain skip a beat. This wine has a really great mouth feel from start to finish. Very lush! (add “lush” to the above list)
Sweetness dry – 11 g/L
Food oil & garlic pasta, roasted vegetables, sautéed mushrooms
Price $8.45
LCBO# 253856
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Catedral Reserva Red Wine Blend 2019

At a Glance
Overall cherry, smoke, plum, dried fig, jammy
Notes There’s a bit of heat at first followed by a burst of dark red fruits then a quick hit of liquorice. A lot going on here. Bit more complexity than you usually see at $12
Sweetness dry – 10 g/L
Food roasted beets, quinoa salad
Price $12.45
LCBO# 219816
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Goats Do Roam Red Wine 2020

At a Glance
Overall deep purple, plums, blackcurrant, black cherry, anise
Notes The first word that popped in to my head when I tasted this wine was “inoffensive”. It’s a Goldilocks wine. Not too sweet, not too dry, not too anything. This is in no way an insult. A great pick when you don’t know what your guests like or what to pair with dinner. The name is likely a play on the French Côtes du Rône – cute.
Sweetness extra dry – 4 g/L
Food lamb, roast chicken, shawarma
Price $13.95
LCBO# 718940
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Beronia Tempranillo Rioja 2019

At a Glance
Overall sour cherry, vanilla, alcohol finish
Notes overpriced for the quality of the wine.

what else you got on the menu?

nothin?

ginger ale please

Sweetness extra dry – 5g/L
Price $13.80
LCBO# 243055
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Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Port 2015

At a Glance
Overall black cherry, dark grapes, sweet then finishes acidic
Notes I learned from experience that an open bottle of port keeps quite well in the fridge for about 2.5 weeks.  during that time I enjoyed this bottle as a digestif.

 

p.s. if love getting your digestif on, try amaro (an Italian herbal liqueur)

Sweetness sweet – 100g/L
Price $18.90
LCBO# 46946
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Solid Ground Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Chuck’s Take)

At a Glance
Overall blackberry, oak, blueberry, dark cherry
Notes lush, juicy, ripe dark berry. Perfect amount of oak and didn’t bring too much vanilla to the wine. An overall excellent benchmark value California cabernet sauvignon.

 

 

But what did Sean think?

Sweetness extra dry – 6 g/L
Food pizza
Price $17.95
LCBO# 13305
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Trapiche Reserve Malbec 2019

At a Glance
Overall Medium purple, vanilla, raspberry, tart black cherry, touch of spice, smooth finish
Notes You can tell when a bit of effort is made on wines at this price point. This is a great wine when you want to switch up your usual weeknight red.
Sweetness extra dry – 5 g/L
Food Jambalaya rice, smoked sausage, cured meats
Price $11.45
LCBO# 614651
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H3 Horse Haven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

At a Glance
Overall Deep inky purple, cherries, blueberries, vanilla, cassis
Notes When I see Washington and Oregon wines I will grab one. A typical cab that hits all the right notes. The alcohol is high and hits your nose right away. Smooth and easy to drink. Crowd pleaser for sure.
Sweetness dry – 9 g/L
Food meaty pastas, carbonara, meat pie
Price $19.95
Online LCBO: 210047

Columbia Crest

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Bread & Butter Pinot Noir 2019

At a Glance
Overall plums, black cherry, strawberry jam, chocolate
Notes When a wine delivers a text book example of the grape we sometimes call it “Correct”. This is a perfect example of new world Pinot Noir and is absolutely delicious. Lush juicy berries, jammy, hint of earth on the finish.
Sweetness dry – 7 g/L
Food roasted chicken, sautéed mushrooms, poutine
Price $15.95 on sale ($18.95)
LCBO# 13686
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Alvi’s Drift Shiraz 2019

At a Glance
Overall Medium purple, very aromatic, violets, unripe blueberry, smokey, vanilla pods, floral
Notes There is A LOT going on in this glass. This wine is a little sharp from the acid and smokey from the barrel aging. Great against fattier meats and stews – definitely a food wine. South Africa is very under appreciated wine region.
Sweetness extra dry – 5 g/L
Food rich meaty stews, Korean style short ribs
Price $13.95
LCBO# 12429
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Ventoux Rosé 2019

At a Glance
Overall floral, hibiscus, honey, vaguely citrus, underripe strawberry
Notes Rosés get a bit of a bad reputation for being sickly sweet. This rose is definitely not that. The first time I tasted it a few years ago it was an instant favorite. Lately, it is so dry and austere it needs a moderately sweet companion to be properly enjoyed.
Sweetness extra dry – 2 g/L
Food fresh berries or berry forward sweet desserts
Price $14.55
LCBO# 134916
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Cycles Gladiator Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

At a Glance
Overall black cherry, currants, mocha, raspberry
Notes Scrapping in just under the $20 mark, this is a solid wine. Big currants, loads of berries, easy drinking. If you select your wines based on the fun label and value, this is a winner on both fronts.
Sweetness dry – 8 g/L
Food bbq, pasta, stews
Price $19.95
LCBO# 16481
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Solid Ground Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Sean’s Take)

At a Glance
Overall raspberry, black cheery, ripe blueberries, rhubarb pie
Notes GOOD DEAL ALERT!!! Loads of black cherry and overflowing with blueberry. Silky, aromatic, deep garnet in color. This is a steal of a deal under $20. We bought a few for future enjoyment.

 

But what did Chuck think?

Sweetness extra dry – 6 g/L
Food slow braised meats and stews
Price $17.95
LCBO# 13305
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