Magnotta Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

A rich cabernet that could masquerade as a ripasso.
Alcohol/Vol 13.7%
At a Glance
Taste cassis, oak, earth
Smell cassis, earth, spice
Food italian
Sweetness extra dry
Price $19.95
LCBO# n/a


Ironstone Old Vine Zinfandel 2012

Whenever I see Ironstone in the vintages section I always pick-up a bottle and yet again I was not disappointed. This zin is a full bodied, lush fruit forward drinker with a great mouth-feel.
Released: May 10, 2014
Alcohol/Vol: 14.5%
At a Glance
Taste boysenberry, blackberry, oak
Smell blackberry, cassis, vanilla
Food red meat
Sweetness dry
Price $17.00
LCBO# 951889


Ironstone Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

A benchmark California cab. Very approachable and hits all the marks one would expect.
Because I’ve cellared this bottle for a while, I couldn’t find it’s LCBO number, but be sure to check out their next vintage when it hits shelves.  I’ve just put their merlot on my shopping list: VINTAGES# 704353
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste cassis, dark cherry, chocolate
Smell cassis, dark cherry, toasted oak
Food grilled red meat
Sweetness dry
Price $18.95

Hillebrand Trius Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Once again my favourite brand doesn’t disappoint! The 2007 vintage will surely be a crowd pleaser due to it’s well balanced palate and nicely integrated tannins.
This cab has an excellent nose but a bit more depth and structure on the palate and this would be an incredible bottle. Watch for subtle hints of cedar and spice on the finish.
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste dried fruit, medium oak, red berry
Smell cassis, smoky oak, blueberry
Food pasta, aged cheddar
Sweetness dry
Price $14.95
LCBO# 587956

Ironstone Old Vine Zinfandel 2005

Take the best notes from Cabernet and Shiraz, add some zip, and you have a great Zinfandel. This old vine release from Ironstone has excellent concentrated fruit flavors and incredible depth. The high alcohol is very well balanced and not at all overpowering. Flavours and aromas are big and chewy.
In Ironstone’s case “Old Vine” means the grapes were hand selected from vineyards that are over 45 years old.
Tip: 90% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah
At a Glance
Taste cassis, blackberry, chocolate
Smell cassis, chocolate, oak
Food beef fajitas
Sweetness dry
Price $16.95
LCBO# 951889

Obikwa Shiraz 2007

Let this value priced shiraz open up for about 20 minutes before drinking. Once mellowed, you’ll find it quite palatable and very food friendly.
Not a whole lot to report back about, this bottle is your run of the mill – not bad – decent value – South African shiraz. If you’re running in and out of the wine shop to pickup a picnic red, give it an extra half star.
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste plum, spice, blackberry
Smell red fruit, spice, cassis
Food vegetarian lasagna
Sweetness dry
Price $9.50
LCBO# 527499

Fazi Battaglia Verdicchio 2007

Excellent as a chilled aperitif, Verdicchio is a grape not well know to many. It’s name is a derivative of the word “verde” (which means green in Italian) due to its slight green/yellow hue.
Warning: This bottle is so Italian you may be inclined to make your own tomato sauce.
Tip: moderate-high acidity
At a Glance
Taste mineral, light citrus, bitter almond
Smell pineapple, floral, mineral, spice, cassis
Food seafood salad or aperitif
Sweetness dry
Price $10.95
LCBO# 24422

Viu Manent Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2004

Another outstanding bargain here. This is a rather big cab and pretty dry. What’s nice about it is the very obvious cherry and wild berry flavor. It smells absolutely amazing the minute it hit the glass. One of the few times I have detected blueberries in the smell from a cab. It’s obviously a Cab Sav, but there is something different about it.
Tip: March 1, 2008 Vintages Release – hurry! Room temp.
At a Glance
Taste wild cherry, wild raspberry, licorice
Smell blueberry, chocolate, cassis
Food chicken or veal parm, chicken pot pie
Sweetness off dry
Price $12.75
LCBO# 59196

Bodegas Castano Hecula 2005

This spanish red has an amazing inky violet colour that lasts all the way to the rim. The flavours are very deep and intense as you pickup on the oak, blackberry, vanilla, tar with a hint of tobacco. The bouquet features a cherry, cassis and cedar.
Dry red lovers will love the chewy tannins on the finish. An excellent value wine.
Tip: balloon glass, no quality loss on second day
At a Glance
Taste oak, blackberry, vanilla
Smell cherry, cassis, cedar
Food red meat, pasta with red sauce
Sweetness extra dry
Price $13.85
LCBO# 718999

Concha y Toro Casillero Del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

An excellent example of a Chilean cab that’s pushing new world wines to the forefront!
This deep red, leggy wine paired quite well with BBQ steak and
pizza. Enjoy it’s well balanced flavours of cassis, black cherry and
Tip: pour it in your balloon glass 10 minutes before drinking.
At a Glance
Taste red berry, leather, black cherry
Smell cassis, berry, mocha
Food bbq steak
Sweetness dry
Price $12.85
LCBO# 278416