LCBO New Releases
The LCBO has recently released some new wines for sale in Ontario. Has anyone sampled any?
Last night I tried the Bubbles by Yellow Tail from Australia, somewhere around $13.85. It was delicious, for an inexpensive light sipping sparkling wine. Fruity and a little sweet in the mouth with a slightly dry aftertaste (Please note I am not a wine expert, just my thoughts!)
Has anyone tried any of the other new Ontario releases?
I'm not sure what pricepoints you're looking at, but I've had a few fantastic wines from the February 2nd release:
2003 Chapoutier Hermitage Blanc Chante Alouette ($75, #140541) - huge tropical fruit on the nose and palate, with fantastic texture and length. Expensive, but excellent.
2005 Perrin & Fils Vacqueyras Les Christins ($24, #973453) - loved this. Very elegant, with layers of complexity. If you're into big Aussie fruit bombs, this may not be your cup of tea, as it's more along the medium-full bodied tip with good fruit, structure, and garrigue. Would be a fantastic pairing with duck confit or something along those lines.
NV Yves Lambert Cremant de Loire Rose ($17, #656488) - if you like bubbles, this is really fantastic stuff. Not Champagne by any stretch, but great texture that shows berries (strawberry and currant) as well as a touch of cocoa. Buy it! It doesn't hurt that on release, the LCBO messed up the CSPC pricing for a while and this wine was scanning in at about $9.50 instead of $17. I think they fixed that issue though.
One wine I haven't tasted from the release that is pretty consistent from vintage to vintage is the 2005 Fairview Goats do Roam in Villages from South Africa ($16, 566851). I'd give that a crack as well.
I could put some recommendations on wines from the Feb. 16th release in a separate post if anyone is interested.
Hey futronic, I also picked up some of the Cremant de Loire Rose and the pricing has been corrected. I was charged the full $17. I also bought one of the last bottles of Sieur d'Argues Cremant de Limoux (#52985) Billy Munnelly gave it very high praises. Act now, not many left in the GTA. Apparently it is a close to champagne as they come. Look forward to trying both.
You might want to be a little more specific - the Yellow Tail sparkling concoction has been around for a few months at least. There have probably been hundreds of other new products (at least) in that time frame.
The LCBO does regular bi-weekly Vintages releases of (mostly) new products, as well as frequent additions (not on a fixed schedule) to the General List and to Vintages Essentials. There are also a bunch of other programs, like the seasonal beer releases, and some spirits things.
If you mean Vintages, not yet. As for sparkling, I did try a new one at a store that had samples, but I can't remember the name. It was really good, I think had strawberries in it or something.
No problem. For those interested in the Feb. 16th release, there are plenty of well-priced, well made items available based on producer track record. Here's a good selection:
2005 Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile ($22, #322586)
2005 Famiglia Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon, Argentina ($14, #677567)
2005 Fattoria di Basciano Chianti Rufina, Italy ($14, 68163)
2005 Volpaia Chianti Classico, Italy ($23, 953828)
2005 Tedeschi Valpolicella Classico Superiore Capitel dei Nicalo, Italy ($17, #984997)
There are other interesting bottles at a higher pricepoint as well, such as the 2002 Rosemount Traditional, 2005 Ridge Geyserville, 2004 Napanook, and 2004 Dominus.
I've tasted all the wines at the LCBO lab -- these are my picks:
1.13th Street Funk Vineyard Riesling 2005 Niagara: racy and MVC, some
off-dry on the end palate. +56564, $18, QPR: 90.
2. Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay 2005 Sonoma: very MVC for the region,
balanced with acid, fruit, toasted wood, butter. +421644, $19.95, QPR:
2. St.Hallett Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Barossa: off-dry finish,
twist top, useful drink. +57687, $14.90, QPR: 90.
3. Pierre Spann Pinot Gris Reserve 2005 Alsace: off-dry feel, lots of
body and fruit. +983395, $18.85, QPR: 90.
4. Caves des Perrieres Pouilly-Fume 2006: MVC for the region,
affordable, twist top. +61358, $19.95, QPR: 90.
1. Eral Bravo Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Mendoza: off-dry, ready, North
American appeal. +58081, $18.55, QPR: 90.
2. Famiglia Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Mendoza: sustainable
winery, 14.5% ABV kick, heavy Bordeaux nose. +677567, $13.95, QPR: 93.
3. Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Colchagua: another thick and
juicy mocha and tobacco toned wine. +322586, $21.80, QPR: 94
4. D’Arenberg The High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 McLaren:
delicious but some tart flavours, full profile for climbing. +943456,
$20.95, QPR: 90.
5.Zilzie Shiraz 2006 South Eastern Australia: cloves and fruit, rich,
thick, lovely, heavy-heavy, buy it all! +58016, $16.75, QPR: 94.
6. Chateau Lenormand 2005 Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux: depth, but needs
time to resolve finishing tannins, balanced already. +60913, $18.45,
7. Domaine Laurent Mabileau St.Nicholas-de-Bourgueil 2005 Loire: MVC
cab franc for the region, leafy, berryish. +61192, $14.55, QPR: 90.
8. Beronia Reserva 2001 Rioja: another must-by from Spain, a great
Rioja at this price. +50203, $17.55, QPR: 93.
9. Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 2005: North American in style and
appeal, wood and fruity jam tones, thick. +606541, $19.95, QPR: 90.
10. Fattoria di Basciano Chianti Rufina 2005: very intense and nervy,
but getting better with airing. Value. +68163, $13.45, QPR: 91.
At a higher price, there are some useful wines to take into a resto as a Bring Your Own:
RESTAURANT READY WINES: to markup about $15, or for consumers to BYOW!
1. Chateau de Rully Blanc 2004 (+46714, $27.45 retail, on your wine
card for $42?) is ageing very well, some butter and light oak.
2. Dominus 2004 Napa (+63057, $90.95 retail, but on your wine card for
$99.99?) and its second wine, Dominus Estate Napanook 2004 Napa
(+63065, $39.95 retail but on your wine card for $55?) form an
interesting comparison. Both wines are ready to go now, but the
Napanook is slightly more accessible and does not need food.
3. Ridge Geyserville 2005 Sonoma (+723072, $47.75 retail, but on your
wine card for $62?) is largely zinfandel. Read Josh Raynolds notes in
the Vintages catalogue, and you won’t even have to drink the wine.
4. Rosemount Traditional Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot 2002
South Australia (+484097, $35.20 retail, but on your wine card for
$49?) is 82-10-8 in percentages, very mellow and ready now.
re: Dean Tudor
I had the St. Hallett Semillion-Sauv Blanc at Cowbell. The server recommended it to go along with their beef pot pie. I was skeptical at first...as someone still rather new to intentional food and wine pairings, I didn't think white wine would go with beef. I'm so glad I decided to trust him because it was seriously the most gorgeous food-wine pairing I've ever had. Every combined mouthful was so delcious...I can't fully remember the exact flavours now, but it was a revelation! Now I know what a good match can do...:)
gotta agree with jay on the perrin et fils, they have been releasing great vintages this past year and although i think they need some good cellaring it's well worth the $$$.
i gotta bigup the 2004 zolo cab-sauv reserve, argentina. i think it comes in somewhere in or around $17 and is well worth it. approach it right now without hesitation, well structured and full of big blackberry and huge big boy tannins.