LTO – 2014 January

LIMITED TIME OFFER: January 6th to February 2nd 2014.

 

 

~~~~~ GENERAL SECTION ON SALE~~~~~

~~~~~ The Whites ~~~~~

SAUVIGNON BLANC
French Cross Sauvignon Blanc
Canada | 4000 mL | Now: $ 34.95 | Save: $ 4.00 | LCBO 623322
Jackson-Triggs Sauvignon Blanc Bag In Box
Canada | 4000 mL | Now: $ 37.95 | Save: $ 3.00 | LCBO 270942
PINOT GRIGIO
G. Marquis Pinot Grigio The Red Line Vqa
Canada | 750 mL | Now: $ 10.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 276501
Francois Lurton Pinot Grigio
Argentina | 750 mL | Now: $ 11.45 | Save: $ 1.50 | LCBO 556746
Montevina Pinot Grigio
USA | 750 mL | Now: $ 11.95 | Save: $ 3.00 | LCBO 237750
Three Thieves Bandit P Grigio
USA | 1000 mL | Now: $ 11.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 622019
Folonari Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie Igt
Italy | 750 mL | Now: $ 12.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 229542
Mirassou Pinot Grigio
USA | 750 mL | Now: $ 12.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 274480
Voga Pinot Grigio Igt
Italy | 750 mL | Now: $ 13.50 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 669226
Graffigna Centenario Pinot Grigio Reserva
Argentina | 1500 mL | Now: $ 21.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 277681
Blu Giovello Pinot Grigio
Italy | 1500 mL | Now: $ 22.00 | Save: $ 3.00 | LCBO 669085
Copper Moon Pinot Grigio Bag In Box
Canada | 4000 mL | Now: $ 37.95 | Save: $ 4.00 | LCBO 350942
Jackson-Triggs Pinot Grigio Bag In Box
Canada | 4000 mL | Now: $ 39.95 | Save: $ 3.00 | LCBO 270959
VIDAL
Pelee Pebbles Vidal Hibernal
Canada | 750 mL | Now: $ 8.45 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 270173
MOSCATO
Jacob’S Creek Moscato
Australia | 750 mL | Now: $ 9.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 265157
Voga Moscato Frizzante Igt
Italy | 750 mL | Now: $ 13.15 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 267781
CHARDONNAY
Naked Grape Chardonnay
Canada | 750 mL | Now: $ 8.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 665232
Jackson-Triggs Chardonnay
Canada | 750 mL | Now: $ 9.05 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 328518
Panul Chardonnay
Chile | 750 mL | Now: $ 9.80 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 325480
Skinnygrape Chardonnay
Canada | 750 mL | Now: $ 10.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 283812
Inniskillin Unoaked Chardonnay Vqa
Canada | 750 mL | Now: $ 11.45 | Save: $ 1.50 | LCBO 66266
Mcwilliam’S Hanwood Est Chardonnay
Australia | 750 mL | Now: $ 12.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 557934
Pelee Island Chardonnay Vqa
Canada | 1500 mL | Now: $ 15.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 393751
TRADITIONAL
Citra Trebbiano D’Abruzzo Doc
Italy | 1500 mL | Now: $ 12.00 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 79046
Domaine D’Or White
Canada | 4000 mL | Now: $ 30.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 106179
BLENDS
Pelee Island Blanc De Blanc Vidal Riesling Vqa
Canada | 750 mL | Now: $ 9.45 | Save: $ 1.50 | LCBO 276170
Pelee Island Gewurztraminer Riesling Vqa Umbrella
Canada | 750 mL | Now: $ 9.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 109991
Crush White/Pinot Grigio Chardonnay Vqa
Canada | 750 mL | Now: $ 10.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 234310
Van Loveren Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay
South Africa | 750 mL | Now: $ 10.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 294280
Pelee Island Passage White
Canada | 1500 mL | Now: $ 12.45 | Save: $ 1.50 | LCBO 229575
Shingle Haycutters Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Australia | 750 mL | Now: $ 13.80 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 207365
French Cross Dry White
Canada | 1500 mL | Now: $ 13.95 | Save: $ 2.05 | LCBO 289835
Xoxo Pinot Grigio/Chardonnay
Canada | 1500 mL | Now: $ 15.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 132506

 

 

~~~~~ The Reds ~~~~~

PINOT NOIR
Pelee Island Pinot Noir
Canada | 750 mL | Now: $ 9.45 | Save: $ 1.50 | LCBO 45617
CABERNET FRANC
Chateau Des Charmes Cab Franc Est Bottled Vqa
Canada | 750 mL | Now: $ 12.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 162602
MERLOT
Woodbridge By Robert Mondavi Merlot
USA | 750 mL | Now: $ 10.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 494492
G. Marquis Merlot The Red Line Vqa
Canada | 750 mL | Now: $ 11.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 274662
Jackson-Triggs Merlot Bag In Box
Canada | 4000 mL | Now: $ 38.95 | Save: $ 3.00 | LCBO 270892
CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Pelee Island Cabernet Sauvignon
Canada | 750 mL | Now: $ 8.40 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 326421
Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon
South Africa | 750 mL | Now: $ 9.45 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 111526
Pknt Cabernet Sauvignon
Chile | 750 mL | Now: $ 9.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 191866
Errazuriz Cabernet Sauvignon
Chile | 750 mL | Now: $ 11.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 262717
House Wine Co. Baco Cabernet Sauvignon Vqa
Canada | 750 mL | Now: $ 11.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 279521
Alvar Cabernet Sauvignon Vqa
Canada | 750 mL | Now: $ 12.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 214957
Cono Sur Cab Sauvignon Shiraz
Chile | 1500 mL | Now: $ 12.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 620674
Tic Tok Pocketwatch Cabernet Sauvignon
Australia | 750 mL | Now: $ 13.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 187179
Mitolo Junior Cabernet
Australia | 750 mL | Now: $ 14.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 292441
Not the current vintage, but this is my rating for previous vintage: The 2009 Red Knot Mclaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon has medium body, it is un-aromatic with fruity notes of strawberry on the palate. Tannins are subtle to refined (decant for 15 min) and the finish is medium. The enclosure is plastic setting the aging potential to only 1 to 2 years. My impression: NOTHING SPECIAL, 85 pts – quite an expensive buy for the steep $18. Tasted Apr/11.
Score 85 | Australia | 750 mL | Now: $ 15.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 91702
May not the current vintage, but this is my rating for previous vintage: The 2010 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from the Sonoma County, has intense aromas of blackberry, black currant, toasted oak, coconut and vanilla. It is medium bodied, integrated, has good acidity and refined tannins (decant for 15 min), and a long silky finish. It is food friendly; drink now to 2018. My impression: NICE, 89 pts – recommended based on quality/value ratio. Tasted March/13.
Score 89 | USA | 750 mL | Now: $ 16.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 292151
TEMPRANILLO
Ebeia Roble Ribera Del Duero Do
Spain | 750 mL | Now: $ 12.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 307710
Not the current vintage, but this is my rating for previous vintage: The 2007 Montecillo Reserva is a light to medium bodied, integrated wine, with intense aromas of sour cherry, creamy oak, coconut and vanilla. It has subtle to refined tannins (decant for 15 min), good acidity and a long and smooth finish. It is food friendly or can be sipped by itself; drink now – 2016. My impression: NICE to BEAUTIFUL, 89 pts – well priced when on sale; recommended buy. Tasted Jan/13.
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The 2006 Montecillo Reserva from the general section is medium bodied, with nice aromas of integrated raspberry, coconut, oak and black pepper and vanilla spices. Tannins are refined (decant for 15 to 30 min) and the finish is long and smooth and silky. It is at its prime and should retain its complexity for another 5 years. My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 91 pts – a well crafted wine that I would highly recommend. Tasted Jan/11.
Score 89 | Spain | 750 mL | Now: $ 16.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 621003
Recent tasting of the 2010 vintage was quite pleasant – 88 pts (dont’ have complete notes). This wine usually overdelivers.
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The 2009 Castillo De Almansa Reserva is made of undisclosed proportions of Tempranillo, Monastrell and Garnacha that was aged in oak for 12 months. It has raspberry yogurt, toasted oak and vanilla notes. It is an extra-dry, medium bodied, fruity wine; although having a medium to long finish; it is quite unbalanced with tart acidity and noticeable tannins. Aging would help this wine, if it weren’t for the screw cap enclosure lessening its aging potential (first vintage in screw cap). Pair this wine with salty and meaty dishes. My impression: NOTHING SPECIAL, 85 pts – usually this wine outperforms others in its price bracket. Tasted April/13 at WineAlign Cru tasting.
Score 88 | Spain | 1500 mL | Now: $ 17.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 649749
CARMENERE
SYRAH/SHIRAZ
Jackson-Triggs Shiraz
Canada | 750 mL | Now: $ 8.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 637710
Cusumano Syrah Igt
Italy | 750 mL | Now: $ 9.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 145490
Not the current vintage, but this is my rating for previous vintage: The 2008 Wyndham Bin 555 Shiraz is full bodied, with fruity notes of black cherry, prune, cedar and coconut. Tannins are subtle to refined (decant for 15 min) and the finish is medium. The enclosure is a screw cap, hence I don’t recommend conventional cellaring, but can last up to 5 years if standing. My impression: NOTHING SPECIAL to NICE, 88 pts – worthwhile when on sale. Tasted Nov/10.
Score 88 | Australia | 750 mL | Now: $ 13.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 189415
Yellow Tail Reserve Shiraz
Australia | 750 mL | Now: $ 13.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 234609
Wolf Blass Shiraz
Australia | 750 mL | Now: $ 14.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 506691
Are You Game Shiraz
Australia | 750 mL | Now: $ 15.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 327320
Peter Lehmann Barossa Shiraz
Australia | 750 mL | Now: $ 17.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 572875
ZINFANDEL
Dancing Bull Zinfandel
USA | 750 mL | Now: $ 12.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 669499
GAMAY NOIR
Cave Spring Gamay Vqa
Canada | 750 mL | Now: $ 13.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 228569
TRADITIONAL
Alianca Vinho Verde
Portugal | 750 mL | Now: $ 7.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 75663
Dos Amigos Tinto Red
Canada | 3000 mL | Now: $ 22.95 | Save: $ 3.00 | LCBO 218891
Cusumano Nero D’Avola
Italy | 750 mL | Now: $ 9.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 143164
Bolla Valpolicella
Italy | 750 mL | Now: $ 10.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 16840
Frescobaldi Remole Toscana Igt
Italy | 750 mL | Now: $ 11.45 | Save: $ 1.50 | LCBO 105429
Citra Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Doc
Italy | 1500 mL | Now: $ 12.00 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 78840
I don’t have complete tasting notes, but I recently tried the 2012 vintage and found it to be quite manipulated as far as oak intensity, vanilla and coconut. ~86 pts. I’ve had a prior vintage and found it to be quite pleasant, especially at the price. Conclusion – try a bottle with an expectation to be more vanilla/oak than fruit.
Score 86 | Italy | 750 mL | Now: $ 12.45 | Save: $ 1.50 | LCBO 253831
Enzo Vincenzo Valpolicella Ripasso Doc
Italy | 750 mL | Now: $ 13.10 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 194118
May not be the current vintage, but this is my rating for the previous vintage: The 2010 Zonin Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore is a medium bodied, fruity wine, with intense aromas of dried prune, dates, black cherry and oak on the nose and blueberry and vanilla on the palate. It has a nice acidity, subtle to refined tannins (decant for 30-60 min) and the finish is medium to long and smooth. It is food friendly and is enjoyable by itself, drink now-2018. My impression: NICE to BEAUTIFUL, 90 pts – recommended buy – nice treat from the General section. Tasted Nov/12.
Score 90 | Italy | 750 mL | Now: $ 13.95 | Save: $ 3.00 | LCBO 170142
The 2011 Tommasi Il Sestante Ripasso Superiore has intense aromas of pine and slightly stewed black cherry and blackberry. It is a medium to full bodied, dry, fruity wine; with forward acidity, refined tannins (decant for 15-30 min) and a smooth finish of medium length. Drink with food or sip on its own; drink now – 2018. My impression: NICE, 88-89 pts. Tasted Nov/13.
Score 89 | Italy | 750 mL | Now: $ 15.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 267070
Zonin Amarone Della Valpolicella Doc
Italy | 750 mL | Now: $ 31.00 | Save: $ 6.00 | LCBO 266684
BLENDS
Two Oceans Cab Sauv/Merlot
South Africa | 750 mL | Now: $ 8.25 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 340398
Pelee Pebbles Baco-Gamay-Zweigelt
Canada | 750 mL | Now: $ 8.45 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 270157
20 Bees Cabernet Merlot Vqa
Canada | 750 mL | Now: $ 8.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 6395
The Beachhouse Red
South Africa | 750 mL | Now: $ 8.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 223453
Pelee Island Eco Trail Vqa
Canada | 750 mL | Now: $ 9.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 612465
Dare Red Vqa
Canada | 750 mL | Now: $ 11.45 | Save: $ 1.50 | LCBO 213967
Kitchen Sink California Red
USA | 750 mL | Now: $ 11.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 292185
Konzelmann Canada Red Vqa
Canada | 750 mL | Now: $ 11.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 125260
Urban Uco Malbec-Tempranillo
Argentina | 750 mL | Now: $ 12.45 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 308254
The Underdog Wine Red Vqa
Canada | 750 mL | Now: $ 12.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 248484
Pillar Box Red
Australia | 750 mL | Now: $ 13.90 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 350447
Rosehall Run Sz Red Vqa
Canada | 750 mL | Now: $ 13.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 114686
Vin Parfait Red
Australia | 750 mL | Now: $ 13.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 350512
Villa Maria Private Bin Merlot Cab Sauv
New Zealand | 750 mL | Now: $ 14.45 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 310300
Tempus Two Cabernet Merlot
Australia | 750 mL | Now: $ 14.90 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 308197
French Cross Cabernet Merlot
Canada | 1500 mL | Now: $ 14.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 607903
Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz/Cabernet
Australia | 750 mL | Now: $ 14.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 285544
Creekside Cabernet Shiraz Vqa
Canada | 750 mL | Now: $ 15.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 305300
Pelee Island Shiraz Cabernet
Canada | 1500 mL | Now: $ 16.45 | Save: $ 1.50 | LCBO 637207

 

 

~~~~~ The Roses, Sweets, Sparklers, Fortifieds and Brandys~~~~~

Pelee Island Rouge
Canada | 1500 mL | Now: $ 12.45 | Save: $ 1.50 | LCBO 166637
Mumm Cuvee Napa Brut Prestige
USA | 750 mL | Now: $ 23.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 217273
Sandeman Lbv Port
Portugal | 750 mL | Now: $ 14.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 195974
E&J Xo Brandy
USA | 750 mL | Now: $ 24.70 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 314286
Torres 5 Brandy
Spain | 750 mL | Now: $ 24.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | LCBO 313338
St Remy Xo Brandy
France | 750 mL | Now: $ 29.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | LCBO 557108
Raynal Xo 15 Years Old Brandy
France | 750 mL | Now: $ 32.95 | Save: $ 2.50 | LCBO 116103
Baron Otard Vsop Cognac
France | 750 mL | Now: $ 69.95 | Save: $ 5.00 | LCBO 36855
Remy Martin Vsop Cognac
France | 750 mL | Now: $ 79.95 | Save: $ 10.00 | LCBO 4101

 

 

~~~~~ VINTAGES ON SALE~~~~~

~~~~~ The Whites ~~~~~

Robert Mondavi Fumé Blanc 2011
USA | 750 mL | Now: $ 19.95 | Save: $ 3.00 | VINTAGES 221887
Bouchard Père & Fils Côte De Beaune-Villages 2011
France | 750 mL | Now: $ 22.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | VINTAGES 714998

 

 

~~~~~ The Reds ~~~~~

Kaiken Malbec (V)
Argentina | 750 mL | Now: $ 13.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | VINTAGES 58339
Koyle Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Chile | 750 mL | Now: $ 14.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | VINTAGES 256073
Rocca Delle Macìe Chianti Classico (V)
Italy | 750 mL | Now: $ 15.95 | Save: $ 3.00 | VINTAGES 741769
Pinot Noir Grand Reserve Q 2011
Chile | 750 mL | Now: $ 15.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | VINTAGES 325449
G. Marquis The Silver Line Pinot Noir
Canada | 750 mL | Now: $ 16.95 | Save: $ 3.00 | VINTAGES 258673
Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin Zinfandel 2011
USA | 750 mL | Now: $ 16.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | VINTAGES 678698
The 2008 Beronia Reserva has intense aromas of cherry, dark chocolate, toasted oak, coconut and vanilla. It has light to medium body, integrated, has refined tannins (decant for 15-30 min) and the finish is long. It is overpowered by toasted vanilla/oak without the support of the fruit – hence a sipper, or can be drunk with dominating foods; drink now – 2016. My impression: NICE to BEAUTIFUL, 89 pts – recommended buy for lovers of oak. Tasted Jan/13.
Score 89 | Spain | 750 mL | Now: $ 16.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | VINTAGES 50203
The 2011 Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon, harvested from organically grown grapes, has intense aromas of blackberry, stems, faint eucalyptus and oak + vanilla. It is a medium bodied, dry, fruity wine; with forward acidity, refined tannins and a medium to long, chalky, vanilla finish. Drink with food or bring to a party; drink now – 2018. My impression: NICE, 89 pts. Tasted Dec/13 at iYellow Cave.
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The 2010 Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon is a medium bodied, fruity to integrated wine, with intense aromas of red currant, pomegranate, violets/cedar and oak. Tannins are refined to tannic (decant for 1+ hours) and the finish is medium. It is food friendly; drink now-2017. My impression: NICE (once it opens up), 88 pts – correctly priced when on sale for $16. Tasted Jan/13.
Score 89 | USA | 750 mL | Now: $ 17.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | VINTAGES 342428
Mount Riley Pinot Noir 2011
New Zealand | 750 mL | Now: $ 18.95 | Save: $ 1.00 | VINTAGES 60137
The 2008 Muga Reserva has intense aromas of dusty cherry, pomegranate and cigar box. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, integrated wine, with balanced structure of good acidity and refined tannins (decant for 30 min), and a long finish that is not oak dominated. This wine is food friendly as well as a sipper. It is ready to drink now and shall be for the next 10+ years. My impression: NICE, 90 pts – recommended buy based on both quality and value. Tasted January/13.
Score 90 | Spain | 750 mL | Now: $ 21.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | VINTAGES 177345

 

 

~~~~~ The Roses, Sweets, Sparklers, Fortifieds and Brandys ~~~~~

Lakeview Cellars Vidal Icewine (V)
Canada | 200 mL | Now: $ 17.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | VINTAGES 522672
Seasons Vidal Icewine 2011
Canada | 375 mL | Now: $ 27.95 | Save: $ 2.00 | VINTAGES 359174

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