LTO – 2014 October

LIMITED TIME OFFER: October 13th to November 9th 2014

 

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

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

SAUVIGNON BLANC
Naked Grape Sauvignon Blanc
Canada | NOW $8.95 WAS $9.95 | LCBO# 665224
Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc
Chile | NOW $11.45 WAS $12.95 | LCBO# 367748
Amaral Sauvignon Blanc
Chile | NOW $11.85 WAS $13.85 | LCBO# 367292
Las Mulas Organic Sauvignon Blanc Reserve
Chile | NOW $11.95 WAS $12.95 | LCBO# 272609
Sawmill Creek Sauvignon Blanc
Canada | NOW $13.95 WAS $16.00 | LCBO# 313262
The 2013 Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc has intense aromas of pineapple, lychee, zest and gooseberry. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry/dry, fruity wine; with crisp, refreshing acidity and a clean finish of medium length. Though food friendly, this wine is quite enjoyable on its own; drink now – 2018+. My impression: NICE to BEAUTIFUL, 89 pts – recommended for its quality and value. Tasted Jan/14 at dinner at Rosewater Supper Club tasting Villa Maria wines with winemaker Josh Hammond http://grapeselections.com/villa-maria-dinner/
Score 89 |New Zealand | NOW $14.95 WAS $16.95 | LCBO# 426601
PINOT GRIGIO
Cavit Collection Pinot Grigio delle Venezie IGT
Italy | NOW $10.95 WAS $12.95 | LCBO# 99218
Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio
Italy | NOW $12.95 WAS $13.95 | LCBO# 302380
Henry Of Pelham Pinot Grigio VQA
Canada | NOW $13.95 WAS $14.95 | LCBO# 250217
French Cross Pinot Grigio Bag in Box
Canada | NOW $37.95 WAS $40.95 | LCBO# 669465
PINOT GRIS
Kate Radburnd Sun Kissed Pinot Gris
New Zealand | NOW $14.45 WAS $15.95 | LCBO# 359000
GEWURZTRAMINER
Pelee Island Gewurztraminer
Canada | NOW $10.45 WAS $11.95 | LCBO# 135970
RIESLING
Copper Moon Riesling
Canada | NOW $8.95 WAS $9.95 | LCBO# 224295
Inniskillin Dry Riesling VQA
Canada | NOW $9.95 WAS $11.95 | LCBO# 83790
Pelee Island Lighthouse Riesling VQA
Canada | NOW $10.95 WAS $11.95 | LCBO# 145417
Relax Riesling
Germany | NOW $10.95 WAS $11.95 | LCBO# 621888
Konzelmann Riesling VQA
Canada | NOW $11.15 WAS $12.15 | LCBO# 200501
Sprucewood Shores Riesling VQA
Canada | NOW $12.95 WAS $13.95 | LCBO# 326249
VIDAL
Jackson-Triggs Vidal
Canada | NOW $7.95 WAS $8.95 | LCBO# 346841
Sandbanks Estate Dunes Vidal VQA
Canada | NOW $11.95 WAS $12.95 | LCBO# 110031
CHARDONNAY
Woodbridge By Robert Mondavi Chardonnay
USA | NOW $9.95 WAS $11.95 | LCBO# 99408
Pelee Island Chardonnay VQA
Canada | NOW $9.95 WAS $10.95 | LCBO# 136044
Jackson-Triggs Black Series Chardonnay VQA
Canada | NOW $9.95 WAS $11.95 | LCBO# 526251
The Empress Unoaked Chardonnay VQA
Canada | NOW $11.95 WAS $12.95 | LCBO# 346791
The 2012 Trius Chardonnay, sourced from mixed vineyards; has pleasing aromas of lemon, pear and vanilla. It is a medium bodied, dry, fruity to integrated wine; with good acidity and a medium to long finish. This is a food friendly and sipping wine; drink for the next 3-5+ years (cork enclosure). My impression: NICE, 88-89 pts. Tasted in Jul/14 at ‘Barrels & Bonfires (i4C 2014)’ http://grapeselections.com/i4c-2014/.
Score 88-89 |Canada | NOW $12.95 WAS $13.95 | LCBO# 497248
Naked Grape Chardonnay
Canada | NOW $32.95 WAS $35.95 | LCBO# 32938
TRADITIONAL
Bouchard Père & Fils Macon-Lugny Saint-Pierre
France | NOW $15.00 WAS $16.50 | LCBO# 51573
BLENDS
Pelee Island Blanc de Blanc Vidal Chardonnay VQA
Canada | NOW $9.45 WAS $10.95 | LCBO# 276170
Fabiano La Calvisana Custoza Superiore
Italy | NOW $9.95 WAS $10.95 | LCBO# 339341
XOXO Pinot Grigio Chardonnay
Canada | NOW $15.95 WAS $17.95 | LCBO# 132506
Colio Dry White Bag in Box
Canada | NOW $29.95 WAS $31.95 | LCBO# 306001
Sawmill Creek Pinot Grigio Chardonnay Bag in Box
Canada | NOW $36.95 WAS $39.95 | LCBO# 247007

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

PINOT NOIR
Philippe de Rothschild Pinot Noir VdP
France | NOW $10.45 WAS $11.95 | LCBO# 628289
Leyda Reserva Pinot Noir
Chile | NOW $11.50 WAS $12.50 | LCBO# 358929
Errazuriz Estate Pinot Noir
Chile | NOW $11.95 WAS $13.95 | LCBO# 226696
Henry Of Pelham Pinot Noir VQA
Canada | NOW $15.95 WAS $16.95 | LCBO# 13904
CABERNET FRANC
Pelee Island Cabernet Franc VQA
Canada | NOW $10.95 WAS $11.95 | LCBO# 433714
NEBBIOLO
Ascheri Barolo
Italy | NOW $32.25 WAS $35.25 | LCBO# 341107
MERLOT
Black Cellar Merlot
Canada | NOW $8.95 WAS $10.95 | LCBO# 387167
Woodbridge By Robert Mondavi Merlot
USA | NOW $10.95 WAS $12.95 | LCBO# 494492
La Chasse Merlot Vin de France
France | NOW $10.95 WAS $12.95 | LCBO# 333971
Jackson-Triggs Black Series Merlot VQA
Canada | NOW $11.95 WAS $13.95 | LCBO# 109959
Pelee Island Time Semi Sweet Merlot VQA
Canada | NOW $11.95 WAS $12.95 | LCBO# 342279
Adobe Reserva Merlot Organic
Chile | NOW $11.95 WAS $12.95 | LCBO# 322024
Fetzer Merlot
USA | NOW $12.45 WAS $13.95 | LCBO# 341131
Sawmill Creek Merlot
Canada | NOW $13.95 WAS $16.00 | LCBO# 373191
Wayne Gretzky Merlot VQA
Canada | NOW $14.95 WAS $15.95 | LCBO# 63966
Jackson-Triggs Merlot Bag in Box
Canada | NOW $39.95 WAS $42.95 | LCBO# 270892
CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Casillero del Diablo Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Chile | NOW $12.95 WAS $13.95 | LCBO# 278416
Wyndham Est Bin 444 Cabernet Sauvignon
Australia | NOW $14.45 WAS $15.95 | LCBO# 110486
Beringer Founders’ Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
USA | NOW $15.95 WAS $17.95 | LCBO# 534263
French Cross Cabernet Sauvignon
Canada | NOW $36.95 WAS $39.95 | LCBO# 331371
TEMPRANILLO
Radio Boka Tempranillo, Valencia
Spain | NOW $9.65 WAS $10.65 | LCBO# 376145
Castillo de Almansa Reserva, Almansa
Spain | NOW $10.95 WAS $11.95 | LCBO# 270363
Torres Infinite, Catalunya
Spain | NOW $10.95 WAS $12.95 | LCBO# 231795
Montecillo Crianza Rioja
Spain | NOW $12.95 WAS $14.95 | LCBO# 144493
CARMENERE
Carmen Reserva Carmenere
Chile | NOW $10.45 WAS $11.45 | LCBO# 169052
An older vintage: The 2010 Santa Carolina Carmenère Reserva, aged in French oak for 8 months, is a medium to full bodied, fruity to integrated wine with nice aromas of prune, coffee bean and smoke. The tannins are refined (decant for 15 to 30 min) and the finish is medium. It is ready to drink now and for the next 5 years. My impression: NICE, 88 pts – great buy for $12. Tasted Sept/11.
Score 88 |Chile | NOW $10.95 WAS $12.95 | LCBO# 57133
Root 1 Carmenere Colchagua
Chile | NOW $11.80 WAS $12.80 | LCBO# 350546
SYRAH/SHIRAZ
Jackson-Triggs Shiraz
Canada | NOW $8.95 WAS $9.95 | LCBO# 637710
Cusumano Syrah IGT
Italy | NOW $10.45 WAS $11.95 | LCBO# 145490
Konzelmann Shiraz VQA
Canada | NOW $12.80 WAS $13.80 | LCBO# 144857
Peninsula Ridge Shiraz VQA
Canada | NOW $12.95 WAS $14.95 | LCBO# 70052
Wolf Blass Yellow Label Shiraz
Australia | NOW $13.95 WAS $16.95 | LCBO# 506691
The 2012 Nugan Estate Alfredo Second Pass Shiraz, was pressed onto the pomace & lees of “Alfredo” grape Shiraz after fermentation and then matured in French and American Oak for 12 months, has rich notes of blackberry, vanilla and wood on the nose and black cherry, blackberry, prune and light vanilla on the palate. It is a medium bodied, dry, fruity wine; with checked acidity, refined tannins (decant for 15+ min) and a long, lightly metallic finish. This is a food friendly or party favourite wine; drink now and for the next 2-3 years (screw cap enclosure). My impression: NOTHING SPECIAL, 87 pts.
Score 87 |Australia | NOW $13.95 WAS $15.95 | LCBO# 368811
MONASTREL


The 2009 Bodegas Castaño Hécula Monastrell, aged in oak for 6 months, is a medium bodied, fruity wine, with intense aromas of fresh dates, cranberry and oak. It has a nice food friendly acidity, refined tannins (decant for 15 min) and a medium to long finish. It is good to drink now or can be cellared for the next 5 years – it has en evolution potential of +1 pt; as aforementioned, this is a food friendly wine. My impression: NICE, 89 pts – used to cost $15, for this price buy-by-a-case before they are all gone. Tasted Dec/12.

Score 89 |Spain | NOW $10.70 WAS $11.70 | LCBO# 300673
ZINFANDEL
Cline Zinfandel
USA | NOW $12.85 WAS $13.85 | LCBO# 489278
GAMAY NOIR
Pisse-Dru Beaujolais
France | NOW $11.95 WAS $12.95 | LCBO# 2881
BACO NOIR
Pelee Island Baco Noir VQA
Canada | NOW $10.45 WAS $11.95 | LCBO# 485128
TRADITIONAL
Labet Cotes du Rhone Rouge AOC
France | NOW $11.95 WAS $12.95 | LCBO# 630657
Angel By Giorgio & Gianni Nero d’Avola Organic
Italy | NOW $9.75 WAS $10.75 | LCBO# 254888
Gabbiano Chianti DOCG
Italy | NOW $11.95 WAS $13.95 | LCBO# 78006
Pasqua Villa Borghetti Passimento Rosso
Italy | NOW $12.50 WAS $15.50 | LCBO# 141952
Ruffino Chianti
Italy | NOW $12.95 WAS $14.95 | LCBO# 1743
Rocca Delle Macie Chianti Vernaiolo DOCG
Italy | NOW $13.45 WAS $14.95 | LCBO# 269589
Illuminati Riparosso Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC
Italy | NOW $14.30 WAS $14.40 | LCBO# 269985
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 88-89 |Italy | NOW $15.95 WAS $16.95 | LCBO# 267070
Villa Antinori Toscana IGT
Italy | NOW $21.90 WAS $24.90 | LCBO# 53876
Rated previous vintage: The 2009 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale that is composed of 80% Sangiovese with rest made up of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot was aged in French Oak for 24 months. This wine has intense aromas of earthy cherry, leather, subtle cedar and clove on the nose and yeasty pomegranate, red currant, cherry and wood on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine; with forward acidity, refined tannins (decant for 15-30 min) and a medium finish. It is food friendly; drink now – 2018. My impression: NICE, 88 pts. Tasted at ‘Taste Italy 2013’ http://grapeselections.com/taste-italy-2013/ in Nov/13.
Score 88 |Italy | NOW $22.45 WAS $24.95 | LCBO# 45195
BLENDS
Pelee Island Shiraz Cabernet
Canada | NOW $8.95 WAS $9.95 | LCBO# 637199
Candy Apple Red
Canada | NOW $8.95 WAS $9.95 | LCBO# 371849
French Cross Cabernet Merlot
Canada | NOW $9.95 WAS $10.95 | LCBO# 16345
J.P. Chenet Cabernet Syrah
France | NOW $9.95 WAS $10.95 | LCBO# 90472
The Pavillion Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon
South Africa | NOW $9.95 WAS $11.95 | LCBO# 222299
Montes Twins
Chile | NOW $11.85 WAS $12.85 | LCBO# 352054
Fuzion Organic Malbec Cabernet
Argentina | NOW $11.95 WAS $12.95 | LCBO# 127456
Inniskillin Cabernet Merlot VQA
Canada | NOW $12.95 WAS $14.95 | LCBO# 627166
Epica Red
Chile | NOW $12.95 WAS $14.95 | LCBO# 350520
Bricklayer’s Predicament Cabernet-Merlot
Canada | NOW $12.95 WAS $14.95 | LCBO# 371575
d’Arenberg The Stump Jump Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvèdre
Australia | NOW $13.95 WAS $14.95 | LCBO# 173294
Apothic Red
USA | NOW $13.95 WAS $15.95 | LCBO# 234369
Vin Parfait Red
Australia | NOW $13.95 WAS $15.95 | LCBO# 350512
The 2013 Trapiche Extravaganza, composed of 55% Malbec, 35% Bonarda and 10% Syrah that briefly saw French Oak, has intense notes of vanillin, oak, black cherry and blackberry on the nose and black cherry and sweet vanilla on the palate. It is a medium to full bodied, off-dry, fruity wine; with forward acidity, grippy tannins and a medium to long finish that tends to gum up the palate. This is an easy-drinking party wine that goes down better with food; drink short term (composite cork enclosure). Rated 85 pts.
Score 85 |Argentina | NOW $13.95 WAS $15.95 | LCBO# 360776
Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet
Australia | NOW $14.95 WAS $16.95 | LCBO# 285544

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

Voga Moscato Frizzante IGT
Italy | NOW $14.65 WAS $14.70 | LCBO# 267781
Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut
Spain | NOW $12.95 WAS $13.95 | LCBO# 216945
Santa Julia Organic Brut Sparkling
Argentina | NOW $13.85 WAS $14.85 | LCBO# 314237
De Chanceny Cremant de Loire Rose Brut
France | NOW $17.00 WAS $19.00 | LCBO# 211466
Sandeman Ruby Port
Portugal | NOW $14.45 WAS $15.45 | LCBO# 23366

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

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

Baron Herzog Sauvignon Blanc KPM
USA | NOW $17.65 WAS $17.90 | VINTAGES# 898684

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

Cathedral Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon (V)
South Africa | NOW $13.95 WAS $15.95 | VINTAGES# 328567
Tasted previous vintage: The 2007 Bodegas Lan Crianza is a light bodied, fruity to integrated wine, with notes of red currant, coconut, vanilla and oak. Tannins are subtle to refined (decant for 30 min) and the finish is medium. Drink now and for the next 2 years. My impression: NICE, 88 pts. Tasted Feb/12.
Score 88 |Spain | NOW $14.95 WAS $15.95 | VINTAGES# 166538
Ravenswood Vintners Blend Old Vine Zinfandel (V)
USA | NOW $15.95 WAS $17.95 | VINTAGES# 359257
Rated Previous Vintage: The 2009 Sella & Mosca Riserva Cannonau Di Sardegna has intense aromas of dried cherry and wood on the nose and cranberry, red currant and dried cherry on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, integrated wine; with forward acidity, refined tannins and a medium to long, woody finish. It is food friendly or can be enjoyed by itself; drink now – 2016+. My impression: NICE to BEAUTIFUL, 89 pts. Tasted Nov/13.
Score 89 |Italy | NOW $15.95 WAS $17.95 | VINTAGES# 425488
Kilikanoon Killerman’s Run Shiraz (V)
Australia | NOW $17.95 WAS $19.95 | VINTAGES# 925453
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.
Score 89 |USA | NOW $17.95 WAS $19.95 | VINTAGES# 342428
Catena Malbec (V)
Argentina | NOW $18.45 WAS $19.95 | VINTAGES# 478727
Chanson Père & Fils Le Bourgogne Pinot Noir (V)
France | NOW $19.95 WAS $21.95 | VINTAGES# 50575
Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Sauvignon (V)
Canada | NOW $20.95 WAS $22.95 | VINTAGES# 193573
Mission Hill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (V)
Canada | NOW $22.95 WAS $24.95 | VINTAGES# 553321
Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore
Italy | NOW $23.95 WAS $25.95 | VINTAGES# 479766
Rated previous vintage: These always deliver especially when aged for 5 years+ Rated older vintage: The 2008 Sterling Vineyards Merlot is a medium bodied, FRUITY to integrated wine, with nice aromas of blackberry, black cherry, smoke and wood. It has a nice acidity, tannins that are refined to tannic (decant for 15 to 30 min) and a long finish. It will be at its best from 2013/14-2018. My impression: NICE to BEAUTIFUL, 89.5 pts. Tasted Dec/11
Score 90 |USA | NOW $24.95 WAS $27.95 | VINTAGES# 330241
The 2008 Marchesi De’ Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino, composed of 100% Sangiovese that was aged in French Oak for 36 months, has intense aromas of cigar box, pine, faint leather, dried cherry and pomegranate on the nose and dried cherry and cigar box on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, integrated wine; balanced with good, mouthwatering acidity, drying tannins (decant for 30-60 min) and a long and silky finish. Enjoy on-its-own; drink now to 2020. My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 92 pts – recommended for its quality and value. Tasted at ‘Taste Italy 2013’ http://grapeselections.com/taste-italy-2013/ in Nov/13.
Score 92 |Italy | NOW $44.95 WAS $49.95 | VINTAGES# 650432

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

The Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny Port has intense aromas of stewed prune, plum and roasted walnuts. It is a full bodied, sweet, integrated to aged port; with good acidity, and a medium to long finish. Drink as a desert; drink now – 2020. My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 92 pts – recommended for its quality and value. Tasted in September 2013 at iYellow’s Taylor Fladgate Port Party http://grapeselections.com/port-and-werewolves/
Score 92 |Portugal | NOW $29.95 WAS $34.95 | VINTAGES# 121749

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