Trapiche Reserve Malbec 2018

LCBO#: 614651
Price: $12.95
Made in: Mendoza, Argentina
By: Bodegas Trapiche

Another inexpensive Argentinian red wine, which we purchased the 1500ml bottle for $10 more than the 750ml bottle. Still, a nice classy label. The aromas of this one is where this one shines. Woodsy at first, but the cherry notes and hints of plums do come out. Even vanilla is felt with time. The mouthfeel is lightly dry with just a touch of tannins. Seems to get dryer with every sip though. Black cherry notes are tasted, but the flavours are milder. Does seem to taste better alone, than with food. Well done overall – a not pricy, lower sugar content Malbec (13.5% ABV).

Rating: 3.6/5

Tanqueray Malacca Gin

LCBO#: 570093
Price: $34.95
Made in: United Kingdom
By: Diageo PLC
ABV: 41.3%

Nice! An old recipe from 1830s by Charles Tanqueray. You can definitely smell the peppercorns over beautiful citrus base. Some nice spices to balance things, which are felt more in taste. Quite nice and different, with the pepper and clove notes. Almost a little soapy, but yes – being a peppercorn fan and spiciness, quite like this one.

Rating: 4/5

Château Saint-Germain Bordeaux Supérieure 2016

LCBO#: 152587
Price: $16.95
Made in: Bordeaux, France
By: J. Calvet & Cie
ABV: 14%

The name was why we chose this red wine, as it means something special to us. A beautiful Bordeaux that gives out plum aromas with some notes of leather, and a touch of warming alcohol. A decent dryness appears in the mouthfeel with light tart on the tongue. Decent tannins and bite, but does not stay as long as wanted. Plum taste as well blended with hints of cherries in the background. It does well all-around, but seems to lack something in the mouth. Maybe wish it would linger for a while.

Rating: 3.6/5

Toso Brut Chardonnay

LCBO#: 570390
Price: $15.75
Made in: Mendoza, Argentina
By: Pascual Toso
ABV: 12%

A Argentina Brut Sparkling found in the Vintages at the LCBO. Fruity aromas of mostly apples with some hints of pears and yeast. This yeast is what stays on the tongue in the finish. Light tart. Milder fruitiness with the apples giving some nicely blended sourness. This also linger a little. Slightly crisp, but the fact that the yeast is just a little too strong, and the fruity notes not. This does not make this one a good one, but just above average.

Rating: 2.8/5

Louis Bouillot Perle Noire Blanc de Noires Brut

LCBO#: 464776
Price: $16.95
Made in: France
By: Louis Bouillon
ABV: 11.5%

Had not done a sparkling review in a while, as summer was so busy. Found this French one at the LCBO, and thought this would be a nice start to fall 2019. Lots of apples in the nose, with mostly the green ones. Hints of yeast. This continues in the taste with a milder touch. Hints of honey, but not too sweet and definitely not syrupy. Lightly dry mouthfeel that makes this one go down nicely. Nothing out of bound, and would be very good on a warmer summer day.

Rating: 3.7/5

Bols Advocaat Egg Liquor

LCBO#: 8532
Price: $23.10
Made in: Amsterdam, Netherlands
By: Lucas Bols Amsterdam B.V.
ABV: 15%

This Dutch liquor is quite similar to eggnog. A very thick eggnog that is more eggs than cream. Warm deep yellow in colour with an orange hue. The nose shows some sweetness from the sugar and blended with the brandy, which gives a little alcohol nose warming. The taste shows the brandy a lot with the alcohol that lingers on the palate. The egg richness is there creaming things. Not as delicious to drink alone because of this, but does well in coffee. Pretty good liquid custard that seems to be popular to make Snowball drinks, or can be topped up with 7-up to make an orange creamsicle.

Barrel Heist Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Price: $6.99
Made in: Lodi, California
By: Barrel Heist Wines
ABV: 14.8%
Year: 2017

Found at Trader Joe’s in Burlington. Aged 4 months in Bourbon barrels, this Cabernet Sauvignon has a beautiful nose of dark fruits with plums, dried prunes, hints of cherries, vanilla, smokey wood and leather. Lots of tannins in the mouthfeel with some nice dryness. The taste shows a little caramel notes and the finish is very short. Some yeast lingers on the tongue. Some bitterness does appear with time, which helps a little. Other than that, smells nicely, but expecting much more from this aging.

Rating: 3.4/5