Santa Julia Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

LCBO#: 242370
Price: $13.95
Made in: Mendoza, Argentina
By: Bodega Santa Julia
Year: 2016

This red Argentinian wine which is part of their Reserve series has a bouquet of cherries in the nose. So, pretty sweet with berry notes. Some decent tannins come and balance things back. Not much sweetness in the taste, but hints of berries lingers. Gets better and better at every sip. Quite nice for a higher end wine, but in the affordable price.

Rating: 3.6/5

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Beringer Founders’ Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

LCBO#: 534263
Price: $18.05
Made in: California, USA
By: Beringer Vineyards
Year: 2015

A Californian Cabernet Sauvignon with sweet aromas of blackberries, plum, sugars and hints of vanilla. The flavours are on the sweet side as well, but not syrupy. More on the wet side with not much of a finish. With food though, the dryness comes out. Even some tannins. Nice cherries as well. Not bad for those who prefer the sweeter red wines that are easy to drink. Missing some punchiness for a Cabernet Sauvignon. And the tobacco and leather.

Rating: 3.2/5

Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon

LCBO#: 392647
Price: $17.95
Made in: California, USA
By: Carnivor Wines
Year: 2015

Big cherry aromas with hints of molasses, alcohol, leather, black and red licorice. The taste is smooth with flavours of red grapes, molasses. Not much wood felt in the mouth. Not much tannins. Kind of falls short in the finish. Easy to drink, but not one to grab a few bottles – even though the look of it is very nice. Classy. Edgy.

Rating: 3.2/5

Uprising

imageLCBO#: 428581
Price: $9.25
Made in: South Australia, Australia
By: Nugan Estate Pty.

Beautiful dark skull artsy label that caught our eye but then… nothing. Weak Cabernet Sauvignon overall. Alright, so after breathing an hour, I get some mild Cab aromas with leather, tobacco and the red grapes. The taste does not have much of this though. Earthy, but watery. Not well-balanced red grapes with some tart eventually. Maybe some tannins. Some sweetness, some bitterness (dryness). OK, so it gets a little better with time, and the price represents well the quality. Much better for a buck more.

Rating: 2.3/5

Peninsula Ridge Cabernet Merlot VQA

imageLCBO#: 261305
Price: $14.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery
Year: 2013

This red wine blend is composed of Cabernet and Merlot, and it shows in the red colour… being not as dark like Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet notes are present with tobacco and leather, but much milder. Lots of berries all around. Raspberries, cherries, blackberries, etc. Medium-light tannins and dryness. Goes down well and is nice with food. A pretty good blended red wine with a classy look.

Rating: 3.6/5

Beaulieu Vineyard Coastal Estates Cabernet Sauvignon

imageLCBO#: 569871
Price: $10.95
Made in: California, USA
By: Beaulieu Vineyard
Year: 2013

This Californian Cabernet Sauvignon smells like one, but a little milder with leather and berry notes. The taste is even milder, but not so watery. Some decent tannins in the finish. The grapes are felt, but not the typical punch in the mouth we are use to with this grape. Also, some vanilla is present, so not your typical Cab Sauvignon, but a decent red wine for the price to have with food.

Rating: 3.4/5

Luis Felipe Edwards Reserva Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon

imageLCBO#: 308189
Price: $13.90
Made in: Colchagua Valley, Chile
By: Vina Luis Felipe Edwards Ltda.
Year: 2013

Quite a classy looking label from a Chile winemaker. Aromas of berries from the Shiraz at first, then twirl the glass and out comes the Cabernet Sauvignon notes with leather and tobacco. The taste is a little milder, kind of watered-down, but still decent with more of the shiraz characteristics (plums, cherries). What helps is the vanilla from the oak ageing. Good enough tannins in the finish with a dryness that seems to get sharper as we progress. A good red wine, but just lacking a little something. A little more Sauvignon punch.

Rating: 3.4/5