Domaine du Vieux Lazaret Châteauneuf-du-Pape

LCBO#: 957266
Price: $67.75
Made in: Rhône, France
By: Vignobles Jerome Quiot
Year: 2007

This French wine came in a nice wooden box with some safety packaging hay inside. Pours a purple red colour and the aromas are a beautiful bouquet of fruits (plums, cherries, and other berries). Also notes of leather, caramel and tobacco. The taste has some nice sharp bite of bitterness with all of the fruits and the smokey leaf. Decent tannins and dryness in the finish. Some yeasty tart lingers leaving a mild nutty flavour. Quite a nice red wine that has loads of fruity notes and tobacco.

Rating: 4.3/5

Vouvray Domaine du Clos de l’Epinay

20131103-165850.jpgLCBO#: 298398
Price: $20.95
Made in: Loire, France
By: Domaine du Clos De l’Epinay

This French sparkling is on the sour side at first pour. The first sip is quite sour with citrus notes, but it all calms down after that. Lots of different apples seem to take over in all departments. A certain sweetness, like sugar, comes in the nose. The taste is a mix of red apples with a few green ones and hints of citrus fruits. A little yeast appears in the finish, which is pretty quick. A decent bubbly, but not worth the price overall. For those who like the apples. Just wish the good taste would linger longer.

Rating: 3.8/5

Duran Gran Reserva Brut 2007

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Price: $16.95
Made in: Spain
By: Ramon Canals Canals

This Spanish Sparkling is a blend of Xarel-Lo, Macabea, Parallada, Charbonnay grapes and aged on lees for 36 months. Big creamy-looking head with lots of apple aromas. Smell calms down. Taste starts off with a little sourness, then some wood shows up with the grapes finishing on hints of yeast that lingers. Not too bad, but still lacking some “umph” and not as well blended with all of those grape varieties.

Ratings: 3.2/5

Jackson-Triggs Cabernet Franc Icewine


Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Jackson-Triggs winery

Got this gem at the Jackson-Triggs winery on our tour there. This 2007 red Icewine shows a clean pink-red colour, looking like clear strawberry juice. Sweet aromas of berries and mild honey. The mouthfeel is a nicely coated tongues, but not too syrupy. The same is found in the taste as the scent. Sweet, but not too much to kill the flavours of strawberries and light honey, with notes of plums. This is quite the dessert wine, and quite a treat. Highly recommended.

Rating: 4.3/5