Jackson-Triggs Reserve Sparkling

LCBO#: 217679
Price: $15.95
Made in: Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario
By: Jackson-Triggs Estate Wines
Year: 2017

5 years ago, we reviewed this sparkling under the name “Jackson-Triggs Méthode Cuve Close 2012”, and this is still a favourite for the price. As consistent as usual. Great bubbles, sparkling away, zapping in the mouth. A beautiful blend of Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir. Loads of well-balanced green apples all over. Just a nice dryness that is not over the top, making this very easy to drink. Again, the yeast is very well taken care of – as in not too tarty.

Rating: 4.3/5

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

La Mascota Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

LCBO#: 292110
Price: $15.50
Made in: Mendoza, Argentina
By: Mascota Vineyards
ABV: 14%

This Argentinian red wine from Mendoza smells not too sweet, with notes of darker berries and hints of tobacco. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky, with just a tad tannins in the finish. A decent light dryness. Soft flavours of blackberries and caramel. A slight too smooth to drink alone, but goes very well with food. Seems to get better as it breaths though and easy going for those who prefer milder Cabernet Sauvignon.

Rating: 3.7/5