Château Lamartine Cahors Cuvée Particulère 2014

LCBO#: 441238
Price: $23.25
Made in: France
By: SCEA Chateau Lamartine
Year: 2014

A French red wine which is blended from 90% Malbec and 10% Tannat, enjoyed in Sudbury, Ontario. Dry spicy nose with lots of the Malbec giving red grapes notes, hints of molasses, and a tad of leather. Flavours start on the fruity side with some sweetness, then giving some dryness in the middle to have a touch of sourness. The finish is pretty short as tannins are quite light, but do get better and better. Mild dark fruits are well balanced in here. Very nice!

Rating: 3.8/5

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Krone Borealis Vintage Cuvée Brut

LCBO#: 556654
Price: $18.95
Made in: Tulbagh, South Africa
By: Twee Jonge Gezellen
Year: 2016

This South African bubbly gives out freshly crushed apple aromas and hints of honey. After breathing, raisin notes come out with hints of brown sugar and yeast. The dried raisins really show in the taste, over the apple notes. The yeast is well-hidden, and the mouthfeel a little dry, a slight wet. Does not linger too, too long. Nothing offensive, but if you are not into the raisin butter tarts, you might not like this one. If you are into something different, this is for you.

Rating: 3.7/5

Bernard-Massard Brut Cuvée de l’Écusson

LCBO#: 970970
Price: $19.95
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Made in: Luxembourg
By: Bernard-Massard S.A.

A Luxembourg Sparkling with a creamier head than most. Yeasty nose with mostly apples. Dry enough mouthfeel, but mostly crisp. Again, apples and yeast in the taste, all on the mild side. Light yeast lingers. Hints of bananas. Nothing really offensive, unless you prefer hardly no yeast. Easy to drink overall and presentable. Still, the Andrea Biasiotto Extra Dry Prosecco we just had a week ago, was way better and less expensive, all in the Vintages.

Rating: 3.3/5

Vértice Cuvée Brut

LCBO#: 482679
Price: $12.75
Made in: Douro, Portugal
By: Caves Transmontanas

A Portuguese sparkling that seems to be a tad darker than most. Aromas of white grapes with hints of apples. Not as sweet in the mouth with some nice dryness with the grape flavours and some wood notes. The yeast is nicely hidden. For the price, there is not much bad stuff to say about this one. Pretty dry, woody more than yeasty, well-blended grapes. Yep, very nice for the price.

Rating: 3.7/5

Villa Sandi Cuvée Oris 

LCBO#: 738542
Price: $16.75
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Villa Sandi SPA
Year: 2015

A beautiful presentation with the unique bottle and classy label. Apple and grape aromas with some banana notes and hints of melon. All good from there, but the taste brings this down a notch. Starts milder, but does get a little stronger. Not much in there though. Alcohol, apples, light honey and some yeast in the finish. Dry, yes, but not much else in this one. Ok, if you like a mild tasting bubbly.

Rating: 3.3/5

Jacob’s Creek Chardonnay Pinot Noir Brut Cuvée

LCBO#: 210633
Price: $14.95
Made in: Australia
By: Jacob’s Creek Wines

This Australia Sparkling has a very nice presentation with a real cork, and cage. The grape nose is pretty sweet with the Chardonnay notes. The taste has a nice sourness to balance the sweetness. The dryness is light and the finish is short. Tart remains on the tongue, with some mild yeast lingering. Nothing too wild and lacking a little dryness to be a great one. Still, quite presentable anytime.

Rating: 3.6/5

Zonin Prosecco Cuvée 1821 Brut

LCBO#: 277186
Price: $14.95
Made in: Italy
By: Casa Vinicola Zonin SPA

Fresh mild apple aromas that are not too sweet, nor too sour, with light sugars or sweet yeast balancing things. The same for flavours, mild apples with a short finish. A little dryness, and not syrupy at all. Very easy to drink as pretty refreshing, with hints of citrus. Nothing special other than that, but nice for bubbly starters.

Rating: 2.8/5