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

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Astoria Prosecco DOC

LCBO#: 593855
Price: $15.35
Made in: Italy
By: Astoria Vini

This Italian Prosecco comes in a dark green bottle with lots of gold. The opening on the bottle is quite thick in glass, harder for pouring. Aromas of grapes and apples, mild in fruitiness. The taste has some nice sweetness with apples again, hints of sourness and a crisp mouthfeel. Nothing too special, but goes down nicely if you like something milder.

Rating: 3.3/5

Segura Viudas Brut Reserva

LCBO#: 216960
Price: $15.75
Made in: Spain
By: Heredad Segura Viudas

A Spanish bubbly with a classy looking green bottle. The first thing you see at first pour is the head seems bigger than most. After it calms down, you can see that the bubbles are bigger size, more like beer carbonation than a sparkling. This does calm down as well and smaller bubbles finally appear. Apple nose with hints of cucumber juice. Flavours are on the sour side, with the apples still present as a base. Very light yeast does linger after all of this. Fairly dry mouthfeel and becomes nice all-around, as the sourness balances itself out.

Rating: 3.8/5

Chantilly French Cream

LCBO#: 424044
Price: $30.05
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Maverick Distillery Limited

Comes in a beautiful, very classy black bottle with everything that says – French (just like it is written French Cream). The only thing, this is made right here in Ontario. Very nicely done as the typical butterscotch notes are present, with the hints of cherries and almonds. Light alcohol shows, but not too excessive. Same in the taste but the chocolate shows up here. Smooth, silky mouthfeel with some nice nuttiness. Everything here is well-done, except the price usually represents imports. Maybe because the sugars are organic. Still, not sure what alcohol they use in this one. Will retry though.

Château le Puy Emilien 2013

LCBO#: 557660
Price: $29.95
Made in: France
By: Sarl Jp & P Amoreau
Year: 2013

This French red wine is a Vin Fin de Bordeaux wine. Lots of wood in the nose with full berries in the aromas. Cherries, raspberries, strawberries. Very smooth mouthfeel with nice dry tannins. Still, lots of cherries with berry notes. So easy to drink, with lots going on, but all well-blended with some beautiful wood notes.

Rating: 4.3/5

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

Bernard-Massard Brut Cuvée de l’Écusson

LCBO#: 970970
Price: $19.95
Vintages
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