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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Trapiche Pure Malbec 

LCBO#: 370924
Price: $15.95
Made in: Argentina
By: Penaflor/Trapiche
Year: 2016

A 100% Malbec Argentinian wine that seems pretty light at first, but shows balls after breathing. Sour cherry aromas with the grapes and hints of leather. The mouthfeel is pretty thin, but a nice soft dryness in the finish helps. Light vanilla, caramel does come out in the nose, which makes the smell quite beautiful with time. The weak spot is the taste, not in a bad way, but just mild. Great with food.

Rating: 3.4/5

Astica Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2013

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Price: $7.95
Made in: Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
By: Bodegas Trapiche
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon

This blend from Argentina does not smell a lot, but traces of smoked wood, maybe tobacco and leather. Weird for a white wine (Cab Sauvignon anyone ??). Nothing offensive really though. The taste is a little more present with the white grapes, the fruitiness, mild dryness in the finish with light sourness lingering in the aftertaste. Again, nothing wrong here and pretty good for the price. One of those wine we could buy lots for the summer when people come over and you want to serve it on the patio… nice and cool.

Rating:3.2/5

Fuzion Chenin-Chardonnay 2013

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Price: $7.95
Made in: Mendoza, Argentina
By: Fuzion Wines
Varietal: Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay

Fuzion wines are always inexpensive, but always a sure bet. Pours a light golden colour with a fresh pear nose and some light green apples, sugars and alcohol. Pretty close to the same for the flavours. Notes of peach and honeydew as well. The Chardonnay is not too dry, but very well-blended with the Chenin Blanc. Gets a bit too sweet after a while, but still a good summer drinker. Just have it real cold.

Rating: 3.3/5

Argento Pinot Grigio 2013

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Price: $9.95
Made in: Mendoza, Argentina
By: Argento Wine Company
Varietal: Pinot Grigio
2013

This Argentinian Pinot Grigio smells quite sweet at first, but not the typical fruitiness of this style. After breathing, it does get pretty close to the aromas of a Pinot Grigio. The taste is pretty good right of the top. Slightly dry, fruity, sweet and with a little sourness in the finish. Very, very drinkable for the price.

Rating: 3.7/5

Santa Julia Organic Brut

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Price: $14.85
Made in: Mendoza, Argentina
By: Bodega Santa Julia

This Organic Argentinian sparkling has a big nose of the yeast, but well-blended with the real smelling fruit, mostly the grapes. At their natural state. Notes of the vines as well (like fresh wood). The taste starts off a little sweet, but sourness gets in the middle and the fruit finishes things. What lingers in the aftertaste is mild yeast, giving hints of nuts and wood. The aromas eventually give out some sweetness and light sourness. This is actually a nice balanced Organic sparkling, and really not more expensive than normal ones (so well worth the buck). Still, sulfites are found in here.

Rating: 3.9/5

Argento Bonarda Mendoza 2012

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Price: $9.95
Made in: Argentina
By: Argento Wine Company
Varietal: Bornada
2012

Mild leather scent with dark berries. Wet mouthfeel with just a little tannins. Does get a bit dryer as you drink it. Blackberry taste with other light berries. Aromas of dates eventually come out, and some plum notes in the taste, hints of wood in the aftertaste. This Italian varietal is not so common here, so it’s a treat to have this one from Argentina. A really good wine for the price. Enjoyed with pasta.

Rating: 3.9/5