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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Viticcio Chianti Classico

Purchased in Italy (so no local product number)
Made in: Chianti Classico, Italy
By: Viticcio
Year: 2014

This Italian red wine was brought back from Italy by a family member. Some nice cherry sweetness blends over the grapes and light plums. The taste is pretty mild though with a nice dryness. Nothing really exciting in the mouth, but a good mouthfeel – secco, arso, asciutto.

Rating: 2.8/5

Château Belgrave Haut-Médoc Grand Cru Classé 2012

SAQ#: 12940294
Price: $53.50
Made in: Gironde, France
By: Château Belgrave
Year: 2012

Not sure how we got this, as we do not do wines this expensive. We do reviews of wines easier on the wallet, for “monsieur, madame tout le monde”. Nonetheless, nice classy-looking label and cork. Sweet aromas of dark fruits, mostly plums. Hints of pipe tobacco and light spices. The mouthfeel is kind of weak with very mild tannins. The taste is pretty mild as well with some watery cherry juices and earth notes. Not sure if the purchaser got a good deal or what, as this does not seem a wine of this price. Much better out there for a fraction of the price.

Rating: 3.2/5

Sandbanks Cabernet Franc VQA

LCBO#: 177485
Price: $14.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Alto Sandbanks Estate Winery
Year: 2015

This Canadian Cabernet Franc gives out peppery notes in the aromas with plums and mild hints of strawberries. The taste is pretty sweet overall, but not syrupy. Some decent dryness helps this with the light tannins. Berries lingers. Pepper and leather in the background. Not a bad fruity red wine. Just a little too sweet for our liking. A tad pricey overall.

Rating: 3.1/5

Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon

LCBO#: 392647
Price: $17.95
Made in: California, USA
By: Carnivor Wines
Year: 2015

Big cherry aromas with hints of molasses, alcohol, leather, black and red licorice. The taste is smooth with flavours of red grapes, molasses. Not much wood felt in the mouth. Not much tannins. Kind of falls short in the finish. Easy to drink, but not one to grab a few bottles – even though the look of it is very nice. Classy. Edgy.

Rating: 3.2/5

Apothic Dark

imageLCBO#: 392654
Price: $16.15
Made in: California, USA
By: E. & J. Gallo Winery

Always nice to try a new Apothic wine and this one is found in Canada. Nice label, dark which always appeals to us and even the cork is black with the Apothic logo in white, on it. The wine is a real dark red. Lots of berries in the nose with some hints of leather and burnt wood. The mouthfeel is pretty nice some decent tannins, dryness in the finish. Good mild sweetness, but overall some bitterness with the blueberries, blackberries and light sourness in the end. Was expecting to be too rich and full of vanilla but no. This is quite a decent mass-produced wine.

Rating: 3.7/5

Candy Apple Red

imageLCBO#: 371849
Price: $9.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Diamond Estates

This red wine caught our eye when we went to the LCBO for Halloween party purchases. Was on special and already inexpensive, so decided to try it. At first, it seemed pretty weird, but as it breathes, it gets not bad at all for what is expected. The candy shows off with its strawberry notes. Starts off in the taste, but then lands in the aromas. The first nose we got was cherries with the hints of sourness. Then, eventually we feel the chocolate. Sweet tasting because of this, but a fun red wine overall. Not as bad as expected.

Rating: 3.2/5