Apothic Brew wine

LCBO#: 618785
Price: $18.95
Made in: California, USA
By: E. & J. Gallo Winery

A new Apothic wine: Red infused with cold brew coffee. Having this in Florida on trip there. The smell works very well with the red grapes, tobacco and leather, all-blended with the coffee notes. The thing with Apothic is most of the time, it is too syrupy. How will this one be? Well, too syrupy unfortunately. Average dryness helping, but maple syrup and caramel lingers way too much. Even the aromas get too sweet. Too bad the coffee disappears there, and is hard to find in the taste. Lightly lingers after the syrup finish.

Rating: 3.3/5

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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

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

Blackstone Pinot Noir 2013

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LCBO#: 358937
Price: $9.95 ($7.29 US)
Made in: California, USA
By: Constellation Brands Inc.

Purchased at Albertson on our trip to Vegas. Sweet aromas of cherries among the red grapes. Notes of alcohol with hints of leather. Cherry flavours as well with some caramel. A nice dry mouthfeel, but not too crazy. Quite a nice Pinot Noir for the price in the States. Noticed it was not that much more in Canada when we returned, at the LCBO.

Rating: 3.7/5

Cupcake Black Forest

LCBO#: 470088
Price: $14.95
Made in: Livermore, California, US
By: Cupcake Vineyards
Year: 2014

This blended red wine from California starts off with a nice rich aroma of cherries, blackberries among other darker fruits. The label has some class, but a little too busy, and too many different fonts. We keep on going down from there, but not so low. Some good sweetness from the fruits, but the finish is quick and not like written on back label – “long and complex”. Decent dryness but wish the finish was more. Too bad, as was looking good at first.

Rating: 3.4/5

Apothic Inferno

LCBO#: 485623
Price: $17.95
Made in: California, US
By: E. & J. Gallo Winery

The latest twist in the Apothic wines is being aged in whiskey barrels for 60 days. The aromas are quite sweet because of this. Full red grapes, some leather, syrups and a little burnt wood. The taste is pretty watery with grapes and cherries. The middle is quite mild, with some light maple notes in the finish. Some dryness, bitterness gets stronger in the mouthfeel helping a bit. Still, not as good as the Apothic Dark. Looks like this one was quite limited, as cannot find on LCBO site a few months after reviewing.

Rating: 3.3/5

Smoky Bay 

found at IGA and Metro stores
Price: $11.89 (1L)
Made in: Australia
By: Smoky Bay

This Australian red wine has a sweet nose from the cherries, plums, with hints of leather, and some alcohol dryness. The taste is sweet as well with all the dark fruits, but watered-down. Decent light dryness in the mouthfeel. Slightly tarty in the finish. For a real cheap wine, that seems to be a blend, it is not too bad. Not a great one though.

Rating: 2.9/5