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

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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

Jané Ventura Reserva de la Musica Brut Nature

imageLCBO#: 420364
Price: $17.95
Made in: Penedès, Spain
By: Jané Ventura S.A.
Year: 2010

The head of this Spanish Sparkling is a little more creamy than most, staying a little longer. Mostly apples in the nose with some hints of sugars and yeast. Overall pretty sweet, fruity, but the taste has something else to tell. More on the sour side with the light sugars appearing in the finish. Some decent bitterness balances this and the yeast lingers in the aftertaste, living a mild nutty note on the tongue. Not bad, but was expecting much better. Not sure if past its prime.

Rating: 3.3/5

Elaboradores Bohigas Brut Cava

imageLCBO#: 401216
Price: $17.95
Made in: Penedès, Spain
By: CFermi Bohigas S.A.

This Spanish Sparkling gives out aromas of yeast at first, but then white grape fruitiness comes out and some sourness happens. Creamy white head that leaves a little on top of the wine. The taste has the sourness as well in the start with the grapes in the finish. The sweetness is well-balanced everywhere. The yeast is well-blended in this. Very easy to drink bubbly that is good all over for any situation.

Rating: 3.7/5

Luis Felipe Edwards Reserva Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon

imageLCBO#: 308189
Price: $13.90
Made in: Colchagua Valley, Chile
By: Vina Luis Felipe Edwards Ltda.
Year: 2013

Quite a classy looking label from a Chile winemaker. Aromas of berries from the Shiraz at first, then twirl the glass and out comes the Cabernet Sauvignon notes with leather and tobacco. The taste is a little milder, kind of watered-down, but still decent with more of the shiraz characteristics (plums, cherries). What helps is the vanilla from the oak ageing. Good enough tannins in the finish with a dryness that seems to get sharper as we progress. A good red wine, but just lacking a little something. A little more Sauvignon punch.

Rating: 3.4/5

Errazuriz Max Reserva Sauvignon Blanc

imageLCBO#: 273342
Price: $16.45
Made in: Chile
By: Vina Errazuriz S.A.
Year: 2014

Classy label for this Chilean white wine. Wow ! Loads of fruits in the nose. Tropical fruits, grapes and mild sourness. The sourness shows a little more in the taste, at first. Covers the sweetness of the fruits. Some nice dry sharpness without being dry in the finish. A little watered-down but overall a real nice Sauvignon Blanc and quite enjoyable for our first of 2015.

Rating: 3.7/5

Totus Tuus Cava Brut Reserva

20131020-154645.jpgLCBO#: 226282
Price: $15.95
Made in: Madrid, Spain
By: Bodegas Matilde

This Spanish bubbly is a blend of 40% Chardonnay, 18% Xarello, 18% Macabeo, 18% Parellada and 6% Pinot Noir. Mild yeast aromas well-blended dry, sweet and sour grapes. Start on the sweet-side flavour but goes quickly into a nice dryness and the finish is slightly sharp (Pinot ?), making this one interesting. Small amount of yeast lingering giving some hints of nuts. Pretty good for the price with a nice finish.

Rating: 3.7/5