Blackstone Pinot Noir 2013

imageTotal Wine#: 94850750-1
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

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Apothic White

LCBO#: 419978
Total Wine#: 120321750-1
Price: $16.95
Made in: California, USA
By: E. & J. Gallo Winery

Had this one in the United States on a visit there, before it was available in Canada. Now available at the LCBO. Very sweet nose with grapes and hints of apple. Where the Apothic fame comes out, is the vanilla in the taste, in the finish especially. Not a bad wine, but gets heavy in the end. Too sweet overall, just too rich. Would not have more than one glass.

Rating: 2.8/5

Vampire Cabernet Sauvignon

20131203-171010.jpgTotal Wine #: 99932750
Price: $8.99 (US)
Made in: Central Coast, California
By: Vampire Vinyeards
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Purchased for the label and subject title at Total Wine in Vegas. Mild aromas at first but they seems to get stronger with time. Wet mouthfeel with not much tannins. Light cherry taste with blackberries. Nothing bad, but a little too watered-down overall.

Rating: 2.7/5

Rondel Brut Cava

20131201-200217.jpgTotal Wine #: 60170750
Price: $8.99 (US)
Made in: Cava, Spain
By: Rondel

Purchased at Total Wine, as we noticed Wine & Spirit had rated it 90 points. Enjoying it in Vegas. Head dissipates very quickly and the nose is like bad water. After breathing a while, it becomes much better. Aromas of apples, creating some sourness, and even hints of vanilla. The taste is nicely balanced between sweetness and sourness. Mild yeast lingers in the aftertaste. So, not a 90 points, but an easy- sipping inexpensive bubbly found in the States.

Rating: 3.2/5