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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Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay

LCBO#: 379180
Price: $16.95
Made in: California, USA
By: Robert Mondavi Winery

Chardonnay is not our forte. Started 20 years ago with this grape, but for whites, went to Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. This one from the Private Selection comes out good. The vines gives out a sweet fruity nose with alcohol and hints of dry citrus. The taste is also fruity and sweet, but not syrupy. Grapes, apples with mild vanilla and caramel. Light dry finish. Quite a good Chardonnay if this is your style. Even better with food.

Rating: 3.9/5

Beringer Founders’ Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

LCBO#: 534263
Price: $18.05
Made in: California, USA
By: Beringer Vineyards
Year: 2015

A Californian Cabernet Sauvignon with sweet aromas of blackberries, plum, sugars and hints of vanilla. The flavours are on the sweet side as well, but not syrupy. More on the wet side with not much of a finish. With food though, the dryness comes out. Even some tannins. Nice cherries as well. Not bad for those who prefer the sweeter red wines that are easy to drink. Missing some punchiness for a Cabernet Sauvignon. And the tobacco and leather.

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

Beaulieu Vineyard Coastal Estates Cabernet Sauvignon

imageLCBO#: 569871
Price: $10.95
Made in: California, USA
By: Beaulieu Vineyard
Year: 2013

This Californian Cabernet Sauvignon smells like one, but a little milder with leather and berry notes. The taste is even milder, but not so watery. Some decent tannins in the finish. The grapes are felt, but not the typical punch in the mouth we are use to with this grape. Also, some vanilla is present, so not your typical Cab Sauvignon, but a decent red wine for the price to have with food.

Rating: 3.4/5

Beringer White Merlot 2013

imageTotal Wine #: 92377750
Price: $4.49 (US)
Made in: California, USA
By: Beringer Vineyards

Celebrating Christmas with this one the was brought back from the States. Mild berry scent with light sweetness and hints of sourness. The taste is a little stronger. Strawberry notes with very light dryness/bitterness in the finish. Pretty nice easy rose to have among friends.

Rating: N/A

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