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


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

Boodles Gin

LCBO#: 397539
Price: $29.95
Made in: England, United Kingdom
By: Proximo

A London Dry gin that is made in London, but bottled in the States, at 45.2%. Fresh juniper notes with mild grasses, citruses and spices. Reminds me of Beefeater 24 and Tanqueray No. Ten. Quite smooth in the mouth. Alcohol, light herbal notes and some bitterness in the finish. Nothing complex here, but a nice smooth London Dry gin to do a nice Martini.

Rating: 3.4/5

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

Chandon Brut Classic

imageLCBO#: 218032
Price: $29.85
Made in: California, USA
By: Domaine Chandon

Nice limited edition bottle with the blue stripes and red ribbon. Yeast nose with some sweetness from the grapes to balance things, with hints of sourness. Flavours of the fruit as well, with well-blended sweetness and sourness. The yeast lingers in the finish, giving the almond notes described on the back of the label. Decent dryness, but not as much as suggested on back. Find it a little more on the sweet side, but this makes it easy to drink. We like this one, but more of a treat (for the price).

Rating: 3.9/5