La Jara Organic Prosecco Brut

imageLCBO#: 402438
Price: $15.95
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Az. Agricola La Jara

This organic Sparkling won Gold in Germany for The Great International Organic Wine Award in 2014. Nice yeast aromas giving out notes of bananas. After a while, the fruits come out with apples, white grapes and soft sourness. This sourness is there at first in the taste, but goes down quickly, going through the apples and finishing with light yeast on the tongue. Mild tart in the mouthfeel and lightly bodied. It is quite nice overall for an organic Sparkling. Some are too different. This one fits well among the non-organic.

Rating: 3.7/5

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Belcanto Valdobbiadene Superiore

imageLCBO#: 53215
Price: $18.95
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Belussi Spumante

Celebrating our first day on the deck of 2015. It’s been a long, bad winter. This makes us happy. Along with the sun, this Sparkling gives out aromas of yeast, but the apples take over quickly. The same fruit is found in the taste well-blended with the grapes. Starts sweet, goes through some sourness to finish a little dry with some yeast tart on the tongue. An easy drinking, well-balanced above average Sparkling. Well recommended for a group bubbly gathering.

Rating: 3.8/5

Torresella Prosecco

imageLCBO#: 400440
Price: $14.95
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Cantine Torresella S.P.A.

This Italian Prosecco Sparkling smells yeasty at first pour. Mild notes of apple appear with time. The taste is a little stronger with some sourness, some sweetness and some fruitiness. The alcohol is felt as well, so not really well-blended and hints that are metallic from the water. The bubble are pretty big for a bubbly, fizzing like some pop instead of the nice tiny bubble carbonation it should be. Nutty yeast lingers on the tongue. Nothing too off-balanced, but still lacking a bit in this department.

Rating: 3.2/5

Poulet & Fils Crémant de Die Brut

imageLCBO#: 392555
Price: $17.95
Made in: Pontaix, France
By: Earl Cave Poulet Et Fils

A French Sparkling imported in Canada by The Case for Wine. Loads of apples in the aromas. After breathing a while, notes of honey (and maybe sugars) in the nose. The apples are also very present in the taste with some hints of wood, sourness and dryness. Very mild yeast lingers on the tongue. There is a slight metallic note in the flavours which is the only little offensive part. For some, might be a sharp bitterness. Other than that, pretty decent overall.

Rating: 3.8/5

G. Marquis Silver Line Pinot Noir 2012

imageLCBO#: 258673
Price: $19.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Magnotta Winery

This Ontarian Pinot Noir is a deep ruby red, but clear overall. Berry aromas with nice notes of cherries. After breathing, mild leather comes out and beautiful spices. The berries are quite present in the taste, with some caramel hints and tarty yeast lingers. Was good alone, but was great with food with spices and herbs. Some nice dryness, but not too crazy with very mild tannins. Definitely worth trying if you can you find it. In the Vintages at the LCBO.

Rating: 4.1/5

Villa Conchi Cava

imageLCBO#: 386979
Price: $15.95
Made in: Spain
By: Araex Rioja Alavesa S.L.

This Spanish Sparkling is composed of 10% Chardonnay, 30% Macabeo, 30% Xarel and 30% Parellada. Yeast nose with citrus notes. The taste starts off with sourness, but cuts short showing a little sweetness from the fruit. Not much lingers, but gets better with every sip. Eventual yeast shows up in the aftertaste. Then, later hints of apples. Decent dryness in the mouthfeel. A pretty good Sparkling that I would not shy away from bringing this to a friend’s supper.

Rating: 3.7/5

Ca’ Di Rajo Valdobbiadene

imageLCBO#: 369447
Price: $17.95
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Ca Di Rajo

Last week, we tried another Sparkling from the same region, and this one is pretty close to it. Aromas a little sweeter with some honey over the apples and mild yeast in the background. The taste is sweet, but not as much as the nose. Made to drink colder, like the previous. Apples, honeydew and yeast in the finish. Easy to consume and to present at a gathering.

Rating: 3.7/5