Beringer Founder’s Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

LCBO#: 534263
Price: $16.95
Made in: California, USA
By: Beringer Vineyards

Reviewed this Cabernet Sauvignon about three years ago, and was not super pleased – yet, loved Beringer wines I had tried before. Let’s give it another go. Nice blackberry nose with some cherries and more fruitiness, than sugar sweetness like the Jackson Triggs cheaper version (a go-to wine here). Wet mouthfeel with a little dryness in the finish. Not much stays on the tongue. Maybe a little tart, but missing the tannins. Listening to Run DMC’s Tougher than Leather right now… and that is what is missing as well – leather.

Rating: 3.4/5

Masi Levarie Soave Classico

LCBO#: 204288
Price: $14.00
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Masi Agricola Spa
Varietal: Garganega/Trebbiano
Year: 2016

Was part of a gift pack a Christmas ago with two other Masi wines. This white one gives out fresh sand pear apples in the aromas with the white grape sweetness under this. Citrus bright taste with the Trebbiano and Garganega grapes, but nothing that lasts too long. So, short finish, making this one an easy-drinking, sipping white wine that is fine for chatting it up. Very light all-around, but drinkable.

Rating: 3.8/5

Masi Bonacosta Valpolicella Classico 2016

LCBO#: 285585
Price: $17.00
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Masi Agricola S.P.A.

Was part of a box of three wines from this winery a few Christmas’ ago. This Italian red wine gives out amazing cherry and black cherry aromas. The mouthfeel is not too thick and the finish is dry enough to enjoy. Flavours are quite mild alone though. Cherries again, mild berries, plums, hints of sourness, molasses and soft tannins. Very easy to drink with nothing offensive. Thought this one would be better with food, but was not. One to enjoy at the start of an evening, when one does not want a heavy red wine. Goes down smoothly.

Rating: 3.8/5

Trapiche Reserve Malbec 2018

LCBO#: 614651
Price: $12.95
Made in: Mendoza, Argentina
By: Bodegas Trapiche

Another inexpensive Argentinian red wine, which we purchased the 1500ml bottle for $10 more than the 750ml bottle. Still, a nice classy label. The aromas of this one is where this one shines. Woodsy at first, but the cherry notes and hints of plums do come out. Even vanilla is felt with time. The mouthfeel is lightly dry with just a touch of tannins. Seems to get dryer with every sip though. Black cherry notes are tasted, but the flavours are milder. Does seem to taste better alone, than with food. Well done overall – a not pricy, lower sugar content Malbec (13.5% ABV).

Rating: 3.6/5

Château Saint-Germain Bordeaux Supérieure 2016

LCBO#: 152587
Price: $16.95
Made in: Bordeaux, France
By: J. Calvet & Cie
ABV: 14%

The name was why we chose this red wine, as it means something special to us. A beautiful Bordeaux that gives out plum aromas with some notes of leather, and a touch of warming alcohol. A decent dryness appears in the mouthfeel with light tart on the tongue. Decent tannins and bite, but does not stay as long as wanted. Plum taste as well blended with hints of cherries in the background. It does well all-around, but seems to lack something in the mouth. Maybe wish it would linger for a while.

Rating: 3.6/5

Toso Brut Chardonnay

LCBO#: 570390
Price: $15.75
Made in: Mendoza, Argentina
By: Pascual Toso
ABV: 12%

A Argentina Brut Sparkling found in the Vintages at the LCBO. Fruity aromas of mostly apples with some hints of pears and yeast. This yeast is what stays on the tongue in the finish. Light tart. Milder fruitiness with the apples giving some nicely blended sourness. This also linger a little. Slightly crisp, but the fact that the yeast is just a little too strong, and the fruity notes not. This does not make this one a good one, but just above average.

Rating: 2.8/5

Barrel Heist Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Price: $6.99
Made in: Lodi, California
By: Barrel Heist Wines
ABV: 14.8%
Year: 2017

Found at Trader Joe’s in Burlington. Aged 4 months in Bourbon barrels, this Cabernet Sauvignon has a beautiful nose of dark fruits with plums, dried prunes, hints of cherries, vanilla, smokey wood and leather. Lots of tannins in the mouthfeel with some nice dryness. The taste shows a little caramel notes and the finish is very short. Some yeast lingers on the tongue. Some bitterness does appear with time, which helps a little. Other than that, smells nicely, but expecting much more from this aging.

Rating: 3.4/5