Tawse Spark Limestone Ridge Organic Sparkling Riesling

LCBO#: 370361
Price: $20.95
Made in: Tawse Winery
By: Ontario, Canada
Year: 2016

This Ontarian sparkling gives out apple aromas with pear hints and lime. This last one maybe is the culprit for making the taste quite sour. This gives the mouthfeel a refreshing and crisp feel. A nice blend from the grapes giving apple notes. Light yeast lingers on the tongue. A special sour sparkling, but a nice all-around one. And the more and more I have this one, the more and more I am falling in love with it. So good !! Must put this on the list to visit when we go down visiting the Niagara region.

Rating: 4.2/5

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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

Sandbanks Cabernet Franc VQA

LCBO#: 177485
Price: $14.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Alto Sandbanks Estate Winery
Year: 2015

This Canadian Cabernet Franc gives out peppery notes in the aromas with plums and mild hints of strawberries. The taste is pretty sweet overall, but not syrupy. Some decent dryness helps this with the light tannins. Berries lingers. Pepper and leather in the background. Not a bad fruity red wine. Just a little too sweet for our liking. A tad pricey overall.

Rating: 3.1/5

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

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

Apothic Rose

Everything Wine#: 691535
Price: unknown
Made in: California, USA
By: E. & J. Gallo Winery
Year: 2012

This limited release was purchased on our trip to Maine. Pours a clean pink-red colour. Sour aromas over the berries. Easy drinking with balanced mild dryness, sourness, fruitiness and sweetness. No vanilla like their other two wines tried (red and wine). Nice, but not a real rosé. Was awesome to try a limited Apothic wine, but would not have again. Their best label yet. P.S. Looks like this is no longer available when searching for it in 2016.

Rating: 3.2/5

Alvar Cabernet Sauvignon VQA

20140130-213931.jpgLCBO#: 214957
Price: $14.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Pelee Island Winery
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
2011

Not sure why, but was not expecting much from this one. The label is quite nice though. Does not look like a Pelee Island wine. It does smell decent, but after lots of breathing. Soft leather and tobacco notes. The taste is really the problem. Starts off pretty sweet, but then gets quite acidic with some vinegar taking over. Hard to taste the berries. A little to wet as well, lacking tannins. Gets better with lots of time, but nothing to save this one.

Rating: 2.3/5