The holiday season may be over but the crop of new wines that hit the LCBO last week are worth celebrating. They include some promising Spanish wines worthy of exploration along with a great selection of BC wines. While I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting either place, I can say I am a big fan of their wines.
Chardonnay’s from the Mission Hill estate, the awesome Pinot Noir from Burrowing Owl, or the Bordeaux Blends of Osoyoos Larose, there is gold in them thar BC vineyards and finally they are available in the east.
I sampled the Burrowing Owl Pinot Noir 2010 VGA from the Okanagan Valley – it is a splurge to doubt at $41.95. It is supremely balanced with strong notes of cherry and other red fruit.
There is rarely a Rioja that has brought me disappointment in my wine tasting life. It could be luck, or it could be great wine-making – I like them big and bold and plan to get better acquainted with my friends from Rioja, Navarra, and my pick for the weekend : Virgen Del Aguila Artigazo 2007 from DO Carinena – just south of Rioja region $18.95.
I admit I did try a couple of the other new releases that are absolutely worth the splurge.
I Greppi Greppicante Bolgheri 2009 DOC from the west coast of Tuscany – which is super Tuscan territory. This is beautifully smooth, complex, fruit forward with rich tannins and a lovely finish. It is $23.95 and worth the splurge.
My other splurge-worthy suggestion is by a favourite Australian wine maker that has never disappointed, Mollydooker The Maitre D’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 from South Australia. The deep purple colour and black cherry jammy flavour characterizes the full-bodied and luscious wine. The finish is long, fruity and entirely worth the price. Buy two, one to drink now and one to save for later. Oh and their labels are delightful. $29.95
Finally if you can still find it, Three Rivers River’s Red from Columbia Valley, Washington – I may have mentioned it before because it was one of my favourite wines from my wine class. But if you haven’t tried it yet, hurry while there are still bottles left. At $19.95, it is a real bargain.
Give them a try or explore the LCBO’s new bounty and let us know If you have sampled a wine worth sharing.