Wine Review - Winter Blues!


February may be a short month but boy can it drag on! It is one of the most difficult months of the year and the time when the "Winter Blues" hits most of us! COVID lockdowns are not helping either but what will help is a great bottle of wine! From the list below...I know its a bit expensive (okay alot) but Caymus is one of my favorite wines! Caymus is one of the world's most iconic and recognized wines. This wine is full of fruit, earth, oaky ad robust tasting...one bottle will not be enough. On a more reasonable price level the Catena is less oaky but still a good bottle of wine to accompany any dinner party! These wines can be found at your local liquor stores..LCBO for Ontario!


The next wine release is hitting shelves soon, and here are a few highlights

  1. Hidalgo la Gitana, Manzanilla Sherry, non-vintage, $17.95. I can’t say sherry is my drink, but this extra-dry sherry is extremely well regarded. Drink now, scored 92 by Wine Spectator, and was their number 37 in their top 100.

  2. Caymus , Special Selection, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, 2016, $199.95. The top product from the Wagner Family of Caymus/Belle Glos et. al. fame. This will probably need another 1-2 years in bottle.

  3. Catena, Lunlunta, Old Vines Malbec, Mendoza, 2018, $22.95. Slightly less oak aging from this malbec, which will likely give it a fresher acidity. Drink now, scored 93 by Parker.

  4. Chateau des Landes, Cuvee Prestige, Lussac-St. Emilion, 2016, $26.95. Normally St. Emilion, and other right-bank wines are dominated by merlot, but it is fairly rare to see 100% merlot, as this wine is. Drink after decant, or hold 2-3 years, scored 91 by Jeb Dunnuck

  5. Chateau Capitoul Rocaille, La Clape Languedoc, 2017, $19.95. Southern-French blend that includes carignan, syrah and grenache. Drink now, scored 90 by Parker

  6. Domaine de la Cendrillon, Atypique, Pays D’Oc, 2018, $16.95. As the name suggest this isn’t a typical blend of grapes for this region, with merlot, mourvedre, and marsalan (cross between cab sauv/grenache) making up the juice. Drink now

  7. Domaine de Cristia, Chateauneuf du pape, Rhone, 2017, $57.95. A high-scoring cndp that will take some bottle age. Give this 3-4 years , scored 94 by Wine Spectator

  8. Travaglini, Gattinara, Piedmont, 2016, $33.00. From the more northern areas of Piedmont , this Nebbiolo will require a decant if drinking now. Scored 93 by Parker

  9. Quercecchio, Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, 2015, $36.95. Don’t let the price fool you , this is vintage Brunello, albeit maybe not the finest expression, but definitely decent . Drink after 1-2 hour decant.



Please enjoy and let me know if you have any great wine suggestions!

Review from Oliver Herbst