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Wine Review - May 15, 2021 - Shake it off!!!

I must say I've been lazy of late and need to shake it off and get back to my not drinking..okay possibly but working on my blog! The wines below are all reasonably priced and worthy of purchasing a second bottle! All of these wines are available at your local LCBO or wine store!

Here are a few highlights for the next release:

  1. Ferrari, Brut Sparkling, Trento, Italy, non-vintage, $24.95. A decent alternative to Champagne, in this all chardonnay sparkler. Drink now, scored 91 by Parker

  2. Escudo Rojo, Reserva Carmenere, Colchagua Valley, 2019, $17.95. Chile’s famed grape made by the Rothschild estate. Good value for certain, drink now, scored 93 by James Suckling

  3. Voyager Estate, Girt by Sea, Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, Margaret River, 2017, $24.95. A little bit of petit Verdot in this as well, to round out this Bordeaux-esque blend. Drink now

  4. The Chocolate Block, Swartland, 2019, $39.95. One of the few higher end wines we get from South Africa. This is a syrah-led blend. Drink after decant

  5. Domaine du Haut Bourg Muscadet, Cotes de Grandlieu, Loire, 2018, $19.95. This is about as much as I like to pay for muscadet typically. But this one appears to be one of finer quality. Drink now, scored 95 by Decanter

  6. Chateau Tour de Sarrail, Bordeaux, 2010, $19.95. Mainly merlot, with excellent age from a fantastic year. Drink now after decant, scored 91 by James Suckling

  7. Two Southern French reds worth considering: From Languedoc, Les Darons, 2017, $16.95, scored 92 by Jeb Dunnuck, and Vallee des Aigles, Saint-Martin, Cotes du Roussillon-Villages, 2017, $21.95, scored 93 by Parker. Both will be drinking now

  8. The season of rose is here, and there are a number of options: Domaine de Triennes, Provence, 2020, $19.95. And Domaine Maby la Forcadiere, Tavel Rose, 2020, $21.95. Both are drinking now

  9. Arnaldo Rivera, Undicicomuni, Barolo, Piedmont, 2015, $49.95. This will require 3-4 years of bottle age, but should reward thereafter. Scored 92 by Wine Spectator.

Please enjoy and let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks Oliver Herbst!!

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