Wine Review November 30, 2020 - Christmas Cheers!



This release from Oliver is the second to last release of 2020, and as we get closer to the holidays the price/quality of the products climb. And after this year I think we all deserve something fine to drink. Here are a few highlights:

  1. Loveblock, Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2018, $34.95. A new world pinot noir, but New Zealand tends to have softer hues than Napa et. al. Drink now, scored 93 by Wine Spectator, and was their #46 out of their top 100 in 2019.

  2. From Napa two iconic producers, Duckhorn, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017, $90.95. And Silver Oak, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015, $204.95. Scored 93 by Wine Spectator. Both will need another 1-2 years in bottle

  3. Mosquita, Muerta, Malbec, Mendoza, 2016, $28.95. A finer Argentine malbec, should pair nicely with roasts over the next few weeks. Scored 94 by Parker, drink now

  4. Dog Point, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2019, $27.95. This is probably the 10th time this year the LCBO has released this war horse. Nonetheless it is hard to match the quality. Drink now

  5. Two super-Tuscans also being released , Guado Al Tasso, Bolgheri, 2017, $161.95, mainly cab. Sauv., with some cab. Franc, and merlot, scored 97 by Parker. And Oreno, Tenuta Sette Ponti, 2017, $89.95, scored 95 by James Suckling. Both wines will need 2-3 years of bottle age.

  6. Pian Delle Vigne, Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, 2015, $76.95. The 2015 brunello vintage is pretty epic, but as such will need bottle aging. Give this 3 years. Scored 94 by Vinous.

  7. Ardal, Seleccion Especial, Reserva, Tempranillo/Cabernet Sauvignon, Ribera del Duero, 2010, $24.95. A long-lasting rich red with some age. Give this 1-2 hours in a decanter before drinking. Scored 94 by Wine Spectator.

  8. Muriel Fincas de la Villa, Reserva, Rioja, 2015, $20.95. Another great value red from Spain, and another one that will benefit from a decant. Scored 93 by Wine Spectator.

Review from Oliver Herbst