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Weekend Wine: Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Weekend Wine: Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Our Wine Journeys Weekend Wine this week… Cabernet Sauvignon is just about the perfect BBQ red.  It has enough structure to stand up to full flavoured food off the grill and still enough refreshing acidity that your palate enjoys every sip.  This wine is smooth and full bodied delivering an abundance of ripe blackberry, cassis, mint, and black cherry fruit wrapped in tobacco, smoke, spice, caramel, coconut, and vanilla.  The added benefit is this Sonoma County red is both excellent quality and good value in the increasingly expensive world of California Cabs.  A bottle of this recommended weekend wine would be perfect to enjoy with a Father’s Day BBQ.

★★★★+ (out of 5)
92 points
$24.95, on sale for $21.95 until June 20 (Vintages)

Casa Silva Gran Terroir de La Costa Syrah 2016

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An elegant, full bodied, expression of Syrah from the Chile’s Colchagua Valley (blended with 3% Viognier to give it some aromatic lift). It pays homage to the home of this style, the Côte-Rôtie in the Northern Rhone, where small amounts of Viognier are often co-fermented with Syrah. It has nuanced aromas and flavours of black and red plum, blueberry, blackberry, vanilla, smoked meat, eucalyptus, leather, and black pepper. It works nicely with robust meats and game.
★★★★½ (out of 5)
Vintages $19.95

Angels Gate Gewurztraminer 2019


This wine may be hard to pronounce, but it is great to explore. Its ancestral home is Alsace, but a number of Niagara wineries have this grape in their vineyards. It is often made in an off dry style, but this version is dry with lots of body. In the glass, this wine is quite aromatic showing typical spice, lychee, and rose on the nose. The flavours follow the nose adding in citrus and an attractive Niagara minerality. Serve it with some mild curry or Thai food.

★★★½  (out of 5)

LCBO $13.95 (sale price until November 8)

Wine Journeys Weekend Wine

La Celia Reserva Malbec/Cabernet Franc 2017
This medium bodied wine is from Mendoza, one of the best areas in Argentina for producing Malbec. What makes it interesting is the introduction of Cabernet Franc that lifts the aromatics by adding some red currant, red cherry, and pleasant herbaceous black currant leaf to the typical Malbec dark fruit. It’s dry with soft tannins and would be a good accompaniment for meats with a pesto pasta side.
★★★½ (out of 5)
Vintages $14.95