Les Halos de Jupiter Côtes-du-Rhône 2014

MY RATING: 9.5 ORIGIN: France (Côtes du Rhône) VARIETALS: Grenache (85%), Shiraz (10%), Mourvèdre (5%) SAQ PRICE: $20.95 IN A NUTSHELL:  “Il est bon, il est bon, mais il est délicieux!” Un grand merci à mes bons amis Julie et Louis qui m’ont fait découvrir ce vin. It is simply out of this world (OK,…

Torus Madiran

MY RATING: 7 ORIGIN: France (Sud-Ouest, Madiran) VARIETALS: Cabernet-Tannat SAQ PRICE: $15.55 IN A NUTSHELL:  A poor man’s Madiran There may be only a$5 difference price between this Madiran and Château Bouscassé’s Madiran, but the difference in quality is HUGE. This wine was fine – don’t get me wrong – but it lacked in finesse….

Ghost Pines Winemaker’s Blend Chardonnay 2014

MY RATING: 9/10 ORIGIN: California (Monterrey, Napa, Sonoma) VARIETALS: Chardonnay LCBO PRICE: $20.20 (not available at the SAQ) IN A NUTSHELL:  An elegant, rich, lightly-oaked Chardonnay Delicious! A big thanks to Dan and Meg for gifting me this wine. I will have to stock up when I am next in Ontario, as it is not…

Cousino-Macul Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

MY RATING: 7.5/10 ORIGIN: Chile (Valle Central) VARIETALS: Cabernet Sauvignon SAQ PRICE: $17.05 IN A NUTSHELL:  A decent cab sav, but not outstanding Another whim and foray into Chilean reds. I liked this wine, but, for the price and region, I prefer the Montgras Quatro (which I consumed just before this bottle). It is a…

Montgras Quatro 2015

MY RATING: 9/10 ORIGIN: Chile (Valle Central) VARIETALS: Cabernet sauvignon (45%), Carmenère (20%), Malbec (20%), Syrah (15%) SAQ PRICE: $17.15 IN A NUTSHELL:  A surprisingly delicious, full-bodied red blend I bought this wine on a whim, and it exceeded my expectations. It is excellent for its price. I drank it with my husband and mother-in-law…

Château Montauriol Tradition

MY RATING: 8/10 ORIGIN: France (Sud-Ouest, Fronton) VARIETALS: Négrette (60%), Cabernet franc (20%), Syrah (20%) SAQ PRICE: $14.10 IN A NUTSHELL:  A reliable, medium-bodied, everyday red I used to buy this wine regularly but had forgotten about it for a few years. I’m glad I rediscovered it. It is a great little medium-bodied, fruity red…

Terroir Grinou Réserve Merlot 2012

MY RATING: 7/10 IN A NUTSHELL:  Quite harsh, but not entirely terrible ORIGIN: France (Dordogne, Bergerac) VARIETALS: Merlot SAQ PRICE: $18.70 This wine needs something… maybe ageing? I was hoping I would love it because I love its label: a Neanderthal flint axe, like those found in the region where the wine is produced. But…

Château Bouscassé Madiran 2011

MY RATING: 9/10 IN A NUTSHELL:  Simply delicious, robust red wine ORIGIN: France (Sud-Ouest, Madiran) VARIETALS: Tannat 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 26%, Cabernet Franc 24% SAQ PRICE: $20.45 My aunt introduced me to this one, and she clearly knows what types of red wine I like best! YUM. Reminiscent of the Monasterio de la Viñas Gran…

San Felice Chianti Classico

MY RATING: 7/10 IN A NUTSHELL:  Tastes like cherries, then POOF! ORIGIN: Italy (Tuscany, Chianti) VARIETALS: Chianti Classico blend (at least 75% Sangiovese, plus Canaiolo and other) SAQ PRICE: $19.05 This was my second foray into the Chianti world, and this one does not rank as high in my books. That being said, this wine…

Carpineto Chianti Classico 2014

MY RATING: 7.5/10 IN A NUTSHELL:  A kind of nice and somewhat robust Chianti ORIGIN: Italy (Tuscany, Chianti) VARIETALS: Sangiovese 90%, Canaiolo 10% SAQ PRICE: $21.00 I am new to Chiantis and was prepared for it to be less “aromatic and robust” than the SAQ label suggested. Indeed, it does not knock your socks off,…

Château de Nages Vieilles Vignes

MY RATING: 7/10 IN A NUTSHELL:  OK, but a fairly bitter GSM blend ORIGIN: France (Vallée du Rhone, Costières de Nimes) VARIETALS: Grenache (72%), Syrah (24%), Mourvèdre (4%) SAQ PRICE: $19.95 This wine definitely benefits from breathing a bit. When first opened, it had a funky Oka cheese smell to it (which this taster loved),…

Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc

MY RATING: 8/10 IN A NUTSHELL:  Delightful cross between a Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc ORIGIN: South Africa (Western Cape, Coastal Region, Swartland) VARIETALS: Chenin Blanc SAQ PRICE: $17.80 I really like this wine. It was quite a fortuitous find: I went into the SAQ looking for a white wine, the sales clerk asked me…