Luzon Jamilla

MY RATING: 7 ORIGIN: Spain (Mediterranean Coast, Jumilla) VARIETALS: Monastrell (70%), Syrah (30%) SAQ PRICE: $12.45 IN A NUTSHELL:  Amazingly drinkable for a cheap red!  This wine was being given as a taste tester in the SAQ one evening, and, finding it acceptable, I decided to buy a bottle, not even knowing how inexpensive it…

Brumont Tour Bouscassé Madiran

  MY RATING: 7 ORIGIN: France (Sud-Ouest, Madiran) VARIETALS: Tannat (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (26%), Cabernet Franc (24%) SAQ PRICE: $17.95 IN A NUTSHELL:  A decent wine, but nothing compared to Château Bouscassé Madiran!   I tried this wine hoping it might be as good as the Château Bouscassé Madiran, but I was sorely disappointed. It’s…

Cousino-Macul Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

MY RATING: 8 ORIGIN: Chile (Valle Central, Valle del Maipo) VARIETALS: Cabernet Sauvignon SAQ PRICE: $17.10 IN A NUTSHELL: What a difference a year makes! The 2013 vintage was not nearly as good as the 2014. This is a solid new addition to my “quaffing wine” collection. What can I say? I am a sucker…

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…

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,…