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LAVAU TAVEL 2017 :: RHONE, FRANCE  VINTAGES 556175   | 750 mL bottle | $18.95 | drink now  | 91 Beppi Crosariol - The Globe and Mail

"Lavau's 2017 Tavel is a blend of 50% Grenache, 45% Cinsault and 5% Syrah.  Raspberries and subtle hints of dried spices mark the nose, while the flavors are richer and more assertive than in the 2016.  It's medium to full-bodied, with ample weight and concentration on the palate and a long, berry-driven finish."  Drink Date: 2018 - 2019, Score: 90 (Joe Czerwinski, robertparker.com June 18, 2018) 

 

VILLA RAIANO TAURASI DOCG 2012 :: CAMPANIA, ITALY
VINTAGES  344234 | 750 mL bottle | $36.95 | full-bodied & rich | 92 Wine Enthusiast (Kerin O'Keefe, June 1, 2017)

 

BODEGAS JESUS ROMERO 2016 :: ARAGON, SPAIN                                                    VINTAGES 575944  | 750 mL bottle | $18.95 | medium-bodied & fruity | drink now or hold | 90 Wine Advocate

"The 2016 Rubus is a blend of Garnacha, Syrah and Tempranillo fron ten-year old vines.  The Syrah, which represented some 30% of the volume, was fermented with full clusters and kept in flextank eggs until bottling.  It has a bright ruby color and an impressive and expressive nose of underbrush, red berries and flowers.  The palate revealed very good freshness and balance, with good depth and persistence.  It's very tasty and the flavors are clean.  It feels like a more expensive wine.  It certainly overdeliveres for the price asked.  Drink Date:  2017-2018." Score: 90 (Luis Gutierrez, robertparker.com, June 30, 2017) 

 

LA CADIERENNE BANDOL ROSÉ GRANDE TRADITION 2017 :: PROVENCE, FRANCE   VINTAGES 119453  | 750 mL bottle | $22.95 | medium-bodied & dry, drink now | 91 winealign.com

"This is very pale, bright rosé based on the aromatic and tannic mourvèdre grape, but when it is used in rosé, tannin is not an issue. Expect vague floral, currant and spicy aromas and flavour. It is medium bodied, smooth and dry with an almost creamy texture. Very nicely balanced. Some fennel and currant on the finish, with excellent length. Impressively flavour packed within its paleness. Tasted October 2018"  Rating - 91 (David Lawrason, winealign.com, October 2018)

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CHATEAU CLOS DU LOUP CUVEE PRESTIGE AC BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX 2010 :: BORDEAUX, FRANCE
VINTAGES 469536 | 750 mL bottle | $23.95 | Full-bodied & Smooth | 88 Wine Align - David Lawrason
"This mid-weight 2010 is settling into primetime, and showing good generosity with complex, well integrated aromas of cedar, leather, berry jam and herbs.  It's quite fleshy and smooth, yet structured, a hallmark of this fine vintage.  There is still drying tannin, but it is not too astringent and the fruit comes through to vry good length.  Now to 2019."  Score:  88 (David Lawrason, winealign.com, Dec. 29, 2016)

MITCHELL'S GLENGYLE KILKERRAN 12 YEAR OLD CAMPBELTOWN SINGLE MALT WHISKY :: CAMPBELTOWN, SCOTLAND
VINTAGES 524181 | 700 mL bottle | $94.95 | unchilfiltered | natural colour | 90 Joe Micallef, thewhiskeywash.com, Aug. 5, 2016
"On the palate it has a creamy texture and a more substantial mouth feel than its appearance would suggest.  There is pepper, but with a bit of sweetness, as in a sweet chili spread or a pepper infused marmalade, followed by slight citric notes and elements of cinnamon spice and vanilla.  There are also hints of smoke and light medicinal notes.  The finish is long, with a distinctive dry pepper capsaicin quality set against a slightly sweetish background note.  The combination of vanilla notes and dry pepper give the whisky a bit of an old fashioned gingersnap character."  Score: 90 (Joe Micallef, thewhiskeywash.com, Aug. 5, 2016

KILCHOMAN MACHIR BAY ISLAY SINGLE MALT :: SCOTLAND
LCBO 346338 | 700 mL bottle | $95.55 | Medium & smoky
From Islay's farm distillery. Pours a vivid pale gold; the aromas immediately hit your nose with notes of smoke and brine, reminiscent of a seaside bonfire. Digging deeper, one finds integrated aromas of crisp apple, lemon peel, dried heather and honey. On the palate, it is smooth and pleasantly warm, with a lovely marriage of sweet and smoky flavours.

SPRINGBANK HAZELBURN 10 YEAR OLD CAMPBELTOWN SINGLE MALT :: CAMPBELTOWN, SCOTLAND
LCBO 554329 | 700 mL bottle | $104.95 | triple-distilled | unchilfiltered | natural colour
Springbank is the oldest independent family owned distillery in Scotland. Founded in 1828 on the site of Archibald Mitchell's illicit still. Now in the hands of great great great grandson, Hedley G. Wright.  It produces some of the most artisanal whisky in Scotland, with traditional production methods being used throughout the process, and human involvement at each and every stage.  Springbank is the one of 2 distilleries in Scotland to carry out the full production process on the one site. 100% of the traditional floor malting, maturation and bottling is done at the distillery in Campbeltown. The malt for Hazelburn is dried over hot air only. No peat at all is used.  Triple-distilled. 

 

KILCHOMAN PX SINGLE CASK ISLAY SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY CASK No. 37/2012 :: SCOTLAND
LCBO 543496 | 700 mL bottle | $199.95 | 57% alc./vol. |  Selected by Kilchoman Distillery founder, Anthony Wills, and bottled exclusively for the Liquor Control Board of Ontario
Matured to perfection and finished in a PX Sherry cask. Bottled at cask strength. Expect aromas of cooked fruit, raisin and spice with bold smoky tones. Palate is rich and rounded, with flavours of dried dark fruit, spiced chocolate and smoke; long, complex, sweet sherry finish. Serve neat or with a few drops of pure water.