Natalie MacLean 2017-09-22 04:40:08
As the weather gets cooler, it’s time to turn up the heat with these robust, heart-warming wines. Fabulous for fall entertaining, or serving with a special home-cooked meal. Ornellaia 2013, Bolgheri Superiore, Tuscany DOC, Italy (LCBO #722470, $199.95): Feral with underbrush and wild mushroom and truffle notes. Earthy, dark and complex. Needs cellar time. Pair with truffle-accented risotto and wild boar while you’re lounging in Piedmont. Food pairings: wild boar roast, grilled venison steak, roast saddle of rabbit. Alcohol: 14.5%. Sweetness: Extra dry. 750 ml. Drink: 2016–2020. Score: 94/100. Kistler Les Noisetiers Chardonnay 2015, Sonoma Coast, California, USA (LCBO #251223, $99.95): This voluptuous Californian Chardonnay sets the benchmark for all others. Gorgeous liquid opulence! balanced, beautiful and robust. Butterscotch and green apple with hints of white peach on the nose. Creamy, plush, layered and luxurious. Food pairings: Cornish hen, grilled pork chops, stuffed chicken breast, beef bourguignon, cheese. Alcohol: 14.1%. Sweetness: Extra dry. 750 ml. Drink: 2016–2022. Score: 92/100. Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, USA (LCBO #731810, $101.95): Rich, round, full-bodied and balanced with a chalky finish.Dark fruit aromas and flavours; nice layering of sensual pleasure.Food pairings: Hearty meat dishes, pepper steaks, smoky ribs, mushroom burgers.Alcohol: 14.2%. Sweetness: Extra dry. 750 ml. Drink: 2017–2022. Score: 90/100. Two Hands Wines Bella’s Garden Shiraz 2014, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia (LCBO #636407, $65.95): A full-bodied, deeply concentrated Australian Shiraz with attractive aromas of black plum and blackberry. Mouth-filling and delicious.Food pairings: Roast beef, marinated pepper steaks, burgers with blue cheese, grilled pork chops, Muscovy duck. Alcohol: 15.8%. Sweetness: Dry. 750 ml. Drink: 2016–2020. Score: 92/100. Flowers Chardonnay 2015, Sonoma Coast, California, USA (LCBO #215210, $70.95): Lovely mouth-watering juiciness with green apple brightness on this terrific white wine, and just a kiss of toasty buttery oak. Lovely lanolin richness on this classic Californian Chardonnay from the cool Sonoma Coast and a racy vibrancy. Superb balance.Super food friendly. Food pairings: Roast turkey or chicken, grilled pork chops, stuffed chicken breast, cheese. Alcohol: 14.3%. Sweetness: Extra dry. 750 ml. Drink: 2017–2019. Score: 90/100. Moss Wood Chardonnay 2014, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia (LCBO #409557, $68.95): The 2014 vintage of this robust and luscious Australian Chardonnay has undergone 100 per cent malolactic fermentation to give it a rich, round mouthfeel and texture. Green apple and butterscotch notes. Food pairings: Lobster in melted butter, crab cakes, stuffed Cornish hen, baked quail in wild mushroom sauce, smoked salmon bennies. Alcohol: 13.5%. Sweetness: Extra dry. 750 ml. Drink: 2017–2020. Score: 91/100. Marchand-Tawse 2012, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Burgundy AC, France (LCBO #484030, $64.95): An almost full-bodied Burgundian Pinot Noir with ripe black cherry aromas and dark spices. Satin smooth with a long finish. Food pairings: Grilled chicken, herbed roast Bresse chicken, roast breast of veal, roast pheasant. Alcohol: 13%.Sweetness: Extra dry. 750 ml. Drink: 2017–2025. Score: 90/100. Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2011, Tuscany DOCG, Italy (LCBO #378257, $54.95): Dry, mouth-watering with puckering tannins on the palate. Black, charred fruit and toasty oak. Needs cellar time, then decant for two hours. Food pairings: Wild boar with black truffle, grilled steak, roast leg of lamb, hard cheese, veal piccata. Alcohol: 14%.Sweetness: Dry.750 ml. Drink: 2017–2023.Score: 91/100. Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Napa Valley, California, USA (LCBO #325779, $59.95): Mocha and dark chocolate from oak aging. Smooth and full-bodied. A solid Californian Cabernet that shows well every year.Aromas of cassis and blackcurrant with toasty oak. Food pairings: Pepper steak, margherita pizza, roasted hearty root vegetables, sausage cassoulet. Alcohol: 14.1%. Sweetness: Extra dry.750 ml. Drink: 2017–2020.Score: 89/100.
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