H UN-WINE(D) OMEFRONT, TEST DRIVE Big reds to warm up to By Natalie MacLean Here are some terrific winter warmers in a bottle. Snuggle up and enjoy them with hearty fare. Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2014, Bolgheri, Tuscany DOC, Italy (LCBO #480533, $216.95): A cult Italian wine dubbed one of the Super Tuscans for breaking away from traditional Italian winemaking rules to create blends that eventually became more coveted and expensive than the highest classified wines in the country. Eventually, this winery was granted its very own DOC (a quality assurance label) in recognition of its quality. The 2013 vintage was a spectacular one, and this wine has a long life ahead of it. Aromas of black fruit, smoke, dark spice and pencil led. Sassicaia has had a cult following since 1974, when a six-year-old vintage of the wine beat various coveted Bordeaux wines in a Decanter competition. Produced by Tenuta San Guido, this flagship Italian red wine is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc grapes. Long, elegant finish. Food pairings: Filet mignon, pork tenderloin, pizza, pasta, hard cheese. Alcohol: 14%. Sweetness: Extra dry. 750 ml. Drink: 2017–2034. Score: 95/100. Roche De Bellene 1999, Meursault, Burgundy AC, France (LCBO #241091, $114.95): Classic Burgundian Chardonnay with incredible complexity, depth and richness. Green apple and hazelnut-infused smoke. Finishes with caramel, toffee and toasted almond. Food pairings: Pan-fried trout, roast herbed chicken, stuffed roast breast of veal. Alcohol: 12.7%. Sweetness: Dry. 750 ml. Drink: 2017–2018. Score: 91/100. Silverado Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, California, USA (LCBO #111880 / BC #414854, $61.95): Extremely tannic and young: Needs serious cellar time to integrate and smooth out. Aromas of black fruit, smoke and spice. This winery has been producing wine since 1981 from estate-grown fruit. Decant for two hours and pair with a rare steak. Food pairings: Grilled pork chops, meat kabobs, grilled chicken breast. Alcohol: 14.6%. Sweetness: Extra dry. 750 ml. Drink: 2019– 2024. Score: 90/100. 66 HOMEFRONT WINTER 2017/18 Inglenook 1882 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Rutherford, Napa Valley, California, USA (LCBO #412502 / BC #883827, $79.95): Tannic with tart black fruit and loaded with toasty oak. Big, black and brooding. Food pairings: Roast leg of lamb, grilled New York striploin, braised pork shanks, grilled burgers, hard cheese. Alcohol: 14.5%. Sweetness: Dry. 750 ml. Drink: 2017–2019. Score: 88/100.