Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay, Gemma Barolo, Quails’ Gate Rose: Best LCBO Wines Vintages Release June 23

Here are my top picks from the June 23 Vintages Release. You can also get all 77 of my Best Value Wines and Top Rated Wines for red, white, rose, sparkling and dessert wines that encompass many price points, styles and regions. I’ve also posted my picks for everyday good value wines from the regular list of wines as well as the July 7 Vintages Release.

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2011 Seifried Riesling, South Island, New Zealand

Dry and flinty with pretty white floral aromas. Mouth-watering and lovely. Drink: 2012-2016.  989541  13%  D  750 mL  $17.95  Score: 90/100. Best Value White Wine

 

 

 

2009 Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay, Santa Barbara And Monterey County, California

Classic! Toasty oak, green apple and white peach. Richly layered and full-bodied but not heavy. Drink: 2012-2015.  59576  13.5%  XD  750 mL  $27.95  Score: 91/100. Top Rated White Wine

 

 

 

2008 Valle Andino Syrah, Rapel Valley, Chile

Pretty darn amazing for the price, even at twice the price. Lusciously ripe black fruit with layers of juicy pleasure that will make you regret buying only one bottle. Full-bodied and some kinda wonderful. Drink: 2012-2015.  272682  14.5%  XD  750 mL  $13.95  Score: 91/100. Best Value Red Wine

 

 

2005 Gemma Barolo, Piedmont, Italy

Superb! Big tannic grip but gorgeous flavours flow in and around that dry feeling with juicy dried cherries and leather and smoke. Full-bodied with an incredibly long finish.  185025  14%  XD  750 mL  $36.95  Score: 95/100. Top Rated Red Wine

 

 

 

2011 Petit Rimauresq Grenache Cinsault Syrah Rosé, Côtes De Provence, France

Rose-petal, spring day pretty! Terrific acidity for grilled salmon. Lovely, fleeting notes of fresh field strawberries. Drink: 2012-2014.  276360  13%  XD  750 mL  $13.95  Score: 91/100. Best Value Rosé

 

2011 Quails’ Gate Rosé, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

Full-bodied for rose but medium in the grand wine scheme of things. Delightfully flavourful with aromas of field raspberries and some nutmeg. The most un-boring rose I’ve tasted. I’m getting a case. Drink: 2012-2014.  275842  13%  XD  750 mL  $17.95  Score: 92/100. Top Rated Rosé

 

 

Bestheim Brut Crémant D’alsace  Alsace, France

Clean and crisp with nice toasty fresh fruit aromas.. Stunningly great price! Drink: 2012-2014.  141184  12%  D  750 mL  $17.95  Score: 89/100. Best Value Sparkling Wine

 

 

2008 Magnotta Vidal Icewine, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario

Gorgeous concentration and depth. Honeyed essence is brought to life and vibrancy with the effervesence. Your dessert island wine. Drink: 2012-2020.  50195  9.8%  S  375 mL  $69.95  Score: 93/100. Top Rated Dessert Wine

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