Simi Chardonnay, Gerard Bertrand Syrah, Fonseca Port: Best LCBO Wines Vintages Release June 9

Here are my top picks from the June 9 Vintages Release. You can also get all 64 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.

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2011 Caliterra Sauvignon Blanc, Leyda Valley, Chile

Refreshing and grassy with come-alive flavours of lime and chives. Wake up to spring and the rest of your life. Drink: 2012-2014.  283648  13.5%  XD  750 mL  $14.95  Score: 89/100. Best Value White Wine



2009 Simi Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

Balanced and full-bodied and lovely. Not heavy-handed but rich and layered with green apple vibrancy wrapped in buttery toast. Drink: 2012-2016.  200881  14.5%  D  750 mL  $31.95  Score: 91/100. Top Rated White Wine




2009 Bellingham Merlot Malbec, Coastal Region, South Africa

Amazing especially at this price! Full-bodied with some spicy oak and damson plums. So beautifully balanced. My eyes keep drifting back to that price, wow. Drink: 2012-2015.  129718  14%  D  750 mL  $14.95  Score: 90/100. Best Value Red Wine



2009 Gérard Bertrand Grenache Syrah, Midi, France

Incredibly juicy with fleshy ripe purple and black plums and the most seductive aromas of wild violets in the middle of a forest. A profusion for the senses. Make yourself happy. Pair with: marinated beef kebabs. Drink: 2012-2016.  147983  13.5%  D  750 mL  $18.95  Score: 91/100. Top Rated Red Wine



2011 Famille Perrin Rosé Tavel, Rhône, France

Rose is a carefree wine but this one is complex is the most delightful way! Layers of rose petal, strawberry and sunshine. Love it! Pair with: grilled chicken, seafood salads, bouillabaisse, pork tenderloin, grilled lamb chops. Drink: 2012-2014.  680801  13.5%  XD  750 mL  $19.95  Score: 92/100. Top Rated Rosé




Codorníu Pinot Noir Rosé Brut Cava, Spain

Robust with black cherry notes. Nice price. Bone-dry. Drink: 2012-2014.  665372  12%  D  750 mL  $17.95  Score: 87/100. Best Value Sparkling Wine




Fonseca Port, Douro, Portugal

Deep purple and black plums with blackberry liqueur. Full-bodied and rich: like the perfect live-out boyfriend. Drink: 2012-2017.  156877  20%  S  750 mL  $15.95  Score: 89/100. Best Value Dessert Wine



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