Stratus White, Yalumba Shiraz, Messias Port: Top LCBO Wines Vintages Release November 24

Here are my top picks from the November 24 Vintages Release. You can also get all 58 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.

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Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay 2009, Columbia Valley, Washington State

Full-bodied, straight-forward pleasure with toasty oak and tree fruit notes. Great price. Drink: 2012-2014. 366542 13.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100.   Best Value White Wine


Stratus White 2009, V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario

Beautiful! Full-bodied, mouth-filling and voluptuous. Gorgeous and exotic aromas and flavours with honeysuckle, lime blossom and lilies. Pair with: stuffed pork tenderloin, grilled game bird. Drink: 2012-2017. 660704 13.5% D 750 mL $44.20 Score: 95/100.   Top Rated White Wine


Musella Vigne Nuove Superiore Valpolicella 2009, D.O.C.G., Veneto, Italy

Amazing taste and quality for this price point! If you love Italian wines, especially to pair with Italian dishes, this is red to stock up on. Bright somewhat tart cherry notes with some lovely balancing smoke. Drink: 2012-2015. 205757 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100.   Best Value Red Wine


Yalumba The Octavius Shiraz 2006, Barossa, South Australia, Edition Xvii, Australia

Drop to your knees kind of wine: toasty, tarry black fruit with complex layers of dark brooding mystery. Complex and lasting … Until its gone. Drink: 2012-2018. 449017 14.5% XD 750 mL $110.95 Score: 96/100.   Top Rated Red Wine



Filippino Moscato D’asti 2011, D.O.C.G., Piedmont, Italy

Love! Apple blossom and honeysuckle on a bed of effervescent happiness. Pair with: spicy sushi rolls, creamy cheeses and fresh fruit. Drink: 2012-2014. 729160 5.5% M 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100.   Best Value Sparkling Wine


Messias Late Bottled Vintage Btld. 2012 Port 2007, D.O.C., Douro, Portugal

Great value at this incredible price. Lovely fleshy sweet aromas of blackberry and black plum. Pair with: mulberry yogurt parfait, berry pie with whipped cream, Stilton. Drink: 2012-2016. 140863 19.5% S 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100.   Best Value Dessert Wine


Jackson-Triggs Proprietors’ Grand Reserve Gewürztraminer Icewine 2007, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario

This bold Icewine deserves a full-flavoured, sweet dessert. A terrific dessert wine that will cap a wonderful meal. Redolent of ripe apricot, peach and pear preserves. Lovely honey-infused finish. Bring it on! Food matches: serve slightly chilled on its own, with rich pâtés, fresh fruit, rich (but not overly sweet) desserts or a selection of fine cheeses. Pair with: cheesecake, crème brûlée. Drink: 2011-2020. 193326 10% S 200 mL $19.95 Score: 93/100.   Top Rated Dessert Wine






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