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L.J. Palmer

L.J. Palmer

Clos Baltasar Garnacha 2017

Calatayud D.O., Spain
24 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 92/100

Deep purple wine, high alcohol, full bodied, medium plus acidity and medium tannins. It has a pronounced nose featuring ripe cherry (black and red), plum and raspberry, kirsch, sweet spice (particularly cloves), vanilla, and floral notes and hint of pepper. The nose is sweet. The palate features kirsch, ripe black and red fruit, particularly cherry, cloves and vanilla; a well integrated wine. I liked it on its own; so many flavours and aromas and as it opened more developed. It paired well with beef stew cooked in red wine with bay leaf. Grapes are primarily from old vines and vineyards at an altitude of 900 meters and are . Winemaking is careful: 25% of the grape is destemmed, 75% whole clusters. Cold maceration, fermentation at low temperature in tinas and concrete tanks for about 21 days. Combination of ageing in eggs and barrels of 300 and 500 liters of French oak.

Aconcagua Alto

Errázuriz Aconcagua Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Aconcagua Valley D.O., Chile
29 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 90/100

Deep ruby coloured wine, with a pronounced aroma of black cherry, black currant, a fruity sweetness, vanilla, cedar, eucalyptus, smoke, spice and vanilla. The wine is medium bodied, no more than medium tannin, medium plus acidity and medium alcohol. A long finish of black cherry, vanilla, black currant, eucalyptus, spice and graphite. Very good with beef stew cooked with red wine or sipping on its own with mature cheddar.

37 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 91/100

Made by traditional method this sparkling Vouvray is 100% Chenin Blanc from the Loire. It has a pronounced nose of honey, peach, apricot, with a hint of white flowers and pear and apple. Mouthfeel is creamy and rich; high aciditry, and slightly off dry. My NYE pick with smoked trout fish cakes with dill dip, chicken and feta bites with cranberry and cheese straws. Scrumptious!

Benziger Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Sonoma County, California, United States
43 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 92/100

Deep purple wine, with a pronounced aroma of mocha, Black fruit (blackberry, black currant, black cherry), clove and nutmeg spice, vanilla, wet stones, and kirsch. Dry, full bodied, medium plus acidity, medium plus tannin. The palate brought in tastes of green bell pepper and cedar. Long finish of green pepper, wet stones, mocha, black fruit and a hint of cedar. My XMAS 2022 dinner wine, with filet mignon. Great to drink on its own too.

68 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 89/100

A wine found at Hidden Treasures of the LCBO dinner by Algonquin College, served with roast chicken breast with marchand de vin sauce, glazed parsnips and roasted brussels sprouts. Wine is a deep ruby colour, with ripe red and black cherry aromas , some vanilla, sweet spice and black plum. The palate reflects the aromas. Medium plus acidity, medium bodied, medium- tannins and a slightly sweeter than dry. Wonderful with vegetarian pizza and the roast chicken from the Algonquin college dinner.

L.J. Palmer

Current Fav Wine

Whatever's in my glass; weakness for Chablis, Burgundian style Pinot Noir, Côtes du Rhône style Syrah and Ribero del Duero from Spain





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