Bachelder Wismer Single Vineyard VQA Chardonnay 2011 Niagara, Canada $44.95
SKU 345819 – 93 pts WineAlign find in stores
Thomas Bachelder is one of the coolest winemakers working today. Pun intended: his project explores three cool-climate terroirs of Burgundy, Oregon and Niagara through the lens of his meticulously-crafted Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Count Jancis Robinson and Stephen Brook among the believers. This release is from the Wismer vineyard, a site Thomas considers a ‘Grand Cru’ of Niagara. Taste it and you’ll see why.
Mitchell McNicol Shiraz 2004 Clare Valley, Australia $44.95
SKU 278572 – 93 pts JH find in stores
Australian shiraz is so out right now, it’s actually in. (Hipster logic.) According to James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion, this 10 year old Shiraz from our dear friends at Mitchell has a ‘cuddly’ finish. We plan on cuddling up to a bottle or two of this on the weekend.
Santa Margherita Chianti Classico DOCG 2010 Tuscany, Italy $19.95
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Fans of Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio will want to scoop up the Chianti. This delivers the same fruit-forward, modern style that makes the SM Pinot Grigio the top-selling white wine in the LCBO. Drake-approved.
Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni IGT 2011 Tuscany, Italy $21.95
SKU 145920 – 92 pts JS find in stores
The Frescobaldis have been doing it up right since the 1300s. No joke – this family has been making wine in Tuscany for over 700 years. This blend of 50% Cab Sauv, 30% Merlot, 10% Cab Franc, and 10% Sangiovese is a great value, with silky tannins and a long finish.
Bowmore 15 Year Old Darkest Islay, Scotland $95.95, 503649
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This is one of our favourite expressions of Bowmore. Matured for 12 years in sherry and bourbon casks before spending the final 3 years of its life in Oloroso sherry casks. Sultanas and gentle smoke lead the way to a delicious chocolaty centre. If fact, this pairs beautifully with really good dark chocolate. And pre-dawn Florence and the Machine.
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