Profile Wine Group presents nine new and exciting wines available now at Vintages…

Tenute Rossetti Poggio Civetta Governo All’Uso Toscana Rosso IGT 2016
$21.95 | LCBO# 14362 

Deep ruby red. Elegant and fine bouquet of red berries with a delicate, vanilla finish. Full bodied red wine, rich and creamy, with bold tannins and a long, lightly spiced finish.

Food Pairing: Perfect with beef and game, aged cheese and rich pasta dishes.

98 Pts – Luca Maroni, September 10, 2018

Morambro Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
$29.95 | LCBO# 12980

Deep purple. A rich elegant nose of cassis with overtones of vanilla and coffee. Lush, ripe palate dominated by black fruits, cherry and chocolate. Full bodied.

95 Pts & Gold – Campbell Mattinson,, May 1, 2018

“There’s heft, there’s tannin, there’s a general prettiness and there’s plenty of length. We have ourselves a prime target here. Violets and mint, boysenberry and blackcurrant, smoky/cedary oak. Chains of tannin pull through a volume of satiny fruit. In for the long haul.”

Susana Balbo Signature Barrel Fermented Torrontes 2018
$21.95 | LCBO# 384339 

Pale gold with bright reflections. On the nose, this wine seduces because of its hints of white pear, white flowers and ripe peach. On the palate, it has a beautiful structure and acidity along with enticing fruit flavours. Plenty of body for a wine that shows such delicate aromas and flavours. Fruity, floral and yet still quite dry.

Food Pairing: Pairs well with delicate flavours such as fish and shellfish. Spicy and aromatic Indian, Chinese, and Thai cuisine, also go very well with this wine.

94 Pts – Luis Gutiérrez,, October 31, 2019

“The wild 2018 Susana Balbo Signature Torrontés Barrel Fermented might have some herbal aromas that can remind you of Sauvignon Blanc, but there is no trace of it; it’s pure Torrontés from a cooler part and harvested early to keep the freshness. This is one of the most characterful Torrontés from Argentina. It has a vibrant palate with expressive herbal notes and citrus hints. It has electricity, chalkiness and a long, tasty finish. It has moderate alcohol and great acidity. A truly impressive Torrontés.”

J. Lohr October Night Chardonnay Arroyo Seco 2017
$34.95 | LCBO# 225375

“The 2017 October Night Chardonnay is pale straw yellow in colour, with exotic floral aromas of gardenia, tangerine, baked pear, honeysuckle, and baking spices. Traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques, such as weekly stirring of the lees in French oak barrels, were used to complement these aromatics, providing a creamy palate texture. This unique Chardonnay blend provides balanced and complex flavors of ripe citrus, white peaches, and offers a hint of sweet chocolate and toasted oak on the long finish.” – Kristen Barnhisel, winemaker, white wine

Food Pairing: This wine is the perfect pairing to eggs benedict, crab cakes with creamy orange reduction sauce, cedar plank salmon, or almond-crusted halibut.

94 Pts – Rich Cook, wine, March 19, 2019

“This hugely popular bottling is so for a reason, and that reason includes a viscous feel, apple pear and honey flavors and aromas, a crisp acid kiss at the end where generous oak spice come forward. A great cocktail all by itself. A Platinum Award winner at the 2019 Monterey International Wine Competition.”

Firriato Chiaramonte Nero d’Avola Terre Siciliane 2015
$16.95 | LCBO# 121145

Intense ruby red with lively purplish hues along the edges. It has an impeccable and fragrant fruit of surprising sharpness that reveals a profusion of scents that alternate in recalling plum and blackberries, black cherries and bilberries, cloves, black pepper, licorice, dark chocolate and humus. It admirably blends all its power with expressive delicacy revealing a suave depth; it has an assertive character that is well tempered by the silky and delightful tannins; the match between nose and palate is polished and extraordinary. Made entirely from Sicily’s most important red grape, it is a daring and strong, at times even austere and reserved wine; its extraordinary nature unfolds fully if it is left the time needed to express itself.

93 Pts – James Suckling, October 20, 2017

“Dried berry and spice with hints of rose petal on the nose. Full body. Round, velvety and ripe tannins. Gorgeous fruit. Drink or hold.”

Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer Grande Réserve 2018
$18.95 | LCBO# 747600

Its colour is intense yellow with light golden highlights. At the nose, a rich and exuberant aromatic palette characterizes this Gewurztraminer. The bouquet is intense and complex, offering an explosion of exotic fruits, flowers (rose, acacia), citrus and spices. Aromas of ripe fruits also contribute to give this wine an impressionable rich nose. On the palate, this Gewurztraminer is a full-bodied wine, with solid structure and a round fullness and some liquorice. A wine of full ease and romanticism, at the same time uncomplicated and charismatic – as made for hours full of togetherness.

Food pairing: Aperitif. Exotic fish recipes (sweet-and-sour, spicy…). Asian cuisine. Strong cheeses…. Just to try with a Munster cheese and desserts.

92 Pts & Silver – International Wine Challenge 2020

“Very pretty wine showing white flowers, jasmine, bergamot, honeydew with a zesty freshness.”

Bodegas LAN, LAN Reserva 2012
$24.95 | LCBO# 42929

Garnet colour with deep ruby hues. Intense aromas of ripe forest fruits (blackberry, plum, cherry) combined with notes of sweet spices (vanilla, licorice) mint, fennel, and clove from its aging in oak. Structured and fleshy, its combination of smoky wood and fruity acidity results in an elegant and round wine on the palate with a silky yet persistent finish.

Food Pairing: Combine with grilled and stewed meats, spicy dishes, hearty pasta, legumes and cured cheeses.

91 Pts & Smart Buys – Tim Fish, Wine Spectator, August 31 2019

“A thick, firm texture carries ripe flavors of blackberry and fig paste in this solid red. Notes of dark chocolate, smoke and forest floor add complexity. The tannins are well-integrated, and balsamic acidity keeps this lively. Tempranillo and Mazuelo. Drink now through 2028.”

Bodegas Altanza Lealtanza Crianza DOC Rioja 2016
$19.95 | LCBO# 114835

Intense, deep ruby red with garnet highlights. Sweet red fruit (strawberry, cherry) and licorice aromas blend harmonically with the smoky, “grilled bread”, balsamic notes characteristic of good French oak; there is just a slight hint of earthy, mineral back notes. Crisp, round and supple, with a good acidity and a long aftertaste. Nicely balanced.

Food Pairing: Tapas, stews, red meats and mature cheeses (Manchego). Suggestions: patatas bravas; cassoulet; beef Wellington.

90 Pts – Josh Raynolds, February 2019

“Deep bright-hued red. Cherry, dark berry, cracked pepper and subtle herb and floral qualities on the fragrant nose. Silky and open-knit, offering juicy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that spread out steadily with air. Turns sweeter on the persistent finish, which features gentle, even tannins and a very subtle hint of gaminess.”

Medici Ermete Arte e Concerto Reggiano Lambrusco Dry 2018
$19.95 | LCBO# 208967

Intensely brilliant ruby red. Intense nuance of fresh red berries, strawberries, raspberries and cherries. Excellent olfactory purity enhanced by intensity and persistence. Dry and fruity, round, fresh, lively and delectably harmonious. Very clean with the perfect balance of acidity and tannins.

Food Pairing: Cured pork meats, such as salami from Felino, mortadella, culatello (salami made of lean ham), raw ham; tortellini and cappelletti (stuffed pasta) in broth, lasagne, tagliatelle pasta with meat sauce, tortelli stuffed with pumpkin and spices.

Gold – Mundus Vini, September 1, 2019

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