Le Sommelier has two new California wines in the LCBO’s Vintages on February.

In this Saturday’s VINTAGES release, be on the look out for two delicious west coast Cabernets! This is the first time that either wine is available by the bottle on the shelves of the LCBO, so it’s pretty exciting; previously they’ve only been available through us by the case.

The 2013 Silver Palm Cabernet Sauvignon hails from California’s North Coast from one of the state’s best vintages in recent history. The grapes for the Silver Palm Cabernet Sauvignon come exclusively from California’s North Coast, which includes Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties. The region is profoundly influenced by cool coastal air and fog from the Pacific Ocean, resulting in temperate vineyard microclimates ideal for the cultivation of Bordeaux varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon. The blend for the 2013 vintage relied heavily on grapes grown in Mendocino County, which provides the soft, black cherry flavors to the wine. There is also some Sonoma County Merlot to add plushness to the palate and small amount of Cabernet Franc for spice and to round out the finish. A truly elegant and refined Cabernet, and an excellent value at $22.95!

The 2013 Waterbrook Cabernet Sauvignon comes from carefully selected vineyards in Washington’s Columbia Valley. Waterbrook winery was one of the first wineries in region, establishing itself in 1984 in Walla Walla, Washington, The warmest vintage in a decade, the 2013 growing season cooled off just in time for harvest, and picking proceeded at a normal pace starting at the end of August. Look for fruit-forward aromatics of cherries, dried fruit and black plums mixed with velvety mocha notes on the mid palate. soft and approachable tannins support a lingering finish of fruit, caramelized sugar and cigar box. Enjoy this full bodied red with roasted rosemary lamb, paper crusted steak, and grilled vegetables.


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Silver Palm Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast 2013


”Handsome toasted-oak aromas and flavors add a little swagger to this richly fruity yet tannic and full-bodied wine. It is extremely dark in color, and saturated with ripe blackberry flavors that linger nicely on the finish. Editors’ Choice.”

 – Score: 90, Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 2016

Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Region: North Coast, California

Price: $22.95 (per bottle)

LCBO#: 479162

Waterbrook Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2013

Review: “There’s a nice tang to the ripe currant and guava flavors in this fresh and lively red. Drink now through 2017.” – Score: 88, Harvey Steiman, winespectator.com, Oct. 15, 2015

Varietals: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot

Region: Columbia Valley, Washington

Price: $24.95 (per bottle)

LCBO#: 90365

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