David’s VINTAGES Preview – Mar 16th, 2019

Wading Through a Shallower Pool, plus Ontario Finds

By David Lawrason, with notes from John Szabo, Sara d’Amato and Michael Godel

David Lawrason

David Lawrason

This week our picks are plucked from a narrower range of wines tasted.  VINTAGES has suspended media tastings for the March 16 and March 30 releases, while it reconfigures its offerings to the writers. The tastings resume for the April 13 release, presenting “a curated list of products that will be selected by our merchandising team based on criteria such as; distribution across the LCBO store network, product availability and alignment with business strategies”.

While we wait to see what that selection actually looks like in terms of number and breadth of wines presented, we are continuing to review as many wines as we can get our hands on through the wineries and their agents, and we hope to present other March 16 offerings next week as well.

We are also planning to expand the reach of these newsletters to other smart buys that are available on the LCBO General List, at Destination Collection stores, through LCBO Online, The Classics Catalogue, Agents’ Consignment, supermarkets and of course Ontario wineries.

In that light we are pleased to present this week some fine new releases from Ontario that Michael, Sara and I encountered at the annual trade tasting held by the Wine Marketing Association of Ontario in late February at the Royal Ontario Museum.  It was a great show and very well attended. It just felt as though Ontario wine had “arrived”. Click through for purchasing information.

Boschendal 1685 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

March 16th – Sparkling and Sweet

Antech 2015 Expression Brut Crémant De Limoux, Languedoc, France ($19.95)
David Lawrason – Great value here from the most famous sparkling wine region of southern France (and not far away as the crow flies from the cava vineyards of Spain). This has a very ripe, rich almost creamy nose with melon/guava fruit, biscuity character, hay and wildflowers. It is medium weight, just off-dry yet fresh and well balanced with good acidity. There is a wet cement finish that actually reminds of Spanish cava. The length is very good to excellent. …

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That’s it for this edition. Check back with us next week for more March 16 reviews and some great writing and reviews based on John and Michael’ great Tuscan adventure.

David Lawrason

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