- Calama Merlot 2001
- Hillebrand Trius Riesling 2002
- J. Lohr Estate Riverstone Chardonnay 2001
Calama Merlot 2001 (Chile)
One of the great bargains of the LCBO's general list. Ruby colour;
richly extracted plum and blueberry on the nose; full-bodied, concentrated,
ripe fruit with a spicy chocolate note, finishing with soft tannins.
Food match: charbroiled burgers, lamb shishkabab
Hillebrand Trius Riesling 2002 (Ontario)
Riesling is a grape variety that Ontario vintners do well. In a fine vintage
like 2002 the wine takes on a richness that creates a unique style. Pale
straw colour; spicy, minerally nose; medium-bodied, sweet grapefruit and
citrus peel flavours. Great length.
Food match: Thai dishes, curried prawns
J. Lohr Estate Riverstone Chardonnay 2001 (California)
This wine shows more restraint and elegance than previous vintages, which
I found overly oaked. Straw colour; spicy, toasty nose with pineapple
and melon notes; full-bodied and clean-lined with a sweetness at the core
balanced by citrus acidity and well-integrated oak flavours.
Food match: garlic chicken, grilled salmon