#06 — November, 2020
We're now entering colder fall days with knit sweaters, spiced teas as the leaves change colour. Colder weather calls for richer and bolder flavours, and we've got a lineup of fantastic reds this month. We're focusing on different full-bodied varietals to introduce their characteristics and unique qualities for our November wines. Enjoy a glass by a fire or sip with a decadent meal; get a little indulgent this time of year.
Our first varietal is a familiar one, a Cabernet Sauvignon but from Chile. Chilean Cab Sauv's share similar characteristics to Northern California and Bordeaux, France, due to their colder climate, bringing out more herbal notes. This wine features cassis, plum, mint, licorice, and oak.
Next up, we have a Touriga Nacional blend from the Douro Valley in Portugal. This varietal originated from the Douro Valley and was traditionally used for Port wine. Standout flavours for this wine include violet, blueberry and black currant, vanilla and minerals.
Our third varietal is another South American wine: a Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina in the Uco Valley, one of Malbec's primary producers. The Uco Valley has high-elevation, which brings out higher acidity, more tannins, and floral and herbal notes. This Malbec features black fruit flavours, along with chocolate, sweet tobacco, and iris.
We've got a bonus wine for you this month! We've chosen an Italian varietal, Nebbiolo, coming from Piedmont, Italy, in the Barolo region. Nebbiolo typically has herbal and floral notes like rose, bright red fruit, and earthy tones like leather and clay. It's similar to a lighter-bodied wine but has high amounts of tannins that make it a full-bodied wine.
The 2015 Corralillo Cabernet Sauvignon is made with purchased fruit from Maipo, from the coastal part with colluvial soils, as they wanted to produce a Cabernet Sauvignon to complete their portfolio. But they treat it almost like a Pinot Noir, using uncrushed grapes, a soft vinification and long élevage in well-seasoned barrels. Drink date: 2018-2022. Score - 91. (Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com, Oct. 31, 2018)View on LCBO.com
Rated 90 points by Wine Advocate. The 2014 Reserva Terra A Terra is an equal blend of Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca plus 20% Sousão, aged 18 months in used French barriques. It comes in at 13.3% alcohol. I was surprised at how good this second wine seemed in this tough vintage. The answer, said co-winemaker Jorge Alves, was simple: they declassified the upper level. It wound up here. Fruit forward, concentrated and showing ripe tannins, this is a pleasure to drink. It has some room to grow too.View on LCBO.com
Impressive concentration and depth here, this has a sense of freshness and richness that sets it apart. The blueberries, cassis, blackberries and red plums pervade the nose and palate. The finish is suave, gently spicy and long. Drink or hold. Score - 94. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, March 27, 2019)View on LCBO.com
Medium garnet colour with hints of mature brick; lovely aromas include licorice, cherry, berries and some tar; full body,grippy tanninsView on LCBO.com