The LCBO has rounded up 23 first-rate wines—many of them new to the general list—under the Signature Collection. Here are three of the best.
Brancott Estate Letter Series B Sauvignon Blanc 2012, $19.95
This wine comes from vines planted in New Zealand’s Marlborough region in 1975. Open with ceviche.
Ponce notes: A nose of grapefruit, lime, and spearmint indicates that this white is on the leaner end of Kiwi Sauv Blancs, which is a good thing. It’s zesty, refreshing, and very food-friendly.
Marqués de Riscal Reserva 2008, $22.55
This dependable Rioja is 90 per cent Tempranillo, with Graciano and Mazuelo filling out the rest. Try with pan-fried lamb chops.
Ponce notes: The nose captivates with brandied cherries, leather, and earth. It’s a delicious winter red with vibrant acidity, unwavering balance, and notes of top-shelf balsamic on the finish.
Bouchard Père & Fils Château du Beaune Premier Cru 2009, $36.90
A terrific example of the warmer 2009 vintage, this bottle comes from Beaune, the unofficial capital of Burgundy. Pour when coq au vin is on the menu.
Ponce notes: Let it breathe for 90 minutes and experience a complex, balanced red with a gorgeous floral nose and cinnamon-spiced cherry flavours. It’s a bit pricey, but for Pinot-philes, it’s worth it.