For this Saturday’s Vintages release, the LCBO puts the spotlight on Ontario. Here are three bottles that showcase what our province does best.
Featherstone Cabernet Franc 2010, $16.95
Both winter-hearty and early-ripening, Cabernet Franc is well suited to Niagara’s growing season. Try it with rare flank steak.
Ponce notes “The bouquet conjures a breakfast buffet of blackberry jam and freshly ground coffee. On the palate, though, it rings the dinner bell with lively acidity and a dry, smoky finish.”
Vineland Estates Elevation Riesling 2011, $19.95
Rieslings from the Niagara Escarpment consistently express the region’s terroir with fall-orchard fruits and dazzling minerality. Open with a pre-dinner wedge of brie.
Ponce notes “A bouquet of apple juice, lime zest, and wet stones is enough to tempt any Riesling lover. The titillation extends to the palate, where gentle sweetness is tempered by a firm jolt of acidity.”
Closson Chase “Closson Chase Vineyard” Chardonnay 2009, $29.95
Prince Edward County’s limestone soils are perfect for growing the Burgundian grapes Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Pour with salmon.
Ponce notes “With lemony apples, good concentration, and seamlessly integrated oak, this beauty is balanced like a top-tier Cirque du Soleil performer. Worth every penny.”