LCBO Sale Wine of the Week: September 13

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Willm Réserve Riesling (Alsace, France)

Sale $14.95, Regular $15.95
Discount (until October 8): $1.00
LCBO #11452 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: Vibrantly crisp peach, pear, white flower and lots of citrus. Dry, bright and delicious.
Pairs with: Crab cakes (crab anything, really!), seafood ceviche, sushi, grilled or roasted white meat or white-fleshed fish. Brunch with lots of hollandaise. Cold rotisserie chicken turned into a decadent sandwich on crusty baguette.
Good for: A cold lunch when you didn’t expect to be drinking wine, but it just makes sense. (Go on, you deserve it.)
Alcohol: 12%
Drink: Now.

Why we're drinking this
This is a classic and affordably priced every day Riesling. And by everyday, we don’t mean to diminish this wine in any way. This wine is a cut above. In fact, if you don’t know Riesling well, this is a great gateway. First of all, it’s dry, with just 4 grams per litre of sugar. Chalk that up to the cool climate of Alsace, which keeps things nice and crisp. An excellent vintage in 2016 makes this wine even more special.

Tasting note
A pretty nose of fresh peach, pear, white flower and citrus/tangerine. Clean, pure and delightful. The palate is dry with crisp acidity. Lots of fresh tree fruit and citrus again, with clean minerality and a pleasantly bitter finish. The vintage in 2016 was long — harvest happened quite late due to the optimal weather, so the grapes hit perfect ripeness. You can taste that here in pure fruit and the complexity of flavours that result. This is a very good wine. You couldn’t ask for better at fifteen bucks.

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