Red 100% Grape Juices

Several qualities for which grapes might be valued in winemaking, especially fragrance, color and varietal character, are largely left intact during the simple pasteurization process, which differs greatly from that of the concentration process.

Varietal grapes from around the world are gathered and sorted by type to provide the highest quality of 100% juices available to Canadian Wine makers.

100% juices have a much longer shelf life than wine made from concentrates.  Wines produced from 100% juice will last 2-4 years with proper storage and racking and age incredibly well.  Remembering that all wines purchased from the LCBO are already at least a year old when they hit the shelves, wine produced from 100% juice will age and taste similarly after 1 year.

Average price for a 29-30-bottle batch of wine - $150.00-$170.00 ($5.00 per bottle)

Taste comparison to a bottle purchased at the LCBO  $12.00 to $20.00

Red Wine Descriptions

Amarone

An irresistible wine whose elegance draws you subliminally into its orbit. Intense ruby-garnet in color, it is redolent of a profusion of aromas of coffee, cherries and sun dried fruits. Its high alcohol makes it full and generous in the mouth and it overwhelms the palate with intense flavors, prolonging your pleasure with its characteristic slightly bitter finish.

Comparable Wines: None

Pairing: It honors a meal of thick braised steak or game, as well as a juicy roast.

Oak: Heavy Body: Heavy Aging: 9-12 months

Available In : Concentrate, Supreme 100% Juice and Vintner's Reserve
Australian Cabernet Sauvignon

Surprisingly smooth without any of the tart tannin. The fruity bouquet is rendered more enticing due to a hint of cassis, rich and dark in color, it delivers complex varietal flavors of cherries and blackberries, with a promise of herbs.

Comparable Wines: Cabernet Shiraz

Pairing: Serve this along side lamb, duck, red meats and aged cheese.

Oak: Heavy Body: Full Aging: 9-12 months

Available In : Concentrate and Supreme 100% Juice, Vintner's Reserve

Barbera

Recognized for its intensity of color and good structure of tannin and acid, it presents nuances of gooseberries and a smoky, peppery bouquet and is often added to a blend to liven it up. Smooth on the palate this wine ages well and mellows with time.

Comparable Wines: Zinfandel

Pairing: Lasagna and red meats pair well with this wine.

Oak: Heavy Body: Full Aging: 9-12 months

Available In: Supreme 100% Juice Only

Bardolino

A medium-bodied red with a medium color. This wine has floral notes accompanied by ripe fruit. On the palate it has a smooth, well balanced, velvety structure.

Comparable Wines: Bergamais, Pinot Noir

Pairing: Can be enjoyed with roasts, prime rib and lamb.

Oak: None Body: Medium Aging: 1-3 months

Available In : Concentrate and Supreme 100% Juice
Barolo

A wine that evokes legend and fascination with its brilliant garnet-red and flashes of amber. The bouquet is both pleasing and intense with aromatic notes of violets and oregano. Smooth in the mouth with crisp acidity, its firm but well integrated tannins give good length on the palate. t is a wine that exudes glory, nobility and power.

Comparable Wines: Montepulciano, Zinfandel, Nebbiolo

Pairing: Serve with roasts, steaks, prime rib, lamb and mild cheeses.

Oak: Heavy Body: Heavy Aging: 9-12 months

Available In : Concentrate, Supreme 100% Juice and Vintner's Reserve
Bergamais

This supple, fruity and delicate red wine is best consumed young. Cherries and plums fill the nose and the sweet cherry follows through the mouth where it lingers . This refreshing wine is best served slightly chilled. It suits desserts and is excellent as an aperitif.

Comparable Wines: Bardolino, Pinot Noir

Pairing: A companion to fruits, desserts or light appetizers.

Oak: None Body: Medium Aging: 1-3 months

Available In : Concentrate and Supreme 100% Juice
Bordailles Rouge

A smooth and round wine, velvety with subtle notes of berry. Dry and medium in color, this clean and refreshing wine offers unique flavors of raspberry, cassis and a touch of bell pepper aroma. Low in tannin. Generous, and crisp on the palate ages well but can be enjoyed young.

Comparable Wines: Cabernet Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Pairing: Serve with smoked meats, fowl and strong cheese.

Oak: Medium Body: Medium Aging: 3-6 months

Available In : Concentrate and Supreme 100% Juice
Bourgeron Rouge

A dry, yet robust full-bodied French style wine with an aromatic black cherry bouquet. It has a deep color with a fruity well-rounded flavor of cranberry and cherry. Can be consumed young, but ages well too. It is a shallow, dry - easy drinking wine with the character and elegance of the wine styles of France.

Comparable Wines: Chat Dormant, Pinot Noir

Pairing: Match it to aged cheeses, hearty beef stews, pork and lamb.

Oak: Medium Body: Full Aging: 3-6 months

Available In : Concentrate and Supreme 100% Juice
Cabernet Franc

It is only recently that Cabernet Franc has come into its own as a pure varietal wine. It is usually a less tannic and acidic wine with a lighter body and color. It is however, known to be more aromatic and herbaceous than most reds and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot in smaller quantities where it helps to heighten the organoleptic qualities of the blend.

Comparable Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordailles Rouge

Pairing: Suitable with red meats, game, lamb and duck.

Oak: None Body: Medium Aging: 3-6 months

Available In : Supreme 100% Juice
Cabernet Merlot

Deep garnet hues, with a brilliant red sparkle. The intense nose of red fruits and herbaceous undertones rise from your glass. The wine is robust, fresh, well structured given its high ratio of Cabernet Sauvignon juice.
With the addition of Merlot mellowing the wine, giving it that all too delightful appeal on the palate.

Comparable Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordailles Rouge

Pairing: Excellent with tomato based pastas, pizza, cheese and beef.

Oak: Medium Body: Full Aging: 6-9 months

Available In : Concentrate, Supreme 100% Juice and Vintner's Reserve
Cabernet Sauvignon

Intense red color with purplish hues, this California favorite has the delicate perfume of cherries and soft spice. A supple wine with mouth 'smacking' appeal and simple complexity. Its full body and solid tannins deliver a fresh spicy wine with mass appeal.

Comparable Wines: Cabernet Franc, Bordailles Rouge

Pairing: Suitable for red meats, lamb and duck.

Oak: Medium Body: Full Aging: 6-9 months

Available In : Concentrate, Supreme 100% Juice and Vintner's Reserve
Cabernet Shiraz

This popular blend of elegant Cabernet Sauvignon along with the fruity flavor of Shiraz creates a lush, full-bodied wine bursting with blackberry, cherry and currant. The delicate oak aroma make this very intense for all your senses.

Comparable Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz

Pairing: Goes well with chicken and mild cheeses.

Oak: Medium Body: Full Aging: 6-9 months

Available In : Concentrate, Supreme 100% Juice and Vintner's Reserve
Carmenere

Once mistaken for a Merlot, this mysterious grape varietal has recently been identified as an old world pre-phyloxera clone. This wines character is distinct with a blackcurrant nose and fruit jam flavours. Integrated tannins allow early consumption, although the wine ages well due to it's rich and complex nature.

Comparable Wines: Merlot

Pairing: Grilled Meats and Vegetables

Oak: None Body: Medium Aging: 9-12 months

Available In: Vintner's Reserve
Chianti

Beautiful deep garnet red with a delicate nose of red berry jam with floral hints and country berry nuances. This rich, velvety wine is full-flavored with subtle black pepper and cherry like overtones. It can be enjoyed both young and aged.

Comparable Wines: Sangiovese

Pairing: The perfect partner for Italian foods, pates and cheeses.

Oak: Light Body: Medium Aging: 3-6 months

Available In : Concentrate, Supreme 100% Juice and Vintner's Reserve
Gamay Noir

Very fruity red with low tannin levels. Deeply colored with a distinct cherry bouquet and flavor. A subtle wine that exudes warmth, an excellent choice for stews or all on its own.

Comparable Wines: Bardolino, Pinot Noir, Valpolicella

Pairing: Soups and hearty stews.

Oak: None Body: Medium Aging: 3-6 months

Available In: Concentrate and Supreme 100% Juice
Lambrusco

Bright ruby red in color with violet reflections, this wine is complex, charming and subtle. The aromas of ripe berries, a hint of cherries and subtle herbaceous finish with good length and structure. This wine has mellow tannins with hints of red fruit on the palate and an attractive freshness. It is usually consumed young and often slightly chilled.

Comparable Wines: None

Pairing: Good for Italian foods, appetizers and thick sauce pastas.

Oak: None Body: Medium Aging: 3-6 months

Available In : Concentrate and Supreme 100% Juice
Malbec

This South American favorite, offers a deep garnet robe enhances the wines characteristics. The flavors are of intense, ripe, red fruits with a hint of cinnamon. The well-balanced oak only enhances the wines characteristics.

Comparable Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Pairings: Grilled lamb, venison, and Mexican dishes.

Oak: Medium Body: Medium Aging: 9 - 12 months Sweetness: Dry

Available In : Vintner's Reserve
Merlot

The supple, round-bodied Merlot is enjoying increased popularity as a pure varietal. Medium to dark red, it has a distinct nose of cherries, raspberries, blackcurrants and mint, also displays some herbs and spices. A smooth mellow wine balanced for easy drinking, while its lower tannins indicate a wine that should be enjoyed relatively young.

Comparable Wines: Bordailles Rouge, Cabernet Merlot, Malbec

Pairing: This wine partners well with cheese, beef, pork, pastas and pizza.

Oak: Light Body: Medium Aging: 3-6 months

Available In : Concentrate, Supreme 100% Juice and Vintner's Reserve
Montepulciano

This Italian classic has a deep ruby robe, with violet reflections. It is a complex bold wine with soft peppery tones and nuances of spice, wrapped up in a velvety texture. Well structured for aging. Smooth and delightful.

Comparable Wines: Chianti, Sangiovese

Pairing: Best to consume with Italian-style pastas and red meats.

Oak: Medium Body: Full Aging: 6-9 months

Available In : Concentrate and Supreme 100% Juice
Petit Sirah

This varietal produces a big, robust, deep red wine with good aging potential. Because of its higher tannin levels, it is well suited to the amateur looking for a hefty red with substantial body. It is sometimes blended with Zinfandel to add some zest and complexity.

Comparable Wines: Syrah, Zinfandel

Pairing: Suits roasted vegetables, fowl and red meats.

Oak: Medium Body: Full Aging: 6-9 months

Available In: Supreme 100% Juice Only
Pinot Noir

Brilliant red color. This wine has a slightly spicy nose with hints of balsawood as well as citrus notes. A soft lively fruitiness on the palate along with mellow tannins leaves a velvety finish in the mouth. It is often referred to as the chameleon of varietals. As a young wine it exhibits simple red fruit flavors such as cherry, strawberry and raspberry. As it matures it takes on a surprising complexity, with aromas of chocolate, venison, figs, prunes, truffles, violets and even a touch of smokiness.

Comparable Wines: Bourgeron Rouge

Pairing: Serves well with cheeses and red meats.

Oak: None Body: Medium Aging: 3-6 months

Available In : Concentrate, Supreme 100% Juice and Vintner's Reserve
Ruby Cabernet

A cross between Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon, it was developed to give a high yield vine in hot climate conditions. The "must" can be used to increase color intensities in blends or it can be used to produce a light table wine.

Comparable Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon

Pairing: The mellow taste pairs well with pork and chicken.

Oak: None Body: Light Aging: 3-6 months

Available In: Supreme 100% Juice Only
Sangiovese

A rich dry wine. Well-balanced, strong and full-bodied with a deep ruby red color. This wine has rich flavors of cedar and blackcurrant. It has the deep flavor of intense fruit and mellow tannins with just a hint of vanilla from the oak. The finish is clean and pleasant and is best matched with spicy foods.

Comparable Wines: Chianti, Sangiovese

Pairing: Spicy red meats, fowl and vegetables.

Oak: Light Body: Full Aging: 6-9 months

Available In : Concentrate and Supreme 100% Juice
Shiraz

This robust dry wine is dark in color with a rich bouquet of warm berries, fresh pepper accompanied by distinctly spicy notes. It ages gracefully into a velvety wine of pure elegance, perfect for entertaining. A powerful heavy oak finish fills the palate.

Comparable Wines: Cabernet Shiraz, Chianti, Vieux Chateau Du Roi

Pairing: Smooth in texture, a must for steaks, chicken and cheeses.

Oak: Medium Body: Full Aging: 9-12 months

Available In : Concentrate, Supreme 100% Juice and Vintner's Reserve
Valpolicella

This refreshing, complex, medium-bodied wine, has a delicate bouquet and a rich texture. This wine possesses solid tannins and acids that delight the palate. Ruby-red color, intense raisin and floral flavors culminate in a long lingering finish. The wine is a versatile accompaniment for large dinner parties.

Comparable Wines: Bardolino, Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir

Pairing: Perfect for serving beef, stroganoff and Italian foods.

Oak: None Body: Medium Aging: 6-9 months

Available In : Concentrate, Supreme 100% Juice and Vintner's Reserve
Vieux Chateau Du Roi

Bright ruby color, this wine has a fine complex nose of plum and fruit jam. It is rich and hearty with a hint of ripe cherries on the palate. Its tannic backbone allows for graceful aging.

Comparable Wines: Chianti, Shiraz

Pairing: A meal of pepper steak and barbecued red meats make this wine come alive.

Oak: Medium Body: Full Aging: 9-12 months

Available In : Concentrate and Supreme 100% Juice
Zinfandel Red

Bright ruby red with slight purple reflections. This wine has cherry and blackberry aromas with a subtle note of strawberries. Spice and pepper flavors fill the palate to both tease and satisfy. A rarity red, best served chilled along side the following;

Comparable Wines: Barolo, Shiraz

Pairing: goulash, pepper steak, BBQ spare ribs and spicy pastas.

Oak: None Body: Full Aging: 9-12 months

Available In : Concentrate, Supreme 100% Juice and Vintner's Reserve

 

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