Natalie McLean, Homefront's wine expert is Canada's most quoted wine writer and editor of the country's largest wine review website. Here is a sample from her recent choices for us.

As cooler temperatures set in, we look to heartier fare and wines. Change your wine wardrobe with these cozy sippers.

By Natalie MacLean

Domaine Latour-Giraud Les Narvaux Chardonnay 2013, Meursault, Burgundy AC, France. (LCBO #12369, $74.00): I can see the road signs in Burgundy when I smell this wine. Love it! Classic chardonnay raised to the Platonic ideal of what this wine should be. Just enough toasty oak, green apple and rounded layers with an extra-long finish. Scrumptious seafood wine. Food pairings: Smoked salmon, seafood appetizers, pan-fried trout. Alcohol: 13%. Sweetness: Dry. 750 ml. Drink: 2013–2019. Score: 95/100.

Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California, USA (LCBO #731810, $99.95): Rich, round, full-bodied and balanced, with a chalky finish. Dark fruit aromas and flavours; nice layering of sensual pleasure. Food pairings: Hearty meat dishes, pepper steaks, smoky ribs, mushroom burgers. Alcohol: 14.2%. Sweetness: Extra dry. 750 ml. Drink: 2014–2022. Score: 90/100.

Speri Vigneto Monte Sant’urbano Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2011, Veneto DOCG, Italy (LCBO #205294, $78.00): A gorgeous, seductive nose of fleshy black and purple plums that opens to an expansive, mouth-filling luscious textured palate of blackberry and smoke. Pair with brontosaurus burgers. Food pairings: Polenta dishes, pasta with a tomato sauce, roasted venison, beef stew. Alcohol: 15%. Sweetness: Dry. 750 ml. Drink: 2014–2022. Score: 95/100.

Rodney Strong Wine Estates Symmetry 2012, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA (LCBO #641142, $70.95): A towering and august wine of great depth and structure. Needs cellar time. Aromas of blackcurrant and cassis, with toasty oak. This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Food pairings: Mushroom- and garlic-stuffed flank steak, prime rib roast, barbequed flat-iron steak. Alcohol: 15.3%. Sweetness: Extra dry. 750 ml. Drink: 2014–2020. Score: 90/100.

Natalie MacLean is the editor of Ontario’s largest wine review web site and mobile apps at nataliemaclean.com.

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