Here are my top picks from the June 23 Vintages Release. You can also get all 77 of my Best Value Wines and Top Rated Wines for red, white, rose, sparkling and dessert wines that encompass many price points, styles and regions. I’ve also posted my picks for everyday good value wines from the regular list of wines as well as the July 7 Vintages Release.
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2011 Seifried Riesling, South Island, New Zealand
Dry and flinty with pretty white floral aromas. Mouth-watering and lovely. Drink: 2012-2016. 989541 13% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. Best Value White Wine
2009 Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay, Santa Barbara And Monterey County, California
Classic! Toasty oak, green apple and white peach. Richly layered and full-bodied but not heavy. Drink: 2012-2015. 59576 13.5% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 91/100. Top Rated White Wine
2008 Valle Andino Syrah, Rapel Valley, Chile
Pretty darn amazing for the price, even at twice the price. Lusciously ripe black fruit with layers of juicy pleasure that will make you regret buying only one bottle. Full-bodied and some kinda wonderful. Drink: 2012-2015. 272682 14.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 91/100. Best Value Red Wine
2005 Gemma Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Superb! Big tannic grip but gorgeous flavours flow in and around that dry feeling with juicy dried cherries and leather and smoke. Full-bodied with an incredibly long finish. 185025 14% XD 750 mL $36.95 Score: 95/100. Top Rated Red Wine
Rose-petal, spring day pretty! Terrific acidity for grilled salmon. Lovely, fleeting notes of fresh field strawberries. Drink: 2012-2014. 276360 13% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 91/100. Best Value Rosé
2011 Quails’ Gate Rosé, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Full-bodied for rose but medium in the grand wine scheme of things. Delightfully flavourful with aromas of field raspberries and some nutmeg. The most un-boring rose I’ve tasted. I’m getting a case. Drink: 2012-2014. 275842 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 92/100. Top Rated Rosé
Clean and crisp with nice toasty fresh fruit aromas.. Stunningly great price! Drink: 2012-2014. 141184 12% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. Best Value Sparkling Wine
2008 Magnotta Vidal Icewine, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Gorgeous concentration and depth. Honeyed essence is brought to life and vibrancy with the effervesence. Your dessert island wine. Drink: 2012-2020. 50195 9.8% S 375 mL $69.95 Score: 93/100. Top Rated Dessert Wine