Here are my top wine picks from the March 30 Vintages Release. You can also get all 66 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 already posted my wine reviews for the April 13 Vintages Release.
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Gérard Bertrand Réserve Spéciale Viognier 2011, I.G.P., Pays D’oc, Midi, France
Gorgeous! Intense and aromatic with orange zest and honeysuckle aromas on the nose. Lemon dry and mouth-watering on the palate. Medium- to full-bodied. Intense and lovely. Great for Asian fare. Pair with: grilled shrimp, lobster. Drink: 2012-2016. 147975 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. Best Value White Wine
Le Clos Jordanne Claystone Terrace Chardonnay 2009, V.Q.A., Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Love the toasted almond and clementine on the nose! Juicy and mouth-watering a gorgeous mouth-filling texture on weight. Some smoke and spice on a terrifically long finish. Superb craftsmanship from one of Ontario’s best producers. Drink: 2012-2017. 56929 14% XD 750 mL $40.00 Score: 94/100. Top Rated White Wine
Domaine Les Yeuses Les Épices Jean Paul Et Michel Dardé Syrah 2010, I.G.P., Pays D’oc, Midi, France
Absolutely stunning, especially at this price! Please don’t buy it all before I get to the liquor store. Perfect for barbecues and pizza night. Full-bodied, velvet smooth, deep and rich and black fleshy fruit. Exotic violets and leather-smoke on the nose. Smokin! Pair with: barbecued ribs, lamb stew featuring (but not limited to) paprika. Drink: 2013-2016. 177584 13.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 91/100. Best Value Red Wine
Versado Reserva Malbec 2009, Luján De Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
Exotic Bordeaux nose that still delivers plenty of Argentine sunshine and black fruit power. There’s finesse and elegance here. Aromas of smoke, dark spice, and field of black flowers. Full-bodied and smooth though decant for 2 hours. Serve only the finest cuts of meat with this red wonder. Drink: 2013-2019. 316984 14.2% XD 750 mL $59.95 Score: 95/100. Top Rated Red Wine
Tenuta S. Anna Extra Dry Genagricola Prosecco, D.O.C., Veneto, Italy
Lovely, especially for this price! Toasty and earthy with a robust character. Terrific aromas and flavours of baked bread and pear. Great persistence of flavours and bubbles on the palate. Good finish. Superb value. Drink: 2012-2015. 169128 11.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. Best Value Sparkling Wine
13th Street Premier Cuvée Méthode Classique 2008, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Toasty, classic nose that has the elegance of terrific champagne. Great price. Green apple on the palate. Fantastic! Drink: 2012-2015. 142679 12.5% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. Top Rated Sparkling Wine
Delaforce Quinta Da Corte Vintage Port 1995, D.O.C., Douro, Portugal
Spectacular! Amazing vintage; amazing dessert wine. Gorgeous layers of cassis and blackberry preserves. Terrific elegance and length. Superb craftsmanship. Wow. Drink: 2014-2020. 180836 20% MS 750 mL $34.95 Score: 94/100. Top Rated Dessert Wine
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