Here are my top picks from the July 21 Vintages Release. You can also get all 83 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 the August 4 Vintages Release.
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2010 Martín Códax Albariño, Rías Baixas, Spain
Lovely lemon lift and lime vibrancy. Clean, crisp and refreshing without any heavy oak. Great aperitif or companion to seafood, salads and vegetarian dishes. Drink: 2012-2015. 984906 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. Best Value White Wine
2009 Domaine Latour-Giraud Les Narvaux, Burgundy, France
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. Drink: 2012-2018. 12369 13% XD 750 mL $45.95 Score: 95/100. Top Rated White Wine
2011 Kooyong Pinot Noir Massale, Victoria, Australia
Smoky sour cherry: soooo seductive! Mouth-watering and juicy yet lovely dry herb finish. Medium- to full-body. Love it! Pair with: veal medallions in a red wine sauce. Drink: 2012-2016. 281055 13% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 93/100. Top Rated Red Wine
2010 Visan Le Devès, Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, France
Pepper and dark spice with savoury cedar and black cherry flavours. Terrific for the price. Pair with: char grilled burgers topped with bacon and mushrooms. Drink: 2012-2015. 277368 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. Best Value Red Wine.
2011 Folie À Deux Rosé, California,
Dry and pretty with aromas of rose petal and small strawberries. Pair with: spicy sausages. Drink: 2012-2013. 120220 13.5% M 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. Best Value Rosé.
2011 Southbrook Vineyards Cabernet Franc Rose, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario
Field-fresh strawberries and barefoot happiness. Dry, refreshing and medium-bodied. Drink: 2012-2014. 621605315117 12% 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. Top Rated Rosé
2009 Mike Weir Sparkling, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Classic with toasty goodness and green apple freshness. Awesome price! Pair with: veggie tempura, fried chicken, grilled salmon steaks with peach salsa. Drink: 2012-2014. 187294 12% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. Best Value Sparkling Wine
Buller Victoria Tawny, Victoria, Australia
Lovely aromas of toffee and toasted almond. Splendid beyond the intellect: this dessert wine talks to the senses directly. Be quiet and enjoy. Pair with: mature cheeses. pecan pie. Drink: 2012-2018. 271403 18% S 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. Top Rated Dessert Wine