Here are my top wine picks from the March 2 Vintages Release. You can also get all 75 of my Best Value Wines and Top Rated Winesfor red, white, rose, sparkling and dessert wines that encompass many price points, styles and regions.
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Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2011, W.O., Western Cape, South Africa
Herbal and grassy with lovely lime and grapefruit citrus lift. Medium-bodied and mouth-watering. Perfect for vegetarian dishes and grilled veggies. Drink: 2013-2015. 96255 13.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. Best Value White Wine. Splendid Salad Wine.
Stratus Gewurztraminer 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada
Classic and lovely! Lychee, rose petal, spice without being too much. Medium-bodied and mouth-watering. Perfect for Asian and curries. Bring it! Pair with: pad Thai. Drink: 2013-2017. 251447 13.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 93/100. Top Rated White Wine. Spectacular Spicy Wine.
Tarima Monastrell 2010, D.O., Alicante, Jumilla, Spain
Stunning wine for the price! Supple, velvet smooth and loaded with seductive fleshy black cherry aromas and flavours. Beautiful depth and length. Gorgeous black raspberry on the finish. I still can’t believe the price. Stock up! Pair with grilled pork chops, prime rib, roast and herbed chicken. Drink: 2013-2015. 310151 14.5% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 90/100. Best Value Red Wine. Smart Buy Wine.
Le Ferme Du Mont Vendange 2010, A.C., Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhône, France
Spectacular! Savoury meaty notes and graphite on the nose bloom into fleshy black plums and happiness. Full-bodied and supple yet this one will go the distance in the cellar. The concentration is rich and deep and the finish is long and satisfying. Pair with filet mignon and rosemary lamb. Drink: 2014-2020. 309245 14.5% XD 750 mL $42.95 Score: 96/100. Top Rated Red Wine. Luscious Lamb Wine.
Domaine Allimant-Laugner Crémant D’alsace Brut, A.C., Alsace, France
Crisp and clean and a great price for this taste and quality! Aromas of toast and green apple. Stock up for parties and weddings. This would also be lovely with shellfish. Drink: 2013-2015. 30593 12.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. Best Value Sparkling Wine. Perfect Pasta Wine.
Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Spätlese 1999, Prädikatswein, Mosel, Germany
Sweet with ripe apricot and honeysuckle notes. Light-bodied and aromatic. Great with very spicy and hot dishes. Pair with: blue-veined cheeses, spicy sushi. Drink: 2013-2016. 313502 8.5% MS 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. Best Value Dessert Wine. Enchanting Cheese Wine.
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