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Peter Lehmann Wines Layers White Semillon Muscat 2009, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia: This wine is a blend of semillon (39%), muscat (23%), gewurztraminer (16%) and pinot gris. Such a pretty wine! Aromas of field flowers, peach and pear and honeysuckle a fresh spring day. Terrific aperitif. Pair with: seafood, salads. Drink: 2010-2013. 167171 11% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. October 2, 2010
Favourite White Wine.
Robert Oatley Vineyards Pemberton Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Pemberton, Australia: Crisp and clean with refreshing aromas of white melon, grapefruit and lime zest. Not herbal or grassy. Good acidity makes it mouth-watering: this wine cries out for food! Pair with: seared scallops, grilled prawns, pasta with lighter sauces, pizza, Indian dishes. Drink: 2010-2013. 186106 12.20% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. September 18, 2010
Stoney Ridge Estate Winery Dim Vineyard Riesling 2008, V.Q.A., Creek Shores, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Vintages Wine Panel: This wine won a Gold Medal at the 2009 All Canadian Wine Championships. This pretty wine features aromas of apricot, peach and a hint of honey. Medium dry with good fruit, the wine is balanced by a crisp acidity. Enjoy this long-finishing wine with mildly spiced calamari dishes. My note: A crisp, refreshing Riesling with attractive notes of lime and lemongrass. Good aperitif. Excellent value. 161208 12% MD 750 mL $14.00 Score: 87/100. January 9, 2010
Le Clos Jordanne Le Clos Jordanne Vineyard Chardonnay 2007, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Twenty Mile Bench, Ontario, Canada: Voluptuous, mouth-filling aromas of happiness! Full-bodied and richly textured. Hazelnut, green apple, peach, yes, of course, but think about how you feel when you drink this wine. Beyond words, isn’t it? 33910 14% XD 750 mL $40.00 Score: 93/100. February 20, 2010
Favourite White Wine.
Antinori Solaia Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon Sangiovese Cabernet Franc 2006, I.G.T., Tuscany, Italy: Drop-dead gorgeous! One of the world’s great wines to try before you die. Is it worth the price? Only you can decide that. Generous aromas of dark fruit, exotic spice, mint, and savoury meaty notes. Such incredible resonance across the palate: the flavours just play with each other for your pleasure. Then it all finishes in a spectacular fireworks of flavour and hedonism. I am undone. Drink: 2012-2030. 987586 14% XD 750 mL $244.95 Score: 98/100. February 6, 2010
Favourite Red Wine.
Santa Julia Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: This organic wine contains just 14 mg/L of free sulfur. A dark, smoky wine with blackberries and black plums with some pepper notes in the background. Full-bodied and deep 68452 13.50% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. September 26, 2009
Best Value Red Wine.
Mas Des Bressades Cuvée Tradition Syrah Grenache 2008, A.C., Costières de Nîmes, Rhône, France: Vintages Wine Panel: A blend of 55% Syrah and 45% Grenache, this Nîmes wine is filled with blackberry, soft spice, vanilla bean and underbrush aromas and flavours. Dry and appealing with fine fruit surrounded by gentle tannins and a hint of refreshing acidity. A great value from an up-and-coming region. My note: A tasty, full-bodied red with generous notes of black raspberries and blackberries. Supple with a satisfyingly long finish. Immeniently gulpable. 143099 13.50% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. February 20, 2010
Henry of Pelham Estate Winery Cuvee Catharine Brut Sparkling Wine, Niagara, Ontario, Canada: One of Ontario's (and Canada's) benchmark bubblies. Aromas of ripe green apples, lime, and white peach all wrapped in a toasty blanket. Medium-bodied with great persistence of flavour. Refreshing, zesty and ultimately celebratory! Don't just toast weddings, anniversaries and birthdays, raise a glass to life and make it a celebration with this wine tonight. In my Drinks Matcher tool, I pair this bubbly with many dishes. Pair with: oysters, mussels, caviar, smoked salmon, seafood, salads, potato chips. Drink: 2009-2012. 616441 12% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. December 6, 2008
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