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Vintages Release April 3, 2010

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Dessert Wine

Torres Floralis Oro Moscatel, Spain, Spain: A pure apricot richness unfolds on your palate. Lovely layers of ripe tree fruit and peach preserves. Wonderful after-dinner dessert wine. Drink: 2010 - 2016 642173 15% MS 500 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. April 2010. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Trapiche Broquel Malbec 2007, Mendoza, Argentina: Mocha and black plums, round and velvety and full-bodied. Great for an early spring barbecue. 17210 14.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Baron Philippe De Rothschild Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Maipo Valley, Chile: Beguiling nose of cassis, violets, blackberries and leather. Pleasantly bitter finish with full-bodied texture on the palate. 32151 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bodegas Lan Reserva Tempranillo 2004, D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain: A juicy red loaded with ripe blackberries and plums. Good balance and texture. Full-bodied and smoky. Drink: 2010 - 2012 42929 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beringer Third Century Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, North Coast, California, United States: Classically balanced with lovely aromas of mocha, black plums and fleshy blackberries. A rippling velvet texture keeps the pleasure rolling layer after layer. So nicely structured with medium- to full-body weight. 47704 13.9% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 90/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casa Emma Chianti Classico, Fiorella Lepri Sangiovese Canaiolo Malvasia Nera 2007, D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy: This wine is a blend of 90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo and 5% Malvasia Nera grapes. Gloriously balanced, mouth-watering and delicious! A hint of mocha intermingles with fleshy blackberries and plums. Supple texture. 56952 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Los 800 Garnacha Carinena Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, D.O.C.A., Priorat, Spain: Juicy purple and black plums burst forth first followed by fleshy blackberries, leather and some smoke. Full-bodied and wonderfully layered. Drink: 2010 - 2019 75150 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Artazuri Viñedos Artazu Garnacha 2008, D.O., Navarra, Spain: Love the peppered back raspberries! This is such a top-me-up-again kind of wine. Great for parties too given the price. Full-bodied and dripping with gorgeous black fruit flavour. 80812 14.4% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 90/100. April 2010. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Récolte Du Domaine Voarick Mercurey Clos Paradis, 1Er Cru Michel Picard Pinot Noir 2005, A.C., Burgundy, France: A cherry-berry fleshy ripe heart that tastes almost sweet even though this is a dry wine. Lovely layers of mouth-watering, silky texture. Terrific price for Burgundy. 86603 12.9% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry's Drive Reserve, Pillar Box Shiraz 2007, Padthaway, South Australia, Australia: Instant gratification the way I like it! Bring on the black plums, cue the violets in the cigar box. Open up your world of hedonism. Full-bodied and lip-smacking delicious. 90324 15% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Katnook Founder's Block Shiraz 2006, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: A juicy and giving red with savoury dark red fruit and pepper notes. Full-bodied and delicious. 108167 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Reschke Bull Trader Cabernet Merlot 2006, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: Voluptuous layers of mouth-watering goodness! Dark berries and velvet plums. Full-bodied and terrific. 108175 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

A By Acacia Pinot Noir 2008, California, United States: A very big Pinot with juicy plump black cherries. Silky and full-bodied. 118927 13.8% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Cova Dels Vins Ombra Garnacha Carinena Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, D.O., Montsant, Spain: Gorgeous and inviting wine with bring-you-into-the-glass aromas of rich, fleshy dark plums and berries. Layers and layers of flavour unfurl on the palate, smooth, supple texture. Balanced and tasty. 132589 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Humberto Canale Caracter Patagonia Intimo Malbec 2008, Río Negra, Patagonia, Argentina: Straight-forward pleasure with mocha, oak and black plums wrapped in a full-bodied package. 144725 13.5% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 85/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vina Zaco Bodegas Bilbaínas Tempranillo 2006, D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain: Smoky and oaky with tasty black cherries, ready and robust. Decant 1-2 hours. Drink: 2010 - 2012 146209 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Vico Rouge Nielluccio Sciacarello Syrah 2007, A.C., Corsica, France: A juicy, savoury red laden with dark fleshy berries and plums. Full-bodied and supple. Decant for 2 hours. 149971 13.4% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Dona Baissas Vieilles Vignes Syrah Blend 2007, Côtes Du Roussillon Villages, Rhône, France: A supple, plummy wine with full-bodied tasty layers. Polished tannins with a knock-it-back invitation. 151282 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine De La Croisette Syrah Blend 2007, A.C., Côtes Du Rhône, France: A rustic, full-bodied, tasty red with cedar and black cherry notes. Smelling this wine is like walking through a spring cedar forest after rain: inviting and wonderful. What a great price. 155465 14% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave De Roquebrun La Grange Des Combes St. Chinian-Roquebrun 2007, A.C., Midi, France: Pleasant tart cherries and cranberries with some smoke on the finish. Medium- to full-bodied with a silky, mouth-watering texture. Perfect for pizza night! 155804 14.2% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Grimont Cuvée Prestige Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2006, A.C., Premières Côtes De Bordeaux, France: Terrific value for this straight-forward, juicy Bordeaux. Black cherries, smoke and mouth-watering acidity with a medium-bodied texture. Drink: 2010 - 2013 160416 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thomas Henry Merlot 2006, Napa Valley, California, United States: A juicy, herbal Merlot with dark plums and blueberry aromas. Full-bodied and smooth. 161257 14.1% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Michele Reverdito Simane Nebbiolo 2007, D.O.C., Langhe, Piedmont, Italy: An exotic Italian red with classic notes of tar and wild forest violets. You need a taste for the pleasantly bitter Italianate flavour but it’s addictive once you acquire the taste. Full-boded, deep, long and ruggedly handsome. 161703 14.2% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gladium Bodegas Campos Reales Crianza Tempranillo 2006, D.O., La Mancha, Spain: This wine is made 100% from the Tempranillo grape. Mocha-smoke on the nose with dark berries and plums to flesh out the palate. Full-bodied, velvet texture and a satisfyingly long finish. Old World balance with New World power and concentration. 162677 13.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bodegas Ateca Old Vines Garnacha De Fuego 2008, D.O., Catalayud, Spain: A savoury, meaty red with lovely velvet texture. Aromas of black cherries and raspberries. 162685 14% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 88/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vinos De Fabula Vivir, Vivir Viñedos Neo Tempranillo 2007, D.O.C., Ribero Del Duero, Spain: Incredible value! Juicy, full-bodied, balanced and tasty! Terrific ripe blackberries and plums. Great party wine given the price and its broad appeal. 162693 13.5% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 88/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casa Castillo Julia Roch E Hijos Monastrell 2008, D.O., Jumilla, Spain: Juicy black plums and full-bodied flavours. Great price! 165621 14.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Haut Grelot Cuvée Tradition Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2006, A.C., Premières Côtes De Blaye, Bordeaux, France: Mocha and dark-chocolate on the rose followed by black cherries and smoke. Full-bodied, smooth and straight-forward. Good value. 165738 12.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gaba Do Xil Mencía Compañia De Vinos Telmo Rodríguez 2008, D.O., Valdeorras, Spain: Savoury aromas with saddle leather, violets and black plums. Full-bodied and silky smooth. Enticingly and exotically different. 166199 12.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Carpineto Riserva Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2003, D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy: Dusty, savoury, classic Italian red with aromas of lovely tart black cherries, cedar smoke, violets. Drink: 2010 - 2013 368910 13% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 90/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Beaumont Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2005, A.C., Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France: A terrific bargain for Bordeaux from a great vintage! Smokey with blackcurrant and cassis. Great structure with a gorgeous texture. Some mocha and dark spices on the finish. Perfect for a dinner party with hearty meat dishes. Decant for 1-2 hours. Drink: 2010 - 2014 500108 13% XD 750 mL $25.00 Score: 89/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gallo Barrelli Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Gorgeous aromas of classic cassis and blackberry perfume from the glass. So beautifully balanced (not a fruit bomb). Supple texture with full-bodied weight. A finish infused with dark spices. Wow! Drink: 2010 - 2020 555615 14% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. April 2010. Favourite Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nick Faldo Selection Shiraz 2006, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: Juicy and savoury with rich ripe black plums. Some lovely anise, vanilla smoke and black raspberry oN the finish. Goes down quickly. Perfect for those of us who prefer the clubhouse to the greens. 590448 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Malivoire Wine Company Gamay 2008, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Juicy and generous with dancing, vibrant cherries and smoke. Silky texture with lovely medium body weight. 591313 13% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lailey Vineyard Merlot 2007, V.Q.A., Niagara River, Ontario, Canada: Savoury rich with notes of black plum, berries and some herbal nuances. Nicely balanced and spice-infused finish. 591396 13% XD 750 mL $25.00 Score: 88/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Ema Reserve Merlot 2006, Maipo Valley, Chile: Dark chocolate nose with gorgeously fine tannins and texture. Black plums roll across your mouth in a parade of full-bodied flavour. 642538 13.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chilensis Reserva Carmenère 2008, Maule Valley, Chile: Mocha depth and richness that’s absolutely incredible for this price! Black plums, peppered berries. Vanilla smoke on the finish. Wow. 657981 14% XD 750 mL $11.95 Score: 89/100. April 2010. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Seifried Estate Pinot Noir 2008, Nelson, South Island, New Zealand: This wine won a Silver Medal for Pinot Noir at the 2009 San Francisco International Wine Competition. Lovely vibrant cherry with mouth-watering acidity. Silky, medium-bodied texture with vibrant come alive flavours. 707778 13% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Delheim Pinotage 2008, W.O., Simonsbeg-Stellenbosch, South Africa: A black plum-rich, berry-ripe red with lovely layers of mouth-watering flavour. Full-bodied and smooth. Bring it on! 714253 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lealtanza Bodegas Altanza Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2001, D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain: Lovely mature aromas with leather, cigar, violets and dried plums. Full-bodied and ultra-supple. Drink now rather than age further. See what a mature wine tastes like as it’s rare thing these days in stores or restaurants. Drink: 2010 - 2018 927913 13.5% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 90/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbés Pinot Gris 2007, A.C., Alsace, France: Just smelling this wine makes my mouth water! That’s always a good sign of a wine that will pair well with food. Lovely notes of orange zest, lilies, pink grapefruit and peach. Clean and refreshing; this would also be an excellent aperitif or opening wine for a cocktail party. 21253 13% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Reichsrat Von Buhl Armand Riesling Kabinett 2008, Q.M.P., Pfalz, Germany: Vibrant acidity with rip peach, peach and apricot. Medium-bodied and vibrant. 60905 9.5% MD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stella Bella Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia: This wine won a Gold Medal at the 2009 Sheraton Wine Awards. Smoky, zesty white with lime, green apples and white peach. Mouth-watering and tasty. 108159 13.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Maison François Martenot Cuvée Prestige Bourgogne Chardonnay 2007, A.C., Burgundy, France: Lovely nose of Granny Smith green apples, white peach and melon. Wonderfully balanced with a light-handed use of oak. 159095 12.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Schlossböckelheimer Königsfels Paul Anheuser Riesling Kabinett 2008, Q.M.P., Nahe, Germany: Absolutely lovely! Soft and floral with ripe peach and pear in the background. Love it! Light- to medium-bodied with a touch of sweetness. Soft but balanced acidity. 161828 10% MD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. April 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Brunellesco Pinot Grigio 2008, I.G.T., Delle Venezie, Veneto, Italy: A pleasant, white melon white. No heavy oak or alcohol. Great aperitif. 165704 12.5% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 86/100. April 2010. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Chardonnay 2008, V.Q.A. , Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada: This wine made from organically grown grapes contains only 28 mg/L of free sulphur. Love this style of Chardonnay: hazelnuts, green apples and Asian pear, lovely! Full-bodied and generous but absolutely balanced and in tune. I’m very excited to discover this wine! 172338 12% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. April 2010. Favourite White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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