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Wine Picks October 2, 2009

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Note: This batch of wine reviews is not part of the bi-weekly Vintages Releases. Instead, it's a collection of wines outisde the Vintages section in store (general list) or wines sent to me directly from wineries that may not yet be available in liquor stores. Click on the Winery or Wine Agency link to get more info.

Red Wine

Organic One The BillabongVineyard,Jerilderie Shiraz 2007, Nsw, Australia: Juicy plums and ripe blackberries waft out from the glass in this supple, full-bodied organic Shiraz that has a good grip on the finish. Closed with a screwcap. Shiraz food pairings: Slow roasted meats, Spicy Pork roast, BBQ vegetables. 149401 14.5% XD 750 mL $20.00 Score: 87/100. October 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Inniskillin Niagara Estate Cabernet Franc 2007, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada: Supple and full-bodied with lovely dark berries and mocha-layered goodness. Cabernet Franc food pairings: BBQ meats from steak to burgers; red pasta dishes with grilled vegetables; well aged cheeses. Drink: 2009 - 2013 317016 12.5% D 750 mL $13.50 Score: 88/100. October 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Inniskillin Niagara Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2006, V.Q.A. Okanagan Valley, Canada: A mouth-watering and balanced red with gorgeous notes of blackberry, black plum and a dark spices. Full-bodied and supple. Lovely! Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve food pairings: full bodied meats roasted or BBQ with berry sauces; hearty aged Canadian cheddar cheeses.. Drink: 2009 - 2015 126672 14% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. October 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vigne dei Mastri Marcello 2007, Doc Monferrato, Italy: Vibrant, juicy and tasty: love it! Very aromatic with notes of black cherry and raspberry. Marcello food pairings: saltimbocca alla romana. Drink: 2009 - 2012 301183 13.5% D 750 mL $32.95 Score: 90/100. October 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Haut Lucas Haut Lucas 2006, Aoc Cotes-De-Castillon, France: A robust and rustic red with tasty notes of black plums and cedar. Balanced and full-bodied. decant for 1-2 hours. Haut Lucas food pairings: lamb souvlaki and greek potatoes. 298371 12.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 86/100. October 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Haut Lucas Château Puisseguin 2006, Aoc Puisseguin Saint-Emilion, France: A medium-bodied silky-textured red with pleasantly tart, vibrant cherry notes with some cranberry and red currant on the finish. Château Puisseguin food pairings: Camembert with whole-grain crackers. Drink: 2009 - 2012 3530030301060 12.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. October 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Calamus Estate Winery Calamus Red 2007, Niagara Escarpment, Canada: Juicy and vibrant, this red brims with tasty notes of dark plums and berries. Supple texture with a nice length on the finish. Calamus Red food pairings: lamb burgers on the grill. Drink: 2009 - 2013 189 12.1% D 750 mL $16.20 Score: 89/100. October 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Calamus Estate Winery Cabernet Franc 2007, Niagara Escarpment, Canada: A pleasant wine with notes of dark berries. Full-bodied and tasty. Cabernet Franc food pairings: Slow brasied bison or hearty beef stew. Drink: 2009 - 2014 141 12.8% D 1140 mL $18.20 Score: 86/100. October 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Calamus Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Niagara Escarpment, Canada: Redolent of blackberry, cassis and blackcurrant. Round and smooth and full-bodied with a peppery finish. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: Bring on the roast beef or lamb with rosemary. Drink: 2009 - 2011 127 12.6% D 750 mL $23.20 Score: 89/100. October 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Joseph Drouhin 2006, Cote De Beaune-Villages Burgundy Aoc, France: A lovely Pinot with notes of tart cherry, beetroot and fresh earth. Classic Old World style with generous length and a polished texture. Food pairings: roasted poultry, grilled meats and soft cheeses such as Reblochon or Brie. Drink: 2008 - 2013 325126 13% D 750 mL $19.85 Score: 89/100. October 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Torres Penedes Cabernet Sauvignon/Gran Coronas 2006, Catalunya, Spain: A rich and deeply layered red with gorgeous notes of black plum, blackberry and mocha. Some dark pepper and spices with a coffee-infused finish. Part of the Vintages Essentials Collection. Superb! Cabernet Sauvignon/Gran Coronas food pairings: The perfect accompaniment to starters (cured meats, vegetable rice dishes and paellas), as well as the finest meat and games recipes, without forgetting cheeses. Serve at 17ºC. Properly cellared it will improve over the next 10 years.. Drink: 2009 - 2016 36483 13.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. October 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Calamus Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2008, Niagara Escarpment, Canada: Light and refreshing with notes of white melon, lime and grapefruit. Terrific aperitif. Pinot Gris food pairings: Ahi tuna, smoked salmon, grilled shrimp. Drink: 2009 - 2010 202 12.2% MD 750 mL $15.20 Score: 88/100. October 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mount Cass Riesling 2007, Waipara Valley, New Zealand: Gorgeous, bone-dry Riesling with aromas of fresh lime, lemongrass and chives. A green melon-infused finish. Lovely! Riesling food pairings: red miso glazed salmon. Drink: 2009 - 2011 9419599234597 11% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. October 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mount Cass Chardonnay 2006, Waipara Valley, New Zealand: I adore this style of Chardonnay! It's buttery and generous but balanced with a lovely streak of acidity. Enticing notes of hazelnut, green apples and ripe pear. Chardonnay food pairings: penne with grilled chicken and sun-dried tomato pesto sauce. 9419599234665 13.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. October 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mount Cass Sauvignon Blanc 2008, Waipara Valley, New Zealand: Herbal grassy goodness in this zesty Sauvignon Blanc. Refreshing acidic attack with mouth-watering flavors to the finish. Terrific aperitif or companion to many dishes. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: mussels provencale. 294420 12.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 89/100. October 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vigne dei Mastri Chiara 2007, Doc Monferrato, Italy: Very similar to Pinot Grigio: refreshing, zesty and brimming with notes of green melon, fresh white flowers and lime. Light and lovely: great aperitif. Chiara food pairings: balsamic chicken with provolone and roasted red peppers on ciabatta bun. 301175 12% D 750 mL $30.95 Score: 87/100. October 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Inniskillin Niagara Estate Riesling-Varietal Series 2008, V.Q.A. Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada: Light and carefree with pleasant notes of grapefruit and lime. Riesling-Varietal Series food pairings: Very versatile white wine; goes well with light textured fish, sushi, shellfish, Asian cuisine, light meats and sauces; very cheese friendly.. Drink: 2009 - 2011 83790 12% D 750 mL $12.25 Score: 86/100. October 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Inniskillin Niagara Estate Riesling Reserve 2008, V.Q.A. Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada: Lime-fresh zest with mouth-watering notes of green apples and pink grapefruit. Terrific aperitif. Riesling Reserve food pairings: mild Asian cuisine, sushi, shellfish and light textured fish.. Drink: 2009 - 2012 32045 11.5% D 750 mL $14.45 Score: 87/100. October 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wolf Blass Yellow Label Riesling 2008, Barossa Valley, Australia: A refreshing, mouth-watering bone-dry Riesling with zippy, vibrant notes of limes and green apples. A lovely underlay of flint and slate minerality. Not fruit-forward or cloying in any sense. Terrific! Yellow Label Riesling food pairings: Grilled tuna steaks with lime and mango salsa. 505370 11.9% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. October 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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