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Vintages Release October 1, 2011

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Dessert Wine

Megalomaniac Wines Coldhearted John Howard Cellars Of Distinction Riesling Icewine 2007, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Vintages Wine Panel: This wine won a Gold Medal at Intervin 2009. Pear, honey, spice and sweet citrus aromas and flavours, complemented by a bright, balancing acidity. So delicious that it would be truly coldhearted not to share. This is a perfect evening sipper, or adds a delectable touch to the finale of a meal. My note: Honey drizzled pear and peach with a sweet surrender on the finish. Riesling Icewine food pairings: cinnamon-spiced pumpkin pie. Drink: 2011 - 2017 243519 8% S 200 mL $28.95 Score: 91/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dow's Vintage Symington Family Estates Port 1997, D.O.C., Douro, Portugal: Benchmark vintage port: a river a blackberry liqueur and cassis preserves. Rich and superbly crafted. Drink: 2012 - 2024 546788 20% S 750 mL $84.95 Score: 96/100. October 2011. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cálem Lbv Port 2004, D.O.C., Douro, Portugal: Blackberry jam and cassis preserves. All the pleasure of vintage but you don’t have to wait and it’s a third the price. Drink: 2011 - 2017 912550 20% S 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fleur Du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2008, W.O., Coastal Region, South Africa: Double yum! Honeyed richness and apricot preserves. Incredibly depth and complexity. Note to self: buy more. Drink: 2011 - 2019 173781 10% S 375 mL $20.95 Score: 92/100. October 2011. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Royal Tokaji Blue Label 5 Puttonyos Tokaji Aszu 2006, Hungary, Hungary: Ranked #28 on the 2010 Wine Spectator Top 100 list. Honeyed greatness with blinding fleshy sweet pure fruit essence. Apricot and peach jam. Drink: 2011 - 2020 972836 10% S 250 mL $19.95 Score: 95/100. October 2011. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De Rayne-Vigneau 1Er Cru Meritage 2007, A.C., Sauternes, Bordeaux, France: Amazing! Gorgeous concentration of flavours with ripe fleshy apricot, peach preserves and marmalade. Yum! Drink: 2011 - 2020 98236 13% S 375 mL $31.00 Score: 94/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Doisy-Védrines 2E Cru Meritage 2007, A.C., Sauternes, Bordeaux, France: Love it! Spread it on thick: apricot jam and peach preserves. Is there anything better in life than drinking the sweet side of the sun? Drink: 2011 - 2020 98418 13% S 375 mL $29.00 Score: 94/100. October 2011. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Other Wines/Drinks

Maison Des Futailles Original Pomme De Glace Ice Cider, France: Vintages Wine Panel: Pretty copper-orange colour. Lively aromas of apple-cinnamon, poached pear and peach, and a hint of yellow plum. Medium-sweet with very good fresh/racy centre bringing fine balance. Medium-full bodied with a long, luxurious finish. My note: Phenomenal: pure essence of apple goodness and warm kitchen memories. Nice acidity, what’s not to love here? Pomme De Glace Ice Cider food pairings: apple crumble and French vanilla ice cream. Drink: 2011 - 2015 259275 11% MS 375 mL $23.95 Score: 91/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Napa Valley, California, United States: Redolent with fleshy blackberries and cassis: This gorgeous Cabernet draws you head-first into the glass. Smooth texture, full-bodied weight, maximum pleasure. Make any night a celebration with this wine. Available in Vintages Oct 1, 2011. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: filet mignon, prime rib, hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2011 - 2019 996405 13.9% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 92/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luigi Bosca Single Vineyard Malbec 2008, Luján De Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina: Rich and balanced with an attractive blackberry-cedar aroma. Full-bodied and smooth, terrific for gourmet pizza night. Malbec food pairings: pizza. Drink: 2011 - 2015 74922 14% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lamadrid Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Mendoza, Argentina: Let’s scan what’s new on Netflix or Apple TV and crack this bottle open. It’s so versatile that it can pair well with both action thrillers and chick flicks. Dark, full-bodied, smooth with black fruit. Incredible price. A near-perfect partner for grilled gourmet burgers or sausages. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled gourmet burgers, sausages. Drink: 2011 - 2015 234518 14% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. October 2011. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zolo Classic Fincas Patagónicas Malbec 2010, Mendoza, Argentina: Vintages Wine Panel: Delicious Malbec. Look for aromas and flavours of mixed berries, plum, coffee bean and woodsmoke. Dry and quite tasty. Intriguing layers of complexity lead to a ripe, fruity finish. My note: Top me up! You can’t argue with a wine this delicious at this price point … and if you do, you haven’t had enough of it. Rich, full-bodied with luscious blackberry and plum aromas. Yum. Malbec food pairings: spare ribs, steak fajitas. Drink: 2011 - 2015 183905 13.8% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 88/100. October 2011. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nieto Senetiner Don Nicanor 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Very powerful, full-palate whack. Black fruit with juiciness. This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot. Enjoy it with back ribs. Food pairings: back ribs. Drink: 2011 - 2016 640938 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mollydooker The Maitre D' Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, South Australia, Australia: A whip of black licorice and anise with black plums and blackcurrants. Full-bodied and supple. Drink: 2011 - 2016 246629 15.5% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 90/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thorn-Clarke Terra Barossa Shiraz 2009, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: Vintages Wine Panel: Opaque ruby with a purple rim. Big, bombastic aromas of blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, milk chocolate, black pepper and tar. Full bodied, concentrated and flavour-packed, with velvety texture and ripe tannins. Spicy dark fruit mid-palate leads to a layered, long finish. Cellar 1-3 years or enjoy tonight. My note: Blackberry seduction with a hint of mint. Full-bodied, beautifully layered. Love the savoury finish. Shiraz food pairings: grilled steak in a peppercorn-mushroom sauce. Drink: 2011 - 2016 595306 15% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mitolo G.A.M. Shiraz 2008, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Seductively rich, black cherry liqueur runs through the heart of this brooding wine. Full-bodied, velvet-smooth and hedonistically pleasurable. Perfect for proposals and apologies. Drink: 2011 - 2016 596031 14.5% XD 750 mL $43.95 Score: 93/100. October 2011. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Elderton Command Single Vineyard Shiraz 2007, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: Pow, right out of the glass! Classic Aussie blockbuster shiraz aromas: slight mint/herbal, fleshy, juicy black plums and blackberries squeezed in your palm with the juice running down your forearm. Oh my. Drink: 2011 - 2017 716142 14.5% XD 750 mL $93.95 Score: 95/100. October 2011. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hickinbotham Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Clarendon, South Australia, Australia: Deep and rich with purple plums and some mint. Classic juiciness with full-bodied richness. Ultra-smooth texture. Fantastico on the price! Drink: 2011 - 2016 159632 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wolf Blass Gold Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: Superbly made with rich lines of blackberry and blackcurrant and smoky-sigh finish. Nice balance and mouth-watering juiciness. Great price-quality ratio. Drink: 2011 - 2016 606939 14% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 92/100. October 2011. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Barossa Valley Estate Ebenezer Shiraz 2006, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: As durable as a Mac truck and just as weighty. Big black fruit aromas with a healthy bring-it-on dose of oak aging. Perfect for Steven Segal movies. Drink: 2011 - 2016 971705 14.5% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 93/100. October 2011. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beckett's Flat Margaret River Shiraz 2005, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia: Vintages Wine Panel: With six years under its belt, this wine is drinking beautifully. Opaque ruby, just starting to tend towards garnet in the glass. Deep, rich, spicy nose of raspberry, blackberry, licorice, mocha, black cherry, cola, and white pepper. Full bodied, mouth-filling, and still quite fruity and vibrant with plenty of spice on the finish. This will be a joy to savour over the next 5 years. My note: Savoury, lip-smacking delicious with mouth-watering aromas and flavours of wild blackberries, cedar and a touch of dark spice on the finish. Shiraz food pairings: thick-cut steaks, grilled chicken thighs in a black-bean sauce. Drink: 2011 - 2016 585869 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Perez Cruz Limited Edition Syrah 2009, Maipo Alto, Maipo Valley, Chile: Fresh-turned earth and ground coffee aromas in this fantastic, full-bodied wonder. Smooth and slippery, just what you want. Drink: 2011 - 2015 589812 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Du Château 1Er Cru Pinot Noir 2008, A.C., Burgundy, France: Terrific! Gorgeous notes of cranberry and beetroot with tart cherry, earth and violets. Complex and silky with a medium body. Living luxe. Drink: 2011 - 2019 901199 13.1% XD 750 mL $36.95 Score: 91/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine La Millière Vieilles Vignes Michel Arnaud, Prop-Récolt. 2009, A.C., Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhône, France: Black cherry liqueur concentration yet incredibly refined. The unbearable lightness of Châteauneuf. Full-bodied and smooth. Perfect for anniversary dinners and celebrations (when you don’t have to drive afterwards). Drink: 2012 - 2022 63396 14% XD 750 mL $47.95 Score: 96/100. October 2011. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château De Pierreux Mommessin Gamay (Beaujolais) 2009, A.C., Brouilly, Beaujolais, France: Light, delicate and floral with rose petal and violets and an underlay of fleshy ripe cherries. Good acidity, medium body and satin smooth. Lovely, especially for the price. Drink: 2011 - 2015 5496 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Gille Les Brulées Nuits St. Georges Pinot Noir 2008, A.C., Burgundy, France: Vintages Wine Panel: Domaine Gille sources its grapes from properties planted primarily with old vines, some as old as 100 years. The 2008 Les Brûlées Nuits-Saint-Georges possesses a lovely ripe cherry/berry fruit nose. The palate is well structured, medium-full bodied and extremely tasty, and delivers a very pleasing medium-long finish. In every way this exceptionally well-priced wine is a delight to drink. My note: Vibrant and alive with dancing , happy cherries across your mouth. Mouth-watering juiciness with liquid layers of satin. Oh yes! Pinot Noir food pairings: seared duck breast and a blueberry sauce. Drink: 2011 - 2019 240408 13.2% XD 750 mL $43.95 Score: 92/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Les Yeuses Les Épices Syrah 2008, Vins De Pays D'oc, Midi, France: Big, black bruiser with blackberry liqueur and a pleasant almost tarry note. Deep and rich and ultimately satisfying, especially at this price point. Full whack to the palate. Drink: 2011 - 2015 177584 13.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave Des Vignerons De Bel Air Gamay (Beaujolais) 2009, Beaujolais-Villages, France: Tart and zippy with pleasantly acidic cherry notes. Perfect served slightly chilled and knocked back without care. Medium-bodied and smooth. Drink: 2011 - 2013 208058 12.5% D 750 mL $11.95 Score: 87/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine De Bonserine La Sarrasine Syrah Shiraz 2008, A.C., Côte-Rôtie, Rhône, France: I love it! Cedar forest floor with luscious ripe and wild cherries. Succulent, mouth-watering, juicy and rich with smooth, full-bodied weight. This is why I drink so much the Rhone syrah! Drink: 2011 - 2019 606442 13% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 94/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage Syrah Shiraz 2007, A.C., Rhône, France: Vintages Wine Panel: Deep ruby coloured (mostly) Syrah with aromas of blackberry, white pepper, hickory smoke, dried black olive, tobacco and game. Dry with very good aroma replays on the palate. Moderate tannins and fresh acidity give it terrific balance. It is very tasty now, or cellar for 5+ years. My note: Peppery, mouth-watering juiciness with black cherry and black raspberry aromas. Gorgeous! Full-bodied and smooth. Happiness in a bottle. Syrah Shiraz food pairings: grilled game bird, lamb chops. Drink: 2011 - 2019 704908 13% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marchesi di Barolo Nebbiolo (Barolo, Barbaresio) 2005, D.O.C.G., Piedmont, Italy: Blackberry liqueur with a savoury, almost sour note that remains attractive. Full-bodied, mouth-filling and somewhat juicy. Drink: 2012 - 2017 168179 14.5% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 90/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Baracchi Smeriglio Syrah 2008, D.O.C., Cortona, Tuscany, Italy: Dark, rustic and cedary with dark field berries. Full-bodied with a good grip and lots of depth. Drink: 2011 - 2016 242073 13% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Caparzo Brunello Di Montalcino 2005, D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy: Subtle with a gorgeous spreading across your mouth like a Tuscan sunset. It fills every crevice with pleasure. Stay with me. Exotic aromas of leather, violets and dried cherry. Mouth-watering yet ultra-elegant. Love it. My birthday is coming up. Drink: 2011 - 2017 579094 13.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 94/100. October 2011. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ornellaia 2008, D.O.C., Bolgheri Superiore, Tuscany, Italy: Vintages Wine Panel: The 2008 has not yet been reviewed, however, expect excellence. Impactful, elegant Bordeaux-blend wine with aromas of Ribena juice, cedar, chocolate, Christmas cake, plum and creamy vanilla. Dry, extracted with a blast of fruit followed immediately by firm, age-worthy tannins. Medium-full bodied with a long fruit/cedar/tannin finish. This wine will be even better in 5+ years, and will last 15 or more beyond that. My note: Ka-pow! Jumps out of the glass and pulls you back in head first. This wine floods the senses with black fruit, tar, dark spices and smoke. Can you see yourself negotiating in a smoky room with someone who wants a much higher rate of interest than you expected. Have another sip. Drink: 2013 - 2022 707547 14.5% XD 1500 mL $438.95 Score: 96/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ornellaia Tenuta Dell'ornellaia 2008, D.O.C., Bolgheri Superiore, Tuscany, Italy: Vintages Wine Panel: The 2008 has not yet been reviewed, however, expect excellence. Impactful, elegant Bordeaux-blend wine with aromas of Ribena juice, cedar, chocolate, Christmas cake, plum and creamy vanilla. Dry, extracted with a blast of fruit followed immediately by firm, age-worthy tannins. Medium-full bodied with a long fruit/cedar/tannin finish. This wine will be even better in 5+ years, and will last 15 or more beyond that. My note: Ka-pow! Jumps out of the glass and pulls you back in head first. This wine floods the senses with black fruit, tar, dark spices and smoke. Can you see yourself negotiating in a smoky room with someone who wants a much higher rate of interest than you expected. Have another sip. Drink: 2013 - 2022 722470 14.5% XD 750 mL $184.95 Score: 96/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Remo Farino Classico Superiore Valpolicella 2008, D.O.C., Veneto, Italy: Vintages Wine Panel: Ripasso (or “re-passing”) involves fermenting the Vapol wine a second time on dried Amarone grapes. This process deepens the wine’s colour, body, aroma, taste and ageability. Farina’s Ripasso features aromas of pepper spice, licorice, cherries, and ginger, all contributing to a medium-bodied, long-finishing wine. My note: Peppered black cherry liqueur with a nice bite that makes me want to bite back. Full-bodied, mouth-watering and a surprisingly rich, long finish. Valpolicella food pairings: grilled veal chops and herbed tomato salad. Drink: 2011 - 2016 999946 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Masi Toar 2007, Veronese, Veneto Igt, Italy: Toar was the first product to feature the ancient grape Oseleta, a variety saved from extinction by Masi. For this wine, Masi blends it with the classic Valpolicella grapes Corvina and Rondinella to create this wine. The wines mature for 12 months in new oak barrels. After blending, the wine is given a further 6 to 12 months in bottle before release. Cellar it 3-4 years, or enjoy it tonight. A pleasant medium- to full-bodied sipper that’s satin smooth with attractive notes of cassis and blackberry. Food pairings: grilled lamb, beef, stuffed veal tenderloin. Drink: 2011 - 2015 342444 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. October 2011. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Goats do Roam The Goatfather 2010, W.O., Coastal Region, South Africa: Vintages Wine Panel: Here’s an offer you can’t refuse. Cheeky Charles Back of Fairview Wines and his ubiquitous goats are at it again with this special family blend featuring the Italian varieties Sangiovese and Barbera, as well as international superstar Cabernet Sauvignon. You won’t fuhgeddaboudit. My note: Terrific vibrant peppery red and black berries. Alive and looking for a friendly fight. Full-bodied and smooth. You can’t beat the price. Love the sense of humour. Food pairings: spaghetti and meatballs with sauce. Drink: 2011 - 2014 11072 14.6% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. October 2011. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir 2008, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: Lovely pinot, just the way I love them! Not overly cherry-berry, just some fleeting, morning dew-ladened field berries as the fog clears and the sun breaks through. Silky smooth and medium-bodied. Delightful. Drink: 2011 - 2015 234534 14% XD 750 mL $36.95 Score: 90/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir 2008, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: Lovely pinot, just the way I love them! Not overly cherry-berry, just some fleeting, morning dew-ladened field berries as the fog clears and the sun breaks through. Silky smooth and medium-bodied. Delightful. Drink: 2011 - 2015 234484 13.5% XD 375 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Clos Du Bois Pinot Noir 2008, North Coast, California, United States: Vintages Wine Panel: Fine, warm-climate Pinot with aromas of black cherry, sandalwood, blueberry, smoke and stewed beetroot. Dry, fruity, flavourful with a very good texture. Ripe centre and fruit-driven finish round out the package. Cellar for 1-2 years, or enjoy tonight. My note: Very pleasant sipper with medium-bodied weight and such a smooth texture. Ripe cherries dance across your mouth then slip down like an ocean sunset. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled lamb chops. Drink: 2011 - 2015 161273 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Robert Mondavi Winery Pinot Noir 2008, Carneros, Napa Valley, California, United States: Drop-to-your-knees fleshy cherries, beg for mercy satin texture and lusciousness. This is a gorgeous pinot with medium- to full-bodied weight. Perfect for dinner parties featuring salmon or pork. Pinot Noir food pairings: salmon, pork tenderloin, duck dishes. Drink: 2011 - 2019 438697 14.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 93/100. October 2011. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Domaine De Nizas Rosé 2010, A.C., Coteaux Du Languedoc, Midi, France: Vintages Wine Panel: Dry, fresh and fruit-filled blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre with cranberry and ripe strawberry notes prominent. Good structure and a lovely, long and fruity finish. A fine sipper that will also pair well with the cranberry sauce for your Thanksgiving dinner, and offer a tangy contrast to the more savoury elements of the meal. My note: terrific! Dry and robust with rose petal and raspberries and dried herbs. Fantastic refreshment served chilled. Rosé food pairings: cranberry sauce. Drink: 2011 - 2013 654988 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. October 2011. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Le Clos Jordanne Talon Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay 2009, V.Q.A., Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Vintages Wine Panel: Another winner from Le Clos Jordanne's Talon Ridge Vineyard. This Chardonnay features aromas of pear, nectarine, coconut, mineral, gentle woodsmoke and a touch of butterscotch. Dry, fairly robust with a blast of freshness followed immediately by an elegant, round fruitiness. The oak is very well handled, giving dimension to the wine. Medium-full bodied with a lingering finish. Enjoy it tonight. It should also age gracefully over the next 5+ years. My note: I can’t help but close my eyes every time after I taste this wine, and often there’s also a purr… which is hard to translate into a tasting note, but soldier on, I must. Buttery, toast almond with white pear and pear. Endless layers and finish. Are you sure we’re not in Meursault, Toto? Chardonnay food pairings: pork tenderloin, roast chicken dinner. Drink: 2011 - 2017 143974 13.5% XD 750 mL $40.00 Score: 95/100. October 2011. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vineland Estates Winery St. Urban Riesling 2009, V.Q.A., Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada: Vintages Wine Panel: Intense nose featuring pronounced minerality, lime, apricot and pear. Off-dry with a lively acid freshness bringing the wine into balance. Low alcohol (8.4% alc./vol.) is a nice asset. Juicy and tasty with good mineral tones coming to the fore. Medium bodied with a medium, aromatic finish. It will also reward 5+ years in a cellar. My note: Truly one of Niagara’s riesling masters. This incredible white is packed with flavour: bursting at the seams! Yet it’s also incredibly refined and ephemeral. Angel juice Riesling food pairings: shrimp tempura, grilled salmon with lemon sauce. Drink: 2011 - 2015 38117 8.4% MD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Angels Gate Winery Riesling 2009, V.Q.A., Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Vintages Wine Panel: Classic youthful Riesling aromas of peach, pear, lime, chalk and grapefruit rind. Off-dry at first, then immediately a fresh and racy acidity brings on a welcome wave of dryness. Bright, charming, flavourful wine that will reward 3-5+ years in a cellar. My note: Staggeringly great for the price! How did they do it? Floral with lovely ripe white pear and Asian pear notes. Mouth-watering and divine. Riesling food pairings: grilled eggplant with a bread crumb/grated parmesan coating, pan-seared sea scallops. Drink: 2011 - 2015 160523 11.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. October 2011. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Coyote's Run Estate Winery Red Paw Vineyard Pinot Gris 2009, V.Q.A., Four Mile Creek, Ontario, Canada: Love it! Complex and exotic with intriguing aromas of white melon, lemongrass and chives. I find many pinot gris absolutely boring, but this one restores my faith in the grape. Drink: 2011 - 2014 116582 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Gris 2009, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: Superb! Perfect for those who love a crisp and refreshing white with no heavy oak and butter flavours. White melon and grapefruit: glacially pure. Drink: 2011 - 2014 955906 13.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 90/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Valdivieso Reserva Chardonnay 2010, Leyda Valley, Casablanca Valley, Chile: Vintages Wine Panel: This Chardonnay is packed full of layered aromas and flavours with juicy pear, nectarine, banana and peach in particular showing through on both the nose and the palate. Vibrant and well-balanced, this will offer you an interesting and delicious counterpoint to chicken in cream-based sauces. My note: Nice balance with good mix of pear, green, butter and oak. Full-bodied but not heavy. Great price. Chardonnay food pairings: chicken in cream-based sauces. Drink: 2011 - 2014 981621 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. October 2011. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Yalumba Fdw[7C] Chardonnay 2008, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia: Superb! Hazelnut richness hemmed in by green apple aromas and some butter and smoke. Terrific concentration and full-bodied weight. Wow. FDW means Fine Dry Wine and 7c refers to a special batch of Chardonnay. Drink: 2011 - 2016 244384 13.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 93/100. October 2011. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Gris 2008, Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand: Light, clean, crisp and refreshing with white melon and grapefruit. Wonderful! Drink: 2011 - 2013 727255 13.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Babich Wines Black Label Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Superb! Lovely lime lift right through the center: herbal but not grassy, more citrus. Medium-bodied and ultra-mouth-watering. Drink: 2011 - 2014 9142 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trinity Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand: Good value with mouth-watering refreshment with lime and lemon and chives. Drink: 2011 - 2013 247221 12% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kuentz-Bas Tradition Riesling 2008, A.C., Alsace, France: Austere and bone-dry with mouth-watering notes of white grapefruit and peach. Clean, crisp and refreshing. Drink: 2011 - 2016 910984 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Treana Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County Marsanne Viognier 2008, Paso Robles, California, United States: This glass of floral loveliness comes from a blend of 55% Marsanne and 45% Viognier grapes, the tradition Rhone Valley whites of France. Marsanne provides the backbone while Viognier contributes those gorgeous aromatics of dried apricot and honeysuckle. Marsanne Viognier food pairings: dish with richness, lobster in a butter cream sauce, spiced roast chicken in a cream sauce and roast pork with a nutted sauce, aged gouda cheese such as a beemster. Drink: 2011 - 2017 11247 14.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henri Bourgeois Porte De Caillou Sancerre Blanc 2009, A.C., Loire, France: Cedar forest with wild black cherry notes. Full-bodied, rustic and tasty. Drink: 2011 - 2015 244806 13.5% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 88/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cicchitti Torrontés 2010, Mendoza, Argentina: Vintages Wine Panel: This is a fine example of Argentina’s signature white grape, Torrontés. Wonderfully aromatic, it offers ripe peach, pear, mineral and lime with a soft nutty note. Off-dry, medium bodied and with a good texture and flavours of orange, peach, lime and mineral. It is also an excellent match for salads featuring sliced apples and oranges. My note: A basket of sun-dappled daisies and crisp white linen dress. Light and lovely… run your bare-feet senses through it. Torrontés food pairings: grilled chicken, lightly smoked meat, salads featuring sliced apples and oranges. Drink: 2011 - 2014 243204 13.5% XD 750 mL $11.95 Score: 89/100. October 2011. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dr. Hermann Kabinett Riesling 2008, Q.M.P., Erdener Treppchen, Mosel, Germany: Wonderfully mineral and complex with concentrated ripe fleshy peach and pear notes. The calibrated sweetness makes this incredibly versatile. Drink: 2011 - 2014 189647 7.5% MD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Schloss Reinhartshausen Riesling Spätlese 2002, Prädikatswein, Erbacher Schlossberg, Rheingau, Germany: Vintages Wine Panel: A spectacular, maturing (but far from fully mature) 2002 Riesling. Filled with aromas of pear compote, candied orange rind, spun sugar, lime cordial and spring flowers. Medium in sweetness, but still wonderfully fresh from a lively seam of acidity. Juicy, layered and complex. Enjoy over the next 4+ years. My note: Terrific balanced between fruit sweetness and vibrant mouth-watering acidity. Complex with lots of tree fruit. Riesling Spätlese food pairings: lemongrass chicken, spicy pork. Drink: 2011 - 2017 129858 11% M 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. October 2011. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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