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Vintages Release August 4, 2012

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Cidrerie St-Nicolas Pom’Or Tradition Cider 2001, Quebec, Canada: Love it! Pure sun-dappled apple goodness in this terrific cider. Zesty, refreshing and a fantastic low-alcohol alternative to wine. Food matches: pork tenderloin, roasted chicken, seafood, thai food, apple crumble, aperitif. Cider food pairings: appetizers of grated apple and melted cheddar on toasted baguette. 179473 7% M 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Liberty School Zinfandel 2009, Pasa Robles, California, United States: Glorious purple plums and blueberry notes. Succulent, smooth and full-bodied. Don't analyze, just drink it! Drink: 2012 - 2015 41095 13.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dante Robino Bonarda 2009, Mendoza, Argentina: Nice wine for the price. Full-bodied, smooth with dark fruit and smoke. Tasty. Drink: 2012 - 2014 277640 13.9% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mike Weir Winery Pinot Noir 2009, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Tart with mouth-watering acidity and flavours of cranberry. Smooth and medium-bodied. Pinot Noir food pairings: barbecued rainbow trout, bacon-wrapped veal medallions. Drink: 2012 - 2015 75 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Roccamora Nardò Rosso, Schola Sarmenti Negroamaro 2006, D.O.C., Puglia, Italy: Full-bodied with black fruit and smoke. Drink: 2012 - 2014 245654 13.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Benmarco Dominio Del Plata Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Mendoza, Argentina: Classic cassis and blackcurrant aromas. Savoury, juicy and full-bodied. Great price! Drink: 2012 - 2015 232637 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fielding Estate Winery Cabernet Franc 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Juicy and mouth-watering with red and black fruit and a smoky finish. Full-bodied and smooth. Cabernet Franc food pairings: beef-and-mushroom kebabs, grilled stuffed peppers. Drink: 2012 - 2015 36194 13% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Escondido Bodega La Milagrosa Tempranillo 2009, D.O., Ribera Del Duero, Spain: Simple, savoury and full-bodied with tasty dark fruit and smoky oak. Drink: 2012 - 2015 132597 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. August 2012. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Deloach Pinot Noir 2010, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Cherry-berry nose with good acidity on the palate. Cherry liqueur richness. Full-bodied. Drink: 2012 - 2016 119024 14.5% D 750 mL $28.95 Score: 88/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pascual Toso Reserve Malbec 2009, Barrancas Vineyards, Mendoza, Argentina: Lovely freshness on the nose with aromas of wild blackberry, toasty oak and cedar forest. Full-bodied and smooth. Decant 2 hours. Drink: 2012 - 2015 183897 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Charles Cimicky Trumps Shiraz 2008, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Loaded with oak and smoke plus black fruit underneath. Full-bodied and savoury. Good structure. Drink: 2012 - 2015 27383 14.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 89/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wirra Wirra Catapult Shiraz 2009, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Mint and blackberry liqueur on the nose. Tart and savoury with an acidic attack on the finish. Full-bodied. Drink: 2012 - 2015 278564 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Velona Rosso Di Montalcino Sangiovese (Chianti) 2009, D.O.C., Tuscany, Italy: Black and savoury with a pleasant bitter tarry note through the mid-palate and finish. Full-bodied and fairly smooth. Drink: 2012 - 2015 285429 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. August 2012. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cesari Due Torri Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore 2009, D.O.C., Veneto, Italy: Chalky with mocha-espresso-dark-chocolate from the oak aging. Full-bodied, juicy and fairly smooth with big black fruit. Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore food pairings: eggplant parmigiana, grilled eggplant with provolone. 159400 13.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Aljibes Vino De La Tierra De Castilla Petit Verdot Cabernet Sauvignon Tempranillo 2009, Spain, Spain: Savoury, dark and delicious with black fruit, dark spice and cedar forest. Great price. Drink: 2012 - 2015 276212 13% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. August 2012. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Quartage St. Kitts Vineyard On Truro Volcanic Soil Malbec 2008, Northern Barossa, South Australia, Australia: Smoky, oaky, black and tarry. Full-bodied and savoury with a long smoky finish. Whack 'em! Drink: 2012 - 2015 280891 15.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Serie Riberas Gran Reserva, Concha Y Toro Carmenère 2009, D.O., Peumo, Ribera Del Cachapoal, Chile: Full-bodied, savoury and smooth with enticing aromas of blackberries, cassis, smoke and mocha. Decant 2 hours. Carmenère food pairings: beef brisket, pepper steaks. Drink: 2012 - 2015 274043 14.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. August 2012. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Salice Salentino Riserva, Cantele 2008, D.O.C., Puglia, Italy: Vibrant, juicy and lip-smacking delicious! Full-bodied, savoury and deep. Dark fruit and smooth. Great price! Drink: 2012 - 2015 724328 13% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 90/100. August 2012. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Burgo Viejo Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2001, D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain: Lovely mature flavours: leather, spice, cigar box, quiet conversation. Full-bodied and smooth but not "fruity" - what a relief. Wine for adults. 190611 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Filón Aviva Vino Garnacha 2010, D.O., Calatayud, Spain: Smoky bacon and savoury. Full-bodied with plush fleshy ripe dark plums and a long smoky finish. Drink: 2012 - 2015 280602 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. August 2012. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Plume Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Napa Valley, California, United States: Chocolate-mocha from lots of oak aging. Black fruit and a savoury note on the palate. Tannic grip so decant for 2 hours. Drink: 2013 - 2016 287367 14.9% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Schild Estate Old Bush Vine Gms Grenache Mourvedre Shiraz 2010, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: Oh yum. Comfort me with mourvèdre and other old vine grapes. Rich, complex and deep: exactly what you want in a partner (and a wine). Full-bodied and smooth and inviting. Drink: 2012 - 2015 108183 14.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sandhill Winery Small Lots One Phantom Creek Vineyard Blend - Meritage 2008, V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada: Mocha, espresso and smoke on the nose followed by fleshy dark plums and a lovely, full-bodied weight and smooth texture. Balanced, complex and elegant with a long finish. Great dinner party wine. Drink: 2012 - 2017 186536 14.9% XD 750 mL $36.95 Score: 92/100. August 2012. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Villa Arvedi Bertani Amarone Della Valpolicella 2008, D.O.C., Valpantena, Veneto, Italy: Dark and savoury with complex, deep layers of dark cherry liqueur and dark spices. Fascinating. Amarone Della Valpolicella food pairings: dark chocolate. 13417 15% D 750 mL $38.95 Score: 92/100. August 2012. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beaulieu Vineyard Bv Tapestry Reserve 2008, Napa Valley, California, United States: Towering, smoky and black. Full-bodied with smoky layers of dark fruit, cassis and blackcurrant. A long elegant finish. Drink: 2012 - 2016 50393 14.5% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. August 2012. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Du Grapillon D'or Gigondas 2010, A.C., Rhône, France: Black cherry liqueur and smoky tar down through the core of this blockbuster big red. Superb balanced and structure. Worth this price and more. Food pairings: marinated steaks, beef brisket. Drink: 2012 - 2018 981787 14.5% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 93/100. August 2012. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Frank Family Zinfandel 2009, Napa Valley, California, United States: Lovely, succulent and endless savoury! Ripe fleshy berries yet not sweet. Full-bodied and ultra-smooth. One of the best zinfandels I've tried. Drink: 2012 - 2016 278283 15% D 750 mL $33.95 Score: 94/100. August 2012. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Château De L’Aumérade Cru Classé, Cuvée Marie Christine Rosé 2011, A.C., Côtes De Provence, France: Wild roses and small strawberries swaying in a sun-dappled breeze. Dry and refreshing. Rosé food pairings: grilled calamari, finger foods, summer salads. Drink: 2012 - 2014 282459 14% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. August 2012. Best Value Rosé Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Corne-Loup Jacques Lafond, Prop.-Récolt. Rosé 2011, A.C., Tavel, Rhône, France: Full-bodied with fleshy ripe raspberries. Dry and refreshing. Rosé food pairings: grilled sausages, lamb kebabs. Drink: 2012 - 2014 71209 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. August 2012. Top Rated Rosé Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pardevalles Prieto Picudo Rosado 2011, D.O., Tierra De León, Spain: Perfumed rose petals and strawberry jam. Dry, mouth-watering and delicious. Rosado food pairings: stuffed peppers, spicy pulled-pork soft tacos. Drink: 2012 - 2014 274449 13.5% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 88/100. August 2012. Best Value Rosé Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Naveran Perles Roses Cuvée Antonia Cava 2009, Penedès, Spain: Pretty and medium-bodied with fleeting strawberry notes. Bone-dry. Awesome value, wow! Drink: 2012 - 2014 286435 12.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. August 2012. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Benjamin Bridge Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 2010, Gaspereau Valley, Ns, Canada: Celebrate life! Wow this is liquid exuberance. Moscato-grape aromas with orange zest and honeysuckle swaying in the summer breeze. Low alcohol, and some sweetness make this a great aperitif or companion to any spicy dish or one with a bit of sweetness like glazed ham, sweet potatoes etc. Nova 7 food pairings: smoked salmon, lobster, seafood chowder, charcuterie and Dragon's Breath blue cheese. Drink: 2011 - 2015 256289 6.5% S 750 mL $25.00 Score: 92/100. August 2012. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bleasdale Potts' Catch Verdelho 2011, Langhorne Creek, South Australia, Australia: Clean, crisp and simple. Mouth-watering with no heavy oak. Drink: 2012 - 2014 280933 12.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 86/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Michel Torino Don David Finca La Mercedes #35 Michel Torino Estate Chardonnay 2010, Cafayate Valley, Salta, Argentina: Textbook chardonnay: oak, toast and apple aromas. Full-bodied and smooth. Chardonnay food pairings: fresh-caught fish, steamed mussels. Drink: 2012 - 2015 285981 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Steininger Grüner Veltliner 2010, Kamptal, Niederosterreich, Austria: Green, crisp and alive with lots of mouth-watering acidity. Lime fresh and great for salads and seafood. Grüner Veltliner food pairings: chicken paprika, mildly spicy seafood dishes. Drink: 2012 - 2014 280842 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Les Yeuses Les Épices Syrah 2009, I.G.P., Pays D’Oc, France: Black fruit, tar and smoke with a pleasantly bitter edge in this full-bodied red. Black as night. Great price. Drink: 2012 - 2015 177584 13.5% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Königschaffhausen Königschaffhausener Vulkanfelsen Trocken Pinot Gris 2011, Q.B.A., Baden, Germany: Dry, clean and subtle with white melon. Medium-bodied and mouth-watering. Pinot Gris food pairings: turkey, ham, roast chicken. Drink: 2012 - 2014 450726 13% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. August 2012. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zenato Pinot Grigio 2011, I.G.T., Delle Venezie, Veneto, Italy: Clean and crisp with white melon and lime. Great aperitif. Pinot Grigio food pairings: poached sole, steamed mussels. Drink: 2012 - 2014 37648 12.5% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. August 2012. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

André Blanck Altenbourg Gewurztraminer 2011, A.C., Alsace, France: Generous sweetness with lots of lychee and spice flavour. Full-bodied and ready to take on very spicy dishes. Gewurztraminer food pairings: moderately spicy Thai dishes, Indian dishes. Drink: 2012 - 2017 168906 14% MD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Joseph Cattin Pinot Blanc 2010, A.C., Alsace, France: Fresh and bursting with white peach and Asian pear aromas. Great aperitif. Drink: 2012 - 2015 224642 12% MD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. August 2012. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dezzani Morelli Moscato D'asti 2010, D.O.C.G., Piedmont, Italy: Lovely and charming like an innocent farm girl or a pool boy on his first job in Beverly Hills. Light, floral and lovely sweetness. Drink: 2012 - 2014 187997 5% S 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. August 2012. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Spinyback Waimea Estates Pinot Gris 2010, Nelson, South Island, New Zealand: Clean and crisp with melon and white peach notes. Dry and refreshing with a mouth-filling texture. Medium-bodied. Drink: 2012 - 2015 214569 14% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bosman Family Adama Red 2009, W.O., Wellington, South Africa: Smooth and juicy like merlot with black plums and blackberry jam. Delicious! Drink: 2012 - 2015 279844 14% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine De Bois St. Denis Reuilly Sauvignon Blanc 2010, A.C., Loire, France: Classic, fresh yet not grassy: love it! Good weight and texture with mouth-filling satisfaction. Lemon and lime zest, but softened from harshness. Drink: 2012 - 2015 289348 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Inniskillin Niagara Estate Winemaker's Series Montague Vineyard Chardonnay 2010, V.Q.A., Four Mile Creek, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Double yum! Toffee and baking spice nose opens up into sensory vistas of ripe fleshy peach, pear and a voluptuous butterscotch infused finish. Full-bodied and delicious! Drink: 2012 - 2015 586347 13.9% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. August 2012. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Clos Marguerite Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Grassy and refreshing with chives and lemon zest. Ocean breeze fresh. Drink: 2012 - 2014 281014 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tormentoso Old Vine Man Vintners Chenin Blanc 2011, W.O., Paarl, South Africa: Lovely! Exotic and faint floral aromas with white peach and melon. Gorgeous aperitif or seafood companion. Drink: 2012 - 2015 278366 13.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. August 2012. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Crema Chardonnay 2010, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Classic Californian Chardonnay with toast, oak and green apple. Full-bodied, and generously layered. Drink: 2012 - 2015 728352 13.9% D 375 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Edna Valley Vineyard Paragon Chardonnay 2009, San Luis Obispo County, California, United States: Loaded with butterscotch and toffee notes from the oak aging. A gorgeous richness and full-bodied weight on the palate. A long, smoky finish. Terrific! Chardonnay food pairings: fish, fowl. Drink: 2012 - 2015 984153 13.9% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Des Malandes Lyne Marchive, Vign. Chablis 2010, A.C., Burgundy, France: Pure freshness: liquid essence of green apple tartness and early summer morning. Lovely, no oak. Drink: 2012 - 2017 111658 12.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Schloss Reinhartshausen Hattenheimer Wisselbrunnen Riesling Kabinett 2009, Deutscher Prädikatswein, Rheingau, Germany: I want to retire in the cellar of this winery. Gorgeous riesling with lime flower, honeysuckle and peach goodness. Perfect. Drink: 2012 - 2018 114801 12.5% M 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. August 2012. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Little Beauty Limited Edition Pinot Noir 2010, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Ultra-ripe and fleshy cherry-berry aromas and flavours. Satin smooth and medium-bodied with lots of juicy layers. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled lamb chops. Drink: 2012 - 2016 290346 13.5% D 750 mL $27.95 Score: 91/100. August 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Darting Dürkheimer Nonnengarten Gewürztraminer Kabinett 2011, Deutscher Prädikatswein, Pfalz, Germany: Classic gewurz on the nose: rose petal and lychee. Generous sweetness on the palate is perfectly balanced with acidity. The ultimate wine for Asian, curries and spicy dishes. Try it! Gewürztraminer Kabinett food pairings: spicy barbecued chicken, chicken vindaloo. Drink: 2012 - 2018 944181 12.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 92/100. August 2012. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2010, W.O., Cape Point, South Africa: Lemon zest and lemongrass with grapefruit and sunshine happiness. Clean and refreshing. Drink: 2012 - 2014 285221 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 92/100. August 2012. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

McManis Family Vineyards Viognier 2011, California, United States: Very aromatic and vibrant with lots of welcomed acidity. Floral with peach blossom and bone dry finish. Viognier food pairings: seared scallops, blackened tuna steaks. Drink: 2012 - 2016 658112 13.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 92/100. August 2012. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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