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Vintages Release September 15, 2012

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Dessert Wine

Torres Floralis Oro Moscatel, Spain: A pure apricot richness unfolds on your palate. Lovely layers of ripe tree fruit and peach preserves. Wonderful after-dinner dessert wine. Drink: 2012 - 2016 642173 15% MS 500 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. September 2012. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quinta De Ventozelo Vintage Port 2002, D.O.C., Douro, Portugal: A luxuriously rich and layered port that makes for the perfect after-dinner treat. Drink: 2012 - 2018 286419 20% S 750 mL $42.95 Score: 91/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Inniskillin Niagara Estate Riesling Icewine 2008, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Spectacular! I love the combination of toffeed richness and zesty effervescence. This is a real treat to try this holiday if you've never done so (and even if you have). Riesling Icewine food pairings: crème brûlée. Drink: 2008 - 2020 558288 13% S 375 mL $69.95 Score: 93/100. September 2012. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Featherstone Winery Twenty Mile Bench Cabernet Franc 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara, Ontario, Canada: A rich, medium- to full-bodied red with enticing aromas of mocha and black fruit. There's a savoury note on the mid-palate with a satisfying long finish. Perfect for dinner parties and more casual get-togethers. Drink: 2012 - 2017 874345000250 12.3% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. September 2012. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

G. Marquis Vineyards The Silver Line Pinot Noir 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Vintages Wine Panel: The Silver Line is G. Marquis' top line. Medium ruby in the glass, this offers suggestions of strawberry jam, mineral and cherry with touches of smoke and licorice. Dry and medium bodied, the palate is smooth and round and delectably young and fresh. Ripe fruit with fleshy tannins and a racy acidity. Enjoy this first peek at the warmth of Niagara's 2010 vintage. My note: Satin smooth with cherry aromas. Lovely and medium-bodied. Slips down dangerously easy. This is an amazing price for pinot noir of this quality. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled tuna steak. Drink: 2011 - 2015 258673 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. September 2012. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

In Situ Gran Reserva Viña San Esteban Carmenère 2009, Aconcagua Valley, Chile: Full-bodied, black fruit and smooth. Dark and tasty. 93542 14.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Haut Chatain Supérieur Vign. Riviere Junquas 2009, A.C., Bordeaux, France: A straight-forward, pleasant Bordeaux with aromas of cassis. Decant an hour. Full-bodied. Great price. Food pairings: slow-cooked lamb shanks. Drink: 2012 - 2015 298141 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Colio Estate Wines Cev Reserve Cabernet Franc 2007, V.Q.A., Lake Erie North Shore, Ontario, Canada: Dark, spicy and peppery with black as night fruit and some bell pepper. Full-bodied and savoury. Drink: 2012 - 2015 432096 12.8% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 88/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Koyle Reserva Syrah 2009, D.O., Colchagua Valley, Chile: Minty blackberry on the nose draws you in then a savoury full-bodied weight and texture keeps you there. Great price. Drink: 2012 - 2015 273961 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Monte Ory Crianza, Luis Gurpegui Muga 2007, D.O., Navarra, Spain: An excellent price for this juicy, full-bodied, savoury red bursting with smoky dark red fruit. Food pairings: lighter red meats such as veal tenderloin. Drink: 2012 - 2015 292011 13.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. September 2012. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red 2008, Napa Valley, California, United States: Inevitably people will ask. It's full-bodied and smoky black fruit and over-priced by $125. Drink: 2012 - 2016 967992 15% D 750 mL $149.95 Score: 88/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pirramimma Old Bush Vine Grenache 2008, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Humungous purple plum liqueur juiciness. Full-bodied to the max. Grenache food pairings: gazpacho, sirloin kebabs, barbecued ribs. Drink: 2012 - 2015 108068 14.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Shiraz Merlot 2010, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: Elegant, refined and balanced like Sue herself. Classic cassis and blackberry fruit. Full-bodied and smooth. Cabernet Shiraz Merlot food pairings: pepper steak and a side dish of mushrooms and sliced leeks fried in butter. Drink: 2012 - 2016 511600 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Ladouys Élevé En Fút De Chêne Meritage 2008, A.C., St-Estèphe, Bordeaux, France: Savoury and meaty with a pleasantly bitter finish. Smoky black fruit yet juicy enough for drier meats. Great value. Meritage food pairings: grilled rare lamb chops. 680207 12.5% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 89/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Musar Gaston Hochar Prop.-Viticult. 2002, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon: Different with spicy red fruit and a twist on the finish. Savoury and full-bodied yet a silky smooth texture. Get out of your Bordeaux rut with this one. Drink: 2012 - 2016 109413 14% D 750 mL $54.95 Score: 89/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luigi Bosca Single Vineyard Malbec 2009, D.O.C., Luján De Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina: Juicy, full-bodied and generous with luscious dark fruit flavours and aromas. Very fair price. Malbec food pairings: grilled lamb. Drink: 2012 - 2015 74922 14% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Norman Hardie Pinot Noir 2010, V.Q.A., Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada: Hello cherries! Wake up senses, pinot noir calling. Silky smooth, vibrant, mouth-watering and medium-bodied. Drink: 2012 - 2016 125310 11.5% XD 750 mL $35.00 Score: 90/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cono Sur 20 Barrels Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Maipo Valley, Limited Edition, Chile: Love this! Big on flavour but not over the top or heavy. Fleshy crushed black plums that spread their juices over your palate as you swirl the wine back and forth in your mouth. Great structure and balance. A long, smoky finish. Drink: 2012 - 2015 94128 14% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 90/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Morgon Dominique Piron Domaine De La Chanaise 2010, A.C., Beaujolais, France: So pretty and vibrant! Light- to medium-bodied and satin smooth with very happy cherries dancing across your palate. Bring it. Drink: 2012 - 2014 288068 13% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. September 2012. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ferraton Père & Fils La Source Saint-Joseph 2009, A.C., Rhône, France: Peppery, spicy and racy with juicy dark red fruit. Full-bodied and smooth. Top me up! Drink: 2012 - 2016 137026 13% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thomas Fogarty Lexington Meritage 2006, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, United States: Full-bodied and spicy with big black fruit. Smooth. Drink: 2012 - 2015 83352 14.5% D 750 mL $49.95 Score: 90/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Burgess Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, Estate Vineyards, Napa Valley, California, United States: Full-bodied, savoury and meaty. Black fleshy fruit with a long finish. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: sirloin grilled rare. Drink: 2012 - 2016 291914 14.4% D 750 mL $37.95 Score: 90/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Font Des Grières Gigondas Vignerons De Gigondas 2009, A.C., Rhône, France: Robust, spicy and full-bodied with an upfront pleasure. Dark red raspberries and spicy dark plums. Long finish. Drink: 2012 - 2016 175729 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. September 2012. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stags' Leap Winery Petite Sirah 2008, Napa Valley, California, United States: Full-bodied and savoury with a different kick. Spicy exotic black fruit. Complex and different. Drink: 2012 - 2015 590356 14.3% D 750 mL $44.95 Score: 91/100. September 2012. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cristom Sommers Reserve Pinot Noir 2008, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: Nice bite of acidity (get some food for goodness sake!) Vibrant, spicy dark cherries and spice-kick-a finish. Drink: 2012 - 2016 942490 14% D 750 mL $43.00 Score: 91/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2009, South Australia, Australia: Full-bodied with perfect manners and French private school. Robust dark fruit hemmed in by a perfect seam of barely detectable acidity and a long finish that lasts a trans-Atlantic flight. Drink: 2012 - 2016 422782 14% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. September 2012. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flat Rock Cellars Gravity Pinot Noir 2010, V.Q.A., Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Sigh. Please don't make me write about this wine right now because I just want to drink it. Silky black cherries and layers of flavour without being heavy. Come back later for more adjectives. Pinot Noir food pairings: duck risotto, planked salmon. Drink: 2012 - 2016 1560 12.9% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. September 2012. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ruffino Ducale Oro Riserva Chianti Classico 2007, D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy: Juicy, nuanced and layered with luxurious dark fruit flavours. Drink: 2012 - 2016 353201 13.5% XD 750 mL $43.95 Score: 92/100. September 2012. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Napa Valley, California, United States: Pricey but worth it. How do you cost elegance? Finesse, layers of dark-fruited pleasure and the premium satisfaction of knowing you can afford such a bottle. Drink: 2012 - 2017 189795 14% D 750 mL $74.95 Score: 92/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Napa Valley, California, United States: Pricey but worth it. How do you cost elegance? Finesse, layers of dark-fruited pleasure and the premium satisfaction of knowing you can afford such a bottle. Drink: 2012 - 2017 258988 13.5% D 375 mL $45.95 Score: 92/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stonestreet Alexander Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: A hairy tannic cab that will get more friendly with cellar time. Honkin big black fruit and tannins. Potential here with maturity. Drink: 2014 - 2018 4002 14.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henri De Villamont Les Évocelles Gevrey-Chambertin Pinot Noir 2009, A.C., Burgundy, France: In real estate it's location, location, location. In wine, it's increasingly texture, texture, texture. This feels like sliding on a cool silk dress over a sun-warmed body, head first down to angles. It brushes all the senses lightly, teasing and drawing you back to the glass. Satin cherries, some spice and medium- to full weight though never heavy or chafing. Pinot Noir food pairings: stuffed veal, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2012 - 2018 279042 13.5% XD 750 mL $42.95 Score: 95/100. September 2012. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

entwine Wente Vineyards Merlot 2010, California, United States: Fleshy black plums with a touch of smoke. Full-bodied and smooth. Terrific, especially for the price. Merlot food pairings: grilled pork chops, meat lovers' pizza, meatloaf. Drink: 2012 - 2015 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

entwine Wente Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, California, United States: Full-bodied with juicy aromas and flavours of ripe blackberries and cassis. Smooth and delicious. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: pepper steak, prime rib, lamb. Drink: 2012 - 2015 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

La Marca Prosecco, D.O.C., Veneto, Italy: An excellent price for this crisp and refreshing bubbly! Lime-grapefruit notes with a clean, dry finish. 287987 11% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. September 2012. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Roederer Estate L'ermitage Brut Sparkling Wine 2003, Anderson Valley, California, United States: Always a spectacular bubbly: this one is no exception. I find it also over-delivers well above its price point in complexity, depth, quality and overall taste. Superb! Drink: 2012 - 2016 183392 12% XD 750 mL $54.95 Score: 95/100. September 2012. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Domaine Jacky Marteau Sauvignon Touraine 2011, A.C., Loire, France: Tart, green and refreshing: big lime and grass notes. Terrific price. Drink: 2012 - 2014 745349 13% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. September 2012. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ataraxia The Wines Of Kevin Grant Sauvignon Blanc 2011, W.O., Western Cape, South Africa: Campfire smoke and herbal acidity. Crisp and biting in a good way. Drink: 2012 - 2014 282814 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Estancia Pinnacles Ranches Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Monterey, California, United States: Herbal and grassy with come-alive refreshment. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: roast chicken with green bean salad, grilled onion-and sage sausages. Drink: 2012 - 2014 289165 13.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Burgáns Martín Códax Albariño 2010, D.O., Rias Baixas, Spain: Clean, crisp and fresh with bright lime-lemon aromas and flavours. Great aperitif or food companion. Drink: 2012 - 2014 945063 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. September 2012. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Concha Y Toro Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2011, D.O., Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile: Zesty chardonnay with biting green apple and some smoke. Amazing price. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled pork chops and applesauce, pasta with grilled chicken in a cream sauce. Drink: 2012 - 2015 287995 14% XD 750 mL $16.00 Score: 89/100. September 2012. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pfaffenheim Cuvée Rabelais Pinot Gris 2011, A.C., Alsace, France: Off-dry but not cloyingly sweet. Fleshy ripe peach and pear fruit. Delicious! Pinot Gris food pairings: spicy shrimp, calamari dishes. Drink: 2012 - 2016 999342 13.5% M 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Robert Oatley Vineyards Gewürztraminer 2011, Cumbandry Vineyard, Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia: Lovely pretty, floral, spicy. Nice balance. Gewürztraminer food pairings: spicy Indian, Thai dishes. Drink: 2012 - 2015 280875 12.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. September 2012. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling 2011, Q.B.A., Mosel, Germany: Love it! No better value on the shelf. Lime blossom -- gorgeous. Riesling food pairings: pesto pasta with grilled shrimp and green peas. Drink: 2012 - 2016 599274 8.5% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 90/100. September 2012. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Michel Caillot Meursault Chardonnay 2009, A.C., Burgundy, France: Toasted almond with a richness that's seductive. Green apples and limes poke through deliciously. Yum! Chardonnay food pairings: grilled lobster tail, rich seafood dishes. Drink: 2012 - 2015 281139 13% XD 750 mL $42.95 Score: 90/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bachelder Niagara Chardonnay 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Toasted along with green apple goodness. Perfectly balanced like Thomas himself. Chardonnay food pairings: tuna steaks, swordfish, turkey dinner. Drink: 2012 - 2016 302083 13% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. September 2012. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Closson Chase Chardonnay 2009, V.Q.A., Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada: Lemon zesty with smoky, buttery oak in balance. Full-bodied and generous. A sublimely concentrated and voluptuous white wine: This is clearly one of Canada's benchmark Chardonnays. The nose offers enticing aromas of baked apples, hazenut, toasted almond, green apple and Asian pear. Layer after layer unfurls on the palate. Dive in and don't look back! Drink: 2012 - 2016 148866 12.8% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luca G Lot Chardonnay 2010, Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina: Loving it! Buttery, generous and giving: perfect boyfriend (wine). Layered and complex yet straight-up (perfect husband). Chardonnay food pairings: stuffed pork roast. Drink: 2012 - 2016 167338 14% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 92/100. September 2012. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

2027 Cellars Falls Vineyard Riesling 2011, V.Q.A., Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Superb! Juicy lime-lemon happiness with a gusher of mouth-watering pleasure. Medium-bodied and food-ultimate friendly. Drink: 2012 - 2016 294041 11% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 92/100. September 2012. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine La Soufrandise Clos Marie Pouilly-Fuissé 2010, A.C., Burgundy, France: Bright and vibrant with crisp, gleaming green apple and lime aromas. Mouth-watering, great for food. Pouilly-Fuissé food pairings: king crab legs. Drink: 2012 - 2016 42622 13.5% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 92/100. September 2012. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

entwine Wente Vineyards Chardonnay 2010, California, United States: Full-bodied and generously flavoured with aromas of butterscotch and ripe peach. Terrific price. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, corn dishes, lobster in butter, grilled cheese sandwich, cream sauces. Drink: 2012 - 2015 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Township 7 Vineyards & Winery Okanagan Unoaked Chardonnay 2009, V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, Bc, Canada: Lovely nose of white peach and pear with no oak. Pure and refreshing. Medium-bodied. Chardonnay food pairings: figs, fruit-touched cheeses, Dungeness crab and roast chicken. Drink: 2011 - 2012 726455 13.2% D 750 mL $17.99 Score: 87/100. September 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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