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Wine Picks November 20, 2012

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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

Duron Reserva 2007, Doc, Ribera Del Duero, Spain: A robust red with lots of acidity and tart cherry flavour with some earth and smoke on the finish. Drink: 2012 - 2018 14% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 87/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Duende Tempranillo 2009, Clements Hills, Lodi, California, United States: Dark chocolate, espresso and mocha on the nose from generous oak aging. Black plums and fleshy blackberries with smoke and toasty oak on the palate. Full-bodied and supple. Drink: 2012 - 2016 14.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fort Berens Estate Winery Cabernet Franc 2010, Lillooet, British Columbia, Canada: Savoury, juicy and full-bodied with some herbal, bell pepper notes and dark berries. Great acidity. Cabernet Franc food pairings: grilled steak or a pork roast. Drink: 2012 - 2018 036301 14.3% XD 750 mL $24.99 Score: 87/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bonacchi Riserva Chianti Classico 2007, D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy: Lots of acidity and tart cherry notes. Medium-bodied and smooth. Cries out for food. Drink: 2012 - 2014 266999 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cantina Di Negrar Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2010, D.O.C., Veneto, Italy: Lovely mocha, earth and tart cherry notes on the nose; mouth-watering acidity for food on the palate. Delicious! Drink: 2012 - 2015 620831 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Aya Charming Regional Blended Red 2010, Alentejo, Portugal: Tart, simple and refreshing with sour cherry notes. Medium- to full-bodied and smooth. Drink: 2012 - 2014 254359 14% XD 750 mL $11.85 Score: 85/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bodegas Castano La Casona Mona Other Red Varietal (Single) 2011, Yecla, Spain: Savoury, dark, full-bodied and mouth-watering with wild cedar and black pepper notes. Terrific quality for this price. Drink: 2012 - 2014 143743 13.5% XD 750 mL $8.90 Score: 87/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Catedral Winery Reserva Regional Blended White 2008, Dão, Portugal: Full-bodied and rustic with black fruit. Straight-up pleasure at a great price. Drink: 2012 - 2014 219816 13% XD 750 mL $10.95 Score: 86/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Paul Mas Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010, Languedoc, France: Mocha and espresso on the nose with black fruit and earth on the palate. Medium- to full-bodied and balanced. Great price. Drink: 2012 - 2015 293134 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Quinault L'enclos Meritage 2006, St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France: Classic Bordeaux that needs cellar time to come together. Aromas of smoke, earth, cassis and blackberry. Full-bodied and complex. Drink: 2014 - 2018 248773 13.7% XD 750 mL $55.00 Score: 90/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Rauzan-Ségla Meritage 2008, Margaux, Bordeaux, France: One of my favourite second growth Bordeaux! Consistently great year after year. Classic aromas of smoke, cigar box, dried herbs, wild blackberry. Full-bodied, complex and deep. Drink: 2014 - 2020 136671 13% XD 750 mL $105.00 Score: 93/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Providence Meritage 2007, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France: Classic Bordeaux with great elegance, finesse and depth. Cigar box wraps around dark fruit and earth. Lots of length on the finish. Drink: 2013 - 2019 102699 13% XD 750 mL $109.00 Score: 92/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Beringer Knight's Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, California, United States: Savoury with espresso, mocha on the nose followed by dark fruit and smoke on the palate. Balanced, full-bodied and elegant. Great dinner party wine. Drink: 2012 - 2017 352583 13% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Killermans Run Kilikanoon Shiraz 2010, South Australia, Australia: Luscious fleshy black plums and blackberries with a rounded, full-bodied generousity and mouth-filling character. Yum! Drink: 2012 - 2015 925453 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Wolftrap Syrah Mourvèdre Viognier 2011, South Africa, South Africa: A full-bodied, juicy wonder with big black fruit and some cedar forest. Mouth-watering and delicious. Great price. Drink: 2012 - 2015 292557 14.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Osoyoos Larose Petales D'osoyoos Named Varietal Blends-Red 2009, V.Q.A., British Columbia, Canada: Elegant with great depth and complexity. A terrific second label for this winery. Classic Bordeaux aromas of smoke, cassis and dried herbs. Long finish. Will do well in the cellar. Drink: 2012 - 2016 276741 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sledgehammer Zinfandel 2010, California, United States: Mocha and coffee with blackberry and brambleberry. Full-bodied and smooth and ready for your barbecued meats. Drink: 2012 - 2015 230466 14.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Don Sebastiani & Sons Aquinas Napa Valley Pinot Noir 2009, Napa Valley, California, United States: You can't beat this price for such a delightful cherry-berry, vibrant, mouth-watering pinot! Medium to almost full-bodied. Delicious! Drink: 2012 - 2015 277657 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mirassou Winery Pinot Noir 2011, California, United States: Juicy cherry-berry, smooth and medium- to almost full-bodied. Friendly like a short dress and a flirty smile. Drink: 2012 - 2015 185249 13.5% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cono Sur Vineyards & Winery Reserva Syrah 2011, Chile, Chile: Full-bodied and generous with black fruit and a savoury note for hearty meat dishes. Great price. Drink: 2012 - 2014 221820 14% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bodegas Lavaque Winery Conquista Malbec 2010, Argentina, Argentina: Full-bodied, smooth and pleasant with dark fruit flavours. Drink: 2012 - 2014 164772 13.5% XD 750 mL $11.95 Score: 85/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Folie A Deux Winery Ménage A Trois Red Ménage à Trois Folie à Deux California Red Wine 2010, California, United States: Full-bodied, smooth, juicy and delicious with fleshy blackberry. Fun name is the bonus. Drink: 2012 - 2014 308007 13.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery Reserve Meritage 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada: Savoury, juicy, full-bodied and complex. Great meaty note with dark fruit and excellent structure. One of the best reds I've tasted from this winery, and it's very competitively priced. Meritage food pairings: roasted meats and cheeses. Drink: 2012 - 2017 299180 13% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ruffino Chianti 2010, D.O.C.G. Tuscany, Italy: Aromas of wild tart cherries and cedar forest. Smooth, savoury, mouth-watering, full-bodied and rustic. A meaty wine that's not too heavy. Great price. Chianti food pairings: rustic Italian pastas and sausages. Drink: 2012 - 2015 1743 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Rosé 2011, Okanagan Valley, BC V.Q.A., Canada: Sweet fleshy strawberry aromas and flavours perfume this BC rosé. Medium-bodied with juicy, mouth-watering acidity for seafood and salads. Rosé food pairings: cured meats, local cheeses & green olive tapenade. Also a great at a summer BBQ, try grilled chicken and vegetables tossed with lemon and extra virgin olive oil for a simple yet delightful pairing.. Drink: 2012 - 2014 170316 12.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Artisian Wine Co Rose 2011, V.Q.A., Okanagan, Bc, Canada: A dry, crisp lively rose with field strawberry notes. Rose food pairings: Asian dishes, roasted veggies and grilled fare. Drink: 2012 - 2013 776545996046 11.5% D 750 mL $14.99 Score: 87/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Chateau De Montgueret Crémant De Loire Brut Sparkling White, Loire, France: Floral, lime blossom, pretty: lots of acidity for food, medium-bodied. Drink: 2012 - 2014 217760 12% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Angels Gate Winery Archangel Brut Chardonnay 2010, V.Q.A., Ontario, Canada: Toasty and refreshing with lovely aromas of green apple and fresh baked bread. Drink: 2012 - 2015 227009 11% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve Champagne, Champagne, France: Toasty and tasty with a consistent quality each year. Drink: 2012 - 2015 537605 12% XD 750 mL $43.05 Score: 90/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nicolas Feuillatte Rose Brut Champagne, Champagne, France: Love it! Fresh Field strawberries and a toasty goodness. Rose bubbly is sooooo much more fun than regular. Drink: 2012 - 2015 267039 12% XD 750 mL $55.15 Score: 92/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Movendo Moscato, Puglia, Italy: Floral with honeysuckle and apricot fleshiness. Drink: 2012 - 2014 277244 8% M 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Huff Estates Winery Sculpture Series Riesling Reserve 2011, V.Q.A., Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada: Elegant, balanced with a laser focus on pure lime-white peach fruit. Ultimate food wine. Medium-bodied and mouth-watering. Riesling Reserve food pairings: pate, sliced ham, tuna/chicken salad, greens with lemon aioli. Drink: 2012 - 2015 01010 12.5% D 750 mL $20.00 Score: 92/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Huff Estates Winery Riesling Off Dry 2011, V.Q.A., Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada: Lovely peach fleshy goodness balanced with mouth-watering acidity. Medium-bodied and very aromatic. Perfect for spicy and hot dishes. Riesling Off Dry food pairings: Asian fare - Thai, Vietnamese, curry based dishes or kebabs with mango chutney. Drink: 2012 - 2015 155606 11.5% MD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Emiliana Adobe Organic Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Casablanca Valley, Chile: Fresh, crisp and clean with lime and lemon notes. Great aperitif. Drink: 2012 - 2014 406942 12% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 86/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Boschendal The Pavillion Chenin Blanc Viognier 2011, South Africa, South Africa: Ultra-refreshing: pure liquid spring sunshine! Aromas of lime, melon and white peach. Pair with seafood and salads. Drink: 2012 - 2015 281311 13% XD 750 mL $10.95 Score: 87/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Boekenhoutskloof Winery The Wolftrap Viognier Chenin Blanc Grenache Blanc 2011, South Africa, South Africa: Subtle floral and white peach on the nose: bursts like sunshine on the palate. Medium-bodied and lovely. Drink: 2012 - 2014 292532 14.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Telteca Winery Uma Coleccion Torrontes 2011, Argentina, Argentina: Absolutely delightful: liquid laughter in the sunshine! Floral and spring peach notes. Medium-bodied and very food friendly. Drink: 2012 - 2014 276626 12.5% XD 750 mL $9.80 Score: 88/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bodega Amalaya Torrontes Riesling 2011, Calchaquí Valley, Argentina: Floral, lime blossom, pretty: lots of acidity for food, medium-bodied. Drink: 2012 - 2014 270470 13.5% XD 750 mL $10.95 Score: 87/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Hess Collection Select Chardonnay 2010, California, United States: A balanced and full-bodied chardonnay with mouth-watering flavours of green apple, ripe peach and just the right amount of toasty oak. Bring on lobster in butter or corn dishes. Drink: 2012 - 2015 270074 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alvinte Albarino Albarino Alvarinho 2010, D.O., Rias Baixas, Spain: Fresh, crisp and clean with lime and lemon notes. Great aperitif. Drink: 2012 - 2014 288126 12.5% XD 750 mL $14.85 Score: 86/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alsace Willm Reserve Riesling 2010, Alsace, France: Classic gewurz with rose petal, lychee and spices. Extremely aromatic and floral. Perfect for Asian dishes. Drink: 2012 - 2016 11452 12% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cavit Collection Pavia Igt Moscato 2011, Alto Adige, Trentino, Italy: Floral with some sweetness that makes it lovely for dishes with a touch of sweetness like glazed ham. Peach and apple blossom. Drink: 2012 - 2014 277210 7% M 750 mL $11.95 Score: 87/100. November 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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