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Wine Picks December 16, 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 outside 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

Marcus James Malbec 2011, Mendoza, Argentina: A full-bodied red with tart black plum notes. Smooth. Pair with robust meat dishes. Great price. Malbec food pairings: hearty steaks and roasts. Drink: 2012 - 2014 518431 13.5% D 750 mL $10.45 Score: 85/100. December 2012. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hardys Butcher's Gold Shiraz 2010, South Australia, Australia: Full-bodied, juicy and smooth with attractive aromas of toasty oak, black plum, blackberries and espresso. Lots of layered flavour here. Great party wine. Shiraz food pairings: pan-fried veal cutlets with oven-roasted beetroot, kipfler potatoes, and whole shallots with mushroom and garlic reduction.. Drink: 2012 - 2015 219139 14.5% D 750 mL $15.00 Score: 89/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vineland Estates Winery Pinot Meunier 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada: A peppery, spicy, medium-bodied red with lovely aromas of damson plum and red currant. Wonderfully different. Supple and smooth with some dried herbs on the finish. Get out of your merlot rut with this wine. Drink: 2012 - 2017 779327110050 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vineland Estates Winery Reserve Cabernet Franc 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: A terrific, full-bodied red with plush dark plum notes. Smooth and mouth-watering with a terrific versatility for food, from grilled pork chops to roast chicken. Amazing price for this quality. Drink: 2013 - 2016 779327130102 13% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 89/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Colio Estate Wines CEV Small Lot Syrah 2010, V.Q.A., Lake Erie North Shore, Pelee Island, Ontario, Canada: Superb! Medium-bodied yet packed with flavour. Pepper and plush black plum aromas on the nose. Opens up with luscious mouth-filling flavours on the palate. Balanced and delicious. Syrah food pairings: veal, pork, pizza, Mexican, lamb, strong cheeses, and roasted beef.. Drink: 2012 - 2016 35821 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ruffino Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2008, Tuscany, Italy: A gorgeous blend of 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot grapes. This full-bodied, complex, rich red offers aromas of black cherry, smoke and dried herbs. Wonderfully concentrated with a long finish. Decant 2 hours Drink: 2012 - 2018 912956 13.5% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 94/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trius Winery at Hillebrand Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara, Ontario, Canada: Notes of cedar forest, black plum, cassis and tart blackcurrant on the nose. Full-bodied and well-structured on the palate. Satisfying finish. Best with robust meat dishes. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hearty steak. Drink: 2012 - 2015 587956 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Yellowglen Pink Sparkling Rose, South Australia, Australia: A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in this refreshing sparkling wine. Toasty with mouth-watering notes of field strawberries. Crisp and dry. Great price Sparkling Rose food pairings: pasta, salad or grilled seafood. Drink: 2012 - 2014 15867 11% 750 mL $11.95 Score: 86/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Pelee Island Winery Vinedressers White 2011, V.Q.A., Lake Erie North Shore, Pelee Island, Ontario, Canada: A floral, aromatic blend of sauvignon blanc and viognier grapes. Medium-bodied and refreshing with great food versatility. Drink: 2012 - 2014 700790 12.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Colio Estate Wines Girls' Night Out Riesling 2011, V.Q.A., Lake Erie North Shore, Pelee Island, Ontario, Canada: A pretty, floral, light-bodied white with delicate notes of lime blossom. Terrific as an aperitif or with light seafood dishes. Riesling food pairings: grilled garlic chicken breasts, sauteed shrimp and scallops with Thai dipping sauce, lemon pepper ocean perch.. Drink: 2012 - 2014 134197 11.6% MD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Colio Estate Wines CEV Sauvignon Blanc 2011, V.Q.A., Lake Erie North Shore, Pelee Island, Ontario, Canada: A crisp, clean white with refreshing notes of white melon and a lift lift on the finish. Medium-bodied. Works as an aperitif or companion to seafood and vegetarian dishes. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: chicken dishes, white fish and creamy pasta dishes.. Drink: 2012 - 2014 500462 12.2% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. December 2012. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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