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Wine Picks January 3, 2013

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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.

Dessert Wine

Lillet Blanc, Bordeaux, France: This fortified wine from Bordeaux is made from the same grapes as the dry table wines there: sauvignon and semillon. About 15% liqueur is added by macerating sweet and bitter oranges in brandy. This is then aged for about a year in oak barrels. There are terrific aromas of bitter orange zest in this lively aperitif. You can also try is as a cocktail in a flute glass with about 1 oz of Lillet and 5 oz of sparkling wine. Pair with chocolate and bitter orange zest peel or dark chocolate. 322297 17% MS 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hecula Monastrell 2009, Yecla, Spain: Peppery, black fruit aromas and an absolutely stunning taste, especially for the money! Wow! Stock up for parties now, especially all those spring barbecues. This is a fully-bodied delight. 300673 14% XD 750 mL $11.80 Score: 91/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Pinnacle Ice Cider 2010, Frelighsburg, Quebec, Canada: Lovely! Apple pie in a glass, yet there's also complexity and nuance. Different essences of apple types emerge on the nose and on the palate from yellow to red to golden. Superb craftsmanship. Ice Cider food pairings: hard chesses, apple-based deserts, pâtés, terrines, poulty. Drink: 2010 - 2014 94094 12% S 375 mL $25.00 Score: 93/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Pinnacle Sparkling Ice Cider 2009, Frelighsburg, Quebec, Canada: Spectacular! Apple pie with a racy edge from lovely light effervescence and balancing acidity. Perfect as dessert on its own or with cheeses, nuts or biscotti. Sparkling Ice Cider food pairings: hard cheeses, sushi, poulty, pâtés, nuts. Drink: 2013 - 2018 12% S 375 mL $29.00 Score: 93/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Pinnacle Signature Réserve Spéciale Cider 2009, Frelighsburg, Quebec, Canada: Richer and more viscous than the regular cider: this fill every crevice of your mouth and senses with apple essence. Layers of apple goodness unfold on the palate with some cinnamon and baking spices on the finish. Wow. Cider food pairings: soft cheeses, nut-based desserts, biscotti. Drink: 2010 - 2015 11% S 200 mL $38.25 Score: 94/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Other Wines/Drinks

Domaine Pinnacle Réserve 1859 Cider Aperitif, Frelighsburg, Quebec, Canada: This sinfully great hard cider from Quebec would be a perfect match for Canadian blue cheese! It offers a rich apple essence with aromas of apple preserves and pie, but the added kick and depth of apple brandy in the blend. Yet it's only 17% alcohol, lower than a port, the traditional pairing for blue cheese like stilton. I'd pair this with the Quebec-based Castello Gorgonzola, an historic blue-veined cheese named for the Italian town Gorgonzola in Italy where the cheese was first made in the ninth century. This cow's milk cheese was aged in caves, which is how the blue veins of mold developed from the cave's spores. The brandy gives this cider high tone and so welcome warmth on the upper palate near the finish. Liquid gorgeous. Drink: 2012 - 2020 16% S 500 mL $41.00 Score: 95/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Pinnacle Still Cider, Frelighsburg, Quebec, Canada: Apple orchard fresh on a spring day. Just a touch of sweetness that tastes most like ripe green and red apples. Lovely sunshine in the glass. Perfect for Asian and spicy dishes. Still Cider food pairings: soft cheeses, white meat including sushi. Drink: 2013 - 2014 11% MD 750 mL $13.00 Score: 87/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Baron Philippe De Rothschild Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Languedoc-Rousillon, France: Robust with smoky black fruit notes and some mocha from the oak aging. Medium- to full-bodied, and nicely balanced. This wine benefits from decanting 1-2 hours. This is a terrific wine for this price point. Great for hearty meat dishes. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: rare steak, brisket. Drink: 2012 - 2015 407551 13% XD 750 mL $10.95 Score: 87/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lindemans Pinot Noir 2012, South Eastern Australia, Australia: Pleasantly tart sour cherry aromas and flavours on this medium-bodied, smooth red. Would pair well with tomato sauce or roast chicken. Nice price. Drink: 2012 - 2014 458661 13% XD 750 mL $11.95 Score: 86/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Du Vieux Télégraphe La Crau 2010, A.C. Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhone, France: A spectacular and robust red with aromas of black fruit, smoke and tar and rich, full-bodied weight. A long, satisfying finish. This one will do very well in the cellar. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Food pairings: prime rib, lamb with rosemary. Drink: 2012 - 2020 736462 13.5% XD 750 mL $69.95 Score: 93/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gérard Bertrand Art De Vivre Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Southern France, France: Black pepper and tart wild blackberries on the nose and palate. Full-bodied with a good grip. Solid quality for this price point. Decant 1 hours and joy with hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2012 - 2015 234815 14% XD 750 mL $13.10 Score: 87/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hardys Chronicles Bankside Shiraz 2010, South Australia, Australia: A full-bodied red with inviting aromas and flavours of mocha, black plum and smoke. Generous layers of pleasure with a smoky finish. This would be perfect with hamburgers or grilled steak. Shiraz food pairings: beef steak with roasted vegetables. Drink: 2013 - 2018 436022 14% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Casale dello Sparviero Chianti Classico Riserva 2009, Tuscany, Italy: Vibrant and energetic and full-bodied with enticing dark cherry notes, spice and a mouth-watering zing. Terrific for dishes with some acidity. Good value for the price. Chianti Classico Riserva food pairings: red meat, game dishes and ripe cheeses. Drink: 2012 - 2016 317313 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Woodbridge Winery Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, California, United States: Terrific cabernet sauvignon for this price point! Attractive nose of blackberry and black and purple plums. Full-bodied with a toasty oak finish. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: prime rib, filet mignon. Drink: 2012 - 2015 48611 13.5% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mezzomondo Negroamaro 2011, Puglia, Italy: A robust, smooth, straight-forward red with dark fruit and some pepper. Enjoy with a hearty steak or hamburger. Drink: 2011 - 2013 588962 13.5% D 750 mL $7.95 Score: 84/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Brotte La Fiole Regional Blended Red 2010, Cote Du Rhone, France: Full-bodied, rustic and tasty with aromas of cedar forest and wild black cherry. This is a syrah and grenache noir grape blend. Drink: 2012 - 2014 293498 14% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rodney Strong Wine Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Alexander Valley, California, United States: Gorgeous richness, depth and balance with enticing aromas of smoky blackberries and cassis. Classically structured and elegant. Perfect for dinner parties or as a gift. Drink: 2015 - 2019 50427 14.5% D 750 mL $27.95 Score: 91/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Yalumba Organic Shiraz 2011, South Australia, Australia: Full-bodied, smooth and delicious with aromas of smoky black plums and blackberries. Deep and rich and satisfying. Great taste for the price. Shiraz food pairings: gourmet burgers, mutton with mint and coriander. Drink: 2012 - 2015 280883 14.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Revolution Red 2011, California, United States: A full-bodied red with aromas of wild black cherries and cedar. Smooth and tasty. Great party wine for the price. Drink: 2012 - 2014 292037 12.5% XD 750 mL $10.95 Score: 85/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gabbiano Chianti 2011, Tuscany Docg, Italy: Full-bodied and smooth with dark red fruit and smoke. Good acidity for food. Chianti food pairings: pastas with mushroom sauce, aromatized white meat, roast lamb, or half-mature cheese.. Drink: 2012 - 2015 78006 12.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 86/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Upper Bench Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2010, V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, Bc, Canada: A generous and juicy pinot noir with lovely aromas of wild cherry. Medium-bodied and mouth-watering. This wine would be terrific with roast turkey or planked salmon. Pinot Noir food pairings: duck confit, wild mushrooms and okanagan cherries. Drink: 2012 - 2016 227223 13.5% D 750 mL $26.90 Score: 90/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jackson-Triggs Proprietor's Reserve Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, V.Q.A., Ontario, Canada: Mocha rich, blackberry nose on this full-bodied, supple, smooth red. It's perfect for grilled meats, steak and hard cheeses. Drink: 2012 - 2015 560680 12.8% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ca' De Riva Valpolicella Ripasso 2010, Veneto, Italy: A full-bodied, rich red with delicious aromas and flavour of fleshy dark plums and blackberries. Some mocha wraps around the fruit from the oak aging. Terrific price for a wine of this quality. Drink: 2012 - 2015 174482 13.5% XD 750 mL $11.20 Score: 87/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2010, V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, Bc, Canada: A full-bodied, balanced red with attractive aromas of mocha and tart blackberries on the nose. Lots of richness on the palate, yet it's not heavy. This is a terrific wine for many meat dishes, from game to prime rib or grilled pork chops. Cabernet Franc food pairings: grilled portabella mushrooms, bison tenderloin, or a meaty lasagne, charcuterie. Drink: 2012 - 2015 530717 14.3% D 750 mL $19.99 Score: 88/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Angus The Bull Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, South Australia, Australia: Big ripe blackberries and cassis in this powerful, full-bodied red. Loaded with black plum pleasure and a kiss of oak. Perfect for movie night. Drink: 2012 - 2014 602615 14.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

JP Chenet Pinot Noir 2011, Languedoc, France: A woodsy, cedar forest nose with tart wild black cherries. Full-bodied and smooth. Nice with roast beef. Good price. Drink: 2011 - 2014 142406 12.5% XD 750 mL $11.95 Score: 86/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Obikwa Shiraz 2011, South Africa, South Africa: Attractive black plums and mocha aromas on the nose. Full-bodied, smooth and supple on the palate. Great with pizza. Nice price. Shiraz food pairings: poultry, veal, red meat dishes. Drink: 2011 - 2014 527499 13.5% D 750 mL $9.45 Score: 86/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Western Cape, South Africa: An attractive nose of blackberry and mocha aromas. Full-bodied, supple and smooth on the palate with lots of mouth-watering juiciness for a rare steak. Nice price. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast lamb. Drink: 2011 - 2014 111526 14.5% XD 750 mL $11.45 Score: 86/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Terra Andina Central Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Central Valley, Chile: An incredible wine for the money! Robust and full-bodied with deep, dark delicious black fruit flavours. Smooth and terrific with hearty meat dishes. Here's your party wine. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roasts and steaks, heart casserole or stews, grilled vegetables, pasta. Drink: 2012 - 2015 830212000051 13% D 750 mL $9.95 Score: 89/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Terra Andina Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2011, Central Valley, Chile: Fleshy ripe dark cherries and sweet black plums emerge from this full-bodied and smooth wine. Incredible for the price. Drink: 2012 - 2014 830212000075 13.3% MD 750 mL $9.99 Score: 88/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Upper Bench Estate Winery Rosé 2011, V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, Bc, Canada: Lovely aromas and flavours of field fresh strawberries, along with a mouth-watering juiciness and dry finish. This is perfect for roast turkey. Rosé food pairings: brie, roasted turkey and cranberry compote, planked salmon. Drink: 2012 - 2013 305896 13.8% D 750 mL $18.90 Score: 88/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Woodbridge Zinfandel 2011, California, United States: Delightful fleshy ripe raspberries and strawberries on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied with fruity sweetness. Perfect for the patio or early spring picnics involving cold cuts and roast chicken sandwiches (and a gurgling brook and shady tree). Zinfandel food pairings: ham, pate, salmon. Drink: 2013 - 2014 249656 11% M 750 mL $9.95 Score: 87/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hardys Twice Lost Shiraz Cabernet Rosé 2011, South Australia, Australia: Lovely notes of field raspberries and strawberries with some honeysuckle notes on a warm spring morning. Served chilled for best refreshment. Wonderful with grilled tuna or planked salmon. Shiraz Cabernet Rosé food pairings: summer salads, Tom Yum Gai, rock lobster. Drink: 2011 - 2013 275693 11.5% M 750 mL $10.95 Score: 87/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough, New Zealand: Crisp and refreshing with grassy, herbal notes and a clean white grapefruit and lime finish. Excellent for seafood and salads. Nice price. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: chicken or seafood dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2016 620062 11.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Monkey Bay Pinot Grigio 2011, Marlborough, New Zealand: Crisp, clean and refreshing. Great lime and white melon zip through the middle. Finishes lively. Great aperitif. Pinot Grigio food pairings: seafood, salads. Drink: 2011 - 2014 93666 13% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fish Hoek Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Western Cape, South Africa: Grassy and herbal with white grapefruit notes. Medium-bodied, zesty and refreshing. Perfect for green salads and vegetarian dishes. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: seafood, light poultry dishes and salads. Drink: 2013 - 2014 129726 13% XD 750 mL $9.95 Score: 86/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lindemans Sauvignon Blanc 2012, South Australia, Australia: Terrific mouth-watering juiciness in this fresh, vibrant white that bursts with lime and grapefruit aromas and flavours. Medium-bodied. Great aperitif or companion to seafood and salads. Drink: 2012 - 2014 181388 12% D 750 mL $10.95 Score: 87/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lindemans Bin 65 Chardonnay 2012, South Australia, Australia: Smoky with campfire aromas from generous oak aging. Full-bodied with green apple and pear notes. Nice price. Good with roast chicken. Drink: 2012 - 2014 142117 13.5% XD 750 mL $10.95 Score: 86/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lindemans Bin 85 Pinot Grigio 2012, Australia: Crisp, clean and refreshing with notes of lime and white melon. Medium-bodied and dry. Great aperitif or companion to seafood and salads. Drink: 2012 - 2014 668947 12.5% XD 750 mL $10.95 Score: 86/100. January 2013. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Baron Philippe De Rothschild Viognier 2011, Languedoc-Roussillon, France: Lovely floral and lychee aromas on the nose. This is a terrific wine for this price point! Medium-bodied and highly aromatic. This wine works as an aperitif or companion to many dishes, including mild to medium curries and spices. Viognier food pairings: tarragon chicken, shellfish salad, spaghetti al pesto, fresh goat cheese. Drink: 2012 - 2014 619221 12.4% XD 750 mL $10.95 Score: 88/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Baron Philippe De Rothschild Chardonnay 2010, Languedoc-Roussillon, France: Great price for this crisp, clean chardonnay with aromas of refreshing green apple and lime. Medium-bodied. This works as an aperitif or companion to seafood and salads. Chardonnay food pairings: pasta in a light cream sauce, poultry or seafood. Drink: 2011 - 2014 407528 12.5% XD 750 mL $10.95 Score: 86/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ghost Pines Chardonnay 2010, Napa, Sonoma, Monterey, California, United States: Rich and round with lovely aromas of butterscotch, vanilla smoke and ripe peach. Full-bodied and mouth-filling, but not heavy. Solid value for this price. Try it with pasta in a cream sauce. Chardonnay food pairings: buttered popcorn, roast chicken, lobster in butter. Drink: 2012 - 2015 308122 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Upper Bench Estate Winery Riesling 2011, V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, Bc, Canada: Lovely and aromatic with a medium body weight. Aromas of white flowers, fresh peach and some melon. This is a terrific aperitif or companion to many types of fresh seafood. Riesling food pairings: chicken balti, fresh spinach and chapattis, seared tuna. Drink: 2012 - 2016 837088 13.5% MD 750 mL $21.90 Score: 89/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc 2012, South Africa, South Africa: Zesty and fresh with terrific herbal character. Great for salads and seafood, or as an aperitif. Drink: 2012 - 2014 340380 12% XD 750 mL $9.75 Score: 87/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vineland Estates Winery Reserve Chardonnay 2009, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: As in previous vintages, this is a gorgeous chardonnay: rich and full-bodied with great elegance and length. Lots of lovely ripe peach and pear notes with a lift of green apple on the finish. Toasty almond wraps around this wonder. Drink: 2012 - 2017 779327120035 13% D 750 mL $35.00 Score: 93/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Banrock Station Unwooded Chardonnay 2011, Australia, Australia: Clean and crisp with lime and white melon notes. This wine is completely unoaked, so there's lots of pure fruit refreshment. Pair with salads or seafood. Great price. Drink: 2012 - 2014 455022 13% XD 750 mL $10.95 Score: 87/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vineland Estates Winery Pinot Grigio 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada: Lovely refreshment with a medium-bodied weight. Aromas of sunny orchard white pear and pear with some melon. Great with salads or seafood or as an aperitif. Drink: 2012 - 2014 7-79327-16400-8 12.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vineland Estates Winery Dry Riesling 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: One of the best value white wines on the liquor store shelves. Lovely aromas of white peach and lime. Mouth-watering and medium-bodied. This works as a great companion to seafood and salads or as an aperitif. Drink: 2012 - 2023 779327194197 10% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vineland Estates Winery Chardonnay Musque 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada: A pretty, floral, off-dry white that's medium-bodied. Terrific as an aperitif or pair it with seafood. Highly aromatic. Drink: 2012 - 2015 779327120042 13% MD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ruffino Classico Orvieto 2011, Umbria, Italy: Clean, crisp and dry with aromas of lime and white grapefruit. Pair with fresh seafood or salads, or drink as an aperitif. Serve well chilled. Drink: 2012 - 2014 31062 12% D 750 mL $11.00 Score: 87/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Woodbridge Winery Moscato 2011, South Eastern Australia, Australia: A lovely floral wine with just enough sweetness to pair beautifully with glazed ham or blue cheeses. Medium- to light-bodied and refreshing. Great as an aperitif too. Drink: 2012 - 2014 199216 9% MD 750 mL $11.95 Score: 87/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Toasted Head Chardonnay 2011, California, United States: A lusciously rich and full-bodied white with enticing aromas of butterscotch, peach and pear. Generously oaked, but it's in balance and creates a terrific voluptuous mouth-feel. Perfect for roast chicken or corn on the cob. Drink: 2012 - 2014 594341 13.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mouton Cadet Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Graves, Bordeaux, France: Medium-bodied with lovely floral and lime blossom notes. Terrific refreshment, and not too tart. The semillon adds lushness to the sauvignon blanc's vibrancy. Some muscadelle rounds out the grape blend. Amazing taste for the price. Drink: 2011 - 2014 247080 12% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

JP Chenet Chardonnay 2011, Pays D'oc, France: Terrific for this price point! Full-bodied and luscious, but not heavy. Enticing aromas of toasty oak, peach and green apple. Try it lobster dipped in butter. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled fish, white meat, poultry. Drink: 2011 - 2014 255885 12.5% XD 750 mL $9.95 Score: 87/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Obikwa Sauvignon Blanc 2012, South Africa, South Africa: A remarkable wine for the price point! Refreshing, herbal and zesty with a lime lift. Very versatile with seafood and salads or as an aperitif. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: fish or poultry dishes, or serve as a summer patio wine. Drink: 2012 - 2014 527465 12.5% XD 750 mL $9.45 Score: 88/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Upper Bench Estate Winery Pinot Blanc 2011, V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, Bc, Canada: Crisp and clean with lovely white melon notes. This medium-bodied, refreshing white works well as an aperitif, or companion to many seafood and salad dishes. Pinot Blanc food pairings: gold cheese, pan seared trout on a bed of wild rice. Drink: 2012 - 2013 315424 13% XD 750 mL $18.90 Score: 88/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Upper Bench Estate Winery Chardonnay 2011, V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, Bc, Canada: Lots of toasty oak here in balance with generous layers of green apple and peach aromas and flavours. Full-bodied and weighty and satisfying. This would be terrific with a juicy roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: cream cheeses, lemon thyme risotto, roast chicken. Drink: 2012 - 2014 352955 13.4% D 750 mL $24.90 Score: 90/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Upper Bench Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2011, V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, Bc, Canada: There's a lovely hazelnut note on this wine followed by fleshy ripe pear. A dry finish makes this very refreshing, and along with a medium weight, a terrific aperitif or companion to seafood. Pinot Gris food pairings: cheeses, Thai green curry and steamed brown rice. Drink: 2012 - 2013 621078 13.6% D 750 mL $19.90 Score: 89/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gabbiano Gabbiano Castle Vineyard Pinot Grigio 2011, Tuscany, Italy: Light and refreshing with zesty notes of lime and white grapefruit. No heavy oak here just pure refreshment. Good value. Pinot Grigio food pairings: pastas with mushroom sauce, aromatized white meat, roast lamb, or half-mature cheese. Drink: 2012 - 2014 77990 12.5% 750 mL $13.00 Score: 87/100. January 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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