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Vintages Release March 2, 2013

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Dessert Wine

Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Spätlese 1999, Prädikatswein, Mosel, Germany: Sweet with ripe apricot and honeysuckle notes. Light-bodied and aromatic. Great with very spicy and hot dishes. Riesling Spätlese food pairings: blue-veined cheeses, spicy sushi. Drink: 2013 - 2016 313502 8.5% MS 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

La Coterie Séguret 2009, A.C., Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, France: Medium- to full-bodied and rustic with a firm tannic grip. Wild tart black cherries and cedar forest. Good gulper. Drink: 2013 - 2015 219428 13.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fabiano Negraro Appassimento Corvina 2010, I.G.T., Veronese, Veneto, Italy: Black cherry with dark spices. Full-bodied and supple. Decant 1 hour. Enjoy with pizza. Corvina food pairings: pizza with tomato sauce and wild mushrooms. Drink: 2013 - 2016 310110 13.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bikandi Vendimia Seleccionada Crianza Viña Olabarri Tempranillo 2008, D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain: Full-bodied and tasty with dark red and black fruit. Needs meat. Tempranillo food pairings: rare steaks. Drink: 2013 - 2015 315689 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Piñol Ludovicus Tinto 2010, D.O., Terra Alta, Tarragona, Spain: Juicy and full-bodied with playful aromas of purple and black plums. Blueberries, all fleshy, on the palate. Awesome with pizza. Gulp! Tinto food pairings: lamb stew. Drink: 2013 - 2015 313791 14% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. March 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nieto Senetiner Gran Reserva Malbec Petit Verdot 2010, Mendoza, Argentina: This wine with 40% Petit Verdot and 60% Malbec is pure coffee-espresso on the nose and palate. Full-bodied and supple with a mocha rich finish. Pair with smoked meats, naturally. Drink: 2013 - 2016 295170 14.2% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alamos Selección Catena Zapata Pinot Noir 2010, Mendoza, Argentina: Rich cherry liqueur aromas an flavours. Full-bodied and deep. Lots of flavour for hearty chicken and pork dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2016 143172 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tawse Winery Inc. Gamay Noir 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Peppery back cherry on the nose with great vibrancy and juiciness on the palate. Medium-bodied and lively. Drink with grilled chicken. Gamay Noir food pairings: lamb burgers, cedar-planked salmon. Drink: 2013 - 2015 322545 12% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Siegel Crucero Reserva Carmenère 2010, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Smoke and spice on the nose with blackberry and blueberry notes. Full-bodied and supple smooth. Full-bodied and absolutely tasty! Pair with a pepper steak. Drink: 2013 - 2016 237859 13.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sibaris Undurraga Reserva Especial Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Maipo Valley, Chile: Full-bodied with black fruit and smoke. Mocha and coffee on the finish. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: blackened lamb dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2015 301200 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Grand-Maison Cuvée Spéciale Meritage 2008, A.C., Côtes De Bourg, Bordeaux, France: Savoury, mouth-watering and juicy with good tannic grip and acidity for food. Dark red berry aromas with some smoke. Full-bodied. Drink: 2013 - 2016 194217 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Le Fagé Bergerac Rouge 2011, A.C., Southwest, France: Rustic and smoky with cedar forest notes and wild tart cherries. Full-bodied with a tannic grip. Decant 2 hours. Great price. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Food pairings: meat dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2016 309252 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Terrelíade Nirà Santa Margherita Nero D'avola 2010, I.G.T., Sicily, Italy: A full-bodied red with enticing aromas of black plums and blackberries wrapped in toasty oak on the nose. Good mouth-watering acidity on the palate for a variety of dishes, from tomato in pasta sauce to spicy sausages. Nero D'avola food pairings: rare beef, lamb. Drink: 2012 - 2015 120980 14.2% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Herdade Do Sobroso Sobro Red 2010, Alentejano, Portugal: Full-bodied with a tannic grip and big black fruit. Rustic and tasty. Needs meat! Decant 2 hours. Drink: 2013 - 2016 306563 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Apegadas Quinta Velha Tinto 2009, D.O., Douro, Portugal: This wine is a blend of Touriga Franca (30%), Tinta Roriz (15 %),Tinta Barroca (15 %) grapes and was matured for 1 year in oak It's full-bodied and smooth with black fruit and mocha notes. Drink: 2013 - 2015 314435 15.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Liberty School Syrah 2009, California, United States: Black raspberry and cigar box on the nose. Fleshy dark fruit on the palate with a supple texture. Great for grilled meats. Nice price. Syrah food pairings: steaks, hearty beef stew with rosemary and sage. Drink: 2013 - 2016 942383 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Enotria Cirò Rosso Classico 2010, D.O.C., Calabria, Italy: Dry with dark red fruit, cedar smoke and mouth-watering acidity for food. Medium to almost full-bodied. Very tasty. Great with pizza or hamburgers. Food pairings: sausages, cured meats. 313940 13% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Chocalán Reserva Syrah 2010, Maipo Valley, Chile: Rich and full-bodied with attractive aromas and flavours of fleshy black plum and coffee-mocha. Supple and mouth-filling. Amazingly great price. Try it with grilled pork chops. Syrah food pairings: rare roast beef and oven roasted potatoes. Drink: 2013 - 2016 38513 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. March 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Beaumont Meritage 2009, A.C., Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France: Full-bodied, rustic and tannic with dark red and black fruit aromas wrapped in smoke. Good finish. Decant 2 hours. Drink: 2014 - 2016 187781 13% XD 750 mL $22.85 Score: 89/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Moulin De La Roquille Cuvée Spéciale L'espérance Meritage 2010, A.C., Côtes De Bordeaux, France: Rustic and tasty with lip-smacking tasty aromas and flavours of wild cherries, cedar and dried herbs. Full-bodied with a good grip. Decant 2 hours. Meritage food pairings: meat-rich pasta dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2016 307249 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Selvanova Vigna Antica Aglianico 2009, I.G.P., Terre Del Volturno, Campania, Italy: A robust, peppery red with attractive dark red fruit aromas and flavours. The wine hasn't been aged in oak so it's very fresh and vibrant. Dry and satisfying. Perfect for prime rib. Decant 1 hour. Drink: 2012 - 2015 313494 14% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. March 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lucchetti Lacrima Di Morro D'alba 2011, D.O.C., Marche, Italy: Purple plum pie and lilies: yes it's tasty in a very different way. Full-bodied and smooth. Try it with cloved ham for Easter. Food pairings: tourtière, rabbit pie. Drink: 2012 - 2016 310094 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Caruso & Minini Sachia Perricone 2010, I.G.P., Sicily, Italy: Pepper and black cherry on the nose with black cherry jam on the palate. Full-bodied and supple with just a bit of a grip. Decant 1 hour. This wine would be amazing with meat lovers' or Hawaiian pizza. Perricone food pairings: lamb stew. Drink: 2012 - 2015 211854 14% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. March 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sebastiani Merlot 2007, Sonoma County, California, United States: Classic merlot at a good price. Black plum, some smoke and a hint of herbal mint. Full-bodied and ultra-supple and smooth like soft jazz. Pair with grilled pork chops and mellow conversation. Merlot food pairings: aged beef steaks, herbed lamb. Drink: 2013 - 2016 219162 13.5% D 750 mL $17.00 Score: 89/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave de Rasteau La Domelière Rasteau 2010, A.C., Rhône, France: Savoury meaty notes, ripe black cherry, smoke and happiness on the nose. Full-bodied, plush and smooth in the mouth. Goes on and on with a long finish. Stunning for the price. Drink: 2013 - 2016 222927 14.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Doña Paula Estate Malbec 2011, Mendoza, Argentina: Vibrant and juicy with attractive aromas of black and purple plums. Full-bodied and supple on the palate. Terrific with many types of pizza, especially meat lovers. Great price. Drink: 2013 - 2016 394783 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rolf Binder Ma I? Have This Evening Shiraz Mataro 2009, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: This wine is a blend of 80% Shiraz and 20% Mataro grapes. Supple, juicy and full-bodied with attractive fleshy black plum aromas and flavours. Some mint, smoke and spices on the finish. Try it with grilled chicken or pork. Drink: 2013 - 2016 295899 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Yangarra Shiraz 2008, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Blackberry pie on the nose and palate. Juicy, full-bodied and layers. Drink with hamburgers or steak. Drink: 2013 - 2016 911974 15% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kacaba Vineyards Wismer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008, V.Q.A., Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada: Lovely toasty oak and fleshy black cherry on the nose. Medium to full-bodied richness and weight on the palate. Terrific acidity for food. Lovely craftsmanship. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled, cedar-planked salmon. Drink: 2013 - 2017 58586 12.2% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Aldiano Riserva Cantina Tollo Montepulciano D'abruzzo 2008, D.O.C., Abruzzo, Italy: Lots of mocha and dark chocolate on the nose from oak aging, and it's woven nicely into the dark fruit aromas and flavours. Robust and supple. Very satisfying. Drink with a coffee-rubbed steak or chicken, or grilled meats. Drink: 2012 - 2016 51706 14% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nebbiolo Di Carema Riserva Carema 2007, D.O.C., Piedmont, Italy: Leather, cigar box, truffles and violets. Not fruity, but lovely. Medium to full-bodied and smooth. The taste of maturity and complexity. Try it with veal. Food pairings: braised veal, rabbit. Drink: 2013 - 2017 317289 13.5% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quintarelli Rosso Ca' Del Merlo 2003, I.G.T., Veneto, Italy: Mocha, dark chocolate with black cherry on the nose and palate. Full-bodied and supple. Pair with steak. Food pairings: osso buco, baked pasta with herbs and grated Parmigiano. Drink: 2013 - 2018 958595 13.5% XD 750 mL $97.95 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tarima Monastrell 2010, D.O., Alicante, Jumilla, Spain: Stunning wine for the price! Supple, velvet smooth and loaded with seductive fleshy black cherry aromas and flavours. Beautiful depth and length. Gorgeous black raspberry on the finish. I still can't believe the price. Stock up! Pair with grilled pork chops, prime rib, roast and herbed chicken. Drink: 2013 - 2015 310151 14.5% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Justin Syrah 2010, Paso Robles, California, United States: Mocha dark chocolate on the nose with fleshy black fruit and a supple texture. Full-bodied and tasty. Drink with hamburgers or steak. Syrah food pairings: flavourful beef dishes, steak fajitas, prime rib. Drink: 2013 - 2017 684290 15% XD 750 mL $36.95 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mollydooker The Boxer Sarah & Sparky Marquis Shiraz 2010, South Australia, Australia: Black fruit, smoke and rich fruitcake aromas on the nose. High in alcohol yet balanced and delicious. Full-bodied and supple with generous layers of flavour. Blueberries and blackberries on the finish. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2013 - 2017 246595 16% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Malivoire Wine Company Stouck Cabernet Merlot 2010, V.Q.A., Lincoln Lakeshore, Ontario, Canada: Dry, full-bodied and complex with aromas of black fruit, smoke and tar. Great structure and concentration. This will age well in the cellar. Decant 2 hours. Drink with filet mignon. Drink: 2013 - 2017 321836 14% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Siaurac 2006, A.C.. Lalande De Pomerol, Bordeaux, France: Love the nose! Fleshy red cherries and violets, followed by darker fruit o the palate. Luscious and supple with some tannic grip that will soften with decanting 2 hours decanting. This will last in the cellar but why wait as it's ready now. Good, satisfying finish. Drink: 2013 - 2016 309831 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Umberto Cesari Liano Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Rubicone, Emilia-Romagna I.G.T., Italy: Mocha and dark chocolate on the nose gives way to fleshy black plums on the palate. Full-bodied and smooth and delicious. Try with hamburgers and all the fixins. Drink: 2013 - 2016 225086 13.2% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bonterra Pinot Noir 2010, Mendocino County, California, United States: This organic wine has just 6 mg/l of free sulphur. Lovely cherry-berry flavours on the nose and palate. Fleshy sweet berry fruit unfurls on the palate with luscious, full-bodied layers of pleasure. Finishes long and lovely. Drink with planked salmon. Drink: 2013 - 2016 317685 14.1% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Altamira De Los Andes Reserve Malbec 2009, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Smoky, dark and delicious! Black fruit and brooding depth: this wine spent a year and half in 50% new French oak barrels. Loads with cigar box, blackcurrant and black plum. Lots of depth and concentration. Decant 1 hour. Pair with a juicy steak. Drink: 2013 - 2016 308338 15.2% D 750 mL $28.95 Score: 92/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tabalí Reserva Especial Named Varietal Blends-Red 2009, Limarí Valley, Chile: A savoury blend of 74% Syrah, 14% Merlot, and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with terrific aromas of big, black fruit and smoke. Anise, pencil led and fleshy black plum flavours flood the senses. Pair with rosemary lamb. Drink: 2013 - 2016 107540 14.5% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 92/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Jota Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California, United States: Mocha and dark chocolate with big black plums. Full-bodied and supple. Try it with pepper steak. Drink: 2013 - 2018 659755 14% XD 750 mL $77.95 Score: 92/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

San Giorgio Ugolforte Brunello Di Montalcino 2006, D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy: Lovely and expressive with violets, dark berries and smoke on the nose. More finesse less muscle here yet it's complex and concentrated. Lovely for dinner parties as it will appeal to many palates. Drink: 2013 - 2019 212431 14.1% XD 750 mL $47.95 Score: 93/100. March 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Justin Vineyards Isosceles Unfiltered 2009, Paso Robles, California, United States: Mocha dark chocolate on the nose from generous oak aging followed by black fruit and smoke. Full-bodied and very supple. Decant 2 hours. Drink it steak. Drink: 2013 - 2017 684282 15% XD 750 mL $78.95 Score: 93/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs Zinfandel 2010, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: This wine is a blend of 67% Zinfandel, 23% Petite Sirah, 7% Carignane and 3% Mataro grapes and offers rich, expressive aromas on the nose of black fruit and smoke. Tannic and well-structured, give it time inthe cellar. When you do open it, decant for 2 hours. Gorgeously long finish. Lots of heft and pleasure. Drink with filet mignon. Drink: 2014 - 2022 982413 14.8% D 750 mL $48.95 Score: 94/100. March 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château La Vieille Cure Meritage 2009, A.C., Fronsac, Bordeaux, France: A luscious fruit aromas and flavours, smoke, tar and wild truffles. Merlot leads in this supple, complex wine. This one will age just as well as the spectacular 2005 vintage. Great price for finesse. Drink: 2014 - 2020 191452 13% XD 750 mL $36.85 Score: 94/100. March 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château La Tour Carnet Meritage 2009, A.C., Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France: Dark, brooding and robust with bold aromas and flavours of black plum, smoke and tar. Deeply concentrated and complex with layers of flavour. Some toast, dried herbs and cigar box on the finish. Give this one cellar time for maximum pleasure and decant 2 hours. Drink: 2014 - 2019 220178 13% XD 750 mL $51.85 Score: 94/100. March 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Du Trignon Le Bossu 2007, A.C., Gigondas, Rhône, France: Gorgeous, and spectacularly well-priced for this region and style! Robust and concentrated with a river of black cherry liqueur pleasure running through the heart of this bold wine. Good balance and structure so this one will age very well in the cellar. Some dried herbs and figs on the finish wrapped in smoke. Dry and satisfying. Pair with hearty meat dishes and meaty heart-to-heart conversations. Drink: 2014 - 2020 309328 14.5% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 94/100. March 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Ferme Du Mont Vendange 2010, A.C., Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhône, France: Spectacular! Savoury meaty notes and graphite on the nose bloom into fleshy black plums and happiness. Full-bodied and supple yet this one will go the distance in the cellar. The concentration is rich and deep and the finish is long and satisfying. Pair with filet mignon and rosemary lamb. Drink: 2014 - 2020 309245 14.5% XD 750 mL $42.95 Score: 96/100. March 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Finca Agostino Inicio Torrontés 2011, Mendoza, Argentina: White floral notes and peach. Very pretty. Light- to medium-bodied. Great aperitif or companion to lightly spiced seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2015 303669 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. March 2013. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Famille Sparr Tradition Riesling 2011, A.C., Alsace, France: Crisp and fresh with lime lift and white grapefruit on the finish. Medium-bodied. Great aperitif or drink with seafood. Riesling food pairings: fish. Drink: 2013 - 2015 176933 12.4% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. March 2013. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Borgo Paglianetto Terravignata Di Matelica Verdicchio 2010, D.O.C., Marche, Italy: Clean, crisp and refreshing with vibrant green apple, lime and grapefruit aromas and flavours. Great aperitif or companion to seafood and salads. Drink: 2013 - 2015 313957 12.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. March 2013. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Statti Mantonico Bianco 2010, I.G.T., Calabria, Italy: A sunny orchard wine with crisp aromas and flavours of green and yellow apple. Dry and refreshing. Aperitif or seafood companion. Mantonico Bianco food pairings: roast chicken and polenta. Drink: 2013 - 2015 317644 13% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fairhall Downs Single Vineyard Small & Smith Family Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Very grassy and herbal with a lime lift on the finish. Clean and crisp with no oak. Great for spinach quiche and vegetarian dishes. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: green curry featuring seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2015 990580 14% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quinta Da Lixa Pouco Comum Alvarinho 2011, Vinho Regional Minho, Vinho Verde, Portugal: Lovely, light and simple with delightful melon and apricot aromas and flavours. Terrific for glazed ham and light curries. Alvarinho food pairings: double boiled soup made from duck, pork, ginger and aged tangerine peel. Drink: 2013 - 2016 316968 12.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. March 2013. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2011, W.O., Western Cape, South Africa: Herbal and grassy with lovely lime and grapefruit citrus lift. Medium-bodied and mouth-watering. Perfect for vegetarian dishes and grilled veggies. Drink: 2013 - 2015 96255 13.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. March 2013. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mountadam Unoaked Chardonnay 2010, Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: Lovely flavour and character here! Medium to full-bodied with enticing notes of vanilla, green apple and pear. Drink with roast chicken and corn dishes. Yum! Drink: 2013 - 2016 641878 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fina Taif Zibibbo 2011, I.G.P., Sicily, Italy: Clementine and honeysuckle yet not sweet. Aromatic with white daisies and lilies blowing in a field of light spring rain. Perfectly medium-bodied. Zibibbo food pairings: intense seafood dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2016 310102 13% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Te Awa Chardonnay 2010, Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand: Lovely toasted almond from the oak aging wraps around green apple and pear aromas and flavours. Full-bodied and delicious. Terrific with roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: firm-flesh seafood, rich poultry, pork dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2016 301135 13.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Terravin Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Like this! Not to grassy: lovely lime and citrus lift for extra refreshment. This wine was fermented 33% in oak barrels for extra richness and heft. There's lots of lemon zest and melon on the finish. Great for vegetarian dishes and roast chicken. Drink: 2013 - 2015 247205 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Talley Vineyards Bishop's Peak Chardonnay 2011, Edna Valley, Central Coast, California, United States: Vibrant and lively notes of green apple freshness. Some smoke from the oak but the purity of fruit still shines through. Lively acidity for food. Full-bodied and balanced. Try with creamy pasta and chicken dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2016 318360 13.7% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thomas Fogarty Gewürztraminer 2010, Monterey County, California, United States: Nicely balanced without being over-the-top. Classic white floral and spices yet so balanced. Medium-bodied and tasty. Gewürztraminer food pairings: paella, mildly spiced calamari, shrimp dish. Drink: 2013 - 2016 66878 14.2% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vina Robles White 4 2010, Huerhuero Vineyard, Paso Robles, California, United States: Reminds me of Caymus Conundrum blend: white floral and baking spice notes. Medium to full-bodied and ready for mild curries and spices. Drink: 2013 - 2016 313460 14.2% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chalone Monterey County Chardonnay 2010, Monterey County, Central Coast, California, United States: Stunning, especially at this price! Butterscotch, green apple and luscious layers of Asian pear. Full-bodied yet superbly balanced and food-friendly. A chardonnay lover's chardonnay. Pair with roast chicken and lobster in butter. Chardonnay food pairings: lobster tail, crab legs. Drink: 2013 - 2016 80226 13.5% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. March 2013. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Eberle Mill Road Vineyard Viognier 2011, Paso Robles, California, United States: Classic viognier! Floral, lychee, rose petal and baking spices. Full-bodied and concentrated. Bring on the curries, spices and Asian dishes please. Viognier food pairings: whole roast chicken, grilled seafood, mildly spiced Thai dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2016 313478 15.1% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. March 2013. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stratus Gewurztraminer 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada: Classic and lovely! Lychee, rose petal, spice without being too much. Medium-bodied and mouth-watering. Perfect for Asian and curries. Bring it! Gewurztraminer food pairings: pad Thai. Drink: 2013 - 2017 251447 13.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 93/100. March 2013. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Township 7 Vineyards & Winery Okanagan Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Okanagan Valley, BC V.Q.A., Canada: Fresh, clean and crisp with a lovely lemon-lime brightness. Not grassy. Perfectly refreshing and medium-bodied with mouth-watering acidity for food. Grapes were sourced from the Blue Terrace Vineyard, Black Sage Road and Oliver vineyards. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: mild cheeses, seared scallops and cilantro, other seafood, or lemon glazed chicken breast. Drink: 2012 - 2014 34355 12.8% D 750 mL $18.99 Score: 90/100. March 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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