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Vintages Release August 31, 2013

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Dessert Wine

Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato D'asti 2012, D.O.C.G., Piedmont, Italy: Lovely apricot sweetness, yet light and frizzy. Perfect aperitif or sip with biscotti. Drink: 2013 - 2015 942888 5% MS 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. August 2013. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese 2011, Prädikatswein, Mosel, Germany: Apricot and peach ripeness with layers of honey richness. Lovely balance with a sunshine finish. Drink: 2013 - 2018 336396 8% MS 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. August 2013. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of Pelham Winery Icewine Cabernet 2012, V.Q.A., Short Hills Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Jammy, raspberry and luscious. Rich and long and satisfying. Drink: 2013 - 2018 672402 10% S 200 mL $39.95 Score: 92/100. August 2013. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau De Myrat Meritage 2009, Sauternes, Bordeaux, Aoc, France: Apricot supreme. Platonic essence of liquid sweet sensuality. Drink: 2013 - 2025 188995 13% S 375 mL $27.85 Score: 98/100. August 2013. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Oyster Bay Pinot Noir 2011, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Toasty oak on the nose wraps around fleshy ripe black cherries. Full-bodied, mouth-watering juicy and smooth with a great finish. Smoky and toasty. Terrific with a wide range of dishes. Yum! Long finish. Pinot Noir food pairings: planked salmon, barbecued duck, veggie mushroom burger, frittata. Drink: 2012 - 2017 590414 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. August 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Plume Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Napa, United States: Full-bodied with toasted oak and black fruit. Supple and layered on the palate. Good finish with dark spices and smoke. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: red meats, strong cheeses. Drink: 2013 - 2018 287367 14.9% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 89/100. August 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Michael David Petite Petit Named Varietal Blends-Red 2010, Lodi, California, United States: Full-bodied, mocha and dark chocolate with black fruit. Drink: 2013 - 2015 213017 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 87/100. August 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Guardian Peak Ernie Els Wines Shiraz 2011, W.O., Western Cape, South Africa: Great value! Toasty oak, espresso-coffee and charry black fruit. Full-bodied, juicy and supple. Perfect for coffee-rubbed meats. Drink: 2013 - 2015 652602 14.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. August 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Riondo Castelforte Corvina 2010, I.G.T., Veronese, Veneto, Italy: A full-bodied, straight-forward red with attractive aromas and flavours of dark red fruit and some smoke. Pair with hamburgers. Corvina food pairings: pasta in a marinara sauce. Drink: 2013 - 2015 230649 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. August 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

13th Street Winery Red Palette 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Medium-bodied and mouth-watering. Aromas of dark fruit, toasty oak and dark spice. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Food pairings: thin-crust pizza, charcuterie, cheese boards, rustic stews, artisan sandwiches, grilled veal steaks, roast beef. Drink: 2013 - 2016 249458 13.1% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 86/100. August 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara, California, United States: Mocha and sweet dark chocolate from generous oak aging on the nose and palate. This is followed by sweet cherry flavours and a supple almost full-bodied weight. Pair with ham. Drink: 2013 - 2017 652883 14.5% D 750 mL $44.95 Score: 89/100. August 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Roux Père & Fils La Perrière Mercurey Pinot Noir 2011, A.C., Burgundy, France: Cedar brush, tart cherry and spice and an earthy goodness. Medium-bodied and smooth with lots of mouth-watering acidity for roast chicken or salmon. Great price for Old World pinot noir. Drink: 2013 - 2017 692756 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. August 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Palazzo Maffei Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2010, D.O.C., Veneto, Italy: Juicy and full-bodied with generous fleshy black fruit and some smoke. Perfect for meat lovers pizza or hamburgers. Great price. Drink: 2013 - 2015 338913 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. August 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Haut Selve Meritage 2009, A.C., Graves, Bordeaux, France: Fleshy black fruit from a warm 2009 vintage, with a full-bodied weight and smooth texture. Some smoke on the finish. Great price. Filet mignon please! Drink: 2013 - 2018 738120 12.8% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 90/100. August 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dauvergne-Ranvier Grand Vin 2010, A.P., Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhône, France: Full-bodied with rich concentration of smoky-tarry black fruit. A bruiser of wine that demands decanting for 2 hours. Toasty oak, blackberry and blackcurrant. Dark spice finish. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2016 274506 13.5% XD 750 mL $36.95 Score: 90/100. August 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ramón Bilbao Reserva 2006, D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain: This robust red is a blend of 90% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo grapes, matured 20 months in American barrel. Aromas of dark red fruit, smoke and spice. A savoury, meaty note mid-palate that's is unsettlingly satisfying. Yes! Pair with grilled pork chops. Drink: 2013 - 2016 281097 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. August 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Katnook Founder's Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia: Mint-menthol with fleshy blackberry. Full-bodied, supple and juicy. Drink: 2013 - 2016 660332 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. August 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nugan Estate Mclaren Parish Vineyard Shiraz 2010, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Intense concentration of black fruit flavours with blackberry liqueur. Some menthol on the nose. Full-bodied and smooth. Great depth and balance with a long finish. Great persistence of flavours, longing and desire. Shiraz food pairings: chicken lababdar, black bean soup, blue cheese, char-grilled lamb cutlets, Balsamic grilled radicchio. Drink: 2012 - 2015 72603 15% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. August 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fonterutoli Marchesi Mazzei Chianti Classico 2010, D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy: Full-bodied and juicy with rich aromas and flavours of black cherry, blackberry, smoke and just enough oak. Nicely balanced with a satisfying finish. Pair with pepper steak. Drink: 2013 - 2018 977629 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. August 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Frog's Leap Zinfandel 2010, Napa Valley, California, United States: Vibrant, fleshy and alive with aromas and flavours of fleshy purple and black plums, a dancing blackberries. Balanced and complex. A zinfandel lover's zinfandel. Pair with any grilled meats. Drink: 2013 - 2017 593525 14.2% D 750 mL $37.95 Score: 92/100. August 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mount Langi Ghiran Billi Billi Shiraz 2009, Australia Victoria, Australia: Rich and luscious with terrific intensity. Great mouth-watering juiciness. A core of black cherry flavour runs through the heart of this dark wine. Ultra-satisfying and hedonistic. Some dark spice and anise on the finish. Enjoy it tonight with roast beef or grilled steak. Shiraz food pairings: balsamic grilled radicchio, black bean soup, blue cheese, char-grilled lamb cutlets. Drink: 2012 - 2016 719575 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 92/100. August 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pierre Amadieu Romane Machotte Gigondas 2011, A.C., Rhône, France: Full-bodied with fleshy cherry flavours that roll across your tongue lovingly. More flavours of dark red fruit, smoke and spice. Supple and smooth and caressing. Juicy and vibrant and balanced with great effortless complexity. Pair with meat dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2018 17400 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. August 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Aldegheri Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2006, D.O.C., Veneto, Italy: Dark spices and blackberry liqueur with a river of concentrated dark fruit flavour through its core. Ultra full-bodied and rich. Great long finish. Drink: 2014 - 2020 987305 15.9% D 750 mL $51.95 Score: 92/100. August 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Montes Alpha Pinot Noir 2011, Leyda Valley, Chile: A vibrant, full-bodied pinot noir with fleshy ripe cherry and berry aromas. Its juicy and generous but balanced with some terrific acidity for planed salmon or roast chicken. 143214 14.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. August 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Farina Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2009, D.O.C.G., Veneto, Italy: Lovely balance of fleshy black and dark red fruit, spices and smoke. This wine is full-bodied with lots of heft yet it's also supremely balanced and not heavy. Perfect for roast beef. Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico food pairings: rich pasta dishes with a dash of spice, fine aged cheeses. Drink: 2013 - 2019 995910 14.5% D 750 mL $35.95 Score: 92/100. August 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Louis Jadot Beaune Boucherottes 1Er Cru Pinot Noir 2010, A.C., Burgundy, France: A gorgeous nose redolent of black cherries, fresh earth and wild violets. More goodness and lapping luxury follows on the palate, which is medium-bodied and smooth textured. Fleshy ripe plum on the palate yet with a tart zip of cherry that keep the juices flowing. Superb burgundy for Old World pinot noir fans. Drink: 2013 - 2018 121319 14% XD 750 mL $52.95 Score: 93/100. August 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Moncigale Minéral Bandol Rosé 2012, A.C., Provence, France: Lovely, light and subtle with whispered aromas of small field strawberries. Bone-dry and refreshing. Try with picnic fare and pate. Rosé food pairings: grilled salmon. Drink: 2013 - 2014 226670 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. August 2013. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Antech Grande Réserve Brut Blanquette De Limoux 2011, A.C., Midi, France: Toasty baked bread and some apple notes. Great price. Drink: 2013 - 2015 656470 12% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. August 2013. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Carpenè Malvolti Cuvée Brut Conegliano Valdobbiadene Superiore Prosecco, D.O.C.G., Veneto, Italy: Wonderfully dry, crisp and refreshing with vibrant lemon-lime notes. Amazingly great price. Try it with fried chicken or potato chips (or both). Drink: 2013 - 2015 727438 12% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 92/100. August 2013. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Billecart-Salmon Brut Champagne Rosé, A.C., Champagne, France: Gorgeous and full of finesse and elegance. Fleeting fielding raspberry notes. Layered and long. My fav rose champagne hands down. This half bottle size is perfect when you want a glass and half each to start the meal. Drink: 2013 - 2018 924670 12% XD 375 mL $49.95 Score: 94/100. August 2013. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Creekside Estate Winery Laura's White 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Lovely blend of Chardonnay, Chardonnay Musque, Pinot Gris, Muscat, Gewurztraminer, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Gorgeous aromas of butterscotch, toasted almond and white peach. Floral notes and light spices on the finish. Try it with fresh seafood. Yum! Drink: 2013 - 2017 121764 13% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 92/100. August 2013. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Falchini Vigna A Solatio Vernaccia Di San Gimignano 2012, D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy: Dry and medium-bodied with white grapefruit notes. Lots of acidity. No oak. Drink: 2013 - 2015 994012 12% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 85/100. August 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santo Assyrtiko 2011, P.D.O., Santorini, Greece: Lovely burnt orange and seared apricot with a dry palate that's mouth-watering. Medium-bodied with dried honey and lemon on the finish. Pair with seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2015 627760 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. August 2013. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Schreckbichl Colterenzio Pinot Grigio 2012, D.O.C., Südtirol-Alto Adige, Italy: Medium-bodied with white grapefruit and lemongrass. Nice aperitif. Drink: 2013 - 2015 293399 15.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. August 2013. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Calamus Estate Winery Riesling 2011, V.Q.A., Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Petrol, lemon and flint on the nose with a great attack of acidity on the palate. Dry and refreshing. Austere and focused. Lime citrus finish. Pair with seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2016 158642 12% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. August 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Babich Black Label Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Superb! Lovely lime lift right through the center: herbal but not grassy, more citrus. Medium-bodied and ultra-mouth-watering. Laser-like refreshment and focus with a big hug of citrus zest. Some gooseberry and lemon on the finish. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: Asian chicken salad, pork tenderloin, linguine carbonara, asparagus and sugar snap pea soup, avocado and papaya salad. Drink: 2012 - 2014 9142 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. August 2013. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gallo Family Laguna Vineyard Chardonnay 2009, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: A rich, creamy chardonnay that was 100% barrel fermented with about 10,000 cases produced of this wine. Loaded with toasted oak, green apple, butterscotch and toasted almond. Balanced and luscious. Pair with roast chicken. Drink: 2013 - 2017 544981 14.4% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. August 2013. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mer Soleil Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2010, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County, California, United States: Pure butterscotch and toffee on the nose from generous oak aging. Some green apple pierces through on the robust, layered palate. Winemaker Charlie Wagner is known for opulence and this chardonnay doesn't disappoint. Caramel and vanilla smoke on the finish. Pair with creamy cheeses and yacht races in Nantucket. Drink: 2013 - 2017 958975 14.5% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. August 2013. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kistler Les Noisetiers Chardonnay 2011, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Gorgeous opulence! Balanced, beautiful and robust. Butterscotch and green apple with hints of white peach on the nose. Creamy, plush, layered and luxurious. Benchmark Californian Chardonnay. Drink: 2013 - 2018 251223 14.1% XD 750 mL $76.95 Score: 96/100. August 2013. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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