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Vintages Release September 28, 2013

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Dessert Wine

Croft Late Bottled Vintage Port 2008, D.O.C., Douro, Portugal: Lovely! Black fleshy plums and prunes with dried figs. Nice dessert wine; great price. Port food pairings: fruit-based desserts, chocolate truffles. Drink: 2013 - 2017 87601 20% S 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. September 2013. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château des Charmes Vidal Icewine 2009, V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada: Gorgeous concentration of flavour and richness in this dessert wine! Apricot, peach preserve, butterscotch. Great balance. Drink: 2013 - 2017 565861 9.5% S 200 mL $25.95 Score: 90/100. September 2013. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Puklus Pincészet Tokaji Yellow Muscat 2012, Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary: Beautiful concentration of lemon essence! Here's a dessert wine that's not cloying sweet, and will be perfect with lemon or poppy seed cake. Oh yum. Muscat food pairings: smoked paprika chicken. Drink: 2013 - 2017 46508 13.5% M 750 mL $15.95 Score: 92/100. September 2013. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Graffigna Late Harvest Malbec 2012, San Juan, Argentina: A pleasant dessert wine with flavours of blueberry and raspberry jame. Pair with chocolate cake. Malbec food pairings: spicy beef vindaloo, semi-sweet desserts. Drink: 2013 - 2017 322719 12% MS 500 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Silverado Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Napa California, United States: Full-bodied with classic California cabernet aromas of cassis, blackcurrant and tart blackberry. Toasty oak, good finish. Drink: 2013 - 2017 111880 14.6% XD 750 mL $59.95 Score: 90/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rubinelli Vajol Amarone Della Valpolicella 2008, Veneto, Italy: Very mature Amarone with aromas of dried fruit, leather, cigar box and smoke. Full-bodied and ready to drink with hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2016 268821 16% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 90/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Guardian Peak Frontier Named Varietal Blends-Red 2011, W.O., Western Cape, South Africa: Juicy and full-bodied with aromas and flavours of plush purple and black plums, as well as blueberries and toasty oak. Very juicy. Perfect for roast beef. Drink: 2013 - 2015 337543 14.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

San Felice Il Grigio Riserva Chianti Classico 2009, D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy: Pleasant and full-bodied with tart cherries, earth, smoke and mocha. Chianti Classico food pairings: roast meats, mature cheeses. Drink: 2013 - 2016 716266 12.8% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 87/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Haut Gravet Grand Cru Meritage 2010, A.C., Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France: Love oak? Want more oak? We've got oak here for you in spades (in staves). Full-bodied with black fruit, tar and smoke, and yes, more oak. Drink: 2014 - 2018 46573 12.5% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 88/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Finca Villacreces Pruno 2011, D.O., Ribera Del Duero, Spain: Full-bodied with dark black fruit and toasty oak with dried herbs on the finish. Nicely balanced. Food pairings: rare steak, beef braised in red wine. Drink: 2013 - 2016 312140 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pascal Aufranc Vignes De 1939 Chénas Gamay (Beaujolais) 2011, A.C., Beaujolais, France: Juicy fruit! Strawberry-raspberry jam but light-bodied. Lots of flavour with heft. Lovely, fresh, aromatic and fragrant. Drink: 2013 - 2016 329987 12.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Paiman Reserva Tannat 2011, Chañarmuyo Valley, La Rioja, Argentina: Full-bodied with black earthy, hickory smoke and tar. Dark fruit aromas and flavours penetrate the depth of this wine. Tannat food pairings: pulled pork, rare steaks, beef ribs. Drink: 2013 - 2015 342048 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sasso Al Poggio Piccini 2007, I.G.T., Tuscany, Italy: Rustic and full-bodied with sour cherry and wild tart blackberry notes. This wine cries out for food, especially anything with a tangy tomato sauce. A solid finish. Great for potluck gatherings. Food pairings: stew, roast beef. Drink: 2012 - 2015 134809 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Leonardo Riserva Chianti 2009, D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy: A good grip on the palate with dry and full-bodied layers of black fruit. Savory and chewy. Great with hearty meat dishes. This wine is made in the hills that circle the town of Vinci, where yes Leonardo da Vinci was born. Chianti food pairings: pasta with tomato sauce and fresh herbs, basil pesto, red wine stew, pizza. Drink: 2012 - 2015 164707 12.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Posta Pizzella Family Vineyard (Ed Lehrman And Nick Ramkowsky) Malbec 2011, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Dark, savoury, meaty and full-bodied. This is a terrific wine for rich and flavourful meaty dishes. Heart of darkness wine with a golden-good price. Dried herbs and spices on the finish. Love that the grapes all come from local growers. This La Posta is more robust than the winery's Angel Paulucci red wine. Malbec food pairings: lamb cutlets, beef tenderloin. Drink: 2012 - 2015 166298 13.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Feudi San Pio Ripasso Superiore Valpolicella Classico 2011, D.O.C., Veneto, Italy: Mocha-dark chocolate on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, tannic and acidic. Pair with hearty meat dishes like a coffee-rubbed grilled chicken or steak. Drink: 2013 - 2016 181446 14.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. September 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Angels Gate Winery Mountainview Merlot 2011, V.Q.A., Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Mocha, dark chocolate and toasty oak on the nose followed by black plums on the palate. Smooth and full-bodied. Attractive. Merlot food pairings: braised meats. Drink: 2013 - 2016 299172 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cantine Due Palme Primitivo 2010, I.G.T., Salento, Puglia, Italy: Dark chocolate and mocha aromas on the nose with fleshy ripe blackberry notes. Lovely toasty oak on the finish. Medium- to full-bodied. Supple and smooth but packed with flavour, just as a Primitivo (aka Zinfandel) grape-based wine should be. Primitivo food pairings: grilled steak with mushrooms and onions, coq au vin, Cornish game hen, bruschetta. Drink: 2012 - 2015 658351 13.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. September 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rodney Strong Wine Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Classic, tannic, decant 2 hours or cellar it. Black fruit and smoke. Great balance. Drink: 2013 - 2017 50427 14.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Brancaia Tre 2011, I.G.T., Tuscany, Italy: Total coffee-espresso nose and palate. Rich and full-bodied with a smooth texture. Smoky, coffee finish. Food pairings: grilled chicken, veal scaloppini. Drink: 2013 - 2016 164715 13.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 90/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nottola Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano Sangiovese (Chianti) 2009, D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy: Tart, mouth-watering and full-bodied with vibrant aromas of sour cherry. The robust red wine is a blend of 80% Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese) grapes and 20% other red varieties. Drink: 2013 - 2016 184960 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ramón Bilbao Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2004, D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain: Dried leather, dried herbs, dry black fruit aromas and lots of acidity. Full-bodied, smooth, contemplative. Some smoke on the finish. Drink now before it fades. Tempranillo food pairings: chili, black bean soup, short ribs, tomato tarte. Drink: 2010 - 2014 244715 14.5% D 750 mL $26.95 Score: 90/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Juana De Sol Reserva Single Vineyard, Fincas De La Juanita Malbec 2010, Single Vineyard, Mendoza, Argentina: Super concentration, depth and richness! A full-on palate-whack. It is extremely mouth-filling and demands hearty meat dishes. On the finish, there's dark spice, smoke, anise, and the satisfaction that you paid far less than this wine is worth. Drink: 2013 - 2016 288381 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. September 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Les Hauts De Palette Élevé En Fût De Chêne (Charles Yung Et Fils) Meritage 2010, A.C., Côtes De Bordeaux, France: Blockbuster bargain Bordeaux! Wow. Mocha dark chocolate with toasty oak and black fruit. Balanced, rich and deep. I dare you to find a better Bordeaux at this price. Meritage food pairings: grilled lamb, osso buco. Drink: 2013 - 2018 297267 12.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. September 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Brick Kiln Shiraz 2010, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Full-bodied, chalky and dry with black fruit and smoke. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2017 329979 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luis Canas Crianza Rioja Tempranillo 2009, D.O.C., Rioja, Spain: This robust red is a blend of 95% Tempranillo and 5% Garnacha grapes. It offers attractive aromas of dark fruit, just enough oak, and dried herbs. There's a real savoury note mid-palate with a full-bodied weight. Very balanced with a lovely, long finish. Drink: 2013 - 2015 336719 14.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. September 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Les Parcelles De Stéphane Derenoncourt Maison Bouey Meritage 2010, A.C., Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux, France: Full-bodied, subtle and elegant, not in your face, not fruit forward. Dusty, smoky and earthy with some dark fruit underneath. Violets on the finish. Drink: 2013 - 2016 339192 13.5% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 90/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Pinot Noir 2010, A.C., Burgundy, France: Juicy and expressive with an amazing great price! Sour cherry, wild violets and plush layers of hedonistic happiness. Love it! Medium-bodied and complex. Drink: 2013 - 2018 341925 13% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 90/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sada Integolo Fattroia Carpoli, Davide Sada 2010, I.G.T., Tuscany, Italy: Attractive aromas of tart black and red currant and smoke. Full-bodied and smooth with some dark spice on the finish. This is an elegant blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Montepulciano grapes. Drink: 2014 - 2018 350132 12.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. September 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre Apalta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Colchugua Valley, Chile: A full-bodied red with a towering structure, great depth of black fruit and tar flavour and a good grip on the palate. Decant for 2 hours for maximum pleasure. Long finish. Could use cellar time to mellow. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: rare steak, beef braised in red wine. Drink: 2014 - 2019 947929 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cascina Gilli Vigna Delle More Gilli Barbera D'asti 2010, D.O.C., Piedmont, Italy: Rich and full-bodied with great mouth-watering tang. Aromas of dark fruit and smoke. Very attractive, especially at this price. Barbera D'asti food pairings: rich salad, grilled vegetables, breaded veal, chicken. Drink: 2013 - 2016 106401 13.3% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Napa Valley, California, United States: Paul Hobbs has a spectacular worldwide reputation as a wine consultant and works with nearly three dozen wineries in California, Chile and Argentina. Hobbs also owns two wineries: Viña Cobos in Argentina, and Paul Hobbs in California. This rich, full-bodied red wine offers aromas of blackcurrant, cedar, pepper and cassis. Full-bodied with terrific structure and length. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: braised meats, herbed steaks, venison. Drink: 2013 - 2016 118695 14.5% XD 750 mL $38.95 Score: 91/100. September 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tessellae Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Lafage Carignan 2011, I.G.P., Côtes Catalanes, Southwest, France: This robust red is comprised 100% of the Carignan grape from 70-year-old vines planted in schist soil, which gives the grapes and the final wine an extra richness and depth of flavour. It offers aromas and flavours of black raspberry, black and purple plum and fleshy blackberry. There's some black licorice and toasty oak on a long satisfying finish. Drink: 2013 - 2016 343509 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. September 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Momo Seresin Estate Pinot Noir 2010, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Big and juicy with pleasingly tart and vibrant cherry aromas and flavours. Mouth-watering acidity is fantastic for a range of dishes. Smooth and medium- to full-bodied. Very tasty. Absolutely needs food. Made by the film director of many famous movies, including several of the Harry Potter series. Pinot Noir food pairings: mushroom risotto, planked salmon, frittata. Drink: 2012 - 2016 163972 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. September 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lamaione Tenuta Di Castelgiocondo, Marchesi De'frescobaldi Merlot 2009, D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy: Full-bodied with a towering structure and incredible depth of black fruit and smoke. This bruiser could use some cellar time. Decant 2 hours (or 2 days). Drink: 2013 - 2018 978411 12% XD 750 mL $63.95 Score: 92/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Beau Mistral Saint Martin Rasteau 2010, A.C., Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, France: Purple plum and blackberry liqueur. Full-bodied and dry. This robust red wine is made with grapes from 60 to 90 year-old vines in a single vineyard (lieu-dit). Like zinfandel on steroids and with a darker, unresolved past. Drink: 2013 - 2016 251629 14.5% D 750 mL $25.95 Score: 92/100. September 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mollydooker Two Left Feet (Sarah & Sparky Marquis) Named Varietal Blends-Red 2010, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Big but balanced, with aromas and flavours of black fruit, smoke and tar. There is espresso and dark spices on the finish. Drink: 2013 - 2017 327106 16% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 92/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel 2010, Sonoma County, California, United States: Great balance! Vibrant aromas and flavours of black and purple plums, and dark raspberries. Great value. Drink: 2013 - 2017 574491 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 92/100. September 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Carpineto Farnito Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, I.G.T., Tuscany, Italy: Full-bodied, savoury and meaty with a good tannic grip on the palate. Could use cellar time and/or decanting 2 hours. Loaded with aromas and flavours of black fruit, smoke, mocha, and tanned leather. Great structure, long finish, deep satisfaction. Drink: 2014 - 2018 996553 12.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Argiano Non Confunditur 2011, I.G.T., Tuscany, Italy: What a racy, exciting nose of fleshy black fruit blowing in a brisk fall wind. Catch that? Yum. Full-bodied and rich, with mouth-watering juiciness and a good grip from tannins on the palate. Aromas and flavours of black plums, anise and dark spice. Savoury, meaty, chewy. Use a fork. This full-bodied red wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese grapes. Drink: 2015 - 2020 72397 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 93/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Laurence Féraud Selection 2010, A.C., Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhône, France: Rich, savoury and delicious with big dark red fruit aromas. There’s some toasty oak and a long dark spice infused finish that lingers and lingers. Decant for 2 hours ... If you can wait that long. Food pairings: barbecued chicken, char-grilled lamb cutlets, spezzatino. Drink: 2011 - 2020 211474 14.3% XD 750 mL $42.95 Score: 93/100. September 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Oscar's Estate Shiraz Viognier 2010, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Like the dark hero on a romance novel: take me now! Brooding, full-bodied, muscular and well, you know, seductive. Black fruit aromas, savoury flavours with a long finish (most importantly). Again please, and again. Shiraz Viognier food pairings: black bean soup, Bouillabaisse, onion dip. Drink: 2012 - 2016 287961 15.9% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 93/100. September 2013. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

San Filippo Brunello Di Montalcino 2007, D.O.C., Tuscany, Italy: Vibrant, fleshy black and dark red cherry on the nose that opens up into fleshy, juicy, mouth-watering layers of black cherry and black plum. Rich, round and full-bodied. Dive in head-first! Drink: 2013 - 2020 344374 14% XD 750 mL $48.95 Score: 93/100. September 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tenuto Di Trecciano Daniello Rosso Di Toscana Sangiovese (Chianti) 2008, I.G.T., Tuscany, Italy: Full-bodied, ultra-dry and mouth-watering, almost chalky on the palate (in a good way). Black fruit with cedar brush and a long finish. This full-bodied red wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese grapes. Decant 2 hours. Drink: 2014 - 2020 344481 14% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 93/100. September 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Goldeneye Pinot Noir 2010, Anderson Valley, California, United States: Full-bodied with mocha and fleshy black cherry. Polished, smooth and hedonistic. Drink: 2013 - 2017 659854 14.5% XD 750 mL $62.95 Score: 93/100. September 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Seresin Leah Pinot Noir 2009, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Spectacular! Layers and layers of flavour keep replaying across the palate and senses. On the nose, there's a lovely weave of rose petal and violets that open into wild cherry and forest raspberries. On the palate the berries emerge again, with a deeper fleshiness and mouth-watering juiciness. A long, long finish. Wow. Drink: 2013 - 2020 655167 14% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 94/100. September 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Two Hands Wines Lily's Garden Shiraz 2011, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Big, fleshy aromas of blueberries and blackberries wrapped around an intense, concentrated core of dark hedonism. Full-throttled pleasure for those who like the maximum bang for their buck. This wine demands hearty meat dishes. You should give it what it wants. Shiraz food pairings: grilled steak or pork chops. Drink: 2012 - 2019 683086 15.5% XD 750 mL $59.95 Score: 94/100. September 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ruffino Modus 2010, 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 herb aromas. Wonderfully concentrated with a long finish. Decant 2 hours. Remarkable rich, yet fresh and vibrant. Perfect for dinner parties. Be sure to decant for 2 hours. Food pairings: pork tenderloin, autumn hodge-podge. Drink: 2012 - 2019 912956 13.5% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 94/100. September 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Chanson Teurons 1Er Cru Pinot Noir 2010, A.C., Beaune, Burgundy, France: A gorgeous rose of a wine: delicate yet concentrated with flavour. Seductive fleshy red cherries, satin texture and a finish that goes on forever. One of the best pinot noirs that I’ve tasted in quite some time. Why do I always fall in love with the expensive ones? Well, this one is worth every penny. Pinot Noir food pairings: planked salmon, roast chicken or turkey. Drink: 2012 - 2020 84426 13.5% XD 750 mL $36.05 Score: 95/100. September 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010, W.O., Hemel-En-Aarde Valley, South Africa: Spectacular aromas of bing cherry, wild raspberry and red currant, along with violets and a feral note. this medium-bodied wonder is perfectly balanced with polished tannins and a seductive mouth-feel. It opens like a peacock and finishes in a crescendo, leaving you longing for more. One of South Frica's top producers, period. Drink: 2013 - 2020 999516 13.5% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 96/100. September 2013. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Domaine De Chevalier Bordeaux Blanc Meritage 2007, Graves, France: Incredible lemon intensity and vibrancy that has a lanolin richness around the edges. This full-bodied Bordeaux white wine is a traditional blend of sauvignon blanc and semillon grapes from one of the best producers of this wine. Drink: 2013 - 2019 99556 13% XD 750 mL $124.00 Score: 93/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lafond Srh Chardonnay 2011, Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, California, United States: Green apple and lime acidity with a medium- to full-bodied weight. Great for cream sauces. Drink: 2013 - 2015 998641 13.9% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 87/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lion's Lair Family Reserve White Dreyer Family Named Varietal Blends-White 2012, W.O., Swartland, Coastal Region, South Africa: Very pleasant with mild aromas of white melon and pear. Medium-bodied with mouth-watering juiciness. Nice aperitif. Drink: 2013 - 2015 337618 13.5% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. September 2013. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fantinel Vigneti Sant'helena Ribolla Gialla 2011, I.G.T., Delle Venezie, Friuli, Italy: Clean and crisp with aromas of lemon, lime and white grapefruit. Drink: 2013 - 2015 339028 13% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 88/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Tiers Wine Co. Clarence Hill Chardonnay 2011, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: A robust white with buttery and pear notes. Good acidity for a wide range of dishes. Owner Claudio Curtis founded this winery in 1990, after moving to Australia with his parents from in Italy in 1965. There's a lovely long finish that will leave you wanting more. Chardonnay food pairings: apricot-glazed pork loin, basil pesto, prawn bisque, cheese fondue, chicken. Drink: 2012 - 2015 57679 14% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kenwood Chardonnay 2012, Sonoma County, California, United States: Very classic California chardonnay with green apple acidity and toasty oak wrapped around it. Full-bodied and layered. Good finish. Perfect for roast chicken or turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled chicken, seared tuna. Drink: 2013 - 2015 158790 13.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. September 2013. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alain Geoffroy Domaine Le Verger Chablis Alain Geoffroy, Prop. Vitic. Chardonnay 2011, A.C., Burgundy, France: Clean and crisp unoaked Chardonnay, so don’t look for buttery, smoky aromas. Lean and austere but very refreshing. Very dry, mouth-watering finish. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled chicken, basil pesto, prawn bisque, cheese fondue, frittata. Drink: 2012 - 2015 181289 12.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Palette 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Pretty, floral, aromatic, crisp and clean. Spring rain on apple blossom with lime zest shavings. Drink: 2013 - 2015 207340 12% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. September 2013. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pillitteri Estates Winery Chardonnay Musqué 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Melon blossom and peach floral loveliness. Dry with soooo aromatic. Medium-bodied and mouth-watering. Try with mild curries and spicy dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2015 344689 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lingenfelder Bird Label Riesling 2012, Qualitätswein, Pfalz, Germany: Magnificent for the price point! Floral with fleshy ripe peach yet airy and refreshing. Medium-bodied with a peach blossom finish. Slight sweetness lends food versatility, yet it's not at all cloying. Riesling food pairings: Thai or Indian dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2015 568634 10.5% M 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. September 2013. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château des Charmes Chardonnay 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Beautifully rich and balanced! One of this winery's best chardonnays. Butterscotch, toasty oak and green apple vibrancy. Waiting for roast chicken or turkey. Drink: 2013 - 2016 430991 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Churton Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Terrific balance! Great refreshment with some herbal and lifted lime notes but not too grassy. A nice richness that you often don't see on sauvignon blanc from New Zealand. If you haven't tried New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, start with this one. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: chicken salad, pork tenderloin, linguine, avocado and papaya salad. Drink: 2012 - 2015 159244 13.5% D 750 mL $23.95 Score: 90/100. September 2013. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kumeu River Brajkovich Family, Prop. Chardonnay 2009, Hunting Hill, North Island, New Zealand: Toasty oak with aromas of green apple, pink grapefruit, toasted almonds, and baked bread. Full-bodied with mouth-watering acidity. Drink: 2013 - 2017 167072 13.5% D 750 mL $41.95 Score: 90/100. September 2013. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Paco & Lola Albariño 2011, D.O., Rías Baixas, Spain: Lime and white grapefruit with mouth-watering acidity and clean refreshment. No oak. Great aperitif or companion to salads and seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2016 350041 12.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. September 2013. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave De Beblenheim Heimberger Gewurztraminer 2011, A.C., Alsace, France: Big aromas of lychee and rose petal plus baking spices. Medium-bodied, savory and mouth-watering. Gewurztraminer food pairings: curried chicken. Drink: 2013 - 2017 196642 13% M 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. September 2013. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Miner Napa Valley Chardonnay 2011, Napa Valley, California, United States: Classic Californian chardonnay: green apple vibrancy, toasty oak and rich layers of pleasure. Perfect for roast chicken or turkey. Drink: 2013 - 2016 745745 13% XD 750 mL $33.95 Score: 91/100. September 2013. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Casablanca Valley, Chile: Herbal and refreshing without being too grassy. Some lime zest running through it. Very refreshing. Highly recommended. Drink: 2013 - 2015 143198 13.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. September 2013. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gisselbrecht Frankstein Grand Cru Riesling 2009, A.C., Alsace, France: Petrol flint wet stone loveliness. Hello baby! Medium- to light-bodied yet spectacularly packed with flavor. Lemon, lime zest finish. For insiders who know. Wink. Drink: 2013 - 2017 341909 12% D 750 mL $20.95 Score: 92/100. September 2013. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett 2008, Prädikatswein, Mosel, Germany: Stupendous! Fleshy peach and pear wrap around lime and slate notes. Perfectly balanced between fruit vibrancy and zippy acidity. Treat yourself. Drink: 2013 - 2022 282343 12.5% M 750 mL $20.95 Score: 93/100. September 2013. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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