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Vintages Release September 16, 2017

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Dessert Wine

Schmitt Soehne Beerenauslese 2015, Rheinhessen, Germany: A gorgeous dessert wine that is never cloyingly sweet. The essence of a sun-dappled peach and pear orchard with a sprinkle of spring rain. Perfect as an after dinner treat on its own or with a fruit flan. Beerenauslese food pairings: rich desserts, apple, pear, apricot fruit components. Drink: 2017 - 2025 288455 9.5% S 500 mL $21.95 Score: 93/100. September 2017. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Malivoire Wine Company Courtney Gamay 2015, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: I love the description on the back label for the vineyard where the Gamay grapes for this lovely Niagara wine are grown: "On the very end of the plateau known as the Beamsville Bench, there's a clearing surrounded by an old-growth forest, untouched by all who farmed the land since the War of 1812." Doesn't this sound like the beginning of a great storybook adventure? It continues: "We call it the Courtney Vineyard after the wonderful woman who lived nearby. She called it paradise. The trees she loved now stand sentinel, protecting one of Malivoire's most coveted vineyards." Malivoire is truly the Canadian master of Gamay. Luscious, rich and flavourful without being heavy. Lots of black and dark red berry fruits. Some smoke on the finish. This wine enjoys extended barrel-aging in French oak, yet there is no pronounced oaky aroma or flavour. Pair with grilled seafood or pheasant. Gamay food pairings: roasted suckling pig, roast lamb, veal stew. Drink: 2015 - 2019 524231 13% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 92/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

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