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Wine Picks June 19, 2007

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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.

Red Wine

Catalans Rafale Merlot 2005, Languedoc & Roussillon, France: An amazing wine for the price. Medium to full-bodied with balanced aromas of berries and plum. 526897 12.5% 750 mL $8.45 Score: 88/100. June 2007. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

E. & J. Gallo Winery Turning Leaf Merlot Reserve 2005, California, United States: A full-bodied wine that's simple, plummy and jammy. Terrific value Merlot Reserve food pairings: barbecue meats, pork tenderloin, pot roast, chicken stir-fry, tacos. 36509 13% 0 1000 mL $12.95 Score: 86/100. June 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cathedral Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2002, South Africa, South Africa: I've liked this wine for several years now. It combines New World fruit with Old World balance and elegance. Aromas of black fruit and oak. Cathedral Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: steak, stew. 328567 13.5% D 750 mL $17.15 Score: 89/100. June 2007. Favorite Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Golden Kaan Merlot 2004, South Africa: A simple smooth medium-bodied wine with aromas of ripe plums. Golden Kaan Merlot food pairings: roast beef, veal. 649998 14% 750 mL $11.15 Score: 87/100. June 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kumala Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 2006, South Africa: A simple, delicious and full-bodied red with aromas of blackberries and blackcurrants. Kumala Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz food pairings: steak, stew, barbecue. 610915 14% 750 mL $10.15 Score: 86/100. June 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Long Neck Shiraz 2005, South Africa, South Africa: A juicy and jammy full-bodied wine with sweet fruit. If you like Yellow Tail, try this one. Long Neck Shiraz food pairings: barbecue, hamburgers. 665265 14% 750 mL $10.25 Score: 85/100. June 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Drostdy-Hof Merlot 2006, Stellenbosch, South Africa: A full-bodied wine with intense berry flavors and notes of smoky oak. Drostdy-Hof Merlot food pairings: lamb, guinea fowl, pasta. 345371 12.5% 0 750 mL $10.25 Score: 87/100. June 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hillebrand Trius Red V.Q.A. 2005, Niagara, Canada: Aromas of ripe plums and berries. Full-bodied and balanced. Hillebrand Trius Red V.Q.A. food pairings: steak, stew, hamburgers, barbecued meats. 303800 12.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. June 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hillibrand Winery Showcase Cabernet Franc "Glenlake Vineyard" 2000, Niagara, Canada: Gorgeous aromas of dried fruit, herbs, leather and smoke. A mature wine drinking at its peak now. Available from winecountryathome.com. Hillibrand Winery Showcase Cabernet Franc "Glenlake Vineyard" food pairings: rare steak, veal, roast beef. 1004706 12% 750 mL $50.20 Score: 90/100. June 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flat Rock Cellars Pinot Noir 2005, Niagara, Canada: A medium-bodied, easy drinking wine with notes of strawberries and red fruits. Flat Rock Cellars Pinot Noir food pairings: chicken, pork. 0 13% 0 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. June 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Drosty-Hof Chardonnay 2005, Stellenbosch, South Africa: A fantastic value for the price. Lovely, buttery and round with aromas of vanilla and ripe pears. Drosty-Hof Chardonnay food pairings: corn dishes, white meats. 343202 13% 0 750 mL $9.65 Score: 87/100. June 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Rooster Gewurztraminer 2005, Naramata Bench, Canada: An aromatic wine with notes of rose petals, lychee, green apples and limes. Red Rooster Gewurztraminer food pairings: light to medium curry, butter chicken. 0 13% 750 mL $14.90 Score: 89/100. June 2007. Favorite White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Calona Vineyards Artist Series Gewurztraminer 2006, Okanagan Valley, Canada: A lovely, lighter style Gewurztraminer. 0 13% 750 mL $13.99 Score: 88/100. June 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2006, Durbanville, South Africa: A refreshing simple white with herbal notes and aromas of gooseberries and lemon. Closed with a screwcap. Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: seafood, pasta. 22251 14% 0 750 mL $13.15 Score: 87/100. June 2007. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hillebrand Trius Riesling Dry V.Q.A. 2005, Niagara, Canada: A wine with zesty lemon & lime notes and mouth-watering acidity. Hillebrand Trius Riesling Dry V.Q.A. food pairings: seafood, salads, chicken, vegetarian. 303792 11.5% 0 750 mL $14.15 Score: 87/100. June 2007. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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