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Le Clos Jordanne La Petite Colline Pinot Noir 2008, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Twenty Mile Bench, Ontario, Canada: Vintages Wine Panel: Aromas of rose petals, raspberry, humus, and mocha. Dry and fresh with fruit still underneath waiting to unfold as it ages (allow 1-3 years). Fairly lengthy finish. Try it. Very Burgundian in style. My note: An intoxicatingly exotic perfume wafts up from the glass. This vineyard is only 3.25 hectares. The wine offers lovely aromas of fresh cherry, mocha, earth. Silky smooth and medium-bodied. Drink: 2011-2016. 33944 13.50% XD 750 mL  $45.00 Score: 92/100. April 16, 2011 Favourite Red Wine. Full Review
Domaine Des Tilleuls Clos Village Philippe Livera, Prop. Pinot Noir 2009, A.C., Gevrey-Chambertin, Burgundy, France: Ultra-seductive black cherry, violets and wild mushroom on the nose. Pulls you head-first into the glass. Silky smooth with a medium- to full-bodied weight. Stunning! Drink: 2012-2018. 264994 13% XD 750 mL  $49.95 Score: 93/100. May 26, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Château D'aquéria Jean Olivier, Producteur Rosé 2011, A.C., Tavel, Rhône, France: The rose I drink for personal pleasure and stock up every year. Bone-dry, complex with field berry notes and a long, dry finish. Drink: 2012-2014. 712000 13.50% XD 375 mL  $10.45 Score: 93/100. May 12, 2012 Top Rated Rosé. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose Champagne, A.C., France: A muscular, full-bodied bubbly. Also available in 375 mL (924670, $47.95). 724559 12% XD 750 mL  $84.95 Score: 92/100. December 8, 2007 Full Review
Mount Riley Seventeen Valley Pinot Noir 2009, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Tasty and mouth-watering with a mingling of mocha and dark cherry on the nose and palate. Very fruity with ripe and fleshy berry flavours. Drink: 2012-2015. 694703 14% XD 750 mL  $33.95 Score: 90/100. May 12, 2012 Full Review
Hartley Ostini Hitching Post Cork Dancer Pinot Noir 2009, Santa Barbara County, California, United States: Big cherry-berry notes with a little mocha and oak. Juicy with a medium- to full-boided weight and ultra smooth texture. Drink: 2012-2016. 179812 14.10% XD 750 mL  $34.95 Score: 91/100. May 12, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Meiomi Wines Belle Glos Pinot Noir 2010, Monterey, Santa Barbara, Sonoma Counties, California, United States: Chocolate and mocha on the nose from the oak with lusciously ripe black cherries. Silky-smooth and full-bodied with mouth-watering acidity for food. Very nice indeed. Drink: 2012-2016. 130138 14.50% D 750 mL  $26.95 Score: 91/100. May 26, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
La Crema Pinot Noir 2010, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Whenever I see La Crema pinot noir on a restaurant list, I know it's going to be a great meal, no matter what we're having food-wise. This subtle red is silky smooth enough not to clash with seafood yet it's loaded with fleshy cherry flavours for meatier dishes. Perfection though is roast chicken or planked salmon. Absolutely phenomenal for this price. Drink: 2012-2016. 719435 13.90% D 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 93/100. May 26, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Saintsbury Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir 2007, Carneros, California, United States: Luscious, elegant and superb. This is Californian pinot noir raised to its highest Platonic ideal. Forget philosophy though, and top up your glass: this is great wine! Drink: 2012-2016. 261594 14.90% XD 750 mL  $39.95 Score: 95/100. April 14, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Andrew Rich Cuvée B Pinot Noir 2008, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: Gorgeous pinot: best of both worlds! Juicy cherry fruit yet elegant, long and refined with just enough mouth-watering juicy. Smooth as satin. Drink: 2012-2016. 127043 13.50% D 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 93/100. April 28, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review

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