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Top 10 Wines to Spring Ahead

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D'arenberg Wines D'arenberg The Love Grass Shiraz 2004, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Vintages Wine Panel: In Australia, this wine is available only to restaurants or at the cellar door. Though it is mostly shiraz, winemaker Chester Osborn gets his blending groove on adding small amounts of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, grenache, petit verdot, tempranillo and pinot noir. My note: Full-bodied wine with aromas of black plums and mint. 48785 14.50% D 750 mL  $23.95 Score: 90/100. January 5, 2008 Full Review
Kangaroo Springs Shiraz 2008, Australia, Australia: What an incredibly tasty wine for the money! Minty blackberries on the nose followed by lip-smacking delicious aromas of black cherries and plums on the palate. Knock it back: drink, don't think! 456194 13% XD 750 mL  $9.95 Score: 87/100. December 1, 2009 Full Review
Fielding Estate Winery Jack Rabbit Flats Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: A lovely pinot with bright, expressive notes of tart cherries, raspberries and after-spring-rain earth. Silky texture; extremely sexy. Medium-bodied. The grapes were grown in a vineyard that is situated between the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario. The 2007 vintage was spectacular for Niagara: enjoy! 36186 13% D 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 91/100. February 20, 2010 Full Review
Cave Spring Cellars Cave Spring Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2009, V.Q.A., Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Off-dry with aromas and flavours of ripe peach. Medium-bodied. Drink: 2012-2015. 627315 11.50% M 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 88/100. December 8, 2012 Best Value White Wine. Full Review
Two Paddocks Picnic Pinot Noir 2008, New Zealand, New Zealand: A juicy, generous pinot with a tumble of fleshy ripe raspberries over your tongue and senses. Medium-bodied and silky smooth, this is a terrific red. Drink: 2012-2016. 14548 13.50% D 750 mL  $25.95 Score: 91/100. July 7, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Kim Crawford Sp Flowers Sauvignon Blanc 2008, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Adore it! Citrus notes lead with some herbal as a backdrop. Expertly made to deliver maximum pleasure. No heavy oak or alcohol: you’re free to enjoy pure fruit flavours of gooseberry. 69245 13% XD 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 91/100. June 12, 2010 Favourite White Wine. Full Review
Rabbit Ranch Pinot Noir 2009, Central Otago, New Zealand: Stunning! Smoky cherries open up to a sensory world of berries and spices. So lovely. Medium-bodied and silky smooth. Drink: 2012-2016. 55228 13.50% D 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 91/100. February 18, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Fish Hoek Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Western Cape, South Africa: Grassy and herbal with white grapefruit notes. Medium-bodied, zesty and refreshing. Perfect for green salads and vegetarian dishes. Drink: 2013-2014. 129726 13% XD 750 mL  $9.95 Score: 86/100. January 3, 2013 Splendid Salad Wine Full Review
Flowers Vineyards And Winery Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2010, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Lovely! Rich yet zippy. Full of flavour but not heavy. Terrifically vibrant green apple notes and toasty oak with a lime fresh finish. Drink: 2012-2016. 215210 14.30% XD 750 mL  $59.95 Score: 93/100. July 7, 2012 Top Rated White Wine. Full Review

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