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Top Wines for LCBO Vintages Release June 23

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Alta Vista Premium La Casa Del Ray Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Mendoza, Argentina: Blackberry liqueur and tar in this robust, dry red. A full-on palate whacker at 15% alcohol that's ideal for a very big piece of medium-rare steak. 129957 14% D 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 89/100. June 23, 2012 Full Review
Meinklang Grüner Veltliner 2010, Burgenland, Austria: Vibrant notes of lime and grapefruit with lots of mouth-watering acidity and white pepper. This organic wine has just 20 mg/l of free sulphur. Drink: 2012-2014. 219014 11.50% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 87/100. June 23, 2012 Full Review
Magnotta Winery Limited Edition Sparkling Ice Sparkling Single Vineyard, Charmat Method Vidal Icewine 2008, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Gorgeous concentration and depth. Honeyed essence is brought to life and vibrancy with the effervescence. Your dessert island wine. Drink: 2012-2020. 50195 9.80% S 375 mL  $69.95 Score: 93/100. June 23, 2012 Top Rated Dessert Wine. Full Review
Marques De Casa Concha Peumo Vineyard, Concha Y Toro Carmenère 2010, Rapel Valley, Chile: Savoury and juicy with big black plum and berry aromas and flavours. Full-bodied and smooth. Offers incredible quality and taste for the price. Drink: 2012-2015. 169862 14.50% D 750 mL  $17.00 Score: 89/100. June 23, 2012 Full Review
Petit Rimauresq Grenache Cinsault Syrah Rosé 2011, A.C., Côtes De Provence, France: Rose-petal, spring day pretty! Terrific acidity for grilled salmon. Lovely, fleeting notes of fresh field strawberries. Drink: 2012-2014. 276360 13% XD 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 91/100. June 23, 2012 Best Value Rosé. Full Review
Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato D'asti 2010, D.O.C.G., Piedmont, Italy: Some kind of wonderful! Orange blossom, floral notes with a lovely peach sweetness yet the effervescent prevents it from being cloying. Drink: 2012-2014. 942888 5% MS 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 89/100. June 23, 2012 Full Review
Niro Citra Vini Montepulciano D'abruzzo 2009, D.O.C., Abruzzo, Italy: Coffee and blackberries with a smoky finish. Full-bodied and relatively smooth. Drink: 2012-2014. 278150 13.50% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 88/100. June 23, 2012 Full Review
Seifried Riesling 2011, Nelson, South Island, New Zealand: Dry and flinty with pretty white floral aromas. Mouth-watering and lovely. Drink: 2012-2016. 989541 12.50% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. June 23, 2012 Best Value White Wine. Full Review
Astrolabe Wines Province Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: A sophisticated sauvignon blanc for fussy white wine drinkers. Terrific refreshment with herbal notes but not too grassy. The lime-citrus lift is most evident. Drink: 2012-2015. 10421 13% XD 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 91/100. June 23, 2012 Top Rated White Wine. Full Review
Nessa Adega Gran Vinum Albariño 2010, D.O., Rias Baixas, Spain: Ultra-dry with white grapefruit and lime acidity. Clean and fresh, no oak. Drink: 2012-2014. 282558 13% XD 750 mL  $16.00 Score: 86/100. June 23, 2012 Full Review
Barón De Magaña Bodegas Viña Magaña 2007, D.O., Navarra, Spain  280552 14.50% XD 750 mL  $17.95. June 23, 2011 Full Review
Francis Coppola Sofia Rosé 2011, Monterey County, California, United States: Juicy, fleshy raspberry aromas and flavours. Medium- to full-bodied and mouth-watering. Drink: 2012-2014. 284943 12.50% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 88/100. June 23, 2012 Full Review
Painter Bridge South Ridge Syrah 2010, Paso Robles, California, United States: A plush, supple red with lovely aromas and flavours of juicy plums and a satin smooth texture. Drink: 2012-2015. 948240 13.50% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 88/100. June 23, 2012 Full Review

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