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Canada Day Party: Top 10 Wines

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Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery Redcoat Merlot Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, V.Q.A. Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: A juicy chewy blend of lusciously ripe grapes: 60% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Franc, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon. Savoury with black cherry aromas and flavours and purple plums, licorice and anise. A smooth, full-bodied texture and weight with a nice mouth-watering bite for food. Drink: 2012-2016. 260406 13.20% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 88/100. June 22, 2012 Plush Pork Wine Full Review
Featherstone Red Tail Merlot 2010, V.Q.A., Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Pleasant and smooth with aromas of plums. Not too oaky or alcoholic; balanced. Drink: 2012-2015. 131540 13% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 88/100. March 3, 2012 Full Review
Vintage Ink Wines Merlot Cabernet 2009, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Remarkably great wine for the price! The toasty oak recedes as the dark red and black fruit aromas come forward: gorgeous layers of black cherry and black raspberry. Terrific acidity for food. Full-bodied and supple. Drink: 2011-2015. 250209 14% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. March 31, 2012 Plush Pork Wine Full Review
Southbrook Triomphe Organic & Biodynamic Chardonnay 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada: Medium-bodied with an elegant balance between green apple and peach aromas and a hint of oak and vanilla spice on the finish. This organic wine has just 6 mg/l of free sulphur. Drink: 2012-2015. 117572 13.50% D 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 88/100. June 23, 2012 Full Review
Malivoire Musqué Spritz 2011, V.Q.A., Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: If you like moscato d'asti, you'll love this! Honeysuckle and orange blossom aromas and sweetness but not cloying. The spritz is refreshing. Why make you're a spritzer when you can just pour this on a hot summer's day? Drink: 2012-2014. 189670 9% MS 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. July 7, 2012 Full Review
Quails' Gate Rosé 2011, V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada: Full-bodied for rose but medium in the grand wine scheme of things. Delightfully flavourful with aromas of field raspberries and some nutmeg. The most un-boring rose I've tasted. I'm getting a case. Drink: 2012-2014. 275842 13% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 92/100. June 23, 2012 Top Rated Rosé. Full Review
L'Acadie Vineyards Prestige Brut Sparkling Wine, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada: Terrifically toasty with bright green apple fruit and lime. Superbly crafted. Buy a case for all your celebrations, and open a bottle tonight to make it a celebration. 11.50% XD 750 mL  $25.00 Score: 90/100. April 22, 2011 Full Review
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Gewurztraminer 2011, Okanagan Valley, B.C., Canada: A classic gewurz with aromas of rose petal, lychee and baking spices. Clean and crisp; a versatile food companion. Medium-bodied. Drink: 2012-2015. 530675 13.10% XD 750 mL  $17.99 Score: 88/100. June 22, 2012 Full Review
Domaine Pinnacle Ice Cider, Quebec, Canada: Richly layered flavors of ripe granny smith and golden delicious apples, apricot and cinnamon. A wonderful substitute for vidal icewine. This is apple pie in a glass. Yum! 6924 12% S 375 mL  $29.95 Score: 90/100. October 16, 2010 Full Review
CedarCreek Estate Winery Merlot 2009, Okanagan Valley, Canada: A savoury red with nicely balanced acidity for food and luscious dark plum aromas. Satin smooth and full-bodied. A pleasantly bitter finish. This is a terrific price for a wine of such quality. Drink: 2012-2014. 408666 14.80% XD 750 mL  $19.90 Score: 89/100. June 22, 2012 Full Review

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