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Fool's Bay Dusty's Desire Shiraz 2008, Australia Drink: 2009-2012. 141887   $18.95. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Tyrrell's Wines Lost Block Semillon 2010, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia: Vintages Wine Panel: In 1993, Tyrrell’s mistakenly left an entire parcel of Semillon on the vine allowing it to ripen more than usual. When this happy accident was finally discovered, the soft, fruit-forward wine that resulted immediately found favour in the market and the “Lost Block” was born. Pale lemon colour. Aromas of nectarine, melon, limeade and apricot. Dry, with a big, bracing wash of acidity. Good balance. Refreshingly crisp, lingering finish. My note: Lemon lanolin with a refreshing zestiness yet rich texture. Lovely white for so many dishes. Drink: 2011-2014. 933200 11.50% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 88/100. April 30, 2011 Full Review
Tamar Ridge Devil's Corner Riesling 2008, Tasmania, Australia: A mouth-watering, lime-rich Riesling with passion fruit and grapefruit. Bring it on! 138289 12% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 89/100. October 24, 2009 Full Review
Megalomaniac Wines Narcissist, Edra's Vineyard, John Howard Cellars Of Distinction Riesling 2009, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Vintages Wine Panel: You’ll adore yourself for choosing this wine. Pale lemon with green tints in the glass, it has an engaging nose that suggests fresh lime, minerality, apples and orchard blossom. The palate starts just off-dry, and shows beautifully reflected fruit and a great seam of refreshing, palate-cleansing acidity. My note: Juicy-terrific! Lovely melon and peach fruit unfold in waves of flavour. Love this style. Slightly off-dry so it is incredibly food-friendly and light-bodied. Drink: 2011-2015. 67587 11% MD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 89/100. July 9, 2011 Full Review
Flat Rock Twisted White 2010, V.Q.A. Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: A medium- to full-bodied white with ripe tree fruit and just the right amount of oak. Drink: 2012-2015. 273292 12% D 375 mL  $9.95 Score: 87/100. March 17, 2012 Full Review
Errázuriz Wild Ferment Pinot Noir 2010, Casablanca Valley, Chile: Vintages Wine Panel: Some winemakers believe that the use of wild airborne yeasts (that occur naturally in the vineyard) during fermentation creates wines with a more dramatic flavour profile than those produced with conventional cultivated yeasts. This wine offers aromas of cherry, earth, dried flowers and spice. Dry and well balanced with cherry, raspberry, beet root and floral notes leading to a delicious spicy finish. Lovely. My note: Sweetly ripe cherry-berry bold flavours and mouth-watering action. Medium to full-bodied. Terrific and vibrant! Drink: 2011-2015. 510396 13.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. November 26, 2011 Best Value Red Wine. Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Vintages Wine Panel: Here’s an excellent Cab from one of Chile’s most reputable producers. Aged for 12 months in French oak, this well-structured, full-bodied Cab is a fine display of the magic that top Chilean winemakers are able to conjure with this grape. Delicious berry fruit flavors lead to intriguing notes of chocolate, tobacco, vanilla and spice box, and all of these elements are woven beautifully together. Winemaker Aurelio Montes is a hot commodity and this wine shows precisely why. My note: A wonderful Cabernet with classic notes of cassis and blackberry but also an extra oomph: there’s something in this wine that gives incredible depth of flavor and enjoyment. Give it a shot. 322586 14% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. June 6, 2009 Full Review
Forget Brimont Brut Rosé Premier Cru Champagne, Champagne, France   750 mL  $50.00. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Crazy By Nature Dry Flint, Millton Chenin Blanc 2009, Gisborne, North Island, New Zealand: Clean and crisp with lemon brightness. Very balanced. A lovely aperitif or terrific and empathetic companion to salads and seafood. Drink: 2012-2015. 214429 12.50% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 88/100. March 31, 2012 Full Review
Ironstone Obsession Symphony 2009, California, United States: So, so lovely! Floral with dry apricot. No wonder people get obsessed with this wine. And the price is incredible. Imagine drinking this lovely little number with a spicy dish. Heaven. Drink: 2011-2014. 355784 12.50% D 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 88/100. March 19, 2011 Full Review

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