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Values Wine Picks March 7, 2013

Note: I publish batches of reviews that I call Good Values Wine Picks. These are from the regular section of the liquor store rather than the Vintages section, and tend to be lower priced and the most widely available of all wines. The last four reviews I did were: November 15, October 16, August 3 and June 18.

White Wine

Tawse Winery Inc. Quarry Road Chardonnay 2010, VQA, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada: A gorgeous profusion of hazelnut and green apple brightness on the nose. This is followed by rich, voluptuous layers of tropical fruit and butterscotch goodness. The wine was barrel-fermented and aged 12 months in French oak (20% of which was new) and underwent a partial malolactic fermentation. Available through the winery and Vintages go to market. Pair with: crab cakes, grilled salmon, seafood and shellfish platter. Drink: 2012-2017. 111989 13% XD 750 mL  $34.95 Score: 92/100. March 7, 2013 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2011, VQA BC, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada: Such a lovely wine ... one for sighing over rather than describing. Medium-bodied, velvet smooth with racy black cherries that roll and caress over your tongue. Perfect for planked salmon or seafood, as well as lamb. Pair with: sautéed pioppino mushrooms, mustard & pistachio crusted roast lamb. Drink: 2014-2018. 639658 14% XD 750 mL  $44.99 Score: 93/100. March 7, 2013 Luscious Lamb Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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