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Values Wine Picks February 26, 2014

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: July 12, May 14, November 15 and October 16.

White Wine

Kittling Ridge Chardonnay 2012, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A full-bodied, smoky chardonnay with toasty oak and vanilla smoke aromas. Some pleasing Asian pear and yellow apple flavours on the palate. Try this with roast chicken. Drink: 2013-2015. 367862 13% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 87/100. February 26, 2014 Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Pinot Noir 2012, Okanagan Valley, BC VQA, Canada: I have a confession to make: I didn't just taste this wine, I tortured it. After an initial knock-your-socks off impression, I thought: hmm, too easy. Let's leave it overnight opened and uncorked. (Do not try this at home.) Tasted it the next day, and there it was again: beautiful silk cherry aromas and flavours, mouth-filling texture, subtlety and ever-changing expressions. Did that satisfy me? No, of course not. One more night open though with cork in. Day three: I admit defeat. What a wine. Drink: 2020-2021. 329466 13.50% XD 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 94/100. February 26, 2014 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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