Closson Chase Chardonnay, Trapiche Malbec, Mitola Cabernet among the best wines in the Vintages Release November 12

This week’s wine reviews and value picks cover all price points, styles and regions: I’ve recommended a total of 86 wines.

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Closson Chase Chardonnay Beamsville Bench, V.Q.A., Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario

Canada’s best Chardonnay from wine wizard Deborah Paskus. Rich, luxurious, opulent with honeyed goodness and apricot preserves. Drink: 2011-2016.

Score: 92/100.
Top Rated White White

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2008 Kumeu River Chardonnay Maté's Vineyard Brajkovich Family, Prop., Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

Spectacular! Loving this all the way to the last drop. Mouth-watering yet lusciously rich. Toasted almond finish. Perfect. Drink: 2011-2016.

Score: 95/100.
Top Rated White White

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2010 Thornbury Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand

Lovely balance and not too grassy. Chives, lime and lemon sunlight. Liquid refreshment and very food friendly. Not oak. Drink: 2011-2013.

Score: 90/100.
Best Value White Wine

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2009 The Winery Of Good Hope Chenin Blanc Vinum, W.O., Western Cape, South Africa

Superbly fresh and crisp with lime lemon brightness. No heavy oak. Love Pinot Grigio? Try this. Drink: 2011-2014.

Score: 88/100.
Best Value White Wine

Pair with: grilled calamari, seafood salad

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2007 Trapiche Malbec Fausto Orellana De Escobar Single Vineyard, La Consulta, Mendoza, Argentina

Luxuriously layered and rich with a thick mouth-coating texture and weight of flavours. A hint of mint on the nose wrapped on ripe black fruit, then a coffeed-espresso finish. Such a wonderfully unusual wine. Decant 1-2 hours. Drink: 2011-2020.

Score: 95/100.
Top Rated Red Wine

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2008 Mitolo Cabernet Sauvignon Serpico, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Ultra delicious with full-bodied juiciness and generousness. Smooth and wonderful with incredible layers of hedonistic happiness. Terrific with hearty meat dishes.

Score: 94/100.
Top Rated Red Wine

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2008 Vina Requingua Cabernet Sauvignon Toro De Piedra Reserva, Curicó Valley, Chile

Juicy, tasty and mouth-watering. Good structure in this cab which balances the fleshy black fruit. A smoky finish. Amazing price. Drink: 2011-2015.

Score: 89/100.
Best Value Red Wine

Pair with: gourmet burgers.

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2006 Château Fongaban , A.C., Côtes De Castillon, France

Incredible for the price! Full-bodied and juicy with black fruit and smoke. Lip-smacking delicious layers of fleshy ripe blackberries. Top me up! Drink: 2011-2015.

Score: 90/100.
Best Value Red Wine

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13th Street Rosé Cuvée 13, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario

Very pretty, dry and toasty. Lovely notes of field raspberries. One of Canada’s best bubblies. A blend of pinot noir, chardonnay and a dash of syrah. Drink: 2011-2015.

Score: 91/100.
Top Rated Sparkling Wine

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2003 Tokaj Kereskedöház Tokaji Aszú 4 Puttonyos, Hungary

Beautiful! Gorgeous combination of honeyed sweetness a nice tang on the finish. Ripples of sugared clementine through the middle. Drink: 2011-2018.

Score: 92/100.
Best Value Dessert Wine

Pair with: fruit pastries, foie gras.

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