Here are my top wine picks from the April 13 Vintages Release. You can also get all 55 of my Best Value Wines and Top Rated Wines for red, white, rose, sparkling and dessert wines that encompass many price points, styles and regions.
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Here’s my review of Candor Lot 3 Zinfandel published in the April 13 LCBO Vintages Catalogue:
Evans & Tate Metricup Road Chardonnay 2010, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
Lovely lemon and lime lift on the nose. A lean, crisp style of chardonnay that still is packed with flavour. Great food versatility from roast chicken to seafood. Amazing value. Drink: 2012-2015. 311449 13.50% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. Best Value White Wine
Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand
A vibrant and terrific sauvignon blanc from a master of the genre! Lively aromas of lime and citrus and just the right amount of herbal refreshment. Mouth-watering and juicy. It’s medium-bodied and packed with flavour. Some guava and grapefruit on the clean, crisp finish. Highly recommended. Drink: 2012-2016. 677450 13.50% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 94/100. Top Rated White Wine
De Angelis Rosso Piceno Superiore 2009, D.O.C., Marche, Italy
Mocha, dark chocolate and coffee espresso on the nose. Some black fruit on the palate. Full-bodied and smooth with a sweet finish of chocolate even though this wine is technically dry. Pair with: porchetta (suckling pig stuffed with fennel and garlic), roasted chicken. Drink: 2013-2016. 324756 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. Best Value Red Wine
Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2010, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand
Liquid lovely! Juicy, fleshy bright cherries dance across your sauces. Ultra-smooth… Like satin. Hedonistic. Amazingly great price for a flagship wine. Please make me some planked salmon and top up my glass. Drink: 2013-2017. 598813 13% XD 750 mL $37.95 Score: 94/100. Top Rated Red Wine
Georges Gardet Brut Cuvée Saint Flavy Champagne, A.C., Champagne, France
Toasty and classic with elegant aromas of baked bread, green apple and lime. Good persistence of flavours and bubbles. Drink: 2012-2016. 924654 12% XD 750 mL $37.95 Score: 91/100. Top Rated Sparkling Wine
Oyster Bay Sparkling Cuvée Rosé 2012, New Zealand, New Zealand
A lovely, toasty bubbly at an exceptionally great price! The chardonnay grapes in this blend come from Hawkes Bay region, while pinot noir grapes hail from Marlborough. Lovely persistence of flavours and bubbles. Crisp, clean finish. Stock up now! Drink: 2012-2015. 280172 12% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. Best Value Sparkling Wine
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