Number of Wines Recommended: 74
Review date: March 5, 2011
In this release, we have many wines under $15 from Chile and Argentina that I’ve scored 89-90 points, robust reds from northern Italy that are perfect for pasta and lots of mouth-watering, zippy whites for St. Patrick’s Day …
2008 Charles Baker Riesling Picone Vineyard, V.Q.A., Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: I love this wine: it’s an elevation of what Niagara does best among white wines: Riesling! Deep minerality with lime and green apple. Superbly made by one of Canada’s superstar winemakers. Drink: 2011-2018. 126433 10.5% D 750 mL $35.20 Score: 92/100. Favourite White Wine
2010 Amaral Sauvignon Blanc Cool Climate, Leyda Valley, Chile: Herbal and dry with mouth-watering flavours of chives, green apple and lime. Medium-bodied. Needs food. Winner of a Gold Medal at the 2010 Concours Mondial du Sauvignon. Drink: 2011-2014. 48025 14.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. Best Value White Wine
2006 Hazyblur Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Absolutely superb! Combines the best of Australian power and fruit concentration with fantastic balance, length and craftsmanship. This is one of the finest Australian wines I’ve tasted, and yet it’s by no means the most expensive. Open your world of pleasure and try it. This wine is made form vines that are 40+ years old and it was matured in 50% new American oak. Drink: 2011-2024. 76141 15% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 94/100. Favourite Red Wine
2009 Concha Y Toro Syrah Maycas De Limari Reserva, Limarí Valley, Chile: Rich cedar-black savoury goodness with anise and blackberry. Smooth and full-bodied. Extremely satisfying. Perfect for book clubs when you’re tackling a dark story. Drink: 2010-2015. 209916 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. Best Value Red Wine
2010 Enrico Serafino Moscato D’asti, D.O.C.G., Piedmont, Italy: VC: Moscato d’Asti is a lovely way to end a meal. Light in alcohol (generally no more than 5.5% alc./vol.), gently frizzante and pleasingly sweet. Chill it down and enjoy this spring flower- table grape- and apricot-scented wine as dessert itself. My note: Love it! Ah my goodness this great. Sweet, yes, but with bubbly it balances beautifully. What a terrific after-dinner treat. Pair with: lighter cream-cheese dishes. Drink: 2011-2014. 134833 5.50% MS 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. Best Value Dessert Wine
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