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Wine Picks February 20, 2020

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Note: This batch of wine reviews is not part of the bi-weekly Vintages Releases. Instead, it's a collection of wines outside the Vintages section in store (general list) or wines sent to me directly from wineries that may not yet be available in liquor stores. Click on the Winery or Wine Agency link to get more info.

Red Wine

Trapiche Gran Medalla Malbec 2014, Mendoza, Argentina, Argentina: This blockbuster Argentine Malbec at an amazingly great price for such quality! This robst red wine made from the country's signature grape, Malbec, comes from Mendoza’s Uco Valley. Aromas of fleshy ripe black cherries and plums. Terrific structure, depth and finish. Pair with grilled meats, hard cheeses and charcuterie. Malbec food pairings: roasted game meats, tourtière, boeuf bourguignon. Drink: 2016 - 2024 467977 14% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 94/100. February 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marchesi de Frescobaldi Tenuta Perano Chianti Classico 2015, Chianti Classico, Italy: A savoury, juicy, full-bodied Italian red wine made from the Sangiovese grape. Aromas of black plums, smoke, mocha and dark berries. Terrific balancing acidity for hearty meat dishes or a tangy tomato sauce. Chianti Classico food pairings: game roasts, meaty lasagnes, meat-lover's pizza, Bistecca Florentine. Drink: 2018 - 2025 10360 13.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. February 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

William Fevre Espino Gran Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Do Maipo Valley, Chile: A full-bodied, savoury Spanish red wine made from vines planted in 1997 at 720 metres above sea level in the Pirque region. This wine is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Cabernet Franc grapes. Aromas of black fruit and toasty oak. Pair with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled flank steak, meat stuffed Portobello mushrooms, lamb stew. Drink: 2018 - 2022 444430 14.2% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. February 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cloudline Pinot Noir 2017, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: Domaine Drouhin's Cloudline Pinot Noir 2017 is elegant, medium-bodied with ripe dark cherries, plum, raspberry, smoky herb flavours and mouth-watering on the palate. The Drouhin family of Burgundy fame know a thing or two about great Pinot Noir and were impressed with Willamette Valley's potential for Pinot Noir and started a winery there. Pair with Pacific salmon steak and roasted seasonal veggies. Pinot Noir food pairings: roast turkey or chicken, rabbit fricassee, grilled beef flat iron steak. Drink: 2018 - 2024 159970 13.5% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 91/100. February 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Napa Valley, California, United States: A concentrated, yet balanced Californian Cabernet with aromas of cassis and blackcurrant. Beautifully crafted. Decant 1 hour and pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2019 - 2026 232371 14.4% D 750 mL $37.95 Score: 92/100. February 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2017, Sonoma County, California, United States: Produced from old-vines Zinfandel, this is a full-bodied juicy, smooth red dry with wild strawberry and bright red berry compote flavours silky on the palate, kissed with white peppers spice and savoury herb finish. Enjoy now and for the next three years. Pair with barbeque ribs and chicken. Zinfandel food pairings: prime rib, grilled pork, chicken. Drink: 2019 - 2023 942151 14.8% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. February 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Faustino Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2001, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Mature with tanned leather and Old World finesse. Gorgeous dry fruit and herbs, earth, dust and time gone by aromas. Finishes with longing and regret (for another glass). Drink: 2013 - 2021 976662 12.8% D 750 mL $32.95 Score: 92/100. February 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery Summit 2016, Okanagan, British Columbia, BC V.Q.A., Canada: A stunning BC red wine blend 51% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec and 3% Syrah grapes. The vines are planted in the Okanagan Falls, Golden Mile Bench and South Cawston vineyards and the wine is matured in French oak barrels for two years. Aromas of dark fruit and smoke. This has a long cellar life ahead of it. Pair with a rare steak and decant 2 hours. Drink: 2019 - 2026 632893 14.7% XD 750 mL $54.99 Score: 95/100. February 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Linda Private Selection Old Vines Malbec 2017, Mendoza, Argentina: A dark, brooding Argentine red wine made from the classic Malbec grape. Aromas of ripe blackberries, black plums, black pepper and smoke. The vines are planted at 960 metres above sea level in the Andes Ridge of the Mendoza region. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2018 - 2023 507442 13.7% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. February 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Reif Estate Winery Reserve Merlot 2017, Niagara River, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Dark spice and smoke on this nose of this Niagara red wine made from the classic Merlot grape. It's full-bodied and supple. Pair with a rare steak. Merlot food pairings: veal porterhouse, grilled lamb, Tandoori-flavored dishes, grilled pork chops, pepper steak. Drink: 2019 - 2025 935676 13% XD 750 mL $30.15 Score: 90/100. February 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Strewn Winery Terroir Merlot 2016, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Strewn’s Terroir wines are made from the winery's best grapes, and only in strong vintages. This is a full-bodied Merlot with aromas of blackberry and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Merlot food pairings: hearty braised beef, firm cheese. Drink: 2018 - 2023 225763 14.6% XD 750 mL $42.00 Score: 90/100. February 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Clos de los Siete 2015, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: A blockbuster Argentine red wine with grapes sourced from seven premium vineyards, thus "Siete." The much-respected consulting winemaker Michel Rolland manages the winery and oversees production. Medium-bodied with ripe black plums, blueberry, dried savoury herbs and spicy on the palate. Enjoy with grilled meats Food pairings: grilled lamb chops, liver and onions, pork sausages and grilled veggies. Drink: 2019 - 2023 622571 14.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 92/100. February 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red wine

Brella Pinot Noir 2014, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: A juicy, lovely Oregon Pinot with aromas of tart cherry and earth. Pair with veal. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled lamb chops, veal Porterhouse, pork tenderloin encroute. Drink: 2019 - 2022 514786 13.9% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. February 2020. Top Rated Red wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

CedarCreek Estate Winery Platinum Block 3 Riesling 2018, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A terrific BC white wine made from the classic Riesling grape. Lime zest and citrus on the nose and palate. Refreshing, yet densely packed with flavour and perfectly balanced and medium-bodied. Racy acidity for seafood, salads, shellfish and vegetarian dishes. Riesling food pairings: sweet and sour pork, seared tuna, planked salmon. Drink: 2019 - 2024 304691 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. February 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Nobilo Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Marlborough, New Zealand: Such a lovely New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with tropical and citrus flavours rather than the grassy, herbal ones. Fresh with racy acidity for shellfish and seafood. Medium-bodied with no oak. Clean and crisp. Drink: 2019 - 2022 415745 12.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. February 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2017, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: From the Columbia Valley, Washington, a full-bodied buttery Chardonnay with tropical fruit, apple dumpling, cinnamon and nutmeg spice flavours on the palate with a long lemon curd finish. Almost California in its makeup but that is because the Columbia Valley has two more hours of sunlight per day during July and August than California. palate. Fermented 50/50 in oak barrels and stainless steel. Aged in a combination of American and French oak barrels. Chill and enjoy with grilled chicken dishes. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled chicken, pan-fried tempura shellfish, crab cakes, pork tenderloin bits. Drink: 2019 - 2023 232439 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. February 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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