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Wine Picks April 14, 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.

Dessert Wine

Strewn Winery Cabernet Franc Icewine 2013, Four Milke Creek, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A voluptous, richly-textured Niagara Icewine made from the Cabernet Franc grape. Notes of ripe strawberry and raspberry. Pair wit a fruit cobbler. Cabernet Franc Icewine food pairings: strawberry rhubarb crisp, cheesecake, vanilla ice cream (with it or on it). Drink: 2020 - 2025 12.4% S 200 mL $38.00 Score: 92/100. April 2020. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Peller Estates Signature Series Riesling Icewine 2017, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, V.Q.A., Canada: A stunningly gorgeous Niagara Icewine made from the classic Riesling grape. A silver seam of acidity balances the peach-apricot essence of this magnificent wine. Enjoy with fruit cobbler or biscotti. Riesling Icewine food pairings: apricot tart, pineapple upside down cake, custard flan topped with berry fruit. Drink: 2019 - 2024 652149 10.5% S 200 mL $49.95 Score: 94/100. April 2020. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Peller Estates Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2018, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A terrific value for this full-bodied, supple Niagara red wine blend of Cabernet and Merlot grapes. Aromas of dark fruit and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2019 - 2022 58628 13% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. April 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Inniskillin Niagara Estate Montague Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017, Four Mile Creek, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A gorgeous, plush, smooth Niagara-on-the-Lake Pinot Noir. Dry, medium-bodied with tart cherry, savoury herb, bright acidity and a long finish. Pair with veal or roast chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, avocado and papaya salad, grilled radicchio, basil pesto, frittata. Drink: 2020 - 2024 997353 13% XD 750 mL $30.95 Score: 92/100. April 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

CedarCreek Estate Winery Platinum Block 4 Pinot Noir 2017, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A gorgeous, full-bodied Pinot Noir from BC. Aromas of black cherry and spice. Pair with veal. Drink: 2019 - 2026 753962 13.7% XD 750 mL $45.00 Score: 91/100. April 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Strewn Winery LIMITED Home Farm Meritage 2015, Four Mile Creek, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A full-bodied, juicy Niagara red wine blend of Cabernet France and Merlot grapes aged in Canadian and American oak. Needs cellar time. Decant 1 hour and pair with a juicy steak. This wine is available exclusively through Strewn's wine club at www.strewnwinery.com/Wine-Club Meritage food pairings: roasted eggplant, fajitas, seafood risotto, roast pork tenderloin.. Drink: 2018 - 2025 13.1% XD 750 mL $40.00 Score: 90/100. April 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red wine

Poggio Landi Brunello di Montalcino 2013, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A full-bodied Brunello that needs cellar time and reward those with patience. Aromas of dark fruit, earth and mature leather. Pair with truffle-accented dishes. Decant 1-2 hours. Brunello Di Montalcino food pairings: vegetarian lasagne, Bistecca Florentine, grilled rack of lamb. Drink: 2020 - 2028 573980 14% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 92/100. April 2020. Top Rated Red wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Château De Gironville Meritage 2009, A.C., Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France: This full-bodied, tasty red is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot grapes. It offers rich aromas and flavours of black and purple plums, great depth and length. There's some dried herbs and smoke on the finish. Smooth, balanced and delicious. Great price. Drink: 2012 - 2026 193086 13% XD 750 mL $23.85 Score: 90/100. April 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Two Sisters Vineyards Estate Red 2012, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Give this baby more cellar time and it will reward you richly. Decant 1-2 hours when opening it. This is a robust Niagara red wine blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot grapes. It was aged for 40 months in seasoned French oak barrels. Juicy, deep, rich and flavourful with dark fruit and not too much oak. Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2017 - 2022 13.5% D 750 mL $21.00 Score: 90/100. April 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Niagara College Teaching Winery Dean's List President's Red 2017, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A delicious and robust Niagara blend of Merlot (43%), Cabernet Franc (35%) and Syrah (22%) grapes. Aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: hanger steak, rosemary lamb, herbed button mushroom salad. Drink: 2020 - 2024 40741 13% D 750 mL $32.95 Score: 90/100. April 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Ferrari Perlé 2010, Alto Adige, Trentino D.O.C., Italy: The 2010 vintage of Ferrari's Chardonnay-based sparkling wine is stunning! The winery uses the Trento Metodo Classico, which is the same as in Champagne with the second fermentation taking place in the bottle. The Perlé Brut is crisp and dry yet has extraordinary richness and a creamy, mouth-filling texture. Aromas of freshly baked bread, green apple and toasted almond. This wine was disgorged in early 2017, yet has a long life ahead of it. Pair with shellfish, seafood and romantic dinners. Food pairings: quiches, egg dishes, fresh steamed seafood and shellfish. Drink: 2019 - 2025 632190 13% D 750 mL $37.95 Score: 93/100. April 2020. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jackson-Triggs Entourage Sparkling 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, medium-sweet sparkling wine from Jackson Triggs! Persistent bubbles and refreshment, with the added lusciousness of a splash of Vidal icewine added to the wine after two years of aging en tirage. Pair with glazed ham and apricot chutney. Sparkling food pairings: sushi, sashimi, smoked fish, fish tacos, crab cakes. Drink: 2020 - 2022 11985 13% MS 750 mL $34.95 Score: 90/100. April 2020. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flat Rock Riddled Sparkling 2017, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: This Ontario bubbly is made from 100% Chardonnay wine grapes and is fresh, crisp with bright apple, ripe stone fruit, toasty, creamy flavours on the palate. So named "Riddled" as a tribute to the process of making sparkling wine, especially the traditional ways in Champagne, where bottles were turned periodically, or riddled, as they rested upside down on their lees (sediment) before disgorging that sediment and putting the final big cork in the bottle. Sparkling food pairings: seafood, mushroom risotto, cold chicken sammies. Drink: 2021 - 2024 383315 12% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 90/100. April 2020. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fresh Wines Possibilities Sparkling Rosé, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, refreshing blend of Riesling & Gamay grapes for this sparkling Niagara Rosé made from the Charmat Method. Aromas of field strawberries. Pair with seafood. Sparkling Rosé food pairings: grilled chicken, shrimp scampi, summer salad. Drink: 2020 - 2021 341347 12.5% M 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. April 2020. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Trius Dry Riesling 2018, Four Mile Creek, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Love this dry Niagara Riesling. Aromas of lime citrus with racy acidity for seafood and shellfish. Medium-bodied. Riesling food pairings: mild green curries, lemon herb crusted fish, soft cheeses. Drink: 2020 - 2025 303792 11.5% OD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. April 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Reif Estate Winery Riesling 2018, Niagara River, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A gorgeous, lime-fresh, light-bodied, mouth-watering Niagara Riesling with aromas of lemongrass and white peach. Perfect for seafood. Riesling food pairings: lighter fare like fish, poultry and vegetarian dishes, spicier food, Chinese or Thai. Drink: 2019 - 2024 111799 12% M 750 mL $13.95 Score: 90/100. April 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wayne Gretzky Estates No. 99 Chardonnay 2018, Niagara Penninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, full-bodied, delicious Niagara Chardonnay with aromas of golden apples, honey, white melon and vanilla spice. Perfect for roast chicken. Amazing price. Chardonnay food pairings: chicken skewers, turkey burgers, pesto pizza. Drink: 2019 - 2022 63826 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. April 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château des Charmes Estate Bottled Riesling 2017, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely Niagara-on-the-Lake Riesling from a much-respected producer. Aromas of peach and apricot. Pair with seafood and shellfish. Drink: 2019 - 2023 12825 10.5% D 750 mL $18.00 Score: 89/100. April 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Reif Estate Winery Riesling Reserve 2017, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A gorgeous, mouth-watering Niagara Riesling with aromas of lime, lemongrass, chives and wet stone. A deep core of minerality. Light-bodied yet bursting with flavour. Pair with fresh seafood. Riesling Reserve food pairings: lighter fare like fish, poultry and vegetarian dishes, spicier food, Chinese or Thai. Drink: 2018 - 2023 12.5% D 750 mL $20.15 Score: 93/100. April 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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