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Wine Picks June 11, 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.

Australia

Victoria Park Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, South Australia, Australia: A full-bodied Australian Cabernet with notes of cassis and blackberry. Decant 1 hour and enjoy with a rare steak. Drink: 2019 - 2023 11939 14% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. June 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Canada

Trius Brut Sparkling, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A crisp, fresh and vibrant Ontario bubbly with aromas of toasted bread, green apple and lime zest. Made using the traditional Champagne method of the second fermentation in the bottle. Pair with shellfish or fried chicken. Sparkling food pairings: poached salmon, sushi, veggie platter, shellfish. Drink: 2021 - 2026 284539 12% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. June 2020. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Blue Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A terrific, zesty Sauvignon Blanc with lime and citrus notes. Pair with seafood. Drink: 2019 - 2023 132571 12% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. June 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Reif Estate Winery Cabernet Merlot 2019, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A full-bodied, rich Niagara red wine that's a blend of Cabernet and Merlot grapes. Amazing price for this quality. Aromas of cedar smoke, fleshy ripe black plums and berries on the nose and palate. Pair with grilled hamburgers. Cabernet Merlot food pairings: Italian-style pastas, grilled meats, pizza, grilled vegetables, stuffed peppers. Drink: 2020 - 2024 565713 13% XD 750 mL $14.75 Score: 88/100. June 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Reif Estate Winery Riesling 2019, Niagara River, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The 2019 Riesling which offers aromas of lime, wet stone and lemon sunshine. This off-dry white would be perfect with sushi, Thai and Indian cuisines, anything with mild to medium heat or spice. Riesling food pairings: lighter fare like fish, poultry and vegetarian dishes, spicier food, Chinese or Thai. Drink: 2022 - 2026 111799 12% MD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 90/100. June 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A crisp, fresh, Lovely BC Sauvignon Blanc with aromas of lime zest and citrus. Pair with seafood. Drink: 2019 - 2023 132571 12% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. June 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trius Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Niagara Peninsula, V.Q.A., Canada: I hedged on this wine between 89 and 90 points... definitely 90 if you set the winning conditions: decant 1-2 hours and pair with a juicy steak and great conversation. Aromas of dark fruit and smoke. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: strip steak, grilled portobello mushrooms, lamb burgers,. Drink: 2020 - 2023 587956 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. June 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trius Cabernet Franc 2018, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The 2018 Trius Cabernet Franc offers aromas of dark fruit, smoke and some herbal notes. Full-bodied and smooth. Pair this with grilled meats. Drink: 2020 - 2023 587964 13% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. June 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Reif Estate Winery Chenin Blanc 2018, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A, Canada: A lovely Niagara white wine with aromas of white peach and melon. Medium-bodied and fresh. Perfect for seafood. Chenin Blanc food pairings: white fish. Drink: 2020 - 2023 172411 12.5% D 750 mL $20.15 Score: 89/100. June 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Peller Estates Private Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The 2019 Private Reserve Sauvignon Blanc which offers vibrant aromas of lemongrass, chives and lime zest. It’s clean and crisp with juicy, mouth-watering acidity. This would be terrific with several of Chef Parsons signature dishes such as summer pea risotto, lemon chicken with fresh herbs, pan-fried fillet of trout with dill. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: planked trout, seared scallops, tomato and herb bruschetta, spinach quiche. Drink: 2020 - 2022 692632 13.1% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 89/100. June 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trius Rosé 2019, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The 2019 Trius Rose with lovely aromas of field strawberries. It’s medium-bodied with juicy, refreshing acidity to pair with pasta in tomato sauce or fresh seafood. Rosé food pairings: avocado toast, prosciutto wrapped honeydew, double cream brie. Drink: 2020 - 2022 341743 11.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. June 2020. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Konzelmann Estate Winery Reserve Series Merlot 2018, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The 2018 Merlot Reserve which was aged in French oak barrels for 6 months. It offers notes of dark spices, black currant and mocha. Pair it with grilled steak, pasta in a tomato sauce or cheddar cheese. Merlot food pairings: barbecued ribs, smoked brisket, blue cheese. Drink: 2020 - 2024 13% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. June 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Konzelmann Estate Winery Pinot Blanc 2018, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The 2018 Pinot Blanc has lovely ripe peach and pineapple aromas on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with some nice acidity to pair mussels, oysters, or goat cheese. Pinot Blanc food pairings: steamed mussels, herbed chicken, chèvre. Drink: 2020 - 2022 219279 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. June 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Germany

Collegium Wirtemberg Pinot Noir Trocken 2016, Baden, Germany: A lovely, smooth, medium-bodied German Pinot Noir with aromas of dark cherry, spice and smoke. Pair with veal. Drink: 2019 - 2026 166222 14% D 750 mL $23.10 Score: 90/100. June 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Collegium Wirtemberg St. Laurent Trocken 2016, Germany, Germany: A smooth, full-bodied German red wine made from the Saint Laurent grape. Aromas of dark fruit and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2020 - 2024 166032 13.5% D 750 mL $22.10 Score: 88/100. June 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Collegium Wirtemberg Lemberger Trocken 2016, Baden, Germany: A full-bodied, smooth German red wine made from the Lemberger grape. Aromas of blackcurrant and smoke. Pair with a grilled steak. Drink: 2019 - 2023 166040 13.5% D 750 mL $23.10 Score: 88/100. June 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Spain

Castaño Hécula Monastrell 2017, Yecla D.O., Spain: A smoky, full-bodied Monastrell with dark cherry, raspberry, savoury spice and cocoa flavours on the palate, Savoury and satisfying with smooth, velvety tannins. Enjoy with a roast of pork. Monastrell food pairings: charcuterie, hard cheeses, pork sausages cassoulet. Drink: 2019 - 2021 718999 14% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. June 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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