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Wine Picks July 27, 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

Small Talk Vineyards Big Ideas Classical Cabernet Franc 2015, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The full-bodied, smooth 2015 Big Ideas “Classical” Cabernet Franc offers aromas of white melon and lime. Pair with grilled meats, but not baby goats. Small Talk Vineyards was established by the Hunse family in 1989 as Stonechurch Vineyards and has been family-owned ever since. In 2012, the name was changed to Small Talk Vineyards. They’ve also launched Shiny Apple Cider, an Ontario Craft Cider. The winery offers lots of events, including Baby Goat Yoga run by a local instructor, but mostly by the baby goats who like to climb on to you because they are super social animals and very good climbers. Cabernet Franc food pairings: roast pork, hamburgers, old cheese, beef tenderloin. Drink: 2020 - 2025 13% D 750 mL $37.95 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ego Bodegas El Goru Monastrell Syrah Petit Verdot 2018, Jumilla D.O.P., Spain: A lush and full-bodied red blend of Monastrell, Syrah and Petit Verdot from the Jumilla wine region. Fragrant with ripe dark plum and blackberry aromas on the nose. More ripe dark berry, cherry, plum and mocha flavours lingering on the palate. Pair with a roast of pork Monastrell Syrah Petit Verdot food pairings: beef burgers, stuffed flank steak, grilled flat iron steak. Drink: 2019 - 2025 443945 14% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. July 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lakeview Cellars Malbec 2017, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The 2017 Lakeview Cellars Malbec comes from the Southshore Vineyards. This robust red offers aromas of dark berries and mocha. It was barrel aged in Hungarian oak for 24 months. Pair it with a grilled steak or gourmet hamburgers. Malbec food pairings: braised meats, herbed steaks, venison, artisinal cheese. Drink: 2020 - 2024 13% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 89/100. July 2020. https://vimeo.com/442257661 Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery Cabernet Franc 2018, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The 2018 Cabernet Franc is a full-bodied red with aromas of dark red berries and oak spice on the finish from aging this wine French barrels. There’s some terrific balancing acidity here that would make this a great match for charcuterie or grilled meats. I love that’s just 12.5% alcohol yet has all this flavour. Cabernet Franc food pairings: lamb chops. old cheese, beef ragu, meat pizza. Drink: 2020 - 2027 184556 12.5% D 750 mL $38.00 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mazzei Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2017, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A lush and full-bodied Chianti Classico produced from mostly Sangiovese with some Merlot. Smooth with dark fruit, dried herbs, ripe cherry, spiced plum and smoky blueberry and citrus zest flavours smooth and savoury on the palate Chianti Classico food pairings: beef roast, grilled T-bone steak, hard Italian cheese. Drink: 2020 - 2034 142389 13.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Wolftrap Syrah Mourvèdre Viognier 2018, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: A terrific, full-bodied, smooth South African red wine blend with aromas of dark plums, smoke and bacon. Pair with hamburgers. Drink: 2020 - 2023 292557 14% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. July 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thalia Syrah Kotsifali 2018, Crete, Greece: An amazing value for this price! A smooth, full-bodied red wine blend. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2020 - 2022 344365 12.5% D 750 mL $10.95 Score: 88/100. July 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Lakeview Cellars Fumé Blanc 2017, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The 2017 Lakeview Cellars Fumé Blanc is made from the winery’s best Sauvignon Blanc vines grown in the Niagara Peninsula. Fumé Blanc is another name for Sauvignon Blanc. Fumé means “smoke” and refers to the fog that often engulfs the Loire Valley in France. This wine offers aromas of citrus zest, with a smoky top note from light oak aging. Pair it with smoked salmon and field greens. Fumé Blanc food pairings: grilled seafood, clam vongole, crab cakes with aioli. Drink: 2020 - 2023 11954 13% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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