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Wine Picks August 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.

Red Wine

Château des Charmes St. David's Bench Vineyard Gamay Noir Droit 2017, St. David's Bench, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A juicy Niagara red wine with lots of mouth-watering acidity on the palate and made from the Gamay Noir Droit grape. The vines for this wine are planted on the side of ancient limestone slopes of the St. David's Bench Vineyard in glacial soils located furthest from the cooling temperatures of Lake Ontario benefiting from warmer temperatures and a longer ripening season. Juicy flavours of ripe cherry, raspberry, spicy and vibrant on the palate. Gamay Noir ‘Droit’ is a red wine unique to Château des Charmes. In the early 1980s, Paul Bosc discovered a single Gamay Noir vine growing straight up and taller than the others in the vineyard. The wine had classic Gamay cherry flavours and a medium body, but there was also more complexity. Genetic testing revealed that Canada’s first vinifera vine was born right in their vineyard. They were granted International Plant Breeders’ Rights so no one else in the world can grow this vine or make this wine called Gamay Noir ‘Droit’. I’ve loved this wine for many years: not only does it have fleshy ripe dark berries, but there’s also a peppery top note. Pair this wine with grilled pork chops or chicken. Gamay Noir Droit food pairings: prime rib, beef brisket, gourmet burgers. Drink: 2020 - 2022 346742 13% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. August 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Louis Latour Bourgogne Chardonnay 2018, Burgundy Ac, France: A crisp, elegant Burgundian Chardonnay with aromas of green apple and lime zest. Medium-bodied with a refreshing finish. Juicy, mouth-watering acidity for seafood and shellfish. Drink: 2019 - 2024 55533 13% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. August 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

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