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Wine Picks December 21, 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

Sandeman Quinta dos Carvailhas Late Bottled Vintage Port 2000, Douro, Portugal: An outstanding value for this lovely after-dinner drink!Rich plummy notes of prune and cassis preserves. Late Bottled Vintage Port food pairings: chocolate desserts, red fruit tarts, creamy cheeses. 113878 20.5% 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. December 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Wakefield Winery Jaraman Shiraz 2017, Clare Valley, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Deep violet in the glass, Wakefield Jaraman is consistently rich with a mouthful of juicy dark plum, ripe raspberry, dried herb, smoky vanilla flavours and a dark berry compote finish. Tannins are well-integrated and ready to enjoy now with anything from the barbeque. Shiraz food pairings: juicy, grilled rare sirloin steak, hard cheese like Cheddar or Havarti. Drink: 2019 - 2026 377036 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. December 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Napa Valley, California, United States: A medium-plus-bodied classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon with ripe red berry, cassis, dark plum, savoury herbs, smoky, dried sweet tobacco leaf and oak spice flavours finishing silky and long on the palate. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks. Drink: 2020 - 2026 432211 14.5% XD 750 mL $50.95 Score: 90/100. December 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

De Chanceny Cremant De Loire Rosé Brut, Loire Valley, France: Pretty with tart strawberry notes. Bone-dry and refreshing. Great bubbly for weddings and large gatherings. Awesome price! Rosé Brut food pairings: shellfish, potato chips, fried chicken. Drink: 2021 - 2024 211466 12.5% D 750 mL $20.05 Score: 87/100. December 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

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