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Wine Picks November 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

Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin Zinfandel 2018, Lodi, California, United States: Aromas of jammy purple plums and blueberries on the nose. The palate opens up luxuriously, smooth and full-bodied with more lip-smacking tasty flavours of dark fruit. An amazing wine for BBQ ribs or chicken wings. Fire up the grill! Zinfandel food pairings: BBQ ribs, chicken wings, spaghetti, pizza, lamb shank. Drink: 2021 - 2025 678698 14.5% D 750 mL $18.55 Score: 90/100. November 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of Pelham Baco Noir 2018, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A gorgeous deep violet hue in the glass, with aromas of fleshy ripe blackberry, dark cherry and smoke. Full-bodied, and smooth. Pair with a grilled steak and good friends. Baco Noir food pairings: aged cheddar, game meats, beef with horseradish or mustard, spicy food or the startling yet remarkably harmonious pairing of strawberries with black berry. Drink: 2019 - 2022 270926 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. November 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

13th Street Gamay, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Wow, this is a mouth-watering, brilliant Gamay Noir from Niagara wine country. Smoky, bright cherry and pepper spice aromas on the nose, dry, medium-bodied with bright dark cherry, meaty, cracked pepper fresh herb flavours on the palate. Pair with well-marbled grilled meats. Gamay food pairings: grilled salmon, antipasto plate, meaty tomato based pasta, roasted turkey. Drink: 2019 - 2021 177824 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. November 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Volant Cuvée Oumuamua 2017, Monterey County, California, United States: Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant Cuvée Oumuamua 2017 is an excellent value ($20) medium-plus-bodied fruity red wine blend of 52% Grenache, 35% Cinsault and 13% Syrah sourced from Monterey County Vineyards. Love the ripe dark plum and cracked pepper aromas on this dry and juicy red with ripe dark berry, strawberry, cherry, pink florals, mint, cracked pepper and spicy flavours silky and long on the palate. Harmonious and complex. Food pairings: veal Porterhouse, grilled lamb chops, pork roast. Drink: 2020 - 2027 18516 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. November 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

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