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Wine Picks April 27, 2021

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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

Cathedral Cellar Shiraz 2018, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: From KWV, Cathedral Cellar's 2018 Shiraz is full-bodied with ripe dark berry, plum, leather, smoked meat, savoury herb and spicy flavours on the palate. KWV celebrates their 100th anniversary with this 2018 vintage. Hover your phone over the label to see the winemaker who provides winetasting notes and the story behind the wine. Shiraz food pairings: lamb tagine, roast rack of lamb, beef long ribs on the barbie. Drink: 2021 - 2024 561142 14.3% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. April 2021. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marqués de Murrieta Finca Ygay Reserva 2016, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Marqués de Murrieta Finca Ygay Reserva 2016 is a full-bodied Tempranillo-driven red wine blend with some Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha added in for good measure. The bodega reduced its grapes yields to come up with a more concentrated wine that has been aged in American oak barrels for 19 months. This Reserva is elegant and savoury with dried cherry, fig, dried pink rose petals, cedar spice and smoky flavours on the palate. Drink or hold. Food pairings: black bean soup, short ribs, sharp cheddar, pork. Drink: 2021 - 2028 209148 14% D 750 mL $32.95 Score: 92/100. April 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hidden Bench Pinot Noir 2019, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Hidden Bench's estate Pinot Noir comes from select parcels of the winery's three estate vineyards. Lovely on the nose with bright cherry, fresh herb and minerals aromas. Dry and juicy on the palate with vibrant ripe cherry, dried herbs, baking spice and clean mineral flavours on the palate. Great acidity for food. Pair with roast turkey or Cornish game hens. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, lamb in a red wine sauce, roasted pork loin, Tourtière, prime rib roasted. Drink: 2020 - 2023 274753 12.7% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. April 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gérard Bertrand An 806 Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre 2018, Corbières, Languedoc A.P., France: Gérard Bertrand 2018 Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre is a full-bodied and silky GSM from the Corbières, Languedoc wine region. Supple and smooth on the palate with ripe dark fruit, blueberry, plum, cedar brush and smoky pepper spice flavours vibrant on the palate. Drinking beautiful now, but could easily cellar for two- three years. Enjoy with a sausage and bean casserole. Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre food pairings: meat lover's pizza, chicken mole, roast duck. Drink: 2021 - 2025 394288 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. April 2021. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

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