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Wine Picks December 16, 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

Reif Estate Winery First Growth Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Niagara River, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A blockbuster Niagara Cabernet Sauvignon that needs more cellar time. Aromas of black plum and black cherry liqueur with a seducative weave of smoke. Supple. Decant 1-2 hours and pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2020 - 2030 17500 14.5% D 750 mL $100.20 Score: 92/100. December 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dessert Wine

Dow's Colheita Port 1997, Douro, Portugal: This lovely fortified dessert wine was estate bottled in 2007. It was aged 10 years before being released from the winery, much like 10-Year-Old Tawy Ports are, and it too does not require decanting as there is not sediment. However, a Colheita Port differs from a Tawny in that a Colheita is made from the grapes grown in a single vineyard, rather than a blend of several vineyards. This offers aromas of black fruit, vanilla spice, coffee and chocolate. A rich, luxurious port with layers of toffee, nuts and caramel on the finish. Drink: 2007 - 2024 69906 20% S 750 mL $32.95 Score: 92/100. December 2021. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

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