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Wine Picks November 11, 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

San Pedro 1865 Selected Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Maipo Valley D.O., Chile: San Pedro 1865 2019 is a great value Cabernet Sauvignon under $20 from the Maipo Valley wine region. Produced from old vines Cab Sauv. from the Alto Maipo, on the nose this fresh Chilean red is fragrant with dark berry, dark chocolate, cigar box and smoky oak aromas. The wine was aged in oak barrels, 20% new. From a warm vintage, the wine is dry, medium-bodied with blackberry, mulberry, spice, minty and fine herb flavours concentrated and supple on the palate. Pour with a slow-braised beef brisket. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: prime rib, juicy steak, game, rustic bread, turkey. Drink: 2021 - 2024 37911 14.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 94/100. November 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Peter Lehmann The Barossan Shiraz 2018, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: A robust and layered Shiraz from the Barossa Valley. Produced by the Peter Lehmann winemaking team. Aromas of dark cherry, blackberry, blueberry, smoke and mocha. Tannins are firm. Decant two hours prior to pouring with a rare steak. Shiraz food pairings: grilled steak, pan-roasted beef filet and rösti potatoes, cheeseburgers, chicken mole. Drink: 2020 - 2024 522235 14.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 92/100. November 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Crema Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States: From the Willamette Valley wine region, La Crema 2018 Pinot Noir is a lush, medium-bodied, sleek and smooth classic Oregonian PN with aromas of fresh, ripe cherry, raspberry, mocha, baking spices and racy acidity to match. Tannins are fine-grained. Although La Crema is well-known for its Californian Pinot Noir, this one from the Willamette Valley is a winner as well. Drink or hold. Pinot Noir food pairings: roasted pork loin, tourtière, prime rib, coq au vin. Drink: 2021 - 2025 385757 13.5% D 750 mL $44.95 Score: 92/100. November 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rodney Strong Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Sonoma County, California, United States: Rodney Strong Reserve 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is a 100% Cab Sauv. with cassis, ripe blackberry, dark plum, red berry, savoury herbs and cedar spice flavours elegant and long on the palate. Very nice now, and will easily cellar for another eight years. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, Asian chicken salad, pork tenderloin, barbecued steak. Drink: 2021 - 2028 382325 13.9% D 750 mL $69.95 Score: 92/100. November 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

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