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Wine Picks July 10, 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

Barón de Ley Varietales Maturana 2016, Rioja Doc, Spain: An elegant, full-bodied Spanish red wine made from the Maturana grape. Aromas of blackcurrants and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Decant 1-2 hours. Drink: 2018 - 2022 14.5% XD 750 mL $25.00 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Balbás Crianza 2013, Ribera Del Duero D.O., Spain: A lovely Crianza aged 18 months in French and American oak barrels. Made from estate-grown old vine Tempranillo. Aromas of black plum, prune, dried fig and earth. Pair with lamb. Food pairings: osso buco, Tuscan rabbit, meatlover's pizza, roast pork. Drink: 2018 - 2022 437673 14.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 91/100. July 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Winemaker’s Cut Syrah 2018, Okanagan Valley, BC V.Q.A., Canada: A superb BC Syrah with aromas of dark spice, black fruit and meaty notes of bacon. Full-bodied, balanced and smooth. Perfect for grilled meats. Drink: 2020 - 2024 157192 13.5% D 750 mL $34.00 Score: 93/100. July 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lailey Winery Amabilis 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The 2016 Amabiliz is a full-bodied blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Malbec. Aromas of red cherry, ripe plum, black berry, and black currant. Pair with smoked chicken, or pork chops. Drink: 2020 - 2026 14% XD 750 mL $42.95 Score: 89/100. July 2020. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Winemaker’s Cut Bohemian Cuvée Rouge 2018, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, BC V.Q.A., Canada: A gorgeous, full-bodied BC red wine blend. Aromas of dark fruit and smoke with savoury bacon notes. Pair with grilled steak. Drink: 2020 - 2027 13.5% D 750 mL $36.00 Score: 92/100. July 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Domaine Maby La Forcadière Tavel Rosé 2019, Tavel, Rhône A.C., France: This Tavel is so juicy with vibrant red currant, raspberry, orange zest and wild herb flavours finishing spicy on the palate. Dry and full-bodied, enjoy with a picnic and cold turkey and arugula sandwiches. Rosé food pairings: grilled chicken breast stuffed with ham and cheese, flattened Cornish hen with savoury dressing. Drink: 2020 - 2021 701318 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. July 2020. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Argento Rosé 2019, Mendoza, Argentina: An extraordinary rose for this price, or event twice as expensive! Lovely tropical and field berry notes. medium-bodied with racy acidity for seafood. Drink: 2020 - 2022 13245 12.5% D 750 mL $10.95 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Sperling Vineyards Sper...Itz 2017, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Vibrant, floral and lively! If you like Moscato d'Asti or even Prosecco, try this please. It's a gently fizzy and spritely white wine with enticing aromas of honeysuckle and apple blossom. Love the fact it's only 7% alcohol, yet packs so much flavour. Enjoy as an aperitif or companion to seafood. Food pairings: fruit or cheese platters. Drink: 2019 - 2022 7.9% D 750 mL $23.10 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Township 7 Vineyards & Winery Reserve Pinot Gris 2018, Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada: A superb BC Pinot Gris from Township 7 winery. This was a terrific vintage for the winery. Aromas of grapefruit, lime zest and lemongrass. Perfect on its own or with seafood and shellfish. Drink: 2019 - 2023 13.6% D 750 mL $25.00 Score: 92/100. July 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pillitteri Estates Winery Team Canada White 2017, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q,A., Canada: A lovely white wine blend of aromatic grapes with notes of lychee, rose petal and baking spice. For every bottle sold, the winery donates $1 to the Canadian Olympic Foundation to support the country's athletes. Pair with seafood or a gold medal performance of pairs figure skating. Team Canada White food pairings: chicken, fish, crab cakes, mild curries. Drink: 2020 - 2022 13657 12.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wakefield Winery Clare Valley Estate Chardonnay 2018, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: From Clare Valley Estate in South Australia, a cool-climate Chardonnay with crunchy green apple, ripe pear, fresh melon, ripe stone fruit and nutty flavours long and creamy on the palate. Pair with grilled seafood dishes. Chardonnay food pairings: turkey burgers, crab cakes, chicken breast, lobster in butter sauce, cheese. Drink: 2020 - 2023 711556 14% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. July 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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