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Vintages Release October 25, 2014

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Dessert Wine

Darting Kabinett Dürkheimer Nonnengarten Gewürztraminer 2012, Deutscher Prädikatswein, Pfalz, Germany: Green and white melon spring sweetness, absolutely lovely! Layers of viscous richness and apricot preserves. Drink: 2013 - 2019 944181 10.5% S 750 mL $18.95 Score: 93/100. October 2014. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Boeri Ribota Moscato D'asti 2013, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy: Always a treat, Moscato d'Asti is vibrant with orange peel and honeysuckle notes in a slightly spritzy format with low alcohol at just 5.5%. Moscato D'asti food pairings: desserts, planked salmon, spicy Asian dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2015 184978 5.5% S 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Red Stratus 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada: Robust aromas and flavours of dark fruit, toasty oak, chocolate and mocha. Smooth and party pleasing. This is a blend of red wine grapes that changes each year in terms of particular grapes used and their proportions, much like the flagship wine for this producer. Drink: 2013 - 2015 86363 12.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Featherstone Winery Pinot Noir 2010, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Cool-climate Pinot Noir with a mouth-watering acidic attack and aromas of tart cherries and some herbal nuances. Medium-bodied and smooth. Drink: 2013 - 2017 372425 12% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 87/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Posta Angel Paulucci Vineyard Malbec 2011, Ugarteche, Mendoza, Argentina: Loaded with toasty oak and black, tarry fruit. Mocha and coffee on the nose of this full-bodied red wine, followed by black plums on the palate and a tannic grip. Decant 1-2 hours. Try it with hamburgers. Malbec food pairings: pepperoni pizza, beef, turkey, hamburgers, cheddar. Drink: 2013 - 2015 75515 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 86/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tawse Winery Inc. Grower's Blend Meritage 2011, Niagara Escarpment, Canada: A smooth, supple, medium-bodied wine with attractive aromas of mocha and toasty oak along with plush, fleshy black plum. Layered and complex. This wine would pair beautifully with grilled pork chops. Food pairings: herb-crusted rack of lamb, dry-rubbed beef short ribs or venison sausage. Drink: 2014 - 2018 384958 13% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luis Cañas Reserva 2009, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: This Spanish red wine is made mostly (95%) from the classic Rioja grape Tempranillo and well as a splash (5%) of Graciano. The vines are an average age of 40 years old. The wine spent 18 months in French and American oak. This is an elegant wine with a long life ahead of this. Gorgeous aromas of dark red fruit and leather on the palate. There's still a firm tannic grip here mid-palate so be sure to decant for an hour, or better yet, give this baby some cellar time. Drink: 2015 - 2021 334094 14% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 92/100. October 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stratus Petit Verdot 2011, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Loaded with black pepper on the nose and black tarry, toasty oak. Big tannic grip on the palate. Decant 2 hours and pair with hearty meat dishes. Petit Verdot food pairings: beef stew with root vegetables. Drink: 2014 - 2017 142638 14.3% XD 750 mL $38.20 Score: 87/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Leonardo Chianti Riserva 2010, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A good grip on the palate with this robust Italian red wine from the heart of Tuscany, and dry and full-bodied layers of black fruit. Savory and chewy. Great with hearty meat dishes. This wine is made in the hills that circle the town of Vinci, where, yes, Leonardo da Vinci was born. Finishes with anise, black cherry and earthy notes. Try it with pasta in a meat sauce. Chianti Riserva food pairings: pasta with tomato sauce and fresh herbs, basil pesto, red wine stew, pizza. Drink: 2012 - 2017 164707 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2012, California, United States: Full-bodied with ripe purple plums and blueberry flavours. Smooth. Pair with grilled meats and meat lovers' pizza. Zinfandel food pairings: Italian sausage burgers with garlicky spinach, herbed pork ribs barbecued. Drink: 2013 - 2017 256735 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Castello D'albola Chianti Classico Riserva 2008, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Smooth and full-bodied with sun-dried tomatoes and good acidity for food. The winery only makes this wine in the best vintages. Pair with savoury game dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2017 315150 13% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 87/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fess Parker Pinot Noir 2010, Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, California, United States: Cherry-berry and cola aromas on the nose and palate. Almost full-bodied and smooth with a warm finish from high alcohol, especially for Pinot Noir. Drink: 2013 - 2017 660597 14.6% XD 750 mL $33.95 Score: 87/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fattoria Le Pupille Saffredi 2010, Maremma, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: The 2010 vintage for Saffredi is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, yet this reminds me of Zinfandel or Primitivo with is juicy purple plums. Full-bodied and smooth. Drink: 2014 - 2019 74435 14% XD 750 mL $95.95 Score: 88/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Sonoma County, California, United States: Dependable, consistent and predictable, this workhorse Cabernet is true to its consumer base who look for the same signature each year. Smooth, full-bodied with mocha and dark chocolate from oak aging. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: rosemary lamb with Swiss chard and balsamic-glazed baby carrots, sizzling New York strip steak. Drink: 2013 - 2017 331603 13.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Arrocal Passion 2010, Ribera Del Duero D.O., Spain: A full-on, take-me-now wine. Black as night fruit, toasty oak and a smooth slippery mocha finish. Grill me some chops: lamb or pork, your choice! Drink: 2014 - 2018 383968 15% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 88/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Miguel Torres Cordillera De Los Andes Syrah 2010, Maule Valley, Chile: Chary, toasted black fruit and oak on the nose and palate. Full-bodied with a firm tannic grip. Pair with a big slab of steak. Syrah food pairings: slow-cooked lamb stew, roast chicken with dry rubber herbs. Drink: 2013 - 2017 389700 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pelissero Munfrina Dolcetto D'alba 2012, Piedmont D.O.C., Italy: Very aromatic and lovely with violets, black cherry and black plum. Full-bodied with a bit of a grip on the palate so decant 1 hour. Pair with roast beef. Drink: 2013 - 2017 594770 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quinta De Cabriz Seleccionada Colheita 2011, Dão D.O.C., Portugal: This robust Portuguese red wine is smoky with black fruit aromas and flavours. Full-bodied and delicious. Perfect for parties and hearty meat dishes. Food pairings: blackened chicken, barbecued beef roast. Drink: 2013 - 2017 247973 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. October 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Été Indien 2013, Brouilly, Beaujolais A.C., France: Made from 100% Gamay grapes, this vibrant French red wine is very dark pepper and spice on the nose. Then it opens to fleshy red cherries on the palate with a medium-bodied weight. Excellent quality and depth for Beaujolais. Drink: 2013 - 2016 356964 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ramirez De La Piscina Crianza 2009, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Big-on black berries and wild tart woodland fruit with savoury cedar brush and garrigue and mystery. Meaty, and chompy. Drink with a fork. Great price. Steak please. Drink: 2013 - 2017 383018 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. October 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Viña Ventisquero Queulat Gran Reserva Pinot Noir 2012, Casablanca Valley, Chile: Lots of oak, violets and fresh earth on the nose of this Chilean red wine. It opens up with cherry berry notes on the palate. Medium-bodied and smooth. Try with veal. Pinot Noir food pairings: planked salmon on the grill, smoked chicken. Drink: 2013 - 2017 389213 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. October 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Merlot 2011, Okanagan Valley, BC V.Q.A., Canada: Rich and full-bodied Okanagan red wine from a respected producer. Although this is not inexpensive Merlot, there's lots to enjoy for fans of the genre. Full-bodied, supple and long lived. Pair with grilled pork chops. Merlot food pairings: rosemary lamb with Swiss chard and balsamic-glazed baby carrots. Drink: 2014 - 2018 585737 14.5% XD 750 mL $40.95 Score: 89/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fairview Shiraz 2011, Coastal Region, Paarl W.O., South Africa: Smoky and savoury with cigar box and dried tobacco leaves along with blackcurrant and cassis. Robust, smooth and complex. Very well made. Pair with roast beef. Drink: 2013 - 2017 626358 14% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. October 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Roggiano Morellino Di Scansano 2012, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Rustic, robust, juicy and delicious! Amazing for the price. Perfect for pizza or lasagna. Bring it (to my house). Drink: 2014 - 2018 946954 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. October 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Clos Jordanne Claystone Terrace Pinot Noir 2011, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: The Claystone Terrace is consistently my favourite Pinot Noir from Le Clos Jordanne, year after year. Its exuberant energy and power come from a complex weave of nuances: truffles, black cherry, violets, cedar box and dark spices. Brooding and temperamental: love it! Superb craftsmanship. Finishes with spice, cedar and vanilla. Try it with game meats. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal, roast chicken. Drink: 2013 - 2019 33951 13.5% D 750 mL $45.00 Score: 90/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bordón Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2005, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Lovely, mature aromas of leather, cigar box and dust in this full-bodied Rioja red wine produced by Bodegas Franco-Españolas. Not fruit-forward: a contemplative wine, not a talkative one. Full-bodied and smooth. Ready to drink now, especially with veal. Highly recommended. Tempranillo food pairings: lamb, beef, hard cheese, pork, duck. Drink: 2012 - 2017 428060 13% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. October 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vega Escal Reserva De La Tierra 2008, Priorat D.O.C.A., Spain: Savoury, rustic, juicy, meaty. Very tasty. Great price for the quality. Demands hearty meat dishes. Finishes with vanilla smoke, minerality and longing. Good tannins. Get a grip people. Drink: 2013 - 2017 210997 14.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chapel Hill Shiraz 2012, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Ripe black plum and toasty oak aromas on the nose of this Australian shiraz, with an amazing acidic zing on the palate for food. Full-bodied and supple. This wine was designed for steak. Blackberry and vanilla smoke on this finish. Highly recommended. Shiraz food pairings: gourmet burgers, mutton with mint and coriander, pizza, steak, pork. Drink: 2013 - 2017 743989 14.5% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 90/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Avignonesi Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2011, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: This Italian red wine is all about mouth-feel and texture, which is fabulous. Nose of dark fruit and some dark spice. Full-bodied and satin smooth. Drink: 2014 - 2019 943670 14% XD 750 mL $35.95 Score: 90/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Louis Jadot Beaune Theurons 2009, Burgundy A.C., France: This premier cru (1ER CRU) offers lots of enjoyment in the glass. Fleshy black cherry, earth and some dark spice. This medium-bodied French red wine is smooth and long lived with a great finish. Drink: 2013 - 2020 42838 13.5% XD 750 mL $58.95 Score: 91/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Emiliana Coyam 2011, Colchagua Valley, Chile: This savoury, meaty red wine is a blend of 38% Syrah, 31% Carmenere, 19% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Mourvèdre, and 1% Malbec. This is a Biodynamic winey certified by Demeter International. Aromas of black plum, spice, dried tobacco and rosemary. Pair with rack of lamb. Drink: 2013 - 2018 63891 14.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. October 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Ema Amplus Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Peumo, Cachapoal Valley, Chile: Minty and savoury blackberry and cassis on the nose and palate of this vibrant, meaty Chilean red wine. Loaded with fleshy black plums, blueberries and nutmeg. Some smoke on the finish. Juicy, mouth-watering and smooth. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: rosemary lamb with Swiss chard and balsamic-glazed baby carrots, sizzling New York strip steak. Drink: 2013 - 2028 76307 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. October 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Poggiotondo Brunello Di Montalcino 2009, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Seductive nose of wild violets and woodland tart berries. Palate is mixed spice and mystery. Good finish but by far my fav is the nose and palate. Magical. Drink: 2014 - 2020 276576 14% XD 750 mL $36.95 Score: 91/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Perrin & Fils Les Christins 2012, Vacqueyras, Rhône A.C., France: Classic Rhone! Spicy, black fruit and black pepper aromas on the nose and palate, with smoke and dried herbs on the finish. Full-bodied and smooth, yet will also cellar well. Awesome price! Good grip on the palate. Decant 1-2 hours. Pair this robust red wine with prime rib. Drink: 2014 - 2021 973453 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. October 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thatched Hut Pinot Noir 2013, Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand: Juicy and soft Pinot Noir, but not wimpy. Cherry-berry aromas and flavours with very pleasing mouth-watering action. Vibrant and clean on the palate, with bright raspberry notes on a long finish. Polish and supple and exceptionally easy-drinking on its own or with roast chicken or turkey. Pinot Noir food pairings: rare roast beef, shellfish, summer salads, turkey sandwiches, mild cheese. Drink: 2014 - 2019 242933 13.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 92/100. October 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J. Lohr Hilltop Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Paso Robles, California, United States: Nice balance here from a cool year. Lots of blackberry and mocha and dark chocolate aromas. Smooth and full-bodied. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hearty meat dishes with autumn veggies. Drink: 2013 - 2016 686584 14.9% D 750 mL $39.95 Score: 88/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ben Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz 2012, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Dark violet hue in the glass with a terrific structure and ripe tannins. Smoke and black fruit on the nose of this robust Australian red wine, with more charcoal, heart-warming warmth on the palate. Full-bodied, supple and smooth. Very tasty. Complex, rich and deep with savoury, meaty notes. A long finish with great finesse. Try it with grilled or braised meats tonight. Shiraz food pairings: grilled game, bison burgers, grilled or spice-rubbed chicken, pizza, barbecued beef. Drink: 2014 - 2018 627869 15.1% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 92/100. October 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Heartland Shiraz 2012, Langhorne Creek, Limestone Coast, South Australia, Australia: Love the nose of black cherry liqueur and mysterious dark spices that draw you head first into the glass of this robust Australian Shiraz. The palate opens up with fleshy ripe black fruit and smoke. This is such a lively, full-bodied red that's smooth and ready to drink now. Try it with pepperoni pizza. Shiraz food pairings: prime rib, hamburgers, pizza, bison steak, lamb. Drink: 2013 - 2017 661934 14.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 92/100. October 2014. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pascual Toso Alta Reserve Malbec 2011, Mendoza, Argentina: The grapes for this towering Argentine red wine were sourced from the Barrancas Vineyard. Deepest, darkest concentration of blackberry, blackcurrant and black plum that I've tasted in a while. Full-bodied and smooth; this delivers lots of hedonistic satisfaction. This wine will benefit from 2 hours decanting. A long, satisfying finish. Pair with filet mignon or a pepper steak. Malbec food pairings: herb-roasted lamb, pork tenderloin, cheddar cheese, spaghetti and meat balls. Drink: 2013 - 2019 261958 13.5% XD 750 mL $33.95 Score: 93/100. October 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Du Vieux Télégraphe La Crau 2011, Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhône A.C., France: Superb! Polished, bright and vibrant when I expected a monster of a dark red wine. The heft is there yet it's unbelievable that the alcohol on this is 15.3% -- so balanced, elegant and long in the finish. Drink: 2016 - 2028 951475 15.3% XD 750 mL $96.95 Score: 96/100. October 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore Tenuta Dell'ornellaia 2011, Tuscany D.O.C., Italy: Dark, complex, moody and deep: this wine is for collectors (and those with trust funds). It's a spectacular vintage from one of Italy's most cult producers. This baby needs a lot more cellar time, even if you are celebrating your Google stock cash in. Restraint people. Drink: 2016 - 2028 722470 14.5% XD 750 mL $189.95 Score: 97/100. October 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luce Luce Della Vite 2011, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: OMG! This is a wine spa for your tongue. Drop dead gorgeous. Proposal wine: any proposal. Seductive nose of black violets dipped in moonlight, fleshy black plum. But this is all about texture: satin wrapped in silk wrapped in clouds. Drink: 2015 - 2028 685263 14.5% XD 750 mL $99.95 Score: 98/100. October 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luce Luce 2011, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: OMG! This is a wine spa for your tongue. Drop dead gorgeous. Proposal wine: any proposal. Seductive nose of black violets dipped in moonlight, fleshy black plum. But this is all about texture: satin wrapped in silk wrapped in clouds. Drink: 2015 - 2028 964551 14.5% XD 1500 mL $236.95 Score: 98/100. October 2014. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

CedarCreek Estate Winery Platinum Pinot Noir 2012, Okanagan Valley, BC V.Q.A., Canada: A subtle, smooth, medium-bodied red wine with notes of tart cherry, earth and spice. For the 2012 vintage, the Pinot Noir grapes were sourced from 22 year-old vines in the Block 2 vineyard, with roots reaching considerable depth into the soil. The winery crops to just one cluster per vine shoot to concentrate the personality of the finished wine. Pair with planked salmon or seared tuna. Pinot Noir food pairings: sockeye salmon, seared tuna. Drink: 2013 - 2018 585711 13.9% XD 750 mL $39.90 Score: 91/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Segura Viudas Heredad Brut Reserva Traditional Method Cava, D.O., Spain: Here's your sparkling wine for the holidays (and year round)! Terrific value in this well-made, toasty and refreshing bubbly from Spain that's a third of the price of Champagne. Segura is one of the most respected producers of Cava, the Spanish name for sparkling wine. Terrific earthy aromas mingle with toasted almond and some green apple. Great aperitif or try it with roast turkey, friend chicken, or yes, even potato chips. Cava food pairings: seafood tapas, salty light meats, caviar, oysters, Chinese dishes. Drink: 2014 - 2018 558825 12% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. October 2014. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Loimer Grüner Veltliner 2013, Kamptal D.A.C., Austria: Green attack and lots of mouth-watering acidity in this cool, crisp white wine. Perfect for vegetarian dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2016 142240 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaines Schlumberger Kessler Grand Cru Pinot Gris 2010, Alsace A.C., France: An off-dry Pinot Gris that's mouth-filling and viscous with luscious aromas of ripe peach and pear. Lovely spice-inflected finish. Pair with mild and medium curries. Drink: 2012 - 2017 249623 14% M 750 mL $26.95 Score: 88/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Le Clos Jordanne Claystone Terrace Chardonnay 2011, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Love the toasted almond and clementine on the nose of this robust Niagara Chardonnay from one of the region's best producers! Juicy and mouth-watering a gorgeous mouth-filling texture on weight. Some smoke and spice on a terrifically long finish. Superb craftsmanship. Taste this one blind and you might mistake it from a Burgundian grand cru. A deep core of minerality. Try it with lobster in melted butter or juicy roast chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: turkey burgers, smoked king crab legs, grilled chicken, cheese, pork loin topped with pineapple. Drink: 2013 - 2018 56929 14% XD 750 mL $40.00 Score: 90/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cannonball Chardonnay 2012, Sonoma County, California, United States: Lovely Californian Chardonnay! White floral notes, some baking spice and a lightness that's ethereal given the mouth-filling juiciness of this wine. Chardonnay food pairings: barbecued pork roast on a spit, roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings. Drink: 2013 - 2017 311563 13.7% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 90/100. October 2014. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Montes Outer Limits Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Aconcagua Valley, Chile: Grassy great!! Want lawnmower satisfaction ... cut the lawn without cutting the lawn. Love it! OTHER: The 2013 Outer Limits Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from Aconcagua Valley from the coastal and northern zone of Zapallar, seven kilometers from the sea, which provides freshness. It's a powerful wine, with pungent aromas extracted from the skin for some seven months contact, with a mineral feeling, akin to a Sancerre, serious and austere, with gooseberries, tomato leaves, ending again mineral and saline. This is a superb Sauvignon Blanc. The vines were planted in 2006 and the first harvest bottled was 2011. Experiment with iodine-rich seafood, like sea urchin. Uhhhmmm! Drink now-2017. Score - 91 (Luis Gutierrez, erobertparker.com, June 2014) Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: spiny, salty seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2016 389643 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. October 2014. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rodney Strong Wine Estates Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2012, Sonoma County, California, United States: Juicy and full-bodied Californian Chardonnay, with a great balance between toasty oak and fleshy pear fruit aromas. Finishes with apple, baking spices and guava. Try it with roast turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: oven-roasted lobster tail and butter, duck risotto, seafood pasta, turkey burgers. Drink: 2013 - 2018 275552 14.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ramey Chardonnay 2012, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Lots of terrific mouth-brightening acidity and lemon-green apple sunshine. Full-bodied and vibrant. Love it! Drink: 2013 - 2018 288035 14.5% XD 750 mL $45.95 Score: 91/100. October 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wither Hills Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Wairau Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand: The grapes are also sourced from New Zealand's South Island. Grassy and herbal kiwi Sauvignon Blanc, with quivering lime vibrancy. Pure, fresh, with no oak. Bring me a mega big salad or a spinach quiche ... quickly! A racy finish with a lick of citrus zest. Highly recommended. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: steam mussels, chicken stir-fry, salad, corned beef and cabbage, turkey pot pie. Drink: 2013 - 2015 919514 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. October 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gunderloch Jean-Baptiste Riesling Kabinett 2013, Rheinhessen Q.M.P., Germany: This lovely Pradikätswein wine is a vibrant mouth-watering white wine produced by Jean-Baptiste and estate bottled. Zesty notes of ripe citrus fruit and rose petals on the nose, and continue through the palate and finish. Gorgeous intensity of flavour here. Try it with glazed ham, or holiday side dishes, like sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and creamed corn. Yum! Riesling Kabinett food pairings: seafood, salads, cold chicken, poached trout. Drink: 2014 - 2020 480517 11% M 750 mL $21.95 Score: 92/100. October 2014. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Yalumba The Y Series Viognier 2013, South Australia, Australia: Liquid gorgeous! Lovely honeysuckle, lemon-lime, nettle and lychee and baking spice. Perfect for curries and medium-spicy dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2018 470062 14.1% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 92/100. October 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tawse Winery Inc. Sketches Of Niagara Riesling 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, V.Q.A., Canada: This vibrant, well-priced Ontario Riesling offers seductive aromas of peach blossom, lemon zest and wet stone. A complex core of minerality runs through the heart of this wine. Tawse is a family-owned Niagara winery that farms sustainably. Riesling food pairings: line-caught seafood, sushi, turkey burgers. Drink: 2013 - 2017 89029 10.5% M 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. October 2014. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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