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Wine Picks February 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.

Dessert Wine

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Riesling Icewine 2019, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, BC V.Q.A., Canada: A gorgeous BC Icewine with aromas of fresh apricot and peach. Luscious texture and mouth-feel. Perfect on its own or with a fruit flan or cobbler. Drink: 2020 - 2035 10% S 200 mL $44.99 Score: 96/100. February 2021. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Stéphane Aviron Chenas Vielles Vignes 2014, Beaujolais, Burgundy A.C., France: A vibrant, juicy, mouth-watering Beaujolais cru wine. This medium-bodied Burgundian red wine does not use carbonic maceration and is made form the Gamay grape. It is oak aged. Aromas of cherry-berry and smoke. Pair with veal. Food pairings: roast rustic chicken, hearty meat dishes, grilled game burgers. Drink: 2017 - 2022 526855 12.5% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 90/100. February 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ménage à Trois Silk 2017, California, United States: A smooth, supple, full-bodied Californian red wine blend of Pinot Noir, Malbec and Petit Sirah. Lusciously rich and ripe with fleshy sweet black plums and berries. Finishes with dark chocolate and mocha. Perfect for Mexican mole. Drink: 2016 - 2019 462853 13% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. February 2021. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Imagery Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2019, California, United States: A juicy, fleshy ripe cherry-berry Californian Pinot Noir. Supple, smooth and medium-bodied. Pair with roast chicken or turkey or Neapolitan pizza. Drink: 2020 - 2024 27074 13.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 90/100. February 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Villa Annaberta Wines Amarone Della Valpolicella 2015, Veneto D.O.C.G., Italy: Lots of toasty oak, smoke, and vanilla spice on the nose and palate of this robust northern Italian red wine. Uses the appassimento method of drying grapes before fermentation to concentrate flavour, texture and weight. Racy acidity on the palate. Tremendous balance with a long, never-ending finish. Pair with pepper steak. Drink: 2020 - 2026 433961 15% D 750 mL $38.95 Score: 92/100. February 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

7 Deadly Old Vine Zinfandel 2017, Lodi, California, United States: A robust, blockbuster Californian Zinfandel with aromas of ripe blackberry, dark plum, spice and smoke. Supple and smooth. Perfect for grilled meats. Zinfandel food pairings: spaghetti Bolognaise, aged cheddar, grilled lamb loin, grilled duck breast, Italian sausage burgers. Drink: 2019 - 2023 59311 15% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 93/100. February 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


Xoxo Light Rosé, Ontario, Canada: Pretty in pink! A vibrant, strawberry-fields forever rose. Enjoy chilled o n its own or with seafood. 8% M 750 mL $11.95 Score: 87/100. February 2021. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

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