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Wine Picks January 21, 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

Inniskillin Riesling Icewine 2018, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Lovely layers of honeyed tropical fruit, lemon, soft spices on this lush and decadent Riesling icewine from a well-known producer, Inniskillin Winery. Pair with blue cheeses and foie gras. Riesling Icewine food pairings: cheese and nuts, fruit cup, apple spice cake with crème fraiche. Drink: 2020 - 2027 558288 9.2% S 375 mL $79.95 Score: 93/100. January 2021. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Quinta do Crasto 2018, Douro D.O.C., Portugal: A juicy 30% Tinta Roriz, 25% Touriga Franca, 35% Touriga Nacional and 10% Tinta Barroca red wine blend aged in older French barrels for six months. Fresh with wild red berry, cherry and spicy flavours weighty the palate with ripe dark cherry and baking spice flavour. Tannins are ripe and easy. Ready for the BBQ now! Food pairings: slow-braised brisket, roast goose, rabbit fricassee. Drink: 2020 - 2028 81588 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. January 2021. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Frescobaldi Tenuta Perano Chianti Classico 2016, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A fresh and mouth-watering Sangiovese (with a smattering of some local varieties) bright with fresh blackberry, ripe raspberry, cherry, wild herb, dried tobacco leaf, minty, nutty, pepper spice and orange zest flavours on the palate. Decant for two hours prior to pouring a meat-lover's pizza or Bolognese dish. Chianti Classico food pairings: game roasts, meaty lasagnes, meat-lover's pizza, Bistecca Florentine. Drink: 2020 - 2022 10360 13.5% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. January 2021. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

vinAmité Cellars Hidden Corner Bordeaux Blend 2015, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: A full-bodied BC red with high alcohol. Aromas of black fleshy ripe fruit and toasty oak. A little warm on the finish. Pair with prime rib. Drink: 2017 - 2023 16.3% D 750 mL $38.00 Score: 88/100. January 2021. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

vinAmité Cellars Gamay Noir 2016, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: A full-bodied Gamay with unusually high alcohol and a strong acidic attack on the palate. Aromas of dark cherry and smoke. Pair with grilled chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2021 14.9% D 750 mL $29.90 Score: 87/100. January 2021. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Catena Appellation San Carlos Cabernet Franc 2014, Mendoza, Argentina: Full-bodied, juicy and savoury with meaty bacon notes that are so good. No bell pepper here my friends. Layers of lapped up luxury. Pair with grilled lamb. Cabernet Franc food pairings: roast turkey, stuffed breast of veal, pork tenderloin. Drink: 2017 - 2022 450106 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. January 2021. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2013, Similkameen Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A savoury, juicy,full-bodied BC Syrah with aromas of fleshy black plum, cracked pepper and blackberry. Smooth and supple. Long finish with a smoky edge. Terrific! Pair with grilled lamb. Syrah food pairings: cassoulet, Beef short ribs with red wine and herbs, Lamb shawarma, Barbecued pork with plum sauce, Moroccan vegetable stew. Drink: 2016 - 2022 75846 14.5% D 750 mL $33.83 Score: 93/100. January 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Carpineto Riserva Chianti Classico 2012, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: The 2012 vintage of the Carpineto Riserva Chianti Classico is dry farmed on hillside vineyards and is a blend of Sangiovese and Canaiolo grapes aged in oak casks for 1 year. Gorgeous balance and richness in this signature Chianti Classico. Aromas of sun-dried tomato, dark, tart cherry and earth. Try it with meat dishes involving tomato sauce. Chianti Classico food pairings: pasta in tomato sauce, breaded veal cutlets, stuffed roasted turkey. Drink: 2017 - 2023 47118 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. January 2021. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Trius Brut Rosé Sparkling, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Trius Brut is light strawberries, soft citrus and spice on the palate with bready, pastry flavours. The brut received a generous wine dosage giving it more body and structure. Very robust icewine dosage doesn't make this sweet in the least just more full-bodied. Strawberry pinot noir influence Enjoy it chilled anytime. Brut Rosé Sparkling food pairings: Thai coconut shrimp, roast turkey, grilled salmon, lightly spiced curry dishes. Drink: 2020 - 2027 184309 12.5% D 750 mL $32.95 Score: 90/100. January 2021. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Township 7 Vineyards & Winery Sunshine Acres Benchmark Series Muscat 2019, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, BC V.Q.A., Canada: A wonderful, vibrant BC Muscat with notes of clementine and apple blossom. Perfect for mild to medium spicy dishes. Benchmark Series Muscat food pairings: Spicy Thai or Indian cuisine, or try a creamy Brie or Camembert cheese with rind.. Drink: 2020 - 2023 482539 13.1% D 750 mL $26.97 Score: 89/100. January 2021. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Township 7 Vineyards & Winery Fool's Gold Riesling 2018, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada: Gorgeous BC Riesling with aromas of lime zest, lemon sunshine and wet stone. Perfect for seafood, salads and shellfish. Drink: 2020 - 2024 12.5% MD 750 mL $20.00 Score: 91/100. January 2021. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Robert Mondavi Reserve Chardonnay 2017, Carneros, Napa Valley, California, United States: Love this full-bodied Napa Valley Chardonnay with ripe golden apple, yellow plum, smoky vanilla and mineral flavours creamy on the palate. Pair with rich seafood dishes or roast chicken. Produced by Genevieve Janssens who moved from her native France 40 years ago to the Napa Valley to study and an assistant oenologist under the mentorship of Robert Mondavi himself Chardonnay food pairings: grilled chicken, seafood Shepherd's pie, smoked salmon, goat cheese and spinach pizza. Drink: 2020 - 2024 258186 14.5% XD 750 mL $61.95 Score: 92/100. January 2021. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fess Parker Ashley's Chardonnay 2017, Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, California, United States: A zesty, vibrant California Chardonnay with aromas of citrus, peach and toasty oak. Perfect for grilled chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled salmon steaks, salads topped with grilled chicken breast, crab cakes. Drink: 2020 - 2024 472126 14.2% XD 750 mL $45.95 Score: 93/100. January 2021. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Best's Great Western Riesling 2019, Great Western, Victoria, Australia: An outstanding Aussie Riesling with bright green apple, peach, wet stone, lime zest and mineral flavours on the palate. Versatile, dry with bright acidity to enjoy with an oyster hot pot pie or smoked Kassler pork loin chops. Riesling food pairings: mild vegetarian curries, pan-fried panfish, grilled chicken. Drink: 2020 - 2024 688259 10% M 750 mL $19.95 Score: 93/100. January 2021. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave Spring CSV Riesling 2016, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Cave Spring is known for its clean and crisp white wines from the Niagara Escarpment wine region in Ontario. This Riesling, CSV (2016) is a classic with petrol, flint, white flowers and lemon cured. Fantastic acidity with great balance and longevity. Drink now with a pork roast. But, the wine is young right now and could cellar for five years to further develop and marry all of those flavours. It certainly has the fruit and acidity to sustain it. Year after year, Cave Spring is the Riesling Master of Niagara. Petrol, wet stone love. Racy acidity for seafood and anything that pleases your palate. Riesling food pairings: roast chicken, grilled chicken with lemongrass stalk, spicy pasta dishes, turkey. Drink: 201 - 2024 566026 12% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. January 2021. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sandbanks Estate Winery Beach Riesling 2017, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A pretty, light-bodied, floral white wine with melon notes. Serve as a chilled aperitif or companion to seafood. Riesling food pairings: white fish, salmon, oysters, alfredo sauce with pasta. Drink: 2019 - 2021 139022 11.5% M 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. January 2021. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sand Point Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Lodi, California, United States: A crisp, fresh, vibrant Californian Sauvignon Blanc from the Lodi region. Sand Point is at the heart of the Lange Twins family ranch. Aromas of lime zest and lemongrass. Racy acidity for fresh seafood. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: grilled salmon, scallops, turkey. Drink: 2019 - 2021 572487 12.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. January 2021. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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