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Vintages Release April 1, 2015

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Red Wine

Inniskillin Niagara Estate Reserve Merlot 2012, Okanagan Valley, BC V.Q.A., Canada: Tannic and charred black fruit and loads of oak on this BC red wine made from Merlot grapes. The 2012 vintage of the Inniskillin Merlot has mouth-watering acidity and a tannic grip on the palate. Pair with meat lovers' pizza. Drink: 2013 - 2016 620654011087 13.5% D 750 mL $17.99 Score: 86/100. April 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Barton & Guestier Partager Domaine La Gardie Merlot 2013, Languedoc Pays D'oc Igp, France: A smooth, full-bodied red wine with purple plum aromas and some oak. A little stemmy and unripe, but nonetheless decent value for this price. This wine comes from the southern French region of the Languedoc. Pair with grilled hamburgers. Drink: 2013 - 2016 251082 13.5% D 750 mL $9.95 Score: 82/100. April 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2013, Okanagan Valley, BC V.Q.A., Canada: This is an extremely powerful and concentrated Pinot Noir with high alcohol. It needs some cellar time to calm down and come together. Luscious layers of black cherry and spice. Great mouth-watering acidity for seared tune and planked salmon. Pinot Noir food pairings: baked salmon, duck confit, coq au vin, beef bourgignon. Drink: 2016 - 2020 639658 14% XD 750 mL $44.99 Score: 90/100. April 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

J.P. Chenet Reserve Pinot Noir 2013, Languedoc, France: A benign, unoffensive, bargain-priced Pinot Noir from southern France. Medium-bodied and smooth without a lot of acidity. Cherry-berry notes. Pair with salmon. Drink: 2013 - 2015 142406 12% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 84/100. April 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Peacock Ridge False Bay Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Western Cape W.O., South Africa: Fleshy ripe black and purple plum aromas and flavours on this full-bodied, generous, supple, smooth South African red wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The grapes are hand-picked from old, low yielding vines which concentrates their flavour. Pair with roast beef. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: big juicy beef steak. Drink: 2012 - 2016 382226 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. April 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Umberto Cesari Liano Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Rubicone, Emilia-Romagna I.G.T., Italy: Mocha and sweet chocolate aromas and flavours on the nose and palate from lavish oak aging. This full-bodied, smooth Italian red wine is a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The 2012 vintage represents the winery's 50th anniversary. Pair with grilled meats and roasted game dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2018 818276003058 13.5% D 750 mL $27.75 Score: 88/100. April 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mission Hill Family Estate Five Vineyards Cabernet Merlot 2012, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Lots of mocha and dark chocolate on the nose and palate from extensive oak aging. Robust and tannic, needs some cellar time and an hour of decanting. This full-bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is sourced from five vineyards on the winery's estate. Dark fruit, tarry notes and smoky oak. Good with a rare steak. Cabernet Merlot food pairings: duck, braised beef ribs, pasta with Bolognese sauce, Asiago cheese, or eggplant Parmesan. Drink: 2013 - 2017 145102 13% XD 750 mL $16.45 Score: 87/100. April 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Fushia Rose 2014, California, United States: Sweet strawberry rhubard jam and cranberry compote flavours in this straight-forward rose. Pair with fried chicken. Drink: 2014 - 2015 406769 13.5% MD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 83/100. April 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir Rosés 2013, Bio Bio Valley, Chile: Solid value in this dry, mouth-watering Chilean rose made from Pinot Noir grapes. Lots of juicy acidity. Notes of cranberry and rhubarb. Pair with pate and carpaccio. Drink: 2013 - 2015 318014 13% D 750 mL $8.40 Score: 86/100. April 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Miguel Torres Brut: This Spanish sparkling wine is made using the traditional method of the second fermentation in the bottle. This is a blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir grapes grown on ancient pre-phylloxera vines. Toasty and refreshing. Drink: 2014 - 2016 57992 12% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 86/100. April 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Gewurztraminer 2013, Okanagan Valley, BC V.Q.A., Canada: A vibrant and aromatic Gewurztraminer with classic aromas of lychee, rose petal and baking spices. The finish is crisp and fresh. Pair with mild and medium curries and spices. Gewurztraminer food pairings: seared scallops over a bed of butter leaf lettuce & a cucumber, dill & pink grapefruit vinaigrette. Drink: 2014 - 2019 585745 13% D 750 mL $27.95 Score: 88/100. April 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Southbrook Vineyards Connect White 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A soft, pretty, floral Niagara white wine, and the bonus is that the grapes are farmed organically. Light- to medium-bodied. Works well as an aperitif or companion to fresh seafood and salads. Drink: 2013 - 2016 249078 9.6% MD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. April 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2012, Okanagan Valley, BC V.Q.A., Canada: Lots of oak, vanilla spice and smoke from extensive oak aging on this BC Chardonnay. Some pear notes underneath. Pair with roast chicken or turkey. Drink: 2014 - 2018 545004 13.5% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 87/100. April 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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