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Wine Picks September 15, 2015

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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

Monster Vineyards Cabs Cabernet 2012, Okanagan Valley, Bristish Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: This BC red wine is a blend of "Cabs": Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. It's full-bodied and smooth and offer notes of dark fruit with acidity on the palate. Pair with a pepper steak. Drink: 2015 - 2017 786665 13.4% D 750 mL $19.90 Score: 87/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Monster Vineyards Merlot 2012, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A full-bodied BC red wine made from Merlot grapes with aromas and flavours of black currant, plum and tart blackberry. Pair with grill pork chops. Drink: 2015 - 2017 827055 13.6% D 750 mL $19.90 Score: 86/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Monster Vineyards Red Eyed 2012, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A full-bodied BC red wine that's a Meritage blend of red grapes including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Aromas of blackberry, cassis and black currant. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2015 - 2017 643783 13.5% D 750 mL $19.90 Score: 87/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Hidden Sea Shiraz 2013, South Australia, Australia: Lots of smoke and mocha on the nose from generous oak aging. Sweet blackberry and dark chocolate flavours on the palate of this full-bodied, smooth Australian red wine made from Shiraz grapes. Balanced acidity on the palate. Drink: 2014 - 2017 402628 14.5% D 750 mL $16.75 Score: 87/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Girls Night Out BFF Red 2013, Harrow, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Aromas and flavour of sweet strawberry and raspberry on this medium-bodied southwestern Ontario red wine blend. BFF refers to Best Friend Forever. 'Nuf said. Pair with show shopping. Drink: 2013 - 2016 415299 13% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 85/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Juicy and savoury, yet with a deliciously attractive note of fleshy sweet blackberry on the nose and palate. This full-bodied, dry red wine is Ontario's leading organic and biodynamic winery hands down. Beautifully supple and rich with a long finish. Pair with a rare juicy steak from grass fed cattle. Drink: 2014 - 2019 193573 12.6% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 91/100. September 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gormaz Winery 12 Linajes Reserva Tempranillo 2007, Ribero Del Duero, Spain: A full-bodied, ultra dry Spanish red wine made from Tempranillo grapes, also known as Tinta del Pais in Spain. Attractive aromas and flavours od dust, earth, tanned leather, dried tobacco leaves and smoke with some dried herbs and black fruit on the finish. Pair with lamb and rosemary. Tempranillo food pairings: game dishes, roasted and grilled meats. Drink: 2014 - 2018 437681 14% 750 mL $31.40 Score: 92/100. September 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Valdelacierva Crianza 2011, Rioja Do, Spain: Lots of dark fruit and dusty earthon the nose of this Spanish red wine made from Tempranillo grapes in the Riajo region. The winery owns 200 hectares of vines. Maceration after fermentation lasts about 2-3 weeks. The wine is aged in French and American oak barrels for a minimum of 6 months. Pair with a rare steak. Food pairings: game dishes, roast meat, mature cheese. Drink: 2015 - 2018 14% XD 750 mL $17.90 Score: 87/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dezzani Otto Bucce Dezzani 2014, Piedmont Doc, Italy: A smooth and full-bodied Italian red wine with generous layers of dark red fruit and smoke. Otto Bucce means "8 skins" and refers to the 8 grapes in the blend: Barbera, Dolcetto, Fresia, Bonarda and Albarossa, which are part of the traditional enological panorama of the Piedmont region, as well as the international grapes Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink: 2015 - 2019 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dezzani La Luna E Le Stelle Superiore Barbera D'asti 2012, Piedmont Docg, Italy: A full-bodied Italian red wine with mouth-watering acidity for food such as spicy sausages and lasagna. Easy drinking and savoury. Barbera D'asti food pairings: salami, pasta, meat, seasoned cheese. Drink: 2014 - 2018 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dezzani La Guardia 2012, Monferrato, Piedmont Doc: A full-bodied, smooth Italian red wine blend of Dolcetto, Barbera and Cabernet grapes. Aromas of dark red fruit and smoke. Pair with pasta in tomato sauce. Food pairings: pasta, grilled meats, hard cheeses. Drink: 2015 - 2019 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Ferme Du Mont Le Ponnant 2010, Côtes Du Rhône-Villages A.C., France: The 2010 vintage of the Cotes du Rhone Villages Le Ponnant is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. The wine was matured in 30% oak barrels, the rest in stainless steel. Firm tannins. This wine is unfiltered. Drink: 2013 - 2017 171371 14.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. September 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gérard Bertrand Grand Terroir La Clape Syrah Carignan Mourvèdre 2010, Coteaux Du Languedoc Midi A.P., France: A full-bodied, savoury southern French red wine blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre grapes. Aromas and flavours of fresh herbs, garrigue, blackberry and spice. Drink: 2014 - 2018 370262 14% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 92/100. September 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of Pelham Winery Cabernet Merlot 2011, Short Hills Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A balanced, full-bodied red with attractive notes of cedar forest, rustic, wild blackberries and some herbal notes. Smooth and tasty. Drink: 2013 - 2017 395855 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 89/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Castello Di Gabbiano Bellezza Gran Selezione Chianti Classico 2010, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Full-bodied Italian red wine with dark fruit, smoke and spice. Pair with pasta in tangy meat sauces. Chianti Classico food pairings: bucatini with sausage, roast beef, cheesy pizza, stuffed roasted turkey. Drink: 2012 - 2018 652438 13.5% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Two Hands Wines Brave Faces Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2009, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Full-bodied, rich and complex with fleshy ripe cassis and wild blackberry aromas on the nose and palate of this robust Australian red wine blend Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro (aka Mourvèdre) also known as a GSM blend. A black plum, smoky finish. Nicely done! Pair with grilled meats. Grenache Shiraz Mataro food pairings: baked ham, veal chops, herbed pork tenderloin. Drink: 2011 - 2018 660035 14.8% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jackson-Triggs Sunrock Meritage 2012, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Cedar brush and tart blackberries on the nose and palate of this full-bodied BC red wine blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Lots of acidity on the palate. Pair with a pepper steak. Drink: 2014 - 2018 408393 14% XD 750 mL $22.95 Score: 88/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave Spring Cellars Estate Bottled Cave Spring Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A luscious, voluptuous Niagara Pinot Noir from one of the region's best producers in a spectacularly great vintage. Aromas of fleshy ripe cherry and mocha with some spice. Medium-bodied and ultra smooth. Pair with grilled chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: roast chicken or turkey. Drink: 2013 - 2019 246551 13% XD 750 mL $34.95 Score: 91/100. September 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Poplar Grove Winery Merlot 2010, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Rich, juicy and full-bodied BC red wine made from Merlot grapes. The 2010 vintage was a strong for the Okanagan Valley, and it shows in this wine. Aromas of cassis and black plum. This wine was aged for 21 months in French oak barrels. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2013 - 2018 392035 15.4% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. September 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Grange of Prince Edward Estate Winery Select Pinot Noir 2012, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A juicy and generous PEC Pinot Noir with lovely aromas of sour cherry and cranberry. Lots of acidity on the palate. Long finish. Pinot Noir food pairings: mushroom and leek crostini, roast duck breast with cranberry. Drink: 2015 - 2018 12.7% D 750 mL $21.95 Score: 88/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Southbrook Vineyards Connect Red 2014, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A rustic, cedary, gulpable Niagara red wine blend of Cabernet Franc (48%), Zweigelt (38%), Baco Noir (13%) for the 2014 vintage. All certified VQA. Love the wild, feral nature of this wine like blackberries that tore off on a renegade run through your senses. Pair with grilled pork chops or game birds. Drink: 2014 - 2017 249565 12% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 88/100. September 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Errazuriz Max Reserva Pinot Noir 2013, Aconcagua Valley, Chile: A luscious, full-bodied, supple, satin-smooth red wine to tantalize your taste buds. Layers of fleshy cherry and field berry notes with a lick of spice and some mocha. Terrific balance and very food friendly. Try it with grilled pork chops tonight. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled salmon, roast chicken. Drink: 2013 - 2018 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. September 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Gérard Bertrand Côte Des Roses Rosé 2011, Languedoc, Midi A.P., France: Light and pretty with rosewater, and strawberry blossom florals. Elegant. Pair with seared salmon. Rosé food pairings: soft cheese, grilled salmon steak, fresh fruit, veggies. Drink: 2011 - 2013 373985 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. September 2015. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Perrin & Fils Réserve Rosé 2005, Côtes Du Rhône A.C., France: Fragrant and pretty nose with aromas of wild field berries and flowers. On the palate, medium-bodied, dry and refreshing. Very balanced and clean. The producers of this dry French rosé also make the famous Rhone red wine Chateau de Beaucastel. Serve with fresh seafood. Rosé food pairings: fresh fruit, veggies. Drink: 2005 - 2007 719062 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. September 2015. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Malivoire Wine Company Ladybug Rose 2014, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A superb Niagara rose with a delicious, lip-smacking delight of field berry flavour! Dry, crisp, mouth-watering and joyous. This wine is alive in the glass. Medium-bodied, no heavy oak. This is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Gamay and Pinot Noir grapes from a gravity flow winery that farms sustainably. This wine has a cult following. Pair with prayers that you can buy enough of it to satisfy your craving for it. Ladybug Rose food pairings: hors d'oevres, pizza, pastas, poultry and ham. Drink: 2014 - 2017 559088 12% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 91/100. September 2015. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Cathedral Cellar Sparkling Brut 2011, Western Cape, South Africa: A crisp, fresh South African sparkling wine with toasty aromas and green apple freshness. Drink: 2011 - 2016 296426 12% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. September 2015. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Chardonnay 2011, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A full-bodied Niagara white wine made from organically grown Chardonnay grapes that are ideal for vegans and vegetarians. This wine was oak aged. Chardonnay food pairings: scallops with a sesame ginger dressing, grilled seafood, spinach and pepper jack stuffed chicken, beef bourguignon, cheese. Drink: 2012 - 2017 172338 12% D 750 mL $22.95 Score: 89/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Maverick Estate Winery Cross Road Chardonnay 2013, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Voluptuous, buttery beauty from BC! This Chardonnay has got it all: layers of peach, pear, toffee and vanilla smoke. Yes please! Full-bodied and mouth-watering with a finish that lasts. Pair with game dishes, such Cornish hen and quail as well as good ole chicken. Drink: 2014 - 2021 669747 13.8% D 750 mL $26.50 Score: 93/100. September 2015. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Menage A Trois Moscato 2013, California, United States: Lemon drops and zest come together in a happy embrace in this lovely in this off-dry Californian Moscato. Did you know that Moscato is the fastest growing white wine category in the liquor store, growing at 25% a year? Serve well chilled while you find a well warmed sunny spot on the deck. Drink: 2013 - 2016 420067 11% MS 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. September 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Malivoire Wine Company Guilty Men White 2013, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: An intriguing and rich white wine with layers of flavour and complexity, especially for this price. This is a Niagara white wine blend of Riesling and Savignon Blanc. It's aromatic offering notes of white florals and fresh pear with smoke. Made by a much respected producer operating in a gravity-flow winery and farming sustainably. Guilty Men White food pairings: poultry, white fish, oysters and other seafood, foie gras, spicy Asian dishes. Drink: 2013 - 2017 192666 12% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. September 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Malivoire Wine Company Chardonnay 2013, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Toffee, butterscotch and vanilla smoke on the nose of this full-bodied, voluptuous Niagara white wine made from Chardonnay grapes by a producer that farms sustainably. Fleshy peach and pear notes. Pair with roasted chicken and caramelized meats. Chardonnay food pairings: pork, poultry, white fish or shellfish.. Drink: 2013 - 2018 573147 12.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Southbrook Vineyards Connect White 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A pretty, floral white wine blend from Niagara that offers tremendous value and pleasure for the price. Notes of fresh apple blossom and honeydew. This is a blend of aromatic grapes including Vidal, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. The bonus? It's an organic wine. Pair with free range chickens and natural sunlight. Drink: 2014 - 2017 249078 9.9% MD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. September 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jackson-Triggs Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: This lovely BC white wine made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes offers fleshy ripe melon notes and some smoke. This is from Jackson-Triggs' Black Label Series of wines and represents excellent value. The grapes are grown in the winery's Bear Cub, Pull Pine and Whitetail vineyards by winemaker Brooke Blair. Pair with smoked trout or creamy seafood pasta dishes. Drink: 2014 - 2016 593111 13.7% XD 750 mL $12.30 Score: 87/100. September 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Maverick Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A crisp, clean, refreshing BC white wine made from Pinot Gris grapes. Aromas of lime, grapefruit and lemon zest. This is one the best-made Canadian Pinot Gris wines I've ever tasted. Pair with fresh seafood and shellfish. Pinot Gris food pairings: pan roasted pork chops with strawberry salsa. Drink: 2015 - 2018 502823 13.5% D 750 mL $19.00 Score: 90/100. September 2015. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Maverick Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Lime and Lemon zest in this vibrant, vivacious BC white wine made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Love this crisp style very the more herbal and grassy types. Pair with Dover sole. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: Haida Gwaii halibut with grilled asparagus and burnt butter. Drink: 2015 - 2018 369751 13.8% D 750 mL $19.00 Score: 90/100. September 2015. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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