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Wine Picks September 16, 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.

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Happy Knight Wines Black Mead 2013, New Brunswick, Canada: Lovely and exotic dessert drink: it's actually mead made from honey, not wine. Light and not high on alcohol yet delightfully packed with flavour. Honey, white florals and happy sunshine notes. Love this! Driink on its own or pair with roasted nuts, hard cheeses or biscotti. Black Mead food pairings: BBQ'd pork loin, spicy stir-fry or turkey dinner. Drink: 2014 - 2017 876773000055 11.8% M 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Antonin Rodet 2013, Cotes Du Rhone, France: This is a souhern french red wine blend of Grenache and Syrah grapes. It features tart cherries, racy acidity, cedar brush and some herbal notes. Savoury. Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2014 - 2017 8979 13.5% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 86/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Carpineto Dogajolo Rosso Toscana 2013, Tuscany Igt, Italy: A pleasant, full-bodied Italian red wine blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with aromas of tart cherry. Good mouth-watering acidity for tangy tomato sauce and pasta. Excellent price. Drink: 2014 - 2017 361501 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.80 Score: 87/100. September 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Goats do Roam 2014, Western Cape, South Africa: Produced by Fairview winery, this South African red wine blend has mostly Shiraz 60%, but also Grenache, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Carignan and Cinsaut grapes. Full-bodied and smooth with tart blackberry and mulberry flavours. Pair with hamburgers. Drink: 2014 - 2017 718940 14% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 86/100. September 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Goats in Villages 2012, Western Cape, South Africa: Juicy and full-bodied Southern red wine blend of Shiraz and Pinotage grapes produced by Fairview winery. Lots of fleshy blackberry and blueberry flavours. Pair with meat lovers' pizza. Food pairings: roast meats, BBQ or steak. Drink: 2014 - 2017 350538 14% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. September 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2014, Swartland, South Africa: Tremendous value in this South African red wine made from Syrah grapes! Aromas of fleshy rich and ripe black and purple plums with blackberry liqueur. Perfect for pizza night, especially at this price. Drink: 2014 - 2018 595280 14.6% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. September 2015. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Grange of Prince Edward Estate Winery Select Gamay 2009, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A silky, smooth, medium-bodied Ontario red wine made from Gamay Noir grapes. This has six years bottle age on it now as of this tasting and is showing well. Aromas of black cherry and raspberry. Gamay food pairings: charcuterie plates, proscuitto wrapped roasted asparagus, slow roasted chicken or turkey. Drink: 2014 - 2017 11.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Ferme Du Mont Rose 2014, Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, France: This southern French rose is made from 100% Grenache grapes. It has a pale pretty pink hue that's more like Povence than the Rhone in colour. However, on the nose and palate it's all Rhone with very refreshing and racy acidity. This wine is not filtered It offers enticing aromas of wild tart strawberries. Only 2000 cases of this wine were made. Winemaker Stephane Videau deliberaty picks the grapes before they have achieved full ripeness so that the nervy edge of acidity keeps the rose vibrant. He describes it as choosing the right time on the arc of ripening for maximum tension in the glass. Pair with planked salmon. Drink: 2014 - 2016 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Ferme Du Mont 2012, Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, France: This French white wine is made from 100% Rousanne grapes. Only 7000 bottles were made. The vines are planted in the winery's most acidic soils and coolest, driest region. As a result there's a vibrant and racy acidity in the glass with aromas of white truffle and beeswax. It's a borderline wine on the exciting edge of losing it all: tension! Pair with fresh seafood. Drink: 2014 - 2019 251645 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Laurent Perrachon Les Versauds 2012, Beaujolais, Morgon Aoc, France: A juicy, satin-smooth, medium-bodied French red wine from the heart of Burgundy's Beaujolais region. Made from Gamay grapes. Attractive aromas of fleshy cherry and black raspberry with a lick of spice on the finish. Perfect for veal or turkey. Food pairings: salty Asian dishes, barbecue, braised beef, charcuterie, mild cheese, grilled or roasted chicken, curries, grilled meats, pizza, Thanksgiving dinner. Drink: 2014 - 2019 530055 13% XD 750 mL $27.00 Score: 91/100. September 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Black Hills Estate Winery Syrah 2013, Okanagan Valley British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Yet another spectacular vintage for the Black Hill Syrah! Then again, that's what you expect from one of Canada's best wineries. This is a luxurious, super-packed and concentrated red wine made from Syrah grapes. Layers of fleshy black fruit, smoke, toasty oak and blackberry liqueur-like richness. Pair with roast beef. Drink: 2015 - 2021 768291 13% D 750 mL $35.00 Score: 93/100. September 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Black Hills Estate Winery Syrah 2015, Okanagan Valley British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Gorgeous depth and length on this BC Syrah -- even better after open one day. Aromas of blackberry, black plum and dark spice. Supple and layered. Pair with grilled lamb. Drink: 2015 - 2021 768291 13% D 750 mL $35.00 Score: 92/100. September 2015. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Jackson-Triggs Reserve Chardonnay 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A full-bodied, luscious and generous BC Chardonnay, especially for this price point. Lots of toasty oak and golden apple aromas. Pair with grilled chicken. Drink: 2014 - 2017 665240 14.7% XD 750 mL $10.50 Score: 87/100. September 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Reserve Pinot Gris 2012, Okanagan Valley, Bristish Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Crisp and clean with aromas and flavours of white and green melon and lime zest on this BC white wine made from Pinot Gris grapes. This is the winery's reserve label. Pair with shellfish. Drink: 2012 - 2017 13% XD 750 mL $25.90 Score: 89/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Chardonnay 2013, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Toasty oak and smoke on the nose of this full-bodied BC Chardonnay with flavours of Asian pear, golden apple and butterscotch on the palate. Pair with grilled chicken. Drink: 2019 - 2021 756956 13% XD 750 mL $23.95 Score: 91/100. September 2015. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Poplar Grove Winery Pinot Gris 2014, Okanagan Valley, Bristish Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Floral and pretty with lime blossom notes on this BC white wine made from Pinot Gris grapes. Very flavourful for this variety and mouth-filling. Medium-bodied. While this wine is technically off-dry it doesn't taste sweet. Pair with halibut or sole. Pinot Gris food pairings: salads, seafood. Drink: 2015 - 2017 24679 13.5% MD 750 mL $19.90 Score: 89/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Poplar Grove Winery Chardonnay 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Nicely balanced BC Chardonnay with white pear and peach notes wrapped in toasty and smoky oak from oak aging. Full-bodied, smooth and mouth-watering. perfect for grilled chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: brie, soft cheese, chicken. Drink: 2015 - 2019 338434 13.2% D 750 mL $21.90 Score: 88/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Black Hills Estate Winery Alibi 2013, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Clean and crisp BC white wine blend of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon grapes for the 2013 vintage. Aromas of white melon and lime zest. Pair with fresh seafood. Drink: 2013 - 2016 129114 14.5% D 750 mL $25.00 Score: 87/100. September 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Huff Estates Winery South Bay Chardonnay 2011, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Lots of butterscotch, toffee and caramel on the nose and palate of this full-bodied PEC Chardonnay from generous oak aging. Luscious and layered with golden apple and ripe peach notes. Pair with roasted chicken. Drink: 2013 - 2018 88955 12.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 90/100. September 2015. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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