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Wine Picks October 2, 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

Torre Del Falasco Torre Del Falasco Valpolicella Ripasso 2013, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: A spicy, full-bodied relatively smooth Italian red wine with lots of mouth-watering acidity on the palate. Aromas of tart cherry. Pair with a tangy tomato sauce. Drink: 2014 - 2017 642421 14% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cellar Hand Punch Down Red 2013, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Lots of mocha and hickory stick campfire smoke from generous oak aging on this BC red wine produced by Black Hills Winery. Cellar hands are winemaker's assistants. This is a full-bodied blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Cabernet Franc grapes. Notes of black fruit and smoke o the finish. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2014 - 2017 13.4% D 750 mL $25.00 Score: 88/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Trapiche Malkina 2014, Mendoza, Argentina: This pretty pink Argentine wine smells and tastes like fresh field strawberries with a dollop of rhubarb preserves. It's an off-dry blend of 50% Malbec and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Serve chilled as an aperitif or companion to seared seafood like salmon. Drink: 2014 - 2016 406587 13% MD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. October 2015. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Gold Label Brut Non-Vintage, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: This BC sparkling wine is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes from one of the province's best producers. Toasty, refreshing and terrific. Drink: 2015 - 2019 206326 12.5% XD 750 mL $30.00 Score: 91/100. October 2015. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

CedarCreek Estate Winery CedarCreek Pinot Gris 2013, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely BC white wine made from Pinot Gris grapes. Aromas of white melon, Asian pear, floral fruit and cantalope. Grapes come from the winery's upper CedarCreek Vineyard. They're picked when black bears start making their way through the estate's "bear-proof" fence, as the bears seem to enjoy the same level of sweetness and ripeness that winemaker Darryl Brooker does, though their food pairings differ. About 13% of this wine is barrel fermented. Pair with fresh halibut and light seafood dishes. Pinot Gris food pairings: steamed Salt Spring Island mussels. Drink: 2014 - 2016 561175 13.8% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rectoral do Umia Abellio Albarino 2013, Rias Baixas, Spain: A crisp, dry white wine with lots of acidity on the palate. Flavours of lime and white grapefruit. Serve well chilled with seafood finished with a squirt of lemon or Thai dishes. Drink: 2015 - 2016 408278 12.5% D 750 mL $12.85 Score: 84/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Huff Estates Winery Pinot Gris 2013, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Viscous and mouth-filling Prince Edward County white wine made from Pinot Gris grapes. Aromas of white melon and white pear. Balanced with just enough acidity for shellfish and seafood. Drink: 2014 - 2017 134221 13% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Errazuriz Max Reserva Chardonnay 2014, Aconcagua Valley, Chile: A rich, full-bodied Chilean Chardonnay with aromas of freshly baked bread and melting butter along with bright green and golden apple notes on the palate. Mouth-filling and delicious. Pair with roasted chicken. Drink: 2014 - 2017 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.25 Score: 90/100. October 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

CedarCreek Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2014, Okanagan Valley, Bristish Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely BC white wine made from Pinot Gris grapes. Aromas of white melon, Asian pear, floral fruit and cantalope. Grapes come from the winery's upper CedarCreek Vineyard. They're picked when black bears start making their way through the estate's "bear-proof" fence, as the bears seem to enjoy the same level of sweetness and ripeness that winemaker Darryl Brooker does, though their food pairings differ. About 13% of this wine is barrel fermented. Pair with fresh halibut and light seafood dishes. Pinot Gris food pairings: seafood, shellfish. Drink: 2014 - 2017 561175 13.9% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. October 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay 2013, Sonoma County, California, United States: A full-bodied Californian Chardonnay with lots of toasty oak, butterscotch and vanilla smoke on the nose from generous oak aging. Some peach and pear on the palate. Finishes with smoke. Pair with grilled chicken. Drink: 2014 - 2018 269738 13.6% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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