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Vintages Release October 26, 2015

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Red Wine

Four In Hand Shiraz 2012, Barossa Valley, Australia: Charred, almost roasted black fruit, with lots of smoky oak on the nose and palate of this full-bodied Australian red wine made from Shiraz grapes. Finishes with blackberry and cassis. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2013 - 2017 399170 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wolf Blass Gold Label Syrah 2013, Adelaide Hills, Australia: Beautifully supple and mouth-filling Australian Syrah with a velvet texture on the tongue. Aromatic violets. spice and boysenberry on the finish. Pair with pork chops. Drink: 2014 - 2018 399477 14.5% D 750 mL $29.95 Score: 92/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stone Dwellers Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Strathbogie Ranges, Australia: Baked, roasted black fruit on the nose and palate with dried herbs, oak, smoke and dried fruit on the palate. Grippy tannins and full-bodied weight. Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2014 - 2017 212761 14% D 750 mL $20.00 Score: 87/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Skulls Shiraz 2014, Currency Creek, Mclaren Vale, Australia: Blacked, charred fruit on the nose and palate with loads of oak from lots of oak aging. Full-bodied. Pair with brontosaurus burgers. Drink: 2014 - 2017 428565 15.9% D 750 mL $17.00 Score: 85/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zombie Zin Zinfandel, California, United States: Sweet cherry fruit on the nose and palate of this smooth, full-bodied red wine made from Zinfandel grapes. Pair with watching The Walking Dead. Drink: 2014 - 2016 428557 14.5% MD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 86/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Wanted Zin Zinfandel 2013, Puglia Igt, Italy: Very sweet cherry on the nose and palate, almost syrupy jam on the palate. Black raspberry jam. Smooth. Aged in American oak which may be imparting more sweetness and coconut flavours. Pair with dessert. Drink: 2013 - 2016 416487 14.5% M 750 mL $12.95 Score: 83/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Apothic Dark 2014, California, United States: Sweet black cherry, mocha and fudge on the nose and palate of this full-bodied, smooth Californian red wine blend. Finishes with blueberry jam. Pair with Mexican mole. Drink: 2014 - 2016 392654 14% M 750 mL $15.95 Score: 86/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Sonoma County, California, United States: Full-bodied with firm tannins and attractive aromas of cassis and black currant on the nose and palate. Could use some additional cellar time. Pair with rare filet mignon. Drink: 2016 - 2019 292151 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Parducci Pinot Noir 2009, California, United States: A mature Californian Pinot Noir at a great price offering dried cherry and herbs on the nose and palate. Tanned leather and lots of complexity here. Pair with lamb and rosemary. Drink: 2013 - 2017 278804 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Amity Vineyards Pinot Noir 2013, Williamette Valley, Oregon, United States: A little stemmy and green on the nose and palate with lots of acidity. Medium-bodied with firm tannins. Finishes with herbal notes. Pair with roast chicken. Drink: 2013 - 2017 124594 13% XD 750 mL $26.00 Score: 86/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Periquita Fonseca 2013, Setubal, Portugal: A serviceable, full-bodied Portuguese red wine with roasted, charred black fruit and loads of toasty oak. Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2013 - 2016 25262 13% XD 750 mL $8.95 Score: 83/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Norton Barrel Select Malbec 2014, Mendoza, Argentina: Charred, roasted black fruit on the nose and palate with loads of oak and smoke from oak aging. Full-bodied and fairly smooth. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2014 - 2016 400556 14% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 84/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Carmen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Maipo Valley, Chile: A remarkably rich and complex Chilean red wine for the price point. Aromas of cassis, wild blackberry and smoke. Superb. Drink: 2014 - 2017 358309 14% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Villa Wolf Pinot Noir 2014, Pfalz, Germany: Attractive sour chary and cranberry on the nose and palate with lots of acidity on the palate for salmon and tuna. Medium-bodied and smooth. A great price for cool climate Pinot Noir. Drink: 2014 - 2017 291971 12.5% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Caparzo Sangiovese 2014, Tuscany Igt, Italy: Mocha and chocolate on the nose and palate of this almost full-bodied, smooth Italian red wine made from Sangiovese grapes. Sweet black plum aromas and flavours. Pair with hamburgers and relish. Drink: 2014 - 2016 361022 13% MD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 84/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Les Trois Couronnes 2013, Crozes Hermitage Aoc, France: Pleasant, full-bodied with black, and somewhat bitter, blackberry aromas and flavours. Good value. Bright acidity to pair with grilled sausages. Drink: 2014 - 2017 421065 12.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 87/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Haut Langlade 2012, Montagne Saint Émilion, France: Loaded with oak and smoke and blackened fruit. Full-bodied with a firm grip on the palate. Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2014 - 2017 420505 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.45 Score: 86/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Fort Lignac 2012, Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux, France: Smoky and dark with black fruit and toasty oak. Good value for the price point, especially for Bordeaux. Pair with a rare, juicy steak. Drink: 2014 - 2017 419564 13% XD 750 mL $17.25 Score: 87/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2014, Columbia Valley, Washington State, United States: A vibrant, lime-fresh Washington State Riesling with racy acidity on the palate for seafood and shellfish. Very nicely done. Drink: 2014 - 2018 394759 12% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Apothic 2013, California, United States: Very sweet caramel and toffee on the nose and palate of this Californian white wine blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Riesling grapes. Lots of oak aging imparting the vanilla cream sweetness and flavours. Pair with crème brûlée. Drink: 2013 - 2015 419978 12% M 750 mL $16.15 Score: 85/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wolf Blass Gold Label Chardonnay 2014, Adelaide Hills, Australia: A beautiful, full-bodied, round, voluptuous Australian Chardonnay with golden apple and fleshy peach aromas. Terrific quality for this price point. Perfect for your holiday dinner and turkey. Drink: 2014 - 2018 399543 12.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 92/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kellermeister Barossa Vineyards Chardonnay 2011, South Australia, Australia: A fresh, crisp unoaked Australian white wine. Medium-bodied with good acidity and refreshing. Pair with vegetarian dishes. Chardonnay with notes of green apple and white dry peach. Drink: 2012 - 2017 400424 12% XD 750 mL $15.10 Score: 88/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rethink Riesling 2014, Mosel, Germany: A fresh, lime blossom, honeydew German white wine made from Riesling grapes. Good value for the price. Vibrant acidity for seafood. Finishes with fleshy peach. Drink: 2014 - 2018 394361 11% M 750 mL $12.80 Score: 87/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Winzer Krems Gruner Veltliner 2014, Austria: A aggressive acidic attack on the palate of lime-grapefruit acidity. Fresh and crisp; needs seafood or oysters. Drink: 2014 - 2016 375022 12% XD 750 mL $12.80 Score: 84/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Aveleda Loureiro Alvarinho 2014, Vinho Verde, Portugal: Fresh lime acidity on the palate with a crisp, fresh finish. Notes of white grapefruit. Pair with salads and shellfish. Drink: 2014 - 2016 89995 11% XD 750 mL $9.95 Score: 87/100. October 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Faustino Bianco 2014, Rioja, Spain: Clean and crisp with lots of acidity on the palate. Notes of lime and white grapefruit. Pair with shellfish. Drink: 2014 - 2016 399568 11.5% XD 750 mL $12.65 Score: 84/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cafe Terrasse 2014, Rhone Igp, France: Lime and green apple on the nose and palate of this crisp, fresh southern French white wine. Lots of racy acidity on the palate for salads, seafood and shellfish. Drink: 2014 - 2016 406173 11.5% XD 750 mL $12.50 Score: 86/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mauro Chardonnay 2013, Puglia Igt, Italy: Lots of oak and smoke on the nose from generous oak aging of this southern Italian white wine made from Chardonnay grapes. Some golden apple notes. Pair with grilled chicken. Drink: 2013 - 2016 404491 13% XD 750 mL $11.70 Score: 85/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Raven Wicked White 2014, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A sweet, floral blend of Niagara white grapes Riesling and Gewurztraminer. Serve as a chilled aperitif or companion to seafood in a cream sauce. Drink: 2014 - 2016 438077 11.6% M 750 mL $14.95 Score: 84/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

William Fevre Champs Royaux Chablis 2014, Burgundy Aoc, France: Crisp, dry unoaked Chardonnay from northern Burgundy. Notes of green apple brightness and acidity. Pair with shellfish. Drink: 2014 - 2017 461640 12.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 87/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Remy Pannier Muscadet Sevre Et Maine 2014, Loire, France: Crisp, dry and refreshing like ocean spray cooling your sun-warmed face. Notes of lime and green apple. So clean. Pair with shellfish, seafood, salads and vegetarian dishes. Drink: 2014 - 2016 13821 12% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. October 2015. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Yealands Estate Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2014, New Zealand: This New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc features stone fruit, guava and dried herbs on the nose. Lots of acidity on the palate. Finishes with notes of lemongrass. Pair with shellfish. Drink: 2014 - 2016 277731 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. October 2015. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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