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Wine Picks April 27, 2016

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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

Ara Pathway Pinot Noir 2013, New Zealand: A pleasant, medium-bodied, smooth, easy-drinking New Zealand red wine made from Pinot Noir grapes. Aromas of black raspberry. Soft tannins. Grapes are sourced from closely planted vines and are low yielding on the winery's estate vineyards. Pair with planked salmon. Drink: 2014 - 2017 416230 13% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 87/100. April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Versado Reserva Ancient Malbec 2012, Mendoza, Argentina: Owner and winemaking consultant Peter Gamble and chief winemaker Roberto de la Mota have created a blockbuster Argentine red for the 2012 vintage. Made from the iconic Malbec grape, this wine underwent a spontaneous fermentation, rather than one induced by the winemaker with specific yeasts. The wine was aged in oak barrels. This is another gorgeous red wine from Versado - this wine and winemaker perform consistently well every year. Aromas of fleshy black fruit, dried herbs, spices and pepper. Pair with grilled lamb. Highly recommended. Malbec food pairings: roasted veal, hearty soups, roasted duck breast, hamburger. Drink: 2017 - 2020 316984 13.5% XD 750 mL $59.95 Score: 95/100. April 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Nobilo Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand: Love the lime citrus lift and freshness of this New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Lots of gooseberry and chives on the mid-palate and finish. Perfect for shellfish. Drink: 2015 - 2017 415745 12.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. April 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Gris 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand: A lovely, white floral Pinot Gris with fresh pear and orange zest on the palate and finish. This wine won Silver in the Spiegelau International Wine Competition. Pair with medium spicy dishes for maximum pleasure. Drink: 2015 - 2017 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. April 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

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