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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.

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Toi Toi Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand Drink: 2015 - 2017 454785 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

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

Whitehaven Pinot Noir 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand Drink: 2013 - 2018 532929 14% D 750 mL $23.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ara Single Estate Pinot Noir 2013, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand Drink: 2013 - 2017 361279 13.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ara Single Estate Pinot Noir 2014, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand Drink: 2014 - 2017 361279 13.5% XD 750 mL $23.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Babich Wines Pinot Noir 2014, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand Drink: 2014 - 2018 216 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Forrest Pinot Noir 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand Drink: 2015 - 2017 14% XD 750 mL $25.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kurow Estate Pasquale Pinot Noir 2011, Central Otago, New Zealand Drink: 2013 - 2016 14% XD 750 mL $49.00 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Waipara Hills Pinot Noir 2013, Central Otago, New Zealand Drink: 2015 - 2017 14% XD 750 mL $23.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ngatarawa Stables Reserve Pinot Noir 2015, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand Drink: 2017 - 2019 14% XD 750 mL $22.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ngatarawa Stables Reserve Syrah 2015, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand Drink: 2017 - 2020 14% XD 750 mL $22.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sacred Hill Vineyards Wild South Pinot Noir 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand Drink: 2017 - 2019 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Te Pa Wines Pinot Noir 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand Drink: 2016 - 2018 14% XD 750 mL $24.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Elephant Hill Estate & Winery Syrah 2014, Hawke's Bay, North Island, New Zealand Syrah food pairings: prime rib, spice-braised lamb, cheddar, grilled pork chops, Muscovy duck. Drink: 2014 - 2018 408633 13.5% XD 750 mL $22.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Elephant Hill Estate & Winery Pinot Noir 2014, Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, lamb in a red wine sauce, roasted pork loin, coq au vin, venison burgers. Drink: 2014 - 2018 309583 14% XD 750 mL $22.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wither Hills Pinot Noir 2013, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand Pinot Noir food pairings: prime rib, turkey, pork tenderloin, mushroom and truffle dishes, grilled salmon. Drink: 2013 - 2018 919829 14% D 750 mL $29.95 April 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mud House Wines Pinot Noir 2014, Central Otago, New Zealand Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled salmon with pinot noir sauce, coq au vin, roast turkey. Drink: 2014 - 2018 190462 14% D 750 mL $17.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Squealing Pig Pinot Noir 2014, Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand Pinot Noir food pairings: roasted quail, coq au vin, prime rib roast, grilled pork chops. Drink: 2014 - 2018 427211 13% XD 750 mL $25.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Saint Clair Family Estate Pinot Noir 2014, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, roasted pork loin, prime rib, coq au vin, grilled tuna with a pepper crust. Drink: 2015 - 2020 413591 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 April 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Spy Valley Wine Pinot Noir 2013, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand Pinot Noir food pairings: pork tenderloin, mushroom and truffle dishes, tourtière, goat cheese. Drink: 2014 - 2018 242205 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sugar Loaf Pinot Noir 2015, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand Pinot Noir food pairings: wild goose in gravy mushrooms and olives, roast saddle of rabbit with apricot and apple stuffing, venison shanks prunes in red wine sauce. Drink: 2016 - 2020 447359 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stoneleigh Latitude Pinot Noir 2014, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand Pinot Noir food pairings: roast turkey, planked salmon, pork tenderloin, mushroom and truffle dishes, coq au vin. Drink: 2015 - 2020 325654 13.5% XD 750 mL $25.95 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

Rosé

Saint Clair Pinot Gris Rosé 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand Drink: 2016 - 2017 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Whitehaven Rosé 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand Drink: 2016 - 2017 13% XD 750 mL $21.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Sophora Sparkling Rosé, New Zealand Drink: 2015 - 2017 353664 12% D 750 mL $19.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sophora Cuvée, New Zealand Food pairings: tempura, breaded chicken cutlets. Drink: 2015 - 2017 353656 12% D 750 mL $19.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White

Babich Black Label Pinot Gris 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand Drink: 2016 - 2018 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Forrest Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand Drink: 2016 - 2017 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pasquale Kurow Estate Chardonnay 2012, Central Otago, New Zealand Drink: 2014 - 2016 13.5% XD 750 mL $39.00 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Waipara Hills Pinot Gris 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand Drink: 2017 - 2019 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Waipara Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Canterbury, New Zealand Drink: 2016 - 2017 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mud House Pinot Gris 2015, South Island, New Zealand Drink: 2017 - 2019 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sacred Hill Vineyards Wild South Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand Drink: 2016 - 2017 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Te Pa Wines Koha Pinot Gris 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand Drink: 2016 - 2018 13.5% D 750 mL $15.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Te Pa Wines Pinot Gris 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand Drink: 2017 - 2019 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Te Pa Wines Koha Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand Drink: 2015 - 2016 13.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Babich Wines Black Label Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: Asian chicken salad, pork tenderloin, linguine carbonara, pizza, grilled salmon. Drink: 2014 - 2017 9142 13% XD 750 mL $17.95 April 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

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

ARA Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand Drink: 2015 - 2017 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Elephant Hill Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Hawke's Bay, North Island, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: chicken and sage skewers, fresh tomato and basil salad, oysters on the half shell, pan-fried freshwater fish. Drink: 2015 - 2017 361238 12% XD 750 mL $23.95 April 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Babich Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: seafood, vegetarian. Drink: 2015 - 2017 620054 13% D 750 mL $17.90 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ara Pathway Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand Drink: 2015 - 2017 416222 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 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

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Chardonnay 2017, Hawkes Bay, Marlborough, New Zealand Drink: 2019 - 2022 570879 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 April 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sugar Loaf Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: Thai green curry fish, chicken and sage skewers, fresh tomato and basil salad, fresh oysters on the half shell. Drink: 2015 - 2017 410001 13% XD 750 mL $20.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sugar Loaf Pinot Gris 2015, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand Pinot Gris food pairings: pork tenderloin, roast turkey , seafood, pasta with cream sauce. Drink: 2015 - 2018 417469 12.8% D 750 mL $19.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Villa Maria Estate Cellar Selection Chardonnay 2014, Hawkes Bay, Marlborough, New Zealand Drink: 2014 - 2019 570879 13.5% XD 750 mL $25.00 April 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Whitehaven Greg Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: vegetable stir-fry, mild green curry. Drink: 2015 - 2018 325944 13% XD 750 mL $24.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Te Pa Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: baked white fish with corn and mashed potatoes, clam, mussel and scallop hot pot, steamed lemon shrimp fresh vegetables and vermicelli in rice wraps. Drink: 2015 - 2017 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 April 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Spy Valley Wine Envoy Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: fresh tomato and basil salad, pan-fried freshwater fish, apple stuffed chicken breast, grilled prawns.. Drink: 2014 - 2018 429308 13.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand Drink: 2015 - 2017 293043 13% XD 750 mL $17.45 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Stoneleigh Chardonnay 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand Drink: 2014 - 2018 288795 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Spy Valley Wine Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: Asian chicken salad, pork tenderloin, grilled radicchio, avocado and papaya salad. Drink: 2015 - 2017 686675 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mud House Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: fresh oysters, poached halibut with lemon caper sauce. Drink: 2015 - 2017 190454 13% D 750 mL $15.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ngatarawa Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: asparagus, salads. Drink: 2015 - 2017 96636 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ngatarawa Alwyn Chardonnay 2015, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand Drink: 2015 - 2018 143479 14% D 750 mL $18.55 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sacred Hill Wine Company Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand Drink: 2015 - 2017 489112 13% D 750 mL $18.95 April 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Saint Clair Family Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand Drink: 2015 - 2017 554196 13% D 750 mL $16.95 April 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Saint Clair Family Estate Chardonnay 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand Drink: 2014 - 2018 417618 13% D 750 mL $16.65 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wither Hills Rarangi Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: chicken, pork tenderloin, hodge-podge, pasta. Drink: 2015 - 2017 551721 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 April 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Matua Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: pizza. Drink: 2015 - 2017 309591 13.1% D 750 mL $19.95 April 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Squealing Pig Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: Thai green curry fish, shellfish, chicken and sage skewers, fresh tomato and basil salad. Drink: 2015 - 2017 414789 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 April 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Forrest Estate The Doctors' Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: salads, seafood, pasta with cream-based sauce, pizza, guacamole. Drink: 2015 - 2017 317842 9.5% D 750 mL $19.95 April 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wither Hills Two Tracks Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: seafood salad. Drink: 2015 - 2017 163980 13% D 750 mL $16.95 April 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Wairau Valley, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: Thai green curry fish, apple stuffed chicken breast, steamed mussels, herbed couscous salad. Drink: 2015 - 2017 919514 13% D 750 mL $19.95 April 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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