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Wine Picks June 16, 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.

Dessert Wine

Taylor Fladgate Quinta Fr Vargellas 1991, Douro, Portugal Drink: 2000 - 2018 139733 19% S 750 mL $75.00 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Reisling 2013, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada Drink: 2013 - 2022 10% S 375 mL $39.00 June 2016. Top Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Casa Vinicola Zonin Amarone Della Valpolicella 2010, Veneto Doc, Italy Amarone Della Valpolicella food pairings: slow-cooked meat dishes, Parmigiano-Reggiano. Drink: 2013 - 2020 86207 14.5% D 750 mL $39.95 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Leoville Barton 2006, Saint-Julien, Bordeaux, France Drink: 2012 - 2020 13% XD 750 mL $105.00 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wynns Coonawarra Estate V & A Lane Cabernet Shiraz 2013, Coonawarra, Australia Drink: 2013 - 2019 13% XD 750 mL $65.00 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Conde de San Cristobal Marques De Vargas 2013, Spain Drink: 2014 - 2019 91561 13% XD 750 mL $20.00 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ode D'aydie Tannat 2012, Madiran, France Drink: 2014 - 2019 14% XD 750 mL $22.95 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Montus 2010, Madiran, Southwest, France Drink: 2012 - 2019 14% D 750 mL June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Montauriol Tradition 2014, Southwest, France Drink: 2016 - 2020 14% D 750 mL June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Montauriol Prestige 2013, Fronton, Southwest, France Drink: 2014 - 2019 14% D 750 mL June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lunessence Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada: Rich and full-bodied with supple, smooth layers of fleshy black plum and dark spice. Superb balance, depth and length on the finish. Decant 1-2 hours. Pair with rare filet mignon. Drink: 2016 - 2020 14% XD 750 mL Score: 93/100. June 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alamos Malbec 2015, Mendoza, Argentina: A superb wine for the money. Full-bodied and supple with aromas of black plum. Pair with pepper steak. Drink: 2015 - 2018 295139 13.5% D 750 mL $13.90 Score: 89/100. June 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Masi Toar 2010, Veronese, Veneto Igt, Italy Food pairings: grilled lamb, beef, stuffed veal tenderloin. Drink: 2012 - 2019 312156 13.5% XD 750 mL $21.95 June 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Navip Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Serbia Drink: 2013 - 2017 565887 12% D 750 mL $8.40 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosewood Estates Winery & Meadery Origin Pinot Noir 2012, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada Drink: 2013 - 2017 13% D 750 mL $35.00 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luigi Righetti Amarone Della Valpolicella 2012, Valpolicella, Italy Drink: 2015 - 2022 976183 15% D 750 mL $30.00 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery Fancy Farm Girl Flamboyant Red 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A savoury and juicy Niagara red wine blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc grapes. Mocha on the nose and fleshy ripe black plums on the palate. Pair with grilled pork chops. Drink: 2014 - 2017 394080 11.5% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 88/100. June 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosewood Estates Winery & Meadery Lock, Stock and Barrel Rosewood 2013, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Big but balanced Niagara red wine with juicy, savoury black fruit flavours. Meaty and chewy. You almost should "drink" it with a fork. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2014 - 2019 13% D 750 mL $35.95 Score: 91/100. June 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

50th Parallel Estate Pinot Noir 2013, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada Drink: 2014 - 2019 13.5% XD 750 mL $40.00 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Leoville Barton Bordeaux Blend 2016, Saint-Julien, Bordeaux A.O.C., France Drink: 2012 - 2020 0471896 13% XD 750 mL $129.00 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Navip Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Serbia, Serbia Drink: 2013 - 2017 565887 12% D 750 mL $8.40 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Haut-bages 2012, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France Drink: 2016 - 2026 347807 13% XD 750 mL $49.00 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Villadoria Barolo Serralunga D'alba 2010, Piedmont, Italy Drink: 2016 - 2022 14% XD 750 mL $38.00 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pessoa da Vinha da Vinha Reserva 2014, Douro, Portugal Drink: 2014 - 2018 370411 14% D 750 mL $13.00 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Konzelmann Estate Winery Shiraz 2014, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Full-bodied and smooth with notes of black plum and pepper. Nicely balanced. Pair with hamburgers. Shiraz food pairings: vlack pepper steak, Angus beef or pulled pork would all be succulent complements to this spicy wine, but nearly any barbecued food will enhance its soft smokiness.. Drink: 2014 - 2017 144857 13.5% D 750 mL $13.80 Score: 87/100. June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Valentin Bianchi Finca Los Primos Malbec 2014, San Rafael, Argentina Malbec food pairings: slow cooked Beef Brisket, Lamb Curry, Spaghetti & Meatballs. Drink: 2014 - 2018 572123 13.7% D 750 mL June 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trius Winery at Hillebrand Red 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada Drink: 2016 - 2020 303800 13% XD 750 mL $22.95 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Dijon Clone Selection Pinot Noir 2011, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada Pinot Noir food pairings: slow-cooked herb-crusted lamb shank or mushroom risotto finished with white truffle oil and parmigiano reggiano. Drink: 2012 - 2021 14% D 750 mL $55.00 June 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Malivoire Wine Company Stouck Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Lincoln Lakeshore, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Rich, savoury, dark, brooding and delicious!Mocha and smoke on the nose of this full-bodied Niagara red wine made from the classic Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Some grip on the palate. Decant 2 hours and pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2014 - 2018 321836 14% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. June 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pondview Estate Winery Bellamy Terra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada Drink: 2015 - 2018 13% D 750 mL $39.95 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Marchesi de Frescobaldi Tenuta Di Castiglioni 2014, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: A superb Italian red wine with a racy acidity on the palate that's perfect for pasta in tomato sauce, spicy sausages, pizza and lasagna. Aromas of tart black cherry, and spices. Highly recommended. Drink: 2016 - 2022 145920 14% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 92/100. June 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosewood Estates Winery & Meadery Lock, Stock and Barrel Rosewood 2015, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada Drink: 2014 - 2019 13% D 750 mL $35.95 June 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alamos Malbec 2016, Mendoza, Argentina Drink: 2015 - 2018 295139 13.5% D 750 mL $13.90 June 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Leoville Barton Bordeaux Blend 2015, Saint-Julien, Bordeaux A.O.C., France Drink: 2012 - 2020 0471896 13% XD 750 mL $129.00 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luigi Righetti Amarone Della Valpolicella 2015, Valpolicella, Italy Drink: 2015 - 2022 976183 15% D 750 mL $30.00 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Villadoria Barolo Serralunga D'alba 2015, Piedmont, Italy Drink: 2016 - 2022 14% XD 750 mL $38.00 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

PondView Estate Winery Bellamy Terra Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada Drink: 2015 - 2018 13% D 750 mL $39.95 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luigi Righetti Amarone Della Valpolicella 2013, Valpolicella, Italy Drink: 2015 - 2022 976183 15% D 750 mL $30.00 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Luigi Righetti Amarone Della Valpolicella 2014, Valpolicella, Italy Drink: 2015 - 2022 976183 15% D 750 mL $30.00 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Dirty Laundry Vineyard Hush 2016, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada Drink: 2017 - 2019 13% D 750 mL $19.95 June 2016. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sandhill Winery Rosé 2015, Okanagan, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada Drink: 2015 - 2017 14% D 750 mL $15.00 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sandhill Winery Rosé 2016, Okanagan, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada Drink: 2015 - 2017 14% D 750 mL $15.00 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery Fancy Farm Girl Foxy Pink Rosé 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Zesty, fresh and light Niagara rosé that's a blend of 90% Riesling and 10% Cabernet Franc grapes. Aromas of tiny field strawberries. Dry, refreshing fun! Pair with with seared salmon. Drink: 2014 - 2016 469338 11% MD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. June 2016. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ogier Rosé 2015, Cotes Du Ventoux, Rhone, France: Great value! Bright, ripe raspberries and strawberries with terrific heft of flavour yet not heavy. Lovely salmon colour. A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault grapes. Very versatile with food. Rosé food pairings: Grilled meat/fish, BBQ, Mediterrnean & Asian cuisine. Drink: 2015 - 2017 134916 13% D 750 mL $14.25 Score: 88/100. June 2016. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dirty Laundry Vineyard Hush 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada Drink: 2014 - 2016 13% D 750 mL $19.95 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Kirkland Signature Asolo Superiore Prosecco, Veneto D.O.C.G, Italy Drink: 2016 - 2018 13% XD 750 mL $9.99 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Codorniu Seleccion Raventos Rosé, Penedes, Spain Drink: 2016 - 2018 370080 12% XD 750 mL $16.95 June 2016. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Chateau Montus Pacherenc Du Vic Bilh Sec 2011, Pacherenc Du Vicbilh, Southwest, France Drink: 2012 - 2018 141423 13% D 750 mL June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sandhill Winery Hidden Terrace Pinot Gris 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada Drink: 2014 - 2017 13.5% D 750 mL $15.00 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Black Market Wine Company Collusion Sauvignon Semillion 2015, Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada Drink: 2015 - 2017 13% D 750 mL $20.00 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lunessence Naramata Riesling 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A spritely BC Riesling with notes of lime, grapefruit, wet stone and lemon zest. Mouth-watering acidity for fresh seafood and shellfish. Drink: 2016 - 2020 877837 11% XD 750 mL $26.00 Score: 89/100. June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

13th Street Winery Burger Blend 2015, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada Drink: 2016 - 2017 469304 12% D 750 mL $14.95 June 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Monte Creek Ranch Winery Riesling 2015, Thompson Valley, British Columbia, Canada: Lots of racy acidity on the palate of this fresh and vibrant BC white wine. Notes of lemon, lime and white grapefruit. Pair with shellfish. Riesling food pairings: shellfish, spicy foods. Drink: 2015 - 2018 12.5% D 750 mL $16.99 Score: 87/100. June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery Loved By Lu Riesling 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: I love this wine year after year. Tropical, fruity aromas and flavours of papaya, passionfruit and guava. So lovely as a chilled aperitif or companion to seafood. Riesling food pairings: seafood, mild curries. Drink: 2015 - 2019 322636 11% M 750 mL $16.95 Score: 92/100. June 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery Robert's Block Riesling 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Awesome flavours and aromatics in this lovely Niagara Riesling! Wowsers. Packed with lime zest and lemon sunshine. Made from estate-grown fruit. There are 14 grams of residual sugar. Beautiful! Pair with seafood or shellfish. Drink: 2014 - 2019 231415 11% XD 750 mL $26.00 Score: 93/100. June 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Josef Drathen Kabinett Gewürztraminer 2014, Rheinhessen, Germany: Spicy and floral with lychee and rose petal on the nose and palate. Perfect for mild curries and spicy dishes. Drink: 2014 - 2018 394601 11% D 750 mL $12.25 Score: 88/100. June 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pelee Island Winery Traminer Muscat 2015, Pelee Island, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Ripe melon, both green melon and cantaloupe on the nose of this off-dry southwestern Ontario white wine. Floral and pretty. Pair with light curries. Drink: 2015 - 2017 411744 12.5% M 750 mL $13.95 Score: 86/100. June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lunessence Riesling 2019, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada Drink: 2020 - 2023 877837 11% XD 750 mL $24.99 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lunessence Winery & Vineyard Pinot Blanc Oraniensteiner 2015, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Peach blossom and orange florals on the nose of this highly aromatic BC white wine blend of Pinot Blanc and Oraniensteiner grapes. Oraniensteiner is a unique German variety developed to produce sparkling wine and it has a naturally high acidity which marries well to the late harvest Pinot Blanc's fruit ripeness and sweetness.The grapes with hand-picked at 23.8 brix. The juice macerated with the skins for two days.Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks for 47 days and two months on the lees to add richness and texture. There are 23 grams of residual sugar in this medium sweet white wine. Pair with shellfish and seafood. Drink: 2016 - 2019 315795 12.5% M 750 mL $20.00 Score: 89/100. June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bogle Chardonnay 2013, California, United States Drink: 2013 - 2017 13% D 750 mL $20.00 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Intrigue Wines Riesling 2015, Lake Country, Okanagan Valley, BC V.Q.A., Canada Drink: 2017 - 2019 10.3% M 750 mL $16.90 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Laroche De La Chevaliere Viognier 2014, Pays D'oc Igt, France: Floral and aromatic with spices on the nose and palate. Racy acidity for mild curries. Drink: 2014 - 2017 377622 13% XD 750 mL $12.70 Score: 87/100. June 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sandhill Winery Hidden Terrace Pinot Gris 2015, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada Drink: 2017 - 2019 13.5% D 750 mL $15.00 June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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