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Wine Picks June 22, 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

Columbia Crest Winery H3 Les Chevaux 2012, Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: A full-bodied, mouth-filling, satisfying red wine blend from Washington State. Aromas of dark fruit and toasty oak. Les Chevaux (French for "the horses") is named for the wild horses that once roamed the Hose Heaven Hills wine region. Pair with grilled steak. Food pairings: game meats, rare roast beef, spice-braised lamb, cheddar. Drink: 2014 - 2018 287425 14.5% D 750 mL $20.95 Score: 90/100. June 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave Spring Cellars Pinot Noir 2014, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A smooth, medium-bodied, supple Niagara Pinot Noir with aromas of mocha and cherry. Finishes with aromatic berry notes. Pair with roast chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: roast of chicken or turkey; spicy sausages; braised veal shank or rabbit; pork tenderloin with berry coulis; tomato-based pasta dishes; mushroom risotto.. Drink: 2016 - 2020 417642 13% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. June 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Columbia Valley, Washington, United States: Classic Cabernet with blackberry and cassis, mocha-espresso aromas from the oak and very balanced. Full-bodied and smooth. This Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet also includes small amount of Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Syrah in the blend. Pair with a pepper steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, barbecued ribs in sauce, hard cheese, hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2015 - 2019 269357 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. June 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Columbia Crest Winery Grand Estates Merlot 2015, Washington, United States: Now I understand why Washington is renowned for Merlot! This gorgeously rich and layered Merlot is so flavourful and interesting that even Miles in the movie Sideways would relent. It's a merlot for cabernet drinkers in it's power and concentration yet it's still smooth and supple on the palate. The reason is that merlot has tighter and smaller berry (grape) clusters so the skin to juice ratio when macerating and fermenting is lower which results in the more flavour compounds transferring to the juice (wine) before the skins are remove yet the tannins are shorter than in cabernet so you don't get that furry mouth feeling. Great weight, structure and finish. Pair this with veal shank or duck. Merlot food pairings: Tandoori-flavored dishes, game, rack of BBQ ribs, veal Porterhouse. Drink: 2016 - 2020 454835 13.5% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. June 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

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Monte Creek Ranch Winery Monte Creek Ranch Rose 2015, Thompson Valley, British Columbia, Canada: Although this lovely BC rose is noted as off-dry, it tastes dry and refreshing. Robust in a good way with luscious lip-smacking fleshy ripe raspberries. Perfect as a chilled aperitif or companion to planked salmon or grilled chicken. Rose food pairings: hot summer days, swimming pools, brunch. Drink: 2015 - 2017 13.2% M 750 mL $15.99 Score: 90/100. June 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Gewurztraminer 2015, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A classic, beautifully balanced BC Gewurztraminer. Medium-bodied with aromatic notes of white florals, daisies, lilies, baking spice and lychee. Subtle and delicious. Just enough acidity for many dishes like Asian fare, mild to medium curries and spices. Gewurztraminer food pairings: seared scallops over a bed of butter leaf lettuce & a cucumber, dill & pink grapefruit vinaigrette. Drink: 2015 - 2019 585745 13% D 750 mL $27.95 Score: 90/100. June 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Huff Estates Winery Off Dry Riesling 2015, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Vibrant and zesty with aromas of fleshy ripe peach and pear and lime on the nose and palate. Balanced with mouth-watering acidity. Medium-bodied and very aromatic. Perfect for spicy and curry dishes. Riesling food pairings: Asian fare, Thai, Vietnamese, curry-based dishes or kebabs with mango chutney. Drink: 2015 - 2021 155606 11.5% MD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. June 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

See Ya Later Ranch Chardonnay 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A crisp, clean BC Chardonnay with aromas of golden apple, lime and some toast. Beautifully balanced. Pair with rich seafood dishes. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled fish, chicken, lobster in butter sauce, beef bourguignon, breads. Drink: 2014 - 2019 126912 13% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. June 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Columbia Crest Winery H3 Chardonnay 2013, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington, United States: A full-bodied, rich and generously flavoured Chardonnay with aromas of freshly baked bread, green apple and spice. Pair with roasted turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: crab-stuffed-flounder, Asian dishes, stuffed chicken, beef bourguignon. Drink: 2014 - 2018 441998 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. June 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Riesling 2012, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A vibrant, spritely BC Riesling with notes of lime and lemongrass. Perfect as a chilled aperitif or companion to fresh seafood. Drink: 2012 - 2017 144196 12% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. June 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Painted Rock Estate Winery Ltd. Chardonnay 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Gorgeously rich and mouth-filling, voluptuous and viscous BC Chardonnay. Toasted almond, vanilla spice and golden and green apple on the nose and palate. Long finish. Pair with roast chicken or turkey. Drink: 2016 - 2019 130997 14.1% D 750 mL $35.00 Score: 92/100. June 2016. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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