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Wine Picks August 3, 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

Inniskillin Niagara Estate Pinot Noir 2013, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Lively purple and black berries on the nose and palate. Smooth medium-bodied red wine. This Ontario red wine is made from Pinot Noir grapes. Pinot Noir food pairings: traditional clove studded baked ham, split pea soup, roast turkey, grilled salmon. Drink: 2014 - 2017 261099 12.2% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. August 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thornbury Pinot Noir 2014, Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand: Sweet cherry and raspberry jam on the nose and palate of this medium-bodied, smooth red wine. Pair with grilled chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: poached salmon with sautéed snap peas and snow peas, Thai seafood noodle salad, butternut squash risotto,. Drink: 2016 - 2019 329706 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. August 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thornbury Merlot 2015, Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand: A smooth, medium-bodied Merlot with attractive aromas of fleshy black plum and dark berries. Perfect for grilled pork chops. Drink: 2016 - 2019 421189 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. August 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Louis Latour Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2014, Burgundy, France: A medium-bodied, smooth Burgundian Pinot Noir with notes of sour cherry and spice. Lots of acidity. Somewhat stemmy and green, but not overly so. Pair with grilled seafood or chicken. Drink: 2014 - 2019 69914 12.5% D 750 mL $22.30 Score: 87/100. August 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Thornbury Rosé 2015, Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand: A lovely blend of Merlot and Pinot Gris grapes create this aromatic New Zealand rose. Aromas of fresh field berries and strawberries, yet dry and refreshing. Pair with planked salmon, or enjoy as a chilled aperitif. Drink: 2015 - 2016 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. August 2016. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Thornbury Pinot Gris 2016, Waipara, South Island, New Zealand: Fresh, crisp and lively with notes of white and green melon. The ultimate summer aperitif or match it with fresh seafood. Drink: 2016 - 2019 421205 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. August 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

CedarCreek Estate Winery CedarCreek Ehrenfelser 2013, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Fragrant and floral: aromas of white flowers, white peach and apple blossom. Medium-bodied and off-dry so this will make roast turkey taste juicier yet also dance with dishes that have a touch of sweetness such as glazed ham. Ehrenfelser food pairings: Thanksgiving dinner. Drink: 2013 - 2018 108299 13.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. August 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thornbury Chardonnay 2015, Auckland, Marlborough, New Zealand: A luscious, rich Chardonnay with a hint of toasted almond on the nose. Yet lots of vibrancy and golden apple brightness. Pair with roasted chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: seafood, full-flavoured chicken dishes with creamy, garlic or lemon sauce. Drink: 2016 - 2019 338755 13% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. August 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Thornbury Riesling 2015, Auckland, Waipara, New Zealand: My absolute favourite of this tasting of Thornbruy wines! Aromatic and bursting with white peach, lime zest, and wet stone. Racy acidity for shellfish. Oh loveliness. Drink: 2016 - 2019 12% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 93/100. August 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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