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Wine Picks September 28, 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

Strewn Winery Two Vines Cabernet Merlot 2014, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A pleasant, easy-drinking, medium-bodied Niagara red wine blend of Cabernet and Merlot grapes from winemaker Marc Bradshaw. Pair with grilled chicken. 590109 12% 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. September 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Spier Wines Signature Merlot 2015, Western Cape, South Africa: Once again, Spier delivers twice the value (and taste) for the price. This supple, smooth merlot offers seductive aromas of fleshy plum and blackberry. Pair with grilled steak or hamburger. Drink: 2015 - 2017 454827 14.5% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. September 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quidni Estate Winery Whynot Red 2012, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Juicy, savoury and full-bodied BC red wine blend. Aromas and flavours of mouth-watering blackberry and wild raspberry. Supple and easy drinking. Perfect for BBQ. Drink: 2013 - 2018 860502 13% D 750 mL Score: 89/100. September 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Quidni Estate Winery Merlot 2013, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A full-bodied, lusciously textured and flavoured BC Merlot. Aromas of fleshy black plum and blackberry. The finish is a little warm from the alcohol, so chill this red slightly for more refreshment. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2014 - 2019 759324 14.8% D 750 mL Score: 90/100. September 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2012, Similkameen Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A suberb full-bodied BC Syrah with aromas of fleshy black plum, cracked pepper and brambleberry. Smooth and supple. Long finish. Syrah food pairings: cassoulet, Beef short ribs with red wine and herbs, Lamb shawarma, Barbecued pork with plum sauce, Moroccan vegetable stew. Drink: 2016 - 2021 75846 14.5% D 750 mL $33.83 Score: 92/100. September 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sordo Monvigliero Barolo 2012, Piedmont Docg, Italy: Earthy, grounded and savoury. Very robust. Firm tannins need cellar time. Gorgeous aromas of black cherry, violets, truffle. Barolo food pairings: roasts, game. Drink: 2016 - 2041 14% D 750 mL $49.00 Score: 94/100. September 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sordo Gabutti Barolo 2012, Piedmont Docg, Italy: Needs more cellar time to integrate and smooth the firm tannins. Lots of aging potential. Aromas of leather, violets and wild truffle. Barolo food pairings: roasts, game. Drink: 2018 - 2041 14% D 750 mL $49.00 Score: 93/100. September 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sordo Rocche Di Castiglione Barolo 2012, Piedmont Docg, Italy: Incredible grace, finesse and length on this Barolo! Almost pinot noir-like in elegance but with more concentration and complexity. Tanned leather, violets and dried cherry. Made from the Nebbiolo grape. Pair with truffle dishes. Barolo food pairings: roasts, game. Drink: 2016 - 2032 14.5% D 750 mL $39.00 Score: 94/100. September 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sordo Parussi Barolo Docg 2012, Piedmont Docg, Italy: Vibrant attack of acidity ideal for tangy tomato sauce dishes. Full-bodied with almost integrated tannins. Made from the Nebbiolo grape. Good cellar wine. Barolo Docg food pairings: roasts, game. Drink: 2016 - 2041 698245631013 14% D 750 mL $39.00 Score: 91/100. September 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sordo Perno Barolo 2012, Piedmont Docg, Italy: Bright and vibrant with racy, nervy, exciting acidity for a variety of dishes from ruffle risotto to wild boar. Notes of tart cherry, earth and violets. Barolo food pairings: Excellent with roasts, game.. Drink: 2016 - 2035 14.5% D 750 mL $39.00 Score: 92/100. September 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sordo Ravera Barolo 2012, Piedmont Docg, Italy: Lovely! Could use more cellar time. Dark cherry, firm tannins with savoury herbs and tanned leather. Made from the Nebbiolo grape. Barolo food pairings: roasts, game. Drink: 2018 - 2035 14% D 750 mL $39.00 Score: 93/100. September 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine Fond Moiroux 2014, Moulin-A-Vent, France: Vibrant and full-bodied for Beaujolais, with red red cherry and wild field berry aromas and flavours. The sub-region of Moulin-a-Vent produces the best, most age-worthy and complex red wines like this one made from the Gamay grape. Food pairings: casserole, red meat, cheese, Asian salads and stir fried cuisine. Drink: 2014 - 2019 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. September 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Strewn Winery Merlot 2013, Niagara , Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Rich and full-bodied Niagara Merlot with voluptuous layers of fleshy black plum, blackberry and cassis. Gorgeous concentration and ripeness. Perfect for grilled pork chops. Drink: 2015 - 2019 225763 13.2% XD 750 mL $23.00 Score: 90/100. September 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Rita Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Maipo Valley, Chile: Superb value for the money! Full-bodied, rich and redolent of fleshy blackberry, black plum and pepper. Layered and textured like liquid velvet. Pair with grilled meats. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: red meats, ripe cheeses, meat sauce pasta dishes. Drink: 2015 - 2018 253872 13.5% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. September 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Doña Paula Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Lujan De Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina: Wild brambleberry and cassis on the nose and palate of this lovely, full-bodied Argentine red wine made fomr the classic Cabernet Sauvignon grape. The vines are planted at high altitudes of 3300 feet in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. Finishes with dark spice and pencil led. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2015 - 2020 460162 14.5% D 750 mL $20.00 Score: 89/100. September 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenere 2013, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Sweet juicy fleshy ripe purple and black plums and blueberry jam on the nose and palate. Full-bodied and velvet smooth. Luscious layers and lots of concentrated fruit flavours. Pair with grilled prok chops. Drink: 2013 - 2018 392720 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. September 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Doña Paula Estate Malbec 2014, Mendoza, Argentina: Juicy fleshy ripe blue plums and blueberries on the nose and palate with a full-bodied weight and smooth, supple texture. Pair with grilled lamb. Drink: 2014 - 2018 394783 14% XD 750 mL $17.15 Score: 89/100. September 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Castillo De Monseran Garnacha 2014, Cariñena, Spain: Blackberry jam and raspberry perserves on the nose and palate of this Spanish red wine made from the Garnacha (aka Grenache) grape. Stright-up pleasure at an awesomely great price. Pair with hamburgers and all the fixins. Garnacha food pairings: tomato-based pasta dishes, cold cut platters, mixed tapas. Drink: 2014 - 2017 73395 13% XD 750 mL $9.25 Score: 87/100. September 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Castillo De Monseran Old Vine Garnacha 2011, Carinena, Aragon, Spain: Dry and savoury with mouth-watering acidity for lamb and meat sauces. Earthy with leather notes. Dried herbs and spice on the finish. Drink: 2014 - 2018 375055 14.5% D 750 mL $13.99 Score: 88/100. September 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Perrin & Fils 2013, Cotes Du Rhône, France: A terrific southern French red wine blend of Syrah and Grenache grapes. Aromas of wild black cherry, cedar brush, pencil led and pepper. Perfect for grilled meats. Drink: 2014 - 2018 363457 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. September 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Goats do Roam 2015, Paarl Valley, Western Cape, South Africa: A terrific South African red wine blend of 58% Shiraz, 12% Grenache, 12% Mouvedre, 8% Petite Sirah, 7% Cinsault and 3% Carignan. Aromas of wild blackberry, graphite, anise, black plum, dark spice and pepper. Great price for this quality. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2015 - 2018 718940 14% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 88/100. September 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

CedarCreek Estate Winery Syrah 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A terrific BC Syrah with great elegance and finesse, yet the depth of flavour and full-bodied concentration is also here. Aromas of wild cassis and black current with pepper. Pair with grilled lamb. Drink: 2015 - 2019 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.90 Score: 91/100. September 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flat Rock Cellars Pinot Noir 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely supple Niagara Pinot Noir with a medium-bodied weight and luscious layers of fleshy ripe cherry and field berry. Finishes with a lick of spice on the end. Pair with grilled chicken. Pinot Noir food pairings: BBQ smoked pulled pork. Drink: 2014 - 2018 1545 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. September 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fleur Du Cap Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Coastal Region, South Africa: This full-bodied South African red wine is made from the classic grape Cabernet Sauvignon. Balanced, bold, bursting with full-bodied flavour. Lots of ripe black fruit and smooth tannins. Pair with a rare, juicy steak. Drink: 2015 - 2017 457101 14% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. September 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Brotte La Fiole Chateauneuf Du Pape, Rhone, France: This is a non-vintage dated southern French red wine blend from the Rhone. Aromas of sour cherry and dust. Full-bodied. Needs a rare steak. La Fiole Chateauneuf Du Pape food pairings: Delicious with beef bourgignon. Drink: 2015 - 2018 12286 14% D 750 mL $36.55 Score: 90/100. September 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Du Bois Chantant Cuvée Laurence 2012, Bordeaux A.P., France: Full-bodied with great balanced and structure, this Bordeaux wine hails from a strong vintage. This is a red wine blend from the Right Bank of the Gironde River of 63% Merlot for colour and roundness, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon for body and strength, and 16% Cabernet Franc for finesse. The estate has 41 hectares of vines (average age 20 years old) under winemaker Vincent Cachau. Aromas of wild cassis and black currant. Decant 1 hour. Pair with prime rib. Drink: 2015 - 2019 421206 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 88/100. September 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

KWV The Mentors Shiraz 2012, Paarl W.O., South Africa: A savoury, juicy, meaty red wine with seductive aromas of dried herbs, bacon fat and wild blackberry. This certainly has the power of South African fleshy ripened fruit but there's elegance here too, balance, finesse and a deep and abiding savouriness. Finishes with wood smoke. Pair with roast beef. Shiraz food pairings: grilled bison strip steaks, spice-braised lamb, cheddar, pork chops.. Drink: 2014 - 2018 403618 14.5% D 750 mL $30.95 Score: 92/100. September 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Stanners Vineyard Pinot Gris 2014, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A zesty, vibrant Prince Country white wine made from Pinot Gris grapes. Aromas of white and green melon. Medium-bodied with mouthwatering acidity. Named cuivre for its copper colour that comes from leaving the skins in contact with the juice for 24 hours before pressing and fermentation. This adds more flavour and a touch of tannin for body to the wine. Serve as a chilled aperitif or companion to seafood. Pinot Gris food pairings: seared scallops with tarragon white wine sauce. Drink: 2016 - 2018 12.5% 750 mL $25.00 Score: 89/100. September 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wild Goose Vineyards Riesling 2014, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: Crisp, vibrant and zesty BC Riesling with aromas of lime and grapefruit. Serve as a chilled aperitif or companion to seafood. Riesling food pairings: seafood and chicken. Drink: 2014 - 2017 12.1% D 750 mL $19.00 Score: 87/100. September 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lindemans Bin 90 Moscato, South Australia, Australia: A soft, sweet sipper, though not a dessert wine. Lovely notes of fleshy ripe peach and pear. Serve well-chilled as an aperitif. Drink: 2016 - 2018 424473 8% M 750 mL $11.10 Score: 86/100. September 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Aconcagua Coastal, Chile: Crisp, refreshing and lovely: wow. Great value. Pair with salads and seafood. Sauvignon Blanc food pairings: steamed lobster with melted butter, roast chicken stuffed with spinach and pepper jack, pasta in an Alfredo sauce, grilled seafood. Drink: 2016 - 2017 462614 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. September 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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