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Wine Picks November 10, 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

Lustau Los Arcos Amontillado Dry Sherry, Spain: A gorgeous, dry sherry with toasted almond and hazelnut from start to finish. Sherry is worth drinking on it's own not just for cooking, especially dry versions like this with nuts and hard cheeses. Drink: 2015 - 2019 375097 18.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. November 2016. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Other Wines/Drinks

Masumi Yawaraka Type-1 Junmai Sake 2016, Japan: An attractive Japanese rice wine that would pair well with suishi. Drink: 2016 - 2019 456699 13% D 750 mL $27.95 Score: 87/100. November 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand: A smooth, supple easy-drink red wine. This New Zealand Pinot Noir features notes of wild field berries on the nose and palate. Lovely balance, very food-friendly. Pair with planked salmon. Pinot Noir food pairings: salmon, pork. Drink: 2013 - 2018 66803 14% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 90/100. November 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery Black O'Noir Baco Noir 2015, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: This Niagara red wine made from the Baco Noir grape is themed especially for Halloween, thus Black O'Noir. Made by Sue-Ann Staff, it's off dry with fleshy sweet blackberries, or as the back label says: "As black as a cat, as memorable as trick-or-treating and as delicious as as blood is to a vampire." Pair with candy corn, of course. Drink: 2015 - 2017 260422 11.3% MD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. November 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Killibinbin Scream Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Langhorne Creek, South Australia, Australia: Smooth, full-bodied Australian red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. This is a seasonal product available close to Halloween given the wine's name, Scream. The back label defines Killibinbin as the ability to take one form and turn it into something bigger that mesmorizes and is hypnotic. Aromas of sweet black plums. Pair with Tootsie Rolls. Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: meat lovers pizza, hamburgers, lamb cutlets, black bean soup. Drink: 2013 - 2019 470195 15% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 87/100. November 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cupcake Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Central Coast, California, United States: A smooth, medium-bodied, off-dry Californian Cabernet with aromas and flavours of sweet black plums and blackberries. Pair with red velvet cupcakes. Drink: 2013 - 2017 307975 13% MD 750 mL $15.45 Score: 87/100. November 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hob Nob Wicked Red 2015, Languedoc, France: Fleshy ripe blackberries and cherries on the nose and palate of this smooth, supple, full-bodied southern French red wine. With its name and the skull on the label, pair with Halloween and grilled meats. Drink: 2015 - 2018 468132 13.5% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 88/100. November 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Argento Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Mendoza, Argentina: A robust, well-structured Argentine Cabernet with classic aromas of cassis, black currant and blackberry wrapped in toasty oak. The vines are planted at high altitudes and the wine is aged in oak barrels for 9 months. Pair with a pepper steak. Drink: 2016 - 2019 164764 13% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. November 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pilot Hill 2013, El Dorado County, California, United States: Lots of mocha black fruit and toasty oak on the nose and palate of this Californian Cabernet Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2015 - 2018 13% D 750 mL $20.00 Score: 87/100. November 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cantalici Baruffo Chianti Classico 2013, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Made from the classic Sangiovese grape. A full-bodied Italian red wine from the heart of Tuscany. Lots of mouth-watering, juicy acidity for tomato sauce. Aromas of dark red fruit. Smooth. Chianti Classico food pairings: bucatini with sausage and peas, roast beef, cheesy pizza, stuffed roasted turkey. Drink: 2015 - 2021 403733 14% XD 750 mL $27.95 Score: 89/100. November 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Montes Twins 2014, Colchagua Valley, Chile: A gorgeous Chilean red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec grapes (thus the twins). Aromas of fleshy black plums and toasty oak. What an amazingly great value for this price. Perfect party wine. Pair with meat lovers pizza. Drink: 2015 - 2019 352054 14% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 89/100. November 2016. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

CedarCreek Estate Winery 2014, Okanagan Valley Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: The grapes for this blockbuster BC red wine were hand-picked and harvested October 23, 2014. The wine was bottled August 12, 2015. In the interim, the wine was fermented and aged in authentic Italian clay amphora, the traditioncaly jug vessels used to age wine in Italy. No filtration, artificial yeast or preservatives. Only 224 cases made. This baby needs serious cellar time. Aromas of black fruit. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2016 - 2022 14.9% D 750 mL $65.00 Score: 92/100. November 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tenuto Di Trecciano Daniello Toscana Sangiovese 2013, Tuscany Igt, Italy: Robust Italian red wine from the heart of Chianti, made from the classic Sangiovese grape along with Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of dark red fruit and smoke. Lots of racy acidity for tomato sauce. Decant 1-2 hours. Drink: 2016 - 2022 344481 14% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 91/100. November 2016. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Giribaldi Spumante 2014, Rodello, Italy: A try, refreshing Italian sparkling wine made using the traditional method of the second fermentation in the bottle. Notes of toasted bread and apple. Pair with fresh seafood or enjoy as an aperitif. Drink: 2014 - 2018 13% D 750 mL $20.00 Score: 88/100. November 2016. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Woodbridge Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2013, California, United States: A crisp, clean, refreshing Californian Sauvignon Blanc at a terrific price. Aromas of fresh chives, lemon zest and lime. Pair with seafood and shellfish. Drink: 2013 - 2016 40501 12.5% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. November 2016. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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