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Wine Picks February 7, 2017

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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

Warre's Otima 20-Year-Old Tawny Port, Douro Doc, Portugal: I love this tawny port. Year after year, it’s a go-to dessert wine with its almond goodness and toffee layers of satisfaction. Port food pairings: cheesecake, crème brulee. Drink: 2016 - 2025 682716 20% S 500 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. February 2017. Top-Rated Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

[yellow tail] Big Bold Red, New South Wales, Australia: This full-bodied red wine offers flavours of fleshy ripe raspberries and strawberries, along with notes of chocolate, mocha and espresso from toasty oak aging. Pair this wine with hearty meat dishes, including meat lovers' pizza. Drink: 2016 - 2018 350504 13.5% MD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 86/100. February 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wayne Gretzky Estates Baco Noir 2015, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Woodsy and rustic with sweet juicy cherry flavours. This is a lighter version of Baco Noir that would suit barbecued ribs. Drink: 2015 - 2017 426528 13% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. February 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Young Brute 2014, Wrattonbully, Australia: A juicy, robust, smooth Australian red wine blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes produced by the Casella family. Loaded with flavours of fleshy ripe purple and black plums, blueberries and toasty oak (but not too muck). Mouth-watering and mouth-filling: this wine packs a punch without being overpowering, which is quite remarkable for a young brute. A terrific regional expression of Wrattonbully which experience a windy but dry spring followed by a hot summer in 2014 for tremendous depth of ripening and flavour. A luscious finish with some eculypt and dark spice. Pair with a juicy steak or hamburgers. Drink: 2014 - 2017 434654 14% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. February 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

KWV The Legend Of Big Bill Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Western Cape, South Africa: Smoky with toasty oak warmth and generousity on the nose and palate. Black fruit and tarry goodness right up the centre of this heavy-hitter from South Africa made from the classic Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2016 - 2019 457119 13% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 89/100. February 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Small Gully Mr. Black's Little Book Shiraz 2014, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: I love a little black book reading with a sympathetic robust red wine that has a big vocabulary when it comes to aromas and flavours, like this one! Rich and full-bodied with fleshy ripe blackberry, mint and black olive aromas on the nose. Layers and smooth, with polished tannins and a long finish. Terrific mouth-watering juiciness. You put on the jazz music and I'll pour the wine, deal? Shiraz food pairings: pork, pasta in meat sauce, steak, lamb cutlets, beef brisket, peppercorn steak. Drink: 2014 - 2020 287979 15% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. February 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

[yellow tail] Yellow Tail Shiraz 2015, New South Wales, Australia: Smoky and toasty on the nose with fleshy ripe blackberries on the palate. Smooth and robust. Pair with hamburgers. Drink: 2015 - 2018 624544 13.5% MD 750 mL $11.00 Score: 86/100. February 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

[yellow tail] Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, South Australia, Australia: A robust Australian Cabernet with delicious flavours of ripe blackberries and plums and some dark pepper. Pair with hamburgers. Drink: 2015 - 2018 621623 13.5% MD 750 mL $10.95 Score: 86/100. February 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

[yellow tail] Merlot 2015, South Australia, Australia: Mocha and dark chocolate on the nose and palate from generous oak aging on this Australian Merlot. Flavours of blackberry and dark plums. Pair with pepperoni pizza. Drink: 2015 - 2018 625350 13.5% MD 750 mL $11.95 Score: 85/100. February 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dancing Bull Zinfandel 2015, California, United States: Fleshy ripe and juicy purple and black plums in this full-bodied, smooth Californian red wine. Zinfandel is a go-to barbecue wine with its big dark fruit flavours. Try this one with grilled hamburgers. Drink: 2015 - 2018 669499 14% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. February 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

[yellow tail] Yellow Tail Bubbles, South Australia, Australia: A frothy, crisp, refreshing Australian sparkling wine at a great price. Serve chilled as an aperitif or companion to potato chips. Drink: 2016 - 2018 229039 11.5% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. February 2017. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henriet-Bazin Carte D'or Brut Champagne 2009, Champagne A.C., France: A gorgeous, toasty, creamy Champagne with notes of green apple and freshly baked bread. Awesome price for such quality. This is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay grapes. Pair with shellfish. Champagne food pairings: lightly spiced curry dishes, lamb stew, white turkey meat, tacos. Drink: 2009 - 2019 415596 12.5% XD 750 mL $55.95 Score: 92/100. February 2017. Top Rated Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

[yellow tail] Moscato, Australia: Lovely floral and apple blossom notes on this off-dry, slightly spritzy Moscato. Perfect as a chilled aperitif or pair with grilled seafood or fresh strawberries. Drink: 2016 - 2018 443713 7.5% M 750 mL $10.95 Score: 88/100. February 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

[yellow tail] Chardonnay 2016, South Australia, Australia: A full-bodied Australian Chardonnay with aromas of toasty oak, butterscotch and green apple. Pair with roast chicken. Drink: 2016 - 2018 627802 13% MD 750 mL $10.95 Score: 85/100. February 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

[yellow tail] Cool Crisp White 2015, South Australia, Australia: A crisp, floral, pretty Australian white wine with notes of peach and pear. Pair with seafood. Drink: 2015 - 2017 439844 12.5% MD 750 mL $12.90 Score: 85/100. February 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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