Natalie MacLean - delicious wine picks and pairings
www.nataliemaclean.com

Wine Picks September 4, 2017

Login to see Natalie's scores and notes

Reviewed Wines | All Wines | Group by Wine Type | Group by Country/Region

Increase Font Size | Decrease Font Size


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

Big House Winery Cardinal Zin Zinfandel, California, United States: Cedar campfire and hickory smoke from lots of oak aging on this Califonia Zinfandel in a small format can. Pair with campfire stories and grilled meats. Drink: 2016 - 2019 444760 13.5% D 250 mL $4.20 Score: 87/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Southbrook Vineyards Seriously Cool Red 2013, Niagara-On-The-Lake, V.Q.A., Ontario, Canada: A nervy, racy cool-climate red wine from the heart of Niagara. Aromas of wild blackberry and cassis. Love the low alcohol. Pair with grilled chicken or pork chops. This winery farms sustainably. Food pairings: dried meat platters, steak frites, duck confit, pizza and pasta with red sauce. Drink: 2015 - 2018 453639 12.9% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Campo Viejo Reserva Tempranillo 2011, Rioja, Spain: Tannic and rustic Spanish red wine made from Tempranillo grape. Pair with rare meats. Drink: 2014 - 2020 137810 13.5% XD 750 mL $18.45 Score: 84/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Piccini Chianti Orange 2015, Tuscany Docg, Italy: Savoury on the nose with dark fruit on the palate. Good acidity. An easy quaffer with lasagna. Drink: 2016 - 2019 487710 12.5% XD 750 mL $16.43 Score: 86/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Timberlay 2013, Bordeaux Aoc, France: A full-bodied Bordeaux red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. Toasty oak and fleshy black fruit. Good price. Pair with prime rib. Drink: 2014 - 2018 30072 12.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Peller Estates Family Series Baco Noir 2015, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Herbal with some unripe fruit on the nose and palate. Drink: 2015 - 2017 582841 12.5% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 80/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Campo Viejo Tempranillo 2015, Rioja D.O.C., Spain: A tannic, savoury Spanish red wine from the Rioja region and made from the Tempranillo grape. Lots of grippy tannins on the palate. Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2015 - 2019 342006 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.45 Score: 86/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau De Courteillac Merlot 2015, Bordeaux A.O.C., France: Lots of charred and blackened oak on the nose of this full-bodied, well-priced Bordeaux red wine blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. More oak on the palate. Pair with prime rib. Drink: 2015 - 2018 360552 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Fongaban Bordeaux 2014, Cotes De Castillon, Bordeaux, France: Lots of cedar smoke and oak on the nose and palate of this full-bodied, rustic, tannic Bordeaux red wine that's well priced for the Bordeaux region, which tends to be very expensive. Decant 2 hours. Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2015 - 2018 479832 13% D 750 mL $17.15 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vignamaggio Monna Lisa Chianti Classico 2014, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Fresh and savoury on the nose with juicy, mouth-watering acidity on the palate. Dark red fruit aromas and full-bodied. Perfect for pepperoni pizza. Drink: 2015 - 2018 378133 14% XD 750 mL $19.85 Score: 87/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Henry of Pelham Winery Baco Noir 2016, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A terrific Baco Noir from the country's best producer of this wine. Rich and robust with aromas of blackberry and plum. Juicy flavours on the palate of blackberry. Dry, satisfying finish. Fantastic price. Pair with gourmet hamburgers. Baco Noir food pairings: aged cheddar, game meats, beef with horseradish or mustard, spicy food or the startling yet remarkably harmonious pairing of strawberries with black berry. Drink: 2016 - 2020 270926 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mouton Cadet 2014, Bordeaux, France: A full-bodied, easy-drinking, well-priced Bordeaux red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. Aromas of dark fruit and toasty oak. Pair with a rare steak. Food pairings: steak, prime rib, brisket, spring lamb. Drink: 2014 - 2018 943 13.5% XD 750 mL $16.15 Score: 87/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Puyfromage 2014, Bordeaux Aoc, France: Herbal notes and aromas of cedar and oak on the nose of this rustic full-bodied Bordeaux red wine blend of Merlot 72%, Cabernet Sauvignon 18% and Cabernet Franc 10%. Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2014 - 2018 33605 13% XD 750 mL $14.85 Score: 86/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau Canteloup 2013, Medoc, Bordeaux Aoc, France: Cedar smoke and toasty oak on the nose of this full-bodied Bordeaux red wine blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 55% Merlot grapes. Black fruit o the palate. Pair with pepper steak. Drink: 2014 - 2019 420000 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Montecillo Crianza 2012, Rioja, Spain: Attractive nose of fleshy dark red fruit and spice on the nose of this Spanish red wine made from the classic Tempranillo grape. Pair with grilled lamb. Awesome price! Drink: 2014 - 2019 144493 13.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pascual Toso 2015, Mendoza, Argentina: Full-bodied and loaded with oak on the nose and palate. Pair with a steak. Drink: 2015 - 2019 162610 14% XD 750 mL $17.15 Score: 87/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trapiche Broquel Malbec 2015, Mendoza, Argentina: A dark purple-violet hue in the glass with gloriously thick, slow tears that slide down the side and belie the robust weight, body and alcohol in this wine. Notes of black cherry, toasty oak, cigar box, espresso and dark spice. Superb price for this quality wine. Pair with grilled meats. Malbec food pairings: hard cheese, beef, hamburgers, pasta in red sauce. Drink: 2015 - 2019 234385 14.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Doña Paula Estate Malbec 2015, Mendoza, Argentina: Full-bodied, juicy and balanced Argentine red wine made from the country's iconic Malbec grape. Pair with rare steak. Drink: 2015 - 2019 394783 14% XD 750 mL $17.15 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sandbanks Estate Winery Baco Noir 2016, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Sweet purple plums and mocha from oak aging on the nose and palate of this Prince Edward Country red wine made from the Baco Noir grape. Pair with hamburgers and relish. Drink: 2016 - 2018 110049 12.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 86/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sandbanks Estate Winery Reserve Baco Noir 2015, Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Full-bodied with purple plums and sweet blackberry jam. Made form Baco Noir, this is the reserve label. Pair with meat lovers pizza. Drink: 2015 - 2019 225920 13% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 87/100. September 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vanessa Vineyard Rose Syrah Merlot 2016, Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, Canada: A full-bodied, dry rose made from a blend of syrah and merlot grapes. Lots of racy acidity and aromas of tart cherry and cranberry. Pair with grilled seafood. Drink: 2016 - 2018 13.8% D 750 mL $25.00 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2013, Similkameen Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A savoury, juicy,full-bodied BC Syrah with aromas of fleshy black plum, cracked pepper and blackberry. Smooth and supple. Long finish with a smoky edge. Terrific! Pair with grilled lamb. Syrah food pairings: cassoulet, Beef short ribs with red wine and herbs, Lamb shawarma, Barbecued pork with plum sauce, Moroccan vegetable stew. Drink: 2016 - 2022 75846 14.5% D 750 mL $33.83 Score: 93/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vanessa Vineyard Merlot 2014, Similkameen Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: Dried herbs and black plum on the nose of this gorgeous BC Merlot. Robust and long on the finish. Perfect for prime rib. Drink: 2015 - 2021 14.9% XD 750 mL $34.99 Score: 92/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Chateau De Saint Martin 2016, Cotes De Provence, France: A dry, savoury southern French rose from Provence. Lovely aromas of garrigue and wild thyme with some field strawberries. This is a traditional blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan and Syrah grapes. This winery was designed a Grand Cru in 1955 and has 100 hectares under vine. Serve chilled as an aperitif or as a companion for seafood. Drink: 2016 - 2018 12.5% XD 750 mL $26.75 Score: 92/100. September 2017. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau De Saint Martin Eternelle Favorite Cru Classe 2016, Cotes De Provence, France: A dry, savoury rose from southern France offering much pleasure in the glass. Perfect as a chilled aperitif or companion to seafood. Drink: 2016 - 2018 13% D 750 mL $29.90 Score: 93/100. September 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau De Saint Martin Cuvee Grande Reserve Cru Classe 2016, Cotes De Provence, France: A superb, dry rosé from southern France, with aromas of dried herbs, garrigue and wild strawberries. Pair with grilled seafood. Drink: 2016 - 2018 13% XD 750 mL $26.95 Score: 92/100. September 2017. Top Rated Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Chateau De Saint Martin Colette 2016, Cotes De Provence, France: A pleasing, dry rose from southern France made from traditional, local grapes. Mouth-watering with aromas of wild strawberries. Pair with salmon. Drink: 2016 - 2018 12.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Southbrook Vineyards Seriously Cool Rosé 2016, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Light and playful: exactly what carefree rosé should be. Perfect dock or deck wine paired with a sunny afternoon, a good book and perhaps planked salmon. Rosé food pairings: fresh and bloomy rind cheeses, white bean spreads, pasta with cream sauce, white finned fish and roast chicken. Drink: 2016 - 2018 12% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Southbrook Vineyards Orange Wine 2016, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Love this weirdly wonderful wine! Aromas of apple cider and yellow plum. A biodynamic and organic wine made from small lot parcels of the winery's estate vineyards with a wild yeast ferment on stems and skins grapes. Seductive amber colour. It's bottled cloudy and free of sulphites. Terrific acidity for fresh seafood. If you're curious about the new orange wine trend, try this one. Pair with free range chicken. Orange Wine food pairings: fresh and bloomy rind cheeses, white bean spreads, pasta with cream sauce, white finned fish and roast chicken. Drink: 2016 - 2018 628065 12% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 93/100. September 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Origin Wine Aromatic Sparkling Wine, Ontario, Canada: Sweet and syrupy with some fizz. This is a VQA wine made from the Vidal grape. Packaged in a small can. Bizarre. Drink: 2016 - 2018 493304 11% S 250 mL $5.95 Score: 81/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Joiy, New Zealand, New Zealand: This lightly sparkling white wine made from grapes grown in Australia (40%) and New Zealand (60%) is only 10% alcohol. It's a cute little can, ideal for pool-side sipping. Off-dry and floral. Drink: 2016 - 2018 486456 10% MD 250 mL $3.85 Score: 85/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Freixenet Carta Nevada Cava, Penedes, Spain: Crisp and toasty at a terrific price for sparkling wine! Great for parties and large gatherings. Drink: 2016 - 2019 216887 11.5% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Best Value Sparkling Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Big House Winery The Birdman Pinot Grigio, California, United States: A straight-forward, innocuous white wine from Californian made from Pinot Grigio grapes and comes in a small format can. Serve chilled as an aperitif or with light seafood. Drink: 2016 - 2018 444778 12.5% D 250 mL $4.20 Score: 85/100. September 2017. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château des Charmes St Davids Bench Aligote 2015, Ontario, Canada: A crisp, fresh Niagara white wine made from the Aligote grape, the second grape of Burgundy and far less well-known than Chardonnay. Medium-bodied. Aromas of melon and pear. Match with seafood. Drink: 2015 - 2018 296848 13% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 87/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

The Hatch Rhymes With Door Hinge 2016, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada: Love this BC orange wine! More herbal than fruity with notes of Earl Grey tinge, dried lies and bergamot. Pair with fermented foods like cheese and kimchi as well as caramelized meats. Drink: 2017 - 2020 13% D 750 mL $25.99 Score: 92/100. September 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave Spring Cellars Pinot Gris 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: This vibrant, crisp Cave Spring white wine is yet another star in their lineup. This cool-climate Pinot Gris offers aromas of lemongrass, chives and lime zest. Pair with grilled seafood and shellfish. Pinot Gris food pairings: pork tenderloin, roast turkey , pasta with cream sauce, cheeses, salads. Drink: 2016 - 2019 522979 13% D 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Angels Gate Winery Chardonnay 2015, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A delightful unoaked Niagara Chardonnay, especially for this price. Juicy and vibrant with lots of fresh green apple notes. Medium-bodied. Perfect as a chilled aperitif or companion to chicken or seafood. Drink: 2015 - 2018 1818 13.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cave Spring Cellars Chardonnay 2014, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Full-bodied and balanced cool-climate Niagara chardonnay with nicely calibrated oak and golden apple notes. Pair with roasted chicken. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled or poached salmon with cream sauce; pan-fried shellfish; chicken pot pie; cheese casseroles; stuffed Cornish hen; lemon-roasted chicken; pork with apples.. Drink: 2015 - 2019 228551 13% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flat Rock Cellars Good Kharma Chardonnay 2014, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Buttery and full-bodied Niagara Chardonnay produced by the respected Flat Rock Cellars winery. Luscious and lip-smacking tasty. Pair with corn on the cob. Drink: 2014 - 2018 356873 13% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery Inox Chardonnay 2015, Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Medium-bodied Niagara Chardonnay has no oak treatment or aging (thus the name Inox-unoaked) with some green apple notes. Straight-forward, easy-drinking. Pair with roast chicken. Drink: 2015 - 2018 594200 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 86/100. September 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


© 2018 Natalie MacLean