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Wine Picks August 16, 2018

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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

Icellars Estate Winery Icel Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: This baby needs cellar time: it's a blockbuster! A spectacular Niagara Cabernet Sauvignon from the warmest vintage ever recorded in Niagara, 2016. So the grapes were rich with flavour when picked November 17 at 26.2 brix. Aromas of blackberry, dark plum, violets, dark spice and smoke. Only 250 cases produced. Decant 2 hours. Pair with rare filet mignon. Drink: 2018 - 2025 14.7% D 750 mL $60.00 Score: 93/100. August 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Icellars Estate Winery Arinna 2016, Icel Vineyard, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A spectacular and robust Niagara red wine blend of 50% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Malbec grapes. Aromas of black cherry, violets and smoke. The wine was matured in both French and American oak barrels for 12 months. Only 425 cases produced. Decant for 1-2 hours and pair with a rare steak. Food pairings: chicken Kiev, meat-filled pasta with rich tomato sauce, grilled pork chops, gourmet burgers. Drink: 2018 - 2024 524421 14.5% XD 750 mL $42.00 Score: 92/100. August 2018. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

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