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Wine Picks January 4, 2019

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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

Howling Bluff Estate Winery Three Mile Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A gorgeous, silky, medium-bodied BC Pinot Noir with aromas of dark cherries, earth and spice. Perfect for veal or roast chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2022 13.7% D 750 mL $30.00 Score: 91/100. January 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Unsworth Vineyards Symphony 2015, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada: A magnificent BC red wine blend of 85% Cabernet Libre and 15% Petit Milo grapes. Exotic aromas of brandy-soaked figs, bing cherry and black raspberry. Polished and approachable, with a long finish. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2018 - 2022 14% D 750 mL $32.00 Score: 92/100. January 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bordertown Merlot 2015, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: A deeply concentrated, full-bodied BC red wine. Aromas of dark fruit, mocha and toasty oak. Pair with grilled meats. Merlot food pairings: gourmet burgers, grilled sausages, sautéed pork tenderloin. Drink: 2018 - 2022 548180 16.3% XD 750 mL $39.95 Score: 90/100. January 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Barco Negro 2015, Douro D.O.C., Portugal: A exceptionally well-priced wine for the quality and taste! This full-bodied Portuguese red wine offers aromas of dark fruit, toasty oak and smoke. Pair with grilled meats. Food pairings: BBQ burgers, roast goose, veal roast. Drink: 2018 - 2024 452797 13.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. January 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sage Hills Vineyard South Okanagan Pinot Noir 2016, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely, supple, silky smooth BC Pinot Noir from grapes grown in a low-yield single vineyard estate from Sage Hills. Aromas of fleshy ripe dark cherries, spice and smoke. Perfect for veal or roast chicken. Drink: 2018 - 2025 13.5% D 750 mL $35.00 Score: 93/100. January 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Megalomaniac Wines Pompous 2017, Niagara Pensinsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A robust, supple Niagara red wine with grapes grown in a 96-acre vineyard. Aromas of rust, dark fruit and smoke. Pair with rare meats. Drink: 2018 - 2021 341610 13% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. January 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mission Hill Family Estate Five Vineyards Cabernet Merlot 2016, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A robust BC red wine blend of Cabernet and Merlot grapes. Aromas of black plums, dark berries and toasty oak. Pair with a rare steak and hearty meat dishes. Cabernet Merlot food pairings: duck, braised beef ribs, pasta with Bolognese sauce, Asiago cheese, or eggplant Parmesan. Drink: 2018 - 2021 145102 13% XD 750 mL $17.45 Score: 88/100. January 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Borsao Garnacha 2017, Borja, Spain: This robust Spanish red wine offers terrific value and taste for the price. Aromas of purple plums and spice with fleshy sweet blackberries. This is a savoury, full-bodied blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Pair with roast beef. Drink: 2018 - 2021 386961 14.5% XD 750 mL $11.95 Score: 89/100. January 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bodegas Navalon Anciano Clasico Garnacha 2017, Valencia D.O., Spain: A full-bodied Spanish red wine made from Garnacha grapes (aka Grenache) grown on low-yield vineyards in Spain's Valencia region. Aromas of black fruit and smoke. Pair with rare meats and hearty casseroles. Drink: 2018 - 2021 526772 13.5% XD 750 mL $12.70 Score: 86/100. January 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Montecillo Winery Reserva Tempranillo 2011, Rioja Doc, Spain: Tanned leather and cigar box on the nose of this mature Spanish red wine from the heart of Rioja. Founded in 1874, this winery ages its wines in oak for a minimum of three years with at least 18 months in French oak barrels. Full-bodied, fairly smoke, with a long finish. Nor fruit-forward; more contemplative. Pair with lamb. Tempranillo food pairings: grilled steak, duck, Mexican dishes, eggplant parmigiana, green peppers. Drink: 2017 - 2022 621003 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. January 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Shannon Ridge Home Ranch Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Lake County, California, United States: Lots of mocha, chocolate, and oak on the nose and palate from generous oak aging. Some black fruit on the mid-palate. Pair with meat lovers' pizza. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled venison steak, bison burgers, rack of lamb. Drink: 2018 - 2024 574327 14.3% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 87/100. January 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Gundlach Bundschu Estate Pinot Noir 2014, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Full-bodied and supple with aromas of mocha, dark chocolate and black plums. Pair with roast beef. Pinot Noir food pairings: veal medallions, lamb in a red wine sauce, roasted pork loin, coq au vin, venison burgers. Drink: 2017 - 2021 397513 14.4% XD 750 mL $49.00 Score: 90/100. January 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Chivite Gran Feudo Rosé 2017, Navarra Do, Spain: A crisp, refreshing blend of Garnacha,Tempranillo and Merlot grapes. Dark pink hue in the glass. Aromas of fleshy ripe cherry and strawberry, Pair with appetizers. Drink: 2018 - 2019 165845 13.5% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 88/100. January 2019. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Adamo Estate Winery Blanc de Blanc 2016, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A gorgeous, frothy sparkling wine from Niagara from the rising star of Adamo Estate Winery. This is a blanc de blanc meaning it's made from 100% white grapes. Long persistence of bubbles and a satisfying finish. This could go head to head with any Champagne. Pair with shellfish or potato chips. Drink: 2018 - 2024 11% XD 750 mL $52.00 Score: 93/100. January 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Pinot Gris 2017, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: A vibrant BC Pinot Gris! Mouth-filling texture and a solid finish. Aromas of peach. The Pinot Gris is 60% fermented and aged for six months, in stainless steel, and the remaining 40% fermented and aged in two and three year old French oak barrels. What a deft touch that wraps this package in richness. Drink: 2018 - 2021 329458 13.5% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. January 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pillitteri Estates Winery Gewurztraminer Riesling 2016, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A lovely floral, spicy Niagara white wine made from the Gewurztraminer grape. Perfect for mild to medium spicy dishes and curries. Gewurztraminer Riesling food pairings: Asian cuisine, seafood, curry. Drink: 2018 - 2021 349126 11.5% MD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. January 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Honoro Vera Juan Gil Blanco 2016, Rueda, Spain: A crisp, zesty Spanish white wine with soft hints of white floral notes. Pair with seafood. Drink: 2017 - 2020 533224 13% D 750 mL $11.95 Score: 87/100. January 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Laroche Les Fourneaux Chablis 1Er Cru 2014, Burgundy A.C., France: Toasted almond, savoury, dried herbs, lovely Burgundian Chardonnay from small vineyard withsouth-facing hillside, lots of minerality. Chablis 1Er Cru food pairings: oyster pot pie, mussels on the half shell, grilled shellfish. Drink: 2018 - 2025 556530 12.5% XD 750 mL $44.95 Score: 92/100. January 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santo Assyrtiko 2017, Santorini Pdo, Greece: A zesty, vibrant Greek white wine made from the Assyrtiko grape. There's a core of minerality and smoky savouriness that I rarely find combined in a white wine. Racy acidity for shellfish and seafood. Aromas of lime zest. Drink: 2018 - 2021 14231 13.5% XD 750 mL $23.20 Score: 90/100. January 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Aconcagua Valley, Chile: This Chilean Sauvignon Blanc has an attractive pale straw color. It features aromas of gooseberry, lemon zest and freshly cut grass. Racy acidity for seafood. Excellent value. Drink: 2018 - 2021 263574 13% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. January 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Boschendal The Pavillion Chenin Blanc Viognier 2018, Western Cape, South Africa: This lovely South African Chenin Blanc offers tremendous value and taste for the price. Aromas of lemon zest, lanolin, beeswax and chives. Medium-bodied with rich mouth-feel. Perfect for roast chicken or turkey. Drink: 2019 - 2022 281311 12.5% XD 750 mL $11.35 Score: 88/100. January 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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