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Wine Picks August 20, 2020

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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

Sperling Vineyards Pinot Noir 2017, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada: This gorgeous BC Pinot Noir is a heady bouquet of wild violets and tart cherry aromas. Medium-bodied, silky smooth and vibrant. Racy acidity is perfect for roast chicken and seafood. Love the low alcohol at just 12.6%! Highly recommended. Pinot Noir food pairings: roast lamb, grilled veal chops, roast turkey. Drink: 2018 - 2025 382283 12.6% XD 750 mL $28.95 Score: 93/100. August 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Schug Pinot Noir 2017, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, United States: Love this plushy 100% Pinot Noir from cool-climate Sonoma Coast AVA with grapes sourced from select vineyards in the western portion of Carneros and the Petaluma Gap. Aged in large neutral oak casks and older French oak barrels. Medium-bodied with juicy acidity, bright red fruit, wild herbs, baking spice and salumi flavours on the palate. Pair with a charcuterie platter or lamb kebabs. Very versatile. Pinot Noir food pairings: roast chicken, planked salmon, Margherita pizza. Drink: 2020 - 2025 577221 13% D 750 mL $34.95 Score: 92/100. August 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Inniskillin Pinot Noir 2019, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Cranberry juicy on the nose and palate. Could there be a better wine for Thanksgiving turkey? Medium-bodied and smooth with lots of racy acidity. Great value. Pinot Noir food pairings: traditional clove studded baked ham, split pea soup, roast turkey, grilled salmon. Drink: 2020 - 2024 261099 12.2% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. August 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

El Esteco 1947 Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Cafayate Valley, Salta, Argentina: A full-bodied, generous red wine with aromas of black fruit and dark spice. The cool-climate of Cafayate is perfect for this ripe, but edgy Cabernet with solid structure. Pair with hearty meat dishes. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: roast beef with all the trimmings, gourmet burgers, tourtière. Drink: 2023 - 2026 15082 15% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 93/100. August 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Mascota Malbec 2018, Mendoza, Argentina: Juicy, ripe plum, blackberry and black cherry, earthy and spicy finishing with vanilla and well-integrated toasty oak spice on the palate. Malbec food pairings: pepper-crusted steak, wild mushrooms, steak fajitas, meat fondue, bittersweet chocolate. Drink: 2020 - 2024 555805 14% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 89/100. August 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Benziger Family Winery Tribute Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Sonoma, California, United States: A terrific California red wine made from the classic Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Aromas of blackberries and dark plums with some toasty oak. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2020 - 2025 14.5% D 750 mL $30.00 Score: 91/100. August 2020. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Torres Gran Coronas Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Penedès, Spain: Terrific intensity and concentration of flavour yet it's balanced, structured and sculpted. Superb Spanish Cabernet! The grapes for this lusciously ripe Spanish Cabernet Sauvignon grow on vines planted on the belvedere of the Mas la Palana estate. Aromas of blackberry jam, dark spice and some pepper. Pair with grilled steak. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: lamb Bolognese, grilled New York strip loin, hard cheese, braised pork shanks, veal chops. Drink: 2015 - 2022 36483 14% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. August 2020. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Curvos Loureiro 2019, Vinho Verde D.O.C., Portugal: Produced from 100% Loureiro grapes from the Vinho Verde wine region, with aromas of lime, white florals and ripe peach on the nose. Slightly spritzy and vibrant with white florals, ripe melon and lime-lemon zest flavours that linger on the palate. Chill and enjoy on its own or pair with grilled sardines. Loureiro food pairings: shellfish, seafood, spring salads. Drink: 2020 - 2022 471284 12% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 89/100. August 2020. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Summerhill Pyramid Winery Cipes Brut, Summerhill, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada: This lovely, organic BC sparkling wine offers seductive aromas of freshly baked bread and golden apple. Crisp and refreshing. Pair with shellfish. Drink: 2020 - 2024 12% XD 750 mL $25.00 Score: 91/100. August 2020. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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