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Wine Picks October 20, 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

Piattelli Malbec 2015, Cafayate Valley, Salta, Argentina: Concentrated and deep flavours of purple and black plums, with blueberries. A rich, robust Argentine Malbec. Pair with grilled meats. Malbec food pairings: grilled steak, sausage cassoulet, lamb kebabs. Drink: 2019 - 2024 631804 15% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 88/100. October 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

La Linda Old Vines Malbec 2016, Mendoza, Argentina: A spicy, robust Argentine red wine made from the classic Malbec grape. Aromas of ripe blackberries, black plums, black pepper and smoke. The vines are planted at 960 metres above sea level in the Andes Ridge of the Mendoza region. Pair with a rare steak. Drink: 2018 - 2022 507442 13.5% D 750 mL $17.00 Score: 89/100. October 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Piattelli Vineyards Grand Reserve Malbec 2015, Luj├ín De Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina: A rich, robust, balanced Malbec from the Lujan de Cuyo in the Mendoza region. Aromas of ripe blackberry, blueberry, smoke and black pepper with mocha on the finish. Supple tannins. Pair with steak or chicken fajitas. Malbec food pairings: grilled ribs, burgers, lamb, grilled sausages. Drink: 2018 - 2024 14% XD 750 mL $25.00 Score: 92/100. October 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

El Esteco Don David Reserve Malbec 2017, Cafayate Valley, Argentina: Dark chocolate and black fleshy plums on the nose and palate of this full-bodied Argentine red wine made from the country's classic Malbec grape. Pair with grilled lamb. Malbec food pairings: burgers from the grill, barbecued pork ribs with hickory smoked sauce, roasted lamb. Drink: 2019 - 2021 483263 13.8% D 750 mL $19.00 Score: 90/100. October 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Joel Gott Chardonnay 2017, California, United States: A lush Chardonnay with zesty tropical fruit, citrus and sweet spice flavours on the palate. Great acidity for food. Pair with roast turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: roast chicken, pork tenderloin, buttered lobster roll. Drink: 2019 - 2024 458778 13.9% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 90/100. October 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Inniskillin Reserve Riesling 2014, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: So juicy and mouth-watering, my mouth waters just smelling this wine. So vibrant. Terrific notes of white field flowers and a faint whiff of honey, with some orange peel. Good crisp refreshment. Medium-bodied. Riesling food pairings: shellfish, salads, salmon, pate, chicken. Drink: 2015 - 2022 34025 12% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. October 2019. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

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