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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.

Dessert Wine

Leyenda Fino Sherry, Jerez D.O., Spain Fino Sherry food pairings: roasted nuts, hard cheeses, charcuteries. Drink: 2019 - 2023 645093 15% XD 750 mL $15.95 October 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hester Creek Estate Winery Late Harvest Pinot Blanc 2016, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, BC V.Q.A., Canada Drink: 2018 - 2025 11.5% MS 200 mL $16.99 October 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards Vidal Icewine 2016, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada Drink: 2019 - 2026 10% S 200 mL $30.00 October 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Louis Jadot Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2017, Burgundy Aoc, France Pinot Noir food pairings: roast turkey, salmon. Drink: 2019 - 2025 162073 12.5% XD 750 mL $26.95 October 2019. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Piattelli Vineyards Reserve Malbec 2016, Luján De Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina Malbec food pairings: grilled ribs, burgers, lamb, grilled sausages. Drink: 2018 - 2024 455808 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 October 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château Roc De Levraut 2017, Bordeaux A.C., France Food pairings: filet mignon, grilled lamb chops, stuffed breast of veal roast. Drink: 2019 - 2022 468280 13% XD 750 mL $15.95 October 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Monster Vineyards Shiraz 2016, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada Drink: 2019 - 2022 13% D 750 mL $20.00 October 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Château La Pirouette 2016, Médoc, Bordeaux A.C., France Food pairings: tourtière, grilled rack of lamb, bison burgers. Drink: 2019 - 2024 644799 13% XD 750 mL $23.95 October 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bel Ormeau Les Clos 2015, Côtes De Bordeaux - Blaye, Bordeaux A.P., France Food pairings: pepper steaks, smoky ribs, meat pizza. Drink: 2022 - 2028 666586 13.6% D 750 mL $16.95 October 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Avondale Sky Winery Montavista 2014, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada Drink: 2017 - 2022 12.4% D 750 mL $17.99 October 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine de Grand Pré Vintner's Reserve Castel 2016, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada Castel food pairings: grilled beef, game meats, caramelized onions or roasted root vegetables. Drink: 2018 - 2024 13.5% D 750 mL $20.00 October 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine de Grand Pré Vintner's Reserve Léon Millot 2015, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada Drink: 2018 - 2024 12% D 750 mL $20.00 October 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Strewn Winery Terroir Merlot 2015, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada Merlot food pairings: red meat dishes. Drink: 2018 - 2024 13.2% D 750 mL $42.00 October 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

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

The Ringleader Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, California, United States Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled steak, pork roast, rich meaty stews. Drink: 2019 - 2024 639922 13.8% D 750 mL $17.00 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 $15.95 Score: 89/100. October 2019. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Piattelli Vineyards Grand Reserve Malbec 2015, Luján 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

Sparkling Wine

Avondale Sky Winery Benediction 2014, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada Drink: 2017 - 2025 10.5% D 750 mL $29.99 October 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Avondale Sky Winery Select Late Harvest Martock 2014, Nova Scotia, Canada Drink: 2017 - 2025 7.9% MS 750 mL $25.00 October 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Planters Ridge Winery Quintessence White 2017, Nova Scotia, Canada Drink: 2019 - 2022 11% D 750 mL $20.10 October 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Avondale Sky Winery Small Lots Muscat 2017, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada Drink: 2018 - 2021 9.2% D 750 mL $20.00 October 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards Ancienne Chardonnay 2016, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada Drink: 2018 - 2023 462093 13% XD 750 mL $37.00 October 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Westcott Vineyards Verjus Pinot Noir, Canada Drink: 2019 - 2021 D 750 mL October 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Douloufakis Femina Malvasia 2015, Crete P.G.I., Greece Malvasia food pairings: steamed shellfish with fresh lemon juice, Saganaki, calamari. Drink: 2016 - 2021 266600 13% D 750 mL $16.95 October 2019. 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

Domaine de Grand Pré Tidal Bay 2017, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada Drink: 2018 - 2022 11% MD 750 mL $20.00 October 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine de Grand Pré L'acadie Blanc 2017, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada L'acadie Blanc food pairings: seafood, white meat or cheese dishes. Drink: 2018 - 2023 12% D 750 mL $18.00 October 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Domaine de Grand Pré Seyval Blanc 2017, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada Seyval Blanc food pairings: Summer salads with vinaigrettes and white fish with lemon are the perfect match.. Drink: 2018 - 2022 12% D 750 mL $17.00 October 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Avondale Sky Winery Tidal Bay 2016, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada Drink: 2017 - 2022 9.6% D 750 mL $19.13 October 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Avondale Sky Winery Select Small Lots Ortega 2017, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada Drink: 2018 - 2022 10.2% D 750 mL $21.99 October 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Avondale Sky Winery Tennycape 2015, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada Drink: 2017 - 2021 9.6% MD 750 mL $18.99 October 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Avondale Sky Winery Select Small Lots Riesling 2017, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada Drink: 2018 - 2022 8.7% D 750 mL $21.99 October 2019. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

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 $23.95 Score: 90/100. October 2019. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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