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Jason's Top Wines from LCBO Vintages Release July 7

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Santa Rita Real Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Maipo Valley, Chile: An intense and aromatic nose of mint and blackberry with plush fleshy plums on the palate. Nicely balanced with full-bodied goodness. Drink: 2012-2016. 460170 13.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. February 18, 2012 Full Review
Château Val Joanis Tradition Chancel Family, Prop-Récolt. Syrah Rosé 2011, A.C., Luberon, Rhône, France: Lovely balance and taste. Mouth-filling but not heavy. Aromas of wild strawberry and raspberry. Drink: 2012-2014. 707281 13.50% D 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 88/100. July 7, 2012 Best Value Rosé. Full Review
Pfaffenheim Cuvée Bacchus Le Cave Des Vignerons De Pfaffenheim Gewurztraminer 2010, A.C., Alsace, France: A soft and subtle gewurz with notes of rose petal, lychee. Medium-bodied. Drink: 2012-2014. 996017 13.50% M 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 87/100. July 7, 2012 Full Review
E. Guigal Gigondas 2009, A.C., Rhône, France: Rich and complex; loaded with flavour yet ultra elegant and refined. Superb craftsmanship. Aromas of black cherry and wild blackberry with just enough smoke on the long finish. Drink: 2012-2020. 331900 14% D 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 94/100. July 7, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Domaine Edmond Jacquin Altesse Roussette De Savoie 2010, A.C., Savoie, France  277335 12.50% D 750 mL  $17.95. July 7, 2011 Full Review
Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2009, D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy: Juicy, robust and rustic (in a good way) with aromas of black cherry and cedar. It's got a good grip, so decant for 2 hours or give it some cellar time. Full-bodied and tasty. Drink: 2013-2016. 142389 13.50% XD 750 mL  $25.95 Score: 91/100. July 7, 2012 Full Review
Società agricola Il Quadrifoglio di Grifone Anna Rosa e C. Snc Molise Rosso Il, Terresacre, Quadrifoglio Di Grifon Montepulciano 2009, D.O.C., Molise, Italy  280834 14% XD 750 mL  $15.95. July 7, 2011 Full Review
Bastianich Adriactico Friulano 2010, D.O.C., Colli Orientali Del Friuli, Italy: A floral white with mouth-watering acidity and a pleasantly dry, bitter and refreshing finish. Drink: 2012-2014. 277467 13% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 87/100. July 7, 2012 Full Review
Vinum Africa The Winery Of Good Hope Chenin Blanc 2010, W.O., Stellenbosch, The Hope Of Good Cape, Western Cape, South Africa: A terrific taste experience for the money! Vibrant lime breaks through the toasty oak. Good acidity and balance. Medium-bodied. Drink: 2012-2015. 739995 13.50% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 88/100. July 7, 2012 Best Value White Wine. Full Review
Waterkloof Circle Of Life White False Bay Vineyards Named Varietal Blends-White 2010, W.O., Stellenbosch, South Africa  284588 14% XD 750 mL  $26.95. July 7, 2011 Full Review
Grove Street Pinot Noir 2010, Sonoma County, California, United States: Cherry pie and baking spice aromas in this medium-bodied, silky red. Endless flavour and a remarkable price for such good pinot noir. Drink: 2012-2015. 231613 14.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. July 7, 2012 Full Review

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