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'Las Acequias' by Luis Segundo Correas Bonarda, Mendoza Argentina
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While Malbec is undoubtedly the king in Mendoza, Bonarda claimed that crown long before. This work-horse red grape of Italian origins, was mainly used in bulk table wine and now is mainly used as a blender, to to add fruitiness to the finished wine. But, Bonarda, especially ones from 85 year-old vines like this one is, can be excellent on its own, especially when oak aged as this one - 6 months in French barrels.
Fragrant aromas of plump raspberries, vanilla and violets, chocolate and star anise dominate the nose. The palate boasts an attractive fleshy character with cedar and fine spice, vanillin oak and ample purple fruit.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - November 28th, 2016

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90 Points
 

191833
UPC Code -7798067081034
Agency: Patagonia Imports
Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza Argentina
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Second Review: Nov 2016
Nose: vanilla and toffee, wild forest berries and black currents, roasted plums, sweet spices and a core of leather and smoked meat. The palate is quite ripe with expressive berry flavours, mocha, tobacco atop a smoked meaty core sprinkled with fleur de sel. Overall smooth but with powdery tannins across the tongue to add texture.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - November 4th, 2016
Plush, succulent, value.
The Alamos wines are made by the respected Catena (Catena Zapata) family of Mendoza. This vintage, the Cabernet offers attractive and plush black cherry and black current jam, chocolaty mocha, pipe tobacco and baking spices on the nose. It follows through with a supple and succulent palate with toasted spice, dark fruit and a bittersweet cocoa finish. Very good acidity to balance and smooth tannins.
Pair:: Grilled steak or lamb and grilled or roasted vegetables.
Pairs great with Gone Crackers Canadian Chedder & Chive
 
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Wine Scores Reviewed - November 21st, 2014

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89 Points
 

467944
UPC Code -7794450008060
Agency: E&J Gallo
Alamos Malbec, Mendoza Argentina
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Second Review: August 2015
Overall savoury in style and consistent. Nose: Espresso and peppery spices, herbs leather and tealeaf atop bittersweet chocolate and wild briary berries. The palate is meaty, savoury and equally peppery with a saline character. Very good structure and acidity. A wine made for grilled meats and heavy proteins.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - August 4th, 2015
Value, consistency, rich.

Argentine Malbec continues to lure consumers, due to price and full-on flavour. Alamos is made by the Catena family, who have been Malbec pioneers in Mendoza for more than 110 years.
It's a solid balance of sweet and savoury. Bittersweet chocolate with peppery spices, vanilla, dried herbs, smoke and a layer of juicy cherry aromas. The palate is smooth and smoky; dark mocha, grilled meat and black fruit flavours lead the charge. Good length with a bittersweet finish.
Pair: Grilled meats and grilled vegetables, roasted mushrooms and hearty pastas

Pairs great with Gone Crackers Canadian Chedder & Chive
 
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Wine Scores Reviewed - March 13th, 2015

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88 Points
 

467951
UPC Code -7794450008084
Agency: E&J Gallo
Alamos Malbec, Mendoza Argentina
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Argentine Malbec continues to seduce consumers on both price and full-on flavour. Alamos is made by the Catena family, who have been Malbec pioneers in Mendoza for more than 110 years.
It's a solid balance of sweet and savoury. Expect aromas of blackberries and black cherries, espresso and licorice with toasted spices and hints of tea leaf. It enters the palate with juicy berry flavours and rolls into dark chocolate mocha, sarsaparilla and peppery spices. Expect lovely balance and freshness with a supple weight and good persistence.
Recommended pairings: grilled meats and grilled vegetables and hearty pastas

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Wine Scores Reviewed - December 7th, 2013

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89 Points
 

467951
UPC Code -7794450008084
Agency: E&J Gallo
Antinori 'Peppoli', DOCG Chianti Classico, Tuscany Italy
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Second review:
Great typicity here with smoked red cherries, saddle leather, strawberry, grilled herbs and cedar with layers of fine spice. The palate is fresh and juicy, it is medium-bodied with red berry fruit, leather, herbs, tobacco and spice to echo the nose. Fine chalky tannins and well balanced acidity in a rustic package.
A perfect foil for Italian dishes and any tomato based pastas or pizza.
©copyright 2012 Daenna Van Mulligen
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 11th, 2013

Classic spicy red cherry aromas wrapped in leather, roasted coffee beans, red plum, sunbaked earth, wild herbs and toasted oak. The palate is fresh with appealing rustic charm. Nice balance here, plenty of juicy red fruit with fine toasted spiec andetobacco trailing on the finish.
Pairs with slow cooked meats or hearty tomato sauces.

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Wine Scores Reviewed - August 10th, 2012

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90 Points
 

606541
UPC Code -8001935001362
Agency: Mark Anthony Group
Antinori 'Peppoli', DOCG Chianti Classico, Tuscany Italy
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I love the classic Chianti character in this widely available and consistent Tuscan. Expect juicy cherry and strawberry jam, leather, tealeaf, rose petals and fine spice. It has an earthy tone to the palate with leather, tobacco and spicy red fruit. Expect lively acidity in this food wine and a long finish carrying cedar and and toasted spice.
Pairs with slow cooked meats, classic Italian pizzas or hearty tomato sauces.

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Wine Scores Reviewed - November 27th, 2013

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90 Points
 

606541
UPC Code -8001935001362
Agency: Mark Anthony Group
Apothic Red Winemaker's Blend, California
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The leader of the pack. No wonder it's the No.1 selling California wine in BC, it was the first of a strong trend of sweeter red blends, laden with supple texture, gobs of fruit and chocolate.
This gothic labeled California red blend includes Zinfandel, Syrah and Merlot.
It is what you would expect, a plush fruit-forward red with chocolate covered cherries and berries (blueberry, raspberry), cola spices, sweet coffee, licorice and vanilla. It is straightforward, supple, sweet and spicy - entirely quaffable with burgers, chili, spicy ribs or pan pizza.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - February 5th, 2014

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88 Points
 

125617
UPC Code -85000017746
Agency: E&J Gallo
Apothic Red Winemaker's Blend, California
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The somewhat gothic labeled California red blend includes Zinfandel, Syrah and Merlot.
It is what you would expect, a plush fruit-forward red with chocolate and berries, molasses and plum cake, baking spices and vanilla. It is supple with loads of cherry, berry and milk chocolate flavours underscored by spice and vanilla. Smooth, lush - a straightforward crowd pleaser.
A perfect game day wine with grilled foods, burgers, chili, spicy ribs or pan pizza.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - January 30th, 2013

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88 Points
 

125617
UPC Code -85000017746
Agency: E&J Gallo
Apothic Red Winemaker's Blend, California, 2009
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An attractive, and somewhat gothic label tells you that this wine is a blend of Zinfandel, Syrah and Merlot.
It is what you would expect, a fruit-bomb style red with aromas of sweet plums, purple berries, vanilla and chocolate with hints of pipe tobacco. It is supple and sweet in the mouth with flavours of vanilla, ripe berries and mocha. Approachable and very consumer friendly.

©copyright 2011 Daenna Van Mulligen
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 30th, 2011

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88 Points
 

125617

Agency: E&J Gallo
Balthasar Ress Hattenheimer Schutzenhaus Riesling, Rheingau Germany
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Balthasar Ress' Hattenheimer Schutzenhaus is a wonderfully balanced and mouthwatering Riesling with great finesse.
Aromas of mineral (notably slate) lemon drops and honeysuckle with, apricot jelly and marmalade with earthy undertones. It is undeniably complex - expect layers of peach, green apple and wild honey with a racy marmalade finish. It has fantastic persistence and its residual sweetness is cleansed by brisk acidity.
A perfect wine for holiday dinners, which include ham, turkey, stuffing and mashed sweet potatoes...

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Wine Scores Reviewed - December 6th, 2013

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91 Points
 

50856
UPC Code -4018847111342
Agency: David Herman & Son
Balthasar Ress Hattenheimer Schutzenhaus Riesling, Rheingau Germany, 2010
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Balthasar Ress' Hattenheimer Schutzenhaus is a wonderfully balanced and mouthwatering wine with great finesse.
Aromas of smoke and slate, lemon drops and wild flowers, apricots in honey and marmalade with earthy, forest floor undertones. The palate is complex - layers of peach, green apples, honey and a bit of mushroom lead to a racy lemony marmalade finish. Wonderful persistence and any residual sweetness is swept up by brisk acidity.
A great wine for holiday dinners - think ham, turkey, stuffing and mashed yams...

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Wine Scores Reviewed - November 22nd, 2012

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91 Points
 

50856
UPC Code -4018847111342
Agency: David Herman & Son
Barone Ricasoli Brolio~Bettino Chianti Classico, Tuscany Italy
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Savoury and rustic - with cherries, meaty tones, tar and crushed flowers - a brooding Chianti Classico. The entry is fresh and spicy with balanced acidity followed up with flavours of earth, leather and mocha - powerful tannins linger on the finish.
Best to decant before drinking - will pair will with roasted meat dishes.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - December 4th, 2008

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88 Points
 

16657
UPC Code -618109003114
Agency: Trialto
Bartier~Scholefield Rose, Okangan Valley BC
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Second review:
Looking for a turkey wine this holiday season? Here it is... A potpourri of cedar chips and dried floral and berry notes, tangerine peel and fine spice with a whiff of dried herbs. A lovely silky texture greets the palate with flavours of rhubarb, sour cherry, kumquats and fine spices. It's a tangy and dry rose with a zingy finish.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - November 14th, 2013

The Gamay, which makes up the sole component in this rose, comes from a vineyard in McIntyre Bluff north of Oliver. The aromas here are strawberry and rhubarb, cedary notes with forest floor and some fine spice. It is dry and mouth-watering on the palate - expect tart fruit and pink grapefruit flavours with similar cedar and fine spices lingering on the finish.
Perfect for your holiday meals with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce.

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Wine Scores Reviewed - October 26th, 2011

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89 Points
 

UPC Code -62699011273
Agency: Trialto
Belle Glos Pinot Noir 'Clark & Telephone Vineyard', Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara, Calif.
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You could say that the Clark & Telephone is the most masculine of the four single vineyard Pinot Noirs that Joe Wagner makes under the Belle Glos label. The vineyards are: Las Alturas (planted high in the Santa Lucia highlands), Taylor Lane (close to the ocean and resulting fog on the coast) and this Clark & Telephone in Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara. The newest edition is the Dairyman Vineyard Pinot Noir, which hails from Russian River, also very near the Pacific Ocean.
Luscious fruit dominates - juicy cherry and black raspberry aromas tango with rose petals and violets harnessed to a core of fine spice, rainforest floor, cedar, cocoa and star anise. It is silky and plush with sweet and supple fruit yet it has firmness in its structure. Lovely acidity keeps it fresh and the finish is both persistent and generous.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - December 24th, 2013

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92 Points
 

243956
UPC Code -855622000118
Agency: Andrew Peller (formerly Grady)
Belle Glos Pinot Noir 'Clark & Telephone Vineyard', Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara, Calif.
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You could say that the Clark & Telephone is the most masculine of the three single vineyard Pinot Noirs that Joe Wagner makes under the Belle Glos label. The vineyards are: Las Alturas (planted high in the Santa Lucia highlands), Taylor Lane (close to the ocean and resulting fog on the coast) and this Clark & Telephone in Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara. Stay tuned in coming vintages - there may be another coming soon.
Luscious fruit dominates - juicy cherry and raspberry dance with slightly darker fruit. Next, crushed roses and violet notes are grounded with beets, leather and forest floor. It is silky and plush with a sink-your-teeth-into-it texture. Voluptuous fruit, licorice and spiced chocolate flavours grab on for the long haul.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - April 11th, 2013

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92 Points
 

243956
UPC Code -855622000118
Agency: Andrew Peller (formerly Grady)
Belle Glos Pinot Noir 'Clark & Telephone Vineyard', Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Readers rated this wine:
You could say that the Clark & Telephone is the most masculine of the four single vineyard Pinot Noirs that Joe Wagner makes under the Belle Glos label. The vineyards are: Las Alturas (planted high in the Santa Lucia highlands), Taylor Lane (close to the ocean and resulting fog on the coast) and this Clark & Telephone in Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara. The newest edition is the Dairyman Vineyard Pinot Noir, which hails from Russian River, also very near the Pacific Ocean.
Luscious fruit dominates - juicy cherry and black raspberry aromas tango with rose petals and violets harnessed to a core of fine spice, rainforest floor, cedar, cocoa and star anise. It is silky and plush with sweet and supple fruit yet it has firmness in its structure. Lovely acidity keeps it fresh and the finish is both persistent and generous.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - December 24th, 2013

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92 Points
 

243956
UPC Code -855622000118
Agency: Andrew Peller (formerly Grady)
Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon, Knight's Valley Sonoma California, 2010
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Winemaker Laurie Hook continues to make exceptional wines for this historic estate winery - the wines are elegant, with old world charm combined with new world fruit. Knight's Valley is more rustic than many nearby regions and has volcanic and alluvial soils, which Hook feels produces the unique characteristics she desires in this wine.
The Knight's Valley exemplifies this. Expect plush cassis and sweet spices, dark chocolate, graphite and mint, roasted coffee and savoury undertones of dried herbs and roasted bell peppers. It is a mouthfilling and lush wine laden with dark fruit, mocha and brown spices. It has wonderful acidity to balance, fantastic concentration and a lengthy spiced cocoa finish.

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Wine Scores Reviewed - November 26th, 2012

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93 Points
 

352583
UPC Code -89819003471
Agency: Treasury Wine Estates
Black Hills Estate Winery Carmenere, Okanagan Valley BC
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Succulent, impressive, enveloping.
Please serve this wine at a temperature slightly cooler than room temperature, it really does benefit, as do most red, which are being served too warm. Again, this is an impressive vintage of Black Hill's Carmenere. It is peppery and savoury with black currents, smoked cedar bacon fat and dried sage aromas. The palate is supple, succulent and enveloping. Impressive concentration and length, it trails flavours of spiced mocha and black fruits. .
Pair: roasted meats, pepper steak or risotto with mushroom jus and fresh savoury herbs.
©copyright 2018 Daenna Van Mulligen
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 27th, 2018

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93 Points
 

380063
UPC Code -626990061540
Agency: Landmark Selections
Black Hills Estate Winery Carmenere, Okanagan Valley BC
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Impressive, stylish, vibrant.
Increasingly impressive, this Carmenere offers red plums and tangy red currents, Szechuan peppercorns, vanilla, baking spices and grilled red bell peppers. Amazing vibrancy and liveliness in the mouth. It delivers expressive fruit flavours layered with oodles of peppery spices. Sweet and savoury with a feminine lilt, it is a lengthy and complex wine, with ripe tannins.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - August 4th, 2016

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92 Points
 

380063
UPC Code -626990061540
Agency: Landmark Selections
Black Hills Estate Winery Carmenere, Okanagan Valley BC
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Succulent, impressive, heft.
Please serve this wine at a temperature slightly cooler than room temperature, it really does benefit, as do most red, which are being served too warm. Again, this is an impressive vintage of Black Hill's Carmenere, which is spicy and savoury with briny notes of roasted red bell peppers dusted with fleur de sel, sage and dry thyme, szechuan peppercorns, dried plums and bittersweet chocolate. Similar salty/saline and meaty spices in the mouth; it is succulent and savoury with muscular black fruits and supple tannins. Wonderful concentration and structure but most admirably, brightness to balance its heft.
Pair: roasted meats, pepper steak or risotto with mushroom jus and fresh savoury herbs.
©copyright 2017 Daenna Van Mulligen
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 21st, 2017

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93 Points
 

380063
UPC Code -626990061540
Agency: Landmark Selections