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Bodegas Franco-Espanolas 'Diamante', Rioja Spain
Readers rated this wine:
Rustic, honeyed, substance.
I've been told that this semi-sweet blend of Viura and Malvasia is the number one selling Rioja white wine in the world. It shows earthy aromas of mushrooms and wild honey alongside bruised peaches and melon with a suggestion of wildflowers. It's off-dry with nice palate weight; it has substance and a sort of savoury funky rustic character.
Pairs Great with Gone Crackers Roasted Shallot & Herb
 
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Wine Scores Reviewed - September 28th, 2020
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88 Points
 

255015

Agency: The Drinks List

La Crema Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast California
Readers rated this wine:
Delicious, ripe, creamy.
Golden in hue and ripe in style; lovely warm apple pie, toasted walnuts, browned butter, pineapple, melon and lemon meringue aromas lead to a palate with yellow fruit, spice and vanilla. Creamy and lengthy and wonderfully fresh; very appealing.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - September 28th, 2020
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91 Points
 

366948
UPC Code -49331002222
Agency: Summit Fine Wines

Fern Walk Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley, BC
Readers rated this wine:
Pristine, perfumed, value.
It's been a few years since I tasted the Fern Walk wines, and I'm delighted to see this attractively priced Pinot Gris is showing so well.
Perfumed with peaches and apricots, orchard blossoms and honey notes, which lead to a pristine palate overflowing with expressive fruit flavours that leading to a tangy lime and grapefruit finish.
Nice value in this bottle.
Pair: smoked salmon, creamy fish dishes, chicken salad, mushroom ravioli.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - September 28th, 2020
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90 Points
 


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Chateau d'Antugnac 'La Closerie des Lys Chardonnay, France
Readers rated this wine:
Delicate, fresh, crisp.
In 1997, school friends the Collovrays and the Terriers began a new adventure by purchasing Chateau d'Antugnac in the Haute Valleee de l'Aude, in the Pyrenees; one of the Languedoc's best regions. Here the terroir makes for fresh wines, while the expertise of the fourth-generation winemakers ensures elegance and finesse.
It comes from 15-year-old vines grown on high elevation clay-limestone soils.
A shy nose of golden fruit and honey, citrus and mineral result in a similarly delicate palate of crisp tree fruits, mineral and citrus. It's primarily fresh, but has a creamy edge and lemony finish. A straightforward but fine everyday white for fish, white meats, creamy sauces.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - September 28th, 2020
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89 Points
 

65116

Agency: The Drinks List

L'Acadie Vineyards Vintage Cuvee Rose, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia
Readers rated this wine:
Pristine, charming, persistent.
L'Acadie Vineyards was established by BC winemaker, Bruce Ewert in 2004 who saw potential in the region's ocean influenced cool-climate and ancient sea-bed soil terroir. It has become a respected producer of small lot organic sparkling wines like this traditional method blend of Marechal Foch, L'Acadie Blanc and Chardonnay.
Salmon pink with tiny persistent chains of bubbles, it delivers vibrant aromas of strawberry-rhubarb compotes, small forest berries, tealeaf, orange segments, vanilla, honeysuckle and forest floor. Bubbly and vibrant, the palate mimics the nose with tangy tangerine and vanilla cream, strawberry and rhubarb flavours. Charming and fresh with a kiss of sweetness.
Pair:oily seafood, roast turkey or chicken, complex or spicy Asian dishes, soft cheeses, creamy sauces.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - September 28th, 2020
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92 Points
 

16546
UPC Code -812554001019
Agency: The Drinks List

L'Acadie Vineyards Vintage Cuvee, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia
Readers rated this wine:
Creamy, elegant, complex.
L'Acadie Vineyards was established by BC winemaker, Bruce Ewert in 2004 who saw potential in the region's ocean influenced cool-climate and ancient sea-bed soil terroir. It has become a respected producer of small lot organic sparkling wines like this traditional method blend of Seyval and Chardonnay.
Glinting golden it has persistent strings of beads and aromas of yellow apples, candied melon, toasted pastry and spiced honey. Creamy amd complex with generosity balanced with precision; citrus and nutty flavours are woven with taut yellow fruit flavours. It is lengthy and rich.
Pair:shellfish, roast turkey or chicken, soft cheeses and creamy sauces or soups.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - September 28th, 2020
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92 Points
 

16541
UPC Code -812554001002
Agency: The Drinks List

Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley, California
Readers rated this wine:
Icon, fragrant, seductive.
An iconic wine from one of Napa's most treasured producers, the 2017 marks Duckhorn's 40th vintage. This Merlot dominant blend comes from a selection of estate and independent producer vineyards in the valley and is comprised of Varietal Composition: 80% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, 0.5% Malbec that was aged in French oak, 40% new, 60% neutral.
Plums and black raspberry, vanilla, licorice, brown spices, pipe tobacco. chocolate and purple flower aromas describe the nose. It is fresh and supple, smooth and quite opulent. Seductive and complete it has a polished woven finish with sweet tannins
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Wine Scores Reviewed - September 25th, 2020
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92 Points
 

558239

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Rapitalia Grillo, Sicily, Italy
Readers rated this wine:
NEW, Value, approachable.
This new, organic Grillo is a BC Select wine available in BC Liquor Stores and offers very decent value. An important grape in Sicily, it's an aromatic variety so care is taken to maintain the fruity aromas and freshness.
Stone fruits and wild flowers, honey and lemon zest aromas are echoed on the palate. Dry with citrus and herbal flavours it's an approachable white for fish, fried cheese croquettes, crunchy vegetables and pasta tossed in olive oil.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - September 25th, 2020
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89 Points
 

68516
UPC Code -8002010675423
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La Crema Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast California
Readers rated this wine:
Expressive, silky, harmonious.
Forest berries and sour cherry, vanilla, tealeaf, red plums and licorice, violets and exotic spice aromas are expressed. It is supple and fresh with generous fruit; concentrated yet vibrant it trails spice and pipe tobacco on a persistent finish.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - September 25th, 2020
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90 Points
 

366930
UPC Code -49331002307
Agency: Summit Fine Wines

Mission Hill Family Estate Winery Reserve Brut, Okanagan Valley, BC
Readers rated this wine:
New, fresh, approachable. This charmat method (second fermentation in tank) sparkler is made from estate Pinot Noir (10%) and Chardonnay (90%) from Black Sage and Golden Mile vineyards. Fresh, fizzy and approachable it suggests aromas of tree fruits and honey, acacia, lemongrass and lime zest. It has a creamy mousse and delicate fruit flavours. Lively and fun. If you like Prosecco, this will be right in your wheelhouse.
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Wine Scores Reviewed - September 25th, 2020
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89 Points
 

228398

Agency: Mark Anthony Group