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Norman Hardie Riesling 2017
OUR BEST BUY VINTAGES RIESLING OF 2023 - #131169 - $21.20
Intense, Complex, Well Structured *** (93-points)

March 2, 2024 celebrates the 4th VINTAGES RELEASE of this incredible 2017. Bright medium straw colour, it has a very intense, complex, mineral-driven, yellow-grapefruit-tinged, ripe apple-lemon nose with slightly spicy meringue and classic petrol notes. Slightly off dry, medium bodied and beautifully structured, it is surprisingly complex and intense with lots of ripe apple-lemon fruit and a lingering, meringue-tinged finish. Perfectly balanced with a hefty 8.2 g/L total acidity. Sourced from premium sites in the Niagara Escarpment & Prince Edward County, each block is individually whole cluster pressed and fermented separately in stainless steel then aged 4 months on the lees.
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A Truly Stunning Syrah from François Villard

Mairlant Saint-Joseph Syrah 2020
Vintages 17th BEST BUY HIGHLGHT #35942 - $48.95
Ripe, Bright, Plummy, Red Cherry ***/***+ (94 points)

I tasted this outstanding Saint-Joseph just in time to celebrate World Syrah Day - Friday February 16. It has an extremely deep intense purple colour. The nose is very intense, complex and concentrated, taking its own time to open open up with its gently earthy, warm, ripe, Damson-plum-black-currant driven fruit flavours. Delicious and even better on the palate. Dry, medium-full bodied, dense, mouthfilling, rich, ripe, plum-black-cherry-cassis flavours with a lingering, sandalwood-tinged, remarkably well textured finish. Mairlant is made from 100% whole cluster Syrah and aged for 18 months in old oak barrels. Only 1,400 cases produced, it has 13.5% alcohol and will improve over the next decade.
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New in Vintages - A Bargain from Burgundy

Domaine des Terres Gentilles Pinot Noir 2021
Vintages 17 BEST BUY #34254 - $23.95
Ripe, Bright, Plummy, Red Cherry *** (89.5 points)

What a pleasure to find such a tasty, fruit-driven, ready-to-drink, crowd-pleasing Bourgogne at this price point. This 100% Pinot Noir has a violet-tinged fairly deep red colour. Lots of ripe plum on the nose with some dried cherry and red licorice note. Dry, medium bodied, gently juicy, attractive, ripe, plum-crancherry-strawberry fruit flavours with a lingering, harmonious, bright finish. Perfection with poultry and wintery roasted vegetable dishes, it has 13% alcohol and 2 g/L residual sugar with lot number 2325601 on the lower part of the glass bottle..
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A Classic Organic Rhone Best Buy


Michel Gassier Nostre Pais 2020
VINTAGES FEBRUARY 17 # 295410 - $25.95
Dry, Rich, Ripe, Fruity, Harmonious *** (91 points)

A value-packed organic Rhone to remember. Fairly deep purple colour with an attractive, slightly spicy, intense, ripe, plummy-raspberry nose with some gently floral, faintly earthy, cedary notes. Dry, medium bodied, well structured, slightly spicy, intense, ripe plum-cherry-raspberry flavours with a lingering, bright, gently cedary, bright finish. Fairly complex, elegant and ready-to-drink - great with a steak. This tasty organic NEW blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah and 5% Carignan has 15% alcohol.The heightened mouthfeel is in part attributable to minimal filtration.
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February 17 White Value Highlight

PICNIC VERDEJO 2021
Vintages February 17 BEST BUY #32810 - $13.95
Dry, Bright, Ripe, Fresh **+ (88.5 points)

PICNIC WHITE WINE in the middle of February? Perhaps someone knew that that this would be the warmest winter ever. Nevertheless, this very tasty, ready-to-drink, crowd-pleaser comes from the Rueda region just north of Madrid from Bodegas VEGNZONES. It has a very pale straw colour with an attractive, gently spicy, fresh, ripe, lemon-apple-white-peach nose with lots of mineral notes. Dry, medium to medium-light bodied, bright, very gently grassy, yellow grapefruit flavours with a crisp, refreshing, unoaked finish. Perfect with seafood, poultry and appetizers, it has 13% alcohol and under 2 g/L residual sugar. New in Vintages and not to be missed.
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A Vintages BEST BUY #467217 - $18.95
Dry, Bright, Fresh Apple-Lemon **+ (88.5 points)

This French method classique celebration of Spring has a light straw colour. Intense, slightly spicy, bright, ripe, red-apple-lemon nose with some toasty-mineral notes. Dry, medium bodied, zesty, fresh, apple-lemon flavours with a lingering, gently complex, crisp, effervescent, ripe pear-tinged finish. A versatile, ready-to-drink, crowd-pleaser, this tasty blend of 90% Mauzac and 10% Chardonnay has 12% alcohol and 10 g/L residual sugar with lot number L23272 on the back label.
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Reif EstateThe Magician Shiraz/Pinot Noir 2019
Vintages BEST BUY # 246413 - $29.95
Solid, Rich, Ripe, Harmonious *** (92 points)

Extremely deep intense purple colour. Attractive, complex, intense, faintly spicy, ripe, plum-cherry-raspberry-cassis fruit on the nose with some gently cedary, red licorice notes. Dry, medium-full bodied, rich, dense and well structured with very ripe, plum-cherry-cassis fruit flavours and cedary notes on the lingering, bright finish.
 

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