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34 VINTAGES

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2017

UNCORK SOMETHING GREAT • SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2017

USA

– REDWINE

CALIFORNIA

J. LOHR HILLTOP

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015

Paso Robles

Hilltop is J. Lohr’s highest-altitude vineyard in Paso

Robles. This Cabernet Sauvignon includes splashes

of Petit Verdot and Malbec and is as consistently

popular as it is consistently big and burly, with cassis,

black fruit, woodsmoke and chocolate. Pour with

rosemary-seasoned rib-eye and garlic roasted

potatoes with parsnips and fennel.

Full-bodied & Smooth

686584

(XD) 750 mL

$47.95

2

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MARTIN RAY PINOT NOIR 2015

Sonoma County

TASTING NOTE: Medium ruby-purple colored, the

2015 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast has a lifted black

berry nose of black cherries, black raspberries and

violets with some rhubarb and forest floor suggestions.

Very young and lively in the medium to full-bodied

mouth, it has a solid frame of grainy tannins and a long,

uplifting finish. Score:

89

(Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW,

robertparker.com

, Feb. 28, 2017)

Medium-bodied & Fruity

518209

(XD) 750 mL

$32.95

2

RAVENSWOOD BESIEGED 2014

Sonoma County

TASTING NOTE: One of the original three R’s of

Zinfandel, along with Ridge and Rosenblum, this

Ravenswood sports a lengthy list of grape varieties

in the blend, along with Zin. It’s a brawny and bold

effort not for the faint of palate – ‘No wimpy wines’, is

their motto – with lots going on, including good

value. Roasted herb, underbrush and peppery spice

aromas set the stage for an array of players on the

flavour palette with luscious dark cherry, tang-laden

red currant and ripe briary berry to the fore with

minor bits of vanilla, spice and espresso roast. It’s full

bodied and full fruited with complexity, structure and

an appealing finish and aftertaste. Score:

HHHHJ

(Vic Harradine,

winecurrent.com

, Oct. 12, 2016)

Full-bodied & Smooth

414136

(D)

750 mL

$24.95

2

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USA

–WHITEWINE

CALIFORNIA

IRONSTONE

CHENIN BLANC 2016

California

TASTING NOTE: This 100% Chenin Blanc was

mostly sourced from Lodi’s Sloughhouse sub-

appellation, with the remainder of the fruit coming

from Clarksburg. This is intense and fragrant,

with juicy lime and pear. Delicious. Try it with crab

or grilled shrimp. (Vintages panel, Jan. 2017)

Aromatic & Flavourful

515130

(D)

750 mL

$17.95

2

ST. FRANCIS CHARDONNAY 2015

Sonoma County

From awell-known producer, this popular Chardonnay

is sustainably farmed and typically crafted in a big, rich

style that places great emphasis on delivering complex

aromatics and flavours. The fruit is sourced from sites

in Sonoma Valley, Russian River Valley, Carneros and

Alexander Valley. This will be an intensely flavoured

wine with ripe orchard and tropical fruit. Try it with

grilled pork or roast chicken.

Full-bodied & Rich

317131

(XD) 750 mL

$19.95

2

TOM GORE

SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015

California

TASTING NOTE: This wine is grassy in aroma, lively

and crisp in texture and tastes almost like fresh-sliced

Pippin apples. It is fresh and well balanced, perfect

for appetizers and seafood. Editors’ Choice. Score:

89

(Jim Gordon,

Wine Enthusiast

, Feb. 1, 2017)

Aromatic & Flavourful

515114

(XD) 750 mL

$19.95

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