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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017

VINTAGES

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UNCORK SOMETHING GREAT • SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017

SEGURA VIUDAS HEREDAD RESERVA

BRUT CAVA

Traditional method, DO, Spain

TASTING NOTE: The annual pre-holiday release of

Segura Viudas Reserva is an immensely flavourful

cuvée. The bottle might be heavy but the contents

are ethereal and at the same time bursting with

vibrant, juicy fruit. A bready/leesy nose is inviting

while the mouthfeel is big but not heavy. Lovely, very

elegant texture. Widely appealing. Wish the pewter

bottom was removable for a coaster. Score:

90

(Sara

d’Amato,

winealign.com

, Sept. 2016)

Medium-bodied & Flavourful

558825

(D)

750 mL

$32.95

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CANADA

–WHITEWINE

ONTARIO

CAVE SPRING ESTATE

CHARDONNAY 2015

6

Cave Spring Vineyard, VQA Beamsville Bench,

Niagara Escarpment

TASTING NOTE: A terrifically ripe, sweet fruit

scented and fleshy vintage for Cave Spring’s estate

chardonnay raises the Beamsville bar and the cool

climate condition once again. It’s becoming increasingly

amazing what weight, stone fruit and even tropical

cream flavours can be coaxed from these Bench fruits

and how that can accumulate into such a rich, though

still spirited collection. Pour this for any sort of

chardonnay lover anywhere in the world and they will

all be duly impressed. Drink 2017-2020. Tasted

June 2017. Score:

90

(Michael Godel,

wine

align.com

, July 9, 2017)

Full-bodied & Rich

256552

(XD)

750 mL

$18.95

2

CHÂTEAU DES CHARMES PAUL BOSC

ESTATE CHARDONNAY 2013

6

VQA St. David’s Bench, Niagara-on-the-Lake

TASTING NOTE: This is a surprisingly rich yet poised

chardonnay with some elegance. The nose shows

nicelywoven, generous aromas of toasted nuts, vanilla

fudge, marzipan, baked apple and lemon. Lovely

creamy almost satiny texturewith fine acidity and some

warmth and spice on the finish. The length is excellent.

Score:

90

(David Lawrason,

winealign.com

,

Oct. 9, 2016)

Full-bodied & Rich

287268

(XD)

750 mL

$24.95

2

CLOSSON CHASE VINEYARD

CHARDONNAY 2014

6

VQA Prince Edward County

TASTING NOTE: The 2014 vintage of this popular

chardonnay from Prince Edward County is much

leaner and more vibrant than we have seen in recent

years. They have used less ripe fruit and less oak to

create a very classy less powerful more elegant wine.

It shows pear, lemon and apple fruit with a nutty

and mineral tone with well integrated oak spice and

vanilla. The palate is smooth and it is well balanced

by lemony acidity. It is delicate with some pear fruit

sweetness on the palate but it finishes dry with very

good length. Try with lobster. Tasted May 2016.

Score:

92

(Steve Thurlow,

winealign.com

,

May 25, 2016)

Light & Crisp

148866

(XD)

750 mL

$28.95

2

FLAT ROCK NADJA’S VINEYARD

RIESLING 2016

6

VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment

Platinum Medal winner at the 2017 National Wine

Awards of Canada.

TASTING NOTE: A truly remarkable wine, with floral

notes, pear and something like old parchment, along

with a touch of flint. On the palate, it’s generous and

balanced, with great length and an elegant, pretty,

flavorful finish. Score:

93

(Rémy Charest,

winealign.

com

, July 19, 2017)

Aromatic & Flavourful

578625

(M)

750 mL

$24.95

2

FOREIGN AFFAIR

SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015

6

VQA Niagara Peninsula

TASTING NOTE: Intense, with suggestions of

grass, fresh herbs, pea pod, apple, citrus and a touch

of tropical fruit. Nice, big mouthfeel. The producer

suggests pairing it with cedar-plank salmon, trout

fillets, roast chicken or steamed mussels. It’ll also go

nicely with autumn squash and buttery peas.

(Vintages panel, March 2017)

Aromatic & Flavourful

307587

(XD)

750 mL

$23.95

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