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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017

VINTAGES

29

UNCORK SOMETHING GREAT • SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017

BRITISH COLUMBIA

OSOYOOS LAROSE

LE GRAND VIN 2013

6

BC VQA Okanagan Valley

TASTING NOTE: This wine is an essential for me every

vintage. It always over delivers on price and quality.

This vintage is something that is a leap above what

has come before it ... The nose is pencil shaving and

cocoa powder over black currant and raspberry ...

enters your mouth with cherry and strawberry ...

moves to black currant, blackberry and dark plum ...

blooms into subtle violet. The floral note on this wine

lingers as it moves to cocoa powder. This wine is

quite tight and closed if you open it now, but it will

start to open up with an hour in a decanter. While this

will be approachable young I anticipate this wine will

age for 10-15 years with ease in a proper cellar.

Score:

HHHHH

(André Proulx,

andrewine

review.ca

, Oct. 20, 2016)

Full-bodied & Firm

626325

(XD)

750 mL

$48.95

2

USA

–WHITEWINE

CALIFORNIA

DECOY SONOMA COUNTY

SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015

Sonoma County

(Duckhorn Wine Company)

TASTING NOTE: The Key lime, citrus zest, honeydew

melon and green apple flavors are juicy and lively, with

a refreshing finish. Drink now. Score:

89

(MaryAnn

Worobiec,

winespectator.com

, Nov. 15, 2016)

Aromatic & Flavourful

515122

(XD)

750 mL

$29.95

1

HAVENS CARNEROS NAPA VALLEY

CHARDONNAY 2015

Carneros, Napa Valley

TASTING NOTE: Pure and rich, focused on ripe pear,

apple, honeydew and spice flavors, with oak evident

but well-integrated. White peach, nectarine and fig

notes emerge on the aftertaste. Drink now through

2021. Score:

91

(James Laube,

Wine Spectator

,

July 31, 2017)

Full-bodied & Rich

454587

(XD)

750 mL

$24.95

2

LA CREMA RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY

CHARDONNAY 2015

Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

TASTING NOTE: Pure and lively, with flavors of lemon

meringue, green apple, honeydew and spice. Though

rich and dense, this is also elegant. The vibrancy

keeps the flavors dancing. Drink now through 2021.

Score:

92

(James Laube,

winespectator.com

,

June 15, 2017)

Full-bodied & Rich

067231

(XD)

750 mL

$39.95

2

SOFIA CHARDONNAY 2013

Monterey County

(Francis Ford Coppola)

TASTING NOTE: Very good depth of flavour in

Coppola’s engaging Sofia chardonnay. Compelling

if the first sip isn’t a turn off. There is a honeyed and

light oxidative character to the palate with acids

beginning to sour in a most tantalizing fashion. Great

presence and power without any excessive oak or

alcohol. A lovely viscous texture adds to the appeal.

There is an Alsace meets Burgundy character to this

chardonnay that is most intriguing. Flavourful and

dynamic but for adventuresome enthusiasts. Elegant

packaging. Drink soon. TastedAugust 2016. Score:

89

(Sara d’Amato,

winealign.com

, Sept. 3, 2016)

Full-bodied & Rich

458836

(XD)

750 mL

$27.95

1

USA

– REDWINE

CALIFORNIA

CLIFF LEDE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014

Stags Leap District, Napa Valley

TASTING NOTE: ... sensational and only hints at what

consumers are likely to find with their more expen-

sive and higher-end cuvées. This is just a stunner

that is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9%

Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc and the rest

Malbec and Merlot. Dense purple in color, it has a

beautiful nose of spring flowers, blackcurrants,

subtle background oak and licorice and a long,

opulent mouthfeel. This is a beauty that can be drunk

now or cellared for another 15 more years. It is a

heck of a wine and irresistible. Drink Date: 2016-

2031. Score:

93

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robertparker.

com

, Dec. 30, 2016)

Full-bodied & Firm

014217

(XD)

750 mL

$122.95

2