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30 VINTAGES

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017

UNCORK SOMETHING GREAT • SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017

HALL CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013

Napa Valley

TASTING NOTE: The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa, which is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit

Verdot, 6%Merlot and 3% Syrah, shows a dense

ruby/purple color, super concentration, chocolate, a

touch of oak and a medium to full-bodied impres-

sively concentrated style. It’s approachable now, but

perhaps will be better in 4-5 years and last 20. Drink

Date: 2016-2036. Score:

92+

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

, Dec. 30, 2015)

Full-bodied & Firm

273391

(XD)

750 mL

$79.95

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J. LOHR SEVEN OAKS

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015

Paso Robles

Our most popular California Cabernet doubles the

sizzle factor in this magnum format. There’s a reason

this Cab is the most popular red in the Vintages

Essentials Collection. It’s full-bodied and packed with

black cherry, blackcurrant, cedar, vanilla and spice.

Equally at home with a casual steak sandwich or a

thick rib-eye steak. The magnum size is perfect for

dinner parties.

Full-bodied & Smooth

016915

(XD)

1500 mL

$46.95

2

PURPLE COWBOY TRAIL BOSS

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015

Paso Robles

Purple Cowboy has raised a truly amazing $22

million and counting for breast cancer research and

awareness. Proceeds from the sale of this wine in

Vintages will contribute to the winery’s commitment

to donate $10,000 to Wellspring’s (wellspring.ca)

Nourish program.

TASTING NOTE: With a husband and son who are

both professional rodeo cowboys, and herself a

breast cancer survivor and awareness activist, Terry

Wheatley, creator of Purple Cowboy wines, knows

a thing or two about true grit. This wine is big and

bold, with ripe blueberry, blackberry and black-

currant, sweet vanilla and a touch of chocolate.

(Vintages panel, May 2017)

Full-bodied & Smooth

524223

(XD)

750 mL

$24.95

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Featured as our Wine of the Month

USA

– REDWINE

CONT’D

CALIFORNIA

CLOS DU BOIS SONOMA RESERVE

MERLOT 2014

Alexander Valley, Sonoma County

TASTING NOTE: Drought conditions in California’s

2014 vintage produced intense, weighty wines such

as this fleshy Merlot, which was aged for 20 months

in French oak. It offers rich plum and cherry flavours

underscored by toasty oak, all wrapped in a creamy

texture. (Vintages panel, March 2017)

Full-bodied & Smooth

034900

(XD)

750 mL

$24.95

2

CROSSBARN PINOT NOIR 2014

Sonoma Coast

(Paul Hobbs)

TASTING NOTE: The Crossbarn 2014 Pinot Noir

Sonoma Coast is another knockout winner. A

Sonoma Coast cuvée of just over 11,000 cases, the

wine (made from Dijon clones 777 and 115 and the

Calera selection) exhibits some smoky barbecue

notes, baking spice, loads of blackcurrant and black

cherry fruit, medium to full body, and plenty of spice,

but the purity of fruit and lusciousness are head-

turners, especially at this price point. The two cuvées

of Crossbarn Cabernet Sauvignon are also note-

worthy values. Score:

90-92

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

, March 3, 2016)

Medium-bodied & Fruity

522938

(XD)

750 mL

$49.95

2

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA DIAMOND

COLLECTION CLARET 2015

Sonoma County

TASTING NOTE: “Claret” is another term for red

Bordeaux and the wines they inspire. This one is a

blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit

Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4%Merlot showing

notes of cherry, blackberry, plum and cassis with

a touch of flinty smoke. Nice depth and structure.

Pour with slow-cooked mutton chops braised in red

wine, garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt and olive oil.

(Vintages panel, May 2017)

Full-bodied & Firm

479055

(D)

750 mL

$29.95

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