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28 VINTAGES

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2017

UNCORK SOMETHING GREAT • SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2017

ICEWINE

CHÂTEAU DES CHARMES

RIESLING ICEWINE 2014

6

Paul Bosc Estate Vineyard, VQA St. David’s

Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario

TASTING NOTE: It’s a very full bodied, powerful, very

sweet and profound riesling icewine with classic

if youthful aromas of pear, lemon, spice and a hint of

evergreen. Very viscous and almost tropical, with

deeply embedded lemony acidity. Great focus and

length. Some will want a more linear riesling icewine,

but this is very impressive. Outstanding length.

Score:

93

(David Lawrason,

winealign.com

,

March 26, 2016)

Lusciously Sweet

413724

(S)

375 mL

$67.00

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CHÂTEAU DES CHARMES

VIDAL ICEWINE 2016

6

VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Château des Charmes Vidal Icewine is typically

intense and fruity. You can expect this to suggest

impressive citrus, pear, apricot and honey notes and

have a fine lifted floral quality. Balance is a byword

for all of the wines produced by Château des

Charmes, and this lusciously sweet Vidal Icewine will

be no exception. The sweetness is always offset by

the vibrancy of the zesty acidity.

Lusciously Sweet

413732

(S)

375 mL

$46.95

2

HENRY OF PELHAM

CABERNET ICEWINE 2015

6

VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario

Icewine is a rarity in the wine world, as only a few

regions are lucky enough to experience the

conditions required to produce it. Even rarer are red

Icewines. This popular example is made by one of

Ontario’s most important winemaking families and is

from one of Ontario’s most historically significant

varieties, Cabernet Franc. Look for bright, lifted red

fruit tones – think strawberry, raspberry and

cranberry – with refreshing acidity. This will be ideal

with a fruity dessert.

Lusciously Sweet

672402

(S)

200 mL

$39.95

2

CHAMPAGNE

MOËT & CHANDON GRAND VINTAGE

BRUT ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE 2008

AC, France

TASTING NOTE: Hints of honey and toast enrich

flavors of crushed black cherry, raspberry, singed

orange peel, mineral and licorice snap in this bright,

spiced rosé. Shows lovely integration. Vibrant acidity

drives the lingering, smoky finish. Drink now through

2028. Score:

93

(Alison Napjus,

winespectator.com

,

Nov. 30, 2016)

Rich & Complex

069831

(XD)

750 mL

$98.95

2

DRAPPIER MILLÉSIME

EXCEPTION CHAMPAGNE 2012

AC, France

Once occupied by Cistercian monks from Clairvaux

Abbey, this Champagne house includes some magni-

ficent 12th-century vaulted cellars. Drappier was

founded in 1808 and, in the 1930s, became the first

producer in the village of Urville to plant Pinot Noir

– a decision that was mocked at the time, although

history has shown that the variety positively thrives

there. This bubbly is made from 60% Pinot Noir and

40% Chardonnay.

Rich & Complex

513895

(XD)

750 mL

$74.95

2

SPARKLING WINE

CONTRABAND SPARKLING

CHARDONNAY

6

Charmat method, VQA Ontario

TASTING NOTE: Crafted in a lip-smacking, easy-

to-enjoy style. Creamy, with suggestions of yellow

apple, lemon custard and peach. Fresh and bright.

The gentle sweetness is nicely balanced by the bright

acidity. Perfect for seafood or spicy crab sushi.

(Vintages panel, June 2017)

Light & Fruity

443705

(D)

750 mL

$19.95

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