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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017

VINTAGES

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UNCORK SOMETHING GREAT • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017

ICEWINE

DARK HORSE VALEGRO SPECIAL RESERVE

CABERNET FRANC ICEWINE 2015

6

VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario

TASTING NOTE: John Rasenberg and his wife, Sue

Ann, chose the name Dark Horse in part for their

love of horses and in part for their appreciation of the

outsider. This rich, vibrant Cab Franc Icewine offers

notions of strawberry preserves and sweet spices.

The producers suggest pairing it with vanilla bean ice

cream or dark chocolate, or sipping it as a dessert

unto itself. It’ll also be lovely with soft and blue

cheeses. (Vintages panel, April 2017)

Lusciously Sweet

522508

(S)

375 mL

$44.95

2

PONDVIEW VIDAL ICEWINE 2015

6

VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario

TASTING NOTE: This is pale-gold in colour with

aromas of clover, apricot, and apple pie. It’s full bodied

and syrupy sweet with flavours of dried apricot and

apple, trailing off to a fruit-forward finish. Use this as

an ingredient in the winery’s own Vidal Icewine Apple

Chutney recipe. Score:

HHHHK

(Dave Isaacs,

winecurrent.com

, Aug. 15, 2017)

Lusciously Sweet

390351

(S)

200 mL

$19.95

2

SPARKLING WINE

BENAJMIN BRIDGE

MÉTHODE CLASSIQUE

6

Traditional method, Nova Scotia

TASTING NOTE: ... contains reserve wines (chardonnay

and pinot noir) up to 15 years old, going back to

the inaugural 2002 vintage from Benjamin Bridge, ...

with an average of three years on lees overall. Depth

and especially complexity, aswell as length on the

palate, are excellent, while the flavour profile is

decidedly steely, flinty and smoky, dried spearmint,

ginger, and lime-tinged, far more mineral than fruity

and still remarkably fresh. I love the balance, the

essentially bone dry nature with sharp but not sour

acids, the transparent and sinewy texture, and the

genuine concentration of flavour. Considering the

attractive price, the impressive quality, and the volume

available, this wine has the potential to put Nova Scotia

sparkling firmly on the national and even world map.

Score:

90

(John Szabo, MS,

wine align.com

, Dec. 8,

2016)

Medium-bodied & Flavourful

528752

(XD) 750 mL

$32.95

1

VIENI SPARKLING RIESLING

6

Charmat Method,

VQA Ontario

TASTING NOTE: Made in a similar method to Italy’s

Prosecco, this sparkler offers notions of honey, apple,

lemon and lime with a soft, creamymousse. (Vintages

panel, March 2017)

Light & Fruity

520411

(M)

750 mL

$19.95

1

L’ORMARINS BRUT CLASSIQUE

Traditional method,

WOWestern Cape, South Africa

TASTING NOTE: Anthonij Rupert is one of South

Africa’s iconic producers. This bubbly blends 55%

Chardonnay with 45% Pinot Noir. It’s elegant and

lemony, with gentle effervescence and a long, tangy

finish. Chill and sip with seafood appetizers, or

panko-crusted cod with parsley and lemon. (Vintages

panel, Nov. 2016)

Medium-bodied & Flavourful

493411

(XD) 750 mL

$23.95

1

ARTHUR METZ CUVÉE PRESTIGE BRUT

CRÉMANT D’ALSACE

Traditional method, AP Alsace, France

TASTING NOTE: Bread and lemon, rather than primary

fruit, denotes the scent. The dry and restrained palate

is serious and values yeasty autolytic notes above fruit.

There is lemon freshness among the yeast and bread

flavors and a dry, almost severe finish. Score:

88

(Anne

Krebiehl, MW,

Wine Enthusiast

, Dec. 1, 2016)

Medium-bodied & Flavourful

369116

(D)

750 mL

$19.95

1