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SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 2018

VINTAGES

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UNCORK SOMETHING GREAT • SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 2018

MURPHY-GOODE

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014

California

TASTING NOTE: From the stellar 2014 vintage, this

offers a rich medley of cassis, cherry, blackberry,

herbs, vanilla and delicately applied oak. Round and

smooth with excellent freshness and depth. A really

well-made, approachable wine from a trusted

producer. (Vintages panel, May 2017)

Full-bodied & Smooth

427542

(XD) 750 mL

$22.95

2

SEAGLASS PINOT NOIR 2015

Santa Barbara County

TASTING NOTE: A joyously vibrant and energetic

Californian Pinot Noir from the heartland of where

the movie

Sideways

was filmed in Santa Barbara.

Lip-smacking delicious cherry aromas and flavours.

Medium-bodied and silky smooth. Pair with grilled

chicken. Score:

92

(Natalie MacLean,

natalie

maclean.com

, April 25, 2017)

Medium-bodied & Fruity

539163

(XD) 750 mL

$19.95

2

TOASTED HEAD BARREL AGED

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015

California

This wine is loaded with toasty oak character –

hence, “Toasted Head” – taken from the toasted

barrels in which it’s matured. But not all of the smoky

character is from ageing. The vines are grown in

volcanic hillside soils that impart flinty smoke of their

own. This is always a dark, dense wine with rich

smoke and tobacco atop the ripe fruit tones. There

is nothing complicated here; this perennially and

reliably delivers smooth, toasty dark fruit and pairs

well with grilled meats.

Full-bodied & Smooth

686824

(D)

750 mL

$19.95

2

VINA ROBLES ESTATE

PETITE SIRAH 2013

Paso Robles

TASTING NOTE: This single-vineyard wine is an

excellent Petite Sirah, inky black, soft and thick in

tannins, with the most delicious mulberry, chocolate,

blackberry, espresso, cola, beef teriaki and spice

flavors. Oak barrel influence shows up in the smoki-

ness and caramelly-vanilla taste. Score:

94

(Steve

Heimoff,

steveheimoff.com

, Jan. 2017)

Full-bodied & Firm

538694

(XD) 750 mL

$20.95

2

ARGENTINA

– REDWINE

BENMARCO MALBEC 2014

Unfined and unfiltered, Uco Valley, Mendoza

(Dominio del Plata)

TASTING NOTE: A savory and juicy wine with black-

berry and dark chocolate character. Full body, velvety

tannins and a delicious finish. Rich tannin texture

gives linear definition. Better in 2017. Score:

93

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

, May 20, 2016)

Full-bodied & Smooth

657601

(XD) 750 mL

$18.95

2

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AUSTRALIA

–WHITEWINE

WAKEFIELD CLARE VALLEY ESTATE

CHARDONNAY 2016

Clare Valley, South Australia

The Taylor family have been makingwines for three

generations. They release their wines under

“Wakefield” in North America to avoid confusion with

an American producer of the same name. This is

sourced from sites in the relatively cool climate of Clare

Valley. You can expect this wine to reflect the sunny

tropical fruit, peach and citrus characters this region is

known for. Enjoy with barbecued scallops, or a green

salad with grilled chicken and avocado.

Score:

94

(Winemaker Challenge International Wine

Competition, 2017)

Full-bodied & Rich

711556

(XD) 750 mL

$15.95

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