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Order a case, or mixed case, of the following two wines and those reviewed in the May 7, 2014 newsletter for daily home, office or restaurant delivery from Fielding Estate

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Fielding Estate Pinot Noir 2012 

VQA Niagara Peninsula $29.95 12.5% alcohol 
Aromas of ripe, dark berry fruit, spice and espresso roast provide segue for a medium-bodied, perfumed wash of floral-scented sour cherry, pomegranate and red currant flowing over the palate. It’s light-medium bodied with oodles of red-fruit tang. It’ll really shine with pasta in simple tomato sauce or pasta puttanesca. (Vic Harradine) 

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Fielding Estate ‘Lot No. 17 – Fielding Vineyard’ Riesling 2013 

VQA Beamsville Bench $25.95 10.0% alcohol 
Riesling lovers take note—fresh and lively on the nose and palate, this single-vineyard beauty struts its stuff with aromas of ripe peach, nectarine and apricot interlaced with spice and floral notes. A bracing line of lemon-lime and pineapple interlaced with mineral notes and green apple streak across the palate, infusing the crisp, fresh, mouth-watering aftertaste. It’s medium bodied with good mouth feel. This will improve in bottle, although quite wonderful now. (Vic Harradine) 

Order the following four wines online for daily home, office or restaurant delivery from Pillitteri

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Pillitteri Estates Chardonnay 2012 

VQA Niagara Peninsula $15.00 13.0% alcohol 
You’re getting a lot for your money here as it spent 9 months in expensive French oak barriques after being sourced from one of Niagara’s exceptionally good vintages. Melon, a salad bowl of tropical fruit and buttered toast on the nose, this medium-weight, nicely textured gem dishes up lovely flavours of peach, pear and apple then layers on crisp lemon acidity on the lingering finish. There’s good value in this. (Vic Harradine) 

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Pillitteri Estates Gewürztraminer 2012 

VQA Niagara-on the-Lake $18.00 12.5% alcohol 
Trust me on this, a thirty-minute decant will do wonders for this wine, it will open up and deliver all it has to give… and that’s quite a bit. Rosewater, ginger and exotic spice pour from the nose of this limited-production beauty—only 150 cases made. It’s slightly off-dry and fully flavoured with oodles of nectarine and apple interwoven with flecks of spice and mango. There’s just enough acidity to offer a refreshing aftertaste that’s luscious and lengthy with enough oomph to pair with butter chicken and garlic naan. The price-quality balance tips well in your favour. (Vic Harradine) 

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Pillitteri Estates ‘Winemakers Selection’ Cabernet Franc 2010 

VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake $68.00 13.0% alcohol 
Graphite and pipe tobacco with dried currant aromas presage an intensely concentrated wash of black currant, espresso roast and anise—full-bodied with creamy smooth mouth feel. It’s nicely balanced with good structure and framed with good moderating acidity. The still-resolving tannin provides great underpinning, while the lengthy, lip-smacking aftertaste is garnished with toasty oak, sweet vanilla and bright red cherry. Aerate/decant for three-hours pouring with well-seasoned strip loin; better to pop corks 2016 and beyond. Kudos to winemaker, Alex Kolundzic. (Vic Harradine) 

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Pillitteri Estates Vidal ‘Reserve’ Icewine 2012 

VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake $27.00 (200ml) 10.5% alcohol 
Rich and luscious, complex and structured, alluring aromas of mango, apricot and nectarine interlace with exotic spice on the alluring nose. Palate-coating waves of tropical fruit and peach preserves wash over the palate with citrus acidity and notions of ginger on the balanced, clean, refreshing finish and aftertaste. This is a textbook example of premium Vidal Icewine. (Vic 

Order the following two wines, and those reviewed in the May 7 newsletter archived at by the case for daily home or office delivery via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Owned and advised by Tawse Winery, they’ve arrived on the scene with quite a splash - pun intended.  

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Redstone Winery ‘Reserve’ Cabernet Franc 2010 

VQA Lincoln Lakeshore $29.95 13.5% alcohol  
Delicate aromas of floral notes and red berry fruit interweave with notions of bell pepper and graphite presaging a creamy smooth, tang-infused wash of ripe, juicy bramble berry and dark Bing cherry interwoven with wisps of pomegranate and savory spice. Its medium bodied with good texture, balanced and brimming with cool-climate charm. It’s good to go now and on to 2019 and shines with spiced lamb burgers and root veggies. (Vic Harradine) 

Redstone Winery ‘Redstone Vineyard’ Merlot 2010 

VQA Lincoln Lakeshore $39.95 13.5% alcohol  
Dark-purple hued, almost opaque, this dishes up quiet aromas of black plum with roasted herbs and hints of black pepper. It’s complex with great red cherry and red currant tang garnished with ripe mulberry and black currant underpinned with perceptible tannin and savory bits on the back palate. This is at sixes and sevens in its development right now with a fine future in store. Pop corks 2016 – 2020. (Vic Harradine) 

Order the following four wines by the case of 12—mixed, if you like—with daily free delivery in Ontario to your home, office or restaurant from Riverview

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Riverview Cellars ‘Angelina’s Reserve’ Gewürztraminer 2012 
VQA Niagara River $18.95 (368092) 13.7% alcohol 
Perfumed aromas of rosewater and exotic spice jump from the glass of this off-dry, gorgeously textured gem. Fully textured—a beautiful oily character—and fully flavoured with ripe, spicy white peach, lemon tang and honeyed pit fruit coating the palate, infusing the moth-watering, spicy finish. This is the perfect accompaniment to spicy Asian cuisine like tandoori chicken or hot and sour Chinese eggplant. There’s terrific value in this. (Vic Harradine) 

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Riverview Cellars Pinot Grigio 2012 
VQA Niagara River $13.95 13.1% alcohol 
Buckwheat honey and sweet, ripe apple on the nose, this delivers a lovely river of flavour caressing the palate with crisp pear, green apple and lemon pie filling. It’s mid weight with generous texture and a tangy, spicy aftertaste showcasing length, deft balance and lip-smacking charm. This is a gorgeous wine on its own or with pan-seared scallops or steamed mussels. (Vic Harradine) 

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Riverview Cellars ‘Angelina’s Reserve’ Chardonnay 2012 
VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake $19.95 13.6% alcohol 
Caramel, exotic spice, apple and pear aromas abound. A wash of Granny Smith apple and crisp pear bathe the palate adorned with piquant spice and tangy lemon curd. It’s medium bodied with good mouth feel and a lengthy, balanced finish and aftertaste—creamy lemon yoghurt and ripe red apple. Pour alongside roast chicken or slow-roast pork. (Vic Harradine) 

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Riverview Cellars ‘Salvatore’s Reserve’ Malbec 2012 
VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake $29.95 12.5% alcohol 
Spice, chocolate and dark berry fruit on the nose; this delivers a light-on-its-feet wash of red cherry and cranberry on the palate; infusing the finish and dry, lip-smacking aftertaste. It’s a perfect match with a deli board selection of sliced meats—salami, mortadella, capicola—provolone and olives with a baguette. (Vic Harradine)