New in Vintages

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Luigi Bosca Malbec 2010 

Wine of Argentina $17.95 (79293) 14.0% alcohol
This is found in Vintages Essentials, always available in select stores. Rich, robust aromas of black plum, red licorice and dark juicy cherry abound. A creamy, smooth river of black currant and dark cherry bathe the palate interwoven with roasted herbs and spice. It’s mid weight, balanced and tangy with a savory-scented finish and aftertaste. Pour with burgers, pizza, wings or pasta in tomato and meat sauce. (Vic Harradine)

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Château des Charmes ‘St. David’s Bench Vineyard’ Chardonnay 2010
VQA St. David’s Bench $19.95 (430991) 14.0% alcohol
This also available in CdC Boutique stores in Toronto and Hamilton as well as on-line from Château des Charmes. Barrel fermented and aged in French oak, this wine offers rich aromas of vanilla, toasted nut, butter pastry and autumn fruit pie. Dry, medium-full bodied, it has a lovely smooth, round texture, a subtle structure and a great replay of orchard fruit garnished with sweet spice. A touch of warm, toasty oak lingers on the full-flavoured finish. A good choice for roast pork or chicken. (Susan Desjardins)

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Henry of Pelham ‘Cuvée Catharine Estate Carte Blanche’ Blanc de Blanc 2008 

VQA Short Hills Bench $44.95 (315200) 12.0% alcohol
This vintage-dated Chardonnay was hand harvested, partial barrel-fermented, made in the traditional method and left on its lees 4½ years before disgorgement. Mineral, floral, nutty and citrus notes intro a stunning mouthful of bubbles, lemon curd, ripe yellow plum and apple garnished with wisps of tropical fruit and ripe pear. It’s structured, complex and very long on the crisp, mouth-watering finish and aftertaste. (Vic Harradine)

****1/2 drink or cellar
Henry of Pelham ‘Speck Family Reserve’ Pinot Noir 2009
VQA Short Hills Bench $40.00 (657874) 13.5% alcohol
This is firm and focused with balance, ripe fruit and years of drinking in store. Piquant spice, beetroot, dark berry fruit and tobacco aromas herald a wash of tangy red cherry and ripe briary berry interweaving with cranberry and toast persisting through the lengthy, balanced aftertaste. It’s structured and stylish throughout, drinking now after a two-hour aeration/decant and on to 2020. (Vic Harradine)