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Mission Hill Reserve Shiraz 2013, British Columbia

Rating
90.00
Year
2013
Region
Okanagan Valley
Varietal
Shiraz
Price
$27.95

The 2014 vintage of this same red (which I'll get to shortly) is already on the market in the West and Quebec. The 2013 was just released in Ontario at the above price. Full-bodied and gutsy, framed by firm, powdery tannins and bright acidity, it shows a rich character redolent of dark berries, leather, licorice and peppercorn. Stylistically, it's got one foot in Australia, the other in the Rhône and its soul in the Okanagan. The 2014, meanwhile, is juicy, jammy and equally spicy, with smooth-ripe tannins and creamy oak (score: 90), $23.49 in British Columbia, various prices in Alberta, $26.99 in Manitoba, $26.15 in Quebec.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More

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