Don't miss out: Super 90+ tasting at Wine Connextion

The Wine Connextion in North Andover will be hosting an exciting 90+ tasting of more than a dozen wines from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 29. This complimentary tasting features all wines that have been rated 90 points or better by various experts. Plus, Sam and Tina Messina, the store’s co-owners, are discounting prices even deeper than usual. This is a fantastic way to stock up for the spring and summer. Here is a listing of the wines to be on the table for your palate-pleasing pleasure:
Hermanos Torrontes 2012 (Argentina)
Wine Connextion Price $12.99
Compare Price $16
RP 90 Points
This refreshing Torrontés is a pale yellow with shades of green, with a delicate fruity aroma and a note of freshly mown grass. We suggest chilling in the fridge before serving, then sipping it with friends or pairing it with mild cheeses and simple seafood dishes.

Waterbrook Chardonnay 2012 (Washington State)
Wine Connextion Price $9.99
Compare Price $15
WS 91 points
This beautiful Chardonnay offers an enticing mix of tropical fruit, fresh apple, and old world characters of flint and slate. The elegant structure of this wine is finely balanced between richness and minerality, adding complexity on the clean, lingering finish.

Patz & Hall Chardonnay (Sonoma) 2012
Wine Connextion Price $23.99
Compare Price $35
RP 93 Points
Combining fruit from the appellation’s most renowned vineyards, this cuvee offers alluring fruit and floral aromas of citrus, peach, and white flowers. The cool growing seasoned allowed for extended hangtime, underscoring high tone tropical notes on the palate, with sur lie aging adding lovely elements of graham cracker, clove and brioche.

Xavier Cotes Du Rhone Red 2010 (France)
Wine Connextion Price $12.99
Compare Price $17
RP 90 Points
An elegant style, with silky texture and pure, unadorned bitter plum, blood orange and notes of herb tea finish, revealing a buried mineral accent. ”

Waterbrook Syrah 2011 (Washington State)
Wine Connextion Price $10.99
Retail Price $16
WS 90 Points
Good bright medium red, with high-pitched aromas of red raspberry, tobacco leaf and flowers. Dense and fresh, with a suave texture and enticing inner-mouth aromatic character that leads to flavors of red plum, blueberry and tobacco. Finishes with smooth tannins and terrific length.

Charles & Charles Cabernet/Syrah 2012 (Washington State)
Wine Connextion Price $8.99
Compare Price $12
WS 90 Points
Tightly focused and precisely defined, with dark berry, chocolate and rose petal flavors on a supple frame, lingering easily on the polished finish

Patz & Hall Pinot Noir (Sonoma) 2012
Wine Connextion Price $29.99
Compare Price $40
RP 90 points
The Pinot Noir displays lush red fruit, with lovely spice notes. Inviting, it possesses the ample structure, acidity and tannins to age beautifully. On the nose, aromas of cherry, raspberry and plum mingle with notes of cedar, tobacco, smoked meat, fine herbs. The mouthfeel is rich and fleshy, offering flavors of black cherry, raspberry, brown sugar.

Canoe Ridge Merlot Reserve 2010 (Washington State)
Wine Connextion Price $16.99
Compare Price $22
IWR 90 Points
Bright aromatics of black raspberry, clove and nutmeg swirl in the glass. The soft, juicy and plush palate presents interwoven layers of dark fruit. This easy to drink Merlot leaves you with a hint of star anise on the finish.

IL Poggione Rosso di Montalciano 2011 (Italy)
Wine Connextion Price $18.99
Compare Price $25
WS 91 Points
Intense ruby red. Fruity bouquet with red berry notes. Very well structured, mellow, long-lasting flavor with velvety tannins. Produced entirely from Sangiovese grapes from the youngest of the estate’s vineyards, this Rosso is matured for 12 months in large before undergoing a period of bottle aging. Some have called this a “Baby Brunello”.

Ramon Bilbao Reserva Limited Rioja 2009 (Spain)
Wine Connextion Price $12.99
Compare Price $15
RP 90 Points
Intense dark cherry-red with a garnet rim. Complex aromas to the nose, redolent of prunes, ripe blackberries and fine, exotic woods (sandalwood). Elegant and voluptuous in the mouth, with considerable persistence and a pleasant mineral finish. A powerful wine whose complexity will continue to grow over time. Drink now or cellar.

Tolaini Valdisanti Rosso 2009 (Italy)
Wine Connextion Price
Compare Price $40
RP 94 Points
Deep ruby color with garnet reflections, its elegant bouquet of leather, black cherries, licorice and plums preludes a medium to full-bodied palate where ripe red fruit, gout de terroir, subtle notes of vanilla and violets that harmonize and linger.

Chapoutier Chateauneuf Du Pape “La Bernardine” 2010 (France)
Wine Connextion Price $47.99
Compare Price $60
WS 92Points
Intense crimson-red. Complex but subtle with blackcurrant and plum layered with roasted coffee, cinnamon and black cherry. Spice, liquorice and both dark and red fruits.

Tikal Malbec “Natural” 2011 (Argentina)
Wine Connextion Price $17.99
Compare Price $22
RP 91 Points
This blend captures the natural expression of untouched grapes and the true essence of the Uco Valley vineyard where they were picked. It has a beautiful pomegranate color and aroma of fresh red cherries with light French oak undertones. The palate is fresh and lively with black raspberry and spiced mocha notes.

Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (Napa)
Wine Connextion Price $31.99
Compare Price $40
RP 93 Points
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville possesses a dense purple color as well as copious notes of charcoal, black currants and violets. Full-bodied and tightly knit, but trying to burst open, this beautifully pure, well-crafted Cabernet should hit its prime in 3-4 years and last for two decades. It is another brilliant effort from a winery that has dramatically improved its quality from good to world-class.

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