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Wine Picks September 26, 2009

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Red Wine

Richard Hamilton Hut Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Vintages Wine Panel: The 2007 vintage in McLaren Vale was extremely dry with drought-like conditions resulting in smaller berries and yields that were 50% less than normal, giving enormous concentration of flavor to the grapes. With some barrel fermentation and only 37% aged in new and one-year-old oak, this Cab strikes the perfect balance between fruit and wood. Look for ultra-ripe cassis and blackcurrant flavors along with hints of coffee and vanilla supported by mild tannins. Enjoy over the next 3-5 years. My note: Deep, dark wine with mouth-watering, full-bodied flavors of blackberry, dark spices and smoke. Tannic and satisfying. 567917 12.50% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 89/100. September 26, 2009 Full Review

White Wine

Rutherford Hill Chardonnay 2007, Napa Valley, California, United States: Vintages Wine Panel: Rutherford Hill has created a supremely elegant take on the classic Napa Valley Chardonnay with this offering. Delicate, gossamer-like aromas of peaches, tropical fruit and buttery, smoky oak notes fill the nose in this dry, balanced, easy-drinking, food-friendly white. My note: Nicely balanced and rounded. Smooth, supple and buttery (and ever so comforting). Full-bodied an delicious. 980433 14.20% D 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 90/100. September 26, 2009 Full Review

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