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Wine Picks November 21, 2009

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Red Wine

Luce Della Merlot Sangiovese 2006, I.G.T., Tuscany, Italy: Vintages Wine Panel: What began as a collaboration between two winemaking families — Tuscany’s Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi and Napa Valley’s Robert Mondavi — has evolved into one of Italy’s most sought-after and recognizable wines. Now solely the responsibility of the Frescobaldi’s, this unique blend of Merlot and Sangiovese continues to build on its stellar reputation. My note: This wine makes me break into “That’s amore!” Oh my stars this is a fantastic wine: balance, depth, length; it’s got it all. Loaded with black cherry, blackberry preserves and dark spices with a smoky finish. Drink: 2009-2025. 685263 12.50% XD 750 mL  $99.95 Score: 96/100. November 21, 2009 Full Review

White Wine

Concha Y Toro El Triangulo Vineyard, Winemaker's Lot 14 Chardonnay 2008, Casablanca Valley, Chile: Vintages Wine Panel: This vibrant Chardonnay is a terrific value. Complex and elegant, it is bursting with citrus and tropical fruit flavours balanced by racy acidity. It’s full bodied and round with a lengthy finish. My note: Nicely done! Good mouth-watering acidity with some rich butternut flavors. Full-bodied but not heavy. 30940 13.50% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. November 21, 2009 Full Review

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