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Wine Picks February 20, 2010

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Red Wine

Dominus Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Petit Verdot 2006, Napa Valley, California, United States: This is a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. It’s got the savage black fruit of Cabernet (blackberry, cassis) with some cedary, tobacco leaves lingering the background. Classically structure. Not as fruit forward as most Napa wines. Drink: 2010-2020. 63487 14.50% XD 1500 mL  $259.95 Score: 90/100. February 20, 2010 Full Review

Sparkling Wine

Elvi Wines Cava Adar Macabeo Xarel-Lo Parellada, D.O., Ribera del Júcar, Spain: Vintages Wine Panel: Our panel was very impressed with this delightful sparkling wine. A blend of Macabeo, Xarel-lo, and Parellada grapes, this crisp fizz is made in the traditional method. Showing light toast, citrus and floral aromas on the nose, it’s dry and light bodied with crisp fresh apple and citrus fruit flavours leading to a long, focused finish. Very nice and an excellent value. Great for celebrations any day of the week. My note: Simple and straight-forward with earthy, toasty notes. Good budget bubbly. This wine is kosher. 156737 12% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 87/100. February 20, 2010 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Full Review

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