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Wine Picks April 2, 2011

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Red Wine

Tommasi Arele Appassimento Corvina 2008, .I.G.T., Veronese, Veneto, Italy: Vintages Wine Panel: This intriguing new wine from the renowned Tommasi family is built around the classic Valpolicella grape, Corvina, with the lesser-seen indigenous Oseleta variety. The partial drying of the grapes intensifies the flavour and aromas. The wine offers handsomely focused red berry, cherry and cinnamon spice aromas. Fruity, spicy, crisp and round on the palate with gentle tannins and a medium-long, berry-rich finish. My note: Lots of mouth-watering acidity for food here with rich, dark red fruit aromas and some toasty oak. Very savoury and delicious. Different and fascinating. Great for the barbecue. Drink: 2011-2015. 224188 13% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 89/100. April 2, 2011 Full Review

White Wine

Cattail Creek Estate Winery Chardonnay Musqué 2009, V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada: Vintages Wine Panel: Medium lemon-yellow in the glass. Expressive orchard blossom, ripe grapefruit, apple, peach and cinnamon. Off-dry and medium bodied, with a soft, round texture, and a ripe fruit core surrounded by bright acidity. Nice interplay of sweetness and tangy refreshment on the finish. My note: Vibrant and refreshing with perky white peach and green apple notes. A little orange blossom natural sweetness throughout makes this a divine wine for Asian dishes and medium curries. Drink: 2011-2014. 222257 12.50% MD 750 mL  $17.20 Score: 88/100. April 2, 2011 Full Review

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