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Wine Picks October 15, 2011

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Red Wine

Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California, United States: I’m in love and his name is Shafer! How can I count the ways? Maybe the blackberry-black currant fruit? The smoke and judicious weave of oak? The incredible length that leaves you whimpering for more? Who knows. This winemaker is merciless. Drink: 2011-2018. 45476 14.50% D 750 mL  $79.95 Score: 94/100. October 15, 2011 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review

Sparkling Wine

Bernard-Massard Brut Cuvée De L'écusson Méthode Traditionnelle Sparkling (Methode Champenoise), Luxembourg, Luxembourg: Vintages Wine Panel: Luxembourg has a long history of producing sparkling wines; its cool climate is ideal for creating sparklers with a marked crispness. This fizz is a unique blend of Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Enjoy as a palate refresher before a meal or between courses. My note: Solid budget bubbly with toasty notes and good refreshment. Drink: 2011-2013. 970970 12% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 88/100. October 15, 2011 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Full Review

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