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Wine Picks January 10, 2009

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Red Wine

Casa Lapostolle Merlot 2007, Rapel Valley, Chile: Vintages Wine Panel: This wine has typical Merlot aromas of ripe blackberry, plum, black pepper, earth and a touch of roasted green bell pepper. The first thing you recognize on the palate is a very smooth texture, carrying ripe, forward fruit and spicy vanilla notes. The flavors are backed up by mild to medium acidity and soft tannins. My note: Loaded with black fruit and glycerin, this full-bodied number has aromas of vanillin, prunes, black plums and kirsch. 405712 14.50% D 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 90/100. January 10, 2009 Full Review

White Wine

Anselmann Riesling Spatlese 2007, Q.M.P., Germany: Vintages Wine Panel: From this award-winning winery in the relatively warm Pfalz region comes this classic late-harvest Riesling. Pale straw color with light green tinges, leads to clean notes of peaches, apricots and grapefruit on the nose. On the palate, its slightly sweet centre is very well balanced by a fine backbone of acidity, and a long and refreshing finish. My note: Lovely notes of white flowers, toasted almonds, bergamot, candied lemon and lime. Medium-bodied with a gorgeously long finish. 87494 14% M 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 89/100. January 10, 2009 Full Review

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