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Wine Picks February 14, 2009

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Red Wine

Gaja Ca'marcanda Promis Merlot Syrah Sangiovese 2006, I.G.T. Toscana, Estate Btld, Tuscany, Italy: Vintages Wine Panel: Ca’Marcanda is Angelo Gaja’s winemaking venture in Tuscany’s coastal region of Maremma. Here he takes his experience and skill as one of Piedmont’s greatest winemakers and applies them to international varieties. My note: This wine is a blend of Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese grapes. It’s a beautiful expression of fleshy ripe blackberries, fig, cassis, violets and sundried tomato. A mouth-coating texture and a lively acidity make for a delicious interplay of textures and flavors across the palate. This is one of Italy’s best producers. 745638 14% XD 750 mL  $49.95 Score: 90/100. February 14, 2009 Full Review

White Wine

Moulin Touchais Coteaux De Layon Chenin Blanc 1996, AC Estate Btld, Loire, France: Vintages Wine Panel: This ‘moelleux’ (semi-sweet) Chenin Blanc is built to last. Moulin Touchais ages it 10 years before release and it can keep in your cellar for 50 to 100 years. This 1996 is a mere youngster. Ready to drink now, it will gain a more caressing mouth-feel, complexity and depth over time. My note: Opens with ripe melon, pineapple and other tropical fruit. Full-bodied but not heavy. The slight sweetness makes it all the richer and able to marry with dishes that have a touch of sweetness or spiciness. 707307 13.50% MS 750 mL  $37.95 Score: 91/100. February 14, 2009 Full Review

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