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Vintages Wine Picks April 2, 2011

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. Pair with: seared white fish, turkey dinner, grilled shrimp with pesto sauce and pasta, Asian dishes, curries. Drink: 2011-2014. 222257 12.50% MD 750 mL  $17.20 Score: 88/100. April 2, 2011 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Malivoire Wine Company Pinot Noir 2008, V.Q.A., Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Vintages Wine Panel: The team at Malivoire has proven its mettle with both Gamay and Pinot Noir, and not surprisingly, a hint of Burgundian influence is evident in this wine. Medium ruby in the glass, it shows lovely aromas of cherry, raspberry, wet earth, new leather, rosehip and cinnamon. Dry, medium bodied, elegant and self-assured, with brambly fruit wrapped in a ribbon of acidity and silky tannins. Medium-long finish. Shows the structure to evolve for 5+ years. My note: Cherry pie and cranberry notes with a silky smooth, medium-bodied texture. Pair with: herb-crusted salmon steaks, beef bourguignon. Drink: 2011-2015. 239814 12.50% XD 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 90/100. April 2, 2011 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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