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Vintages Wine Picks May 2, 2009

White Wine

Acacia Vineyard Chardonnay 2007, Carneros, California, United States: Vintages Wine Panel: Founded in 1979, Acacia was a pioneer in the Carneros region, which links the Napa and Sonoma valleys at their southern tips. Just two miles from San Francisco’s San Pablo Bay, Acacia’s vineyards are moderated by cool Pacific breezes which are perfect for growing elegant, benchmark Chardonnay. Experience its layers of youthful citrus, apple and nectarine fruit as well as notes of caramel and toasty hazelnut. My note: An opulently textured Chardonnay with rich, deep layers of ripe pear, apples, butter, vanilla spice and hazelnut. A tangerine-infused finish is a lovely ending to this wine, makes you want more. Pair with: duck a l’orange, fried chicken, grilled scallops, lobster bisque. 80556 14.40% D 750 mL  $36.95 Score: 93/100. May 2, 2009 Favorite White Wine. Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Southbrook Vineyards Triomphe Cabernet Merlot 2006, V.Q.A., Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada: Vintages Wine Panel: Medium ruby in color, this wine is filled with aromas of black cherry, raspberry and a hint of cinnamon. Dry, textured and quite elegant, it is impressively ripe and round with just enough acid and tannin to bring structure to the pretty wine. Medium to full-bodied with a fairly lengthy finish. Will drink well for up to three years. My note: Enticing mocha-infused nose with notes of ripe, fleshy blackberries and black raspberries. Round, robust and velvet-smooth. Lovely! Pair with: coq au vin, grilled game meats, lamb ragout, leg of lamb. 117580 12.50% D 750 mL  $26.95 Score: 90/100. May 2, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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