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Vintages Wine Picks January 9, 2010

White Wine

Bestheim Réserve Vieilles Vignes Riesling 2008, A.C., Alsace, France: Vintages Wine Panel: This is a not-to-miss value if you love the typically crisp, bone-dry versions of Riesling from Alsace. The nose is fairly complex featuring aromas of stony mineral, citrus fruit (particularly lime), yellow apple, floral and even a smoky note. It’s dry, medium bodied with a bright seam of acidity providing balance and a crisp, clean finish. My note: A dry, classic Alsatian Riesling with notes of lime and green apples. Crisp and refreshing. Pair with: poached salmon, steamed mussels. 141176 12.40% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 87/100. January 9, 2010 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel 2007, Lodi, California, United States: I’ve loved this wine for a number of years now. Laced with fleshy purple plums, blueberries and a lick of anise, it’s a delicious dinner companion. The old gnarly vines are free-standing and head-trained, meaning they’re not trained on trellis wires and their grapes are picked by hand for extra gentle handling. 678698 14.50% D 750 mL  $15.00 Score: 89/100. January 9, 2010 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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