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Vintages Wine Picks February 5, 2011

White Wine

Kleine Zalze Barrel Fermented Vineyard Selection Chardonnay 2009, W.O., Western Cape, South Africa: Vintages Wine Panel: This dry, creamy-textured Chardonnay is a born extrovert, showing off lovely citrus and tree fruit aromas and flavours that blend nicely with the oak elements. My note: Nicely balanced and tasty Chardonnay without being heavy or too oaky. Aromas of green apples and some butter. You just can’t beat this price for this quality of wine. Get a case! Pair with: roast chicken with parsley and garlic, smoked trout. Drink: 2011-2015. 96495 14% D 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 89/100. February 5, 2011 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2009, Sonoma County, California, United States: Vintages Wine Panel: The Seghesio name has been a part of Sonoma’s Zinfandel story since 1895. Today, sourcing grapes from vines averaging 25-30 years in age, they produce some of the best Zins going. Their 2009 shows notes of raspberry, blackberry and subtle spice. Demonstrating great structure, this is an elegant Zin. My note: A rich and balanced zinfandel with opulent blackberry, brambleberry and raisin pie aromas. Full-bodied and smooth. Pair with: ribs in a zesty barbecue sauce. Drink: 2011-2015. 942151 14.80% D 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 90/100. February 5, 2011 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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