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Vintages Wine Picks December 11, 2010

White Wine

Nk'Mip Cellars Winemakers Series Chardonnay 2007, V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada: Vintages Wine Panel: A Silver Medal winner at the 2009 Jerry D. Mead New World International Wine & Spirits Competition. This very approachable Chardonnay delivers toast, apple, pear and some tropical fruit on the nose. The palate is dry, medium-full bodied and buttery, with a touch of nectar added to the fruit replays. There’s a lovely crispness, minerality and some citrus here too. The finish on this very attractive Chardonnay is medium-long. My note: Green apples and all their zest edged with the warmth and richness of toasted almonds and hazelnuts. Rich but not heavy. Nice balance. Medium- to full-bodied. Great effort here! Pair with: turkey dinner. Drink: 2010-2015. 687699 13.50% XD 750 mL  $23.95 Score: 90/100. December 11, 2010 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Gemma Giblin Riserva Barolo 2001, D.O.C.G., Piedmont, Italy: Smoky, toasty and loaded with brooding big black fruit. A mature wine with great depth and power. The fruit isn’t fleshy or ripe but it is there in balance with the more mature aromas of leather and tar. Drink: 2010-2014. 185025 14% D 750 mL  $43.95 Score: 89/100. December 11, 2010 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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