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Vintages Wine Picks November 26, 2011

White Wine

Kistler Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay 2009, Sonoma Mountain, California, United States: Vintages Wine Panel: One of Sonoma‚Äôs brightest stars, Kistler is still a Chard specialist of the highest order. Expect this complex, robust, finely balanced wine to deliver great pleasure over the next 5+years. My note: Definitely first-class Chardonnay, but over-priced by $30. Lovely luscious ripe peach, pear and green apple aromas. Drink: 2011-2016. 183921 14.10% D 750 mL  $72.95 Score: 91/100. November 26, 2011 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Prado Rey Crianza Real Sitio De Ventosilla Tempranillo 2006, D.O., Ribera Del Duero, Spain: Vintages Wine Panel: The 2006 Prado Rey Crianza is a blend of 92% Tempranillo with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that spent 12 months in barrel followed by 3 months in oak vats. Opaque purple in color, it proffers an inviting nose of incense, violets, cedar, black cherry, and blueberry. My note: Intensely dry and tannic, decant 2 hours and drink with meat. Rustic and ready for you. Drink: 2011-2014. 725820 13.50%  750 mL  $20.95 Score: 88/100. November 26, 2011 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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