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Vintages Wine Picks January 17, 2009

White Wine

X & Y Chardonnay 2006, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia: A full-bodied Chardonnay that opens with spicy hazelnut, ripe green apples, and warm apricot-peach notes. Full-bodied with a lovely long finish. Pair with: lobster with mayonnaise, wild salmon with hollandaise sauce, cream corn, cheese pizza, pasta in a vodka sauce. 48561 14% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. January 17, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Marcellin Vaucourt Domaine De L'oiselet Vacqueyras Syrah Blend 2007, A.C. Rhone, France: Vintages Wine Panel: Filled with floral, blackberry, spice, cherry, cocoa and underbrush aromas and flavors. Dry, medium-bodied with ideal intensity and a very pleasing balance. This is a richly flavored wine. This wine contains only 13 mg/L of free sulfur. My note: Lovely purity of fruit here with notes of black cherries and cranberries, as well as grilled meat, spices and cedar. Terrific length of flavor and finish. Pair with: mushroom risotto, veal cutlets, grilled meats, smoked meat sandwich, roast beef with gravy, aged blue cheese. Drink: 2008-2014. 101550 14% XD 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 91/100. January 17, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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