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Vintages Wine Picks October 15, 2011

White Wine

Catena Alta Bodega Catena Zapata Chardonnay 2009, Estate Lots, Mendoza, Argentina: Vintages Wine Panel: Vibrant array of aromas, including coconut, oatmeal, cardamom, yellow plum, vanilla custard and guava. Dry, very generous with lots of fruit along with equally appealling oak notes and fresh acidity. Full bodied with a long finish. This big and bold wine has a surprising elegance to it too. Cellar it 2-4+ years, or savour tonight. My note: Rich and full-bodied with generous layers of tropical fruit, peach and green apple. Just the right amount of smoke to create a luscious package of complete satisfaction for Chardonnay lovers. Pair with: rich seafood pasta dishes, boiled lobster, grilled pork tenderloin. Drink: 2011-2016. 959973 14% XD 750 mL  $39.95 Score: 92/100. October 15, 2011 Top Rated White Wine. Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Navarro Correas Structura Ultra Limited Release Named Varietal Blends-Red 2006, I.P., Mendoza, Argentina: This wine is a blend of 52% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot and aged for 18 months in new French oak. It has a lovely length and depth to it with blackberry and blackcurrant flavours. Well-structured. Drink: 2011-2015. 64501 14% XD 750 mL  $34.95 Score: 90/100. October 15, 2011 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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