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Vintages Wine Picks March 19, 2011

White Wine

Colmello Di Grotta Pinot Grigio 2009, D.O.C., Isonzo Del Friuli, Italy: Vintages Wine Panel: Pinot Grigio from the tiny region of Friuli has rightly become renowned, and Colmello di Grotta’s version features many of this variety’s great strengths. Light straw in colour, this is crisp and light with melon and apple tones. Traces of candied fruit, accented by mushroom and nut, add complexity and depth. There is a seam of refreshing acidity here, and a nice medium-long finish. This is a wine to enjoy as you salute the approaching spring. My note: A darker, robust version of pinot Grigio with notes peach and honeysuckle. Pair with: poached sole. Drink: 2011-2014. 206797 13.70% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 87/100. March 19, 2011 Best Value White Wine. Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Opus One Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Napa Valley, California, United States: A towering wine with a massive structure. Big black fruit aromas that are perfectly balanced with dried tobacco and herbs. Wonderful, but you're paying for its icon status. Drink: 2012-2023. 158071 14.50% D 375 mL  $179.95 Score: 92/100. March 19, 2011 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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