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Vintages Wine Picks February 14, 2009

White Wine

Moulin Touchais Coteaux De Layon Chenin Blanc 1996, AC Estate Btld, Loire, France: Vintages Wine Panel: This ‘moelleux’ (semi-sweet) Chenin Blanc is built to last. Moulin Touchais ages it 10 years before release and it can keep in your cellar for 50 to 100 years. This 1996 is a mere youngster. Ready to drink now, it will gain a more caressing mouth-feel, complexity and depth over time. My note: Opens with ripe melon, pineapple and other tropical fruit. Full-bodied but not heavy. The slight sweetness makes it all the richer and able to marry with dishes that have a touch of sweetness or spiciness. Pair with: potato rosemary rolls, candied sweet potatos, sushi, artichokes, Indian dishes. 707307 14% MS 750 mL  $37.95 Score: 91/100. February 14, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2005, California, United States: A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (58%) and Merlot (42%) that delivers aromas of blackberry, steeped tea, tobacco, savory bacon fat, cigar box, violets, mocha and toasted oak. A richly hedonistic red with mouth-coating layers of flavor and a solid frame from polished tannins. This inky dark wine was aged for 21 months in oak. Knock it back! Pair with: Peking duck, Thai coconut shrimp, gorgonzola cheese, turducken, veal shanks. 89284 14% XD 750 mL  $60.95 Score: 92/100. February 14, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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