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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 13.50% MS 750 mL  $37.95 Score: 91/100. February 14, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Pierre Sparr Réserve Pinot Noir 2007, AC Alsace, France: Vintages Wine Panel: Most wine lovers are familiar with the classic white wines of Alsace, but this cool, dry and sunny region also makes elegant Pinot Noir like this one from well-known producer Pierre Sparr. Dry and medium-bodied, it features lovely soft red fruit flavors of cherry and strawberry, with some earth and light spice notes. Crisp acidity and light tannins. My note: Smooth layers of raspberries, smoky black cherries and pomegranate up front, with a thread underneath. Satin texture slips quickly past as you savor a finish that’s tinged with longing. Pair with: poached salmon, roast chicken with a mushroom gravy sauce, cold meats, goose, beef bourguinonne. 38992 12% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 88/100. February 14, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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