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Vintages Wine Picks July 7, 2008

White Wine

Flat Rock Cellars The Rusty Shed Chardonnay 2006, V.Q.A. Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Vintages Wine Panel: After months of postponing the painting of a rusty old shed in the middle of their premier Chardonnay vineyard, the folks at Flat Rock decided to name their top-tier Chardonnay after it. No need to paint it now. This medium full-bodied, barrel-aged Chard features generous aromas of vanilla, pears, apples, tropical fruit and spices. Dry, buttery and full-flavored, it has the elegance and finesse to develop in cellar. My note: Love it! Chardonnay as it's meant to be: not heavy but packed with flavor. Closed with a screwcap. Drink: 2008-2013. 1552 13.50% D 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 90/100. July 7, 2008 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Santa Carolina Finca El Origen Malbec Reserva 2006, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Vintages Wine Panel: Medium purple in color, this wine features complex aromas of pipe smoke, blueberry turn-over, black cherry, plum, new leather and cedar. It’s dry, medium-bodied and elegant. The ripe blackfruit flavors are balanced by crisp acidity and refined tannins that all lead to a medium-long, structured finish. My note: Terrific value! Smooth, full-bodied, but not heavy. Notes of black plums. Pair with: grilled lamb chops with mint jelly. 65664 14.50% D 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 89/100. July 7, 2008 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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