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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

Quinta De Cabriz Reserva 2004, D.O.C. Dão, Portugal: Vintages Wine Panel: From the Dão region, this dry table wine is made using some of the grapes normally associated with Port, namely Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, plus Alfrocheiro Preto. This fragrant wine has aromas and flavors of wild berries, tea leaves, oak and plum. My note: A rustic, full-bodied red with dark red fruit, cedar and smoke aromas. Pair with: rich beef, lamb dishes. 21410 13.70% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 88/100. July 7, 2008 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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