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Vintages Wine Picks September 26, 2009

White Wine

Le Clos Jordanne Talon Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay 2007, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Vinemount Ridge, Ontario, Canada: Vintages Wine Panel: Winemaker Thomas Bachelder uses only his best barrels sourced from a small plot within the 30 ha Talon Ridge Vineyard to make this wine. The nose displays a complex array of stone and citrus fruit aromas as well as earthy notes and nicely integrated toasty oak. Dry and medium full-bodied, it shows good density of fruit through the richly textured palate balanced by vibrant acidity. Notes of yellow plum, biscuits, flint and smoke add to the appeal as does the excellent length. This will definitely improve with another 1-3 years in the cellar. My note: Hazelnut, buttery goodness! Fresh baked bread out of the oven with all the warmth and comfort it provides. Rich layers of succulent flavor. 143974 13.50% XD 750 mL  $37.00 Score: 92/100. September 26, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Maipe Malbec 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: A dense, dark wine with full-bodied notes of oak, blackberry, blackcurrant, cassis and tobacco. Excellent palate-whacker! 93823 14% XD 750 mL  $12.95 Score: 87/100. September 26, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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