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Vintages Wine Picks February 19, 2011

White Wine

Calamus Estate Winery Unoaked Chardonnay 2008, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Vintages Wine Panel: This wine won a Gold Medal at the All Canadian Wine Championships in 2010. My note: A pure expression of Chardonnay without oak. Lots of green apple and mouth-watering acidity. Very vibrant. 210062 12.80% D 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 87/100. February 19, 2011 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Sonoma County, California, United States: Vintages Wine Panel: The St. Francis Winery has a well-earned reputation for creating boldly flavourful, fruit-forward wines that showcase the unique terroir of Sonoma. This one shows intense notes of cassis, blackberry and cedar, with accents of tobacco and spice on the nose. The palate is layered and complex, adding vanilla and coffee to the mix. The tannins are beautifully harmonized en route to a lovely, medium-long, spicy finish. Delicious. My note: dark as night and just as mysteriously intriguing. Aromas of black fruit, smoke and dark spices. Full-bodied and supple. Will benefit from cellar time. Be sure to decant it for 1-2 hours. Pair with: veal tenderloin, grilled lamb. 671164 14.60% D 750 mL  $28.95 Score: 90/100. February 19, 2011 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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