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Vintages Wine Picks August 15, 2009

White Wine

Jackson-Triggs Proprietors' Grand Reserve Gewürztraminer 2007, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Vintages Wine Panel: This spicy and voluptuous Gewürztraminer was honored with a Gran Menzione at Vinitaly 2009. A terrific Gewürztraminer, this juicy/fruity wine is pale lemon in color and displays pretty aromas of rose petals, apricots and a touch of lychee. It's just off-dry, medium full-bodied with medium acidity balancing the ripe and juicy exotic fruit flavors, leading to a medium-long, spicy finish. Well done. My note: A spectacular Gewurztraminer! Start with this one if you haven’t tried this type of wine before as it’ll be a lovely introduction (and help you get out of that Chardonnay rut). Gorgeous aromas of rose petals floating on fresh water, lychee nuts, light spices and lemon zest. Terrific acidity for a wide variety of dishes. Stunning. Pair with: spicy grilled shrimp kebabs. 134130 13.70% XD 750 mL  $18.75 Score: 91/100. August 15, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Concha Y Toro Winemaker's Lot 148 Carmenère 2007, Las Pataguas Vineyard, Rapel Valley, Chile: Vintages Wine Panel: This single-vineyard Carmenère may just be the world’s best. Need proof? It was awarded the Grand Trophy at Chile’s 2nd Annual World Carmenère Competition in 2008. Deep ruby/purple color leads to a nose of ripe cassis, dark chocolate, sage, cedar, mocha and wood smoke. Dry with loads of fruit perfectly supported by ripe tannins and fine smoky-oak tones. Medium full-bodied with a very long finish. Keep it 2-4+ years or enjoy it tonight. My note: Dark chocolate rounds out the blackberries and plums with a smoke-infused center. Full-bodied and rich. Great value for the money. Pair with: very rare steak. 30957 14% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 89/100. August 15, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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