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Vintages Wine Picks August 15, 2009

White Wine

Montes Alpha Special Cuvée Chardonnay 2007, Casablanca Valley, Chile: Voluptuous Chardonnay with rich butter-brushed peaches and pears glistening in the sunlight on a country window ledge. This wine will transport you. Full-bodied and comforting. Come away with me. 390203 14% D 750 mL  $22.95 Score: 92/100. August 15, 2009 Favorite White Wine. Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Cave Spring Cellars Merlot 2006, V.Q.A., Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada: Vintages Wine Panel: The 2006 vintage in Ontario was cool. At first, '06 wines made with Bordeaux grapes were a touch muted. Now, a year or two on, the wines are starting to make a big impression. Cave Spring's Merlot is a prime example. Well-handled toasty oak surrounds an array of aromas, including black cherry, plum, vanilla and coffee bean, as well as a hint of minerality. On the palate, it's dry with good fruit replays, and moderate tannins bring fine balance. Medium-bodied with a lingering finish. Try it tonight. My note: a juicy, generous, plumy wine loaded with berry-ripe flavors and dark chocolate notes. Smooth and supple with full-bodied warmth. This is a wine that gives you coming back for more … and more. Pair with: rare roast beef. 235051 13.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 90/100. August 15, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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