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Vintages Wine Picks December 6, 2008

White Wine

Schloss Schonborn Riesling 2001, Q.B.A. Rheingau, Germany: Vintages Wine Panel: A very good example that shows even humble QbA wines, from a good house, are capable of cellar life. This one will offer good returns after a cellar stay. My note: A perfect aperitif or dinner companion when you want something light. Lovely notes of lime and peach. Light- to medium-bodied. Pair with: sweet and sour chicken, foie gras, duck, grilled cheese sandwich, apple fritters. 81836 9% MD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 88/100. December 6, 2008 Best Value White. Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Shiraz 2003, McLaren Vale, Australia: Hardy Wine Company’s flagship Shiraz, ‘Eileen Hardy’, was first made in 1973 to celebrate the family matriarch’s 80th birthday. It continues to be Hardy’s finest Shiraz. The 2003 was not reviewed at press time, but year after year it is praised by the critics for its structure, style, finesse and balance. Expect more of the same with this vintage. My note: A cult classic in Australia, this robust red offers aromas of black plum, smoke, vanilla, blackberry and spice. Pair with: beef wellington, prime rib, goose, bittersweet chocolate, fajitas. Drink: 2008-2012. 461368 14% XD 750 mL  $88.95 Score: 94/100. December 6, 2008 Best Value Dessert Wine. Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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