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Vintages Wine Picks June 25, 2011

White Wine

Wayne Gretzky Estates Estate Series Sauvignon Blanc 2008, V.Q.A., Ontario, Canada: Vintages Wine Panel: Ontario Sauvignon Blanc is starting to turn heads as this adaptable variety continues to establish a firm foothold in the wine-growing regions. The 2008 Estate Series spent 15 months in oak and offers notes of green grass, lime rind, toast and yellow plum. Dry, medium bodied and fruity with a creamy texture and a nice interplay between the fruit and oak, supported by a bright and racy acidity. My note: Juicy and tasty with lovely ripe Asian pear and melon. Like a summer’s day. I really like this style because it’s not grassy. Medium-bodied and very versatile with food. Pair with: blackened lemon-pepper-crusted chicken, applewood-smoked cheddar. Drink: 2011-2013. 230771 11.70% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 88/100. June 25, 2011 Splendid Salad Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Quails' Gate Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2008, Okanagan Valley, B.C., VQA, Canada: Bright cherry and raspberry aromas with a pleasingly mouth-watering juiciness. Some vanilla smoke with lovely elegance and balance. Pair with: roasted lamb sirloin and braised shoulder, saffron pearl couscous, black olive sauce and pomegranate reduction. Drink: 2011-2015. 585760 14% D 750 mL  $24.99 Score: 90/100. June 25, 2011 Terrific Turkey Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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