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Vintages Wine Picks March 1, 2014

White Wine

Simi Winery Reserve Chardonnay 2011, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: This full-bodied California Chardonnay is balanced and lovely. Not heavy-handed but rich and layered with green apple vibrancy wrapped in buttery toast. A creamy, mouth-filling texture offers textbook Russian River Chardonnay. Highly recommended. Pair with: lobster in butter sauce, beef bourguignon, cheese, poultry, grilled pork. Drink: 2014-2019. 200881 14.50% D 750 mL  $31.95 Score: 91/100. March 1, 2014 Top Rated White Wine. Sensational Shellfish Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Justin Vineyards Isosceles 2010, Paso Robles, California, United States: Mocha dark chocolate on the nose from generous oak aging of this full-bodied red wine, followed by black fruit and smoke. Robust and very supple. Decant 2 hours. Drink it steak. Polished tannins with some coffee and dried herbs on a long finish of this unfiltered wine. This California red wine was aged 2 years in French oak and was not fined or filtered. Pair with: grilled strip loin, grilled portobellos. Drink: 2015-2020. 684282 15% XD 750 mL  $78.95 Score: 93/100. March 1, 2014 Gorgeous Gift Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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