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Vintages Wine Picks March 15, 2008

White Wine

D’arenberg The Dry Dam Riesling 2007, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Vintages Wine Panel: One of two Aussie Rieslings in this release, this fresh, floral and citrusy wine is named for d’Arenberg’s original Riesling vineyard that is located next to a dam with a history of drying up in particularly hot summers. The extra stress on the vines during these hot, dry years usually meant a very concentrated Riesling with lots of flavor and intensity. My note: Lovely! A refreshing white with notes of intense pear and minerals. Pair with: thai, crab cakes. 942953 11% D 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 90/100. March 15, 2008 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

KWV Kanonkop Kadette 2005, WO Stellenbosch, South Africa: Vintages Wine Panel: Kanonkop is credited by many for putting South Africa’s Pinotage grape on the map. They were one of the first estates to recognize the variety’s potential for producing complex wines of character. Kadette, their second wine, blends 43% Pinotage with 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. Very approachable, this medium full-bodied wine features ripe red-berry fruit flavors, soft tannins, and a long tangy finish. My note: A lovely, full-bodied red with black fruit flavors and oak notes. 922237 14% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 88/100. March 15, 2008 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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