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Vintages Wine Picks December 31, 2012

White Wine

Henry of Pelham Winery Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2011, V.Q.A., Short Hills Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Very balanced and well-rounded without being heavy. Lovely green apple notes with some toasted hazelnut on the finish from the barrel fermentation and aging. There's fresh baked broad sprinkled with some cinnamon notes on the finish. Lovely! Pair with: crab legs, corn dishes, stuffed chicken breast. Drink: 2013-2016. 268342 13.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. December 31, 2012 Terrific Turkey Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Smoke & Gamble Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2011, V.Q.A., Lake Erie North Shore, Ontario, Canada: Lovely balance in this full-bodied, supple red. Lots of character but not heavy. Dark fruit, smoke with a long finish. A blend of 49.5% merlot, 37.2% cabernet sauvignon and 13.3% cabernet sauvignon. Bordeaux styling with New World power and fruit. Beautifully structured with a long finish. Pair with: beef skewers, fajitas, steak-topped pizza, black bean soup, hodge-podge. Drink: 2013-2016. 332825 13.60% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 90/100. December 31, 2012 Complete Cheese Pizza Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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