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Vintages Wine Picks September 4, 2010

White Wine

Malivoire Wine Company Guilty Men Sauvignon Blanc 2009, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Vintages Wine Panel: Martin Malivoire may once have worked alongside Hollywood’s elite as an SFX engineer, but there are no smoke and mirrors here – this Sauvignon Blanc is for real. Pale yellow with a green tint in the glass, it opens to an almost sinfully rich nose of grass, orchard blossoms and ripe tropical-fruit notes. This tremendously aromatic, medium-bodied Sauvignon Blanc, with its zesty, bright acidity, is a delicious example of the quality we expect from Ontario’s ’09 vintage. My note: Herbal and refreshing with good acidity for food. Lime zest and green apple. Pair with: grilled scallop salad. 186254 12.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 89/100. September 4, 2010 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Zenato Superiore Valpolicella 2008, D.O.C., Veneto, Italy: Vintages Wine Panel: Zenato is renowned (and a Vintages customer favourite) for producing top-notch wines in the classic styles of Veneto. This fine Valpolicella Superiore, with its lower yields and stricter controls, is another in a long line of successes. It is brimming with expressive aromas of dark fruit and chocolate. It’s a dry, supple and full-flavoured wine that reveals more dark fruit, red field berries and some sour cherry on the palate. Medium bodied, more textured and fuller than any Valpols, and sporting a lovely medium-long finish. My note: Mocha-rich nose with dark cherries and fleshy plums. Lovely full-bodied and smooth. Great value! Pair with: barbecued veal chops. Drink: 2010-2015. 995704 13.50% XD 750 mL  $15.00 Score: 89/100. September 4, 2010 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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