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Vintages Wine Picks September 12, 2009

White Wine

Schloss Reinhartshausen Riesling Spätlese 2003, Q.M.P., Erbacher Hohenrain, Rheingau, Germany: Vintages Wine Panel: Erbacher Hohenrain is an enclosed vineyard situated on a south-facing slope overlooking the ancient village of Erbach. This sheltered site is known for its sunny and warm microclimate. Some of Schloss Reinhartshausen’s oldest vines are located on this site. This late-harvested Riesling from the warm 2003 vintage offers richness with ripe peach and apricot flavors as well as minerality. Medium in sweetness, it is nevertheless balanced by a seam of acidity leading to a lengthy finish. My note: Terrifically concentrated yet ephemerally light white. Zippy acidity and ripe pears and peaches. 127589 9.50% M 750 mL  $23.95 Score: 90/100. September 12, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Wits End The Procrastinator Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Grenache 2006, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Vintages Wine Panel: The Procrastinator celebrates Wits End’s patriarch, John Harvey, and his inability to finish one task before something else more interesting arises. It’s a blend of 60% Shiraz, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Grenache that was aged in a mix of old and new tight-grained French oak. Let’s not dilly-dally now, though. This is a delicious, easy-drinking wine that is filled with blackberry and raspberry aromas and flavors. My note: A robust, lusty red with full-bodied notes of black cherry, blackberry and raspberry. Terrific smoky finish. Pair with: barbecued gourmet burgers. 684100 14.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 89/100. September 12, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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