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Vintages Wine Picks May 24, 2008

White Wine

Penmara Reserve Chardonnay 2006, New South Wales, Australia: Vintages Wine Panel: Penmara is a co-operative of five vine-growing families in New South Wales. Together they own 400 acres of prime vineyard land in Australia’s oldest wine-growing state. The Reserve Chardonnay is packed with concentrated melon and citrus fruit flavors. It is dry and full-bodied with its ripe fruit flavors balanced by subtle oak notes. My note: A round, full-bodied chardonnay with ripe apple and pear notes. Pair with: grilled chicken, pan-seared scallops. 912790 13% D 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 88/100. May 24, 2008 Best Value White Wine. Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro 2004, Tuscany, Italy: Vintages Wine Panel: The Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro is Ruffino’s flagship wine. Vintage after vintage, this critically acclaimed wine’s release is eagerly anticipated by savvy consumers. The new 2004 doesn’t disappoint with its deep color, ripe fruit flavors and balancing tannins. A rich and flavorful wine. My note: A classic chianti with fruit power and an elegant balance. Pair with: grilled lamb, roast beef. 353201 13% XD 750 mL  $43.95 Score: 91/100. May 24, 2008 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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