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Vintages Wine Picks March 5, 2011

White Wine

Domaine De La Tour Chablis Monts-Main 1Er Cru Chardonnay 2008, A.C., Burgundy, France: Vintages Wine Panel: Gold Medal winner at the 2010 Concours des Vins de Chablis. All the elements in the 2008 vintage conspired to create great white wines, such as this Chablis from Domaine de la Tour. Look for classic aromas and flavours of green apple, chalky minerals, pear and citrus. An ageable wine (3-5+ years). My note: Unoaked chardonnay, this is refreshing and pure with green apple notes and mouth-watering acidity. This is not rich and buttery like New World chardonnays in any sense. Very austere with subtle flavours. Don’t over-chill or you won’t smell anything. Pair with: bouillabaisse. Drink: 2011-2016. 159731 13% XD 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 89/100. March 5, 2011 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2006, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, United States: This wine is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot. Blackberry-menthol nose with blackberry liqueur on the palate. Rich, deep, and ponderous. Smooth and rich and full-bodied. Drink: 2011-2017. 89284 13.70% XD 750 mL  $44.95 Score: 92/100. March 5, 2011 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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