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Vintages Wine Picks May 28, 2011

White Wine

Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Grassy and dry with great refreshment. Zippy and mouth-watering. Drink: 2009-2013. 214460 13.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 88/100. May 28, 2011 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Layer Cake Malbec 2009, Mendoza, Argentina: Vintages Wine Panel: Layer Cake is, in part, a tribute to winemaker Jayson Woodbridge’s grandfather who said that when it’s properly made, wine “is like a great layer cake.” Granddad would certainly have approved of this complex and layered offering. Coffee, blackberry, plum and spice aromas abound. Dry, with black fruit, spice, mocha and raspberry tones, nicely integrated medium tannins, a creamy mid-palate and good fruit on the medium-long finish. Offer your guests a slice. My note: Mocha dark chocolate melts into plush plums and fleshy blackberries. Some espresso and vanilla smoke on the finish. Pair with: grilled steak, barbecued back ribs. Drink: 2009-2014. 219287 14.90% XD 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 90/100. May 28, 2011 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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