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Vintages Wine Picks May 28, 2011

White Wine

Joseph Cattin Muscat 2009, A.C., Alsace, France: Vintages Wine Panel: Winner of a Silver Medal at the 2010 Grand Concours des Vins d’Alsace de Colmar. Muscat at its finest is an aromatic treat, perfect as an aperitif or with flavourful dishes early in a meal – and Alsatian versions are among the best and most food-friendly in the world. The 2009 Muscat from Cattin is beautifully fragrant, with notes of Turkish delight, gentle spice, fresh grapes and floral. The palate is dry, deliciously consistent with the nose, balanced and fresh with a crisp acidity. My note: Honeysuckle pretty with white cherry blossoms waving in the summer sun. Deft touch of sweet tree fruit aromas even though this technically is a dry wine. Lovely aperitif or food companion. Drink: 2009-2014. 224634 12% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 88/100. May 28, 2011 Best Value White Wine. 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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