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Vintages Wine Picks May 28, 2011

White Wine

Kenneth Volk Santa Maria Cuvée Chardonnay 2007, Santa Maria Valley, California, United States: Vintages Wine Panel: Classic rich and full Cali Chardonnay with aromas of ripe apple, hazelnut, smoky oak and lemon-lime. Dry and fruity with the oak well-integrated into the whole package. There is also a distinctive creaminess to the finish. My note: A solid citizen in the wine world. Nice balance and pleasant aromas of green apple, butter and oak. Full-bodied. Pair with: pasta alfredo, grilled chicken breast with a mushroom cream sauce. Drink: 2008-2014. 233981 14.20% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 89/100. 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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