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Wine Picks July 22, 2010

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Note: This batch of wine reviews is not part of the bi-weekly Vintages Releases. Instead, it's a collection of wines outside the Vintages section in store (general list) or wines sent to me directly from wineries that may not yet be available in liquor stores. Click on the Winery or Wine Agency link to get more info.

Red Wine

Errazuriz Carmenere 2009, Aconcagua Valley, Chile: A profusion of fleshy ripe dark berries and plums wrapped in spices a little pepper. Fine, silky tannins and a rich, mouth-filling weight. The French oak on this wine gives it a lovely vanilla-smoke finish. Carmenere food pairings: rare steak, Asian dishes, curries, Mexican mole. Drink: 2010 - 2015 10673575 13.5% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 88/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Errazuriz Max Reserva Pinot Noir 2008, Aconcagua Valley, Chile: Vibrant cherry-berry aromas waft up from the glass and these gorgeous flavours roll across your palate. This is a full-bodied Pinot but not heavy. Loads of hedonistic pleasure for those who enjoy wine thorughout the evening. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled salmon, roast chicken. Drink: 2010 - 2014 13.5% D 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Errazuriz Don Maximiano Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Aconcagua Valley, Chile: European elegance meets New World cncentration and power. This wine has it all: spectacular dark fruit flavour, great strcture and a finish that (almost) lasts until you open the next bottle (you hope). This is Chile's icon flagship wine: drink it to understand both where the country has been and where it's going. Superb! Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: filet mignon, prime rib. Drink: 2010 - 2020 501247 14% XD 750 mL $79.00 Score: 95/100. July 2010. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

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