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Top Picks from Vintages' November Releases 

November 2 release:

Gallo Estate Chardonnay 1998 (Northern Sonoma)
$54.95
Straw colour; vanilla, apple with a hint of Burgundian barnyard; full-bodied, ripe and rich with mouth-filling butterscotch and lemon flavours. Great length.

Fattoria la Ripa Chianti Classico Riserva 1999 (Tuscany)
$34.80
Purple colour, very youthful looking; cedar, chestnut and dried cherry on the nose; classic chianti flavour, cherry, vanilla oak, lively acidity with a long lingering finish.

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Vidal Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2000 (Hawkes Bay, New Zealand)
$19.90
Dense purple; spicy cassis and white pepper bouquet; juicy, fruity and elegant with a wonderful harmony of fruit, oak, acid, tannin and alcohol.

November 16 release:

Malivoire Chardonnay Moira Vineyard 2000 (Niagara Peninsula)
$36.00
A really fine Ontario Chardonnay built in Montrachet style. Yellow straw colour; intense nose of citrus, apple, toast with a barnyard note; spicy, rich and full-bodied with great balance. Impresssive.

Cuvaison Merlot 1999 (Napa Valley)
$48.85
Dense purple colour; spicy, vanilla nose, not showing a lot of fruit yet; firmly structured, full-bodied blueberry flavour with a caramel note; well balanced, nicely integrated oak, soft tannins yielding to a smoky, toasty finish. Hold for two years at least.

Best buy:
Gonzalez-Byass Noe Pedro Ximenez Muy Viejo (Jerez, Spain)
$15.70
Brown with an olive green rim; liquid raisins; intense, thick and unctuously sweet with a toffee flavour and nutty finish.

 

 

 

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