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Top Picks from Vintages' January releases 

January 11 release:

Gonzales Byass Oloroso Dulce Solera 1847 (Jerez, Spain)
$15.85
There might be one hundredth of a drop of 1847 sherry in this bottle (the year the solera was started), but it's a terrific buy notwithstanding. Brown colour with a green olive rim, it has a nose of dates and brown sugar; sweet and unctuous on the palate but given character by notes of earthiness and grilled nuts.
Food match: bitter chocolate desserts

Weingut Birgit Eichinger Grüner Veltliner 2001 (Austria)
$15.80
One of the wine world's most under-rated grapes. Yellow straw colour with a lifted nose of peach and white pepper; mouth-filling fruit, full on the palate with a lovely balance of peach fruit and citrus acidity. Long finish, well made. A refreshing change from Chardonnay. A bargain at the price.
Food match: grilled chicken or poached salmon

January 25th release:

Quails' Gate Pinot Noir "Limited Release" 2000 (British Columbia)
$18.90
A consistently good Pinot producer. Tawny ruby colour; vanilla and plum on the nose with notes of cherry and pencil lead; full on the palate with expressive fruit, ready to drink but will hold for a year or two. Tannic lift on the finish.
Food match: grilled quail, veal cutlets

Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore 1995 (Veneto)
$59.95
This is amazing wine – expensive, yes, but unique in its complexity and style. Tawny ruby colour; a mature nose of spice and fruit cake; full-bodied, dried fruit flavours but elegant and beautifully balanced. Drinking nicely now but still has legs.
Food match: hard cheeses, osso buco

 

 

 

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