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Top picks from Vintages' May 10 release:

Schloss Schönborn Hattenheimer Pfaffenberg Riesling Spätlese 1990 (Rheingau)
$20.95
This wine shows how well German Riesling can age. Straw-coloured with a hint of lime, it has the classic nose of petrol and ripe peach. The flavours are complex and mature, redolent of peaches, apricots, honey and burnt sugar. Medium bodied and medium sweet it has great balance with lively acidity that carries the flavours. ****½

Château d'Arsac 2000 (Margaux AC)
$36.95
Thanks to the vintage this cru bourgeois claret performs well above its classification. Dense purple colour with a concentrated nose of cedar, vanilla and red berries; well structured, richly extracted with supple tannins and a lovely balance of fruit, alcohol, acid and oak. Hold 3–4 years. ****½

Marchesi de'Frescobaldi Cabernet Sauvignon "Castiglioni" 2000 (Tuscany)
$19.95
This well-priced Cab is worth every penny. Dense purple colour; spicy black cherry and vanilla nose; firmly structured yet elegant, sweet currant flavour; well balanced and eminently cellarable (4–5 years). ****
 

Top picks from Vintages' May 24 release:

Mission Hill Chardonnay Reserve 2001 (British Columbia)
$17.95
A steal at the price when you compare it to white Burgundy and high end California Chards. Winemaker John Simes' finest Chardonnay yet in a more restrained style than previous vintages. Medium straw colour; apple and vanilla on the nose; elegant and well balanced apple and tangerine flavours. *****

"Seigneurs d'Aiguilhe" 2000 (Côtes de Castillon, Bordeaux)
$21.95
The second label of Château d'Aiguilhe. Dense purple colour; intense bouquet of black fruits and vanilla; full-bodied, sweet plum jam flavour with a floral top note; firm structure. ****½

La Cave des Vignerons Gigondas "Cuvée du Président" 2000 (Rhône)
$22.95
Dense purple colour; sweet blackberry, vanilla and chocolate bouquet with a smoky-tarry note; richly extracted, full-bodied and concentrated with a firm structure and powerful mouth-feel. ****½

 

 

 

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