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  • Domaine des Aubuisières Cuvée de Silex Vouvray 2011
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Domaine des Aubuisières Cuvée de Silex Vouvray 2011 (Loire)
$17.95 (Vintages #57042)
Silex is a flint and sand based soil type found primarily in the Loire Valley. It's formed from a mixture of clay, limestone and silica and it gives the Chenin Blanc grape a special flavour in Vouray. Pale straw in colour, this wine has a nose of quince and honey. It's medium-bodied with a minerally, pear flavour, clean with a honeycomb was finish. ****½ (89)
Food match: pork chop; blackened scallops

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 10 Chardonnay 2010 (Marlborough, New Zealand)
$25.95 (Vintages #317651)
This single-vineyard Chardonnay is really Burgundian in style: straw coloured with a spicy, apple and forest floor nose heightened by vanilla oak. It's full-bodied and elegant, beautifully balanced peach and apple flavours with great length. ***** (92)
Food match: BBQ-ed salmon; lobster

Balbas Reserva 2001 (Ribera del Duero, Spain)
$20.95 (Vintages #85183)
A blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. New World in style: dense ruby colour with a cedar and tobacco nose; full on the palate, dry, richly extracted black fruit flavours with a firm tannic finish. Still youthful for its age. ****½ (89)
Food match: roast beef; steak

 

 

 

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