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Three recommendations from Vintages' January 4th release.

13Th Street Merlot 2012 (Ontario)
$17.95 (Vintages #270504)
Deep purple colour; a nose of blueberries and blackberries, plums, smoky and a touch of vanilla oak; dry, full-bodied, full and round with juicy acidity and velvety tannins, wonderfully ripe and clean fruit aspect here coupled with good structure and overall balance, drinking well now, although will also reward holding for 2–4 years. ***** (90)
Food match: lamb chops; mature cheddar

Domaine de l'Arjolle Z de l'Arjolle Zinfandel 2011 (Midi, France)
$19.95 (Vintages #346072)
The only Zinfandel currently produced in France. Deep purple colour; plummy nose with herbal, cardamom notes; dry, full-bodied, full on the palate with remarkable structure and balance, does not lack freshness either, and also really well priced. ****½ (89)
Food match: winter casseroles; grilled steak

Romate Fino Sherry N/V (Jerez)
$16.95 (Vintages #349357)
Deep straw colour with a nose of dried citrus fruits, nutty and smoky; light and fresh on the palate with very good intensity and a grapefruit-y finish; a very pleasant afternoon drink, serve slightly chilled. Good value. ****½ (89)
Food match: salted almonds; cured ham

 

 

 

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