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Wine Picks June 21, 2008

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Red Wine

Guyot Crozes-Hermitage Le Millepertuis 2005, AC, France: Vintages Wine Panel: In Northern Rhône, the Rhône River is narrow, steep-banked and moves rapidly; in the southern Rhône, the river widens, the banks flatten out and the current slows. It is in the north that the Rhône’s most noble grape, Syrah, thrives. Growers have been known to plant their grapes in whatever superior nooks and crannies they can find along the river in this spectacular landscape. My note: A cedary black cherry wonder. Full-bodied and balanced. 73890 13% XD 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 89/100. June 21, 2008 Full Review

White Wine

Boyar Estates Blueridge X.R. Chardonnay 2004, Bulgaria, Bulgaria: Vintages Wine Panel: Since the collapse of the Soviet union, Boyar Estates has grown into one of the most dynamic, quality-focused wineries in southeastern Europe. This barrel-aged Chardonnay offers terrific value with ripe pear, apple, vanilla and toast flavors and aromas. Dry, soft and creamy. My note: A fantastic value. Simple but pleasant but not too oaky. Ripe pear fruit notes. 73197 13% D 750 mL  $11.95 Score: 86/100. June 21, 2008 Best Value White Wine. Full Review

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