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Wine Picks April 26, 2008

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Dessert Wine

Cave de Monbazillac Château Septy Monbazillac 2003, A.C., France: Made with a blend of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle, which have all been touched by noble rot, Château Septy’s Monbazillac offers aromas of rich peach, pear, honey and apricot. It is a worthy substitute for Sauternes, and a terrific value. My note: An amazing dessert wine. Bursting with apple pie and pear crumbler notes. 31625 13.20% S 375 mL  $9.95 Score: 90/100. April 26, 2008 Full Review

Red Wine

Cave de Rasteau Cave De Rasteau Rasteau Ortas Prestige 2006, A.C. Côtes du Rhône-Villages, France: Vintages Wine Panel: The famous co-operative, Cave de Rasteau, has redesigned their whole line of wines under the new Ortas label. The labels may have changed but the wines remain some of the finest coming out of Rasteau. Their Prestige Rasteau, a blend of principally Grenache with Syrah and Mourvèdre in a supporting role, is rich, ripe and very robust. My note: Robust and packed with flavor dominated by black fruit. 985929 14.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. April 26, 2008 Full Review

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