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Wine Picks August 1, 2009

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Red Wine

Château Laurou Tradition Négrette 2006, A.C., Fronton, Southwest, France: Vintages Wine Panel: Not far from the village of Toulouse are the terraced vineyards of the Fronton appellation. This region features a rare grape variety by the name of Négrette which has made itself at home in the quartz-gravel soils here. Négrette is low in acidity and tannins, and is notable for its lovely aromas of violets and berries, plus its delicate, supple character. My note: Simple, peppery and satisfying. This rustic wine is the country cousin who doesn’t put on airs but has his own charm. Full-bodied with notes of black peppered raspberries and cassis wrapped in a cedar box. Go figure. 61531 12.50% D 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 89/100. August 1, 2009 Full Review

White Wine

Painter Bridge Bay Mist White Riesling 2007, Monterey, California, United States: Ripe peaches, white melon and pears. Lovely! Medium-bodied with terrific mouth-watering acidity. A fig-infused finish. 57299 11.50% MD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 88/100. August 1, 2009 Full Review

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