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Wine Picks January 31, 2009

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Red Wine

Castello Banfi Rosso di Montalcino Sangiovese 2006, D.O.C. Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy: A generously ripe and flavorful wine with aromas of dark red fruit, smoke, and plums. Polished tannins with a layered texture. Decant for 1-2 hours. This is the half bottle size. I have also reviewed the full 750 ml size. Drink: 2008-2012. 9423 13% XD 375 mL  $16.95 Score: 90/100. January 31, 2009 Full Review

White Wine

Vign. Pierre Cherrier & Fils Domaine De La Rossignole Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc 2006, AC, Estate Bottled, Loire, France: Vintages Wine Panel: A Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc that seems to be made for steamed mussels or clam chowder. Citrus, stone fruit, mineral and sweet herbs are the principal aromas here. Dry, crisp and fresh, this is a very well-balanced wine. Fruit and acid play off each others' strengths. Medium-bodied with a long crisp/fruit finish. My note: An austere, refreshing wine that has great purity of zesty limes and grapefruit. Some flinty notes and great minerality here with terrific acidity that needs food. 82289 13% XD 750 mL  $23.95 Score: 89/100. January 31, 2009 Full Review

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