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Wine Picks January 23, 2010

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Red Wine

Luigi Bosca Reserva Syrah 2006, Maipú, Mendoza, Argentina: Vintages Wine Panel: Bodega Luigi Bosca built its fine international reputation on Malbec, but the winery has shown a real flair with such classic French grape varieties as Syrah, Pinot Noir and Merlot. Look for lots of blackberry, bacon, black pepper and blueberry. It is rich and lush with good balancing tannins. My note: Full-bodied, hedonistic red with black fruit, dark spices and a gutsy, lively character. Exactly what you want to satisfy a savage thirst. 143412 14.50% D 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 87/100. January 23, 2010 Full Review

White Wine

Balbach Estate Kabinett Riesling 2008, Q,M.P., Niersteiner Pettenthal, Rheinhessen, Germany: Vintages Wine Panel: The Balbach Estate is Fritz Hasselbach’s (you know, of Gunderloch fame) other winery. Here he creates some equally exciting Rieslings. In this case, it features aromas of ripe peach, citrus, mineral and a touch of petrol. Just off-dry with an ideal balance between the fruit and acid. A great sipper or enjoy it with a variety of simply cooked seafood (spicy or not). My note: A brisk and refreshing white with stimulating notes of lime, white grapefruit and lemon. Needs no coaxing out of the glass: this wine will meet you more than half way. 148825 11.80% MD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 88/100. January 23, 2010 Full Review

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