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Wine Picks September 4, 2010

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Red Wine

Château Saint Maurice Les Grès Laudun, Christophe Valat, Vign. Syrah Blend 2007, A.C., Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, France: Vintages Wine Panel: Winner of a Silver Medal at the 2008 Concours Général Agricole in Paris. The village of Laudun’s best vineyards tend to be north-facing and grown on sandy clay. This award-winner shows why. Intriguing aromas include pomegranate and black licorice, plus the more-expected scents of plum, raspberry and pepper/spice. Dry, with a very ripe core that, due to zippy acidity, is not at all jammy. A value-priced candidate for the cellar (3-5+ years). For current enjoyment, decant it for 2+ hours and serve with rare steaks or roast beef. My note: Juicy, delicious and full-bodied with alluring aromas of black cherry, cedar box, violets and smoke. Love it! Incredible price. Drink: 2010-2015. 177576 14.80% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 89/100. September 4, 2010 Full Review

White Wine

Geyser Peak Chardonnay 2008, Alexander Valley, California, United States: Vintages Wine Panel: Founded in 1890, Geyser Peak Winery is one of the pioneers of the Alexander Valley appellation. This Chardonnay is made in a crisp, crowd-pleasing style with terrific balance between sweet fruit aromas and hints of oak. My note: A generous but terrifically balanced Chardonnay with notes of green apple, lime and toasted almond finish. Full-bodied and smooth. 343475 13.50% D 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 88/100. September 4, 2010 Full Review

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