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Wine Picks July 19, 2008

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Red Wine

Tapestry Merlot 2005, McLaren Vale, Australia: Vintages Wine Panel: Using grapes grown in a single vineyard in the heart of McLaren Vale, this is a deeply concentrated Merlot that delivers luscious plum and violet aromas. The wine spends 18 months in French oak, adding a touch of vanilla and a backbone of tannins. My note: Round, smooth, luxurious. Full-bodied with dark chocolate and black plum aromas. Closed with a screwcap. Drink: 2008-2013. 64063 D 750 mL  $26.95 Score: 89/100. July 19, 2008 Full Review

White Wine

Casa Silva Quinta Generacion Viognier Sauvignon Gris Chardonnay 2004, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Vintages Wine Panel: This proprietary blend is comprised of 40% Viognier, 40% Sauvignon Gris and 20% Chardonnay. Sauvignon Gris is a somewhat rare mutated variant of Sauvignon Blanc that has a pink skin and produces a fuller-bodied wine than its famous relative. My note: A quirky, off-beat white. 59444 13.50% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 87/100. July 19, 2008 Full Review

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