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Wine Picks February 28, 2009

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Red Wine

Kilikanoon Covenant Shiraz 2006, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: Vintages Wine Panel: This top-flight Shiraz from brilliant winemaker Kevin Mitchell is a complex and elegant wine that is nurtured to reflect the distinctive character of the Clare Valley. Unfined, unfiltered and aged for 22 months in a combination of American and French oak, this opulent Shiraz is typically layered with flavors of blackberry, spices, white pepper, roasted meat and subtle oak notes. Should mature beautifully over the next 5-15 years. My note: A smooth, supple, seductive Shiraz with blackberry and blueberry notes. Lovely full-bodied depth and a satisfying finish. 674747 14.50% XD 750 mL  $49.95 Score: 90/100. February 28, 2009 Full Review

White Wine

Berton Vineyards The White Viognier 2007, South Eastern Australia, Australia: Vintages Wine Panel: Berton Vineyards’ ‘Black & White’ tier features just two wines, The Black Shiraz and The White Viognier. Viognier is making a name for itself in Australia, and it’s easy to see why with this attractive version featuring the variety’s typical apricot, peach and orange blossom aromas. Dry, full-bodied with juicy peach, citrus and tropical fruit flavors, it would pair well with mildly spicy dishes or a creamy pasta primavera. Awarded a Silver Medal at the 2008 Sélections Mondiales des Vins in Quebec City. My note: A terrific simple sipper with delicious notes of rose petal, white peach and lychee. Medium-bodied. 93435 14% D 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 87/100. February 28, 2009 Best Value White Wine. Full Review

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