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Wine Picks March 14, 2009

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Red Wine

Morgante Nero D’Avola 2006, I.G.T. Sicilia, Estate Btld., Sicily, Italy: Vintages Wine Panel: Without a doubt, Nero d’Avola is Sicily’s best-known and most widely planted native black grape. Nero d’Avola takes well to barrel maturation, and expresses wild plum and dark chocolate aromas, with firm tannins and lively acidity surrounding the fruit. It is also valued in blends (especially with international varieties) for contributing intense color, full body, fresh acidity and good tannins. My note: What a vibrantly beautiful wine. Rushes out to meet you from the glass with fleshy ripe cherries, spice and plum. Gorgeous palate with rich layers, silky tannins and a warm blackberry-infused finish. Terrific value. Drink: 2008-2015. 40816 14% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. March 14, 2009 Full Review

White Wine

West Cape Howe Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Great Southern, Western Australia, Estate Btld., Australia: Very grassy: rev’ the lawnmowers! Good attack and refreshment. Medium-bodied. Screwcap. 90910 13% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 88/100. March 14, 2009 Full Review

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