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Vintages Wine Picks June 7, 2008

White Wine

Gustav Adolf Schmitt Riesling Spätlese 2006, QmP, Niersteiner Auflangen, Estate Btld, Rheinhessen, Germany: Vintages Wine Panel: Gustav Adolph Schmidt is a centuries-old property that produces some of the most striking Rieslings to come out of the vineyards surrounding the town of Nierstein. This Spätlese features aromas of orange marmalade, peach compote and citrus. Medium in sweetness, it is leavened by a lovely seam of youthful acidity. My note: A classic German Riesling with lots of finesse and aromatic beauty. Pair with: spiced prawn dishes. Drink: 2008-2012. 71225 M 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 88/100. June 7, 2008 Best Value White Wine. Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Château De Lancyre Pic Saint-Loup Vieilles Vignes Syrah Grenache 2005, A.C. Coteaux du Languedoc, Midi, France: Vintages Wine Panel: Pic Saint-Loup is one of the Languedoc’s most exciting areas without its own appellation. Still part of the larger Côteaux du Languedoc AC, Pic Saint-Loup is filled with dynamic producers doing wondrous things with old vines Syrah and Grenache. This wine is a prime example. Loaded with black cherry, garrigue and perfectly configured wood tones, this full-bodied, long-finishing wine will reward 2-4 years in a cellar. My note: A brooding, dark wine with black fruit and smoky oak notes. Pair with: braised beef, roast pork dishes. 74765 14% D 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 90/100. June 7, 2008 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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