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Values Wine Picks April 22, 2011

Note: I publish batches of reviews that I call Good Values Wine Picks. These are from the regular section of the liquor store rather than the Vintages section, and tend to be lower priced and the most widely available of all wines. The last four reviews I did were: October 16, August 3, June 18 and March 5.

White Wine

Passaggio Wines New Generation Unoaked Chardonnay 2009, California, United States: A delightfully fresh and vibrant Chardonnay with the pure essence of green apples and limes. Mouth-watering and delicious. This is a lovely wine when you want the taste of Chardonnay, but not the heavy oak or alcohol. Terrific! Pair with: antipasto salad, salmon, chicken and seafood dishes. Drink: 2011-2013. 13.20% D 750 mL  $16.00 Score: 88/100. April 22, 2011 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Painted Rock Estate Winery Ltd. Merlot 2008, Okanagan Valley, BC, VQA, Canada: Smooth, rich and full-bodied with succulent aromas of fleshy dark berries and plums. Some savoury, meaty notes on the mid-palate. This wine has 5% Malbec in the blend and was aged for 18 months in French oak. The result is a superbly craft wine, with a long finish and a pleasant bite through the richness. Pair with: filet mignon, prime rib. Drink: 2011-2021. 242768 14% XD 750 mL  $40.00 Score: 93/100. April 22, 2011 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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