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Values Wine Picks May 8, 2011

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White Wine

Yabby Lake Vineyard Cooralook Pinot Gris 2008, Mornington Peninsula, Australia: Bright melon aromas and a crisp, refreshing zest. There's some white pear and lime on the finish. Lovely aperitif or versatile companion to many dishes. Pair with: BBQ salmon, grilled chicken, lobster and seafood salads. Drink: 2011-2015. 212712 14% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 87/100. May 8, 2011 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

181 Merlot 2008, Lodi, California, United States: This Bordeaux-style Merlot offers lovely aromas of black cherry, plums and vanilla smoke. There's a sumptuous, full-bodied weight and texture on the palate that finishes with lovely spicy cedar. The clone for this wine originates in the Pomerol region of Bordeaux, but it's thriving in its Lodi, California Clay Station Vineyard, where the soils are also red and produce extravagantly luscious Merlots. Perfect for barbecues and potluck gatherings. This wine will be available via Vintages in August 2011. Pair with: grilled pork chops, pepper steak. Drink: 2009-2015. 226530 14% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 89/100. May 8, 2011 Voluptuous Veal Wine Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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