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Values Wine Picks April 21, 2009

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White Wine

Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 2007, Russian River Valley, United States: Vintages Wine Panel: Sonoma-Cutrer has been growing grapes since 1973. It was the quality of their Chardonnay that was the impetus for opening a state-of-the-art winery in 1981. Rated the number one selling Chardonnay in American restaurants in 2004, this white, not surprisingly, is Sonoma-Cutrer’s flagship wine. This Chard serves up flavours of tropical fruit, roasted hazelnut, citrus, florals, butter and hints of mineral. My note: A warm and full-bodied Chardonnay, with focused notes of ripe green apples, lime, pear and vanilla spice. The vines were grown in a variety of soils along the Sonoma Coast. Soothes both the palate and the soul. This wine is part of the Vintages Essentials Collection. Pair with: baked sea bass, halibut au beurre blanc, young Gouda. 608653 14% D 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 89/100. April 21, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Henri Bourgeois Baronnes Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc 2007, A.C., Loire, France: Vintages Wine Panel: One of the top domaines in the Loire, Henri Bourgeois has been perfecting Sauvignon Blanc for ten generations. Fresh thyme and sage, kiwi, green apple, gooseberry and grapefruit aromas are quite evident. Suggesting the New Zealand style yet with European refinement, it is dry, fruit-driven and well-structured with an excellent finish. My note: A refreshing white with mild flavors of white peach and green melon. Zippy acidity makes this mouth-watering number a great aperitif or a partner to many dishes. Light- to medium-bodied. Breezy and carefree. This wine is part of the Vintages Essentials Collection. Pair with: goat cheese and crackers, cucumber salad, ceviche. 542548 12% D 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 87/100. April 21, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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