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Values Wine Picks April 21, 2009

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: August 3, June 18, March 5 and February 26.



White Wine

Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Vintages Wine Panel: Vintage after vintage, the world-renowned Kim Crawford displays his winemaking prowess with Sauvignon Blanc. This version exhibits aromas such as gooseberry, asparagus, nettle, tomato leaf and citrus. My note: One of my favorite Sauvignon Blanc producers from New Zealand. This is a lovely white with herbal and green fuit aromas. Lively and vivacious. Closed with a screwcap, but opens with a smile. This wine is part of the Vintages Essentials Collection. Pair with: monkfish with tomato and fresh herbs, steamed mussels. 35386 13.50% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. April 21, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  


Red Wine

Mitolo Jester Shiraz 2007, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Vintages Wine Panel: Mitolo continues to garner international accolades under the talented hands of winemaker Ben Glaetzer and owner Frank Mitolo. This full-bodied, juicy Shiraz delivers upfront and approachable aromas of chocolate-covered dark cherries, anise, allspice, coffee and hints of oak. My note: Rip-snorting good wine with blackberries, black cherry liqueur and vanilla smoke. A warm-hearted with a solid and pleasurable core of pure fruit. This wine is part of the Vintages Essentials Collection. Pair with: steak, stew, shepherd's pie, prime rib. 659607 15% D 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 89/100. April 21, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  



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