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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: May 14, November 15, October 16 and August 3.

White Wine

Daniel Lenko Viognier 2007, Niagara, Canada: Made from 15-year-old vines, this is an intensely aromatic white with notes of rose petals, lychee, papaya, flint and slate. Aged seven months on the lees added richness to this medium full-bodied wine. A lovely finish. Available from Pair with: mild to medium curries, salmon, salads, pork, chicken. Drink: 2009-2011. 14% D 750 mL  $39.95 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 12.50% D 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 87/100. April 21, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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