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Values Wine Picks July 11, 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: July 12, May 14, November 15 and October 16.

White Wine

Monkey Bay Pinot Grigio 2008, New Zealand, New Zealand: Vibrant and refreshing with notes of white melon, grapefruit, granny smith apple and lime. Closed with a screwcap. Pair with: vegetarian dishes, quiche. 93666 13% D 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 87/100. July 11, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Volant Grenache Mouvedre 2004, California, United States: A spectacularly rich and deep red with fragrant peppery blackberries and black raspberries. Savory, meaty notes with a lip-smacking delicious finish. This wine is a blend of 38% grenache, 35% syrah, 12% mouvedre, 8% carignane and 7% cinsault. It was aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. Pair with: filet mignon, brisket, grilled pork chops, lamb with rosemary. 975847 14.50% D 750 mL  $36.95 Score: 92/100. July 11, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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