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Vintages Wine Picks September 26, 2009

White Wine

Sileni Estates Selection Pinot Gris 2009, Hawke's Bay, North Island, New Zealand: Vintages Wine Panel: The 2009 vintage from south of the equator is starting to arrive. This fresh Pinot Gris has a noticeable peach/pink color from skin contact with the grapes. The nose is aromatic with melon, peach, floral and mineral notes. It’s dry, medium bodied with a juicy, round texture, ripe peach and tropical melon fruit flavors, well-balanced medium acidity and a medium finish. This wine finds the middle ground between the famous versions from Alsace and northern Italy. Great value. My note: White grapefruit, lime and white peach. Zesty and mouth-watering. 32292 12.50% D 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 88/100. September 26, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Château Fongaban Merlot Cabernet Franc 2005, A.C., Côtes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France: A robust red with delicious notes of cassis, blackberry, savory bacon fat, dried tobacco and vanilla-spice. Supple and layered but decant for 1-2 hours first. A lovely, long finish in this blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Terrific value for Bordeaux. 138735 14% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 89/100. September 26, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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