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Vintages Wine Picks January 10, 2009

White Wine

Sileni Estates Cellar Selection Pinot Gris 2008, Hawke's Bay, North Island, New Zealand: Vintages Wine Panel: This Pinot Gris from the warm Hawkes Bay region is another notable bargain. The nose features lovely peach, pear and apple aromas. It’s just off-dry with a round texture and juicy fruit flavors beautifully balanced by a bright seam of acidity. My note: Ripe tree fruit on the nose with floral and quince notes to follow. A well-delineated wine that offers both refreshment and hedonistic pleasure. Pair with: Asian noodle dishes, liver pate, fried camembert with blueberry sauce, Mediteranean tilapia, mushroom ravioli. 32292 14% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 89/100. January 10, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

De Heuvel Shiraz 2005, W.O. Tulbagh: Revealing a blackberry ripeness on the nose followed by jammy plums, pepper, smoked beef and cedar. Full-bodied with a smorgasbord of sensual pleasure. Pair with: pot roast, marinated chicken, grilled tuna, grilled vegetables. 89680 14% D 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 89/100. January 10, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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