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Vintages Wine Picks April 26, 2008

White Wine

Cuvaison Estate Wines Cuvaison Chardonnay 2006, Carneros, Napa Valley, United States: Vintages Wine Panel: Winemaker Steven Rogstad’s philosophy is based on “... expressing the unique character of our estate grapes and doing as little as possible to them.” This delicious and elegant wine consistently demonstrates why the cool-climate Carneros region is so respected for its Chardonnay. Look for aromas of wood-spice on the nose with flavors of lemon drops and tropical fruit combined with a long flinty finish. My note: A classic, buttery, oaky and fun-loving California chardonnay. Full-bodied with aromas of ripe pears. 988261 14.20% D 750 mL  $25.95 Score: 90/100. April 26, 2008 Favorite White Wine. Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Diane de Puymorin, Prop.-Récolt. Château D’or Et De Gueules Les Cimels 2005, A.C. Costières de Nîmes, France: Vintages Wine Panel: The 2005 Les Cimels won a Coup de Coeur, the highest rating from France’s Guide Hachette 2007. Owner/winemaker Diane de Puymorin is part of the new wave of young French winemakers who have broken onto the scene in the last decade. She produces rich, concentrated wines resulting from low yields and careful vineyard management. My note: Lovely balance with lip-smacking delicious notes of ripe plums and berries. 597104 13% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 90/100. April 26, 2008 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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