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Vintages Wine Picks January 5, 2008

White Wine

Glass Mountain Chardonnay 2005, Napa Valley, United States: Vintages Wine Panel: In 1873, Jean Laurent emigrated to the Napa Valley from Bordeaux. He bought property in St. Helena and quarried rock out of the base of Glass Mountain to build his wine cellar. A century later, businessman Bruce Markham purchased the property and created Markham Wines. His Glass Mountain label offers the winery's same attention to quality but with an emphasis on value. Look for delicate, tropical fruit aromas and flavors with creamy, toasty oak notes. My note: Good balance in this chardonnay with green apples and oak. Pair with: steamed mussels, pasta primavera. 533208 13.50% D 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 88/100. January 5, 2008 Best Value White Wine. Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

André Lurton Château De Barbe Blanche 2004, AC Lussac-St-Émilion, France: Vintages Wine Panel: Lussac-St-Émilion is a satellite appellation just northeast of Bordeaux's more famous (and expensive) St-Émilion district. Merlot is the dominant variety here, as it is in St-Émilion, and there are hidden gems to be found for the Bordeaux bargain hunter like this blend of 65% merlot, 25% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon. Sourced from 25+ year old vines, this red displays lovely plum fruit, cassis and fresh herb characteristics leading to a lingering finish. My note: A warm, richly layered, full-bodied red. Aromas of cassis, smoke and oak with a smooth finish. 48066 13.20% XD 750 mL  $27.95 Score: 90/100. January 5, 2008 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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