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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

ST. Hallett Faith Shiraz 2005, Barossa, Australia: A lovely, juicy and full-bodied red with ripe aromas of plums and blackberries. Closed with a screwcap. 980631 14.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 93/100. January 5, 2008 Favorite Red Wine. Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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