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Vintages Wine Picks February 28, 2009

White Wine

Laurent Miquel Nord Sud Viognier 2007, Vin de Pays d'Oc, Midi, France: Vintages Wine Panel: Viognier has come storming out of the northern Rhône to make a huge impact throughout the wine world. In the Midi, it has found a very happy home as this example demonstrates. It features aromas of floral, fresh marjoram, apricot/peach and spice. Dry, refreshing, and full bodied with juicy/fruity tones. A wine that will beautifully complement mildly spiced shrimp or prawn dishes. My note: Very pretty white floral notes, melon and lychee. Terrific minerality. Medium-bodied with balanced acidity. Pair with: Thai coconut shrimp, lamb tangine, smoked ham, mild spices and curries. 673236 13.50% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 89/100. February 28, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Domaine Cazes L'excellence De Triniac, Latour De France Carignan Syrah Grenache 2005, A.C. Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, Midi, France: Vintages Wine Panel: A Gold Medal winner at the 2007 Concours Général Agricole in Paris, France. A wine that shows just how good Carignan-based wine can be when the producer uses fruit from old vines. This blend of old vine Carignan, Syrah and Grenache is filled with aromas of blackberry, violet, underbrush, pie crust and coffee. Made in a very modern style with the fruit supported by gentle acids and moderate tannins. This medium- to full-bodied wine will reward 2-3 years in a cellar, or try it tonight with roast beef and root vegetables. My note: Rich, warm and plummy like a soft blanket or a warm embrace ... or both. Deep plush damson plums wrapped in gorgeous smoky goodness. Full-bodied and supple. Start a fire, pour a glass. Pair with: Steak, stew, shepherd's pie, sausages. Drink: 2008-2014. 103689 13% D 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 90/100. February 28, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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