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Vintages Wine Picks July 24, 2010

White Wine

Clay Station Unoaked Viognier 2008, Lodi, California, United States: Vintages Wine Panel: Clay Station is dedicated to producing wines from grape varieties that are somewhat untraditional for California – like this fragrant Viognier. Many Cali producers add a touch of oak to Viognier, but Clay Station avoids the wood in order to allow the grape’s wonderful aromatics to come to the fore. As this full-bodied, floral- and ripe peach-scented wine shows, their decision was wise. A great choice for either spicy barbecue fare or curry dishes. My note: very pleasant and mouth-watering without the over-the-top viognier notes. Peach, some spices and pear. Balanced and tasty. Pair with: spicy barbecue, curry dishes. 25411 13.50% D 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 88/100. July 24, 2010 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Château Pineraie Malbec Merlot 2006, A.C., Cahors, France: Vintages Wine Panel: What is Malbec like when it’s at home? Perhaps more famous these days in its Argentine incarnation, the dark beauty is enjoying a renaissance in its French hometown, Cahors. Pineraie’s version, blended with a smaller amount of Merlot, is beautifully constructed, exhibiting great balance, intensity and length. It’s medium bodied, with aromas and flavours of raspberry, blueberry and blackberry, with mineral notes and a touch of lemony celery seed. My note: A big, black bruiser of a wine that gives you a full-bodied whomp of flavour, yum! Blackberries, smoke, tar and spice. It’s a heady mix that needs to be served alongside a big steak or hamburger. Pair with: jambalaya, steak, hamburger. Drink: 2010-2014. 78725 13% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 87/100. July 24, 2010 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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