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Vintages Wine Picks March 14, 2009

White Wine

Frey-Sohler Riesling 2007, A.C. Alsace, Estate Btld., France: Vintages Wine Panel: Classic Riesling aromas, including peach, petrol, honeycomb and citrus. Dry and very fresh, with good replays on the palate. A wonderful palate refresher, or match it to grilled salmon steaks with salsa. My note: Incredibly mouth-watering and delicious. Zesty, tangy ripe limes, lemons and green apples. Medium-bodied. Pair with: roast chicken, lobster in butter sauce, corn dishes, beef bourguignonne. 107151 12% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 89/100. March 14, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

Red Wine

Mayu Reserva Carmenère 2005, Elqui Valley, Coquimbo Region, Chile: Vintages Wine Panel: Viña Mayu is a relatively new winery located in Chile’s most northerly wine region, the Elqui Valley, and this Carmenère is from their debut vintage. Aged in French oak for eight months, this wine shows aromas of smoke, vanilla, cassis, blackberry jam and a hint of bell pepper. It’s dry, medium full-bodied with concentrated ripe black fruit flavors playing contrast to the smoky tar notes. Good length. My note: Dried tobacco leaves, black cherries and spice on the nose. Full-bodied richness and warmth on the palate with a cigar-infused finish. Pair with: barbecued ribs, braised brisket of beef, hamburgers, pepperoni pizza. 90035 15% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 89/100. March 14, 2009 Full Review Add to: Shopping List Cellar  

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