Sunday, July 24, 2005

Weekly wine Picks for 7/18/05

Vinum Cellars 2004 Wilson Vineyard Chenin Blanc $9.99

Once again Vinum has produced a great alternative to Chardonnay with this barrel fermented Chenin Blanc. Dubbed “CNW” for Chard No Way. A light straw gold color and aromas of citrus, the citrus is echoed on the palate along with melon and apricot. The finish is clean and refreshing.

Drink with Calamari ceviche or shrimp cocktails

Michaud 2003 Pinnacles Syrah $32.99

From the winemaker at Chalone comes a beautiful Rhone style Syrah. An enticing deep ruby color glows from the glass. On the nose, toasty oak and smoke are dominant with leather, tar and black fruits. Plum, black currant and blackberries are prominent in the mouth with a supple round finish and no hard edges. A long lingering finish ends with great complexity.

Drink with Bourbon/Brown sugar baby back ribs


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