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By Kerry Winslow

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2009 Robert Biale Zinfandel “Black Chicken” Estate, Napa Valley.
Black Chicken Zin, named after Aldo Biale’s codeword for secret wine sales during the proibition, is one of the best Zinfandel’s produced and the 2009 is a stunner! This all American, California great has intense and vibrant black and red fruits, briery spices, sweet smooth tannins and texture and a long fruit driven finish. This wine screams excitement and has lots of dry port extract and thickness, but still feels fresh. Bold and brash Zinfandel flavors hold firm start to finish with mountain blackberry, boysenberry, raspberry and plum fruits and hints of cedar, mocha and pie-filling. Best to enjoy this big wine young and with hard cheeses and or BBQed meats, a near perfect 4th of July red to savor with flags and fireworks!
($45 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive

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By Kerry Winslow

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2009 Domaine Brintet Mercurey Vieilles Vignes (Red Burgundy, Old Vines) France.

A recent find for me, imported by Charles Neal, the Domaine Brintet Mercurey is a stylish and richly flavored Burgundy that has live and force driving it, clearly a Domaine to watch! I was most impressed with this smoky and deep Pinot Noir that has black cherry, plum and currant fruits along with subtle smoke, mineral essence and truffle earthiness. This dark fruit focused wine should fill out and gain in bottle over the next few years, but I wouldn’t be too shy about opening a few bottles in the very near future as this is a gem and a stunning value for a quality Burgundy, and one from such a remarkable vintage. Thanks again to Charles Neal for discovering another interesting Domaine and adding it to his portfolio of fine wines and spirits.
($30 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

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By Kerry Winslow

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2009 Domaine Pierre Guillemot Bourgogne, Red Burgundy, France.
This small domaine turns out some really great wine, and at super prices from the Beaune region of Burgundy. Kermit Lynch again was the guy behind bringing Guillemot to our neck of the woods, and again we must say “Thanks!” and give kudos to him and Guillemot, as it is nice to be able to get some fine red Burgs that we don’t have to feel quietly about buying and popping their corks! This vintage produced a stunning vintage all around Burgundy, especially the Pinot Noir wines and there are some great deals available, and this 2009 Pierre Guillemot is certainly one of them. The Bourgogne Rouge is a select cuvee of premier sites around Savigny-Les-Beaune, where Guillemot sources most of their fruit and is a fine example of the area. The nose is racy red fruit and spicy flowers with a silky palate of strawberry, raspberry and tangy cherry with hints of truffle, tea spice, mineral and apple skin. This wine opens up into a pure delight and gives lots of elegant pleasure, drink it over the next 3 to 5 years for the best enjoyment in the this very lovely wine.
($24 Est.) 90 Points, grapelive

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