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Monday, July 21, 2008

A Couple Top Notch Whites that Still Sell for a Song

Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc, 2007
How much of a smoking value is this…and why is their Sauvignon Blanc nearly twice the price? Year in, year out this is a spectacular little Chenin, with this vintage sporting a beautiful bouquet of sage, paraffin, green tea, salted butter, lime candy and quince notes that jump from the glass. The palate is full of spicy, lively, mouth-filling Chenin flavors that are a touch more precocious than a young Savennieres, but have the same generosity and roundness of a Closel Chateau des Vaults. A versatile and delicious perennial value that’s received a bit more traction lately yet seems to be only a whisper in most Q.P.R. wine sewing circles, 91 points.

Argiolas Costamolino, 2007
Following suit from ’06, this ’07 is another generous, fat, uncompromisingly beautiful Vermentino from Sardinia. Offering up a cornucopia of tangerine oil, mango, peach and white flower characteristics that are wonderfully proportioned and rich in the mouth. Hints of crème fraiche add a bit of opulence and depth to the tropical fruit-studded profile that glide along the fleshy finish, 90 points.

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