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April 2010

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BLUE REVIEWS ($14) Crisp, bright and pure with racy acidity and tangy citrus; lively with silky texture and a long, focused finish. WINEBOW INC. 89 88 Cantina di Soave 2009 Duca del Frassino Garganega-Pinot Grigio, Venezie, Italy ($16) Italy’s first bag-in-box wine. Smooth and aromatic with fresh, ripe pear and citrus fruit; long. 3-liter size. MW IMPORTS Eastern Australia ($10) Fresh and juicy with lots of charm; bright peach and citrus fruit with silky texture; crisp, a terrific value. 88 THE COUNTRY VINTNER St. Kilda 2008 Chardonnay, South Domaine Bernard Defaix 2008 Petit Chablis, France SPIRITS 92 88 Leblon Cachaça, Brazil ($30) Leafy and dense with lush banana notes, mellow spice and sweet vanilla. MHW LTD Lunazul Blanco Tequila, Mexico ($20) Creamy texture, and smooth vanilla flavors; clean and mellow with depth and finesse. HEAVEN HILL 92 Karma Silver Tequila, Mexico ($37) Thick and creamy with vanilla, soft agave and a long, smooth finish with a touch of sweetness; elegant, lush and balanced. WC SPIRITS LLC 90 Single Malt Whiskey, Ireland ($99) Lovely banana nose; smooth and fruity with sweet, mellow flavors of spice, oak and vanilla with tropical fruit and coconut notes. 92 CASTLE BRANDS Suntory Hibiki 12 Year Old Blended Whisky, Japan ($55) Smooth and rich with lovely sweet vanilla and toasted oak; toffee, butterscotch and dried fruits; long and mellow. SKYY SPIRITS Knappogue Castle 1994 Private Selection Irish april 2010 / the tasting panel / 71

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