Reviews of wines that don’t need their own post, but are worth noting for one reason or another. Look for it on the final Friday of each month.
• Domaine Guion Bourgueil Cuvée Prestige 2006 ($20, sample): Cabernet franc from the Loire Valley in France, and everything I hoped it would be -- and then some. More fruit (cherry?) than I expected, but it had the French nose and a long, mineral finish.
• Maison Bertrand Ambroise St. Romain 2003 ($30, purchased): This white Burgundy was a steal when I bought it 3 1/2 years ago, and it's apparently the same price today (if you can find it). Took about 90 minutes to open up, but when it did it went from herbal and anise to green apple and oak. Very, very nice.
• King Estate Pinot Gris Domaine 2008 ($25, sample): Classic Oregon pinot gris -- exactly what it is supposed to be and a value at this price. It's fresh and crisp, with pear/green apple fruit and a longish finish.
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