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PLUS 90 Points Wine Spectator
"Smart Buy" for July 31 2006 Issue

Gordon Brothers MerlotWine Spectator Best Buy
Gordon Brothers Merlot 03 $14.80/$16.45
http://www.northwest-wine.com/gordon-brothers-merlot.html
($14.80 for any 12 or more bottles, otherwise $16.45)

Wine Spectator rating 90 points:

"Rich and spicy, with a glowing core of ripe raspberry, strawberry and cherry balanced with juicy acidity and a lavish blanket of creamy oak. It all mingles well, and the finish lingers. Drink now through 2010." —H.S.

Wine Press Northwest - 2004 Platinum Judging – Platinum rating
“This was the top Merlot in the Platinum tasting thanks to aromas of baker’s chocolate and smokey cherries and flavors of blackberries and rich coffee with a hint of white pepper on the finish. Well-managed tannins give this approachability now.”

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Dusted Valley Barrel Thief RedUgly Monkey, Super Value
Dusted Valley Barrel Thief Red 03 $19.75/$21.95
http://www.northwest-wine.com/Dusted-Valley-Vintners-Barrel-Thief-Red.html
($19.75 for any 12 or more bottles, otherwise $21.95)

Yes, its an ugly monkey, really really ugly.

And one heck of a great value wine.

Dense color, GREAT nose, smoky black cherry, hint of vanilla intertwined with smoke in nose and palate. Hearty, dense, but smooth, chocolate in the finish. Meaty, firm tannins but smooth and well integrated. Just a lush, big chunk of barbeque red wine for burgers & steaks. Nothing esoteric or fancy, just butt ugly monkey red for hotter than heck days.

77% Cab Sauv, 17% Merlot, 6% Cab Franc, intense scent and rich, lush,velvety flavors.

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