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Organic vs. non-organic tasting: my pick of the organic wines

Nikolaihof Gruner Weltliner Smaragd, Wachau, Austria
Full coloured with a reasonably complex, spicy nose. Fascinating savoury, herbal palate. 95 (18.50 Seckford)

Chianti Classico 1998, Casaloste, Italy
Sensationally rich, modern nose with a menthol edge to the rich fruit. Ripe, full, tannic palate. Satisfying and dense. 95 (Bull & Taylor 6.99)

Milton Merlot Cabernet 1998, New Zealand
Remarkable open nose with rich, bright fruit and lifted menthol and smoky elements. Savoury berry fruit on palate and a dry finish. Distinctive. 94 (7.99 Vinceremos)

Macon Villages 1999, Guillemot-Michel, Burgundy
Full yellow/gold colour with a cabbagey, vegetal edge to the full-on nose. Palate is rich and complex. Tasty stuff in a full flavoured style. Bold. 93 (9.80 Haynes, Hanson & Clarke)

La Nature Torrontes 2000, Argentina
The striking, aromatic nose is rich and fruity, with a spicy edge. The palate is bold and full. Quite delicious. 90 (4.29 Vinceremos)

Cotes du Rhone Villages 99, Domaine de la Grande Bellane, Southern Rhone
Smoky, dusty edge to the nose. Interesting (southern Rhone?). Full coloured, with ripe fruit and spicy tannins on the palate. 90 (6.99 Thresher, Wine Rack)

Bonterra Chardonnay 1999, Mendocino, California
Rounded, toasty oak on nose, with rich, spicy, nutty fruit on the palate. A full, ripe style. 89 (8.49 Majestic, Oddbins)

Ch Falfas 1998, Cotes de Bourg, Bordeaux
Deep coloured with an attractive blackcurrant, minerally nose. Ripe, savoury palate. Interesting. 89 (8.99 Great Western Wine Company)

Soave Sartori, Italy
Striking herby nose to this dry, slightly old-fashioned wine. Plenty of complexity on the palate. Dry; needs food. 88 (3.99 Sainsbury)

Milton Chardonnay 1998, New Zealand
Restrained, nutty, toasty nose. Creamy, rich, spicy palate with a slightly sweet, vanillin-like edge. 88 (8.99 Vinceremos)

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