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2009 Alois Lageder Pinot Bianco

After I realized that this was a screwcap that looked like a metal capsule covering a cork, I twisted off the cap and found that this Alois Legeder wine is much more than clever marketing for the bottle. When the wine is cold it has delicate aromas: florals, minerals, chalk, with hints of the same in the wine’s flavors. Overall it’s a light, bright and very pleasing wine when very chilled. As the wine warms in the glass it opens and the flavors become rounded, a lovely example of a northern white with a subtle peachiness to it. Moderate finish with a hint of flint, too. Highly Recommended. BSE
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2007 Castello di Nipozzano Mormoretto

For Mormoretto’s 25th anniversary, the Frescobaldi family has created a vivid super-Tuscan style blend. Beginning with violets, tobacco and wild herbs in the aroma. On the palate, nice targeted tannins are curled around the blended flavors of fruit and leather. This wine is just beginning to come into its own, and tastes like it will develop further as it ages. Recommended. BSE
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2010 Echelon Red Blend

Aromas of wild herbs growing on dry, late summer California hillsides – wild thyme, sage, juniper. At first it feels thinnish on the palate, but that’s only because the tannins are integrated into the dark fruit in a more refined manner than expected. Wild herbs show up in the finish too, but then it ends almost sweet. Highly recommended. BSE
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2009 Ravines Cabernet Franc

Supposedly 2009 wasn’t an easy harvest in the Finger Lakes, but you’d never guess it based on this wine. Lovely rich aromas of toasted fruit, burnt sugar and earth. Nice fully developed fruit, plummy on the palate, and some good acidity for balance. Moderate finish, light at the very end. Highly recommended. BSE
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Sandeman Tawny Porto Ten Years Old

Rich, buttery red fruit in aroma, with fruit nicely integrated into classic port profile so tannins feel light on the tongue. Grapes, figs and dried red fruit elements in flavor. A long exhale of a finish. Good with dark chocolate. Recommended. BSE