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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2005 Kilikanoon Cabernet Sauvignon “Blocks Road”

A nice offering from Down Under. Nose is stubbornly tight at first, but then yields notes of cassis, cedar, and green pepper. Generous fruit on the palate, with restrained tannins and overtones of juicy blackberries and chocolate with oak floating throughout. Finish is clean, albeit not languorous. Have it with steak with a red wine mushroom sauce. Recommended. GT
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2005 Havens Wine Cellars Bourriquot

The nose is rich—mulberry, unsweetened chocolate, and a ripe, meaty, gaminess. The Cabernet Franc leads on the attack, more blackberry than mulberry, with tobacco leaf and unsweetened chocolate. Merlot takes over on the mid-palate, softening to a silky mouthfeel and offering hints of red fruit and fine, dusty tannins. The finish is mid-length with lingering tastes of unsweetened chocolate. Drink with bacon-wrapped filet. Highly Recommended. DH
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2009 Seven of Hearts Crawford-Beck Vineyard Chardonnay

Clear, medium-pale golden yellow color. Clean on the nose with aromas of pear, yellow apple, tropical fruit, and sweet pea. Dry on the palate, medium-high acidity, medium body, flavors of yellow and green apple, apricot, and oranges. Great texture; long finish. Pair with a creamy Alfredo tossed with pea sprouts and asparagus. Highly recommended. RR
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: Pol Roger Champagne Extra Cuvée de Réserve Brut

Very pale gold color with tiny bubbles. Light toast, baked apples, and mandarin oranges waft up from the glass. On the palate, it opens with soft yeasty bread and apple flavors, adding sweet oranges and almonds on the mid-palate. The mousse is very active, mouth-filling, the acids bright. It is a pretty wine. Drink it with stone crabs. Highly recommended. DH
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2008 Gauchezco Oro Malbec

The “Oro” is the reserve Malbec, and it’s a restrained version of the regular Malbec in the Gauchezco line. Here, there’s a very slight aroma of blackberry and leaf. Spicy, dark, cooked cherry on the palate, transitioning to milder dark red fruit in end palate and finish. Cocoa notes. Light, integrated tannins. Remember to open a half-hour before drinking, or decant or aerate first. Recommended. BSE
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2008 Brooks Willamette Valley Riesling

Clear, medium-deep intensity straw gold. Clean on the nose with medium intensity aromas of honey, dried florals, minerality, baked stone fruit, and cooked pear. A slight hint of oxidation. Dry on the palate with medium to medium-full body and medium-high acidity. Rich, bright, crisp flavors: fresh apple, candied lemon rind, lime, tangerine, and a light minerality on the medium-long finish. Rich enough to pair with something heady; bright acidity, but not lean. Highly recommended. RR