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Harvest Report: Missouri

All went well for grape-growing through spring and summer in Missouri, but uncooperative weather in September and October threw the state a curve, and while the whites and some of the red grapes came through swimmingly, the state's most highly regarded grape, Norton, was so slow to ripen that some were still hanging on the vines in late October.
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2007 Kumeu River Hunting Hill Chardonnay

This vineyard overlooks the more infamous Mate’s vineyard and has a South and West aspect. There is much more fruit on the nose with some white flower. The minerality in this wine is barely detected and the texture is elegant and pleasing. This is my favorite of the Kumeu River Chardonnay lineup.
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2006 Yangarra Shiraz McLaren Vale Single Vineyard

Right off the bat it was like I dove head first into a rosemary bush and got a few sprigs shoved up my schnoz. I love rosemary and it’s a very distinctive aroma of the Syrah grape. Add that with some black olives and this was getting very interesting, indeed. The taste was also herbaceous with black fruit, slight minerality and medium spice on the finish.