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2009 Matchbook Dunnigan Hills Syrah

Five clones of estate-grown syrah are blended together to produce a wine full of nice, tarry fruit. Balanced by good acidity, this wine is hearty from nose through palate to finish. Yet it has a touch of florals throughout as well, which add both a hint of delicacy and another layer of complexity to the earthiness of this still-young wine. Pairs well with roasted meat and fried onion strings. Recommended. BSE.
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2009 Roth Estate Merlot

Sweet and fruity is the feel of this wine. Very fruity, with caramelized fruit in aroma and flavors and finish. On the palate, there’s also some unripe plum along with its light woody tannins. Fairly uncomplicated and easy to drink as an aperitif. Serve cool. Recommended with reservations. BSE
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2009 White Rose Pinot Noir, Luciole Vineyard

Another lovely offering from the folks at White Rose in Oregon. They offer a wide range of wines from different vineyards. This one opens with a classic pinot nose of smoked cherries and plums. Tannins are soft and fruit is silken as it lingers on the palate after you first give it a little time to come around. Finishes a tad awkwardly, but the wine is still not quite wholly knitted together yet. A couple years' patience will be rewarded. Drink with grilled lamb loin chops. Highly recommended. GT
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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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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