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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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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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2007/2009 Volpaiole Classico

The ’09 is not yet released, but is an absolute stunner. Tasted at a lunch with several of Olivier’s wines, so used the ’07 (an exceptional year in many regions of Italy) as a comparison benchmark. The ’07 was made just before Olivier took over, but the ’09 is wholly his own. The 2009 exhibited a youthful nose, but undertones of forest and mushrooms. Silken on the palate, it is a teaser of what may come as the fruit remains somewhat hidden. Luxurious finish. Can’t wait for this to be released. The ’07 is more developed and more complex at this stage than its younger brother, with a less perfumed nose but great blackberry and peppery notes on the end. I highly recommend both, but that ’09 strikes me as a potential classic. (The ’06, also lovely, is available through its importer, Lyaeus Imports in Washington D.C.) GT
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2009 Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett

An interesting wine, one that changes significantly with its temperature. Chilled, it leads with white flowers and lychee, trending to Meyer lemon on the mid-palate, all with an underlying pear. Acids are light, residual sugar evident, but all pleasantly so. Let it get a bit closer to room temperature, though, and it changes. The nose is a little toasty, with apples and a touch of gasoline in the background. On the palate, baked apple and sweet pear blend with white pepper, leading to a finish that lingers and brings back the memory of your last ginger snap. Drink with chicken salad before it gets too cold for a picnic. Recommended. DH
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2009 le Jaja de Jau Sauvignon Blanc

It has a light nose, with fresh, sweet herbs. At first it feels light on the palate, but it settles into a solidly medium mouththfeel. Citrusy, too, with a somewhat short finish and a moderate amount of acidity around the edges through the end. Only 11.5% alcohol, but this wine acquires more depth with foods such as salads and fish. Recommended. BSE
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2009 Winehaven La Crescent

Clear, bright, medium straw gold in color. Clean medium intensity aromas bearing upfront muskiness then sweet canned peaches and pears, pungent honeysuckle, gummy bears, and citrus candies. Medium sweet on the palate, medium-low acidity, medium body, and flavors of tropical fruit, fresh pressed apple juice, sweet lemon, and honey. Pair with a super spicy Mapo tofu or a chilled fruit salad. Recommended. RR
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2009 Mason Sauvignon Blanc

Nose of pink grapefruit and apple, with a very slight back hint of spice—cinnamon, maybe? Very clean and rich on the palate, with elements of the pink grapefruit and peaches. The fruit is very expressive—this is not an austere, steely Sauvignon Blanc. Finishes long and clean. Impressive. Try with grilled shrimp. Highly recommended. GT