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2009 Albero Tempranillo Barrica

Clear, bright, ruby red color. Aromas of cherry, strawberry, baking spice, oak, and Good & Plenty. Dry, medium-light tannin, low acid, medium-light body. Red fruits and diluted savory herbs on the palate. Very short finish. Let it open for a bit before drinking, otherwise, not recommended.
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2009 Von Holt Suacci Vineyard Pinot Noir

The color is a bright, clear ruby. On the nose, a small hint of funk is a corona to dried cherries, sage, and a bit of brown sugar. The palate leads with the dried cherry and a bit of dried cranberry, all with a wet black dirt undertone. Sage shows up on the mid-palate along with some river rock minerality, then the most interesting thing happens—just at the end of the wine in your mouth, really in the transition between mid-palate and finish, there is a pronounced, but ephemeral, flash of flavor, like sticking your tongue in a plate of crushed black pepper with a little red pepper and just a few finely chopped bits of jalapeño added to the mix. Then it is gone, instantly. The finish is of moderate length. Drink with cedar planked salmon. Highly Recommended.
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2009 Noble Pig Pinot Blanc

Clear, bright, water white color. Clean, light intensity aromas of crisp pear. Dry, light body, medium-low acidity and flavors of pear, yellow apple, white peach, with medium-short finish; simple but refreshing. Enjoy on its own on a warm summer evening. Recommended.
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2009 Et Fille Deux Vert Vineyard Viognier

Clear, medium intensity straw yellow. Clean nose with medium intensity aromas of honeysuckle, orange zest, baked yellow apples, pear, and clean linen sheets. Dry on the palate with medium acidity, full body, and flavors of apple, pear, white flowers, sweet hay, honeycomb and orange tea. Long finish. Pair with a summer salad dressed in an orange-fennel vinaigrette. Highly recommended.
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2009 Shannon Ridge Ranch Collection Lake County Petite Sirah

The wine poured out with promise, the characteristic deep purple of Petite Sirah. It had the scent of very young wine, reminding me of being in a winery and tasting barrel samples early in the winemaking process. Unfortunately, this was a prediction of the wine's flavors, too. It was light in taste, very mild, with tannins so soft and structure so insubstantial, it disappeared when tasted with salty foods. I saved it, chilled, to sample again the next day, and by then it sort of deconstructed and became a non-wine. Not recommended.
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2009 Et Fille Deux Vert Vineyard Viognier

Cear, medium intensity straw yellow. Clean nose with medium intensity aromas of honeysuckle, orange zest, baked yellow apples, pear, and clean linen sheets. Dry on the palate with medium acidity, full body, and flavors of apple, pear, white flowers, sweet hay, honeycomb and orange tea. Long finish. Pair with a summer salad dressed in an orange-fennel vinaigrette.
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2009 Ptujska Klet Pullus Modri Pinot Noir

Semi-transparent red purple wine, easy to open with its modern screwcap, despite being made by the oldest winery in Slovenia which dates from 1239. Warm, inviting aroma of cooked fruit with a trace of earthiness. Medium-light body, light structure. Flavor starts out mild but grows in intensity, with strawberry notes. Finishes long and hot—though it’s only 12.5% alcohol—and ultimately plummy. A cross between new world and old world pinot noir, in the best way. Good summer drinking. Recommended.