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2010 Weingut Meinhard Forstreiter Grooner

The color is light and bright with a slightly green tint. Aromas and flavors are very clean, and just slightly off-dry, opening with a blend of soft and tart citrus flavors, tangerines and lemons. White pepper shows on the mid-palate. Acids are bright and food-friendly. Drink with a mixed summer grill, from shrimp to sausages. Recommended. DH
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2010 Masut Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir

The nose is a treat in itself, aromas of fresh-ground medium-roast coffee and black cherries, tinted around the edges with fresh sage. The same coffee-cherry theme shows on the attack, the initial taste, adding hints of cola, milk chocolate and licorice on the mid-palate. Tannins are mild and silky, with acids to match. A difficult food match, with rich flavors but medium body, this will pair best with a meat to match. Try it with grilled swordfish or smoked trout. Recommended. DH
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2010 Echelon Pinot Grigio

Honeyed aromas, very fruity, with honeyed, peachy flavors, and honey even in the finish. Fruit and citrus overwhelm the crispness you’d expect to find in a wine made from pinot grigio grapes. It’s a nice example of a modern sweet wine, probably a crowd-pleaser, but not really a pinot grigio. Maybe they should rename it? Recommended with reservations. BSE