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2010 Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare

Another wine, a rosé this time, in Randall Grahm’s own idiosyncratic style. Lovely nose of strawberry, melon, and flowers with a hint of vanilla at the back. Very expressive on the palate, especially for a rosé, with sweet but not cloying fruit notes, with a spine of acid and mineral running through it. Finishes long and clean. Not a wuss rosé and may be just the thing for your summer guests who are rosé-shy (if, like me, they’ve been subjected to too much bad rosé). Try with grilled shrimp. Highly recommended.
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2010 Château La Freynelle Bordeaux Blanc

Very pretty floral and stone fruit aromas waft up from the glass, with apple blossoms and pears showing the most. Similar flavors show on the palate, with the addition of Meyer lemon adding a citrus tang. Partial malolactic fermentation softens the palate and adds apple notes to the mid-palate. Acids are well balanced. This is a very nice wine, particularly for the price. Drink with fresh trout. Highly recommended.
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2010 Maysara Arsheen Pinot Gris

Clear, brilliant, gold color. Clean, medium to medium-full intensity aromas of prickly pear, pear, mango, tropical fruit, mineral, floral, and lime. Dry, medium-high acidity, and flavors of pear, lemon, lime, citrus peel, tart peach pit, tropical fruit, mango, medium-long finish. Pair with a bright salmon ceviche. Recommended.
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2010 Jean-Paul Picard Sancerre

The nose is very nice. Cut grass, lime, citrus flowers, and ginger, plus a touch of nutmeg, form a complex collection of aromas that offers several minutes of pleasure before the first sip. Tart citrus is more pronounced on the palate, but all the others flavors remain. The ginger is the most significant secondary flavor, like a lemon pie with a ginger snap crust. Some leafy herbs and grass show up on the mid-palate. The lemon comes back and lingers on the finish. Drink with garlic crabs. Highly recommended.
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2010 Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc

A lovely Kiwi exemplar of Sauvignon Blanc. Green apples, some pear on the nose. Luscious ripe citrus fruit on the palate, predominantly grapefruit. Not grassy as many others but still has that nice desired touch of minerality. The acids support the fruit nicely, and the package segues into a languid finish. Try with simple shellfish. Highly recommended.
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2010 Ghost Hill Cellars Pinot Noir Blanc

Clear, bright, medium-light straw color. Clean nose with youthful medium intensity aromas of mango, banana, fresh fennel, peach pit, and ginger. Dry on the palate, medium body, with medium-high acidity but a round texture. Flavors of pineapple, sliced yellow apple, cooked pear, candied lemon rind, and pink apples. Pair with pineapple and bourbon glazed salmon. Recommended.
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2010 Ghost Hill Cellars Pinot Noir Blanc

Clear, bright, medium-light straw color. Clean nose with youthful medium intensity aromas of mango, banana, fresh fennel, peach pit, and ginger. Dry on the palate, medium body, with medium-high acidity but a round texture. Flavors of pineapple, sliced yellow apple, cooked pear, candied lemon rind, and pink apples. Pair with pineapple and bourbon glazed salmon. Recommended.
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2010 le Jaja de Jau Ben Sauvignon Blanc

The nose is very aromatic, offering up tropical white flowers, sweet pink grapefruit, and a very light touch of gooseberry. The flavors tend more to citrus on the palate, lemons and white grapefruit lead the attack, adding white flowers and starfruit on the mid-palate. A distinct minerality and salinity underlie all the flavors, from start through the finish. A very strong backbone of acid runs through the wine, giving it very clean, bright flavors and the ability match up to the heaviest foods. Drink it with stuffed flounder. Highly Recommended.