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2010 Viña Leyda Sauvignon Gris, Kadun Vineyard

Starts with an aroma of sunny meadow. Flavors of ripe Granny Smith apple with a kick of ginger. Very fresh with good acidity, would pair well with roasted vegetables or a creamy, cheese-y casserole. This delicate white wine is somewhere in between a Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc, creamier than the latter but lighter than the former.
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2010 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau

A far better offering than its sister Beaujolais Nouveau wine for nearly the same price. This one has nice hints of strawberry and even cedar on the nose. Diving into it (not literally, of course) yields more tannic backbone holding up bright, lively flavors of cherry jam and a hint of allspice. It finishes with a slightly lingering flourish, which while not memorable, is still pleasant. This one is a nice holiday wine, especially with something like roast duck with cherry sauce.
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2010 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau

A far better offering than its sister Beaujolais Nouveau wine for nearly the same price. This one has nice hints of strawberry and even cedar on the nose. Diving into it (not literally, of course) yields more tannic backbone holding up bright, lively flavors of cherry jam and a hint of allspice. It finishes with a slightly lingering flourish, which while not memorable, is still pleasant. This one is a nice holiday wine, especially with something like roast duck with cherry sauce.
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2010 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau

Full disclosure notice: I’ve never been a big fan of most of these wines, finding them geared more toward marketing ploy than the palate. Approaching this one even with an open mind unfortunately confirms my prejudices. A nose of overripe berries and apples is somewhat promising but the follow through is both surprising and disappointing. The fruit seems short and tart, especially for a Nouveau—more like cranberry—and the finish is short. Even if you like this sort of thing, I cannot, even putting my predilections aside, recommend this one. The Nouveau Villages, however, is another matter; stay tuned!