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2008 Razor’s Edge Shiraz

For those who fear wine websites only review wines they like, a tit-for-tat deal to ensure the steady flow of free samples, read on. Stewed cherries, black raspberries, and artificial vanilla flavor create a mish-mash that cannot be recommended. The Palate Press Grand Tasting panel awarded this an overly-generous two out of five stars.
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2009 Razor’s Edge Chardonnay

Fifteen percent new oak adds creaminess without overwhelming the fruit. Apples and tangelo (honeybell) and a touch of white pepper are matched with good acids. The finish falls off quickly, but that is not unexpected at this price point. This is a pleasant weekday white. Drink it with fried catfish.
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2008 Wakefield Riesling Promised Land

Interesting, but a bit disjointed. The predominant flavor is key lime. It also has a touch of ginger and some petrol on the finish. Acid is there, too, but it pops up at the end, rather than providing a solid backbone through the entire experience. The overall sensation is of a wine that was made, rather than grown.
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2008 Wakefield Riesling – Clare Valley, Australia

This is a very citrusy Riesling, sending out waves of tart citrus, lemon, lime, a touch of pink grapefruit, all wrapped in green apple peel. Flavors are reminiscent of Sauvignon blanc but the more viscous mouth-feel hints at Riesling. It is a pleasant food-friendly wine, but not one that would stand out among similarly priced Rieslings, for it lacks any special Riesling qualities.
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2008 Yellow Tail Reserve Pinot Grigio – South Eastern Australia

This Pinot Grigio is a pale gold green. Sweet fruit and a hint of herbs in the aroma. Light body, lightly sweet and lively, with a hint of tangerine and plenty of lime in both flavor and finish. It’s an easy to drink aperitif wine, especially at the end of a hot, muggy day, when you want a little more than a limeade and a little less than a cocktail. The wine became a bit more fruity as it opened in the glass. But sweetness predominated when I tried pairing it with dinner (chicken) so I had to give it up for the meal. Read about Becky Sue’s thoughts as she samples the whole Reserve line on BeckySueEpstein.com.
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2007 Wakefield Cabernet Sauvignon – Clare Valley, Australia

This wine is tight and seems very young. Hidden beneath the tannins are the flavors of licorice, brambles, menthol, and wild blackberries, with elusive hints of unsweetened chocolate espresso. Whether this moderately priced wine will last long enough for the tannins to settle down and let the interesting underlying flavors come to the fore is not clear, but at less than $20, putting a few up for a few years might be worth the gamble.