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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2008 Samsara Melville Vineyard Pinot Noir

Subtle aromas of raspberries, wet concrete, and dried herbs lead. On the palate, it’s substantial, streamlined, and concentrated. The wine’s focused fruit resonates with varietal purity, offering flavors of blueberry tart, fresh thyme, and white pepper, balanced by dark cherry acidity and graceful tannins. It showsremarkable depth and finishes with sleek strength. Pair it with grilled quail stuffed with figs and wild mushrooms.
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2006 Lucas & Lewellen Pinot Noir

The color, a little brickish-brown, gives the appearance of older wine. Cola with a splash of birch beer is the dominant flavor. Tart red fruits, cranberry, wild strawberries, and rhubarb follow on the mid-palate. Acids and a streak of minerality give it a lot of life and the ability to cut through rich sauces. It lacks the classic Pinot arc - an initial attack, a gentle mid-palate, and a finish that grows and glows and goes on forever. Instead, it has a big attack, followed by a bigger mid-palate, then a fading finish - more typical of syrah. Drink this with pork medallions with shallot and red wine sauce.
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2008 Samsara Mellville Vineyard Pinot Noir

Subtle aromas of raspberries, wet concrete, and dried herbs lead. On the palate, it’s substantial, streamlined, and concentrated. The wine’s focused fruit resonates with varietal purity, offering flavors of blueberry tart, fresh thyme, and white pepper, balanced by dark cherry acidity and graceful tannins. It shows remarkable depth and finishes with sleek strength. Pair it with grilled quail stuffed with figs and wild mushrooms.
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A Family Winery, From Growers to Empire Via One Guy

Grape growers and winemakers in Paso started trying out a few different wine styles, including Rhône and Bordeaux. This meant, basically, syrah-based wines and cabernet-based wines. Then some mavericks came in and mixed the two, creating cabernet-syrah blends. Traditionalists cringed, but people started trying the wines and found they were pretty darn good.
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Rhone Rangers Tasting at Pier 59 Studios

“In a world of recognizable Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Syrah ends up being a consumer’s third choice,” says Steffanie Anglim. Still a tough sell for wholesalers and restaurants, Syrah tends to sell well in the tasting room, a common observation among wineries. As a former wine bartender, this fact makes sense to me.