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Photos: Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Wines, & People

Wine geeks need to get their nose out of the glass. When their eyes shift above the rim of the Riedel they just might notice the great people behind the counters, managing the wineries, not to mention the great areas where our favorite wines are made. Sometimes we don't tell the story and other times, I believe, we tell the wrong story. But often, a picture tells a great story.
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2010 Trisaetum Sauvignon Blanc

The first foray for this producer from Pinot Noir and Riesling—and just in time for summer. Bright, medium intensity golden color. Clean on the nose and incredibly aromatic—jumps out of the glass—bright grapefruit, pineapple, green apple, fresh herbs, and the sweet smell of freshly cut grass in the summer. Medium-high acidity on the palate, but with a lot of fruit sweetness. Clean flavors including pineapple, mango, Granny Smith apple, peach, grapefruit, watermelon rind, lime zest, herbs, and grass. Pair with grilled summer vegetables, scallops in cream sauce, or citrus glazed pork loin. Highly recommended.
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2009 Syncline Grüner Veltliner

Clear, bright, medium-plus lemon yellow with green tinges. Clean, medium intensity aromatics, citrus (lemon, lime, pithy), stone fruit (peach pit), melon, green apple, wet rocks. Dry, medium body, medium-plus to high acidity, medium alcohol, green apple skin, peach pit, lime zest, tropical fruit (grilled pineapple); medium-long finish. This wine was definitely a good price-quality value and would do well with a variety of foods. Given the acidity, fats and cream sauces come to mind, but I personally would prefer something that had a bright citrus and fresh herb combination—I’m thinking grapefruit and cilantro, or a zesty mignonette and some ice cold oysters.
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2009 Syncline Grüner Veltliner

Clear, bright, medium-plus lemon yellow with green tinges. Clean, medium intensity aromatics, citrus (lemon, lime, pithy), stone fruit (peach pit), melon, green apple, wet rocks. Dry, medium body, medium-plus to high acidity, medium alcohol, green apple skin, peach pit, lime zest, tropical fruit (grilled pineapple); medium-long finish. This wine was definitely a good price-quality value and would do well with a variety of foods. Given the acidity, fats and cream sauces come to mind, but I personally would prefer something that had a bright citrus and fresh herb combination—I’m thinking grapefruit and cilantro, or a zesty mignonette and some ice cold oysters.