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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2009 Seven of Hearts Crawford-Beck Vineyard Chardonnay

Clear, medium-pale golden yellow color. Clean on the nose with aromas of pear, yellow apple, tropical fruit, and sweet pea. Dry on the palate, medium-high acidity, medium body, flavors of yellow and green apple, apricot, and oranges. Great texture; long finish. Pair with a creamy Alfredo tossed with pea sprouts and asparagus. Highly recommended. RR
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2009 Seven of Hearts Crawford-Beck Vineyard Chardonnay

Clear, medium-pale golden yellow color. Clean on the nose with aromas of pear, yellow apple, tropical fruit, and sweet pea. Dry on the palate, medium-high acidity, medium body, flavors of yellow and green apple, apricot, and oranges. Great texture; long finish. Pair with a creamy Alfredo tossed with pea sprouts and asparagus. Highly recommended. RR
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Lustau Península Palo Cortado

Medium-light amber color. Medium intensity aromas of candied nuts, amaretto, caramel, figs, and honey. Dry on the palate, medium body, medium acidity, and flavors of candied almonds, dried citrus, honey, and burnt sugar; long off-dry finish. Match with mushroom or wild game pâtés. Highly recommended.
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2008 Brooks Willamette Valley Riesling

Clear, medium-deep intensity straw gold. Clean on the nose with medium intensity aromas of honey, dried florals, minerality, baked stone fruit, and cooked pear. A slight hint of oxidation. Dry on the palate with medium to medium-full body and medium-high acidity. Rich, bright, crisp flavors: fresh apple, candied lemon rind, lime, tangerine, and a light minerality on the medium-long finish. Rich enough to pair with something heady; bright acidity, but not lean. Highly recommended. RR
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Lustau Emilín Moscatel

Medium mahogany color. Medium intensity aromas of dried grapes, flowers, dried fruit, citrus zest, and raisins. Sweet on the palate, medium body, medium-low acidity, and flavors of overripe grapes, grape candy, baked raisins, candied lemon, flowers, and honey; medium sweet finish. Make a reduction with this wine and diced figs for an incredible ice cream topping. Recommended.
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Hidalgo Pedro Ximenez Viejo

Medium-deep mahogany color. Medium-high intensity aromas of fig, licorice, prunes, coffee, chocolates, and honey. Lusciously sweet on the palate, medium-full to full body, medium acidity, and flavors of dried fruits, figs, prunes, honey, caramel, and sticky coffee candies; long, sweet finish. An absolute must with any blue veined cheeses or sticky toffee pudding. Recommended.
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Hidalgo Alameda Cream

Medium-light mahogany color. Medium-low intensity aromas of straw, roasted hazelnuts, cooked citrus, and yeast. Sweet on the palate, medium body, medium-low acidity, and flavors of sweet cooked apple, cinnamon, walnut skin, and marzipan; medium, delicate sweet finish. Perfect alongside a plate of fresh figs drizzled in black pepper honey. Highly recommended.