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2009 Hahn Estates Grenache Blanc

Grenache Blanc is most commonly found in Rhône blends. Here it appears as a single varietal wine. Alcohol seems a touch high for this varietal, at 13.5%, but it is not obtrusive. It has the varietally classic dill flavor over white grapefruit. The finish lasts quite a while, white grapefruit and lemon pith lingering. Drink with plank-grilled salmon.
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2006 Lucienne Lone Oak Vineyard Pinot Noir – Santa Lucia Highlands

Clear with medium cranberry red color. Clean nose, developing, with medium intensity. Aromas of cedar, cherry, plum, strawberry, floral/perfumed notes, spice and cinnamon. Dry with medium acidity, well integrated alcohol, medium tannin, and body. Flavors of cherry, strawberry, vanilla, spice, red fruit. Bright cherry, medium intensity with a long finish. Read more on oe•no•phile.