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2008 Château Smith Haut-Lafitte

This white Bordeaux spent 12 months in 50% new barrels. The nose was shy, the color almost clear. On the palate it was subtle and soft, offering tropical fruit on the attack, getting tart as it lingered on the palate, but never overpowering. Acids are not prevalent, so drink it now, with garlic crab. Recommended.
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Open That Bottle Night: 1983 Château Filhot

The capsule was intact, fill level good, firm cork, and there was no trouble opening the bottle. The cork initially smelled like ancient, wet wood, then dried out to echo the wine’s aromas. The wine poured like honey, caramel gold in the glass. At first it really had no aroma. It tasted of dates and prunes, with plenty of acidity. It was typically developed for a Sauterne, even a touch woody, almost maderized. An hour later, aromas were more prevalent and the wine was still rich, finishing with dried apricot flavors. With food—haricots verts with shallots—it matches like an older Riesling. It tasted sweeter against a fairly plain, sautéed shrimp dish. Still later, as flavors lightened toward the front palate, the finish lengthened. The next morning, I tasted the bit I preserved in the bottom of a glass, and the wine remained just as vibrant. Unfortunately (sigh!) a small swallow is all that’s left. Enough for breakfast, I guess.
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2007 Château La Caussade

Interesting, and a terrific bargain. Lemon curd leads in the attack, followed by honeyed oak and white flowers. Leafy spices appear on the finish, marjoram and a touch of sage. The finish is more tart than the palate, the acids giving it a solid backbone. His would be very nice with scallops, and even better with a salty ham. Recommended for taste and value.
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1976 Château Guiraud

The dark golden color is clear evidence of the age of this wine. Minerality and acidity run in streaks through golden honey, white honeysuckle, and marzipan flavors. A tangy-sweet key lime peel citrus carries the acid and keeps it from being cloying. Drink with foie gras or, if you must, a more politically correct paté.
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2008 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc – Columbia Valley, WA

My wife and I were both blown away by this wine—huge nose for a blanc, with all kinds of great elements: grapefruit, lemon, honey, fig, and minerals. It's buttery, but not oaky, allowing the wine to completely cover the palate, quickly, and not set off any oak alarms. Picked up a few bottles of this at the winery and debating whether or not I should pick up more. This will be a mainstay white in our house, no question. Read more on RJ's Wine Blog.
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2008 L’Ecole No. 41 Estate Luminesce, Walla Walla

The L'Ecole No. 41 2008 Estate Luminesce is from Seven Hills Vineyard in Walla Walla Valley. Pale straw in color, this blend of 70% Sémillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc offers a nose of grapefruit and lychee with a touch of honeysuckle and slate. Bright minerality on the palate, with more grapefruit and citrus, the Luminesce finishes with a little touch of lemon zest. Perfectly balanced. A great pairing for seafood. Released in September 2009, Luminesce is 14.2% alcohol by volume. The fruit is sourced from sustainable-farmed vineyards, and the wines are certified Salmon Safe. Read more on Another Wine Blog.