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2009 Rodney Strong Chardonnay

The palate opens with pear and apple flavors with an undercurrent of crushed shells, followed by lightly toasted oak on the mid-palate. Mild lemon comes through on the finish. Acids are in balance and the mouth-feel round and smooth. this received an average rating of three out of five stars in the Palate Press Grand Tasting. Drink with a sage-rubbed pork roast.
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2007 V. Sattui Winery Cabernet Franc

Another star of the Palate Press Grand Tasting, earning a consensus four out of five stars and introducing many of our guests to Cabernet Franc. It was a lean, powerful Cabernet Franc, exhibiting the typical tobacco under clean blackberries and light but clear tannins. This will continue to age nicely for several years. Drink with New York strip steak. It is a particularly good choice for those who prefer their meat medium or more, rather than rare.
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2007 Park Lane Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

A vegetal palate, green pepper, tobacco, some eucaplyptus, but most of all, just unripe "green," all flavored with enough wood treatment to call it an "oaksident." Tannins are slightly rough. The finish is tart, bordering on sour. Not recommended.
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2005 Deerfield Ranch Winery Cabernet Sauvignon

A big wine, a full, spicy mouthful of black fruit - blackcurrant and blackberry - and loads of spice - black pepper, white pepper, eucalyptus and toasted maple. Wood treatment is obvious, but the fruit is big enough to balance it out. Tannins are powerful but smooth, showing years of remaining cellar life. Drink with a porterhouse, with the filet side early, and the strip side after it gets some air.
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2007 Long Gamma Cellars Red Blend

The color is deep purple. Aromas of ripe red fruit, blackberry, black cherry, hint of spice. In the mouth, a pleasant melding of lush fruit that is expressive, but not an oppressive fruit bomb. Good balance and taste of fruit through front, mid palate and finish. Enough acidity and structure to let it pair well with many foods. Drinkable alone as well though, with good 'quaffability' factor. Finish slightly off dry, not hot or tannic. Read the full review on Simple Hedonisms.
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2008 C. Donatiello Floodgate Vineyard Block 15 Pinot Noir

Cranberry color, slightly opaque. (A thankful break from the ridiculously dark Pinot’s being produced today by many.) On the nose, cherry, cranberry, with a pleasant touch of earthiness. On the Palette: elegant. Despite the youth of this release, it’s a pleasure in the mouth, with velvet texture, wonderful balance and mouthfeel. Flavors of cherry and red fruit, with a nice finish, and lingering acidity. Read the full review on Simple Hedonisms.
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2009 Long Gamma Cellars White Blend – Sonoma County

The color is a clear, bright pale yellow, with a slight green hue. I had expected the Viognier to dominate the nose with its typical fragrant, floral aromas, but was clearly able to detect the Sauvignon blanc. The hints of grassiness and grapefruit are there, just a bit subdued. Interwoven are subtle citrus, peach, and honey aromas. In the mouth the three varietals meld together splendidly with layers of peach, subtle lime, and green apple. A touch of minerality and wet stone mid palette. Great mouth feel and excellent balance, that ends in a lingering, slightly mouth watering finish, pleasing acidity. Read the full review on Simple Hedonisms.
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2008 C. Donatiello Floodgate Vineyard Block 15 Pinot Noir – Russian River Valley

Cranberry color, slightly opaque. (A thankful break from the ridiculously dark Pinot’s being produced today by many.) On the nose, cherry, cranberry, with a pleasant touch of earthiness. On the Palette: elegant. Despite the youth of this release, it’s a pleasure in the mouth, with velvet texture, wonderful balance and mouthfeel. Flavors of cherry and red fruit, with a nice finish, and lingering acidity. Read the full review on Simple Hedonisms.