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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2009 Bonny Doon Contra

A mix of elegance and muscle. Surprisingly dark ruby color in the glass. A nose of overripe raspberries and blackberries is almost misleading as this is not a fruit bomb. The fruit is not shy on the palate with some back hints of cinnamon and allspice, but the tannins play their supporting role very well. The majority carignane plays well with others in the blend. The finish is long but not extended. A really lovely and intriguing offering. Try it with roast duck.
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2009 Bonny Doon Contra

A mix of elegance and muscle. Surprisingly dark ruby color in the glass. A nose of overripe raspberries and blackberries is almost misleading as this is not a fruit bomb. The fruit is not shy on the palate w...
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2006 L’Ecole No 41 Apogee

Very dark chocolate and pencil lead run through a blend of black and red fruits from the cabernet sauvignon and the merlot. Plums, blackberries, and black cherries lead are the fruits. The cabernet franc shows ...
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2008 Billsboro Riesling

This wine marks the first time that winemaker Vinny Aliperti has decided to arrest fermentation instead of back-sweetening, and the results are outstanding. By picking slightly earlier than his colleagues, he a...
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A Consumer’s Guide to Fine Native and Hybrid Wines

The heritage of the grapes that make our favorite wines has always been European, but will it remain so? Are there currently legitimate rivals to the vinifera monopoly that has ruled our palates? “Drink American” could be the slogan for the United States’ fairly recent class of vanguard winemakers and vintners declaring that there are.