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2009 Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett

An interesting wine, one that changes significantly with its temperature. Chilled, it leads with white flowers and lychee, trending to Meyer lemon on the mid-palate, all with an underlying pear. Acids are light, residual sugar evident, but all pleasantly so. Let it get a bit closer to room temperature, though, and it changes. The nose is a little toasty, with apples and a touch of gasoline in the background. On the palate, baked apple and sweet pear blend with white pepper, leading to a finish that lingers and brings back the memory of your last ginger snap. Drink with chicken salad before it gets too cold for a picnic. Recommended. DH
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2009 le Jaja de Jau Sauvignon Blanc

It has a light nose, with fresh, sweet herbs. At first it feels light on the palate, but it settles into a solidly medium mouththfeel. Citrusy, too, with a somewhat short finish and a moderate amount of acidity around the edges through the end. Only 11.5% alcohol, but this wine acquires more depth with foods such as salads and fish. Recommended. BSE
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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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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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Palate Press Wine of the Week (August 22-26): 2008 Stoller Vineyards Chardonnay

The grapes from this vineyards also end up in several other prestigious Oregon Chardonnays, so I was eager to try this. The aromas are light, floral, almond shell, and the flavors solidly reminiscent of a good, medium weight white Burgundy. There’s a lemony vein throughout that gets stronger in the finish. Touches of vanilla, oak, and cedar spice emerge as the wine warms in the glass. Recommended. BSE
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2010 Blenheim Vineyards Viognier

Well-balanced, very aromatic and tropical on the nose but dry and refreshing as you gulp it down happily in the summer heat, it was also one of the closest things to Rhône Viognier I tried all weekend. Well-defined and quite pleasant, it goes well with charcuterie, smoked fish, and spicy Asian food. 20% of the wine is aged in oak—but I couldn’t have told you that without reading it. Recommended. RC
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2009 Winehaven La Crescent

Clear, bright, medium straw gold in color. Clean medium intensity aromas bearing upfront muskiness then sweet canned peaches and pears, pungent honeysuckle, gummy bears, and citrus candies. Medium sweet on the palate, medium-low acidity, medium body, and flavors of tropical fruit, fresh pressed apple juice, sweet lemon, and honey. Pair with a super spicy Mapo tofu or a chilled fruit salad. Recommended. RR