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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.
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2010 Youngberg Hill Aspen Pinot Gris

Clear, bright, medium intensity golden yellow. Aromas of tropical fruit inundate the nose: pineapple, mango, banana, and guava all blended together. Soft hints of ripe, juicy melons and pears that run down your chin when you bite them. On the palate there is definitely a little residual sugar, but medium-high acidity balances it nicely. Medium-full bodied, with tropical fruit driven flavors, honeysuckle, and sweet apples. Match with a mango chutney or pineapple galette. Highly recommended. RR
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2009 Mason Sauvignon Blanc

Nose of pink grapefruit and apple, with a very slight back hint of spice—cinnamon, maybe? Very clean and rich on the palate, with elements of the pink grapefruit and peaches. The fruit is very expressive—this is not an austere, steely Sauvignon Blanc. Finishes long and clean. Impressive. Try with grilled shrimp. Highly recommended. GT
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2010 Youngberg Hill Aspen Pinot Gris

Clear, bright, medium intensity golden yellow. Aromas of tropical fruit inundate the nose: pineapple, mango, banana, and guava all blended together. Soft hints of ripe, juicy melons and pears that run down your chin when you bite them. On the palate there is definitely a little residual sugar, but medium-high acidity balances it nicely. Medium-full bodied, with tropical fruit driven flavors, honeysuckle, and sweet apples. Match with a mango chutney or pineapple galette. Highly recommended.
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2009 Ridge Estate Chardonnay

Judicious use of a careful blend of wood adds depth to its fruit, as if pears, a single slice of pineapple, and a fig or two were all very quickly sautéed in butter, then sprinkled with fresh honeysuckle blossoms. Similar flavors are joined on the palate by a bit of vanilla, but nothing that would overpower the fruit. The wood treatment includes 10% new, 15% one-year-old, 25% two-year-old, and 30% 3-4 year-old oak with 93% of it American and 7% of it French, with fifteen months in the barrel. The wood shows more as it warms, so be sure to drink it cool to really enjoy the fruit. Drink with baked pompano or other delicate white fish. Highly Recommended.
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2010 Casa Santos Lima Portuga

Clear, pale, watery gold in color. Gentle aromas of white peaches, tart green grapes, lemon zest, thyme, and sandy beaches. Dry, medium-high acidity, medium-light body, and soft flavors of citrus, melon rind, and sun dried herbs. Dangerously easy to drink. Pair with grilled zucchini and summer squash. Highly recommended.
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2009 Ridge Estate Chardonnay

Judicious use of a careful blend of wood adds depth to its fruit, as if pears, a single slice of pineapple, and a fig or two were all very quickly sautéed in butter, then sprinkled with fresh honeysuckle blossoms. Similar flavors are joined on the palate by a bit of vanilla, but nothing that would overpower the fruit. The wood treatment includes 10% new, 15% one-year-old, 25% two-year-old, and 30% 3-4 year-old oak with 93% of it American and 7% of it French, with fifteen months in the barrel. The wood shows more as it warms, so be sure to drink it cool to really enjoy the fruit. Drink with baked pompano or other delicate white fish. Highly Recommended.