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2010 Penley Estate “Aradia” Chardonnay

Apples, fig, and a touch of toast show on the nose. On the palate, pears and figs lead on the attack. Moderate oak use (36% new French) adds depth and a deft touch of vanilla without overpowering fruit. Apples join on the mid-palate. There is a lingering smoke over apple and pear on the finish. This is a nice bottle of wine, avoiding overpowering oak, but adding enough to provide softness and depth. Drink with roast chicken. Recommended. DH
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2010 Echelon Pinot Grigio

Honeyed aromas, very fruity, with honeyed, peachy flavors, and honey even in the finish. Fruit and citrus overwhelm the crispness you’d expect to find in a wine made from pinot grigio grapes. It’s a nice example of a modern sweet wine, probably a crowd-pleaser, but not really a pinot grigio. Maybe they should rename it? Recommended with reservations. BSE
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2009 Alois Lageder Pinot Bianco

After I realized that this was a screwcap that looked like a metal capsule covering a cork, I twisted off the cap and found that this Alois Legeder wine is much more than clever marketing for the bottle. When the wine is cold it has delicate aromas: florals, minerals, chalk, with hints of the same in the wine’s flavors. Overall it’s a light, bright and very pleasing wine when very chilled. As the wine warms in the glass it opens and the flavors become rounded, a lovely example of a northern white with a subtle peachiness to it. Moderate finish with a hint of flint, too. Highly Recommended. BSE
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2008 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Édition Limitée Chardonnay

Clear, bright, medium intensity straw yellow. Clean, medium-full intensity aromas: rich yeast roll and oak, caramel, toasted almonds, yellow apple, and Bosc pear. Dry on the palate with medium-full acidity, full bodied, and intense flavors. Yellow apple, pear, lightly toasted nuts, chalk, whte plum confiture, and candied lemon. Long finish. Pair with a creamy pasta dish, heavy on the tarragon and sage. Highly recommended. RR
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2008 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Édition Limitée Chardonnay

Clear, bright, medium intensity straw yellow. Clean, medium-full intensity aromas: rich yeast roll and oak, caramel, toasted almonds, yellow apple, and Bosc pear. Dry on the palate with medium-full acidity, full bodied, and intense flavors. Yellow apple, pear, lightly toasted nuts, chalk, whte plum confiture, and candied lemon. Long finish. Pair with a creamy pasta dish, heavy on the tarragon and sage. Highly recommended. RR