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2008 Naveran Dama Cava

A champagne-style sparkling wine, made in the traditional method in the Cava region of Spain. When first poured, amidst some caramel-toffee there’s a faint pear note in the aroma. Pear flavors deepen on the palate while the wine is very cold, with a mild, round, fruitiness. There’s little apparent acidity until the wine begins to warm in the glass, then its lemon-wrapped tartness comes through on the palate and in the finish. Recommended. BSE
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2010 Hubert Veneau Coteaux du Giennois

The nose is very pleasant, white flowers dominate, with melon and grapefruit in the background. Far more citrus leads on the palate, white grapefruit and lemon, honeydew showing on the mid-palate, all with great minerality and excellent balance. The region’s limestone and flint both show well. Drink with scallops. Highly Recommended. DH
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2011 Readers’ Choice Palate Press Wines of the Year Poll: Whites, Rosés, and Sparkling Wines

Palate Press: The online wine magazine features 3-7 wine reviews every week which are then considered for Palate Press Wine of the Week by our readers. With 2011 coming to a close, we have compiled all those wines which were selected each week, and ask our readers to now choose the 2011 Palate Press Wine of the Year. Vote in both our polls: reds and fortified wines yesterday, and whites, rosés, and sparkling today. You can make up to three choices for this category. Voting closes on Friday, December 30, 2011. We look forward to your votes, and appreciate your continues support for Palate Press.
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2009 Ayoub Chardonnay

Clear, medium-deep intensity lemon yellow. Clean on the nose with heady aromas of sweet cooked apples, macerated pineapple, vanilla, clove, and candied ginger. Medium-dry on the palate with full body and slight residual sugar. Medium alcohol, medium acidity, rich texture, with lush—almost over the top—flavors. Stewed yellow apples, spiced Turkish figs, pineapple packed in brown sugar, candied orange peel, and crystallized honeysuckle. Medium finish. Very easy to drink on its own, but would pair splendidly with apple walnut bread pudding. Highly recommended. RR