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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2009 Seven of Hearts Crawford-Beck Vineyard Chardonnay

Clear, medium-pale golden yellow color. Clean on the nose with aromas of pear, yellow apple, tropical fruit, and sweet pea. Dry on the palate, medium-high acidity, medium body, flavors of yellow and green apple, apricot, and oranges. Great texture; long finish. Pair with a creamy Alfredo tossed with pea sprouts and asparagus. Highly recommended. RR
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2009 Seven of Hearts Crawford-Beck Vineyard Chardonnay

Clear, medium-pale golden yellow color. Clean on the nose with aromas of pear, yellow apple, tropical fruit, and sweet pea. Dry on the palate, medium-high acidity, medium body, flavors of yellow and green apple, apricot, and oranges. Great texture; long finish. Pair with a creamy Alfredo tossed with pea sprouts and asparagus. Highly recommended. RR
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: Pol Roger Champagne Extra Cuvée de Réserve Brut

Very pale gold color with tiny bubbles. Light toast, baked apples, and mandarin oranges waft up from the glass. On the palate, it opens with soft yeasty bread and apple flavors, adding sweet oranges and almonds on the mid-palate. The mousse is very active, mouth-filling, the acids bright. It is a pretty wine. Drink it with stone crabs. Highly recommended. DH
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Pol Roger Champagne Extra Cuvée de Réserve Brut

Very pale gold color with tiny bubbles. Light toast, baked apples, and mandarin oranges waft up from the glass. On the palate, it opens with soft yeasty bread and apple flavors, adding sweet oranges and almonds on the mid-palate. The mousse is very active, mouth-filling, the acids bright. It is a pretty wine. Drink it with stone crabs. Highly recommended. DH
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2008 Schloss Reinhartshausen Erbacher Hohenrain Riesling

Pale but very bright golden in color. The nose is very quite floral, white flowers over stone fruit. Just-ripe peach, some apples, and honeysuckle lead on the palate. It is a bit flaccid on the mid-palate, then picks back up with some lemon-citrus tart on the finish. Off-dry, it pairs well with a lobster roll to pair sweet to sweet, or spicy fried oysters for contrast. Recommended. DH
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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