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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2010 Ghost Hill Cellars Pinot Noir Blanc

Clear, bright, medium-light straw color. Clean nose with youthful medium intensity aromas of mango, banana, fresh fennel, peach pit, and ginger. Dry on the palate, medium body, with medium-high acidity but a round texture. Flavors of pineapple, sliced yellow apple, cooked pear, candied lemon rind, and pink apples. Pair with pineapple and bourbon glazed salmon. Recommended.
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2010 Ghost Hill Cellars Pinot Noir Blanc

Clear, bright, medium-light straw color. Clean nose with youthful medium intensity aromas of mango, banana, fresh fennel, peach pit, and ginger. Dry on the palate, medium body, with medium-high acidity but a round texture. Flavors of pineapple, sliced yellow apple, cooked pear, candied lemon rind, and pink apples. Pair with pineapple and bourbon glazed salmon. Recommended.
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2006 Argyle Knudsen Vineyard Brut

The nose was a little shy, showing some yeasty aromas. The palate was far more interesting, offering up red fruits, cherry and raspberry, with brioche on the finish. Drink with smoked duck and brie. Recommended.
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2009 Erath Pinot Blanc

Clear, bright, pale gold color. Clean nose with aromas of pear, apple, soft citrus, and tropical fruit. Dry on the palate, medium-low acidity, medium body, simple flavors of pear and yellow apple, with a medium yeasty finish. Drink with grilled tilapia in a spicy ginger glaze. Recommended.
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2006 Argyle Blanc de Blancs

This sparkler opening with loads of apples of every kind. On the palate apples were also prevalent, along with buttered brioche, turning to caramel as it moved to the finish. It has 1.2% residual sugar and a fine backbone of acids. Drink it with spicy crab cakes. Recommended.
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2008 White Rose Estate Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

Fermented with 40% whole cluster in 10-15% new French oak. This showed darker fruits typical of 2008 Willamette Valley, getting more tart and adding citrus peel and spice on the mid-palate, Spanish orange and cloves. Minerality and some smoky meat flavors came through on the finish. This will be very nice after some time, perhaps three or four years in the cellar. Food choices can go in two different directions, double up the spice with marinated flank steak, or create a spice-to-fat counterpoint by pairing it with a nice ribeye. Highly recommended.
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Palate Press Wine of the Week – 2009 Matello Whistling Ridge Vineyard White

Clean, medium intensity aromatics of ripe peach, bright citrus, perfume, candied nectarine, and tart apple. Dry, medium-high acidity, medium body, flavors of lime zest, candied orange, and green apple. Vibrant and bright. Pair with a salad of arugula, roasted beets, kumquats, pepitas, pecorino romano, and cidre vinaigrette. Highly recommended.