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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2009 Syncline Grüner Veltliner

Clear, bright, medium-plus lemon yellow with green tinges. Clean, medium intensity aromatics, citrus (lemon, lime, pithy), stone fruit (peach pit), melon, green apple, wet rocks. Dry, medium body, medium-plus to high acidity, medium alcohol, green apple skin, peach pit, lime zest, tropical fruit (grilled pineapple); medium-long finish. This wine was definitely a good price-quality value and would do well with a variety of foods. Given the acidity, fats and cream sauces come to mind, but I personally would prefer something that had a bright citrus and fresh herb combination—I’m thinking grapefruit and cilantro, or a zesty mignonette and some ice cold oysters.
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Open That Bottle Night Wine of the Week: 1975 Château Citran

One always wonders if a wine of this age has anything left to impart. This does. Good high neck fill on the bottle. Lively dark brick color but still nice hues. Leathery, snuff-box, and dried black cherries on the nose unfold in the nose. In the glass and on the palate, whispers of spice like turmeric and black cloves. The fruit is like an aging dowager of faded glory but still a residue of charm left. Finishes surprisingly long. Of some historic interest as it was made before the original family sold the property to a Japanese concern in 1987. In keeping with the wine itself, should be drunk while watching the fading twilight of the day.
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2007 Ortman Cuvee Eddy, 02 Series

Red Rhône blend. Dark red/purple color. Nose of blueberry, black fruit, touch of smoke, and meat. Bright red berry fruit on the palate. There are times when I want something layered and complex, to pull apart and mull over. Other times I want a wine I can just open, quaff and enjoy. Pleasant, fruit expressive, enjoyable red blend that goes down quite nicely alone, sitting on the couch with a book or a movie. Straightforward, easy to drink, and balanced. Its versatility would pair it well with most meats, many pastas, or even a burger or BBQ. Read the extended review on Simple Hedonisms.