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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
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2011 Readers’ Choice Palate Press Wine of the Year: Reds and Fortified 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. We will be publishing two different polls: red and fortified wines today, and whites, rosés, and sparkling tomorrow. We look forward to your votes, and appreciate your continues support for Palate Press.
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 1999 Joseph Phelps Vineyards Merlot

The nose has rich dark fruits and with a light floral background of violet. The palate has dark plums, elderberry, pencil lead, and violets. Tobacco leaf shows up on the mid-palate. Tannins are very fine. The overall impression is of smooth layers of dark depth. The finish is sweet and lingering, everything is in excellent balance. Drink with bacon-wrapped filet. Highly recommended. DH
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2010 Stag’s Hollow GVM

Quite an unusual wine from this Okanagan Valley winery : a field blend of grenache, viognier and marsanne, pressed together and fermented together in oak barrels, thus creating an unusual, largely blanc de noirs, white wine. Coming from a cool vintage, it has an edgy, vibrant touch, combining the aromatics of Rhône varieties with a blend of lime and tropical flavors. Crisp, it also has good weight and a fairly round mouthfeel. creating a unique profile and balance. It is, at this point, a very young wine. A year or two in bottle will round it out, and it may well have several more years of life in it. Highly Recommended. RC