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Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Rye

Wine Review: 2011 Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé, Sicilia, Italy

The 2011 Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Rye is a sweet dessert wine made from Zibibbo (Moscato d’Alessandria) grapes. It is a  well-balanced, round and pretty wine with a vivid personality. Amber in color with viscous textures; the aromas of brown sugar and ripe peaches are clean and inviting. On the palate, vibrant flavors of almonds and orange coats the tongue. Simply spectacular. Pair it with  custards, fruit desserts or panna cotta. The wine would also pair well with blue cheese and foie gras. Drink now or cellar for another ten years.

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Cornerstone Stepping Stone Cabernet Franc

Wine Review: 2011 Cornerstone Stepping Stone Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley, California

The 2011 Cornerstone Stepping Stone Cabernet Franc is another great wine from the Napa Valley. Plush and soft, it opens with red fruit flavors evolving into a palate of silky raspberry and tobacco with herb notes that play softly in the background. Give this one a try. I think you’ll like it! Pair with anything grilled, smoked, roasted or braised.  Continue Reading

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2011 Willamette Valley Vineyards Chardonnay

Wine Review: 2011 Willamette Valley Vineyards Chardonnay Estate

The Willamette Valley Vineyards Chardonnay is a labor of love. It takes nearly a year to complete its process from whole cluster pressing to a slow cold soak and a once a month lees stirring. This wine is very bright and lively with a unique flavor profile that really carries its mineral, lemon and pear notes from start to finish. Pair this with delicate seafood dishes. Drink through 2016.  Continue Reading

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2011 Stoller Reserve Chardonnay

Wine Review: 2011 Stoller Reserve Chardonnay

The fruit that went in to 2011 Stoller Reserve was sourced from their oldest plantings of Chardonnay on the estate. Clones 95, 76 and 96 (planted in 1995) make a unique wine with lots of character and creaminess that comes from barrel fermentation. The wine has great acidity that is balanced with a solid fruit core of pear and lemon notes. This is a very food friendly wine, so pair it with your favorite shellfish and enjoy! This should cellar well through 2016. 685 case production.  Continue Reading

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2011 Rex Hill Dijon Clone Chardonnay

Wine Review: 2011 Rex Hill Dijon Clone Chardonnay

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The 2011 Rex Hill Dijon Clone Chardonnay is delicious and clean with a good dose of citrus and mineral. The medium-long finish is enticing and smooth. Winemaker Michael Davies recommends pairing his Chardonnay with sushi. 185 case production. Drink now through 2016.  Continue Reading

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2012 Lange Estate Three Hills Cuvee

Wine Review: 2012 Lange Estate Three Hills Cuvee, Willamette Valley, Oregon

The 2012 Lange Estate Three Hills Cuvee is a great Chardonnay that was sourced from Dijon blocks located in the Dundee Hills—one block of 76 clone from Freedom Hill, another block from mixed Dijon clones from the Durant Vineyards and another from Lange Estate. The winery has been making Chardonnay for roughly 27 years and the style shows they have the experience to display what Oregon brings to the table. Flavors are lively and enticing, with lemon and melon at the forefront with mineral undertones that pull you in. Pair it with your favorite seafood. 281 case production.  Continue Reading

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