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Fall 2010 Top 10 White Blends

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      Cline Oakley Four Whites 2008, California
This white to be absolutely delightful. It is a blend o sauvignon blanc, polomino, and malvasia blanc, and semillon. It has a perfume-like quality from its heady aroma, to lingering finish. Notes of honeysuckle and citrus blossoms escape the glass. The wine has a smooth texture in the mouth, offering flavors of melon, pear nectar, lemon meringue, and lime zest. Its delicate floral tone flirts with a taste of honey and cream on the finish. We drank this white with a Massaman curry and it allowed us to taste all the subtle spices in the medium spicy dish. Then we drank it with Mexican, shreaded beef burritos with roasted hot green chilies too. Again, it was a gastronomic treat, paired with the spicy green chilies.
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Tasted 8/21/2010 - BF $10

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      Insatiable NV White, California
This is a blend of semillon, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, and pinot grigio. It has a very pretty nose, offering aromas of honey and summer flowers. The zesty profile is ripe with flavors of lime, orange peel, baked apple, and white peach. Viscous mouthfeel creates a zesty tone on the finish.
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Tasted 8/12/2010 - BF $10

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      Herding Cats 2009 Chenin Blanc, South Africa
This is a blend of 80% chenin blanc, with 20% chardonnay. A lovely grapefruit nose is an indication of flavors to come. In the mouth the wine is full of citrus tones, including tangerine, lime, and grapefruit. A creaminess pools on the tongue, while honey drizzled biscuits fill the mid-palate and finish. Distinctly floral and perfume-like, this is a very refreshing white. Perfect for warm weather or spicy hot food. At its modest price, you better buy two.
Top 10 White Blends
Tasted 10/12/2010 - BF $10

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Fall 2010 Top 10 Chardonnay

Top 10 Chardonnays

      Mendocino Vineyard 2009 Organic Chardonnay, Mendocino, California
We were impressed with the smooth, yet bright profile of this liquid gem. Flavors of apricot, anise, poached pear, and orange peel fill the mouth. The wine has a rich honey tone on its lingering finish. Delightful and elegant, with all the monikers of a $25 chardonnay, at half the price.
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Tasted 9/21/2010 - BF $13

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      Glory Days 2008 Chardonnay, California
This chardonnay is very undervalued for the money. Floral aromas lead to flavors of macadamia nuts and cream on the palate. The mid-palate evolves with yellow apples, pears, and orange peel. A smooth character and lithe acidity makes for a very polished white.
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Tasted 9/21/2010 - BF $10

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      Alamos 2009 Chardonnay, Mendoza, Argentina
Pear netar texture and flavor with touches of fresh sliced fennel and lime zest. The wine is slightly creamy, with a touch of peaches. The finish lingers on the tongue with melon tones.
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Tasted 9/21/2010 - BF $12

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      McGuigan 2008 Bin 7000 Chardonnay, Hunter Valley, Australia
Only 50% of this chardonnay has been aged in oak and only 50% has gone through malolactic fermentation. A lovely, creamy nose shows aromas of macaroon and apple blossoms. In the mouth the wine is layered, with flavors of lime and lemon zest, poached pear, toasted coconut, and spicy nutmeg. The finish twinkles with a touch of sweet anise and fig.
Top 10 Chardonnays
Tasted 9/21/2010 - BF $13

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      Juno 2009 Chardonnay, South Africa
This chardonnay has only about 30% of the juice aged in oak. The resulting wine has the rich nuances of oak, while it still possesses fresh and lively fruit tones. The wine has a creamy veneer, with hints of caramel and flan as an initial impression. As the mid-palate evolves, we taste anise, poached pear, yellow delicious apple, and lemon meringue. The finish offers a taste of melon that marries with the crisp acidity. This chardonnay consistently offers an incredible wine for the price, with its prudent use of oak and its ripe, vibrant fruit flavors.
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Tasted 10/12/2010 - BF $10

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