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  • 2010 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard

    Nose: Lemons, cedar, strong salinity, hint of almond paste and a hint of pineapple. Overall extremely dense, rich, and primary. Palate: Lemons/hard lemon candy, wood spice, touch of butter and some almond paste on the attack. Big acidity, slightly puckering, on the mid-palate. Hard lemon candy, sea breeze linger on the finish.

    Overall, a very big chardonnay with tons of acidity, minerality, plenty of fruit, and good balance at this early stage. Next one won't be opened for at least a few years, at which point the (thick) baby fat should be coming off.

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  • 2009 A.J. Adam Hofberg Riesling Kabinett

    Nose: Honeyed lemons, big time petrol, caramelized apples, loads of minerality, hint of coconut creme and almonds. Big, beautiful nose. Palate: Honeyed lemons, caramelized apples, crushed rocks, figs on the attack. Acidity and salinity show up in abundance on the mid-palate and give way to sweet lemons and honey on the finish.

    I fell head over heels in love with the 2008 version when I was first introduced to A.J. Adam by Phil at Macarthur Beverages so I went "big" on the 2009 only to be let down by a young bottle almost 2 years ago. Chalk it up to bottle variation or a different drinking window than the 2008, but the added cellar time has really allowed this kab to shed the baby fat and cloying sweetness. This kab is like a size 4 woman with a big booty and chest - lean and thick in the right places. I'm glad I bought a lot of this 2009 because it is truly delicious.

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  • 2010 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Clos du Bourg

    Nose: Steel, stones, chalk, ginger, fruit cake, honeyed, dried mango/citrus fruit. Beautiful nose. Palate: Smoke, ginger, golden apples and honeyed lemons on the attack. Honeyed lemons are joined by perfect levels of acidity on the mid-palate. Long, lingering finish of spiced fruit, almond paste, all with lip smacking acidity.

    This Vouvray really has it going on. Makes me wonder if there's any point in drinking any other white when there's this. Tons of correct acidity, loads of fruit character, layers of flavors/complexity. Borderline ridiculous.

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