Tasting table

14 November, 2008

A selection of wines from California

Hahn SLH Pinot Gris 2007

Supplier: Patriarche Wine Agencies

Melon, pear, ripe

apple and lemon on the nose meet melon and citrus on a smooth and rounded palate with zingy acid and a long lemony finish.

Bone-dry

and well-balanced,

it has lots of flavour and plenty of personality. CB

Morgan Twelve Clone Pinot Noir 2006

Contact: Bibendum

Made from grapes sourced from all parts of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, this Pinot is a good expression of the vintage there. The 2006 has vibrant berry fruit, vanilla and a hint of almost bacony smoke on the nose, with a rich, ripe palate of fresh red and black cherries, blackberries, redcurrants, strawberries and raspberries, and a lovely long spicy finish. CB

Paraduxx 2005

Contact: Wine Treasury

Paraduxx is Duckhorn Vineyards' experimental label which blends California's indigenous Zinfandel with Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. A rich, dark purple, fruit-forward wine with strawberries, blackcurrant, plum, menthol, white pepper and spice on

the nose, as well as a soft, round

palate with light tannins and good

acid . It has an incredibly long,

lingering finish of smoke, vanilla

and black fruit. CB




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