Medium-bodied White Wines

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Capel Vale, Western Australia ‘Debut’ Unwooded Chardonnay 2007
Try this memorable unoaked chardonnay with cool salads-tuna, shrimp, chicken, and more. ($16)
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Joseph Drouhin Chablis-Montmains Premier Cru 2005
The well-known Burgundy producer Joseph Drouhin offers a number of compelling wines from Chablis. This one is seductive, especially because of its green apple character and long, steely finish. ($33)
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William Fevre ‘Champs Royaux’ 2005
William Fevre has seen an upsurge in quality since Joseph Henriot purchased the firm in 1996. The entry-level Champs Royaux has been a fine buy in recent vintages, and the 2005 tastes especially brisk and vibrant. ($20)
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William Fevre Grand Cru Les Clos Domaine 2005
I find that Fevre’s premiers crus sometimes taste a little too much of oaky vanilla, but this grand cru has sufficient stuffing to offset any barrel influence. Just beginning to open, it has the potential to evolve into a very special wine. ($90)
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Laurent Tribut 2005
Though not even two years old, this wine displays an intriguing, multifaceted personality. For a chablis from the strong 2005 vintage, it’s hard to imagine a better choice for something to drink soon. ($24)
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Louis Michel & Fils Grand Cru Les Clos 2005
As tight as a drum, this grand cru nonetheless displays fantastic potential. It shouldn’t be opened for another five years, at which point it ought to offer a myriad of wonderful flavors. ($71)
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Louis Michel & Fils Premier Cru Forets 2005
Bright, even bracing, but with beautiful subtlety and nuance, this wine is delicious now, offering enticing echoes of wet stones and salty minerals atop a foundation of crisp fruit. It promises to taste even better in three to five years. ($36)
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Morgan, Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Gris R & D Franscioni Vineyard 2006
This vibrant pinot gris is fresh, lively, and pairs nicely with cool summer salads made with chicken, crab, or lobster.
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Domaine Alice Et Olivier De Moor Rosette 2004
Taut but expressive, this wine offers fresh apple and pear flavors enhanced by mineral-tinged undertones. It is ready to drink now, but it should evolve and improve with a few more years of bottle age. ($30)
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Domaine Denis Pommier 2004
Fresh and lively, with mineral-tinged secondary flavors and a long finish. Made with grapes from older vines, it is an excellent example of village chablis-though it is as good as many premiers crus. ($32)
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Domaine Bernier Loire Valley Chardonnay 2005
This value-priced chardonnay from the western Loire Valley tastes crisp and bright. ($10)
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J Vineyards and Winery Pinot Gris 2006, Russian River Valley
This fresh, lively white tastes of ripe, succulent fruit, with hints of honey and spice. ($20)
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Cantina Terlan Pinot Bianco,Alto Adige 2005
Cantina Terlan, a cooperative winery in Italy’s Alto Adige region, produces some exceptional wines, such as this one.
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Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils Premier Cru Vaillon 2005
Though it needs time in a glass or decanter, this youthful wine displays appealing layered flavors reminiscent of crisp apples and minerals, with a hint of sea salt. Incidentally, that suggestive saline note is what makes many chablis so good for drinking alongside fresh shellfish. ($35)