N/ Saline and sea-spray, cotton candy, crushed oyster shells, lime zest, basil, tarragon, and honeysuckle.

T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Lime coated jolly rancher strawberry candy, a lick of granite (and if somehow you’ve never licked any rocks you need too, trust me), a hint of slate, and a close of ripe cranberry.

Delightfully complex and rewarding – especially for the price point.

http://www.ferraton.fr/default_gb.cfm

Price = $14

N = A-
T = A
I = A
Overall = A

This wine was kindly provided by the winery as a media sample.

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N/ A bit subtle. Light cherry. Sun bleached rocks. Straw. Chamomile. Salt.

T/ Medium to medium plus mouthfeel. Surprisingly fatty in the mouth. Cherry, strawberry, and canned pear juice. Shortish finish.

I think I liked previous vintages much more than this bottling.

Price = $24

http://leftcoastcellars.com/

N = B-
T = B-
I = B
Overall = B-

This wine was a media sample generously provided by the winery.

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Red blend of: 75% tempranillo, 15% cabernet sauvignon, 10% syrah and other red varieties such as merlot and petit verdot.

C/ Squid ink, blood, and beet juice. Awesome.

N/ A dark, lurid tarn (which, I love the smell of by the way). Deep mature oak notes, massive black and purple fruits, wafts of country sage and wild herbs rolling over a granite strewn field. Just fantastic. Notes of game, barbecue, paprika, crushed slate, maduro tobacco, and star anise.

Wow.

T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Surprising acid snap leads to a restrained explosion (i.e. all the good of that without the sweet bomb) of black and purple fruits with multiple layers of wood, minerals, herbals, soil notes and other organics. Deep but clean lines, a great combination.

Extended fruit and earth close. Flavor echos.

Bravo.

https://www.abadia-retuerta.com/en/

Price = $30

N = A+
T = A
I = A+
Overall = A+/A

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N/ Yellow and green grasses, white flowers, geraniums, fresh rain, gooseberries, sun bleached river rocks, and a light hint of chlorine.

Delightful.

T/ Medium mouthfeel. Bright lime, honeysuckle and liquid flower notes. Steeped hay and chamomile. Clean mineral and flint lines.

More focused and linear than most torrontés I’ve had. In a very good way.

Well done.

http://kaikenwines.com/en/home/

Price = $14-$18

N = A-
T = A
I = A
Overall A / A-

This wine was a media sample kindly provided by the winery.

From the winery..

“Vineyards

The grapes used to make our Terroir Series Torrontés are sourced from vineyards in the Cafayate Valley, in the Argentine province of Salta. These vineyards are located 2,000 m.a.s.l. At this altitude cooler climate results in grapes with very good acidity and delightfully fresh wines. The valley and its 80-year old vineyards provide optimum conditions for high quality wines. Old vineyards and valley characteristics both contribute to low yields and highly concentrated aromas.

Winemaking

All grapes used in our Terroir Series Torrontés were hand-picked into 20kg-trays in March, just like previous years. Harvest starts at dawn so as to keep the grapes at a low temperature as long as possible before their arrival in the winery. Upon arrival, stalks are removed and grapes are crushed for pressing. Only 15% of the grapes are macerated for four hours to add complexity to the beverage. After pressing, winemakers add enzymes and must is decanted at least for 48 hours. The wine is then racked to another tank to separate it from the thicker lees. Fermentation takes place at low temperatures (12ºC -14ºC; 53.6ºF-57.2ºF) during approximately three weeks. After fermentation the wine is racked and decanted once more to remove residual thick lees. The wine stays cloudy at least for 6 more months before bottling. During this period lees are regularly stirred up into the wine to impart depth and character to the wine. Sterile filtration is performed with cartridge membrane filters. This wine was not in contact with wood.”

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N/ Honeydew and cataloupe melon, hay, river rocks and damp soil.

T/ light mouthfeel. Lively effervescence. She starts with lime zested over melon slices. Followed by light peach notes and a close of river rocks.

Very nice.

www.prosecco.it

Price = ~$15

N = B
T = A / A-
I = A-
Overall = A-

This wine was a media simple generously provided by the winery.

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Italy, Glera, Prosecco, Gustino B, Ruggeri, Valdobbiadene, Prosecco Superiore, 2015

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N/ Lime zested over river rocks. Seaspray. Nice but a bit too subtle. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Tart green apple, lime juice, crushed granite and oyster shells. Delightful, refreshing, no faults but not complex enough. www.prosecco.it Price = $25-$30 http://www.ruggeri.it/our-wines/giustino-b/?lang=en N = B- T = B I = B Overall = B This wine was a […]

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Italy, Glera, Prosecco, G&G, Valdobbiadene, Prosecco Superiore, Millesimato, 2015

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N/ Pear juice, toast, fresh oyster shells, and sun bleached dirt. Delightful. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Thankfully quite dry. Citrus, lime, and white pear. Acid kissed, crushed granite close. Really enjoyed this. Crowd-pleaser for wine nerds as well as those that believe they need a lot of residual sugar in their sparkling – they […]

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New Zealand, Rose, Villa Maria, Private Bin, Hawkes Bay, 2016

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N/ Steamed hay, bing cherry, jolly rancher candy, oyster shells, beach spray. Fresh wafts off a tidepool in a very pleasant way. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Clean lines of cherry, strawberry, and ripe cranberry. Nice mineral finish with a kiss of lime zest to trigger a mouthwatering good bye. Lovely. http://www.villamaria.co.nz/ Price = $15 N = […]

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USA, Pinot Gris, Left Coast, The Orchard, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2016

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N/ Salt and sunshine. Hay. Spice and light smoke. Seaspray. Grapefruit zest. Chamomile and more chamomile. Basil and oregano. River rocks. The spice/herbal notes were a pleasant surprise. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Chamomile tea. Pear, grapefruit, and honeysuckle. Malt, spice, and flint finish. http://leftcoastcellars.com/ Price = $18 N = A T = A- I = […]

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Italy, Location Wines

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C/ If I had to guess this wine by color I would have a tough time placing her in Italy. It is extremely dark with New World syrah-type hues. N/ Deeply organic, rich soil smeared upon crushed black cherries and plums. Wonderful sage wafts. As I’m smelling and tasting this wine it appears to be […]

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France, Rosé, Red Blend, “Les Vignes” Rosé, Domaine de Bila-Haut, Michel Chapoutier, Rousillion, 2016

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Red blend of 78% grenache, 14% cinsault and 8% syrah. N/ Freshly crushed oyster shells, light wafts of strawberry Jolly Rancher candy, fresh hay, and sun bleached granite. Screaming for oysters, sushi, or ceviche. T/ Light mouthfeel. Wonderful acid work with light citrus tones, light strawberry flavors, a faint cranberry pucker, and multiple layers of […]

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Chile, Chardonnay, Unoaked, Natura, Emiliana, Valle del Bio Bio, 2016

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N/ Yellow grasses, chamomile tea, citrus, yellow apples, oyster shells, and honeysuckle. Light spice. Inviting. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Citrus, honeysuckle, and crisp apples notes with a nice amount of mineral notes. http://www.naturawines.com/ Winemaker = Emilio Contreras Price = $9-$10 N = A T = A- I = A- Overall = A- This wine was […]

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USA, Syrah, Acorn, Axiom, Alegria Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2013

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98% syrah and 2% viognier. N/ Delicious barrel room wafts, wild herbs, ripe plum skins smeared over warm river rocks, taffy, crushed granite, black and purple fruits. The smell of a wild field of sage and prairie bushes. Absolutely lovely and complex. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Taste mirrors her nose and while she is full […]

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Italy, Vermentino, La Mora, Checci, Maremma Toscana, Toscana, 2014

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N/ Fresh rain, spring creek, yellow grasses, oyster shell, light chlorine, and marine wafts. Refreshing. Made for seafood or light fare. T/ Light mouthfeel. Citrus, crushed rocks, honeysuckle, and chamomile tea. Very nice acid close makes her perfect to pair with a wide variety of foods. http://www.cecchi.net/en/la-mora-vermentino-/43 Price = $20 N = A T = […]

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Argentina, Malbec, Trivento, Amado Sur, Mendoza, 2014

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A malbec with 11% bonarda and 10% syrah. N/ Clean aromas of black cherry, plum skins, wild herbs, rich oak and crushed granite. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Black cherry, plum compote, blueberries, and layers of oak. Price = $15 http://www.excelsiorwines.com/wine/amado-sur-malbec-blend/ N = A- T = B I = B Overall = B This wine was a […]

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Spain, Albariño, Bodegas As Laxas, Laxas, Rias Baixas, 2015

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N/ Yellow grasses, oyster shells, honeysuckle, sunbleached rocks, and green apples. Delightful and scream scream screaming for shellfish! T/ Light mouthfeel. Clean flavors of chamomile, ripe honeysuckle, citrus, crisp spring water, and tart green apples. Paired very nicely with pan seared shrimp with a garlic butter and tarragon dipping sauce and a side of steamed […]

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Italy, Nero d’Avola, Cusumano, Terre Siciliane IGT, 2015

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N/ A subtle but inviting nose of Earth, dried herbs, red fruits, wet organic soil and cracked stone. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Lovely acid that makes this a great food wine. Nice Earth flavors and herbal notes with tobacco and Stone. Black cherry and red fruits add complexity. She closes with tobacco and cedar […]

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New Zealand, Pinot Noir, Loveblock, Central Otago, 2013

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N/ Spicy oak. Dusty black cherry. Pepper. Flowers. Light game notes. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Berries, red fruits, and cherries. Multiple wood flavors. http://terlatowines.com/new-wines/new-zealand/loveblock/pinot-noir Alcohol 14% Price = $35ish N = A- T = B I = B Overall = B / B+ This wine was a media sample generously provided by the winery. From the […]

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USA, Syrah, Acorn, Axiom, Alegria Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2013

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N/ Deep, sweet oak and barrel room wafts. Sage and wild herbs do play. Plum skin reduction sauce. Amazing. Crushed granite. Wet black soil. T/ Plum, plum skins, complex earth and organic notes, and Maduro tobacco leaf notes. Another complex and fulfilling wine from the “field blend masters” at Acorn. 321 cases made 14.2% booze […]

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Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon, Marques de Casa Concha, Concha y Toro, Puente Alto, Maipo Valley, 2014

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N/ Purple and red fruits. Smoked game. Brick dust. Paprika. Cedar / cigar box. Forest floor. Bell peppers. T/ Medium full mouth feel. Loaded with red, blue, and black fruit flavors. These are well-balanced with wood and Earth notes. Only detraction is a light bell pepper note that will likely resolve with more bottle rest […]

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