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 a ripassa or perhaps amarone, but I don’t think either of those are likely to be in this bottle. Will be very interested to find out what this is after I’m done tasting…

N/ continued…. Now the fig is coming out.

I also get notes of game, blood, cedar, and freshly split wood.

T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Plums, Plum skins, wild herbs, and black and purple fruits to play. Fig and savory meat notes.

Complex and delicious.

Note 2: this wine was rated 20 minutes after opening, and it still was a bit tight. I would recommend opening, decanting and waiting at least an hour.

www.locationswine.com

Winemaker = Dave Phinney

Price = $18 – $25

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

ok, so I went to the website… this wine is…

“A blend of Negroamaro and Nero d’Avola from the Southern region of Puglia
combined with Barbera from Piemonte in the North.”

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

http://balzac.com/

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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 inorganic earth.

She has a marine and salty quality that it Is simply delicious.

Simply what you want in an affordable rosé.

Bravo.

Price = $15

http://www.chapoutier.fr/

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

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

From the winery…

“The 2016 Bila-Haut “Les Vignes” Rosé is a blend of 78% Grenache, 14% Cinsault and 8% Syrah from sustainably farmed, mature vineyards in the Agly Valley, rounded out by grapes from Chapoutier’s own organically farmed vineyards in the Roussillon. The Agly River forms the southern border of the Corbières Massif in the foothills of the French Pyrenees. Yields here are typically lower than elsewhere in the Roussillon, Languedoc and southern France in general, resulting in higher quality fruit. With this wine, Chapoutier has set out to create a more delicate, elegant rosé. Grenache supplies crisp mineral flavors with a hint of citrus in the finish. Cinsault delivers red fruit and gentle floral aromas. Syrah lends spice notes, mingled with hints of licorice, anise and leather.”

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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 a media simple kindly provided by the winery.

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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 of flavor the acid work is excellent and she is accordingly a great food wine.

Long ride through a country field close.

Delicious.

Winemaker: Bill Nachbaur

https://acornwinery.com/

and

http://www.brainwines.com/winery-vineyards-visits-acorn-winery-alegra-vineyard-russian-river-valley-valley-sonoma-county-california-usa/

Price = $42

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

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

From the winery…

“Winemaker Notes

An axiom is a self-evident truth, and we call our Syrah “Axiom” because it is evident from the first sniff and sip that this is a classic expression of the Cote Rotie tradition of co-fermenting Syrah with Viognier, to enhance aroma and color. We had that tradition in mind when we planted our south-facing hillside as a field blend of three Syrah selections inter-planted with Viognier.

The warm winter got the vines off to an early start so harvest was early as well. A three-day cold soak let natural enzymes extract and meld flavors before fermentation started. Syrah yeast co-fermented the varieties in an open top fermenter.

We aged the 2014 Axiom in a combination of barrels carefully selected from different coopers, and sourced from different French and other European forests, for their ability to enhance the berry flavors typical of our Russian River Valley Syrah, while adding structure and notes of vanilla and spice. The early harvest, and the barrels we chose, gave the wine an elegant character. The result is a superb reflection of the vineyard and the vintage.”

92+ points – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
91 points – 2017 California State Fair Wine Competition
Double Gold – 2017 American Fine Wine Competition
Gold Medal – San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

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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 = A-/B+
I = B
Overall = B+

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

From the winery…

“The Cecchi family arrived in 1996, one of the first to invest in this area. Luigi Cecchi, father of the current owners Andrea and Cesare, realized that the grapes of Maremma showed an excellent level of quality, so he decided to buy the Val delle Rose. Until this point in time, much of the land, including that of the Val delle Rose estate, had been abandoned and used exclusively for grazing, but thanks to the Cecchis and a few other pioneers, these farms were transformed into well-ordered vineyards providing more value to the region.

Maremma has become a hotbed for so-called international grape varieties such as cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah. It famously spawned the term super Tuscan for a whole new wine category. However, the indigenous vermentino is clearly ready for its star turn. Cecchi’s La Mora Vermentino has a voluptuous palate and a savory finish that guarantees dynamic and persistent flavor.”

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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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Spain, Albariño, Morgadio, Rías Baixas, 2015

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N/ Hay, salt, and the smell of the ocean. Cracked granite, citrus, chamomile, and light herbs. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Lime juice squeezed into chamomile tea. Truly. Refreshing. Pairing: shellfish, fish, or veggie dishes. http://www.riasbaixaswines.com/ Price = $13 – $16 N = A- T = B+ I = B+ Overall = B+ This wine was a […]

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New Zealand, Pinot Gris, villa Maria, East Coast, Private Bin, 2015

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N/ Green apples, steamed hay, sun bleached river rocks, beach sand, fresh rain, wet cement. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Tart honeysuckle and crisp apple flavors dominate but light citrus, pear, and gooseberry flavors do play. Quite an unexpected complexity in the fruit profile compared with typical pinot gris. Soft mineral notes and another bite […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Thomas George Estates, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2012

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N/ Pure cherry, black cherry, black tea, bacon, game, sage, taffy, crushed flint, and forest floor notes. Lovely. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Cherry, black cherry, and game notes are framed by medium acidity. Clean mineral and organic Earth flavors. Delivers a well-made Russian River Valley pinot noir at a lower price point than most. Only detraction […]

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France, Champagne, Sparkling Wine, Bruno Paillard, Première Cuvée, Reims

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N/ Salted green apple slices Crushed granite. Chalk. Delicate marine wafts. Quite inviting. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Crisp green and yellow apples. Clean lines of mineral, flint and granite. Elegant. Price = $50 http://www.champagnebrunopaillard.com/en/champagnes/premiere-cuvee/ N = A- T = A I = A Overall = A This wine was a media sample kindly provided […]

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USA, Oregon, Pinot Noir, Left Coast Cellars, Cali’s Cuvee, Willamette Valley, 2014

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N/ Blackberry jam, lime zest, freshly crushed flint, and cigar box. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Blackberries and raspberry notes with a nice bouncing acidity. Wet organic soil notes and an extended earthy finish. Price = $24 http://leftcoastcellars.com/ N = B+ T = B+ I = B+ Overall = B+ This wine was a media sample kindly […]

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Germany, Riesling, Urban Riesling, Nik Weis Selection, Mosel, 2015

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N/ The vaseline/petrol power is just right – lets you know what grape you are quaffing and tickles the nose. Flower power here. Citrus, chamomile, and crushed granite. Very nice smoky notes also telling you that there is a Mosel riesling in your glass. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Citrus, tart green apples, and a hint […]

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France, Chenin Blanc, Saget La Perrière, Château de la Mulonnière, Loire Valley, 2015

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N/ Sun bleached rocks, spring water, honeysuckle, light citrus, light chlorine, and chamomile tea. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Lovely dancing acid, limes, really ripe apples, and white peaches. About one degree too sweet for me, but this will be a huge crowd pleaser at parties. Absolutely delicious. Winemakers: Benoit Dufour and Laurent Saget Alcohol = […]

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Italy, Pinot Noir, Pinot Nero, Rollhuett, Rolhut, Peter Zemmer, Alto Adige, Sudtirol, 2015

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N/ Red berries, gorgeous crushed rose petals, granite, cherries, wet cement, and spice. Lovely. T/ Light mouthfeel. Elegant weight for the price point. Berries, red fruits, and clean mineral and earth notes. A bit of a tannic cranberry pucker which mellows with breathing time. Well integrated oak notes. Clean, restrained juiciness, and nice rock notes […]

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New Zealand, Pinot Noir, Villa Maria, Marlborough, 2015

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N/ All the cherries, earth, and light spice notes that you expect from a New Zealand pinot noir. Delivers. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Nice bing cherry and red berry flavors accompanied by earth and mineral in the right balance. http://www.villamariawine.com/ N = B+ T = B I = B+ Overall = B+ This wine was a […]

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