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Argentina and Chile, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Amancaya, Gran Reserva, Bodegas Caro, Les Domaines Barons De Rothschild, Lafite, Catena, Mendoza, 2012, WineRed blend of: 60-70% Malbec and 30-40% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Rated two hours after decanting.

N/ Plum skins, complex spices, red berries, wet rocks, gunpowder, forest floor, warm cherry pie, wild herbs and lavender. Wow!

T/ Medium full to full mouth feel. Deep flavors of liquid plum skins, black fruits, blackberries, and blueberries. Matured and solid oak flavors. Mineral and licorice on her close.

Only small fault is I think this needs a little more time in bottle and she will be even better.

Best with at least two hours of decanting.

Winemaker = Fernando Buscema

http://www.lafite.com/fr/les-domaines/bodegas-caro/

http://www.pasternakwine.com/_webapp_2710476/Bodegas_Caro

Price = $15 to $20

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

This wine was a media sample kindly provided by the winery via Pasternak Wine Imports (http://www.pasternakwine.com)

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New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc, Jackson Estate, Stich, Marlborough, 2013N/ Gooseberry, light cat, honeysuckle, bright citrus zest, fresh rain, green herbs, oyster shells, wet rocks.

Oh my. Very nice.

T/ Medium full mouth feel. Delightful lime and lemon zest flavors dance on mouthwatering acids.

Clean. Alive. Herbal notes and minerals abound on her close.

A job well done.

This is how I want my New Zealand SB’s to be.

Winemaker = Matt Patterson-Green

http://www.jacksonestate.co.nz/

Alcohol = 13%

Price = $22

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

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

 

 

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Italy, Sparkling Wine, Franciacorta, Brut, Lo Sparviere, Agricole Gussalli Beretta, Cuvee Number SevenN/ One of my favorite aromas in the entire world is saffron. This is the first wine I’ve ever smelled that had some of the characteristic aromas of saffron.

Simply blew me away, and admittedly biased me to loving this wine even before I sipped it.

Her other aroma attributes include light citrus, pears, green apple, river rocks, and spice. Love. This.

T/ Medium mouthfeel. Soft ripe green apples, spiced pear juice, toasty malty bread, and salty marine flavors.

Extended finish where saffron revisits. Lovely.

Wow.

Price = under $30

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

This wine was a media sample kindly provided by the winery and was part of a tasting organized by @ and @ .

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http://www.franciacorta.net/en/wine/method-info/

More information on Franciacorta…

“Franciacorta is the first Italian wine produced exclusively by the traditional method of re-fermentation in the same bottle, and the first wine to obtain Italy’s highest appellation award of DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita).

Production

Traditional Method: Franciacorta DOCG wines are made using the traditional process of second fermentation in the (same) bottle. Franciacorta was the first Italian wine produced exclusively by bottle re-fermentation to receive the DOCG status.

Grapes

The wines are produced using Chardonnay and/or Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir) grapes, and Pinot Bianco can be used to a certain extent—up to 50%.

Styles

Non-vintage:  Aged at least 18 months. All flavor categories: Undosed, Extra Brut, Brut, Extra Dry, Sec and Demi-Sec.

Franciacorta Satèn:  Blanc de Blancs – generally 100% Chardonnay. Non-vintage, aged at least 24 months. Brut flavor category only.

Rosé: A minimum of 25% Pinot Nero must be used. Non-vintage, aged at least 24 months. All flavor categories.

Millesimato:  A Vintage wine with at least 85% of the wine from the stated vintage. Aged at least 30 months. Undosed, Extra Brut, Brut and Extra Dry flavor categories.

Riserva:  A Millesimato, Satèn or Rosé which has stayed on its lees for a minimum of 60 months.

Undosed, Extra Brut, Brut flavor categories.

Being Franciacorta

Labels carry only the name Franciacorta, a single term that defines the territory, the production method and the wine.

Contact: Catherine Seda Bugue, Balzac Communications, cbugue@balzac.com, 707.255.7667

www.franciacorta.net Facebook/FranciacortaUSA     Twitter/franciacortaUSA “

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USA, Chardonnay, Freemark Abbey, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, 2013N/ She starts with lovely river rocks, granite, and a soft minerality. Crisp hay, white flowers, honeysuckle. Marine wafts.

1 out of 10 on the butter scale, which is perfect for me.

T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Delicious lime and light yellow grass notes.

Clean, with lovely crisp green apple and light citrus fruits. Solid mineral presence.

Extended finish, mouthwatering through and through.

Delightful!

http://www.freemarkabbey.com/

Winemaker = Ted Edwards

Price = $40

N = A-

T = A

I = A-

Overall = A-

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

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Jacob's Creek Two Lands Pinot Grigio 2014.jpgN/ Rainwater, hay, pear, honeysuckle, green apple and river rocks.

Clean and inviting.

T/ Light to medium mouth feel. She starts with melon flavors accompanied by light pear and apple notes. Her acid presence is nice, but I’d like just a bit more. Minerals are good and long lasting finish.

All in all a freshing, light, but also a well-flavored pinot grigio.

http://www.jacobscreek.com/us/our-wines/two-lands/

Winemakers =  Bernard Hickin and Ehren Jordan

Alchohol = 12.8%

Price = $12-$14

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

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

From thw winery…

“WINEMAKING This Two Lands Pinot Grigio is a fusion of winemaking expression created through collaboration between Bernard Hickin, Jacob’s Creek Chief Winemaker, and award-winning Californian winemaker Ehren Jordan. Their vision was to create a wine that delivers a rich, full flavour with finesse and elegance. Bernard selected Pinot Grigio vineyards in moderate to cool regions of South Australia for their vibrancy of flavour. Then, following much discussion, the winemakers chose to pick late in the season to provide a riper fruit profile on the palate and ensure the wine delivered a distinctive ‘oily’ texture and mouthfeel. Ehren then suggested additional time on lees and a portion of the wine stirred in contact with older oak to add complexity, a lush feel and a sense of Californian style that would add layers to the high quality Australian fruit. The result is an exciting take on modern Pinot Grigio. Bright, pure aromatics are to the fore, with enhanced softness thanks to the lower acidity, a hint of preserved natural sweetness and a luscious textural finish.”

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France, Pinot Noir, Sparkling Wine, Cremant, Cremant D’ Alsace, Rose, Brut Rose, Lucien Albrecht

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N/ She starts with a lovely salt blast, followed by flint, light strawberry wafts, and red apples. T/ Light to medium mouth feel. Lovely, dancing acid which accompanies elegantly restrained flavors of red apple, tart cranberry, and honeysuckle. She has an extended close of minerality and red apple. http://pasternak-wines.simpleflame.com/pdfs/Lucien%20Albrecht%20Brut%20Rose%20Product%20Sheet%20SRP.pdf Price = $22 N = A- […]

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Austrailia, Chardonnay, Jacob’s Creek, Two Lands, South Australia, 2014

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N/ Crisp, clean, lime zest, honeysuckle, and river rocks. 4/10 on the butterscotch scale. T/ Medium to medium full mouthfeel. Strong tropical fruits and some lighter honeydew melon notes framed by surprisingly robust minerality given the strong fruit contingent. Delivers lots of flavor with good balance. Acid too low for what I tend to enjoy […]

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Australia, Cabernet Sauvignon, Jacobs Creek, Two Lands, South Australia, 2013

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Decanted one hour before enjoying. N/ Sharp flint and a nice mineral presence introduce you to deep notes of forest floor, cassis, and blackberry. She has just the right amount of funk, and a very faint vegetal aroma. T/ Medium full mouth feel. She has a fleeting sweetness upon first sip, that leads to wood […]

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Chile, Carmenere, Montes Alpha, Colchagua Valley, 2012

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Red blend of: 90% carmenere and 10% cabernet sauvignon. Color/ Simply amazing. Almost black. Squid ink pomegranate juice and black soil came together as one deep, dark, brooding color. N/ Wonderfully void of some of the reduced aromas that are unfortunately associated with some low priced Chilean wines – especially upon first opening. Deep notes of ripe […]

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Spain, Rose, Rosada, Vina Real, Cune, Rioja Alta, Rioja, 2014

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100% tempranillo N/ Bright and clean with lovely fresh rain aromas, citrus zest, wet rocks, granite, and dry hay. T/ Light mouthfeel. Nice, dancing acids over a rich minerality with light flavors of red berries, honeysuckle, and pink grapefruit. She has an extended, mineral rich finish with nice mouthwatering action. For me, a true delight. […]

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Chile, Pinot Noir, Ventisquero, Kalfu, Sumpai, Leyda Valley, 2013

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N/ More wood in first sniffs than I was expecting, also plenty of spice. Star anise, nutmeg, and then deep, dusty black cherry and cherry aromas. She also has a bit of the reduced aromas that are unfortunately common in many affordable Chilean wines. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Quite divergent from the nose in the sense […]

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Winery & Vineyard Visits / Antica an Antinori Family Estate / Napa Valley, California

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                                        Antica Napa Valley is an Antinori Family Estate located a lengthy, but beautiful, drive up Soda Canyon road in Napa. If you want incredible, even for Napa, scenery make an appointment and go.  I won’t wax on […]

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Chile, Chardonnay, Ventisquero, Kalfu, Kuda, Leyda Valley, 2013

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An un-oaked chardonnay whole cluster fermented in stainless steel tanks. N/ Very agreeable dried hay, honeysuckle, sun-bleached rocks, crisp green apple, and pears. Rose petals. Also has a hint of gooseberry more commonly associated with sauvignon blanc. Love this nose. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel, which is a bit of a surprise as  I was expecting a lighter […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Faust, Napa Valley, Coombsville, California, 2012

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Red blend of: 80% cabernet sauvignon, 16% merlot, 2% cabernet franc, and 2% petit verdot. Note: over 50% of the fruit for this vintage came from the 110-acre Faust Vineyard in the Coombsville district, which is the highest percentage that has ever made it into the final blend for this wine. I’ve enjoyed almost every wine I’ve had from Coombsville. […]

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Chile, White Blend, Reserva, “Devil’s Collection,” Casillero del Diablo, Concha y Toro, Casablanca Valley, 2013

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White blend of: 85% sauvignon blanc, 10% chardonnay, and 5% gewürztraminer. N/ 2 out of 10 on sauvignon blanc “cat aroma” scale, which is just right for me. Lemon zest, gooseberries, yellow dried grasses, honeysuckle, herbals, and a touch of butter. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Rounder that one would expect from her nose. Citrus, light grass and […]

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Hula Hula, Mixed Drinks, Foofy Drinks, Brazil, Brasil

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Hilariously foofy – but really all delicious…. Cocktail artistry by Juliana Glistau. Carve: A big pineapple, deftly give the top a modern haircut. Combine: Coconut milk, condensed milk, vodka, ice, meat of a pineapple – blenderize. Garnish: Mint, cherries, and star fruit.   Em Portugues…   Hilariantemente “foofy” – mas realmente todo delicioso. … Maestria do […]

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Chile, Chardonnay, Cocha y Toro, Serie Riberas, Gran Reserva, Colchagua Valley, 2012

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N/ 4 out of 10 on the butterscotch scale. Very agreeable and pronounced wafts of sun bleached rock. Outside of the actual tea, this is an amazing mimic of the aroma of chamomile. Sea spray, and a hint of iodine/kelp. Really, really nice. One of the nicer Chilean chardonnay noses I’ve encountered. T/ Medium full […]

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USA, White Blend, The Whip, Murrieta’s Well, Livermore Valley, California, 2013

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White blend of 28% Sémillon, 24% Chardonnay, 14% Sauvignon Blanc, 11% Orange Muscat,11% Viognier, 11% Gewürztraminer and 1% White Riesling. N/ Gardenias, honeysuckle, white and yellow flowers, marine/beach and salt, fresh hay, honey and light confection. Complex and alluring. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Lightly sweetened honeysuckle, pear, limes, tropical fruits and melons. Some creamy butter […]

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USA, Riesling (Semi-Sweet), McGregor, Finger Lakes, New York, 2013

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N/ Pleasant florals, peaches, apricots, balsa wood, yellow grasses, and light vaseline. T/ Coating full mouthfeel. A fair amount of acid still shines thorough a full payload of sweet peach and pear juice, triggering a nice mouth water. Too sweet for me, but certainly not cloying, and many will enjoy the levels here. Simple but complete. A […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, 14 Hands, Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2012

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Recommend decanting. This can be easily accomplished by pouring into a clean glass pitcher, if you do not have a “proper” decanter. Wait at least 30 minutes, preferably one hour before enjoying this. N/ Deep notes of slightly smoked plums skins dominate her nose. Ripe currant. Crushed fall leaves. Forest floor. Taffy. Suntan lotion. T/ […]

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