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Chile, Sparkling Wine, Brut Rose, Valdivieso, Valle de Casablanca y Bío Bío

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Sparkling (Charmat method) of 60% chardonnay and 40% pinot noir. N/ Rhubarb, raspberries, mixed berries, crushed rocks, and hints of oxidation/port aromas. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Nice acid pop with red berry flavors mixed with a light touch of lime. Tannins do play but they do not bite too deeply. Slight mineral close. Winemaker = Bret […]

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Spain, Garnacha, Rosé, Paniza, Cariñena, 2015

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N/ Strawberries, crushed rocks, hay, wild herbs, orange rind, and light wafts of Grand Marnier. Interesting and unexpected. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Strawberries and cream. Cranberries. Clean lines of minerals on an extended close for a rosé. http://www.bodegaspaniza.com/en/ N = A/A- T = B+ I = B+ Overall = B+ Also see… http://www.nextgreatgrape.com/ From […]

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France, Rose, Ferraton Père & Fils, Samorëns, Côtes du Rhône, 2016

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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 […]

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Argentina, Torrontés, Kaiken, Terroir Series, Salta, Cafayate Valley, 2016

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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. […]

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Italy, Glera, Prosecco, Frassinelli, Valdobbiadene, Brut, Prosecco Superiore, 2015

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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- […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Argentina, Malbec, Red blend, Amalaya, Salta, Calchaqui Valley, 2015

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Red blend of 85% malbec, 10% tannant, and 5% syrah For best results I suggest you decant and wait 30 minutes to an hour before enjoying as she had some reduced aromas that need to float off N/ Black fruits, black soil, plum skins, marine wafts, crushed leaves, forest floor, and taffy. T/ Purple and […]

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Italy, Nero d’Avola, Mandrarossa, Costa Dune, Sicilia, Sicily, 2015

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Rated one hour after opening as she needs some time to open up to allow her nose to blossom. N/ She leads with the smell of a wild countryside dotted with sagebrush. Crushed granite. Paprika. Exotic spices like nutmeg. The fruit elements are restrained but red berry and plum skin notes delight. T/ Medium to […]

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