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Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grey, Ventisquero, Glacier, Trinidad Vineyard, Single Block, Maipo Valley, 2013

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N/ The first aroma that hits you is smoldering campfire, this is followed by light vegtable wafts including a little bit of bell pepper. Then come plum skins, black cherry, black soil, earth, oak, and tobacco. With enough aeration the smoke and vegetables recede and she then has a beautiful nose. Definitely decant (at least […]

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Chile, Carménère, Ventisquero, Grey, Glacier, Maipo Valley, Trinidad Vineyard, 2013

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If you have had a few bottles of under $20 carménère in the past and have been put off by either the smoky and/or reduced aromas, you are in luck. This wine has none of those traits and is absolutely delicious, balanced, and elegant. N/ Dusty black fruits, wild herbs, multiple wood aromas, slate, and […]

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France, Sparkling, Crémant, Brut, Côté Mas, M, Jean-Claude Mas & St. Hilaire, Limoux, Languedoc

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N/ Salt/marine, red apple skins, toast, hay, oyster shells, and light notes of crushed rock. T/ medium mouthfeel. Salty sea spray on freshly cut, ripe red apples. Clean lines of mineral and salt. She closes with a lingering crisp apple taste and a lime zest mouth-water. Extended finish. Bravo. At this price? For a non […]

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France, Red blend, Michel Chapoutier, Cotes du Roussillon Villages, Bila-Haut, 2014

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Red blend of syrah, grenache and carignan. N/ Black cherry, plum skins, compote, multiple aromatic herbs like sage and rosemary, and tobacco leaf. The smell of a walk in wild country. Outstanding. T/ Medium mouthfeel. A large payload of black cherry, black berry, and savory notes all with a nicely balanced gentle sweetness. Her close […]

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Italy, Vermentino and Chardonnay, Mazzoni, Bianco Di Toscana, Montalcino, Toscana, 2014

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White blend of 75% vermentino and 25% chardonnay. N/ Fresh rain, soft yellow grasses, seaspray, green apples, light tropical fruits, and toast points. Lovely. T/ Medium mouth feel. Fresh melon and pear flavors with lime zest dancing about. Popping acid work. Clean lines and nice mineral presence. The aging on lees this wine had was just […]

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Argentina and Chile, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, Amancaya, Gran Reserva, Bodegas Caro, Les Domaines Barons De Rothschild (Lafite) (Chile) & Catena (Argentina), Mendoza, 2012

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Red 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 […]

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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, 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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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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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, 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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New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc, Dashwood, Marlborough, 2013

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N/ 5 out of 10 on my cat aroma scale. Which would be nice for a whole lot of folks, but just a bit high for my personal preference. Gooseberries, honeysuckle, and sun bleached rocks are nice though. T/ Medium mouthfeel. She starts with a nice lime and honeysuckle tartness, then proceeds into some light yellow […]

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Italy, Garganega, Soave, Rocca Sveva, Classico, 2013

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N/ Yellow flowers, honeysuckle, melon, sun bleached rocks, with hints of resin and spice. T/ Medium full mouth feel. Nice introduction of melon and tropical fruit notes. She is more rounded and has a higher mouth weight then would be expected from her nose. Some mouthwatering action on the close. Her only fault is that I […]

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France, Rosé, Bila-Haut, Michel Chapoutier, Pays d’Oc, Roussillon, 2013

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Red blend of cinsault and grenache. C/ Beautiful salmon and amber / pink. N/ Delightful rosé signatures of strawberries, raspberries, and sun bleached rocks, but also with hints of peach and melon. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. A nice lively acid introduction complete with raspberry and jolly rancher flavors but she is more complex than that… […]

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France, White Blend, Bila-Haut, Michel Chapoutier, Côtes Du Roussillon, 2013

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White blend of: grenache gris, greanche blanc, macabeo, and vermentino. N/ Vanilla taffy, sea spray, marine wafts, melon, hay, cedar, and dry river rocks. T/ Medium mouthfeel. A lime and honeysuckle tart starts thing off, leading to some softer honeysuckle, tropical fruit, and green apple notes. A touch of slate closes her. Highly gulpable. This […]

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Italy, Glera, Prosecco, “Extra Dry,” Sparkling Wine, Spumante, Prosecco DOC Treviso, Mionetto, Brut, Organically Grown Grapes, Valdobbiadene, Veneto

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Note: this is one of the first wines where I’ve enjoyed (very much) the non-organic variety of the same brand and then actually enjoyed the wine made with organic grapes even better. This is a quality to price champion. N/ One of the purest expressions of green apple aroma that I’ve ever encountered outside of an […]

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