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2016

Argentina, Cabernet & Malbec blend, Trivento, Reserve, Mendoza, 2016

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N/ Black cherry, cassis, and plum skins. Balsa wood, minerals, and somewhat surprising Port notes. Cracked granite, oyster shells, and light game. Complex and interesting. T/ Medium full to full mouth feel. Truly elegant for this price point. Lovely acidity on the front leads to a restrained payload of dark, brooding, fruits with plum, cassis, […]

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France, Red Blend, Bila-Haut, Michael Chapoutier, Cotes du Roussillon Villages, Roussillon, 2016

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N/ Plum skins, damp old wood, wet river stones, black and purple fruits, tobacco, and faint oyster shells. T/ Medium full mouth feel. Black and purple fruit flavors with slightly grainy tannins. Soil and flint notes. Extended fruit and earth finish. https://www.chapoutier.com Price = $12-$18 T = B- N = B- I = B / […]

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Australia, Shiraz, Two Hands, Gnarly Dudes, Barossa Valley, 2016

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C/ Amazingly deep tones of black light neon purple. N/ Massive black and purple fruit aromas. Wild game, eucalyptus, wild herbs, BBQ, crushed oyster shells and rocks. T/ Medium full mouth feel. Purple and black fruits with a dusting of paprika. Chocolate and maduro tobacco notes are framed by organic soil flavors… complemented by some […]

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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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USA, Pinot Noir, White PInot Noir, Left Coast Cellars, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2016

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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 […]

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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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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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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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