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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, 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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Italy, Location Wines

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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 […]

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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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USA, Syrah, Acorn, Axiom, Alegria Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2013

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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 […]

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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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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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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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Spain, Garnacha, Particular, Bodegas San Valero, Cariñena, 2013

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N/ The first thing that hits you is a blast of wild country herbs, light mint, and Eucalyptus wafts. Ripe red and black berries delight. Split flint, black soil, brick dust, and hardwoods bring the earth notes and round out a wonderful and complex nose. T/ Medium mouthfeel with clean and elegant lines of red, […]

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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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USA, Chardonnay, La Rocca, Castello di Amorosa, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Barbara, Napa Valley, California, 2013

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N/ Tropical fruits, green apples, seaspray, and fresh canvas. Incense and chamomile. Fresh rain with a hint of flint. 2-3 out of 10 on the butterscotch scale, which is perfect. Beautiful and complex. T/ Medium mouth feel. Delicious green and yellow apples with some light tropical fruits and lime notes as well.  Lasting mineral close. […]

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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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New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc, Jackson Estate, Stich, Marlborough, Wairau Valley, 2013

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N/ 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 […]

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Italy, Sparkling Wine, Franciacorta, Brut, Lo Sparviere, Agricole Gussalli Beretta, Cuvee Number Seven

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N/ 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 […]

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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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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, Pinot Noir, Bruliam Wines, Wildcat Mountain Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, California, 2010

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N/ Deep black cherries and plums. Musky spices, clean oak, and perfumed lavender delight. Pine needles stored in a cigar box. T/ Full mouthfeel. Acids are still dancing after a fair amount of bottle rest. Herbed, complex cherry and soft plum skin flavors. Elegant. Clean. Rich. Two years ago this wine was absolutely delicious… and she […]

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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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USA, Sauvignon Blanc, Snoqualmie, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2013

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N/ Sun-bleached rocks, green apple skins, light yellow fruits, lime zest, and sunshine. Cat aroma scale 1 out 10, which is the absolute perfect amount to let you know that it is sauvignon blanc, but without the offensive aromas that sometimes plague greener versions of this grape. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Lean, mineral driven green apples […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Wente, Riva Ranch, Heritage Block, Arroyo Seco, Monterey, California, 2012

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N/ Rich and full. Wonderful butterscotch and oil waft well for the fans of such, but restrained in such a manner that even those of us who are not partial that profile can really enjoy this nose. Luscious yellow fruits, clean notes of oak, and slate. T/ Full mouthfeel. Wow, this one is huge. In […]

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