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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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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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France, Rose, Rosé d’Anjou, Mulonnière, Loire Valley, 2015

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Red blend of: 40% Cabernet Franc, 30% Grolleau, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Gamay N/ Fresh rain, wet cement, raspberry Jolly Ranchers, crushed granite. In short, exactly the way rose should smell. T/ Medium to medium full mouth feel which was a surprise. Usually roses are much lighter in the piehole region. What also was […]

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France, Malbec, Domaine du Théron, Cuvée Prestige, Cahors, 2011

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N/ Wow, lots of Brettomyces here with typical barnyard and bandaid smells. The livestock odors dominate, but one can find some black and blue fruit aromas just past the Brett onslaught, as well as nice dark earth notes. T/ Once past the Brett flavors she has an elegant mouthfeel with ample blue and black fruits […]

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France, Red Blend, Ferraton Père & Fils, Samorëns, Côtes du Rhône, 2014

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Blend of grenache (85%), syrah (10%),and cinsault (5%). N/ Black pepper and earthy spices. Purple and black fruits fruits. Plum skins. Wild herbs and black soil. T/ Spicy, racy, and quite complex for the price point – this wine delivers wonderful fruit flavors of black cherries and plums with a lean acid backbone that makes […]

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France, White Blend, Ferraton Père & Fils, Samorëns, Côtes du Rhône, 2015

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Blend of white grenache (60%) and clairette (40%). N/ White and red flowers, honeysuckle, marine wafts, chamomile tea, light citrus, strawberries, and river rocks. T/ Medium mouth feel. Very nice acid. Fresh and light. Citrus and mineral flavors dominate. Yellow grasses, light spice, and chamomile. http://www.ferraton.fr/wines/cotes-du-rhone-samorens-white-ferraton.html Price = $14 N = B T = B […]

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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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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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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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France, Sauvignon Blanc, Sancerre, Domaine de la Perrière, Cher, 2013

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N/ Unfortunately, for me, the cat/ammonia aromas are too high on this wine. I give it about a 6-7 out of 10 on my cat scale. Some people really enjoy that aroma, I simply don’t, so don’t let that scare you away from this wine if you do enjoy that smell. Underneath that I get […]

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France, Rosé (Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon), Bordeaux Rosé, Château Bonnet, Bordeaux Contrôlée, 2012

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This wine was part of a tasting event put on by the Bordeaux Supérieur Winemakers Association (aka Planet Bordeaux) and Balzac Communications (http://balzac.com/) A Rosé blend of: 50% merlot and 50% cabernet sauvignon. C/ Striking. Neon pink cranberry. N/ Apples, cranberries, marine, slate, and raspberry aromas. Lots going on for a Rosé at this price […]

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France, White Bordeaux Blend (Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Muscadelle), Château de Bonhoste, Bordeaux Contrôlée, 2012

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This wine was part of a tasting event put on by the Bordeaux Supérieur Winemakers Association (aka Planet Bordeaux) and Balzac Communications (http://balzac.com/). N/ Steamed hay, oyster shells, marine wafts, white flowers, light citrus, and touch of slate.  Very pleasant, but was hoping for a bit more volume on this nose since the aromatics that […]

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France, Malbec with Merlot, Cahors, Clos La Coutale, Philippe Bernède, 2010

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A red blend of 80% malbec and 20% merlot. N/ A faint hint of rubber tree slightly detracts for about 30 minutes but then burns off to reveal deep black fruits, fresh cedar, wild herbs, gunpowder and black cherries. Her ample fruits are sprinkled with a bit of brick and cement dust, in a nice way. […]

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France, Melon de Bourgogne, Muscadet de Sevre et Maine, Chateau La Tarciere, Loire Valley, 2011

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N/ Crisp, acidic and wonderful hay notes. Crushed limestone, honeysuckle, and sunshine. Clean and bright. T/ Light mouthfeel. Clean lines of yellow fruit with soft citrus notes. Light asparagus notes, bracing acidity and long mineral notes. Surprising flavor intensity given the reputation of this grape as being somewhat neutral. Sur lie aged. Alcohol = 12% Price = […]

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WineMaker Spotlight, Winemakers, Bernard Portet, Heritance Wines, Napa Valley, California, USA, and Chile

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Bernard Portet is a living legend in the world of wine, that much I already knew. He was born in Cognac and rasied in Bordeaux by a father who was a technical director at Château Lafite. Luckily for the United States, Bernard took his vinous blood, talents, and passion from France to California and established […]

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France, Chenin Blanc (“Pineau de Loire”), La Cuvée des Fondraux, Champalou, Vouvray, Loire Valley, 2011

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N/ White flowers, gooseberries, chamomile, dry rocks, light carmel, dry grasses, and sunshine. Pretty damn impressive for this price point. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Solid acidity that is framed by, and infused with, carmel-dusted delightful yellow tropicals, camomile notes, soft hay flavors, and a minerality that seems both Old and New World. She is bright yet round, acid popping […]

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France, Chardonnay, Mâcon Farges, Henri Perrusset, Selection Vielles Vignes, Gran Vin de Bourgogne, Mâcon-Villages, Mâcon Farges, Burgundy, 2011

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N/ Limestone, chalk, and crushed rocks. Yellow tropicals, lime zest, pineapple. Light butter.  Bridges the gap between Old and New world.  If you have a friend addicted to California oak bomb Chardonnay, do them a favor and have them try this wine. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Soft yellows with nice, but not bracing, acids. Pears and […]

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France, Chardonnay, Les Charmes, Macon-Lugny, Single Vineyard, Cave de Lugny, Lugny, Burgundy, 2010

N/ Oh the joy of this nose after so many recent over-oaked, California-style butterscotch bomb Chards!  Citrus, freshly baked bread, clean granite dust, fresh leather, and acidic spring water. T/ Medium mouthfeel.  Very nice first citrus-laden acid blast, but with a very creamy, inviting texture.  Lime zest and fresh lemon juice flavors frame an ample […]

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