🍷 1964 Nervi Gattinara Riserva del Titolare

Opening 56-year-old wine is a job best suited for the Durand wine opener. The ullage level was good for a wine of this age. Cork was a tad soft but relatively clean and wasn't depressed or elevated. The color was pale but broadly in line with my experience of Nebbiolo this old. Minimal sediment in the bottle. The last glass had some very fine sediment that made it through the strainer. The initial nose was a tad close and needed 30 minutes to open up in the glass.

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🇮🇹🍷A few months back, Flatiron Wines @flatironwines offered up aged Italian gems from a cellar that they acquired at pretty reasonable prices. I took the opportunity to pick up a few aged Gattinara wines. I haven't had a Gattinara with so much age on it (1964). I was able to pick up a Nervi Riserva and a regular bottling @nervigattinara . It should be interesting to open up this piece of history. This seems like a perfect job for the Zwiesel Conterno Sensory Glass @zwieselglas .

#nervi #gattinara #altopiemonte #nebbiolo #zwiesel #conterno #italianwine #vinorosso #oldwine #cellar
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1990 Paul Jaboulet Aîné - Le Chevalier de Stérimberg Hermitage Blanc (91 pts) @pauljabouletaine

ℹ️ This wine is a blend of ~70% Marsanne and ~30% Roussanne from Hermitage in the Northern Rhône Valley, France. The wine was vat fermented then aged in French oak barrels for around nine months with 10% new oak, 45% second use, and 45% third use barrels.

👁 Medium gold color, slightly hazy.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of candied fruit aromas, pineapple, melon, honey, dried mango, sultana, waxy, lanolin, grapefruit pith, almond, oak, toasted meringue, and slight butterscotch.

👄 The wine is dry, medium- acidity, high alcohol (13.9%), and full body. Weight and broad across the palate. A medium+ length finish of grilled pineapple, extinguished candle, and butterscotch.

🔔 This bottle is showing better than the last bottle that I tasted. The nose had an exciting mix of candied and dried fruits that had me thinking of Starburst candy. Hermitage Blanc, with age, is often a divisive wine that people either love or hate. This wine is big and expansive on the palate. You feel the oak influence, especially on the finish. This is not an acid-driven wine, but it makes up for it in texture. I enjoyed it quite a bit, and it was a conversation starter at the dinner table.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #marsanne #roussanne #hermitage #pauljabouletaine #rhone #rhonewine #rhône
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🇫🇷 White Rhône Wine 🍷
❤️ Love or 💔Hate it?

The white wines of the Rhône Valley are super exciting and don't get the attention they deserve. After reviewing the Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, I thought it would be fun to open an aged Hermitage from Pual Jaboulet. @pauljabouletaine

Also, absolutely adore the wine glasses from Zieher. @zieher_selection
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2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Roussanne Vieilles Vignes (95 pts) @familleperrin

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Roussanne from 100+ year old vines that were planted in 1909 in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Most producers in the region make a white blend with many grape varieties, but Château de Beaucastel focuses on Roussanne. These grapes were hand-harvested weeks after the younger vine Roussanne. The grapes are gently whole-cluster pressed and then transferred to French oak barrels for 10 months, with 50% being new with the remainder 2nd and 3rd year barrels. The wine does not usually go through malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged in bottle for 6 months before release. Production is around 500 cases.

👁 Deep lemon color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of overripe yellow peach, canned pear, cantaloupe, grilled pineapple, orange blossom, oak, candle wax, smoke, vanilla cream, anise, and lemon verbena.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, high alcohol (14%), and full body. Huge weight and concentration that is like a high-end olive oil. A long length finish of canned peaches and grilled pineapple then trailing off to lemon verbena and wax.

🔔 This wine is not for the faint of heart as it is concentrated and potent. A white wine that slaps you around while you are swirling on the palate. You feel the heft, and right before it gets to the edge of being too much, the acidity brings it back. The alcohol is a healthy 14%, if not even a tad more, but this wine holds it well. The oak is clearly there but works well with the flavor profile. While not something I can drink every day, these wines are intense and demand your attention. The layers of concentration ripple through the palate from start to finish. This wine is still in the caterpillar phase, but when they get to the butterfly phase (10+ years) the wines become truly unique. I'm going to hide a bottle in the cellar and forget about it.

💰~$150

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #roussanne #vieillesvignes #chateauneufdupape #chateaudebeaucastel #familleperrin
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NV Thiénot - Brut @champagnethienot

ℹ️ This wine is a blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Meunier. The grapes are primarily sourced from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards. The blend has 30% reserve wines (2010, 2012, and 2013). The dosage is 5 g/l.

👁 Pale lemon color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of red apple, pear, nectarine, lemon zest, pie crust, bread dough, toast, and cherry blossom.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, persistent fine bubbles, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium body. A medium length finish of baked orchard fruit and flaky pie crust.

🔔 Champagne Thiénot's Brut offers a balanced and crowd-pleasing bottle of bubbles at a very fair price. Coming in around $40, this is the perfect brunch offering where you won't feel guilty killing a bottle or two. It is more elegant than many "big" houses that can be a tad heavy-handed with dosage. I don't know about you, but I would instead pay for reserve wines in the blend than a marketing campaign.

💰~$40

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #thienot #champagnelife #brut #champagnelover #champagnethienot
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2015 Vina VIK - La Piu Belle (92 pts) @vik_wine

ℹ️ This wine is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Carmenere, and 14% Syrah from Millahue, in Cachapoal Valley, Chile. The soils are porous decomposed granite. This cuvée shows off Vik's interpretation of how Carmenere can play a significant role in a blend. The wine was aged for 23 months in French oak barrels, with ~60% being new.

👁 Deep ruby color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe to stewed blackberry, black plum, boysenberry, dried leaves, white pepper, sweet tobacco, cedar, smoke, clove, cocoa powder, and lavender.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ ripe tannins, medium+ alcohol (14.1%), and full body. A medium+ length finish of stewed black fruits, tobacco, and clove.

🔔 La Piu Belle is warm, plush, and inviting. This wine opened up with 60 minutes in the decanter and showed quite a range of flavors on the nose. The palate is ripe and round. The oak is well integrated on the palate. Cabernet Sauvignon is the backbone of this wine. However, Carmenere and Syrah steal the show. Love the combination of peppery spice, dried herbs, and ripe plums. I don't often comment on bottle art, but I find it quite charming and would make a great conversation starter at a party whenever we can have those again. 😉

💰~$90

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #millahue #chileanwine #chileanwines #cachapoal #vik #carmenere #cabernetsauvignon #syrah
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NV Guillaume Selosse - Largillier Extra Brut (93 pts) @guillaume_selosse

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Pinot Noir from Aube grower, Jérôme Coessens. Largillier is a monopole vineyard in the village of Villes-sur-Arce. The vineyard has southern exposure with clay-limestone soil and subsoil of Kimmeridgian chalk. The average vine age is 45 years old. The wine is left on the lees for two years in barrel. Then it is combined with a perpetual reserve and left to age for the third year. Only at that point does the wine start the secondary fermentation. Production is around 300 cases.

👁 Deep gold color.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of marzipan, toasted hazelnut, Rainer cherry, red apple skin, quince paste, apricot, chalk, ginger, dried honey, and earthy.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, subtle bubbles, medium alcohol (12%), and full body. More mineral notes of wet rock and charcoal on the palate. A long length finish of ginger beer, marzipan, and apple skin.

🔔 This Champagne is very provocative in that it is the vinous Champagne that I can have tried. The nose was oxidative but had this fascinating spice that took me a while to pinpoint as ginger, almost ginger beer. A lot of nuttiness and earthiness to the wine as well. The bubbles were not critical call-out being overall reasonably reserved. The palate was more expressive than the nose showing the fruit character more and the acid backbone that would carry this to a long finish. Texturally quite splendid on the palate as well. This was most enjoyable as it warmed up a bit from cellar temperature. This wine is very singular while at the same time thought-provoking. I felt like Spock and just kept saying "fascinating" each time I tasted the wine. 🖖🥂

💰~$400

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #selosse #guillaumeselosse #champagnelover #champagnelife #cultwine #growerchampagne #rarewine
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2002 Domaine Fourrier - Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cherbaudes Vieille Vignes (93 pts) @domaine_fourrier

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Pinot Noir from the Premier Cru Les Cherbaudes in the village of Gevrey-Chambertin in Burgundy's Côte de Nuits. The vines were planted in 1940 on a parcel that is just below the Grand Cru Mazis-Chambertin. The grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed, with spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged for 18-20 months in French oak barrels with around 20% new oak. The wines are bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with no added sulfur.

👁 Medium- ruby color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe sour cherry, red currant, smoke, dried leaves, peppery spice, earthy, wet rock, and a slight herbal note (aloe).

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium- soft tannins, medium+ alcohol (13.5%), and medium body. More mineral notes of wet rock and charcoal on the palate. A medium+ length finish of ripe and tart sour cherries, wet stone, and aloe.

🔔 It is always fun to try a wine with a bit more age from a highly regarded Producer like Domaine Fourrier. I have always found that Les Cherbaudes was quite open and soft compared with many of the other cuvées. 2002 was a great vintage, but Fourrier hit their stride a few vintages after this one. Very enjoyable and definitely in the right drinking window. I found the slight cooling aloe vera flavor quite exciting and not often encountered. A decent amount of spice as well. Everything on this wine was in the right place, and it just shows you that sometimes less is more.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #vinrouge #bourgogne #burgundy #burgundywine #bourgognewine #pinotnoir #gevreychambertin #premiercru #1ercru #domainefourrier
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🎉🥂 Celebrating 40,000 followers in style 🙌

🙏 Thank you to everyone that has followed along and interacted with me over the last few years. 🙇🏼‍♂️

🎨 Instagram is a major creative outlet for me, trying to find ways to talk about wine in the form of posts, stories, IG Live, and even reels. 🖼

🥰Once again, thank you for all of the love and attention. It means the world to me. ❤️🍷🌎
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2018 Errázuriz - MAX Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon @errazurizwines

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Cabernet Sauvignon from estate vineyards in the interior of the Aconcagua Valley of Chile. The vineyards' average vine age is 25 years old. The grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed, and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, with 30% being new oak.

👁 Deep ruby color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe to overripe blackberry, black plum, boysenberry, oak, tree bark, smoke, and earthy.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium+ ripe tannins, medium+ alcohol (14%), and medium+ body. A medium- length finish of ripe black fruit and oak notes.

🔔 The MAX Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon is less than $20 and offers a lot of value for the price point. A good amount of fruit concentration, balanced alcohol, and enough oak to please the masses. This wine is an excellent selection for an affordable wine representing the grape, the vintage, and the region. I appreciate that Errázuriz makes a wide range of wines at a variety of price points.

💰 ~$17

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #chileanwine #aconcagua #errazuriz #cabernetsauvignon #cabernet
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1984 Peter Lauer - Riesling Sekt Réserve @lauerwine

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Riesling from the Saar sub-region of the Mosel, Germany. The fruit comes from the Ayler Kupp Vineyard (80%) and the Ayler Scheidterberg Vineyard (20%). Sekt is a sparkling wine using the traditional method or tank method. This bottle is labeled "flaschengärung handgerüttelt" which means it is bottle fermented (traditional method) and hand riddled. The Réserve bottlings are late disgorged bottles with at least 20 years of lees aging before release. This bottle was disgorged in November 2017. This wine has a low dosage of 4 g/l using sweet Riesling instead of sugar.

👁 Deep gold color slight amber hue.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of apple cider, dried apple, dried apricot, cigar tobacco, hay, wilting flowers, and anise.

👄 The wine is dry, high lively acidity, low alcohol (9.5%), and medium- body. The bubbles are almost non-existent except on the tip of the tongue. Due to the prolonged lees aging, there is a slight caramel or coffee note on the palate. A medium length finish of dried orchard fruit, hay, and anise.

🔔 Wine Geek Warning ⚠️ This wine is the oldest Sekt that I have ever tried, and I don't exactly know what to think of it. The flavor profile is unique, with dried cigar, hay, and anise flavors showing up on a Riesling. It has a fair amount of complexity to it but feels like it has a bit more than one foot in the grave. I would need to explore more bottles to form a clear opinion, but this nothing like old Champagne nor young Sekt wines. If you have tried one of these, I would love to hear your thoughts. It sparked some curiosity. 🧠💭

💰~$75

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #weingut #peterlauer #sekt #riesling #mosel #moselwein #saar #sparklingwine #rieslinglover #rieslingwine #🍾
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2009 Promontory - Napa Valley (94 pts) @promontorywine

ℹ️ This wine is simply labeled as a Napa Valley red wine but is mostly comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon with minor portions of other Bordeaux grape varieties. While the word Promontory means "headland," there is no water surrounding it, but it is an isolated area of the Napa Valley that a microcosm unto itself. The first commercial release of the wine was the 2009 vintage. In 2009, there were 60 different harvest passes in the vineyard, resulting in 40 separate vinifications. After a year of aging, the final blend was selected only using 21 of the vinifications. The wines are aged for five years in large neutral casks from Stockinger in Austria. Promontory is the first time winery to use Stockinger casks having them imported to the USA. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

👁 Medium+ ruby color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe raspberry, red plum, black cherry, blackcurrant, thyme, mint, red licorice, leather, and peat.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ drying tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and full body. The texture is velvety and gorgeous on the palate. A long length finish of layers of black and red fruit, dried herbs, and leather.

🔔 The 2009 Promontory is impeccably made and provides a broad spectrum of pristine fruit, great energy with vibrant acidity, and an extremely long lingering finish. While I enjoyed the 2009 Promontory, it is a stellar wine, but I have to say some of the later vintages are even more compelling than this one. It's like jewelry shopping. You can only spot the nuanced differences when looking through a clear lens in comparison. Overall, I will say that these wines, in general, are a lot more approachable when young, than Bond and Harlan, probably due to the long aging in the Stockinger casks. This wine will age for decades.

💰~$750

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #cultwine #promontory #rarewine #napa #napawine #cabernetsauvignon #winereview #tastingnotes #winelover #napavalley #napavalleywine
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2018 The.Grenachista - Grenache Blanc @the.grenachista

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Grenache Blanc from Mounts Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County. The wine is whole-cluster pressed with indigenous yeast fermentation. The wine doesn't go through malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged in neutral French oak for 12 months with bâtonnage.

👁 Medium lemon color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of canned pear, ripe nectarine, white peach, melon, orange blossom, cream, and steeliness.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium+ alcohol (13.8%), and full body. Substantial weight to the wine with a creamy texture. A medium length finish of melon, peach, and slight white pepper spice.

🔔 This Grenache Blanc is very balanced across the board. The fruit profile is pure, unadulterated, and accurate to the grape variety. The wine is a bit plusher on the palate without being heavy. If you want to explore Grenache white, red, or rosé, check out The.Grenachista's wines. Quality wines at a fair price. ✊

💰~$26

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #grenache #grenacheblanc #drycreekvalley #sonomawine #sonomacounty
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🍷🆚🍷 Next Wine Battle: Sangiovese Rosato Toscano

☝️ Wine Region: Tuscany, Italy 🇮🇹
☝️ Grape 🍇: Sangiovese

🇮🇹 2017 Inserrata - Inebriante @inserrata
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🇮🇹 2019 Poggio La Noce - Pinko Pallino @clairewithpoggiolanoce

🗳 Vote for your favorite #winebattle team in the comments below 👇
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Biondi-Santi Instagram Live Interview and Virtual Tasting with Giampiero Bertolini @biondisantigreppo

🎙 Join the Instagram Live with Giampiero Bertolini, the CEO of Biondi-Santi, on October 8th at 9 am PST / 6 pm Italy. Biondi-Santi's legacy is deeply integrated with the formation and history of Brunello di Montalcino. We will provide an overview of the Brunello di Montalcino appellation. We will discuss the impact that various generations of the Biondi-Santi family have had on the region. We will explain the legacy and lasting impact of the late Franco Biondi-Santi, the winemaker from 1970 to 2012, on the wines.

🍷 We will taste the recently released 2012 Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, the last vintage of Franco Biondi-Santi. We will discuss how the Riserva is made and how it is different from the Rosso and Annata. Please join the Instagram Live session and participate in the conversation. Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #brunellodimontalcino #biondisanti #montalcino #tuscany #sangiovese #riserva #italianwine #vinorosso #brunello
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2016 Anthesis Wines - Falanghina Alder Springs Vineyard @anthesiswines

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Falanghina from the Alder Springs Vineyard in Mendocino County, California. Falanghina is a native grape of the Campania region in Southern Italy, so it is quite interesting to find an example in California. The Alder Springs Vineyard is at 2700 ft above sea level, allowing for long hang time to promote full physiological ripeness without high sugar levels. The wine undergoes whole cluster fermentation and skin contact for 30 days imparting a deep orange/amber color. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

👁 Deep orange color with noticeable haziness.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of black tea, lemon zest, orange peel, dried apricot, chamomile, and earthiness.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, low powdery tannins, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium+ body. A lot of solids in the wine give a fair amount of texture on the palate. A medium length finish of lemon, black tea, and earthiness.

🔔 The wine is well made, and it is reminiscent of the skin contact "classic" producers in Friuli. However, I am not exactly sure what Falanghina from California should taste like because my experience with Campania is that the grape presents itself uniquely based on the vineyard site. There is a lot of passion for bringing this "classic" skin contact style of winemaking using grapes grown in cooler climate areas of California. If you are interested in exploring skin fermented wines in California, then add this to your list.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #nationalorangewineday #orangewine #amberwine #skincontactwine #falanghina #orangewineweek
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2019 Big Table Farm - Pinot Gris (90 pts) @bigtablefarm

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Pinot Gris from Rivenwood Vineyard in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. Pinot Gris, as the name implies, actually has quite a bit of skin color (grayish-blue). They fermented this wine on the skins for ten days that looks more like a rosé than a typical skin contact white wine (aka orange wine). The wine went through complete malolactic fermentation and spent ten months in neutral French oak. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

👁 Deep pink-orange color.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of Earl Grey tea, rosewater, ripe persimmon, peach skin, candied orange, kumquat, elderflower, and cherry blossom.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, faint tannins, medium alcohol (13%), and medium+ body. A medium length finish of persimmon, Earl Grey tea, and rosewater.

🔔 The best way to describe this wine is a "swanky candle" from a fancy store in liquid form. You know those candles that smell so good you want to try and eat them? Enjoyable floral and herbal flavor profile. The fruit is so concentrated that I thought there might be some residual sugar, but it is bone dry and has some heft to it on the palate. Pinot Gris makes compelling skin contact wines, and anyone that likes this style of wine should check this out. I slightly prefer the 2019 over the 2018.

💰 ~$32

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #orangewine #skincontactwine #orangewineweek #nationalorangewineday #pinotgris #ramato #bigtablefarm
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1992 Araujo Estate - Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (95 pts) @artemisdomaines

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Cabernet Sauvignon from Eisele Vineyard. In 2013, the Araujo's sold the winery and vineyard to the owners of Château Latour. The wines are simply labeled Eisele Vineyard now. The 1992 growing season was moderate but had a heatwave in late August followed by cooler temperatures in September. The grapes were harvested and fermented in stainless steel tanks in mid-September. The wine was aged for 25 months in 💯 new French oak barrels. After bottling, it was aged for another 10 months before release in 1995. Only 810 cases were produced.

👁 Deep ruby color with a slight garnet hue on the rim.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe black currant, blackberry, black cherry, tomato leaf, dried log, cedar, baking spices, gravel, leather, black licorice, rosemary, and dried bouquet of flowers.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium fine-grained tannins, medium alcohol (13.4%), and full body. A lot of concentration on the palate is highlighted by the sweetness of ripe to stewed fruit black fruits. The tannins are silky, sophisticated, and mouth coating. A long length finish of pure black fruit, licorice, leather, and baking spices.

🔔 The 1992 Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is an absolutely gorgeous example of a perfectly balanced wine from a cooler year in Napa. This wine is fully mature but can stay at this level for at least a decade with no signs of degradation. I miss these lower alcohol wines of Napa. The Eisele Vineyard is one of the great vineyard sites for Napa Valley. When I met Bart and Daphne Araujo, I asked them why Joseph Phelps didn't acquire this vineyard when it was up for sale in 1990. They said that Joe admitted it was a big mistake, especially since the Araujo's decided to make their own wine and not sell him the fruit anymore. Fabulous vineyard and stunning wines. If you can find these wines, snap them up.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #eiselevineyard #napa #napavalley #napawine #napavalleywine
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NV Françoise Martinot (par Charles Dufour) - Bistrøtage Rosé (B.11) Extra Brut (91 pts) @bistrotage

ℹ️ This Champagne is a Blanc de Noirs, which is 💯Pinot Noir. Charles Dufour returned home to take over part of the estate for his retiring father. His mother, Françoise Martinot, also had vines, but she didn't want to retire yet. Charles decided to make a Cuvée for her because she usually sold off the fruit as a grower. Her vines were planted in the 70s and 80s in the Vallée de l’Arce (Côte des Bar), which were being farmed organically since 2006. The soils are Kimmeridgian limestone and clay infused with fossilized seashells like those in Chablis. B.11 is the second release, but the first rosé is based on the 2011 vintage and 10% reserve wine Blanc de Noirs from 2010. This wine uses 25% whole cluster Pinot Noir with native yeast fermentation, 21 days of skin maceration, and one year in neutral oak. The remainder of the blend is Blanc de Noirs with native yeast fermentation and one year in neutral oak. Then the wines are blended and aged for another two years in a neutral barrel before tirage. The wine was aged on its lees for 44 months before being disgorged in December of 2018. This Champagne is zero dosage.

👁 Deep pink-orange color with slight cloudiness.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of blood orange, pink grapefruit, nectarine, apricot, yeast, brioche, chalk, orange blossom, and spearmint.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (12%), and full body with subtle, yet fine bubbles on the palate. A medium+ length finish of blood orange, spearmint, and chalk.

🔔 The "Cool Kids" Champagne and I so want to join the club. Bistrøtage is a natural wine that meets a grower Champagne with no dosage, low sulfur, family-owned vines, and 25% whole cluster Pinot Noir still wine. Right from the color, this wine comes across unique with a slight haziness and deep color. Oxidative in style, and it works exceptionally well on this wine. The wine is very vinous on the palate, and the moderate bubbles add to that impression. Altogether a great package, now the question is, can I find more?

💰 ~$60

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #champagne
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2015 Poggio La Noce - Bàja Falanghina @clairewithpoggiolanoce

🙋🏻‍♂️ Have you tried Falanghina before?

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Falanghina from the Campi Flegrei area located on the coast of Campania, Italy. The grapes are from a vineyard situated on a peninsula that juts into the sea. The soils are volcanic and sandy with a Southwest exposition. The grapes are organically farmed. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats. The wine aged on the lees for six months then was bottled and aged an additional year before release.

👁 Deep lemon color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe tangerine, kumquat, green papaya, orange blossom, steeliness (almost petrol), and sea breeze.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium alcohol (13%), and medium body. A medium length finish of saltiness and citrus zest.

🔔Southern Italian white wines can be exciting, and this is a great example. Falanghina's expression can vary greatly depending on where in Campania, it is grown. There is a lip-smacking nature to this wine that comes from this salty, almost briny note on the palate. Think of a salted orange gummy bear. Good acidity, moderate alcohol, and a wonderfully unique fruit profile. 2015 is not the current release, but it is fun to try this wine with a few years of age.

💰 ~$27

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #campania #falanghina #campiflegrei #poggiolanoce #vinobianco #vinobiologico #organicwine
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2017 Kapcsándy Family Winery - Roberta's Reserve State Lane Vineyard (94 pts) @kapcsandyfamilywinery

ℹ️ This wine is 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc from the estate owned State Lane Vineyard in the Yountville AVA of Napa Valley. In 2002, the vines were planted at a high density on heavy clay and volcanic soils, nearest to the Napa River. The grapes are hand-harvested and go through several sorting passes: in the vineyard, clusters at the destemmer, and individual berries on the conveyer belt. The wine is aged 20 months in French oak barrels with 75% new oak and 25% second fill. In the 2017 vintage, only 200 cases were made.

👁 Deep ruby color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe black cherry, raspberry, mixed berry sorbet, red plum, oak, cedar, heavy cream, clove, star anise, and lilacs.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium fine-grained tannins, high alcohol (14.2%), and medium+ body. More concentrated on the palate from ripe to preserves with a mix of baking spices. A long length finish of cherry preserves, raspberry sorbet, star anise, and lilacs.

🔔 Simply put, this is the finest expression of Merlot that I have had in California. This wine will change your mindset about what is possible for Merlot in Napa when the right effort in the vineyard is applied. I would not have guessed something so chiseled and elegant from the valley floor Merlot. This bottle was decanted for 6-8 hours, and per usual, the last glass was the best. This vintage of Roberta's Reserve is refined and seamless, with all of the potential to hold its own with the great Merlot wines of the world. The 2017 has plenty of room to improve with additional cellaring, but recommend 5-10 years to reach optimal potential.

💰 ~$375

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I am finally digging into the Kapcsándy Family Winery line up. @kapcsandyfamilywinery

Decanting is highly recommended. Using the Rokos decanter which is super elegant. @rokosdesign

The Zieher is my go to big red wine stem. @zieher_selection
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2016 Serafino Rivella - Barbaresco Montestefano (92 pts)

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Nebbiolo from the Barbaresco appellation in the Piedmont region of Northwest Italy. This wine is from the Montestefano Cru, which is one of the most highly regarded in Barbaresco. The vineyard is next to his house, which he cares for as one would a private garden. The organically farmed vineyard was planted in 1963 on south-facing slopes with the first vintage in 1967. The Montestefano soils are limestone with clay and tufo underneath. The grapes are hand-harvested and macerated for 3-4 weeks. The wine has long aging of 34 months in large neutral botti and 6 months in bottle. Only 750 cases are made each year.

👁 Medium- ruby color with a pale rim.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe red cherry, red currant, dried cherry, fruit leather, dried herbs, dried roses, leather, and asphalt.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, high drying tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and medium+ body. More expressive on the palate. A medium+ length finish of dried cherry, rose, and lavender.

🔔 A super culty Barbaresco producer that only makes two wines and has zero online/social presence. The juice is an outstanding old school Barbaresco, light and airy on the nose, with depth and structure on the palate. This wine was consumed way too young, give this wine 5-7 years, and it will be singing a very different tune. This bottle is the pinnacle of finding a gem on a well-curated wine list @torcnapa bang-up job of curating beautiful wines from around the world. 🍷🌎

💰 ~$100

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2019 Quintessa - Illumination Sauvignon Blanc (91 pts) @quintessawinery

ℹ️ This wine is a blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Semillon. Interestingly, the majority of the Sauvignon Blanc in the blend is the clone called Musque. The grapes are sourced from Napa County (61%) and Sonoma County (39%). The grapes are hand-harvested, whole cluster pressed, fermented native yeasts, and aged in a variety of vessels: neutral French oak barrels (61%), concrete egg (21%), stainless steel barrels (10%), new French oak (5%), and acacia (2%). There is some bâttonage to add body and complexity.

👁 Pale lemon color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of grapefruit, grapefruit pith, lemon zest, acacia, orange blossom, kumquat, and steely.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium+ alcohol (14%), and medium body. There is a creaminess to the texture. A medium+ length finish of grapefruit pith, lemon zest, and orange blossom.

🔔 High-end Californian Sauvignon Blancs don't get the attention they deserve. This example is not just a simple quaffing "SB" that you crush by the pool. These are Sauvignon Blancs with intention, yes you can drink these young, but they will develop more complexity with additional bottle age. Unfortunately, the whole category is trying to shake the "Fumé Blanc" moniker, which just meant heavily oaked ripe Sauvignon Blanc. Someone suggested the term "Super Sauvignons," which I wasn't sure if I was supposed to laugh or cry as a response. This category of wine at this quality level is not made in large quantities, but they do exist and are worth seeking out.

💰 ~$50

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NV Françoise Martinot (par Charles Dufour) - Bistrøtage (B.10) Extra Brut @bistrotage

ℹ️ This Champagne is a Blanc de Noirs, which is 💯Pinot Noir. Charles Dufour returned home to take over part of the estate for his retiring father. His mother, Françoise Martinot, also had vines, but she didn't want to retire yet. Charles decided to make a Cuvée for her because she usually sold off the fruit as a grower. Her vines were planted in the 70s and 80s in the Vallée de l’Arce (Côte des Bar), which were being farmed organically since 2006. The soils are Kimmeridgian limestone and clay infused with fossilized seashells like those in Chablis. B.10 is the first release based entirely on the 2010 vintage. Hand harvested, native yeast fermentation, and a year in neutral oak before tirage. The wine was aged on its lees for 7.5 years before being disgorged in the spring of 2019. This Champagne is zero dosage.

👁 Deep gold color, slight amber hue.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of baked apple, even caramel apple, quince paste, dried apricots, baked biscuit, marzipan, dried strawberry, and white chocolate.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (12%), and full body with subtle, yet fine bubbles on the palate. A medium length finish of caramel apple, dried fruit, and coffee grounds.

🔔 Let me start by saying, I am not sure if this bottle is sound. I found it fascinating and peculiar at the same time. This wine truly comes across as a Natural Champagne. The color made me think it might have been slightly oxidized. There is almost no sulfur used except at the press for this wine. The year in the neutral barrel could also aid in the color. I have had this a few times at a social occasion, and while I recall it being similar, I don't remember it being this extreme. Given the production quantity, I won't be able to get a B.10 again for comparison, but I will try another release. The next evening I opened the rosé, and that was singing.

💰 ~$55

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NV Vilmart & Cie - Cuvée Grand Cellier Brut (92 pts) @champagnevilmart

ℹ️ This Champagne is a blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. All of the vines are classified as Premier Cru in the village of Rilly-la-Montagne. The vineyards are all farmed by the Vilmart House, which is either owned or in a long term contract with neighboring properties. The vineyards are sustainably farmed and hand-harvested. The base wine is 2015 with reserve wines from 2013 and 2014. The wine is aged for 10 months in large oak casks. The wines do not go through malolactic fermentation. The dosage is 8 g/l.

👁 Medium lemon color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of lemon zest, yellow apple, Asian pear, Mirabelle plum, flint, toasted bread, marzipan, and grilled nuts.

👄 The wine is dry, high racy acidity, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium body with fine bubbles on the palate. A medium+ length finish of lemon zest, flint, and grilled nuts.

🔔 Cuvée Grand Cellier is my most referred non-vintage Champagne for people who want to start exploring Grower Champagne. This wine has stellar acidity, fine bubbles, good weight, and best in class finish at this price. Yes, the dosage is higher than many growers, but with the acidity level in this wine, you don't feel it. It gives you an impression of being broad while at the same time very fresh. There you have it, my Grower "Gateway" Champagne recommendation that won't break the bank. 🚫🏦🍾

💰 ~$70

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Bodegas Ochoa Instagram Live Interview and Virtual Tasting with Adriana and Beatriz Ochoa

🎙 Join the Instagram Live with Adriana and Beatriz Ochoa on September 24th at 9 am PST / 6 pm Spain. Adriana and Beatriz have taken over the family wine business Bodegas Ochoa @bodegasochoa8a in Navarra, Spain. Bodegas Ochoa has been family owned and run since 1845. The two sisters divide and conquer responsibilities: Adriana is in charge of Winemaking, and Beatriz is the head of Marketing and Sales. We will situate the Navarra region and how it compares and differs from its famous neighbor Rioja. We will discuss the history of the region and what makes it unique from a Terroir perspective. Also, we will cover the history of Bodegas Ochoa and how the wine styles have evolved over the generations.

🍷 We will taste the following wines: 2019 Calendas Tinto, 2015 Ochoa Crianza Tempranillo, 2016 8A La Foto de 1938 Crianza, and 2018 Moscatel Vendimia Tardía. Please join the Instagram Live session and participate in the conversation. Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories.

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1990 Château Léoville Las Cases - Saint-Julien (98 pts) @domainesdelon

ℹ️ This wine is from the Saint-Julien appellation in Bordeaux, France. Château Léoville Las Cases is 1 of 15 Second Growths in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. This wine is a blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Petit Verdot. 1990 was an excellent vintage in Bordeaux with a very hot summer and perfect weather through to harvest.

👁 Deep ruby color with a medium rim and a slight garnet hue.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe blackcurrant, black cherry, black plum, sweet tobacco, leather, dried log, cedar, dried leaves, lead pencil, gravel, wood charcoal, and wilted rose.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium ripe tannins, medium+ alcohol (13.5%), and full body. The fruit profile on the palate is still fresh fruit and has not turned into dried fruit flavors yet. A long length finish of concentrated black fruit, sweet tobacco, lead pencil, and dried leaves.

🔔 Château Léoville Las Cases always seems to age slowly, and this bottle at 30 years is amazingly youthful. There is some development on the nose, but the freshness of the fruit is still there in spades. The fruit is so concentrated on the palate that it reminds me of crème de cassis. There is a lot of weight to this wine due to the heat of the vintage, but the ABV is barely noticeable. If you own this, I recommend additional cellaring or at least decanting for 3-4 hours. In the 1990 vintage, LLC is on par or, in many cases, better than the First Growths. Yes, LLC is one of the most expensive "Super Seconds," but there is a reason for that price tag. I always make sure to buy LLC in a top vintage as I know my future grandchildren will thank me for it.

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🇫🇷 The 1990 Château Leoville Las Cases at 30 years old is still surprisingly youthful and needed to be decanted to bring out the full aromatics.

🗝 It was opened with the trusty Durand that never fails to perform. The cork has some wine halfway up the cork and was a tad moist.

🍷 I am a massive fan of the Zieher wine glasses that are almost mini-decanters unto themselves.
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2017 MacDonald Vineyards - Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon (95 pts) @macvineyards @macdonaldvineyards

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Oakville AVA in Napa Valley, California. This wine is exclusively from the famous To-Kalon Vineyard that is largely regarded as one of the best vineyard sites in Napa, although it is not permitted on the label. The vineyard sits on an alluvial fan formed by two creeks bordering the vineyard, which resulted in a high concentration of gravely soils. The MacDonald family has owned these vineyards for over 60 years, and Robert Mondavi referred to the MacDonald's as "the best grape growers in Napa Valley." The vineyards are organic, and the old head-trained vines are dry farmed. The wines are aged in French oak barrels (~60% new) for 20 months with 15 months of bottle age before being released.

👁 Deep ruby color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe and overripe blackberry, blackcurrant, black cherry, blueberry, oak, sawdust, toast, anise, violets, black licorice, and gravel.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, high silky tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and medium+ body. The palate is pristine ripe fruit, and ever so smooth. A long length finish of black and blue fruit, silky texture with gravel and subtle spice.

🔔 MacDonald Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most challenging wines to acquire in Napa Valley. This wine was a stunning example of a Cult Cab that is virtually seamless on the palate. It is super clean fruit, balanced acidity, and well-integrated oak that is not heavy-handed. This wine will improve with age but can be consumed young with 8-10 hours in the decanter. The release price is 💯 justified and probably underpriced. They only make 300+ cases at the moment. The good news is the vineyard can produce more fruit, especially if they don't renew some fruit contracts. Unfortunately, the wait-list is massive, and if you want to try these wines now, you need to go to the secondary market where prices are 3x. 😓 I feel fortunate to have visited the property and don't worry, no spit bucket was required. ⛔️🍷💦🤣

💰 ~$175 if you are on the list 📋
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🚨Cult Cabernet Alert🚨
Amazing vineyard tour and most importantly an education on the history, trials, and tribulations of the To Kalon Vineyard @macdonaldvineyards @macvineyards
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🍷Do you drink the classics❓

📚Many people learn about the world of wine from a book, a blog, or even a podcast. The real education is when you actually taste the wine and connect the dots from that knowledge.

🕰 My impression is that many people have skipped over the classics like this aged Bordeaux. I'm not saying, everyone should only be drinking these every day, but a lot of the new world references these classic regions, so it is important to taste them. Old world (read: classic) wines and new world wines often tasted young, don't always reveal stark differences. However, Getting a few examples of classic wines with bottle age is exceptionally educational because it shows how the styles diverge.

🍷 1990 Château Leoville Las Cases - St. Julien
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2015 Heitz Cellar - Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (91 pts) @heitzcellar

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California. These grapes come from two estate vineyards in St. Helena, the Only One Vineyard, and the Spring Valley Vineyard. The vineyards are certified organic. The grapes were harvested early, presumably to preserve acidity. The Heitz Cellars' aging regimen is unique, even with this bottle as the entry point to the Heitz Cellar style taking four years before release. The wine aged in a combination of large oak vats and French oak barrels for three years, followed by a year in bottle.

👁 Medium+ ruby color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe and candied black currant, raspberry, blackberry, oak, sawdust, clove, violet, menthol, and oregano.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium ripe tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and medium+ body. The palate is more stewed fruit with a bit more oak spice and smooth, ripe tannins. A medium length finish of black and red fruit, clove, and menthol.

🔔 This wine is a textbook Napa Cabernet from an iconic Producer. I am always impressed by how much cellaring this wine gets even when it is only the starting point of the Heitz Cellar lineup. The nose has some high toned fruit aromas on the verge of candied. The palate reigns that in with bright acidity and forgiving tannins. The oak influence is noticeable, but very well integrated across the board. The slight herbal menthol and oregano notes are refreshing. No part of this wine is massive. I would call it plush and charming.

💰 ~$60

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2018 Errázuriz - MAX Reserva Pinot Noir @errazurizwines

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Pinot Noir from estate vineyards in the Aconcagua Costa appellation of Chile. Aconcagua Costa is the coastal part of the larger Aconcagua Valley. The vineyards are 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean, which has a cooling effect on the appellation. Vine is 15 years old. The soils are a layer of loam over a combination of clay and schist. The grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed, and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged for 11 months in French oak barrels, with 15% being new oak.

👁 Medium ruby color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of baked strawberry, red cherry, red plum, oak, toast, and earthy.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ sharp acidity, medium- ripe tannins, medium+ alcohol (13.5%), and medium body. A medium- length finish of ripe red fruit and earthy.

🔔 Sub-$20 Pinot Noir is tough to pull off, and often it doesn't taste like the grape variety. MAX Reserva Pinot Noir does a respectable job of being true to the grape's varietal character. However, the acidity is overtly sharp on the initial attack, and the oak is not very integrated on the palate. Overall, I would rather people drink this over many other Pinot Noir wines at this price point. However, I still think the MAX Reserva Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon offer significantly more enjoyment.

💰 ~$18

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2017 Antica Terra - Aequorin Chardonnay (94 pts) @antica_terra

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon. Maggie Harrison makes very compelling wines in Oregon. While the trend is to make single appellation or single-vineyard wines, but instead, she uses each vineyard and plot as a color in her palate to create the painting of her wines. The Aequorin Chardonnay is when something beautiful and singular stands out so brightly that it demands to be bottled on its own.

👁 Medium+ lemon color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of yellow apple, baked quince, white peach, grapefruit pith, lemon zest, oak, star anise, sunflower seeds, and sage.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol (13%), and medium+ body. The fruit and oak flavors are more assertive on the palate versus the nose. Great texture. A medium+ length finish of orchard fruit and citrus with subtle oak spices and sage flavors lingering on.

🔔 Maggie Harrison is a master blender, and I find her thought process so intriguing. Her wines make you think, and that is part of their appeal. The Aequorin Chardonnay is one that it is hard to categorize, which I think she would appreciate. It is a bit shy on the nose and more giving on the palate. There is an attractive textural component that is quite charming. The best way to describe it would be like licking a wool sweater. This wine should continue to improve with age. At only 251 cases produced, it can be hard to find.

💰 ~$135

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NV Vilmart & Cie - Cuvée Rubis Brut (92 pts) @champagnevilmart

ℹ️ This Rosé Champagne is a blend of 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay. 15% of the Pinot Noir is still red wine. All of the vines are classified as Premier Cru in the village of Rilly-la-Montagne. The vineyards are all farmed by the Vilmart House, which is either owned or in a long term contract neighboring their property. The vineyards are sustainably farmed and hand-harvested. The base wine is 2016 with reserve wines from 2014 and 2015. The wine is aged for 10 months in large oak casks. The wines do not go through malolactic fermentation. The dosage is 9 g/l.

👁 Medium- pink color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of red apple, strawberry, red cherry, orange peel, rose, orange blossom, rhubarb, and slight bitter herbs.

👄 The wine is dry, high zippy acidity, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium+ body. Delicate bubbles and a fine texture on the palate. A medium+ length finish of red fruit, orange peel, and dried florals.

🔔 An impressive Rosé Champagne from Vilmart, it walks a unique path. One part is quite plush and voluminous due to the healthy dosage, but then that is quickly counterbalanced by the laser-like acidity and stunning texture. Overall, it is very distinctive as the wine dances across your tongue. Let's not deny that there is a pure yumminess factor to this wine that results in a quickly empty bottle. This is lovely work by Laurent Champs 👏.

💰 ~$80

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2016 Anne et Jean-François Ganevat - Le P’tiot Roukin Vin de France Rouge (90 pts)

ℹ️ This wine is a Vin de France, and the Cuvée changes significantly based on the year. Some years it a multi-regional blend of grapes from Gamay, Syrah, or ancient indigenous varieties preserved by his father but banned in the appellation guidelines. 2016 is a blend of Pinot Noir, Poulsard, and Trousseau from a 70-year old vineyard planted on marl and limestone. Biodynamically, hand-harvested, and fermented with indigenous yeasts. Semi-carbonic maceration for 10 months in a conical wood tank. This wine is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and without the addition of Sulfur.

👁 Pale ruby color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe red cherry, cranberry, red currant, bay leaf, and earthy.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, low soft tannins, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium- body. A medium+ length finish of crunchy red fruit and bay leaf that is surprisingly long.

🔔 This wine is an avant-garde example of what VdF and natural wine could and should taste like in the right hands. The color is hypnotizing. In the glass, this is not flashy, but pure crunchy red fruit that lingers on the palate with a slight herbal and earthiness for added complexity. There is a "low sulfur" aroma that comes across like beer foam on the nose but blows off with air. It definitely feels like a glou glou wine to me. A joy to drink, but don't overthink it.

💰 ~$33

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1984 Dunn Vineyards - Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (91 pts) @dunnvineyards

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Cabernet Sauvignon from estate vineyards in the Howell Mountain AVA in Napa Valley, California. They pioneered planting mountain Cabernet in 1979. Now they farm a combined 42 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon across five vineyards on Howell Mountain. The AVAs boundary starts at 1400 ft above sea level, so even when it is cold and foggy on the valley floor, it is sunny and breezy on Howell Mountain. The wines are known for their fierce tannins and striking acidity that delineates the mountain fruit from the valley floor. Aged for 32 months in 💯 new French oak and sealed with a signature red wax capsule.

👁 Medium+ garnet color with a pale rim.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of dried black currant, dried black cherry, forest floor, dried leaves, leather, thyme, cedar, wood charcoal, and tobacco.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium- grainy tannins, medium alcohol (13%), and medium body. A medium length finish of dried black fruit, thyme, and leather.

🔔 Let me start by saying that I am a massive fan of these wines, especially with age. This bottle of 1984 was showing better than the last two bottles that I tried. In all fairness, 1984 wasn't the best vintage in Napa, but this wine still shows the distinguished structure of Howell Mountain after 36 years of age. The acidity is balanced, the alcohol is moderate, and the tannins have melted together. This wine is showing a lot of development and tertiary character, but it is holding steady. However, it is unclear for how long, recommend drinking now.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #napa #napavalley #napawine #howellmountain #dunn #cabernetsauvignon
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2018 Errázuriz - MAX Reserva Chardonnay @errazurizwines

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Chardonnay from estate vineyards in the Aconcagua Costa appellation of Chile. Aconcagua Costa is the coastal part of the larger Aconcagua Valley. The vineyards are 8 miles from the Pacific Ocean, which has a cooling effect on the appellation. The soils are a layer of loam over a combination of clay and schist. The grapes are hand-harvested, and whole-cluster pressed into stainless steel tanks. 30% of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged for 10 months in French oak barrels, with 20% being new oak.

👁 Medium lemon color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe green apple, lemon pith, white peach, acacia, and subtle toast.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium alcohol (13%), and medium body. A medium- length finish of green apple and citrus zest.

🔔 The entire MAX Reserva line of wines from Viña Errázuriz offers a lot of value for consumers. This Chardonnay is no different with good acidity, moderate alcohol, and enough flavor for a weekday wine. This wine is a straight forward easy-drinking Chardonnay that tastes like it is grape it is made from, which is something I can say about a lot of wines in this price range. Suggested retail is $20, but can be often found for $13-$16.

💰 ~$15

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1964 Luigi Calissano - Barolo Riserva Speciale (92 points)

ℹ️ Luigi Calissano was one of the pioneer wine Producers in Piedmont, Italy. In 1872 he established Luigi Calissano & Figli. They made Barolo, Barbaresco, other Langhe red wines, and sparkling wines. They are best known for their vermouth. At the turn of the 20th century, they were one of the largest Producers and opened up international markets by supplying wine to cruise ships crossing the Atlantic. Today, this winery is no longer in business. This wine was purchased at auction despite knowing very little about the producer based on the excellent fill levels, outstanding color, and the reputation of the 1964 vintage in Piedmont.

👁 Pale garnet color with a slight tawny rim.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of loads of dried red cherry, dried cranberry, dried strawberry, forest floor, wilted violets, wilted roses, tobacco, menthol, and leather.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, low resolved tannins, medium alcohol (13.5%), and medium- body. The palate still shows fresh tart red cherry in addition to the flavors mentioned on the nose. A medium length finish of dried red fruit, dried flowers, and leather.

🔔 This wine is a little piece of history in the bottle. I love the old school label and had fun trying to find some background information for this post. The wine is a little past peak and on the slow decline. Wines of this age that still show life and charm resonate for me. I have a few more bottles left that I plan to open over the next few years. I love finding little gems like this at auction.

🍷 Several people requested notes on the wine glass. Tasted with the Conterno Sensory wine glass from @zwieselglas @schottzwiesel and this glass is absolutely amazing. Probably one of my favorite stems.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #barolo #barolowine #nebbiolo #oldwine #piedmont #piemonte #riserva
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🇮🇹🍷 1964 Luigi Calissano - Barolo Riserva Speciale a wine I know very little about, but randomly picked up at a wine auction. I ❤️ Barolo, I 😍 old Barolo, and 1964 was one of the top vintages in the 20th century. Take my money 💸 and let's roll the dice 🎲🎲.

🤔More details coming soon, but money well spent 👍
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2017 Almaviva - Puente Alto (95 points) @almavivawinery

ℹ️ This wine is from Puente Alto, in Chile's Upper Maipo Valley. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Carmenère, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot. Viña Almaviva is a joint venture between Viña Concha y Toro and Baron Philippe de Rothschild. The 2017 vintage was warm and dry. All of the rainfall happened in the early part of the growing season. Followed by warmer than average temperatures, the harvest occurred several weeks earlier than usual. The drought conditions and high temperatures resulted in low yields with very concentrated berries. The wine was aged for 19 months in French oak barrels, with 77% being new oak.

👁 Deep ruby color with some purple hue.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe blackberry, boysenberry, black currant, sweet tobacco, dried chili, herbal, rosemary, tomato leaf, oak, clove, vanilla, and rose stems.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, high bold drying tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and full body. Velvety and mouthcoating on the palate. A long length finish of ripe black fruit, tobacco, dried herbs, and oak spice.

🔔 The 2017 vintage in Chile has created some fabulous wines, and the Almaviva is one of my favorites. Honestly, this is the best Almaviva that I have tried, and the quality just keeps getting better each year. It is rare to have a young wine with so much aromatic diversity in the nose. On the palate’s shows layers of black fruit concentration and dried herbs that are contained by excellent acidity and bold tannins. The 2017 Almaviva is stunning and built to age. I wouldn't revisit it until at least 5-7 years. This will get better, be patient. 👏👏👏

💰 ~$140

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2017 Dr. Loosen - Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese (91 points) @dr.loosen @ernstloosen

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Riesling from the Mosel wine region of Germany. The grapes come from the "sundial" vineyard from the town of Wehlen. The vines grow on Blue Devonian Slate soils, and the average age is over 60 years old on original rootstock. The grapes are hand-picked with a cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks and Fuder barrels. Half the fermentation is with natives yeast and the other half with cultured yeasts. The fermentation is halted by chilling, preserving the residual sugar. The wine has 57 g/l of residual sugar with 8.5 g/l of total acidity.

👁 Medium- lemon color.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe yellow peach, apricot, red apple, melon, candied orange, honeysuckle, and steely.

👄 The wine is medium-sweet, high acidity, low alcohol (7.5%), and medium body. A medium+ length finish of ripe stone fruit, red apple, and steely.

🔔 This bottle Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese has all the components to be a delicious wine in time. Right now, it is overtly fruit-forward, and even with 8.5 g/l of total acidity, it is hard to overcome the residual sugar at the moment. This is a simple exercise in patience. Spätlese is one of my favorite levels of fruity Pradikat wines of the Mosel, but I prefer them with 10-12 years of bottle age. For young Pradikat wines, I am more of a Kabinett drinker and don't miss out on those GG wines either (see previous post).

💰 ~$33

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2017 Dr. Loosen - Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Grosses Gewächs Alte Reben (93 points) @dr.loosen @ernstloosen

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Riesling from the Mosel wine region of Germany. The grapes come from the "sundial" vineyard from the town of Wehlen. The vines grow on Blue Devonian Slate soils, and the average age is over 100 years old on original rootstock. The grapes are hand-picked with native yeast fermentation in neutral oak casks. The wine is kept on the full lees for a year without bâtonnage before being bottled. The wine has 8.7 g/l of residual sugar with 7.4 g/l of total acidity.

👁 Medium lemon color.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of key lime, lemon sorbet, lemon zest, kiwi, grapefruit pith, orange blossom, honeysuckle, wet rock, and lemongrass.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium+ body. This wine shows excellent texture and heft on the palate. A long length finish of citrus, especially lime, florals, and flint.

🔔 When I think of Dr. Loosen, my thoughts gravitate towards the fruity Pradikat wines of the Mosel, but after tasting this, Wehlener Sonnenuhr Grosses Gewächs, I now have to consider their high-end dry wines. This bottle was eye-opening, from the open and charming nose to the depth and weight on the palate. The length on the finish highlights ripe key lime and flint as if being carried out by a laser beam of acidity. This wine is utterly mouthwatering and such a pleasure to drink. My only complaint is that it was consumed too young. This GG will continue to improve with additional cellaring and I would wait at least 5 more years to get the full picture of what this wine has to offer.

💰 ~$50

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Champagne Bruno Paillard Instagram Live Interview and Virtual Tasting with Alice Paillard @champagnebrunopaillard

🎙 Join the Instagram Live with Alice Paillard on September 10th at 9 am PST / 6 pm Paris. Alice is the daughter of Bruno Paillard and co-manages the Champagne house with her father. We will discuss the house style and what makes it unique. We will cover the topics of first press only, separate vinifications for Crus, use of reserve wines, and aging duration. The house was founded in 1981 and has acquired vineyards along the way, now owning enough land to cover 50% of their total production. Champagne Bruno Paillard was the first Producer to put a disgorgement date on every single bottle, related disgorgement to the second birth of each wine.

🍾 We will taste the Première Cuvée, Rosé Première Cuvée, and Millésimé 2009 Assemblage. Please join the Instagram Live session and participate in the conversation. Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories.

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2016 Ceritas - Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay (93 pts)

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Chardonnay from the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA in California. This vineyard is the southernmost of the Ceritas wines, which is located 3.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 750 ft asl. The vineyard was planted in 1980 to the Wente clone of Chardonnay. The vineyard soils are sand and marine sediment. The temperatures are moderated by the maritime influence allowing the grapes to have longer hang time.

👁 Medium lemon color

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of sea breeze, lemon, lime, grapefruit pith, green apple, acacia, salted Marcona almond, underripe nectarine, and oyster shell.

👄 The wine is dry, laser-like high acidity, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium body. A long length finish of citrus pith and tart green fruit followed by an oyster brine saltiness.

🔔 Ceritas Trout Gulch Chardonnay is quickly becoming one of my favorite California Chardonnays. This wine shows how less can be more. It doesn't need the makeup of a lot of oak nor weight from excessive lees work. By all standards, this would be considered "thin" for California Chardonnay, but it is precise and crystalline with everything in the right place that just simply works. An acid-driven wine that is beautifully made.

💰 ~$75

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🍷🆚🍷 Next Wine Battle: Cru Beaujolais

☝️ Wine Region: Beaujolais, France 🇫🇷
☝️ Grape 🍇: Gamay
☝️ Cru: Moulin-à-Vent

🇫🇷 2014 Yvon Métras - Moulin-à-Vent
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🇫🇷 2015 Thibault Liger-Belair -Moulin-à-Vent Les Vieilles Vignes

🗳 Vote for your favorite #winebattle team in the comments below 👇

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2015 Domaine William Fèvre - Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Côte Bouguerots (93 pts) @williamfevre_chablis

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Chardonnay from the Chablis region of France. Bougros is a climat in the single Chablis Grand Cru appellation. Côte Bouguerots is a sub-climat that has a steep slope with a greater than 30% gradient that is facing due south and nearest to the Serein River. The vines are planted on chalky clay, marl, and limestone from the Kimmeridgian era. Grapes are hand-harvested and gently pressed. The wine completely goes through malolactic fermentation. Half of the must is transferred to neutral (~6 years old) French oak barrels for 6 months, and the other half is transferred to small stainless steel vats. Altogether, the wine is aged for 15 months before being released.

👁 Medium lemon color

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of lemon pith, ripe Asian pear, Meyer lemon, underripe white peach, acacia, dandelion, candle wax, seafoam, and Greek yogurt.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (13%), and medium+ body. The palate is quite weighty and showing a bit of dried herb spice that wasn't on the nose. A long length finish of citrus, fresh flowers, and seafoam.

🔔 The 2015 Côte Bouguerots is a stunning revelation that feels like it is on par with Les Clos in the Fèvre lineup. After tasting several cuvées from Fèvre's 2015 vintage, this is maturing much slower than the Premier Crus and still needs time to unfurl. Côte Bouguerots is still very primary and fruit-driven at the moment, but it does show the structure, concentration, and length of Grand Cru pedigree. In a few years, this is going to be substantially better, and it will be worth the wait. In the meantime, enjoy some lovely Premier Cru wines. 🤔

💰 ~$100

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🇮🇹🍷 Drinking old wine is a passion of mine. I am super excited to try this 1964 Barolo Calissano Riserva Speciale, which I picked up a few years ago.

🤤 More importantly, I get to taste it with the new Sensory glass made for Nebbiolo based wines, and this will be its maiden voyage. The Sensory glass is a collaboration between Schott Zwiesel and Roberto Conterno. @schottzwiesel @zwieselglas
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2018 Dr. Loosen - Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett @dr.loosen @ernstloosen

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Riesling from the Mosel wine region of Germany. The vines grow on Blue Devonian Slate soils. These vineyards are all estate owned. The grapes are hand-picked with native yeast fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The fermentation is stopped by chilling to preserve the residual sugar in the wine. The wine has 40 g/l of residual sugar with 8.5 g/l of total acidity.

👁 Pale lemon color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe yellow peach, apricot, nectarine, orange blossom, red apple, pear, and steely.

👄 The wine is medium-sweet, high acidity, low alcohol (8.5%), and medium body. A medium- length finish of ripe stone fruit and steeliness.

🔔 This wine is an entry-level fruity (as opposed to dry) Riesling from Dr. Loosen. A lot of ripe fruit flavors without being cloying. A bit more weight than the Red Slate. This wine is far from dry or even off-dry, but that 8.5 g/l of acidity keeps it fresh. Just a stylistic choice between the two, but I do enjoy a touch of sweetness on the palate as long as it is balanced. Also, the low alcohol and affordable price point make this a perfect summer poolside sipper.

💰 ~$18

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #mosel #kabinett #germanwine #riesling #rieslinglover #rieslingwine #drloosen
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2018 Dr. Loosen - Red Slate Dry Riesling @dr.loosen @ernstloosen

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Riesling from the Mosel wine region in Germany. The vines grow on Red Devonian Slate and are an average of 60 years old. These vineyards are all estate owned. The grapes are hand-picked, making sure no Botrytis is included. Native yeast fermentation in 3,000 l neutral oak casks. Wines mature on the lees for 8 to 12 months before bottling. The wine has 8 g/l of residual sugar with 7 g/l of total acidity.

👁 Pale lemon color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of green apple, lime, grapefruit zest, orange blossom, nectarine, and wet rock.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium- body. A medium- length finish of green apple and citrus zest.

🔔 This wine is an entry-level dry Riesling from Dr. Loosen that is simple, straightforward, and pleasurable. Reliable quality at a very affordable price. Dr. Loosen has a huge range of wines and this could be a gateway wine into the wonderful world of Riesling.

💰 ~$15

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2015 Domaine Xavier et Agnès Amirault - Le Vau Renou St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil (92 pts) @xamirault

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Cabernet Franc from the St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil appellation in the Loire Valley of France. The vineyards are certified Organic and Biodynamic. This wine is a blend of two vineyards: one with chalk soils and the other with clay and flint soils. The grapes are hand-harvested, followed by native yeast fermentation in small barrels with daily punch downs. The wine is aged for 24 to 30 months in a combination of French oak barriques (228 l) and demi-muids (500 l).

👁 Medium ruby color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe black currant, pomegranate, sweet cherry, black licorice, clove, dried roses, dried violets, and tobacco.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium fine-grained tannins, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium+ body. The silky texture on the palate. A medium+ length finish of ripe red and black fruit and dried potpourri.

🔔 My favorite of the three wines tasted from Domaine Xavier et Agnès Amirault. This is the silkiest texture and is seamless on the palate. The palate’s initial attack is all ripe fruit. The mid-palate shows earthiness and subtle oak spice. The finish leaves you holding a dried flower bouquet that is wonderful. Altogether a very nicely put together. Given this is 2015, it is not showing any signs of development yet, which leads me to believe that this still has considerable room to improve. At the $50 price range, this is excellent quality for the money.
⚠️ QPR Alert!

💰 ~$50

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2015 Domaine Xavier et Agnès Amirault - Les Gravilices St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil (90 pts) @xamirault

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Cabernet Franc from the St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil appellation in the Loire Valley of France. The vineyards are certified Organic and Biodynamic. The soil is deep gravel. The grapes are hand-harvested, then macerate in a tank for 5-6 weeks. The wine is aged for 9 months in foudre (large wood vats).

👁 Medium ruby color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe sour cherry, red currant, raspberry, sweet tobacco, rose stem, mint tea, and wet rock.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium powdery tannins, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium body. A medium length finish of ripe crunchy red fruit, sweet tobacco, and mint tea.

🔔 Les Gravilices is filled with ripe tart red fruit and seductive herbal notes. There is a noticeable higher tension in the wine that reflects as higher acidity. There is a "mineral" sensation that I can best describe, like licking a piece of slate on your tongue. Overall, very high toned and perfumed. Sweet tobacco (pipe tobacco) is such a fantastic aroma, and this wine has it in spades. Charming wine!

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2015 Domaine Xavier et Agnès Amirault - Les Clos des Quarterons Vieilles Vignes St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil (91 pts) @xamirault

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Cabernet Franc from the St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil appellation in the Loire Valley of France. The vineyards are certified Organic and Biodynamic. The Vieilles Vignes is less than 10% of the production from the best old vine plots that are at least over 40 years old. The soil type of gravel and silty clay with some limestone. The grapes are hand-harvested, then macerate in a tank for 5-6 weeks. The wine is aged for 12 to 18 months in demi-muids (500 l barrels), with 1/6 being new.

👁 Medium ruby color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe red cherry, black currant, raspberry, rose petal, bergamot, basil, and wet rock.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium chalky tannins, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium body. More earthy and spice notes on the palate. A medium length finish of ripe crunchy red fruit, flinty wet rock, and basil.

🔔 Cabernet Franc, in the right hands, can be such an elegant grape, especially in St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil. This wine is lighter and crisper than a lot of the wines from Chinon and Saumur. Honestly, it comes across more Pinot Noir-esque with charming floral, herbal, and mineral notes. Tasting a glass of wine like this reminds me that I need to be exploring more producers like Xavier Amirault.

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2016 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat - Chablis (91 pts)

ℹ️ This wine is 💯Chardonnay from the Chablis wine region of France. The 2016 vintage was quite tumultuous in Chablis. Producers were plagued by frost, mildew, hail, and a heatwave, resulting in a crop loss of 50% for some.

👁 Deep lemon color.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe white peach, pear, nectarine, Meyer lemon, orange blossom, grapefruit pith, salted nut, and steely.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium alcohol (13%), and medium+ body. Broad and creamy on the palate. A medium length finish of ripe orchard fruit and citrus fruit with a lingering saltiness.

🔔 This wine is the village level Chablis from Dauvissat, and any time I see Dauvissat on the label, I have high expectations. This wine is delicious with loads of ripe fruit that are clean and pure. The wine is more full-bodied and round than I expected. Overall, a solid wine, but I prefer to pay the extra money for the Premier Cru and Grand Cru lieux-dits. At this price point, I think there are more complex alternatives for Chardonnay.

💰 ~$70

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #chardonnay #chablis #chabliswine #dauvissat #terroir
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2017 Catena Zapata - Malbec Argentino (93 pts) @catenawines

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina. The label is stunning and reflects four female figures that embody different landmarks in the Malbec grape's history. The grapes come from two vineyards, the Nicasia Vineyard (San Carlos Region) and Angélica Vineyard (Maipú Region). The Nicasia Vineyard is planted at 1,095 m, and the vines are ~20 years old. The Angélica Vineyard is planted at 920 m, and the vines are ~90 years old. Native yeast fermentation in barrels with 20% whole cluster for 30 days. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 18 months.

👁 Deep purple color with heavy staining.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe blueberry, boysenberry, raspberry, red plum, oak, vanilla, clove, coriander seed, licorice, violets, pen ink, and balsamic reduction (VA).

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ ripe tannins, high alcohol (14.1%), and full body. A long length finish with layers of black and blue fruit, licorice, and baking spices.

🔔 Malbec Argentino is a fist full of flavor that punches you in the face. 😝🥊 @guyfieri would give this 💯 points for sure. 🤣This bottle is very layered and complex but on the indulgent and opulent side of red wine. I don't talk about labels often, but this label is a piece of art. For a bit more money, I think the Adrianna Vineyard River Stones Malbec is a more compelling expression of terroir for my palate. Both of those wines show the nobility of the Malbec 🍇.

💰 ~$100

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2017 Catena Zapata - Adrianna Vineyard White Stones Chardonnay (94 pts) @catenawines @lauracatenamd

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Chardonnay from the Adrianna Vineyard, which is in the Uco Valley of Mendoza, Argentina. This vineyard parcel is named for the oval white stones found in the soil. The soil is alluvial river bed and stones at 1,450 m asl. The soils are very poor with good drainage, providing a lot of stress naturally reducing yields. Due to the altitude, the nights are very cold and allow for slow ripening. Hand-harvested and fermented in French oak barrels for 45-95 days. Partial malolactic fermentation. Aged for 12-16 months in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th use French oak barrels. Bottles unfined and unfiltered.

👁 Pale lemon color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of lemon zest, Meyer lemon, yuzu, lime blossom, white peach, nectarine, salted sunflower seeds, wet rock, and tarragon.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (12.9%), and medium+ body. The palate has more weight and spice than the nose leads you to believe. A long length finish of ripe citrus and white orchard fruit with a lingering flinty wet rock note.

🔔 The wine is so light in color and citrus-driven on the nose that you think the wine will be relatively light when it hits your palate. The concentration and depth when it hits your tongue make you do a double-take. The layers of fruit merge beautifully with the mineral notes and subtle oak spice. This bottle is what new world Chardonnay is all about -- great tension, ripe fruit concentration, and persistent length. This wine should only get better with a bit more bottle age, easily one of the best white wines of South America.

💰 ~$80

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #chardonnay #catenazapata #whitestones #adriannavineyard #ucovalley #mendozaargentina #tupungato #gualtallary #catenawines #catena
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🇨🇱🍷💪 Prepping for today's Instagram Live with @donmelchorwine Chile's first icon wine. Using my trusty @coravin to take out just a glass each of 2005, 2016, and 2017 Don Melchor.

⚠️👷🏻‍♂️ While a live stream may technically be simple to do, but making them entertaining, educational, or whatever you are trying to accomplish takes a lot of preparation.

From negotiations on timing, building a conversation outline, sourcing wines, finding visual aids, creating posts, and story reminders are just some of the work involved. After all that, you get to have a friendly discussion with your guest, but fingers crossed the internet connection is stable to everyone. 🤞😓

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