2016 Ultramarine - Blanc de Noirs Heintz Vineyard (92 pts) @crusewine

ℹ️ This sparkling wine is 💯 Pinot Noir and a single vineyard wine. The grapes come from the legendary Charles Heintz Vineyard in Sonoma Coast, California. All Ultramarine wines are bottled, riddled, and disgorged by hand, and disgorged in November 2020.

👁 Medium gold color

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe nectarine, baked golden apple, peach skin, toasty, yeasty, marzipan, quince paste, and crème brûlée.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, fine pervasive bubbles, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium body. The palate has a vinous custard texture with a touch of coriander seed spice not present on the nose. The finish is medium+ length of ripe orchard fruit, toast, and crème brûlée.

🔔 I will admit that I am quite critical of American sparkling wine as a whole, but these Ultramarine bottlings are lovely. First off, Ultramarine is not trying to pretend to be Champagne. This is gorgeous Pinot Noir from a beautiful single vineyard, and it shows riper fruit aromas. The subtle coriander spice combined with the custardy and smokey crème brûlée notes on the palate added more complex facets. The secondary prices for these wines are ridiculous, but if you are on the list, then these are an instant buy every year as the quality keeps going up. The 2016 BdN will contain to improve with bottle age.

💰 ~$72

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2018 COS - Pithos Rosso @aziendaagricolacos

ℹ️ This wine is a blend of 60% Nero d'Avola and 40% Frappato from estate vineyards in the appellation of Vittoria of Sicily, Italy. The vineyard is certified organic, but they do work Biodynamically as well. The average vine age is 25 years old. The grapes are hand-harvested. The indigenous yeast fermentation takes place in unlined terracotta amphorae. The wine is aged in amphorae for 9 months and then rested in the bottle for 3 months before release. Pithos is the Greek word for amphora.

👁 Medium ruby color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe strawberry, sour cherry, raspberry, rhubarb, peony, elderflower, gamey, and slight lambic sour beer

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium round tannins, med alcohol (12%), and medium+ body. A medium length finish of strawberry, rhubarb, and florals.

🔔 Initially, when this wine was opened, it was extremely "Natty," showing sour beer and yeasty funk than anything else. However, with a fair amount of air, this started to open up. The Frappato is the star of the show, showing those seductive floral notes, and it married well with the ripe and earthy notes of the Nero d'Avola. Overall, I prefer the Cerasuolo di Vittoria bottlings from COS.

💰 ~$31

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2016 G. D. Vajra - Albe Barolo (93 pts) @gdvajra_barolo

ℹ️ This wine 💯 Nebbiolo from the appellation of Barolo in the Piedmont region of Italy. Aldo Vajra was one of the first Producers to adopt organic farming practices in 1971. The grapes come from a selection of high elevation vineyards (380 m to 480 m) with various southernly exposures. Albe is an hommage to the traditionally blended Barolo wines of the past. Grapes from each vineyard are hand-harvested, destemmed, and fermented separately in stainless steel tanks. The wines are aged for 30 months in large Slavonian casks, with blending occurring right before the bottling.

👁 Medium- ruby color.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of carnations, roses, ripe Bing cherry, raspberry, cranberry, white pepper, tree bark, and pen ink.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, high ripe tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and medium+ body. The tannins, although powerful, have a sweet ripeness to them that makes the palate very smooth. A medium+ length finish of sweet red cherry, carnations, and subtle peppery spice.

🔔 The 2016 Albe Barolo from G. D. Vajra is a beautiful entry point for people looking to explore the wines of Barolo and not need to cellar it for decades. However, I do recommend decanting it. This bottle was tasted over three days, and it improved with each day. Albe is a modern classic Baroli with elegant florals, ripe red fruit, and subtle ink and spice notes. Overall, it is tough to beat the quality that you are getting with this wine for the price.

💰 ~$39

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NV Broadbent - Sercial 10 years old Madeira (91 pts) @broadbentselections

ℹ️ This Portuguese fortified wine is a blend of multiple vintages of Sercial (white grape) wines. Sercial also denotes a medium-dry style, but given the acidity, it can sometimes come across as off-dry. The wine label states 10 years old, which means that the youngest wine in the blend must be at least 10 years old. The residual sugar is 57 g/l.

👁 Pale brown color

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of sea breeze, dried tobacco, dried cherry, orange peel, fruit leather, and salted Marcona almonds.

👄 The wine is off-dry, high electric acidity, high alcohol (19%), and medium body. A medium+ length finish of dried citrus, tobacco, and salted almonds.

🔔 The Broadbent Sercial does not read like it has 50+ g/l of residual sugar due to the high acidity and extremely dry finish. The palate is screaming dried-out cigar and saltwater with an extremely dry finish. This Sercial's acidity is not for the faint of heart, but if you like a racy fortified wine, then give this a chance.

💰~$48

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2016 Fratelli Alessandria - Barolo (92 pts) @fratellialessandria

ℹ️ This wine 💯 Nebbiolo from the appellation of Barolo in the Piedmont region of Italy. The Alessandria family has been making Barolo in the town of Verduno since 1870. The grapes come from a selection of vineyards in Verduno and Monforte d'Alba. The unique soils of Verduno are a mix of sand and clay with a high proportion of limestone. The average vine age is 25 years old. Grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed, and fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged for three years in older Slavonian and French oak barrels. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered.

👁 Medium- ruby color.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe and stewed black cherry, black plum, dried potpourri, clove, cinnamon stick, leather (new shoes), and grapefruit bitters.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, high drying tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and medium+ body. The tannins are grippy and drying with noticeable spice on the palate. A medium+ length finish of ripe black fruit, grapefruit bitters, and cinnamon spice.

🔔 The 2016 Barolo from Fratelli Alessandria is filled with that classic Verduno spiciness. Overall, there was a warmth to this wine, and it craves to be paired with heartier fare. This needs a fair amount of air if consumed now, but patience will reward those who can cellar this for a few more years. The wines from Fratelli Alessandria always offer fantastic value for the price, especially as you go up to some of the single cru bottlings. Don't sleep on this producer.

💰 ~$50

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2007 Billecart-Salmon - Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rosé (95 pts) @champagne_billecart_salmon

ℹ️ This Champagne is a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. The Pinot Noir comes from the Montagne de Reims and the Grande Vallée de la Marne, while the Chardonnay from the Côtes des Blancs. The Pinot Noir for the red wine that is added (less than 10%) come from the “Valofroy” vineyard of old vines, located on the slopes of Mareuil-Sur-Aÿ and which benefit from a south-facing exposure. The wine undergoes partial malolactic fermentation and is aged on the lees for 10 years. Dosage of 6 g/l.

👁 Medium orange color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of dried strawberry, dried raspberry, dried apricot, blood orange, persimmon, chalk, brioche, marzipan, pomelo zest, and orange blossom.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, delicate creamy bubbles, medium alcohol (12.5%), and full body. Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon is very vinous on the palate with a chalky texture and some slight spice. A long length finish of dried fruit, citrus, marzipan, and chalk.

🔔 2007 Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon exemplifies poise and composure in a vintage Rosé Champagne. It says a lot without the need to be flashy or exuberant. The nose presents an ever-changing mix of aromas from glass to glass. The palate show structure and the pedigree to age. Everything comes together in an extraordinarily long and delineated finish. The 2007 vintage should continue to improve with additional cellar time. My only recommendation is to reserve a bottle for a maximum of two people. ❤️🌹🍾

💰 ~$230

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2010 Silver Heights - The Summit @silverheightsvineyard

🇨🇳🍷 Have you tried a Chinese wine?

ℹ️ This wine is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Cabernet Gernischt from Ningxia, China. What is Cabernet Gernischt? Long thought to be a long lost ancestor of Cabernet Franc. After DNA testing, it was revealed to be identical to Carménère that came to China in the 1890s. The grapes come from the high altitude (1200 m) eastern slopes of Mount Helan in Ningxia. It was aged for 12 months in 💯 French oak barrels and bottled unfiltered.

👁 Deep ruby color and pale garnet rim

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe blackberry, plum sorbet, blackcurrant jam, oak, vanilla bean, espresso, clove, smoked meat, and thyme.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ round tannins, medium+ alcohol (13.5%), and medium+ body. The palate shows more meatiness and herbal notes. The finish is medium length finish of subtle black fruit, oak spices, and dried thyme.

🔔 This bottle was a suitcase import from the years that I lived in China. I don't know what I paid for this wine, but I remember it being one of the most expensive domestically made wines. After many years hidden in my cellar, the oak and herbal notes dominate the palate. The nose shows a glimmer of the black fruit that was once present in the wine. Sadly, it is disconnected from the palate. Again, this is one of the earlier vintages from Emma Gao at Silver Heights. Looking forward to trying newer vintages to see the evolution.

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2017 Montaribaldi - Langhe Nebbiolo Gambarin @montaribaldi

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Nebbiolo from 30-year-old vines planted in Barbaresco. Due to the nature of the Gambarin vineyard with its northwest aspect, Montaribaldi believes strongly that preserving the site's delicate nature was more important than forcing it to be labeled Barbaresco with additional aging, so they declassified to Langhe Nebbiolo. Grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed, and fermentation occurred in stainless steel tanks. The wine aged in large traditional Botti (3,000 L barrels) for 6 months.

👁 Medium- ruby color

👃 Medium- intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe red currant, bing cherry, cranberry, oregano, earthy (wet clay), and subtle florals.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ powdery tannins, medium+ alcohol (13.5%), and medium body. The finish is medium length finish with crunchy red fruit and earthiness.

🔔 Langhe Nebbiolo, generally speaking, is such an excellent value for the price point. Even though the vines are planted in Barbaresco appellation, it takes commitment to the land to recognize when something needs to be treated differently. This wine is the more delicate and fruit-forward side of Lange Nebbiolo. Excellent flavor, solid structure, and doesn't break the bank. 🏦 What more could you ask for the price?

💰 ~$22

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NV Billecart-Salmon - Brut Rosé (92 pts) @champagne_billecart_salmon

ℹ️ This Champagne is a blend of 40% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier. The wine is a blend of three vintages with 2016 as the base and up to 40% reserve wines. This wine is fermented in stainless steel. Around 7-8% of Pinot Noir red wine is added for color and flavor. The wine is aged on the lees for 36 months. Dosage of 7-8 g/l.

👁 Pale pink-orange color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of tart cherry, red currant, grapefruit pith, orange peel, bread dough, and Jasmine.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, fine pervasive bubbles, medium alcohol (12%), and medium+ body. A medium+ length finish of crunchy red fruit and orange peel.

🔔 Hands down, the Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé is a benchmark for non-vintage Rosé Champagne. There is a strong core of bright red fruit, but the highlight is the citrus flavors from the large percentage of Chardonnay in the blend. Overall, this wine has the elegance, charm, and balance that I have come to expect from Champagne Billecart-Salmon. Check out my interview with Mathieu Roland-Billecart for more information. 🌹🍾

💰 ~$75

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2018 Domaine Philippe Tessier - Cour-Cheverny

🍇 Have you tasted Romorantin?

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Romorantin from the Cour-Cheverny appellation in the Loire Valley. Romorantin is a "Sibling" to Chardonnay and originally hails from Burgundy. However, today Romorantin is exclusively grown in Cour-Cheverny, but historically it was grown in Cheverny around the town of Romorantin. The organic grapes come from younger vines up to 20 years old. Grapes are hand-harvested then undergo spontaneous yeast fermentation in stainless steel followed by malolactic fermentation.

👁 Deep lemon color

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of canned pear, canned peach, pineapple, wax, and steely.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, high alcohol (14.5%), and medium body. The finish is medium- length finish of fruit cocktail and a slight peppery spice.

🔔 This is the type of wine that I usually geek out about, but in this case, this was an entirely singular expression of very ripe canned fruit. The steeliness didn't marry well with the fruitiness in that regard. The 14.5% ABV was a bit of a surprise as well. Romorantin can be a lot like Chenin Blanc and can have many faces, but this one just didn't resonate for me.

💰 ~$26

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2019 Spottswoode - Sauvignon Blanc (92 pts) @spottswoodewinery

ℹ️ This wine is 98% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Semillon. The grapes come from both Napa Valley (63%) and Sonoma Mountain (37%). The grapes are fermented in various vessels from stainless steel barrels, French oak barrels, clay amphora, ceramic and cement cuves.

👁 Pale lemon color

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of grapefruit pith, yuzu, key lime, honeydew melon, Greek yogurt, and lemongrass.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ alcohol (14.1%), and medium+ body. There is a pleasant creaminess on the palate from lees stirring. The finish is medium length finish that ends with key lime, grapefruit pith, and lemongrass.

🔔 Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc is a benchmark for high-end Sauvignon Blanc in California. This is not your simple Sauvignon Blanc, nor your oak infused Fumé Blanc. Thoughtful choices on many fronts, from grape selection to fermentation vessels that all culminate in a seductive wine. The wine jumps out of the glass and packs loads of flavor on the palate. Year over year, these wines are always impeccable.

💰 ~$42

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Which new world Chardonnay Producer is the most "Burgundian"?

🍷🆚🍷 Next Wine Battle: Chardonnay

🇺🇸 2018 Walter Scott - Seven Springs Vineyard Chardonnay @walterscottwines
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🇫🇷 2018 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey - Saint-Aubin Le Blanc @pierreyvescolinmorey

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

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Musician: Summer Soul @smmrslmusic

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Billecart-Salmon Virtual Tasting and Interview with Mathieu Roland-Billecart @mrbillecart

🎙 Join my Instagram Live interview with Mathieu Roland-Billecart, CEO of Champagne Billecart-Salmon @champagne_billecart_salmon on Thursday, February 4th, at 10:00 am PST / 7:00 pm CET. Mathieu and I will focus the discussion exclusively on Rosé Champagnes. Billecart-Salmon's Brut Rosé is one of their flagship cuvées and is considered a benchmark for the category. We will also discuss the creation of Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon.

🍾We will taste the Brut Rosé and the 2007 Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon Brut. Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation. Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories.

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1996 Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot - Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru @louisjadot

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Chardonnay from the Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru appellation in Côte de Beaune, Burgundy. This vineyard is one of the oldest owned by Louis Jadot since the 19th century. It is located in the heart of the appellation (next to the Corton Pougets), which then expanded after 1966. Initially, it was the only place to be allowed to bear the Corton-Charlemagne appellation.

👁 Medium gold color

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Initially, the nose had a slight chemical note of wet paint that later morphed to a citrus cleaner, but more on that below. Aromas of preserved lemon, baked quince, candied orange peel, smoke, toasted hazelnuts, and salted sunflower seeds.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium+ alcohol (13.5%), and full body. No chemical taste on the palate. Great texture with a long length finish of preserved lemon, orange peel, and toasted hazelnuts.

🔔 This was not a perfect bottle and therefore will not be scored, but it was enjoyed with air. The chemical note is like acetaldehyde aromas, either from winemaking or natural oxidation during aging. It was not premature oxidation due to the color being suitable for the age and missing those butterscotch or stewed fruit aromas. It was not TCA. I find myself with a low TCA threshold. What vexed me the most was this aroma seemed to improve with oxygen but was still lingering in the background. This experience will not stop me from exploring the Domaine wines of Louis Jadot, which I believe are still great values.

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NV Broadbent - Boal 10 years old Madeira (91 pts) @broadbentselections

ℹ️ This Portuguese fortified wine is a blend of multiple vintages of Boal (white grape) wines. Boal also denotes a style of wine as well that is medium-sweet. The wine label states 10 years old, which means that the youngest wine in the blend must be at least 10 years old. The residual sugar is 93 g/l.

👁 Medium brown color

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of Maraschino cherry, prunes, molasses, salted caramel, roasted pecan, cedar, and salted black licorice.

👄 The wine is medium-sweet, high acidity, high alcohol (19%), and full body. The palate shows layers of complex flavors. A medium+ length finish of maraschino cherry, salted caramel, and pecans.

🔔 The Broadbent Boal is a beautiful example of a medium-sweet Madeira that has a "dry" finish. There weight and viscosity that coats the mouth, but that searing acidity makes the finish feel dry. The more decadent flavors of molasses and caramel are softened by strong salinity on the nose and palate. It's like dark chocolate and sea salt, and they just pair beautifully. The flavor profile is similar to a high end Manhattan 🥃 cocktail without the high alcohol content of spirits.

💰~$48

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2018 Granville Wine Co. - Holstein Vineyard Pinot Noir (91 pts) @granville_wines

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Pinot Noir from an estate vineyard in the Dundee Hills AVA in Oregon. The was fermented with 25% whole cluster, then aged in French oak barrels for 11 months: 10% new oak, 35% 3rd use, and 55% neutral. The wine was unfined and unfiltered. Only 275 cases produced.

👁 Medium ruby color

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe bing cherry, red currant preserves, rosehip, cola, smoke, and potpourri.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium chalky tannins, medium+ alcohol (14.2%), and medium+ body. A medium+ length finish of cherry preserves, wet rock, and smoke.

🔔 On day one, the Holstein Vineyard Pinot Noir was a bit reductive, but it started to blossom on day two. The moderate use of stem inclusion adds a nice herbal Woody note (rosehip), and the oak influence is well integrated. This wine needs a few more years of cellaring. My only critique would be the slightly noticeable alcohol on the finish, but a typical California Pinot Noir drinker wouldn't even bat an eye. A solid wine, I am looking forward to trying more from them.

💰 ~$52

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2007 Seña (92 pts) @senawinery

ℹ️ This wine is a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Carmenere, 12% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot from Chile's Aconcagua Valley. The blend is from the official tech sheet and not the back label, which has different information. Seña is Chile's first icon wine. It was founded in 1995 by Eduardo Chadwick and Robert Mondavi. The hillside vineyard is 41 km from the Pacific Ocean. Grapes were hand-harvested, destemmed, and fermented primarily in stainless steel vats. The wine was aged for 22 months in 💯 new French oak barrels.

👁 Deep ruby color, slight pale rim

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe to overripe black plum, blackberry, black licorice candy, oak, smoke, violets, espresso, dark chocolate, anise, thyme, and menthol.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, high grippy tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and full body. The wine has a silky texture on the palate but still a heavy oak influence on the palate. A medium+ length finish of ripe black fruit, licorice, and dark chocolate.

🔔 2007 Seña has a lot of fruit concentration to the wine, but it has not been able to truly show what is at heart due to the heavily toasted oak. It is unclear if this wine will ever shake the oak and transcend to the pedigree of more recent vintages. It is bold and enjoyable, but from my tasting notes, these wines didn't start realizing their full potential until a few vintages later. I believe this was due to the hillside vineyards still being relatively young at this time.

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NV Broadbent - Rainwater Madeira @broadbentselections

ℹ️ This fortified wine is 98% Tinta Negra and 2% other local red grape varieties from the Portuguese Island of Madeira. Tinta Negra is the workhorse grape of the island that can represent a wide range of styles. The name "Rainwater" has two origin stories. The first and more plausible story simply refers to the wine's light and fresh style, similar to fresh rainwater. The other, which is more lore, is a barrel that was left out without a bung, and then it rained. This diluted the barrel resulting in a different expression, and the customers in America raved about this new style of wine. The wine was aged for an average of three years. The residual sugar is 74 g/l.

👁 Medium amber color

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of toasted walnuts, orange marmalade, burnt orange peel (like at a fancy cocktail bar), mission fig, sultana, sea breeze, and salted toffee.

👄 The wine is medium-dry, high acidity, high alcohol (19%), and medium body. The flavors are more expressive on the palate. A medium length finish of sultana, orange peel, and salted toffee.

🔔 The Broadbent Rainwater is a friendly entry point to the wines of Madeira and quite an affordable one at that. The acidity (pH 3.1) of this wine masks the residual sugar and simply balances it out. This bottle is straightforward to drink and pairs well with many foods, especially where many wines fall short. I would consider this the most "quaffable" style of Madeira, but if you want the full experience, I always recommend starting with the Broadbent 10 years old Malmsey.

💰~$18

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🧡🍷 What was the last orange wine tasted? And most importantly, did you like it?

AKA Amber Wine
AKA Skin contact white wine
AKA Skin fermented white wine

I enjoyed this Slovenian Rebula (Ribolla Gialla) from Kabaj @kabajwines 🇸🇮🍷

30 days skin maceration followed by a year in neutral oak. An excellent example of orange wine that is a great introduction to skin contact white wines.

🎶Music: Golden Days
Musician: Philip E Morris
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1970 Travaglini - Gattinara Selezione @travaglinigattinara

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Nebbiolo from the northwestern corner of the Piedmont region in Italy. The wine must be at least 90% Nebbiolo, which is locally referred to as Spanna. Gattinara was awarded DOCG status in 1990. The soils of Gattinara are volcanic with a noticeable red color due to the high iron and mineral content. The wine was aged for three years before release with two years in large Slavonian oak barrels.

👁 Medium garnet core with a pale tawny rim, cloudy

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of dried currant, dried cherry, dried leaves, oregano, wilted flowers, wood charcoal, tar, orange bitters, and sun-dried tomato.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium- resolved tannins, medium alcohol (13%), and medium body. A lot of suspended fine sediment in the wine. A medium length finish of dried cherry, oregano, and orange bitters.

🔔 This Gattinara was past prime, but still enjoyable to drink if you wine with age. Any time I get that sun-dried tomato note on the nose, I know the wine is starting to fall down from gradual oxidation. The palate showed more life, with an intriguing orange bitters note. Overall, it was a fun tasting experience still, though it would have been better ten years ago.

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2016 The.Grenachista - Mounts Vineyard Grenache Noir (90 pts) @the.grenachista

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Grenache Noir from Mounts Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County. The wine is fermented 💯 whole-cluster with indigenous yeats. The wine is aged in a combination of used and neutral French oak for 12 months, then bottled unfined and unfiltered.

👁 Medium ruby color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe to overripe blueberry, red plum, strawberry, twizzler, white pepper, and rosewater.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium ripe tannins, medium+ alcohol (14.2%), and medium+ body. A medium length finish of ripe blue and red fruit with peppery spice.

🔔 Another yummy Grenache from The.Grenachista ✊. The nose shows a delicious range of fruit ripeness with a touch of spice and florals for panache. This unadulterated wine screams pure Grenache in the glass. Good acidity level, lovely texture, and the concentration holds the 14.2% effortlessly. Pure Grenache varietal wines need more love. Can't we all agree on that?

💰~$38

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #grenache #grenachenoir #drycreekvalley #sonomawine #sonomacounty
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2012 Biondi-Santi - Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (98 pts) @biondisantigreppo

ℹ️ The wine is 💯 Sangiovese Grosso from estate owned vineyards around the town of Montalcino in Tuscany, Italy. Biondi-Santi is the oldest and most famous Producer of Brunello di Montalcino. Biondi-Santi was the driving force in defining the wines of Brunello di Montalcino. This Riserva is the last vintage of Franco Biondi-Santi, who oversaw the Winemaking for 24 of the 39 Riservas produced at the estate. The grapes were vinified in Slavonian oak barrels with indigenous yeasts. Then the wine was aged in Slavonian oak barrels for three years. Typically Riservas receive three years of bottle age, but this vintage was aged for four years in bottle before being released.

👁 Medium ruby color with a pale garnet rim

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of sour cherry, red currant, dried strawberry, leather, fennel, sage, orange peel, rhubarb, prosciutto, and oolong tea.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium fine-grained, powdery tannins, medium+ alcohol (13.5%), and medium body. The texture of the wine is like plush velvet on your tongue. A long length finish that lingers of dried sour cherry, earthy rhubarb, leather, and dried herbs.

🔔 Hands down, this is one of the top wines of Italy. An absolutely gorgeous wine that is airy and complex on the nose but packed with velvety texture and concentration on the palate. This a knockout with 3-4 hours in the decanter, but this can effortlessly age for decades. I would argue that with additional cellaring that this could be a perfect wine. Please notice the special dedication to Franco Biondi-Santi on the front of the label in honor of his last vintage. 🙏

💰~$550

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #biondisanti #brunello #brunellodimontalcino #italianwine #sangiovese
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2016 Chateau Musar - Hochar Père et Fils @chateaumusar

ℹ️ The wine is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. The average vine age is 40 to 60 years old that are planted at 900 m asl. The wine was fermented in concrete vats with indigenous yeasts and then aged six months in French oak barrels before being bottled.

👁 Medium+ ruby color

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe red plum, stewed strawberry, prune, leather, herbes de provenance, fennel, and woolly.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ drying tannins, medium+ alcohol (13.5%), and medium+ body. A medium length finish of fruit leather and dried herbs.

🔔 Although this is not a "second wine," it is cut from a similar cloth from Chateau Musar Red. The nose showcases a wide variety of ripe to stewed to dried fruit on the nose. This wine has a touch of balsamic reduction (VA) and leather/woolly (Brett?). Those are classic examples of beautiful faults when in small quantities, can add charm. Not off-putting on this wine, but they are there. If you are interested in exploring Chateau Musar's wines, this might be a better place to start than the Jeune series based on the tasting profile.

💰~$31

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #musar #chateau #chateaumusar #bekaavalley #lebanon
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2016 Stephane Ogier - La Rosine Syrah (91 pts) @coterotie_stephaneogier

ℹ️ The wine is 💯 Syrah from Collines Rhodaniennes IGP in the Rhône Valley of France. Vines are 20-30 years old and planted in granite soils. The grapes are hand-harvested, partially destemmed (80-100%), and indigenous yeast fermentation. Maceration of 18-21 days in stainless steel and then aged for 12 months in neutral French oak barrels.

👁 Medium+ ruby color with a slight purple hue

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe raspberry, boysenberry, raspberry sorbet, violets, black pepper, fern, gravel, and subtle smoke meat.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium ripe tannins, medium alcohol (13%), and medium body. A medium length finish of florals, raspberry, and peppery spice.

🔔 The 2016 La Rosine Syrah is oh so crushable. Not only is it easy to drink, but it challenges you to find a more legitimate expression of Syrah at this price point. Pristine fruit, florals, and spice not covered up with new oak "makeup." A bright and vibrant wine that drinks beautifully right now. Well done! 👏

💰~$38

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #syrah #stephaneogier #ogier #collinesrhodaniennes #rhone #rhonevalley #rhonewine
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2017 Joseph Drouhin - Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Blanc (94 pts) @maisonjosephdrouhin

ℹ️ The wine is 💯 Chardonnay from the Beaune Premier Cru Clos des Mouches in Burgundy. A "Clos" is an enclosed or walled vineyard. "Mouches" typically translates as flies, but bees locally are referred to as "mouches à miel" or honey flies. This Clos historically contained beehives, hence the name. This vineyard is the single largest cru holding of Joseph Drouhin in Côte d'Or at 14 hectares (50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay). The vineyard has been organically farmed since 1990, with Biodynamic farming starting a few years later. The grapes are hand-harvested, pressed slowly, and then transferred directly to barrel where indigenous yeasts start the fermentation. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 12-15 months with 25% new oak.

👁 Medium lemon color

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of preserved lemon, citrus pith, yellow peach, orange zest, lemon verbena, olive oil, oak, toasted almond, and salted butter.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium+ alcohol (13.5%), and full body. The wine is very broad on the palate, almost oily (in a good way). A long length finish of lightly grilled peach, preserved lemon, and bitter almond.

🔔 2017 Clos des Mouches Blanc shows a great range of flavors on the nose that are starting to meld together on the palate. The core of this wine is quite powerful and still needs time to unfurl. The extremely long finish highlights the concentration. I have always been a bit more smitten with the Blanc over the Rouge, and the 2017 vintage confirms that once again. For good reasons, this wine is an iconic wine from Joseph Drouhin. If you are patient, waiting at least 3-5 years should take this up a notch. Never a bad thing to have in the cellar.

💰~$170

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #josephdrouhin #drouhin #beaune #closdesmouches #burgundy #burgundywine #bourgogne #bourgognewine #chardonnay #premiercru
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Please tell me your favorite Barolo producer?

🍷🆚🍷 Next Wine Battle: Barolo

🇮🇹 2016 G. D. Vajra - Albe Barolo
@gdvajra_barolo
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🇮🇹 2016 Fratelli Alessandria - Barolo
@fratellialessandria

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

🎶 Music: See You
Musician: @iksonmusic

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #barolo #barolowine #nebbiolo #gdvajra #fratellialessandria #italianwine #italianwines #piedmont #piemonte
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2010 Thiénot - Cuvée Garance Brut (92 pts) @champagnethienot

ℹ️ Cuvée Garance is 💯 Pinot Noir, and House Thiénot refers to as Blanc de Rouges (not an official designation). The grapes primarily come from Montagne de Reims: Aÿ, Cumières, and Rilly-a-Montagne. The base wine is fermented in stainless steel and undergoes full malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged on its lees for eight years.

👁 Medium gold color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of red apple skin, Mandarin orange, yellow plum, orange blossom, dried leaves, caramel apple, dried apricot, pie crust, and high-end honey.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, fine fading bubbles, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium+ body. The palate is showing more development of baked and dried fruit. A medium+ length finish of dried apricot, honey, and oolong tea.

🔔 The 2010 Cuvée Garance is a fully mature Champagne that is ready to drink now. There is a lot of dried and baked fruit on the palate combined with pie crust autolytic notes. The honey and caramel notes show development from the extended time on lees. This is definitely a wine that would work better paired with more decadent foods. Solid Champagne 🍾.

💰~$104

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #thienot #champagnelife #brut #champagnelover #champagnethienot #vintagechampagne #cuvee #cuvée #blancdenoirs #brut #pinotnoir
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2006 Château de Beaucastel - Châteauneuf-du-Pape (94 pts) @familleperrin

ℹ️ This wine is a blend of all 13 grape varieties in the appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The blend is 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Counoise, 10% Syrah, 5%; Cinsault, and 15% a combination of Vaccarèse, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardan, Bourboulenc, and Roussanne. The estate is one single large plot of land at the North end of the appellation. The vines have been farmed organically for over 50 years and have significant vine age. Each grape is hand-harvested and vinified separately. The varieties prone to reduction (Syrah and Mourvèdre) are fermented in oak vats, and everything else is fermented in traditional enameled concrete tanks. After fermentation, the wines are blended and aged in large oak foudres for a year before bottling.

👁 Medium+ ruby color with a pale rim

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe to overripe raspberry, black cherry, boysenberry, mission fig, wood log, black truffle, roasted beef, lavender, thyme, and cocoa powder.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium chewy tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and full body. This wine has a fantastic powdery texture on the palate. A long length finish of fig, black cherry, and cocoa powder.

🔔 The finish on this wine is ridiculously long, the nose is extremely diverse, and the palate seductively textured. Château de Beaucastel is a benchmark for the appellation for a reason. Any time they don't bottle Hommage a Jacques Perrin like in 2006, this bottling benefits from that old vine material being added to this wine. Level up in quality without a price increase. What's funny is that this wine is not even showing its true potential yet. It probably needs another 3-5 years before ready for prime time.

💰 ~$125

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #chateauneufdupape #beaucastel #chateaudebeaucastel #rhône #rhonevalley #rhonewine #cdp
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2016 Accendo Cellars - Cabernet Sauvignon (96 pts) @accendocellars

ℹ️ This wine is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot from Napa Valley, California. The new cult winery from the Araujo family and what a change from single-vineyard site-specific wines of Eisele Vineyard to a Cabernet blend representing Napa Valley. The grapes were hand-harvested and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wines were aged 22 months in a combination of new and used French oak barrels. Only 1,240 cases were produced.

👁 Deep ruby color

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of stewed black cherry, black currant, red plum, herbal, menthol, dried chili, oak, cedar, toast, violets, black pepper, and cardamom.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, high fine-grained spicy tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and full body. A layer of liquid silk coats the palate. A long length finish of a mixture of ripe and reduced black and red fruits, dried ancho chili, cardamom, and lead pencil.

🔔 I love the 2016 vintage from Accendo Cellars. Cabernet Franc's addition brings in compelling herbal and spice notes that marry well with the new French oak. This wine has it all: excellent fruit purity, aromatic intensity, and a lingering finish. This wine is surprisingly open-knit with some air, but it definitely has the structure to go decades. I have been a long-time fan of Araujo Estate Wines, and it turns out that I may like Accendo Cellars even more. Definitely, a winery to watch! 🤩🍷

💰 ~$350

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine
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NV Henriot - But Souverain @champagnehenriot

ℹ️ This Champagne is a blend of 50% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir, and 5% Meunier. More than 25 crus from the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims make up the blend. The majority of the blend comes from the 2015 vintage, with 30% of reserve wines. There is also a small amount of Cuve 38, a perpetual reserve of Grand Cru Chardonnay. Each bottle is aged more than three years on lees. The dosage is less than 8 g/l.

👁 Pale gold color

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe golden apple, Asian pear, lemon zest, acacia, white flowers, and bread dough.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, vigorous moderate-size bubbles, medium alcohol (12%), and medium+ body. A creamy texture on the palate. A medium- length finish of golden apple, Asian pear, and marzipan.

🔔 Maison Henriot offers the right amount of complexity at a very fair price. The style is fruit-forward, with some floral notes showing nuance. The autolytic notes are less pronounced on the nose but are represented more on the supple palate. The Souverain bottling provides a lot of value for the money better than many of the bigger houses similarly priced wines.

💰 ~$40

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #brut #champagne #champagnelover #henriot #champagnes
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What is your favorite value sparkling wine?

🍷🆚🍷 Next Wine Battle: California Sparkling Wine

🇺🇸 2017 Schramsberg - Blanc de Blancs Brut @schramsberg
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🇺🇸 NV Roederer Estate - Brut @roedererestate

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

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #sparklingwine #californiawine #schramsberg #roederer #brut #🍾
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1996 Château La Mission Haut-Brion - Pessac-Léognan (94 pts) @chateaulamissionhautbrion

ℹ️ The wine is 61% Merlot and 39% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Château in the Pessac-Léognan appellation of Bordeaux. The Château sits directly across from Château Haut-Brion, sharing the same gravelly topsoil and elevated terrain. The gravel consists of small stones that are various types of quartz. The subsoil is composed of clay, sand, and limestone.

👁 Deep garnet color with a pale rim

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of dried black currant, black plum, dried black cherry, tobacco, cedar, cocoa powder, dried leaves, moss, sage, anise, pen ink, and gravel.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium drying tannins, medium+ alcohol (13%), and full body. The palate is quite dense, and the fruit notes from the nose were more pronounced. A medium+ length finish of black plum, dark chocolate covered cherry, and wet rock.

🔔 Based on the reviews that I have read of the 1996 La Mission Haut-Brion, I feel like this wine was greatly misjudged in its youth. While there are better vintages of La Mission Haut-Brion, this still reads like a classically crafted Pessac-Léognan style with tons of gravel and stones in the glass. I found this wine to at the optimal drinking window, and it should stay there for 5-7 years.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #bordeaux #bordeauxwine #pessacleognan #lamissionhautbrion #chateaulamissionhautbrion
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What type of content would you like in 2021?

🔝9️⃣ Posts of 2020
👍 374.5K Likes in 2020

🙏 Thank you to everyone that has followed, commented, or liked a post.

🎥 Interesting to see 4 of the 9 are reels. It just shows you how powerful the new tools are when they are released.

🍷People like it when I review old wine, so I will try to keep that up in 2021.
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This wine is more than a pretty face - it is a solid organic Chardonnay from Tuscany. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but this is a pretty smart wine showing a mix of orchard fruit and a touch of salinity.

🍷 2017 Inserrata Intrigo Chardonnay @inserrata
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1978 López de Heredia - Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva (95 pts) @lopezdeherediaoficial

ℹ️ The wine is 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho (Grenache), 5% Graciano, and 5% Mazuelo (Carignan), all from estate-owned vineyards. The wine spends 10 years in oak barrels and racked twice a year, then fined with egg whites. The wine is bottled unfiltered and bottle-aged before being released.

👁 Medium garnet color with a pale rim

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of red currant candy, fruit leather, dried strawberry, dried red cherry, earthy, dried leaves, old wood furniture, dried oregano, bay leaf, and prosciutto.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, low resolved tannins, medium- alcohol (12%), and medium+ body. A long length finish of dried red fruit, bay leaf, and cured meat.

🔔 This bottle was a well-kept example of Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva, and it showed quite a bit of fruit on the nose for 42 years of age. On the nose was elegant and continually developed in the glass for the first 90 minutes. In the next 90 minutes, the wine started to lose a little luster and slowly degrade. The palate had resolved tannins and decent acidity, but good weight and concentration of flavor. I am happy to have caught this bottle in good condition. While it is excellent, it is not holding up like the 76s I have tasted from López de Heredia.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #rioja #riojawine #lopezdeheredia #granreserva #viñatondonia #tempranillo #vinotinto
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2017 Joseph Drouhin - Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Rouge (93 pts) @maisonjosephdrouhin

ℹ️ The wine is 💯 Pinot Noir from the Beaune Premier Cru Clos des Mouches in Burgundy. A "Clos" is an enclosed or walled vineyard. "Mouches" typically translates as flies, but bees locally are referred to as "mouches à miel" or honey flies. This Clos historically contained beehives, hence the name. This vineyard is the single largest cru holding of Joseph Drouhin in Côte d'Or at 14 hectares (50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay). The vineyard is Organic farming since 1990, with Biodynamic farming starting a few years later. The grapes are hand-harvested, around 30% whole cluster, only indigenous yeast fermentation, and daily punch-downs during fermentation. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 14-18 months with 20% new oak.

👁 Medium ruby color

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe red cherry, raspberry, red currant, rosehip (stemmy), peonies, oak, cinnamon, Earl Grey tea, and orange zest.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium- ripe tannins, medium+ alcohol (13.5%), and medium+ body. A medium+ length finish of ripe crunchy red fruit, freshly ground cinnamon, and Earl Grey tea.

🔔 Clos des Mouches Rouge is a very underrated bottle of wine, in my opinion. This is one of the most iconic wines from Beaune and Joseph Drouhin. The Blanc is fabulous too, but that is for another post. Great mouthfeel that coats your palate but stays bright with good acidity. Subtle complexity added through stem inclusion and deft use of new oak. An excellent example of classic restraint, but still very accessible when young. The 2017 vintage will improve with additional time in the cellar.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #josephdrouhin #drouhin #beaune #closdesmouches #burgundy #burgundywine #bourgogne #bourgognewine #pinotnoir #premiercru
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🍷+🍖: What to pair with prime rib?

🎄Merry Christmas everyone🎄

🎉 We are keeping our festivities to just our immediate family. Christmas dinner is reasonably straightforward with a two-bone prime rib (steak sandwiches tomorrow), roasted mushrooms, roasted potatoes, and salad.

🍷 1996 Château La Mission Haut-Brion - Pessac-Léognan
We have never been hung up on pairings, but a little harmony never hurts. We opted for aged Bordeaux. It seemed to work well, but there are so many choices. No notes today, just relaxing and wishing you all a happy holiday! 🎅🏼🎁

🎵 Music: Kill Your Darling (with Charming Lips)
Musician: Summer Soul @smmrslmusic
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🍇 Do you like Meunier based Champagne?

🍾 At our house, we are starting the holiday celebrations with this bottle from Bérêche & Fils!@bereche_champagne_officiel

📍Rive Gauche is 💯 Meunier, coming from a single parcel of 2 hectares, planted in 1969 in the village of Mareuil-le-Port in Vallée de la Marne. This is a Blanc de Noirs, with a decent amount of color to the wine (coppery hue). Extra Brut at 3 g/l, it craves to be consumed with food. We opted for some caviar with blinis.

I wish you and your family a safe and Happy Holiday season!
☃️🦌🎅🏼🎄🎁
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🍷❤️🎁 2020 Gift Giving Guide for Wine Lovers Part 5️⃣

🎁 The fifth and final gift that I am recommending this holiday season is the Conterno Sensory Glass from Schott Zwiesel @schottzwiesel . This stem is my go-to glass for enjoying fine wines, especially ones that start with a 🅱️.

🅱️arolo, 🅱️urgundy, and 🅱️runello!!!

💰 These are a bit spendy, coming in at $90 a stem, but if you buy in a bundle or wait for a sale, you can find them for $75 a stem. In my opinion - fine wines need fine stemware.

🎄 Happy Holidays Everyone 🎄

⚠️ This is not an ad or paid sponsorship and all views expressed are my own.

Music: O Tannenbaum
Musician: Rook1e @byrook1e

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #wineglass #wineglasses #winegifts #winegift #zwiesel #schottzwiesel #conterno #robertoconterno #giftguide #holidaygifts #holidayguide #holidaygiftideas #holidaygiftguide #nebbiolo #barolo #burgundy #barolowine #burgundywine #brunello #brunellodimontalcino #winegeek #winelover #winetasting #wineexperience #wineenthusiast
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What Special Bottle are you saving to share with your wine friends❓

1978 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli - Barolo Riserva (96 pts) @borgogno1761

ℹ️ Giacomo Borgogno & Figli is considered a historical producer and prides itself on being a champion of the traditional style of Barolo. The wine is 💯 Nebbiolo. Sourced from these Barolo Vineyards: Liste, Cannubi, Cannubi San Lorenzo, Fossati, and San Pietro delle Viole. The vineyards all have a south or southeast exposure, and the soils are Calcareous and Clay Marl. 1978 is considered a great vintage in Barolo.

👁 Medium garnet core with a pale tawny rim

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of dried leaves, tobacco, black truffles, dried red cherry, dried red currant, dried strawberry, roses, thyme, anise, vintage leather, earthy, and Pu'er tea.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium grippy tannins, medium+ alcohol (13.5%), and medium body. A long length finish that shows flavors of dried red fruits, roses, and Pu'er tea.

🔔 This bottle was a gift a few years ago from my wife that she purchased directly from the importer. Given the cork condition, it was likely recorked and was a late release from the winery. This stunning bottle speaks to the aging potential of the 1978 vintage. The tannins still had quite a bit of grip, which must have been brutally tannic when young. The bouquet was continually evolving in the glass, while the acidity drove the wine on the palate. This was a beautiful wine representing a little piece of Piedmontese history.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #barolo #piedmont #piemonte #riserva #borgogno
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🍷❤️🎁 2020 Gift Giving Guide for Wine Lovers Part 4️⃣

🎁 The fourth gift that I am recommending this holiday season is the Durand wine opener, which combines a corkscrew and an Ah-so opener in a patented design for old bottles. This wine opener is a must-own gift for anyone that drinks older wines.

🗝 This wine key is worth its weight in gold for any of you that have experienced a cork crumble or have a cork pushed deeper into a bottle. I feel a sense of pride every time I free an aged wine from a bottle with it.

🌐 Go to TheDurand.com or most fine wine retailers to find it.

🎄 Happy Holidays Everyone 🎄

⚠️ This is not an ad or paid sponsorship and all views expressed are my own.

Music: O Tannenbaum
Musician: Rook1e @byrook1e
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Do you try to drink birthyear wines every birthday?

Tomorrow marks another journey around the sun for me. 🌎🔁☀️

I always celebrate with good wine and friends. This year I'm focusing on the wine 😜, not necessarily by choice.

Finding birthyear wines is becoming more and more difficult as I get older, but the hunt is part of the fun.

🇪🇸🍷 1978 López de Heredia - Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva @lopezdeherediaoficial

🇮🇹🍷 1978 Giacomo Borgogno - Barolo Riserva @borgogno1761

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #birthyear #barolo #rioja #barolowine #riojawine #oldwine #1978 #borgogno #viñatondonia #riserva #granreserva #lopezdeheredia #tempranillo #nebbiolo
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Who is your favorite California Syrah producer?

🍷🆚🍷 Next Wine Battle: California Syrah

☝️ Wine Region: California, USA 🇺🇸
☝️ Grape 🍇: Syrah

🥊 Let's be clear - this is a battle about approach and style

🇺🇸 2018 Arnot-Roberts - Sonoma Coast Syrah @duncanarnot
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🇺🇸 2018 Herman Story - Nuts & Bolts Syrah @hermanstorywines

🗳 Vote for your favorite #winebattle team in the comments below 👇
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What do you think about Chateau Musar wines?

2002 Chateau Musar - Red (92 pts) @chateaumusar

ℹ️ This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, and Cinsault from the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. The vines are planted on gravelly soils over limestone. The average vine age is 40 years old. The individual grape varieties undergo lengthy fermentations in cement vats, then are aged in French oak barrels for one year. Following this, the blend is created and allowed to integrate in cement tanks for one year. The wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered. The bottles age an additional four years before being released.

👁 Medium+ ruby color with a pale garnet rim

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of forest floor, dried black cherry, dried blackcurrant, fruit leather, stewed plum, dried herbs, cedar, leather, tobacco, menthol, and a hint of molasses.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ fine-grained tannins, medium+ alcohol (14%), and medium+ body. Great roundness on the mid-palate. A medium+ length finish of dried black fruit, leather, and menthol.

🔔 I have always found Chateau Musar's wines to be charming. Some bottles have "beautiful faults" like Brett and VA that in small amounts can add a rustic charm. This bottle didn't have either of them but came across more like an aged Bordeaux with a little shoulder nudge of Mediterranean climate. Chateau Musar White is my favorite bottling, but this Red was in a great spot at the moment. Can continue to cellar, but not necessary.

💰 ~$65

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #🇱🇧 #lebanesewine #bekaavalley #musar #chateaumusar
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🍷❤️🎁 2020 Gift Giving Guide for Wine Lovers Part 3️⃣

🎁 The third gift that I am recommending this holiday season is the Portae Wine Cradle @portae.la . Ryan Bailey @ryan____bailey couldn't find anything that matched his desired aesthetics for the Nomad Hotel in LA @thenomadhotel , so he created Portae.

🧺 I ❤️ the look and feel of this wine cradle. It is light, durable, and elegant. A luxury wine gift for the wine lover that already has everything else.

🇺🇸 💯 Designed and Made in Los Angeles, California

🎄 Happy Holidays Everyone 🎄

⚠️ This is not an ad or paid sponsorship and all views expressed are my own.

Music: O Tannenbaum
Musician: Rook1e @byrook1e
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Champagne Joseph Perrier Instagram Live Interview and Virtual Tasting with Benjamin Fourmon @champagnejosephperrier

🎙 Join the Instagram Live with Benjamin Fourmon, Managing Director of Champagne Joseph Perrier, on December 16th at 9 am PST / 6 pm France. Champagne Joseph Perrier was founded in Châlons-en-Champagne in 1825 and remains an independent and family-run Champagne House. We will talk through the history of the Joseph Perrier, then walk through a few Cuvées.

🍾 We will discuss the house style as we taste through three wines of Champagne Joseph Perrier: Cuvée Royale Brut, Cuvée Royale Brut Rosé, and Cuvée Royale Brut Vintage 2008. 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 #henriot #champagne #champagnelover #champagnelife #josephperrier
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How much do you know about Madeira?

Broadbent Madeira Instagram Live Interview and Virtual Tasting with Bartholomew Broadbent @bartholomewbroadbent

🎙 Join the Instagram Live with Bartholomew Broadbent, owner of Broadbent Selections @broadbentselections , on December 21st at Noon PST / 3 pm EST. Madeira wine is a fortified wine from the Portuguese Madeira Islands located off the coast of Africa. Due to its location, Madeira wines became an important beverage during the Age of Exploration, as ships would stop at the Madeira Islands before their journey to the new world. We will discuss the history, winemaking, key grape varieties, and the styles of the wines.

🍷 We will taste through five wines of Madeira: Rainwater, 10 years old Sercial, 10 years old Verdelho, 10 years old Bual, and 10 years old Malmsey. 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 #madeira #madeirawine #fortifiedwine #rainwater #broadbentselections #broadbent #sercial #verdelho #bual #malmsey
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Who is your favorite Rioja producer?

🍷🆚🍷 Next Wine Battle: Rioja

☝️ Wine Region: Rioja, Spain 🇪🇸
🍇 Tempranillo based blends

🇪🇸 2007 López de Heredia - Viña Tondonia Reserva
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🇪🇸 2015 Bodegas Muga - Selección Especial Reserva

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

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #rioja #riojawine #tempranillo #lopezdeheredia #bodegasmuga #reserva #vinotinto #spanishwinelover #spanishwine
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2019 Tench Vineyards - Sauvignon Blanc @tenchvineyards

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Sauvignon Blanc from estate owned Tench Vineyard in Oakville, Napa Valley. The fruit comes from Block 7, which has two different clones, clone 1 and clone musqué. Fermentation and aging take place in stainless steel for 6 months before being released.

👁 Medium lemon color

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe grapefruit, grilled pineapple, guava, clementine, whole cream, créme brûlée, and toast.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, high alcohol (14.2%), and full body. The palate texture is very creamy. The finish is medium length with notes of grilled pineapple and clementine.

🔔 White Bordeaux is a very underrated category of wine, so it is always fun to see Winemakers in Napa putting their spin on Sauvignon Blanc. While this wine was not barrel aged, I believe there were oak staves used during aging given the toast and grilled fruit notes. The wine is ripe on the nose and full-bodied in the mouth with good acidity throughout. The alcohol is a bit high, as felt by its presence on the finish. It is still early days for Tench Vineyards to make wines from their vineyards, so I look forward to seeing the evolution here.

💰 ~$60

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #napavalleywine #napavalley #oakville #tenchvineyard #tench #napa #napawine
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Champagne Henriot Instagram Live Interview and Virtual Tasting with Alice Tétienne @champagnehenriot

🎙 Join the Instagram Live with Alice Tétienne, Cellar Master of Champagne Henriot, on December 15th at 9 am PST / 6 pm France. Champagne Henriot was founded in 1808 and remains an independent and family-run Champagne House. Alice has recently joined Henriot after being a Winemaker at Krug, where she was responsible for vineyard relations and a tasting committee member. We will discuss Henriot's approach to Viticulture for their vineyards and that of their growers. They have recently launched Alliance Terroir, which seeks to provide an in-depth study of the soils.

🍾 We will discuss the house style as we taste through four wines of Champagne Henriot: Brut Souverain, Blanc de Blancs, Brut Millésime 2008, and Cuvée Hemera 2005. 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 #henriot #champagnehenriot #champagne #champagnelover #champagnelife
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2017 Louis Michel & Fils - Chablis Premier Cru Montmain (90 pts) @guillaumechablis

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Chardonnay from the Chablis region of France. Montmain is a Premier Cru vineyard on the left bank of the Serein River. The vines grow on Kimmeridgian soils of hard limestone in clay. The soils are rich in minerals and oyster fossil shells. The fermentation is long and only using indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled vats. The wine spontaneously goes through malolactic fermentation. The wine is matured in stainless steel tanks for 12 to 16 months.

👁 Medium lemon color

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of Meyer lemon, grapefruit pith, pear, green apple, cream, salted butter, acacia, and lilies.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium alcohol (13%), and medium body. The palate has a creamy texture. The finish is medium length with notes of citrus pith, white pepper, and oyster liquor.

🔔 Louis Michel & Fils Montmain is a reliable benchmark of Chablis Premier Cru wine. The nose has an excellent combination of citrus, green fruit, and florals. The palate is a tad more interesting with a creamy texture and a subtle salty and peppery spice. These carry through on the finish. Always a substantial value.

💰 ~$40

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #chablis #chablispremiercru #chabliswine #chardonnay #premiercru
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🎄🍷🎁 Are you putting wine under the Christmas Tree this year?

In partnership with Louis M. Martini, I am happy to present the Lot No. 1 Gift.

ℹ️ Lot No. 1 is a small production Cabernet Sauvignon made by selecting the best grapes all across the Napa Valley to make this blend. Simply put, this is their pinnacle luxury wine.

🍷 What does it taste like?
This wine is dark, from the color in the glass to the black fruit aromas that jump from the glass. Spiciness on the palate from the influence of new oak. Plush and full-bodied on the palate. The robust finish lingers on with a black plum and blackberry reduction followed by notes of dark chocolate, cedar, and sweet tobacco.

👉 Dark, Intense, and Powerful.

🎁 The convenient box makes an easy gift to slide under the tree. Just add a bow. 🎀

#louismartini #louismmartiniwinery #napavalley #napawinery #napavalleycabernet #cabernetsauvignon
 #vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #napawine #napa #napavalleywine #napacab
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Virtual single-vineyard tasting with Gary Farrell Winery @garyfarrellwinery

Exploring the Neighborhoods of the Russian River Valley.

Looking forward to tasting this lineup:

2017 Olivet Lane Vineyard Chardonnay
2017 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay
2017 Rochioli Vineyard Chardonnay
2017 Bacigalupi Vineyard Pinot Noir
2017 Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir
2017 McDonald Mtn. Vineyard Pinot Noir
2017 Martaella Vineyard Pinot Noir


#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #garyfarrell #garyfarrellwinery #pinotnoir #chardonnay #russianriver #russianrivervalley #russianrivervalleywines #singlevineyard #virtualtasting #winetasting
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🍷❤️🎁 2020 Gift Giving Guide for Wine Lovers Part 2️⃣

🎁 The second gift that I am recommending this holiday season is the Gabriel-Glas Gold Edition.
@gabriel_glas @gabriel_glasinternational

These are my favorite universal glass that I use anytime I want to compare two or more wines.

🍷 Your wine glass choice impacts the way you experience wine. If you want one glass to drink everything, then check these out.

🇦🇹 Made in Austria
🌬 Mouthblown glass
☁️ Extremely lightweight 90 g or 3 oz

🎄 Happy Holidays Everyone 🎄

⚠️ This is not an ad or paid sponsorship and all views expressed are my own.

Music: O Tannenbaum
Musician: Rook1e @byrook1e
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2005 Château Cos d'Estournel - Saint-Estèphe (96 pts) @cosdestournel

ℹ️ Château Cos d'Estournel is in the Saint-Estèphe, one of the six communal appellations of the Médoc. Saint-Estèphe is just north of Pauillac and only separated by a stream. Cos d'Estournel is 1 of 15 Second Growths of the 1855 classification. After Michel Reybier took ownership in 2000, there was a study of the soils of the estate. The result was a decision to equip the winery to be able to vinify individual plots separately. This wine is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc.

👁 Deep ruby color with a pale rim

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe black currant, black cherry, blackberry, oak, cedar, extinguished campfire, clove, bitter chocolate powder, gravel, lead pencil, violets, sage, and leather.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, high chewy, chalky tannins, medium+ alcohol (13.5%), and medium+ body. The palate shows pristine ripe black fruit, followed by bitter chocolate, espresso, and oak spices. A long length finish of black fruit, gravel, lead pencil, and leather.

🔔 2005 Cos d'Estournel has still not unwound to show it's true potential yet. The nose shows everything coming together nicely with a seamless mixture of primary fruit merged with oak and just starting to develop some tertiary aromas. The palate has all of the components, but the structure of the wine delineates them. The wonderful acidity carries the ripe fruit through the palate. The mid-palate hits you with a wall of chewy tannins that still need time to melt away. The finish is exceptionally long and shows all of the finer points of where this wine is headed. Overall, give this a few more years, and it should get to the next level and be spectacular.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #saintestephe #bordeaux #medoc #bordeauxwine #cosdestournel
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2017 Montes - Alpha M (92 pts) @monteswines_usa

ℹ️ This wine is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot from the Apalta sub-region of Colchagua Valley, Chile. The grapes were hand-harvested, de-stemmed, and then crushed under their weight using only free-run juice. The wine was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels with 80% new oak.

👁 Deep ruby color

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of stewed blackberry, boysenberry, black plum, oak, cedar, vanilla, star anise, tomato leaf, violets, and balsamic reduction.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, high ripe tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and full body. A medium+ length finish of blackberry pie, vanilla, mocha, espresso, and star anise.

🔔 The 2017 Montes Alpha M is a big Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Apalta. The mix of black fruits and oak characteristics dominate the nose. The palate shows more depth showcasing some spice, floral, and herbal notes. Overall, this wine is dark and brooding but comes alive with time in the decanter. Alpha M should improve with more bottle age to allow the oak to integrate better. A solid wine that is definitely on the riper side of the fruit spectrum.

💰 ~$85

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #montes #chileanwine #colchagua #monteswines #colchaguavalley #chileanwines #apalta #winesofchile #alpham #cabernetsauvignon
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2019 Benoit Courault - Eglantine

ℹ️ This wine is a blend of 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Grolleau. The vines are in Anjou, Loire Valley, France. This Pétillant Naturel Rosé is bottled as a Vin de France. No Sulphur added.

👁 Deep pink color, cloudy and hazy

👃 Medium- intensity on the nose. Aromas of strawberry, pink grapefruit, yuzu, orange blossom, yeasty, and black pepper.

👄 The wine is off-dry, medium acidity, faint coarse bubbles, medium alcohol (13%), and medium body. The palate shows a lot of black pepper spice and grapefruit pith. A short length finish of strawberry and pink grapefruit.

🔔 I enjoy Natty Glou Glou wines from time to time, but this wasn't exactly my cup of tea or wine, for that matter. The aromatics were clean and appealing, especially the black pepper combined with strawberry and citrus. The off-dry palate was a tad jarring, combined with a relatively minimal level of bubbles. The range of bubbles in Pet Nats can vary widely. While I'm happy half of the bottle didn't erupt like a volcano, but I still wanted a bit more sparkle. Not something I will necessarily be seeking out again.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #petnat #frizzante #petillantnaturel #cabernetfranc #grolleau #naturalwine #naturalwines #glouglou #gluglu #glug
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1985 Domaine Nudant - Corton-Bressandes Grand Cru (93 pts) @domainenudant21

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Pinot Noir from the Corton Grand Cru appellation, the only red Grand Cru in the Côte de Beaune. This wine is labeled "Corton-Bressandes," which means that it comes from a specific lieu-dit vineyard of Les Bressandes. Les Bressandes is the largest lieu-dit of the appellation. The vineyard has a southeast exposure with brown limestone and high clay content. The vineyard is very Rocky with minimal topsoil.

👁 Medium garnet color with a pale rim

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of dried cherry, dried red currant, dried cranberry, rhubarb, slate, leather, dried leaves, rosehip, peonies, and Pu'er tea.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, low resolved tannins, medium alcohol (13%), and medium body. The palate shows more concentration with a combination of dried and fresh fruits. A medium+ length finish of dried red fruits, rhubarb, and Pu'er tea.

🔔 This bottle of Corton-Bressandes was drinking well. Great fill level and excellent color are my two leading indicators. This wine needed some air, but I didn't dare decant it. This opened up nicely in my Zieher glass—dried fruit and earthy on the nose, but more vivacity on the palate. The floral and tea notes played well together. Throughout the wine, you can find earthy notes of rosehip and dried leaves in the back. Drinking older wine is not for everyone, but I enjoyed it.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #burgundylover #burgundy #burgundywine #corton #grandcru
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NV Bruno Paillard - Rosé Première Cuvée Extra Brut (91 pts) @champagnebrunopaillard

ℹ️ This Champagne is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Pinot Noir makes up most of the blend in two different ways: First, as a white wine (wine quickly pressed off of the skins); and second as a red wine (Maceration of juice on the skins). A touch of Chardonnay is added to the blend for freshness. The base wine exclusively uses first press juice. The blend always has a high percentage of reserve wines from a perpetual reserve started in 1985. The wine is aged on the lees for three years and followed by an additional five months post disgorgement. The dosage is less than 6 g/l. It was disgorged in August 2019.

👁 Pale pink-orange color

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of barely ripe strawberry, white cherry, cranberry, orange blossom, orange zest, chalk, and bread dough.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, persistent fine bubbles, medium alcohol (12%), and medium body. A chalky texture on the palate. A medium+ length finish of strawberry, cranberry, and orange zest.

🔔 Bruno Paillard Rosé Première Cuvée is an elegant rosé Champagne that is exceptionally drinkable and affordable. It has bright acidity from the Chardonnay, added complexity due to reserve wines, and everything comes together in a delicate finish. Not a Champagne that slaps you in the face, but it will have a polite conversation with you. Good QPR Champagne.

💰 ~$60

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #brunopaillard #extrabrut #champagne #rosechampagne #champagnelover
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