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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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🍷🎙The wine industry in 2020

A year that felt like a century...tariffs, the Covid-19 pandemic, massive wildfires, social upheavals for both gender and race...2020 is one for the record books. Carlton McCoy @carltonmccoy CEO of Heitz Cellars, and Jane Anson @jane.anson , writer for Decanter Magazine and author of Inside Bordeaux, join Robert and special guest host Charlie Fu @clayfu.wine (Wine Berserkers moderator) to recap all the twists and turns of 2020.

🎧 Listen to XChateau wherever you get your podcasts @x_chateau

Music: For Love
Musician: Jeff Kaale @jeff_kaale21
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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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2017 Klinker Brick - Carignane @klinkerbrick

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Carignane from Lodi, California. This wine is produced from 110-year-old vines from a single vineyard block.

👁 Medium+ ruby color

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of jammy raspberry, boysenberry, pomegranate juice, fruit leather, licorice, and oak spices.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium+ ripe tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and medium+ body. A medium- length finish of reduced red and black fruits with a touch of clove.

🔔 It is mindboggling that a wine made from 110-year-old grapes only costs $25. Carignane, as a grape, is known for high acidity, high tannins, and high yields. The yields with vines this old is probably not an issue. There is a lot of ripe fruit flavor, but the acid levels might be high for the average consumer. A well made honest wine preserving some heritage vines in Lodi.

💰~$25

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #klinkerbrick #carignan #carignane #lodi #lodiwine
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Château Cos d'Estournel Instagram Live Interview and Virtual Tasting with Dominique Arangoïts @cosdestournel

🎙 Join the Instagram Live with Dominique Arangoïts, Technical Director at Cos d'Estournel, on December 2nd at 8 am PST / 5 pm France. Cos d'Estournel is one of fifteen Second Growths from the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. Cos d'Estournel is highly regarded and recognized as the benchmark for the Saint-Estèphe appellation. We will discuss the location and history of the Château. We will discuss the wines made at the estate. Michel Reybier has been the owner of Cos d'Estournel since 2000, and we will discuss his 20 years of oversight, changes at the Winery, and how these changes are reflected in the wines.

🍷 We will taste three vintages of Cos d'Estournel: 2005, 2009, and 2016. These are all critically acclaimed vintages. Most exciting is getting to taste these wines with different degrees of age on them, giving us a chance to check in on them. 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 #cosdestournel #estournel #chateau #bordeaux #bordeauxwine #bordeauxwines #saintestephe #medoc #grandvin #hautmedoc
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2013 Promontory - Napa Valley (97 pts) @promontorywine

ℹ️ This wine is simply labeled as a Napa Valley red wine, but it 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. In 2013, there were 42 different harvest passes in the vineyard, resulting in 30 separate vinifications. The vinifications were aged separately for a year before making a final blend. The wines were aged for five years in large neutral casks from Stockinger in Austria. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

👁 Deep ruby color with noticeable staining.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe blackberry, black currant, boysenberry, menthol, rosemary, sweet tobacco, oak, baking spices, lead pencil, rose stems, and dried violets.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ silky tannins, high alcohol (14.3%), and full body. The texture is velvety and gorgeous on the palate. A long length finish of pristine black fruit, rosemary, violets, and sweet tobacco.

🔔 The 2013 Promontory is one of the finest young cult wines that I have tasted. This wine is already accessible with a bit of time in a decanter. Gorgeous fruit, lovely acidity, and silky tannins are all wrapped up with beautiful energy on the palate that lingers on to an incredibly long finish. These wines are costly, and I do not factor in price to my reviews, but I will say this meets my expectations for a cult status wine. This wine will age for decades, but it is undoubtedly elegant and charming over the near term.

💰~$750

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #cultwine #promontory #napa #napawine #napavalleywine
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🍷❤️🎁 2020 Gift Giving Guide for Wine Lovers

🎁 The first gift that I am recommending this holiday season is the Repour Wine Saver @repourwinesaver

These are a great way to save any wine that you haven't already finished after opening the bottle.

Let's face it!
⛔Those vacuum pumps simply don't work and are a placebo. I have used repour and have run multiple blind tastings with expert tasters, and it is the only solution I have found to extend the wine past a week once the bottle is open.

🧦 These would be a great stocking stuffer.

🎄 Happy Holidays Everyone 🎄

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

Music: O tannebaum
Musician: Rook1e @byrook1e

#🍷 #vin #lovewine #wine #wineterroir #sommlife #winenot #igwine #winetasting #winenerd #wineblogger #drinkwine #winelover #drinking #winegeek #winelovers🍷 #drink #repour #sommelier #wines #wineblog #thirsty #wineoclock #winelovers #winepreservation #winedown #giftguide #winegifts #winegift #holidaygiftideas
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1980 Cave Solar das Francesas - Vinho Tinto

ℹ️ This wine is from the Bairrada of Portugal. The key red grape in the region is Baga. Baga has small berries with thick skins, which results in tannic wines. Other grapes are often blended in to soften the wines. Cave do Solar das Francesas, a renowned producer from Anadia founded in 1905. This wine was purchased while on a trip to Portugal a few years ago.

👁 Medium garnet color with a pale tawny rim.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of dried red fruit, stewed cherries, dried leaves, tobacco, cedar, and a touch of balsamic vinegar.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium- resolved tannins, medium alcohol (12%), and medium body. The palate shows a touch more fruit than on the nose. A medium- length finish of dried red fruit and dried leaves.

🔔 This wine is clearly past it's prime on has more than one foot in the grave. It is always great fun to taste these old wines. Sometimes you get something exceptional, but this wasn’t one of those times. Baga reminds me of Portugal's version of Nebbiolo, just with more color. That acidity was still shining through, and the tannins were still there but mostly mellowed.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #portuguesewine #bairrada #baga #winesofportugal #portuguesewines
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Testing out my new wine cradle from Portae and using the Durand at the same time. @portae.la

🇵🇹🍷 Maiden voyage is with an old (1980) bottle of Portuguese wine that I hand-carried back a few years ago.

Music: Chill
Musician: LiQWYD @liqwyd

#🍷 #wine #vin #cork #wineterroir #lovewine #sommlife #winelife #somm #sommelier #bairrada #portuguesewine #vinho #winecradle #oldwine
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2007 Thiénot - Cuvée Alain Thiénot Brut (92 pts) @champagnethienot

ℹ️ This wine is a blend of 65% Chardonnay and 35% Pinot Noir. The grapes come partially from their vineyards. The wine was aged on its lees for ten years and was disgorged in 2018.

👁 Medium gold color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of baked apple, quince paste, Mirabelle plum, dried apricot, orange zest, baked bread, cheese rind, custard, and caramel.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, fine bubbles (not overly pervasive), medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium+ body. The wine has a powdery texture on the palate. A medium+ length finish of baked apple, crème caramel (flan), and orange zest.

🔔 The 2007 Cuvée Alain Thiénot is a fully mature Champagne that is ready to drink now. This wine shows how a fruit-driven Champagne ages with so much time on the lees developing baked and caramel apple notes with rich custardy flavors. The Cuvées of Champagne Thiénot all have a unique personality. It was fun to try them side by side. In the grand scheme of things, this represents a substantial value in Vintage Champagne.

💰~$105

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #thienot #champagnelife #brut #champagnelover #champagnethienot #vintagechampagne #cuvee
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2018 Domaine Bouchard Père & Fils - Le Corton Grand Cru (94 pts) @bouchardpereetfils

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 "Le Corton," which means that it comes from a specific lieu-dit vineyard of that name and not the broader Grand Cru appellation. There are 32 lieux-dits in the Corton appellation, but only a handful are found on labels. The fruit is hand-harvested, and 20% stem inclusion was used in fermentation. The wine was aged 12 to 14 months in French oak barrels with around 50% new oak.

👁 Medium ruby color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe red currant, cherry, peonies, roses, dried leaves, oak, cinnamon spice, rosehip, and Earl Grey tea.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium fine-grained tannins, medium+ alcohol (14%), and medium+ body. A long length finish highlighting flavors of ripe red fruits, subtle wood notes, and floral notes that linger on.

🔔 It has been a long time since I have a wine that floral on the nose and palate. Yes, there are crunchy red fruits and well-integrated oak, but these florals are the real highlight. I will admit I was surprised that the bottle said 14% ABV as I didn't notice it. This wine can age for a decade or two, but it is lovely right now. Classy juice!

💰 ~$150

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #bourgogne #burgundy #burgundywine #bouchard #bouchardpereetfils #corton #grandcru #cotedebeaune #lecorton #cotedor
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2018 François Saint-Lô - Saint Lô'Pet @francoissaintlo

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Grolleau and is labeled as a Vin de France. The grapes come from the Saumur region of the Loire Valley. This wine is a Pétillant Naturel (aka Pet Nat), meaning that it was bottled under a crown cap before the fermentation was completed. The fermentation continues to completion inside the bottle, creating bubbles as a byproduct. The grapes are organically farmed, fermentation takes place with indigenous yeasts, and no SO2 is added.

👁 Deep pink color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of bruised red apple, cranberry, sour cherry, barely ripe strawberry, blood orange, gravel, and saison beer (yeasty).

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, coarse quickly dissipating bubbles, low alcohol (11%), and medium body. A medium length finish of tart red fruit, citrus bitters, and yeast.

🔔 This is my first experience with the wines from François Saint-Lô. This Producer is quite popular with the hardcore "Natty" wine crowd, so I was worried that it would be a bit too funky. However, on the contrary, it was an enjoyable, clean, and chuggable Pet Nat. Nothing wrong with some farmer fizz.

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Château Cos d'Estournel Instagram Live Interview and Virtual Tasting with Dominique Arangoïts @cosdestournel

🎙 Join the Instagram Live with Dominique Arangoïts, Technical Director at Cos d'Estournel, on December 2nd at 8 am PST / 5 pm France. Cos d'Estournel is one of fifteen Second Growths from the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. Cos d'Estournel is highly regarded and recognized as the benchmark for the Saint-Estèphe appellation. We will discuss the location and history of the Château. We will discuss the wines made at the estate. Michel Reybier has been the owner of Cos d'Estournel since 2000, and we will discuss his 20 years of oversight, changes at the Winery, and how these changes are reflected in the wines.

🍷 We will taste three vintages of Cos d'Estournel: 2005, 2009, and 2016. These are all critically acclaimed vintages. Most exciting is getting to taste these wines with different degrees of age on them, giving us a chance to check in on them. 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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Music: Another time
Musician: LiQWYD @liqwyd
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Billecart-Salmon - Les Rendez-Vous N°1 Meunier Extra Brut @champagne_billecart_salmon

👨‍🔬 Les Rendez-Vous is a new experimental series from Champagne Billecart-Salmon. These releases are one and done. The goal of N°1 was to see how Meunier ages as a single varietal Champagne.

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Pinot Meunier (the cool kids just call it Meunier these days) from historic vineyards of Leuvrigny, Festigny, and Venteuil in the heart of Vallée de la Marne. The base wine is from the 2014 vintage with 33% reserve wines. Vinified in stainless steel tank and aged on the lees for 52 months. Dosage is 4.5 g/l.

🍾 Initially, a tad closed and blossomed with air. The nose was quite fruit-forward with pear, Mirabelle plum, kumquat, and quince paste on the nose. Great acidity, fine bubbles, and broad on the palate. Quite vinous and almost waxy on the finish.

🔔Overall I am excited by this line of wines. Les Rendez-Vous is a great way to share some of the house's experiments without needing to create a permanent fixture in the wider Billecart-Salmon range. A unique and fun wine, but if I tasted this blind, I don't think it would necessarily resonate as a Billecart-Salmon wine. Maybe that is precisely the point. The label mentions ”See you soon for N°2”, so I wonder what that could be..... Suspense building!

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1994 Dunn Vineyards - Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (97 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 cool 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. The wine was aged for 32 months in 💯 new French oak and sealed with a signature red wax capsule.

👁 Deep ruby with a pale garnet rim.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe to dried blackberry, black currant, black cherry, oak, cedar, tobacco, leather, extinguished campfire, herbal, sage, pine needles, dried chili, clove, and other baking spices.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium fine-grained tannins, medium alcohol (13%), and full body. The finish is exceptionally long, with flavors of ripe, overripe, and dried black fruits followed by sage and tobacco.

🔔 I am tasting this wine for the third time in 2020. It is still on point and pristine example of pedigree Howell Mountain fruit. This wine is in the best spot of all three bottles. Again I expect some bottle variation at this age. This is a world-class wine, especially from this iconic 1994 vintage. Excellent acid backbone and time has mellowed what must have been ferocious tannins, and everything culminates in a long finish with layers of concentrated flavors. They say patience is a virtue, which is needed to drink these wines in their prime window. My preference is to purchase wines of good provenance at auction. Who says you can't buy patience?

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1993 Beringer Vineyards - Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (91 pts) @beringervyds

ℹ️ This wine is a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc from vineyards across the Napa Valley, California. The wine consists of grapes from Napa appellations: 75% Howell Mountain and 25% St Helena. 1993 had rain in the spring ending a five-year drought and followed by a warm summer. The result was a prolonged harvest with optimal ripening conditions. The wine is aged for 20 months in French oak barrels with 💯 new oak.

👁 Deep garnet color with a fading rim.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of dried and stewed blackberry, black currant, black cherry, oak, cedar, char, leather, coffee grounds, dark chocolate, dried leaves, and baking spices.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium-sized resolved tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and medium+ body. Oak influence and dried fruit are prevalent in the palate. A medium length finish of dried black fruit, dark chocolate, and coffee grounds.

🔔 1993 Beringer Private Reserve, at this point, is a distinguished gentleman of a wine with a story to tell, but not holding up to its former glory. A lovely wine to taste, and if you like aged wines, then you will surely enjoy these bottles over the next few years, but definitely at a plateau that will eventually start to give way.

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2017 Domaine Weinbach - Cuvée Colette Riesling (92 pts) @domaineweinbach

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Riesling from the Alsace region in France. The vines are over 40 years old and located at the base of the Grand Cru Schlossberg. The well-drained soils are filled with pebbles and have a granite base. Schlossberg Hill has a steep south-facing slope that allows Riesling enough time to ripen fully. The vineyard is certified Organic and Biodynamic. Grapes are hand-harvested, then whole clusters are gently pressed. Fermentation takes place with indigenous yeasts, and the wines are aged in large neutral oak vats for 8-10 months.

👁 Medium lemon color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe yellow apple, Asian pear, kumquat, steely, flinty, wet rock, orange blossom, and lemon pith.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium+ alcohol (13.4%), and medium+ body. A bit of residual sugar (7 g/l) on the palate, but this still reads as dry with the high acidity level. A medium+ length finish of orchard fruit, citrus pith, and flint.

🔔 The 2017 Cuvée Colette Riesling is an acid-driven and mineral-laden wine. If there is a wine that tastes like there are rocks in your glass, then this it! As I mentioned above, you don't feel any sweetness in this wine due to the high total acidity (7.4 g/l). An excellent example of Alsatian Riesling with a weighty body, but still electric at the same time. Very well done! 👏

💰 ~$50

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2017 Montes - Folly (93 pts) @monteswines_usa

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Syrah from the Apalta sub-region of Colchagua Valley, Chile. The grapes come from the steepest slopes of Finca de Apalta estate vineyard. The soils are granitic with thin topsoil. The poor soils and high-density planting produce very low yields. The grapes were hand-harvested, de-stemmed, and then crushed under their weight with only free-run juice being used. The wine was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels with 80% new oak.

👁 Deep purple color that stains the glass.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of overripe to baked black plum, blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, black pepper, black olives, oak, vanilla, star anise, dark chocolate, and violets.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ drying tannins, high alcohol (15%), and full body. A touch of residual sugar (4.9 g/l) on the palate rounds out the wine and tones the acidity down a bit. A long length finish of black fruit reduction, sweet oak spices, and black pepper.

🔔 The 2017 Montes Folly is a big, bold, and spicy new world Syrah. This wine is not for everyone as it pushes the ripeness levels possible with Syrah, but without getting to jammy. The natural peppery spice and the oak spices merge well, almost tickling your tongue like Sichuan Peppercorns. This vintage will only get better with age. I expect that it should become a bit more savory with bottle age. Overall, always impressed with this bottling.

💰 ~$85

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #montes #syrah #chileanwine #colchagua #monteswines #colchaguavalley #chileanwines #montesfolly #apalta #winesofchile
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2018 Bouchard Père & Fils - Beaune-Grèves 1er Cru Vigne de L'Enfant Jésus (93 pts) @bouchardpereetfils

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Pinot Noir from the Beaune-Grèves Premier Cru appellation. More specifically, it is a lieu-dit vineyard named Vigne de L'Enfant Jésus but often referred to as simply "Baby Jesus." This property's name comes from an old story that Marguerite du Saint Sacrament predicted the birth of Louis XIV, even though his mother was sterile. After the birth of the future King of France, this vineyard was renamed. Bouchard Père & Fils bought the vineyard in 1791, and the 32-hectare property has been a monopole since then. The fruit is hand-harvested and partially destemmed. The wine is aged 12 to 14 months in French oak barrels with around 40% new oak. The wine is aged in the historic Château de Beaune.

👁 Medium ruby color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe black currant, black cherry, pomegranate, oak, toast, cinnamon, beef roast, earthy, dried leaves, violets, and black tea.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium ripe grainy tannins, medium+ alcohol (13.5%), and medium+ body. A medium+ length finish of ripe black fruit, oak spice, and tea leaves.

🔔 Baby Jesus is one of the jewels of the Bouchard Père & Fils portfolio with a lovely balance of ripe, yet crunchy, black fruit with oak spices, a slightly savory edge, and earthy tea notes. This wine is still very young with a lot of primary fruit and oak influence. As these flavors meld, it should improve further over the next 5-7 years. This wine is always an ambassador of Beaune.

💰 ~$140

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Sake Instagram Live and Virtual Tasting with Monica Samuels, Director of Sake & Spirits @vine_connections

🎙 Please join us for an Instagram Live on November 20th at 12 pm PST / 3 pm EST.

🗣 We will talk about some of the different types of Sake that will resonate for wine lovers. Monica @msamuels1212 has requested that we taste them from wine glasses to allow for the full sensory experience.

We will taste two sakes imported by Vine Connections:
🍶Origin of Purity Namazake by Rihaku
🍶 True Vision by Mana 1751

We will discuss what makes these sakes unique. Please join Instagram Live and participate in the conversation. Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories.

#wineterroir #winelover #sake #japanesesake #rihaku #namazake #mana1751 #junmai #junmaidaiginjo #sakelover #sakelovers #sakecup #saké #sakeeducation #saketime
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1995 Dr. Loosen - Erdener Prälat Riesling Auslese (93 pts) @dr.loosen

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Riesling from the vineyard of Erdener Prälat in the Mosel, Germany. This vineyard is 1.6 hectares in size with steep south-facing slopes (45°). These old vines grow in red slate soils.

👁 Deep amber color.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of petrol, dried apricot, dried mango, canned peach, ripe pineapple, orange peel, quince paste, saffron, candied ginger, and high-end honey.

👄 The wine is medium-sweet, high acidity, low alcohol (7.5%), and medium body. Initially, a touch of spritz on the tip of the tongue, but that faded after being open. A long length finish of dried apricot, quince paste, and saffron.

🔔 The Erdener Prälat wines are always so expressive and powerful. They need age to tame the fruitiness of the wine. The petrol was very obvious when first opened but faded after a few hours. The wine is ripe with a healthy amount of residual sugar (~100 g/l) but stays in complete balance all the way through the lengthy finish. I love the kaleidoscope of fruit aromas combined with the right mix of Botrytis flavors (saffron, ginger, and honey). At 25 years old, this wine still has a long life ahead of it.

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🇩🇪🍷 1995 Dr. Loosen Erdener Prälat Riesling Auslese @dr.loosen

👀 Looking through my wine cellar, I came across this bottle. The capsule was bulging, so I was worried there was an issue. The cork was not elevanted and moisture level was good. The wine was in good condition.

🎶Music: That Day
Musician: Jeff Kaale
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NV Bruno Paillard - Première Cuvée Extra Brut (91 pts) @champagnebrunopaillard

ℹ️ This Champagne is a blend of 45% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay, and 22% Pinot Meunier. The grapes come from over 30 different Crus. The base wine exclusively uses first press juice, and 20% is fermented in a barrel. The blend always has a high percentage (up to 50%) of reserve wines, a perpetual reserve that was 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.

👁 Pale gold color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of lemon zest, lemon curd, acacia, green apple, Asian pear, quince, marzipan, and brioche.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, persistent fine bubbles, medium alcohol (12%), and medium body. A delicate texture on the palate. A medium length finish of lemon zest, acacia, and brioche.

🔔 Bruno Paillard Première Cuvée is one of my top recommendations for friends looking for an affordable yet quality sparkling wine. It has excellent acidity, complexity due to the high percentage of reserve wines, and a filigree texture on the palate. I like the finesse of this bottling a lot. A total class act and good QPR Champagne.

💰 ~$50

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