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

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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

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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.

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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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2017 Montes - Alpha Syrah @monteswines_usa

ℹ️ This wine is a blend of 90% Syrah, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Viognier from Colchagua Valley, Chile. The grapes come from two sub-regions of Colchagua Valley: Apalta and Marchigüe. The Apalta region planted on steeps slopes further inland produces more powerful Syrah. The Marchigüe region is cooler and produces brighter Syrah. Marchigüe is where the Viognier is grown as well. 55% of the wine is aged in French oak barrels with a combination of first, second, and third use barrels.

👁 Deep ruby color with a slight purple hue.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of overripe to baked black plum, strawberry, raspberry sorbet, black pepper, toast, and violets.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium ripe tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and medium+ body. The sweetness of the fruit is more prevalent on the palate, pushing towards baked or stewed flavors. A medium- length finish of raspberry sorbet, cherry reduction, and black pepper.

🔔 The 2017 Montes Alpha Syrah represents the vintage and the Syrah variety in Chile well. Due to the vintage's heat, the wine was acidified, and it is noticeable on the front of the palate. As a package, it needs that acidity to stay fresh because there is some big fruit in this vintage. Overall, it is easy drinking and won't break the bank.

💰 ~$20

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JM Sélèque Instagram Live Interview and Virtual Tasting with Jean-Marc Sélèque @jmseleque

🎙 Join the Instagram Live with Jean-Marc Sélèque, Vigneron at Champagne JM Sélèque, on November 16th at 9 am PST / 6 pm France. In 2008, Jean-Marc returned to his family's domaine in Pierry. He immediately started converting the domaine toward Organic Viticulture and adopting some Biodynamic Principals. He also stopped selling off the fruit to negociants. The domaine has 22 acres of vines across 45 parcels in 7 different villages. Most remarkable is the average vine age is 40 years old.

🍷 We will taste two wines from Jean-Marc: the Solessence (50% of total production) and Quintette (his only Blanc de Blancs). We will discuss what makes these wines unique. 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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NV Billecart-Salmon - Sous Bois Brut Champagne (92 pts) @champagne_billecart_salmon

ℹ️ This wine is a blend of equal parts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. The Chardonnay comes from Premier and Grand Cru in the Côte des Blancs. The Pinot Noir comes from Premier and Grand Cru in Montagne de Reims, Aÿ, and Mareuil-Sur-Aÿ. The Pinot Meunier comes from the right bank of the Vallée de la Marne. This wine is 💯 fermented and aged in 15-year-old neutral French oak barrels. The wine undergoes partial malolactic fermentation. Each grape is aged separately before being blended. The wine is aged on the lees between six and seven years. Dosage of 7 g/l.

👁 Pale gold color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe yellow apple, dried peach, nectarine, marzipan, brioche, salted nuts, crème brulee, and candied orange peel.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, fine bubbles, medium alcohol (12%), and medium+ body. The palate is creamy. A medium+ length finish of nectarine, marzipan, and high-end honey.

🔔 The Sous Bois bottling from Billecart-Salmon is my favorite of their non-vintage cuvées. This wine spends a long time on lees, considerably longer than some vintage Champagnes, adding depth of flavor. The neutral oak aging provides gentle oxidation to the fruit that adds complexity without being the singular defining characteristic of the wine. Bright and polished on the nose, broad and seductive on the palate. Big fan! 🙌

💰 ~$80

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2018 Bouchard Père & Fils - Beaune 1er Cru Clos Saint-Landry (91 pts) @bouchardpereetfils

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Chardonnay from a Premier Cru of Beaune in Burgundy. Clos Saint-Landry is a monopole of Bouchard Père & Fils since 1791. The walled vineyard is 1.98 hectares. The soils are limestone and clay marl. The wine is aged 9 to 10 months in French oak barrels with up to 15% new oak and followed by 3 to 4 months in stainless steel vats.

👁 Medium- lemon color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe white peach, apricot, Asian pear, kumquat, grapefruit pith, acacia, and Greek yogurt.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol (13%), and medium+ body. The palate has a beautiful texture and is quite broad. A medium length finish of orchard fruit and creamy yogurt.

🔔 Beaune is Pinot Noir territory, so it is fun to taste a Chardonnay with such a long history in this monopole. The 2018 Clos Saint-Landry is primarily fruit-driven on the nose and offers up a plush texture on the palate, making this extremely pleasurable to drink now. This wine is an interesting juxtaposition to the red wines of Beaune that can be earthier and more savory.

💰 ~$80

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2018 Heitz Cellar - Quartz Creek Vineyard Chardonnay (92 pts) @heitzcellar

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Chardonnay from the Quartz Creek Vineyard in the Oak Knoll appellation of Napa Valley, California. As the name implies, the vines grow over a bed of quartz rock. The grapes were harvested early to preserve acidity. The wine does not go through malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged on the lees for 14 months in French oak with only 10% new oak barrels. The remaining 90% is large neutral oak.

👁 Pale lemon color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of green apple, lime blossom, key lime, lemon pith, chrysanthemum tea, acacia, and wet rock.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ alcohol (13.5%), and medium body. The palate starts linear and acid-driven but starts to widen with the hint of oak on the mid-palate. A medium+ length finish of citrus and florals.

🔔 When I think of Heitz Cellar's wines, Cabernet Sauvignon jumps to mind, but this vintage debut of Quartz Creek Vineyard Chardonnay is quite impressive. To be honest, except for a few outliers, I don't think Chardonnay shows that well in Napa, so now I need to add another outlier to the list. Many smart decisions got this wine to this result: harvesting early, blocked malo, long lees aging, and a pinch of new oak. Well done, Heitz Cellar!

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Montes Wines Instagram Live Interview and Virtual Tasting with Aurelio Montes Jr. @monteswines_usa

🎙 Join the Instagram Live with Aurelio Montes Jr., the Chief Winemaker of Montes Wines, on November 11th at 5 pm PST / 10 pm Chile. Montes has been making wine in Chile since 1987. They were one of the early pioneers to establish vineyards in the Colchagua Valley. Their vineyards are in the Apalta region, regarded for the best terroirs of the Colchagua Valley. We will discuss how Bordeaux and Rhone grape varieties fair in this new world Mediterranean Climate.

🍷 We will taste three wines of Montes from the 2017 vintage: Montes Alpha M, Montes Folly, and Montes Alpha Syrah. We will discuss what makes these wines unique. 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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Lustau - Manzanilla Sanlúcar de Barrameda 3 En Rama Spring 2020 (90 pts) @bodegaslustau

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Palomino Fino that is biologically aged sherry from Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain. This sherry style is known as Manzanilla and can only be labeled this way if it comes from Sanlúcar de Barrameda. En Rama, which loosely translates as "Raw Sherry," meaning that it is the closest you can get to being straight from the cask. This is the most delicate form of Sherry. This Manzanilla is aged under flor in American oak casks for five years and bottled without any treatment. This wine may be hazy or have sediment due to not being filtered.

👁 Pale gold color, noticeably cloudy.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of salted Marcona almonds, sea breeze, hay, yeast, bread dough, oatmeal, lemon zest, yellow apple, lanolin, and chamomile.

👄 The wine is bone-dry, low acidity, medium- alcohol (15.5%) for fortified wine, and medium body. The flavors carry through on the palate with a chalky texture. A medium length finish of salted almonds, hay, and chamomile.

🔔 This wine is a yearly En Rama release from Lustau, which offers a unique look at how the location of Sanlúcar de Barrameda impacts the wine during aging. Often Manzanilla can be too light and delicate for me, but this En Rama robustly offers up these flavors. If you are into sherry, then I highly recommend trying the trio together. If you are new to sherry then I wouldn't recommend starting here.

💰 ~$30

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2018 Kumeu River - Estate Chardonnay (90 pts) @kumeu_river

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Chardonnay from six different estate vineyards in the Kumeu Region. The vines are 7-20 years old and are planted in clay loam soils over a sandstone base. The grapes are hand-harvested, whole cluster pressed, and fermented with indigenous yeasts. The wines are barrel fermented and go through 💯 malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged for 11 months in French oak barrels.

👁 Pale lemon color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of grapefruit pith, key lime, lemon zest, pear, yellow apple, oak, toasted nuts, whole cream, and flint.

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

🔔 The Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay offers a fantastic Quality to Price Ratio (QPR) Chardonnay. The wine is very balanced with good acidity, a creamy texture, and a reasonably ethereal body. The palate shows a gentle kiss of new oak (assuming 15-20% new oak) and endearing flinty notes on the finish. Kumeu River does a beautiful job of showcasing New World fruit with Old World winemaking sensibility across their range.

💰 ~$30

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #kumeuriver #nzwine #newzealandwine #chardonnay #kumeu
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1989 Château Léoville Barton - Saint-Julien (93 pts) @bartonwine

ℹ️ This wine is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc. Château Léoville Barton is a Second Growth in the Saint-Julien appellation in Bordeaux, France. The wines are made at the sister estate of Château Langoa Barton. The soils are clay and gravel. The grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed, and fermented in traditional wood vats by the individual plots. The wine is aged for 16-18 months in French oak barrels with 60% new oak.

👁 Deep garnet color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of dried black currant, blackberry, black cherry, cedar, lead pencil, sweet tobacco, forest floor, black licorice, and star anise.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium- silky tannins, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium body. A medium+ length finish of dried black fruit, cedar, and sweet tobacco.

🔔 The 1989 Château Léoville Barton is fully mature and in the prime window for enjoyment. I have had this wine a few times over the last few years, and this bottle is showing the best. A lovely and elegant expression of aged Bordeaux. Prices of Léoville Barton have gone up a bit over the years, but these remain beautiful blue Chip wines that drink very well with at least ten years of cellaring under their belt.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #bordeaux #bordeauxwine #chateauleovillebarton #leovillebarton #stjulien #saintjulien #bordeauxwines
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Bouchard Père & Fils Instagram Live Interview and Virtual Tasting with Frédéric Wéber @bouchardpereetfils

🎙 Join the Instagram Live with Frédéric Wéber, the Cellar Master of Bouchard Père & Fils, on November 5th at 9 am PST / 6 pm France. Bouchard Père & Fils has been making wine since 1731. They are one of Burgundy's oldest wine merchants and one of the largest vineyard owners in Côte d'Or. They are also the most prominent owner of Beaune Premier Cru vineyards. We will discuss the differences in making Domaine and Maison wines. A high-level overview of the 2018 vintage given the comprehensive view of so many wines. We will discuss sustainable farming and the move to full organic certification for such a large landowner. We will discuss some of the crown jewels of the estate.

🍷 We will taste three iconic wines of Bouchard Père & Fils from the 2018 vintage: Le Corton Grand Cru, Beaune Grèves Vigne de L’Enfant Jésus Premier Cru, and Beaune Clos Saint-Landy Premier Cru (Monopole). 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 #bouchard #bouchardpereetfils #corton #beaune #burgundy #burgundywine #bourgogne #bourgognewine #grandcru #premiercru
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🇪🇸 Are you a Sherry lover ❤️ or a Sherry hater 💔?
Have you tried En Rama Sherries?

These are En Rama Sherries, which loosely translates as "Raw Sherry," meaning that is the closest you can get to being straight from the cask. This category only exists for biologically (Flor) aged Sherries like Fino and Manzanilla. I will note that En Rama Sherries are still lightly filtered. Just to make sure the wine doesn't go wrong in the bottle.

Every year, I buy these three wines from Lustau @bodegaslustau because they are the only Bodega with facilities in each city of the Sherry Triangle. I would argue that much of the "Terroir" of Sherry is more about the unique factors of where it is aged instead of the vineyard location. Anyone that is Sherry curious should check these three bottlings out to do a comparative tasting.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #sherry #jerez #enrama #fino #manzanilla #elpuertodesantamaria #jerezdelafrontera #sanlucardebarrameda #sherrywine #sherrylover
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2015 Beringer Vineyards - Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (92 pts) @beringervyds

ℹ️ This wine is a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot from vineyards across the Napa Valley, California. The wine consists of grapes from the following Napa appellations: 62% Howell Mountain, 28% St Helena, 6% Spring Mountain, and 4% Mount Veeder. The wine is aged for 20 months in French oak barrels with 80% new oak. The wine is bottle-aged for another 12 months before release.

👁 Deep ruby color with heavy staining.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of stewed blackberry, boysenberry, black plum, oak, smoke, vanilla, whole cream, licorice, clove, cardamom, and mocha.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, high ripe spicy tannins, high alcohol (15.2%), and full body. Extremely dark and dense on the palate with a lot of baking spices. A medium+ length finish of reduced black fruit, oak spices, and mocha.

🔔 Beringer Private Reserve has always been one of those wines that don't necessarily get the credit it is due. Possibly due to the size of the broader Beringer portfolio. The 2015 is loaded with fruit concentration and structure built to age. The oak spices take over the palate, although the fruit does manage to peak through to let you know it is there. The finish is long, but the alcohol becomes more prevalent at the tail end. This wine will improve with age, but at the moment, it is dense and chewy. I would at least wait 5-7 years before opening. This wine is still undervalued!

💰~$130

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #beringer #privatereserve #napa #napavalley #napawine #napavalleywine #cabernetsauvignon
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1964 Nervi - Gattinara Riserva del Titolare (93 pts) @nervigattinara

ℹ️ This wine is from the Gattinara appellation in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy. The sub-region is known as Alto Piedmont. Nebbiolo is the main grape of the region, but it is locally known as Spanna. Gattinara appellation rules require that the blend be at least 90% Spanna. A blend may include up to 10% Uva Rara. A blend may also include up to 4% of Vespolina. Gattinara is known Volcanic gravel soils and high elevation. Nervi is the oldest wine estate in Gattinara that was founded in 1906. Nervi has some of the finest vineyards with a long-standing history and pedigree. The historic winemaking methods are known for long fermentations and aging for 3-4 years in neutral Slovenian oak botti. In 2018 Nervi was acquired by Roberto Conterno.

👁 Pale garnet color with a watery rim.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of freshly paved asphalt (subsides with air), dried strawberry, dried red currant, sour cherry, leather, dried roses, forest floor, marjoram, and pu er tea.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, low resolved tannins, medium alcohol (13%), and medium- body. The palate shows more stewed red fruit than dried in comparison with the nose. A medium+ length finish of sweet stewed red fruit, leather, and pu er tea.

🔔 WOW! I had very minimal expectations of this bottle given its age, just WOW! The wine needed 30 minutes of air to blow off the asphalt note that dominated the nose. There was a sweet of fruit that carried on to the finish. Nervi was the top Producer of that era. This bottle is a Riserva, a legendary vintage in Piedmont, and pristine storage from a collector in Italy has culminated in an excellent drinking experience. I will drink my history lessons any day of the week. It is clear why Conterno purchased this estate. Imagine what new levels he will take these wines with future vintages as he starts to understand what the vines can deliver.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #gattinara #nebbiolo #spanna #altopiemonte #nervi #conterno #piedmont #piemonte
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🍷 1964 Nervi Gattinara Riserva del Titolare

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

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

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

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

👁 Medium gold color, slightly hazy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

👁 Deep lemon color.

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

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

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

💰~$150

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

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

👁 Pale lemon color.

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

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

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

💰~$40

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

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

👁 Deep ruby color.

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

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

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

💰~$90

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

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

👁 Deep gold color.

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

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

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

💰~$400

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

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

👁 Medium- ruby color.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

👁 Deep ruby color.

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

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

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

💰 ~$17

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

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

👁 Deep gold color slight amber hue.

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

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

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

💰~$75

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

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

👁 Medium+ ruby color.

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

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

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

💰~$750

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

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

👁 Medium lemon color.

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

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

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

💰~$26

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

👁 Deep orange color with noticeable haziness.

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

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

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

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2019 Big Table Farm - Pinot Gris (90 pts) @bigtablefarm

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

👁 Deep pink-orange color.

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

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

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

💰 ~$32

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1992 Araujo Estate - Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (95 pts) @artemisdomaines

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

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

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

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

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

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NV Françoise Martinot (par Charles Dufour) - Bistrøtage Rosé (B.11) Extra Brut (91 pts) @bistrotage

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

👁 Deep pink-orange color with slight cloudiness.

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

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

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

💰 ~$60

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2015 Poggio La Noce - Bàja Falanghina @clairewithpoggiolanoce

🙋🏻‍♂️ Have you tried Falanghina before?

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

👁 Deep lemon color.

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

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

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

💰 ~$27

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

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

👁 Deep ruby color.

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

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

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

💰 ~$375

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

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

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

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

👁 Medium- ruby color with a pale rim.

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

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

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

💰 ~$100

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

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

👁 Pale lemon color.

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

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

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

💰 ~$50

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

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

👁 Deep gold color, slight amber hue.

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

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

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

💰 ~$55

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

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

👁 Medium lemon color.

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

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

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

💰 ~$70

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

👁 Deep ruby color.

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

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

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

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

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

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

🍷 1990 Château Leoville Las Cases - St. Julien
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