1988 Comte Armand - Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux Monopole

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Pinot Noir from the premier cru enclosed vineyard of Clos des Epeneaux in Pommard. Comte Armand exclusively owns this vineyard.

👁 Medium garnet color with a pale rim.

👃 Medium- intensity on the nose. Aromas of dried red berries, black truffle, dried leaves, earthy, and rosehip.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium grippy tannins, medium alcohol (~13%), and medium body. The fruit has faded away, but the tannins are still there in force. A medium length finish, but mostly astringency and earthy notes.

🔔 1988 Red Burgundy was a low-yielding and concentrated vintage. In many cases, the wines can be pretty austere. I am unsure if this wine is past prime or if the structural components are now just out of balance with the fruit concentration. As a wine geek, it is always fun to try older wines, but hitting that sweet spot is very fickle.

🙏 Thank you @clayfu.wine for sharing this bottle

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Happy Father’s Day to all of the amazing Dads out there.

My amazing wife gave me the day off to enjoy a bit of wine before meeting up for dinner.
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2018 Schrader - RBS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (96 pts) @schradercellars

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Cabernet Sauvignon from Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard in the Oakville AVA of Napa Valley, California. The To Kalon is probably the most famous single vineyard in Napa if not all of California. The wine was aged in 💯 new French oak for 20 months.

👁 Deep ruby color with heavy staining.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe blackberry, raspberry, black currant candy, roasted herbs, evergreen, oak, char, cardamom, clove, vanilla bean, rosehip, and violets.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, high fine-grained tannins, high alcohol (14.6%), and full body. There is a lot of structure to the wine, but the silky texture transitions from front to back. A long length finish of ripe brambly fruit, sweet baking spices, and wild herbs.

🔔 I love everything about this wine right now, which is mind-blowingly good for only being a 2018. This is what happens when you combine an excellent vintage (2018) with a cult Producer (Schrader) with fruit from the top vineyard in Napa (To Kalon) and let a rockstar Winemaker (Thomas Brown) do his thing. My only knock on the wine is that it is still tight, and it needs a good 5-7 years of cellaring to show what it is capable of being. Baller wine 🍷

💰 ~$375

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2020 Raúl Pérez - Los Arrotos del Pendón León Rosado

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Prieto Picudo from the Léon appellation of Castilla y León, Spain. The wine is left in contact with the skins for two days for color. Native yeast fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks. The wine is on the fine lees for four months before being bottled without fining or filtration.

👁 Pale ruby color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe to candied red fruits: red currant candy and strawberry puree with flower pot water.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, low ripe tannins, high alcohol (14%), and medium+ body. A medium- length finish of candied red fruits.

🔔 I was looking forward to trying this wine as I am a fan of Raúl Pérez and I always love trying obscure grapes. The flavors are a bit one-note for me, and the alcohol is a bit out of whack. There is a big burn on the finish. Combine that with the watered-down flavor of a melted red icy pop from my childhood, and you can understand my disappointment. I hate to judge a rosé by it's color....... But 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️

💰 ~$20

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1998 Domaine Jamet - Côte-Rôtie (95 pts) @domainejamet

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Syrah from the Côte-Rôtie appellation of the Rhone Valley, France. The vines are a mix of 16 different lieux-dits planted on Schist and Granite soils. Grapes are hand-harvested and primarily fermented whole-cluster. All parcels are vinified and aged separately. The wine is aged for 22 months in barrel before blending and bottled unfiltered. This bottle is a late release from Domaine.

👁 Medium ruby color and slightly cloudy.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe black raspberry, black cherry, cracked black pepper, smoke, sanguine, pan-seared duck breast, bacon fat, used leather, pen ink, and violets.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium-sized resolved tannins, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium body. Harmony and texture on the palate with delicate filigree. A long-length finish of ripe black fruit, pepper, sanguine, and pen ink.

🔔 This wine was double decanted before dinner. Around two hours after the initial pour, the wine started to show its true potential. This wine showed all the elegant and authentic aromas of Syrah: high-toned violets, ripe brambly fruit, peppery spice, and developed leather. This wine has plenty of life ahead of it with still a good amount of primary fruit, but it is drinking beautifully right now. They say patience is a virtue. I do love Jamet, but I have probably consumed most bottles far too young.

🙏 Thank you, @aewang for sharing a stunning example of Côte-Rôtie.

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1976 Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Moelleux (92 pts) @domainehuet

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Chenin Blanc from the Clos did Bourg vineyard in the Vouvray appellation of the Loire Valley, France. Gaston Huët believed Clos du Bourg to be the greatest of all Vouvray vineyards due to having the poorest, shallowest, and stoniest soils.

👁 Medium amber color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of dried apricot, dried pear, Mirabelle plum, bruised apple, peach skin, dried flowers, and honey.

👄 The wine is medium-sweet, high acidity, medium alcohol (13%), and full body. Mouth coating on attack and quickly cut by the acidity keeping the wine from being cloying. A medium length finish of dried orchard fruit and honey.

🔔 Huet's wines can age for decades, as seen by this example. A lovely aged sweet wine that wasn't over the top in sweetness because it cut with firm acidity. Overall good balance, but I find a larger influence of Botrytis leads to even more complex aged sweet wines.

🙏 Thank you, @clayfu.wine for bringing a fun aged wine to wrap up the night.

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2019 Longaví - Glup País @longaviwines

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 País (aka Mission) from 100+-year-old dry-farmed bush vines in the Bío Bío Valley region of Chile. The grapes are hand-harvested, then an indigenous yeast fermentation in open-top tanks with 30% whole cluster, and aged for four months in foudre. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

👁 Medium- ruby color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe raspberry, red cherry, wet rock, and slight floral note.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium powdery tannins, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium body. A surprising amount of sapidity on the palate. A medium- length finish of ripe red fruit and rocks.

🔔 The 2019 Glup País is a very well-made honest wine for $20 from 100-year-old vines. You can't say that too often. These are authentic wines meant for early consumption. However, these are minimal intervention wines that reflect their place. And who doesn't like saying the word "Glup!"

💰 ~$20

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2016 Gaja - DaGromis Barolo (93 pts)

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Nebbiolo from two estate vineyards from the Barolo appellation in the Piedmont region of Italy. One vineyard is located in Serralunga, and the other is located in La Morra. In both cases, Gaja makes Cru bottlings out of adjacent vineyards. The grapes from each vineyard are harvested and vinified separately. The wines are aged in French oak barrels for 12 months and then blended. The wine is aged an additional 18 months in botti. 2016 is considered an exceptional vintage in Barolo.

👁 Pale ruby color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe red currant, Bing cherry, rose, rose stems, oak, smoke, orange peel, twizzler, and a slightly herbal spicy mint note.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, high drying tannins, high alcohol (14%), and medium body. The palate has a ton of structure despite the moderate weight. A medium+ length finish of ripe red fruit, oak spice, and mint tea.

🔔 2016 DaGromis is probably the best vintage of this wine that I have tasted. No doubt this is due to the exceptional quality of the 2016 vintage and the pedigree of winemaking. None of the wines from Gaja would be considered "affordable," but given the factors above, this seems like a relative "value" in the lineup. This wine skirts the line of Modern and Traditional. Definitely modern due to the use of barrel, which is noticeable, but still Traditional due to the restrained profile. Well done!

💰 ~$102

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2013 JM Sélèque - Partition Extra Brut Champagne (94 pts) @jmseleque

ℹ️ This Champagne is a blend of 72% Chardonnay, 14% Meunier, and 14% Pinot Noir from seven different vineyards sites. Each year the same seven vineyards are used for Partition from these villages: Epernay, Dizy, Vertus, Mardeuil, and Pierry. There are seven barrels of vins claire, one for each site. After the wines are blended, they are aged under a cork on the lees for five years. This bottle was disgorged in March 2019 and bottled without fining or filtration. The dosage is 2 g/l. The score on the label changes each year, and 2013 is "Son of a Preacher Man." Only 150 cases were produced.

👁 Medium gold color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of baked apple, poached pear, nectarine, acacia, chrysanthemum, croissant, custard, toasted hazelnut, and salted butter.

👄 The wine is dry, high zippy acidity, subtle delicate bubbles, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium+ body. The palate is exceptionally vinous and layered. A long length finish of baked orchard fruit, custard, and salted nuts.

🔔 2013 Partition from Jean-Marc Sélèque is everything I look for in a grower Champagne. First and foremost, this is a beautiful wine, before it is a lovely Champagne. The bubbles are not super pervasive, but that gives the wine a bit more transparency. Really impressed by all of his wines, but this is my favorite so far. Seek this out if you can find it.

💰 ~$140

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2015 Vega-Sicilia - Valbuena 5° Ribera del Duero (95 pts) @temposvegasicilia

ℹ️ This wine is a blend of 95% Tinto Fino (aka Tempranillo) and 5% Merlot from the Ribera del Duero region in Spain. It is important that Valbuena is not a "second wine" to Unico. The individual plots are all hand-harvested, vinified, and aged in barrel (both French and American) for one year. After the initial year barrel, selections are to determine which plots go into Unico and Valbuena. Valbuena then receives additional two years of aging in wood vats. The wine then undergoes a final two years of aging in the bottle. The nearest village to the winery is Valbuena del Duero, presumably where the wine gets its name plus the 5° due to the five years of aging.

👁 Deep ruby color.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe blackberry, black raspberry, cigar tobacco, oak, toast, nutmeg, cardamom, fennel, vanilla, salami, and potpourri.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, high tightly wound tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and full body. There are layers of texture and flavor on the palate. A long length finish of reduced black fruit, baking spices, fennel, and tobacco.

🔔 Let me start by saying this wine is big and complex, but it can be accessible with a few hours in the decanter. The nose evolves with each swirl jumping out of the glass. A healthy amount of oak, but the various combinations present a veritable spice rack on the palate. The palate starts with pristine fruit, rolls in a bevy of dried herbs and spices, then segues to a slightly bitter herb note before ending on a savory fennel and salami note. This is a roller coaster of flavor for your tongue. 2015 Valbuena 5° will only get better. I find this considerably better than Alion and way more accessible than Unico.

💰 ~$180

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Filipa Pato - 3B Rosé Extra Bruto Bairrada @filipa_pato

ℹ️ This sparkling wine is a blend of 69% Baga (red) and 31% Bical (white) from the Bairrada region of Portugal. Bags and Bical are two of the three Bs in the name. I believe that the third B is for Bruto. The grapes are Biodynamically farmed, hand-harvested, and undergo indigenous yeast fermentation in stainless steel. This wine is made using the traditional method with nine months of lees aging.

👁 Medium pink color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe strawberry, raspberry, blood orange, and subtle floral notes.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium-size vigorous bubbles, medium- alcohol (11.5%), and medium body. A short length finish of bright red fruits and florals.

🔔 3B is an honest everyday glou glou sparkling wine. As it says on the front label, "Authentic wines without makeup." The wine shows solid red fruits, a touch of florals, and is bone-dry. Sub-$20 sparkling wine that is a traditional method and not using dosage (sugar) to cover flaws in the base fruit is rare. Crisp, fruity, and affordable that can be consumed by the case at your next summer BBQ.

💰 ~$18

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1990 Château Pradeaux - Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Bandol Rouge (92 pts) @chateau.pradeaux

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Mourvèdre from estate vineyards in Bandol appellation of Provence, France. This Cuvée is now called Cuvée Longue Garde. The Mourvèdre comes from 45-year-old head-trained vines. The grapes are left whole cluster, crushed, and then undergo spontaneous yeast fermentation. The wine is aged for four years in foudres (large neutral oak vats). The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered.

👁 Medium+ garnet color with a pale rim.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of tree bark, leather, gamey, dried out cigar, dried black cherry, pomegranate, black raspberry, dried lavender, anise, white truffle, and earthy.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ grippy tannins, medium+ alcohol (13%), and medium+ body. The palate is more savory than fruity. A medium+ length finish showing lavender, leather, and anise.

🔔 I don't often encounter Bandol wines with this amount of age on them. The nose shows development with a wide range of complex aromas. The palate has vibrant acidity and grippy tannins that are still flexing after 30 years. The wine still has a lot of structure and will hang here for some time, but it is now where the wine is very tertiary. Fun wine and a Top Producer in Bandol.

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2004 Dunn Vineyards - Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (94 pts) @dunnvineyards

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

👁 Deep ruby color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe to overripe blackberry, black plum, black cherry preserves, rosemary, lavender, black licorice, clove, cedar, espresso grounds, bittersweet cocoa powder, and lead pencil.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, high drying brawny tannins, high alcohol (14.1%), and full body. The palate is dense and powerful. A medium+ length finish showing loads of black fruit reduction, dried herbs, and cocoa powder.

🔔 The 2004 Dunn Howell Mountain is still in its infancy, and this baby is a beast. The tannins are massive, and they need significantly more time to mellow. The palate has loads of fruit concentration, and the new oak has integrated nicely. There is a ton of structure which will give it a nice frame to allow it to continue to improve. I tasted this over two days, and it was showing the best on day two. They say patience is a virtue and these Dunn wines put that to a test.

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2004 Pommery - Cuvée Louise Extra Brut Champagne (93 pts) @champagnepommery

ℹ️ This Champagne is a blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir from only three Grand Crus: Aÿ, Cramant, and Avize. The wine has aged a minimum of 11 years on the lees with an additional 9 months post disgorgement. The dosage is 5 g/l.

👁 Medium+ gold color.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of baked apple, baked pear, quince paste, lemon custard, crème brûlée, lemon zest, honeycomb, freshly baked bread, and white chocolate.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, fine-grained fresh bubbles, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium+ body. The palate is textured and creamy. A long length finish is showcasing baked orchard fruit, fresh-baked bread, and honey.

🔔 2004 Cuvée Louise packs a lot of flavor into the bottle. The aromatics are pretty intense, and that carries through in the palate. The acidity and texture keep those bold flavors in balance. Given the cellaring of this wine, as a current release, it is surprisingly fresh with very vibrant bubbles. Stylistically this vintage of Cuvée Louise is quite exuberant and almost hedonistic. It should maintain at peak for several years.

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2016 Antoine Jobard - Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Sur le Sentier du Clou (93 pts) @antoine.jobard

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Chardonnay from Saint-Aubin village in the Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France. Sur le Sentier du Clou vines were planted in 1961, 1987, and 1990. The grapes are hand-harvested and gently pressed with little to no settling. Alcoholic fermentation and MLF take place in French oak barrels with no bâtonnage. The wine is aged in barrel for 20-23 months with up to 20% new oak.

👁 Medium lemon color with a slightly green hue.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of struck match, flint, grilled lemon, yellow apple, nectarine, poached pear, salted black licorice, brown butter, and chrysanthemum tea.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium alcohol (13%), and medium+ body. The fruit profile on the palate is riper and richer, with more baked apple and poached pear but kept in check by the acidity. A medium+ length finish of salted black licorice, grilled lemon, and chrysanthemum tea.

🔔 Sur le Sentier du Clou has a good amount of "Noble" reduction on the nose that intermingles an array of fruit with flinty aromas. The ripe fruit flavors on the palate walk on a tight rope of acid-driven crystalline structure. Everything manages to stay wonderfully balance without anything seeming too heavy or forced. The finish slowly fades away with clean "mineral" salinity —an excellent wine from Antoine Jobard.

💰 ~$108

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Pommery - Brut Rosé Royal Champagne @champagnepommery

ℹ️ This Champagne is 37% Pinot Noir, 31% Chardonnay, and 31% Pinot Meunier from a selection of 40 Crus. Pinot Noir red wine (~7%) from Bouzy Grand Cru was added to the blend for color and aged for a minimum of three years on the lees with an additional six months post disgorgement. The dosage is 10 g/l.

👁 Medium pink-orange color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of red cherry, red currant, nectarine, lemon zest, blood orange, pie crust, and toast.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, fine-grained pervasive bubbles, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium- body. A medium length finish of tart red fruit and citrus.

🔔 Pommery's Brut Rosé Royal is a definite step up in quality from the Louis Pommery California Rosé, but this wine comes in at twice the price. Overall, Brut Rosé Royal is fresh and a crowd-pleaser, but the dosage is on the high side for my palate, even if carried by the acidity. This rosé is in a competitive price range, with most entry-level rosé Champagnes coming in at $50-$70, so it is really about figuring out what style you like.

💰 ~$59

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2005 Domaine Ponsot - Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru (96 pts) @domaineponsot

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Pinot Noir from the Grand Cru vineyard of Chapelle-Chambertin, which is in the northern part of Côte de Nuits in Burgundy, France. Domaine Ponsot only uses barrels that are a minimum of five years old that they purchase from other domaines. The wines spend up to two years in barrel. The wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.

👁 Medium+ ruby color and slightly cloudy (unfiltered).

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe Bing cherry, red currant, cranberry reduction, red plum, rose stems, sage, thyme, sanguine, and freshly turned topsoil.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium- powdery tannins, medium alcohol (13.2%), and medium+ body. The palate is more expressive than the nose showing a mix of ripe fruit and savory notes. The texture is plush and silky. A long length finish showcasing ripe to preserved red fruits, sage, and sanguine (iron and meaty) notes.

🔔 Domaine Ponsot wines fresh out the gate tend to be quite bold and powerful but never oaky. This 2005 Chapelle Chambertin is just starting to hit its prime and may continue to improve. The nose is predominantly ripe fruit and herbs. The palate explodes with flavor that has a kaleidoscope of fruits, herbs, florals, and savory notes. This bottle needed a few hours of air before it was showing the full spectrum of flavors. A stunning wine, but I will probably wait a few more years before opening another bottle.

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2014 Heitz Cellar - Trailside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (93 pts) @heitzcellar

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Trailside Vineyard in the Rutherford AVA of Napa Valley, California. Trailside Vineyard is aged in a range of French oak vessels, both new and old, from barriques to large oak vats for four years, followed by two years in bottle.

👁 Deep ruby color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe and stewed blackberry, black raspberry, black plum, cedar, dark fruit leather, licorice, blackcurrant leaf, dried herbs, and pine needles.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium ripe tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and medium+ body. The ripe fruit dominates the palate but with remarkable acidity and balanced tannins. A medium+ length finish of ripe black fruit, dried herbs, and oak spice.

🔔 Another classically styled Napa Cabernet shows concentration without being heavy. Everything is in the right place. The oak aging regiment softened the tannins to make this quite enjoyable even though young. Trailside Vineyard is in the Goldilocks zone. It is a step up in quality from the regular Napa Valley bottling but far more accessible than the big sister Martha's Vineyard bottling. Heitz Cellar keeps making great wines with an evident pedigree.

💰 ~$110

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2019 Château Minuty - Rose et Or (91 pts) @chateauminuty

ℹ️ This wine is 80% Grenache and 20% Cinsault from estate vineyards in the Côte de Provence appellation of France. Château Minuty is in Saint-Tropez with the vineyards only a half-mile from the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. The grapes are hand-harvested, direct pressed, and only free-run juice is used. Fermentation and aging (4 months) take place in stainless steel.

👁 Pale copper color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of acacia, orange blossom, honeysuckle, underripe nectarine, Asian pear, orange zest, and sea breeze.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium body. There is more salinity on the palate with a touch of white pepper as well. A medium length finish of high-end hand soap (very floral), sea breeze, and citrus zest.

🔔 Rose et Or is one of the higher-end cuvées from Château Minuty. This cuvée is more delicate and complex than the Prestige Cuvée. The floral notes ripple from start to finish. The palate shows a nice salty note with a hint of white pepper spice. At this price point, make sure to give the wine enough attention, so it is not overpowered by bolder food pairings.

💰 ~$48

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Louis Pommery - Brut Rosé California

ℹ️ This Sparkling Wine is 76% Chardonnay and 24% Pinot Noir sourced from across California. Red wine Pinot Noir is 4% of the blend for color. This wine is made using the Traditional Method. The wine has a dosage of 6 g/l.

👁 Medium pink-orange color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of barely raspberry, red currant, pink grapefruit, red apple, and orange blossoms.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, moderate-sized vigorous bubbles, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium body. A medium- length finish of red fruit and citrus peel.

🔔 Louis Pommery Brut Rosé is a solid entry-level rosé sparkling wine. It is well made with an intelligent dosage level and solid flavor concentration. Perfect for any weekend brunch. As a pan-Californian wine, it shows less sense of place, but it is more of a value play hitting that sweet spot under $30.

💰 ~$27

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🇫🇷🍷 What are your thoughts on the First Growth Bordeaux wines?

✅ The pinnacle of fine wine?
✅ Worth the hype?
✅ Blue-chip bottles for any cellar?

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❌ Lacks a soul?
❌ Overrated?
❌ Overpriced?

I am definitely in the first camp than the latter. These wines have stood the test of time for a reason. Yes, there may be better values out there, but it is hard to argue with the consistency of the wines.

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2015 Mayer - Cabernet Sauvignon Yarra Valley @timo.mayer

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Cabernet Sauvignon from Yering in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia. The wine undergoes 💯 whole cluster (minor Carbonic Maceration to start) indigenous yeast fermentation. The wine is left on the lees for one year in hogshead barrels. The wine is only racked one time before bottling with a small amount of sulfur. The wine is bottled unfined, and unfiltered.

👁 Deep ruby color, slightly cloudy.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe black plum, blackberry, boysenberry, pickled jalapeno, dried chili, clove, tomato leaf, salami, and violets.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium+ ripe furry tannins, medium+ alcohol (13.5%), and medium+ body. The palate has a lot of texture. The flavors are savory and herbal. A medium length finish of ripe berries and dried herbs.

🔔 The Mayer Cabernet Sauvignon has a lot going, almost too much going on that it seems a bit lost. The aromatic profile, although complex, fights for your attention with lift aromatics from slight VA (violets), ripe tart berries, and an overabundance of pyrazines (tomato leaf, jalapeno, and dried chili). I need to try the Pinot Noir lineup from Mayer, as that variety lends itself better to this style of Winemaking. Although interesting, I couldn't quite make sense of it, especially at $73.

💰 ~$73

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #cabernetsauvignon #yarravalley #wholecluster #australianwine #yarravalleywine
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Louis Roederer - Brut Premier Champagne (91 pts) @louisroederer_

ℹ️ This Champagne is roughly a blend of 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Meunier. A small percentage of the wines are matured in oak casks. Reserve wines constitute 25% of the blend. The wines are matured for three years on the lees then rested for six months after disgorgement Dosage is ~10 g/l.

👁 Pale gold color

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of pear, yellow apple, lemon zest, quince paste, pie crust, and white flowers.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, delicate bubbles, medium alcohol (12%), and medium+ body. The palate has a creaminess due to the bubbles with a powdery, chalky texture on your tongue. A medium length finish of fresh orchard fruit and floral notes.

🔔 Louis Roederer's Brut Premier offers a lot of composure and value for an entry-level Champagne. On the nose, it is tightly wound but uncoils on the palate with a generous dosage, great texture, and super clean finish. It is hard to go wrong with this pedigree of Winemaking.

💰 ~$45

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #champagne #brut #louisroederer #roederer #champagnelover
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Lustau - Olorosso "Pata de Gallina" Almacenista Juan García Jarana (92 pts) @bodegaslustau

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Palomino. This wine is from an Almacenista ( aka "Stockist Bodega" or "Aging Bodega," which means that they mature the wines in their Bodega, and then these wines are sold by a "Shipping Bodega" in this case Lustau. Almacenista Juan García Jarana is located in Jerez de la Frontera. The solera only consists of 38 butts. The wine is aged oxidatively for an average of 15 years.

👁 Medium brown color

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of old wood furniture, dried tobacco, brown sugar, caramel walnut, orange rind, prune, dried fig, and leather shoes polish.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, high alcohol (20%), and full body. The palate is exceptionally viscous, like olive oil and some cinnamon spice. A medium+ length finish of dried tobacco, dried fig, and cinnamon spice.

🔔 Olorosso "Pata de Gallina" is quite complex and punchy on the nose, while it is coating and spicy on the palate. This is not recommended for the inexperienced sherry drinker, as it could be pretty polarizing. The dried fruit notes take a backseat to the more dominant nutty and tobacco flavors by the solera aging. Another thought-provoking wine from Lustau's Almacenista range.

💰 ~$40

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #palomino #sherry #sherrywine #lustau #almacenista #fortifiedwine #spanishwines #spanishwine #oloroso #jerezdelafrontera
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2018 Gaja Ca' Marcanda - Magari (93 pts) @camarcanda

ℹ️ This wine is 60% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Petit Verdot from Bolgheri appellation on the coast of Tuscany. The grapes are 💯 estate fruit. Each grape variety is harvested, vinified, and aged separately. They are aged 12 months in French oak barrels before being blended and bottle aged for several months.

👁 Deep ruby color with a slight purple hue.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe black currant, black plum, oak, sandalwood, sweet tobacco, lead pencil, sage, tomato leaf, and dried herbs.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, silky medium tannins, medium+ alcohol (14%), and medium+ body. Noticeable spiciness and savory elements on the palate of cardamom, white pepper, and cured meat. A medium+ length finish of ripe black fruit, prosciutto, and sage.

🔔 I have enjoyed many wines from Gaja's Ca' Marcanda estate in the past, but I don't recall tasting Magari before. Magari is an excellent example of a right bank Bordeaux-blend in Bolgheri. A wide range of herbal notes combined with salinity is a telltale Bolgheri marker. There is a good amount of French oak on the wine, it is not overpowering, but it would benefit from additional cellaring. Tuscan Cabernet Franc! 🤩

💰 ~$75

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #gaja #tuscanwines #bolgheri #bolgheriwine #tuscanwine
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Champagne Pommery Virtual Tasting and Interview with Clément Pierlot @champagnepommery

🎙 Join my Instagram Live interview with Clément Pierlot, the Chef de Cave at Champagne Pommery, on Monday, May 3rd, at 9:00 am PST / 6:00 pm CET. Clément and I will discuss the history of Champagne. Champagne Pommery introduced the world to Brut Champagne in 1874. We will be discussing the range of sparkling wines from POP to Cuvée Louise. We will also be covering their expansion to making sparkling wine in England and California.

🍷 We will taste 2004 Champagne Pommery Cuvée Louise, Champagne Pommery Brut Rosé, Louise Pommery Brut Rosé (California), and a bottle of Champagne POP. Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation. Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #champagne #champagnepommery #champagnepop #pommery #pommerychampagne
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2013 Château Smith Haut Lafite - Les Hauts de Smith Blanc Pessac-Léognan (91 pts) @smithhautlafitte

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Sauvignon Blanc from the young vines of Château Smith Haut Lafite in Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux. The grapes are hand-harvested are fermented in French oak barrels (50% new oak). The wines are aged on the lees for over 10 months in French oak barrels (50% new oak) with bâtonnage in barrel.

👁 Medium+ lemon color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of oak, toast, lemon zest, grapefruit pith, crème brûlée, cardamom, grilled pineapple, quince paste, golden apple, and men's cologne (musky & floral).

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium alcohol (13%), and medium body. There is a good texture and custardy flavor on the palate from the lees stirring. A medium length finish of citrus zest, orchard fruit, and oak spice.

🔔 Bordeaux Blanc wines are often not given a fair amount of attention. This is potentially due to drinking them far too young before the oak can integrate or because most people don't want to throw down a ton of money on Sauvignon Blanc. Enter Les Hauts de Smith, the same pedigree as the Grand Vin but at a more affordable price, and you don't need to wait for a decade after release to enjoy them. Overall, an excellent entry point to the world of Bordeaux Blanc. Watch the last Blind Bottle Challenge to see how the tasters responded to this wine.

💰 ~$40

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #sauvignonblanc #bordeauxwine #bordeaux #smithhautlafitte #pessacleognan
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NV Wiston Estate - Cuvee Brut @wistonestate

ℹ️ This English sparkling wine is a blend of 34% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir, and 33% Pinot Meunier. The grapes are planted in chalk soils in South Downs, West Sussex, England. The wines are fermented in stainless steel tanks and go through malolactic fermentation. The wines are aged on the lees for over 4 years. The dosage is 8 g/l.

👁 Pale gold color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of preserved lemon, grapefruit pith, white flowers, tart green apple, underripe strawberry, and freshly baked bread.

👄 The wine is dry, high searing acidity, fine pervasive bubbles, medium alcohol (12%), and medium- body. A creamy texture cut by acidity on the palate. A medium-sized length finish of crunchy green apple, lemon zest, and steely.

🔔 Wiston Estate Cuvee Brut is an acid-driven wine, as I have come to expect from most English Sparklers. There is a good mix of flavors from the generous duration on the lees. The 8 g/l of dosage is unnoticeable in the face of laser-like acidity. A great apéro and brunch option, but it craves some food alongside it. At $30, this is well worth the price, and honestly it is better than most domestic sparklers at that price.

💰 ~$30

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #englishwine #englishsparklingwine #englishsparkling #wistonestate #southdowns
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🇮🇹🍷 Do you have a favorite wine region in Italy?

And do you think it's possible to make great wines in multiple regions with very different grape varieties?

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #italianwine #gaja #gajawine #brunellodimontalcino #barolo #bolgheri #nebbiolo #sangiovese #cabernetfranc #cabernetsauvignon
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1986 Marqués de Murrieta - Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial Blanco (100 pts) @marquesdemurrieta

ℹ️ This wine is from Rioja, Spain. It is 97% Viura and 3% Malvasia. The grapes for this wine come from Pago Capellanía, which was planted in 1945 at an altitude of 485 m in the highest area of their Finca Ygay (Rioja Alta) estate vineyard. The wine was aged in American oak barrels for 252 months (not a typo), then in a concrete tank for 67 months. The wine was bottled in January 2014 and then rested for almost 3 years before release. Sidenote: There was a small limited release of this wine in 1992.

👁 Deep amber color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of dried orange peel, dried apricot, salted Marcona almond, hay, saltine cracker, licorice, dried flowers, acacia, chrysanthemum, tarragon, grilled peach, oak, pickle brine, and butterscotch candy.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ alcohol (13.5%), and medium+ body. Weighty and creamy texture on the palate with American oak-infused flavors of coriander seed, tarragon, and licorice. An extremely long and layered finish of salted almonds, dried citrus peel, dried flowers, and butterscotch candy.

🔔 This wine is costly at ~$500 a bottle, but given how long it was "cared for" at the winery, it seems to be justified. Not everyone will like this wine due to the extremely long duration in American oak barrels, but there is no doubting the complexity and depth of this wine. Is this wine perfect? For my taste, this wine is at a pinnacle, and I cannot critique anything that would make this wine superior. 1986 Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Blanco is a complete and harmonious package that showcases a thought-provoking story that unfolds slowly in the glass with every swirl. A stunning wine and I feel lucky to have tried it for the second time.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #rioja #riojawine #marquesdemurrieta #granreserva #vinoblanco #viura #riojawines
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2015 Domaine Xavier et Agnès Amirault - Les Clos des Quarterons Vieilles Vignes St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil (92pts) @closdesquarterons

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

👁 Medium ruby color.

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

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

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

💰 ~$40

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #cabernetfranc #saintnicolasdebourgueil #loirevalley #loirevalleywines #biodynamicwine #organicwine #organicwines #biodynamicfarming #loirewine #terroir
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2017 Abadía Retuerta - Pago Negralada (93 pts) @abadiaretuertaledomaine

ℹ️ This wine is a blend of 💯Tempranillo from Sardón de Duero in the Castilla y Léon region of Spain. Pago in Spanish refers to a defined area where grapes are grown, essentially a single vineyard. Not to be confused with Vino de Pago, a DO system created for unique vineyards in Spain. All of the grapes come from Pago Negralada. The wine is aged for 16 months in French oak barrels.

👁 Deep purple color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe to stewed dark cherry, black plum, blackberry, cocoa powder, vanilla cream, clove, tobacco, smoke, wood charcoal, and espresso grounds.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ fine-grained tannins, high alcohol (15%), and medium+ body. The palate is darker and brooding than the nose leads me to believe with bittersweet cocoa powder, tobacco, and earthy notes. A medium+ length finish of black fruit compote, cocoa nibs, and espresso grounds.

🔔 Abadía Retuerta's Pago Negralada is a dark and brooding expression of Tempranillo in the Duero Valley. This wine was consumed far too young and needed time to integrate the oak and soften the edges thoroughly. Pago Negralada will improve with additional cellaring. It has the fruit concentration and structure to go the distance. I am keeping one in the cellar for the future. I will note that this is a small production wine, and with that comes a significant increase in price from the Selección Especial.

💰 ~$97

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1989 Vietti - Rabajà Barbaresco (95 pts) @vietti_winery

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Nebbiolo from the Cru of Rabajà in the Barbaresco appellation of the Piedmont region of Italy. Rabajà is considered to be one of the more robust Crus of Barbaresco.

👁 Pale garnet color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of dried cranberry, dried cherry, cooked rhubarb, cherry skin, used oolong tea leaves, rosehip, roasted mushroom, slate, nori seaweed, and dried roses.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium+ grippy tannins, medium+ alcohol (13.5%), and medium body. If time has mellowed these tannins, then I hate to imagine what they were like 20 years ago. A medium+ length finish of dried red fruits, salty nori, and subtle oolong tea.

🔔 An impeccable bottle of Barbaresco from Vietti doesn't look like they make a Rabajà bottling anymore. Definitely, on the elegant and ethereal side of Nebbiolo that is very acid-driven, that initially was sharp on the palate. The tannins are still fierce and drying, but with a filigree texture to them. Overall, highly enjoyed the wine that speaks to the pedigree and longevity of Vietti wines.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #barbaresco #vietti #rabaja #piedmontwine #piemontewine #piedmont #piemonte
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Cleto Chiarli - Vigneto Cialdini Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Secco @cleto_chiarli

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Lambrusco Grasparossa from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. The wine is made through a single fermentation under pressure using selected yeasts.

👁 Medium ruby color.

👃 Medium- intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe raspberry, black cherry, Maraschino cherry, root beer, molasses, tree bark, and cinnamon spice.

👄 The wine is off-dry, medium acidity, large fading bubbles, low ripe tannins, medium- alcohol (11%), and medium body. A short length finish of Maraschino cherry and cinnamon spice.

🔔 Vigneto Cialdini from Cleto Chiarli is a fun and straightforward wine. The effervescence is minimal on the palate but shows a fair amount of dry extract. While drier than many Lambrusco wines, it still has around 12 g/l and definitely needs food for full enjoyment. Again, please don't overthink this wine, but do buy a pizza to go with it. Most likely, your pizza will be more expensive. 🍕🍷

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #lambrusco #lambruscowine #grasparossadicastelvetro #grasparossa #cletochiarli
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1985 Frick - Pinot Noir @frickwinery

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Pinot Noir from the Central Coast in California.

👁 Medium garnet color with a pale rim, a slight haziness as well.

👃 Medium- intensity on the nose. Aromas of red currant, dried strawberry, cherry skin, strawberry leaf, terracotta (red brick), leather, and herbal tea.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, low resolved tannins, medium alcohol (12.9%), and medium body. Herbal and earthy notes are more pronounced on the palate. The medium- length finish shows notes of dried red fruits and cherry cough drop.

🔔 This was my second and last bottle of 1985 Frick Pinot Noir. 🤷‍♂️ I am not exactly sure when or why it was in my cellar. The wine was very much alive, racy acidity, but overall very tertiary with dried fruit, dried herbs, and earthy notes on the palate. The finish ended in a somewhat medicinal cherry cough drop.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #pinotnoir #pinotlover #pinotnoirlover #californiawine #californiawines
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2015 Domaine de Suremain - Rully 1er Cru Preaux (90 pts) @domainedesuremain

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Pinot Noir from the Premier Cru vineyard of Preaux in the village of Rully. Rully is in the northern part of Côte Chalonnaise, in Burgundy. Domaine de Suremain is certified organic and practice Biodynamic Viticulture. Grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed, and go through fermentation in wooden vats with indigenous yeasts. The wines are aged in barrels for 18-20 months before being bottled and released.

👁 Medium+ ruby color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe black cherry, black currant candy, wet rock, Chinese herbal jelly, licorice, and earthy.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium chalky tannins, medium+ alcohol (14%), and medium+ body. Notes on the nose match the palate but turned up a bit. The medium length finish shows notes of dark stewed cherry, wet rock, and salted licorice.

🔔 The 2015 Rully 1er Cru Preaux is a bit restrained on the nose but offers substantial texture on the palate. The fruit profile is on the darker and riper side due to the warmer 2015 vintage. The alcohol is a tad higher than I would like to see it as well. Rully remains as one of the areas in Burgundy that still maintains moderately priced wine that offer tremendous value. Overall the wine comes together in an intelligent package, while this will stay at this level for quite some time and would drink over the next 3-5 years.

💰~$50

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #pinotnoir #burgundy #burgundywine #rully #cotechalonnaise

🍷 This wine was provided as a sample for my independent review.
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Henri Giraud - Espirit Nature Brut (90 pts) @champagnehenrigiraud

ℹ️ This Champagne is a blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. The grapes are vinified and aged in oak barrels. Over 50% of the blend comes from the house's perpetual reserve. The wine is aged on the lees for 2 years.

👁 Medium gold color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of nectarine, white peach, quince paste, red apple, orange marmalade, marzipan, saltine cracker, and subtle white pepper.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, vigorous fine bubbles, medium alcohol (12%), and medium+ body. More expressive on the palate than the nose with a slight spice from the oak. The medium length finish shows notes of white peach, apple skin, and salted almonds.

🔔 A solid entry-level Champagne from Henri Giraud. A bit richer and riper than many Champagnes at this price point. Also, suitable for people wanting to taste Pinot Noir dominant blend. I want to add that it is nice to see the commitment and guarantee on the back label.

💰~$60

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #champagne #champagnelover #champagneallday #henrigiraud #brut
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🍷🆚🍷 Next Wine Battle: Aconcagua Valley

🇨🇱 2017 Errázuriz - Don Maximiano Founder's Reserve
@errazurizwines
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🇨🇱 2017 Seña
@senawinery

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

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #aconcagua #valledeaconcagua #chileanwine #sena #winesofchile
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2017 Isole e Olena - Cepparello (94 pts) @isoleeolena

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy. Cepparello is the flagship wine of Isole e Olena and is IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) bottling. Cepparello comes from the top estate vineyards in Chianti Classico. Historically, 💯 Sangiovese could not be labeled as a Chianti Classico. Part of the production is bottled under a screwcap, which is against the DOCG guidelines. The wine spends 18-20 months in French oak barrels.

👁 Deep ruby color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe black cherry, red plum, blackcurrant, licorice, oak, toast, clove, gravel, mocha, sage, and thyme.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, high dusty tannins, high alcohol (15%), and medium+ body. The palate is filled with ripe black fruits and sweet cream. The long length finish shows notes of stewed black cherry, licorice, baking spices, and thyme.

🔔 The 2017 Cepparello is a baby with lots of time ahead of it. The oak regimen's influence is quite prominent now, but don't worry, there are pristine black fruits and herbs in there. The palate shows a good acid backbone and very polished tannins. The palate delivers excellent concentration and depth all the way through the finish, which speaks to the quality and pedigree of this wine. Cepparello deserves a spot in the cellar and revisit in 5-8 years.

💰~$80

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #tuscany #tuscanwine #supertuscan #chianticlassico #cepparello #sangiovese #sangiovesewine
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2013 Produttori del Barbaresco - Montestefano Barbaresco Riserva (93 pts) @produttoridelbarbaresco

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Nebbiolo from the Montestefano cru of Barbaresco, in the Piedmont region of Italy. The Montestefano cru is in the Eastern part of the village of Barbaresco. The elevation is 230-280 m and has a Southern exposure. The soils have a higher concentration of calcium content than most of the other vineyards in Barbaresco. The wines of Montestefano are often riper due to the Southern exposure, resulting in fuller body and higher tannins. It was first produced as a single vineyard in 1974.

👁 Medium ruby color with a pale rim.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of violets, roses, bing cherry, dried strawberry, mission fig, rhubarb, blood orange peel, tree bark, tobacco, and earthy.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, high drying tannins, medium+ alcohol (14%), and medium body. The acidity and tannins dominate the palate, which is still quite brooding. The finish is medium+ length of sweet cherry, citrus peel, and earthy notes.

🔔 Montestefano can be broader wine than some other Crus, but this bottle was very tightly wound. The floral notes and red fruits were in good concentration, albeit on the delicate side. There is a lot of structure here, starting with acidity and finishing with a tannic bite at the end. This wine craves food alongside it, but it certainly needs 5-10 more years in the cellar.

💰 ~$75

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #nebbiolo #nebbiololover #produttoridelbarbaresco #barbaresco #piedmontwine #piedmont #piemonte #piemontewine #barbarescowine #italianwine
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1997 Domaine Zind-Humbrecht - Riesling Grand Cru Brand

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Riesling from the Alsace Grand Cru Brand vineyard in Turckheim, Alsace, France. The vineyard soil type is Granite with a Southern exposure and at an altitude of 380 m. 1997 was a very warm year in Alsace with record ripeness levels. Brand is an early ripening site with a lot of sunlight that tends to be one of the warmer vineyards of Alsace.

👁 Medium amber color

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of dried apricot, peach skin, persimmon, candied ginger, peanut shells, tree bark, and orange marmalade.

👄 The wine is off-dry, high acidity, high alcohol (14.4%), and medium+ body. On the palate you feel the glycerol and alcohol resulting a weighty mouthfeel and slight burn. The finish is medium length of dried orchard fruit and orange marmalade, but ends on a bitter almond note.

🔔 As a fan of Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, I was a bit disappointed by this bottle of wine. Although It is an interesting wine, but sadly it is out of balance. The two culprits are likely the hot 1997 vintage conditions and the bottle age. The biggest detractors from this wine are the high alcohol level with a hefty 🔥 burn, followed by the abrupt bitter finish. It is always interesting to check in on some older vintages from a region that you enjoy.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #alsace #alsacewine #drinkalsace #zindhumbrecht #riesling
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Lustau - Manzanilla Pasada Almacenista Manuel Cuevas Jurado (93 pts) @bodegaslustau

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Palomino. This wine is from an Almacenista ( aka "Stockist Bodega" or "Aging Bodega," which means that they mature the wines in their Bodega, and then these wines are sold by a "Shipping Bodega" in this case Lustau. Almacenista Manuel Cuevas Jurado is located in Sanlúcar de Barrameda. The solera only consists of 80 butts. The wine is aged under Flor for an average of 7 years.

👁 Pale gold color.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of salted Marcona almonds, sea breeze, dandelion, hay, yeast, bread dough, baked apple, lemon zest, salted butter, olive oil, and chrysanthemum tea.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium+ alcohol (17%), and medium body. The palate starts with dried florals and salty notes but then transitions to oxidative baked apple notes. A medium+ length finish of salted Marcona almond, dandelion, and baked apple.

🔔 Another stunning bottle Manzanilla from Bodegas Lustau. The entire Almacenista range is like the greatest hits of Lustau. Many Manzanilla sherries can be piercing with salty and green apple notes. This Manzanilla Pasada has benefited from the slight oxidation in the later years of the seven years in the Solera. The nose is more complex and multidimensional than a regular Manzanilla, and the palate has a little extra weight and mellowness to it. Worth exploring these if you enjoy sherry.

💰 ~$41

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #lustau #sherry #sherrywine #sherrylovers #palomino #almacenista #manzanilla #manzanillapasada #sanlucardebarrameda #sherrylover
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😎🍷Do you like tasting wine blind?

I like to use the saying "In Blind, We Trust" because it completely removes all preconceived notions of how the wine should taste.

Thursday, April 8th, at Noon PST, I will be hosting a multi-person Instagram Live Blind Bottle Challenge:
🍷 Dan Petroski @danpetroski
🤵 Amanda McCrossin @sommvivant
👩‍💻 Raquel Royers @watchmesip

🎯 The goal is to get different perspectives on the wines. It is called a "Challenge," so I will gamify the blind tasting process.

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Lustau - Amontillado del Castillo Almacenista Antonio Caballero y Sobrinos (94 pts) @bodegaslustau

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Palomino. This wine is from an Almacenista ( aka "Stockist Bodega" or "Aging Bodega," which means that they mature the wines in their Bodega, and then these wines are sold by a "Shipping Bodega" in this case Lustau. Almacenista Antonio Caballero y Sobrinos is located in El Puerto de Santa María. The solera only consists of 38 butts. The wine is aged under Flor for an average of 4 years and then oxidatively for an average of 14 years.

👁 Medium brown color with an orange hue.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of rattan wood furniture, seafoam, salted toffee, toasted walnut, salted hazelnut, orange rind, sultana, dried apricot, dried fig, and peat (iodine).

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, high alcohol (21.5%), and medium+ body. The palate is distinctly salty, toasted walnuts, oyster brine, and salted toffee, but there is a slight nutmeg spice as well. A long length finish of seafoam, toasted walnut, dried fruit, and nutmeg spice.

🔔 If you love Sherry, then you should seek this out at your earliest convenience. The aromas are intoxicating (warning - so is the wine at 21.5%), and the palate is extremely layered and complex. Everything culminates in the finish of the wine that goes on for 90+ seconds. Amontillado is my favorite style of Sherry because the wines have the best of both worlds from biological and oxidative aging. Amontillado del Castillo is a stellar example from Lustau. 🤩

💰 ~$40

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Albert Bichot Virtual Tasting and Interview with Matthieu Mangenot @domainesalbertbichot

🎙 Join my Instagram Live interview with Matthieu Mangenot, the Assistant Technical Director at Domaines Albert Bichot, on Thursday, April 1st, at 9:00 am PST / 6:00 pm CET. Matthieu and I will discuss the history of Albert Bichot, which was founded in 1831. We will be discussing the Terroir of Chablis through the lens of Domaine Long-Depaquit. The history of their monopole "Moutonne" in Chablis Grand Cru. Then we will go to the Côte de Beaune and discuss the village of Pommard. Clos des Ursulines is a monopole lieu-dit of Domaine du Pavillon on the southern end of the village bordering Volnay. We will discuss how Volnay and Pommard can be so close in proximity, yet the wines are so different.

🍷 We will taste 2018 Domaine Long-Depaquit Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons, 2015 Domaine Long-Depaquit Chablis Grand Cru Moutonne, and 2018 Domaine du Pavillon Pommard Clos des Ursulines. Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation. Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories.

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2014 Torre de Oña - Finca Martelo Reserva (90 pts) @fincamartelo

ℹ️ This wine is 95% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo, Garnacha, and Viura from estate vineyards in Rioja Alavesa, Spain. The vines are over 60-year-old. The grapes were hand-harvested, fermented in vats, and malo in new American and French oak barrels. The wine was aged 24 months in 80% American oak barrels and 20% French oak barrels.

👁 Medium+ ruby color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of oak, vanilla, cigarette ash, smoke, clove, stewed cherry, strawberry fruit leather, raspberry, and dark chocolate.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium spicy tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and medium+ body. The palate shows more fruit but also a creamy, buttery character. A medium length finish of stewed red fruit, gobs of oak spice, and dark chocolate.

🔔 Tasting this wine alongside the wines of La Rioja Alta was a bit jarring for me. Finca Martelo is super modern and has more than a healthy dose of new oak, especially compared to the very traditional wines of La Rioja Alta. This wine has power and spice, but the new oak overshadows the fruit at the moment. Finca Martelo is clearly well made, but it lacks the typicity of the wines of Rioja for me personally. All of that said, this wine may resonate with a broader audience.

💰 ~$30

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2020 Borachio - Pash Rash Pét-Nat @borachio.wine

🔔 The label says it all ✌️🐨💋
Two koalas kissing in a tree. Pouring Campari spritzers with a grapefruit twist into each other's mouth as they gaze at each other intently. Each wondering if the other will still be there when they wake up from their 18-hour nap.

💰 ~$35

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2020 Wildman - Astro Bunny Pét-Nat @timwildman

ℹ️ This wine is a blend of 50% Fiano, 20% Zibibbo, 15% Arneis, and 15% Nero d'Avola from the Riverland region in South Australia. This wine is a Pét-Nat, a lightly fizzy wine made by bottling the wine before the fermentation finishes. The fermentation finishes in the bottle and is not typically disgorged. Essentially nothing is added. The Zibibbo receives skin contact for 24 hours.

👁 Medium hazy orange color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of orange sherbet, watermelon rind, grapefruit zest, melon sorbet, and elderflower.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, subtle medium-sized bubbles, medium- alcohol (12%), and medium+ body. The palate has a creamy texture to it. A short length finish of orange sherbet and blood orange peel.

🔔 Great packaging 🚀🐰. An interesting mix of Italian grapes in the blend, but I love the Ozzies for mixing it up. Astro Bunny is an extremely clean natural wine that is very expressive on the nose and palate. 💯 Glou Glou wine! Don't overthink it ⛔️🤯.

💰 ~$35

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Lustau Almacenista Virtual Tasting and Interview with Sergio Martínez Verdugo @bodegaslustau

🎙 Join my Instagram Live interview with Sergio Martínez Verdugo, the Winemaker and Cellar Master at Bodegas Lustau, on Monday, March 29th, at 9:00 am PST / 5:00 pm CET. Sergio and I will discuss the history of Lustau, discussing their origins as an Almacenista to Shipping Bodega. We can discuss how Almacenista wines were used classically in the region. Then we will discuss what led to the creation of these bottlings for Lustau in 1981. Each wine is a unique style of Sherry that we will quickly explain before diving into what makes these wines so unique compared to regular bottlings of similar style wines. Finally, we will discuss where is the Terroir of Sherry in the Bodega or the vineyard.

🍷 We will taste Almacenista Manuel Cuevas Jurado Manzanilla Pasada de Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Almacenista Antonio Caballero y Sobrinos Amontillado del Castillo, and Almacenista Juan García Jarana Oloroso "Pata de Gallina". Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation. Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories.

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🍷🆚🍷 Next Wine Battle: Brunello di Montalcino

🇮🇹 2015 Sesta di Sopra - Brunello di Montalcino @sestadisopra
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🇮🇹 2015 Casanova di Neri - Brunello di Montalcino @casanovadineri

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

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2017 Abadía Retuerta - Selección Especial (90 pts) @abadiaretuertaledomaine

ℹ️ This wine is a blend of 75% Tempranillo, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Syrah, and 3% Merlot from Sardón de Duero in the Castilla y Léon region of Spain. Selección Especial is the flagship wine of Abadía Retuerta. The grapes come from 54 parcels that are harvested, vinified, and aged separately before being blended. The wines are aged for 12 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels of varying ages.

👁 Deep purple color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of vanilla cream, ripe dark cherry, black raspberry, black plum, oak, black licorice, clove, black pepper, and a hint of dill.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium+ dusty tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and full body. The palate has a pen ink and bittersweet cocoa powder note that was not present on the nose. A medium length finish of black cherry pie, cream, and oak spices.

🔔 Abadía Retuerta's Selección Especial is a frequent recommendation of mine for Napa Cab drinkers that want to start exploring Spain without breaking the bank. Tempranillo is the noble grape of Spain, and your options typically come down to Rioja, Toro, and Ribera del Duero. Many Ribera del Duero wines are often more expensive due to the pedigree of the appellation. Abadía Retuerta is immediately right next door in the "Golden Mile" (La Milla de Oro) area along the Duero River. Don't pass over these wines from Abadía Retuerta because they are delicious and extremely well priced.

💰 ~$30

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2019 Massican - Sauvignon Blanc (90 pts) @massicanwinery

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Sauvignon Blanc from two vineyards in Napa Valley, California. The wine is partially (25%) aged in neutral French oak for six months, and the majority (75%) is aged in stainless steel barrels for six months.

👁 Medium lemon green color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of yuzu, grapefruit pith, lemon zest, ripe pear, barely ripe pineapple, mild jack fruit, and lemongrass.

👄 The wine is dry, high penetrating acidity, medium alcohol (13.3%), and medium+ body. The palate shows a fleshiness to it that is cut down by the acidity. A medium- length finish of grapefruit pith, yuzu, and lemongrass.

🔔 The 2019 Massican Sauvignon Blanc has a great mixture of ripe fruits teetering on tropical, pithy citrus, and a sprig of lemongrass for depth. Fun, delicious, and balanced wine that comes in at 13.3% for Napa Valley. If this is on the brunch menu, then buy it without hesitation.

💰 ~$33

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1978 Produttori del Barbaresco - Barbaresco (92 pts) @produttoridelbarbaresco

ℹ️ Produttori del Barbaresco's wines are always 💯 Nebbiolo. Produttori del Barbaresco is arguably the most exemplary wine cooperative in the world. The cooperative was founded in 1958 by bringing together 19 small growers to pull their resources to survive the post-war era economic crisis. They only produced one wine, but in 1967 they launched Riserva bottlings. The cooperative now has 51 grower members across 100+ hectares. The winemaking at the Produttori del Barbaresco is a beacon of tradition with up to 30 days on the skins in tank followed by aging 24 months in botti.

👁 Medium garnet with a watery tawny rim.
👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of dried cherry, dried cranberry, thyme, menthol cigarette, cedar, rosehip, vintage leather jacket, truffle, and white pepper.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium gritty tannins, medium+ alcohol (14%), and medium body. A medium+ length finish of dried red fruits, dried herbs, and leather.

🔔 The 1978 vintage is excellent in Piedmont, but at this age, it is more about storage than pedigree. This bottle was in impeccable shape. I am always impressed on how well a bottle that costs $40 (current release prices) can age so gracefully. I could argue that maybe this was better a few years ago, but I found this very enjoyable. There was a slight VA note in the background, but other than that, it was exactly as expected. Produttori del Barbaresco is a flag-bearer for the region, embodying typicity, consistency, quality, and value.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #barbaresco #nebbiolo #produttoridelbarbaresco #piedmont #piemontewine
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2011 La Rioja Alta - Gran Reserva 904 (94 pts) @lariojaaltasa

ℹ️ This wine is 89% Tempranillo and 11% Graciano from estate vineyards in Rioja Alta, Spain. The Tempranillo comes from 60-year-old vineyards. The grapes were hand-harvested with alcoholic fermentation taking place in stainless steel tanks. Wines were transferred to American oak barrels made at the in-house cooperage. The average age of the barrels is 4.5 years. The wine was aged for 4 years in a barrel and was manually racked by candlelight. The wine was bottled in 2016.

👁 Medium+ ruby color with a pale rim

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of dried strawberry, dried red cherry, prune, fruit leather, dill, thyme, cedar, sweet tobacco, clove, olive tapenade, and salted meat.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ fine-grained tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and medium+ body. A long length finish of dried red fruit, sweet tobacco, prune, and olive tapenade.

🔔 La Rioja Alta has three Gran Reservas, while 890 is my favorite in terms of pure quality, but the 904 is close in quality, more accessible upon release, and 1/3 of the price. The palate shows more concentration than the aromas on the nose. The increased percentage of Graciano gives an excellent acid backbone to maintain freshness through the extended barrel aging. The 2011 Gran Reserva 904 can be enjoyed right but will continue to hold steady with age. I love aged wines, and this is why I keep going back to the traditionally made wines from Rioja like 904.

💰 ~$66

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2013 Champagne Gremillet - Clos Rocher (91 points) @champagnegremillet

ℹ️ This Champagne is 💯 Pinot Noir from an enclosed estate vineyard in the village of Riceys, France. Clos Rocher is the top Cuvée of the house. The wine comes exclusively from first press juice, undergoes full malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks, and is aged for 7 years on the lees before release. The dosage is 7 g/l.

👁 Pale gold color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of yellow apple, white peach, underripe raspberry, marzipan, almonds, toasted bread, bread dough, and white flowers.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, fine pervasive bubbles, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium+ body. A medium length finish of yellow apple, marzipan, and citrus pith.

🔔 While they say, "It's not what's on the outside, it's what's inside that counts," is utterly true in wine, but I gotta say I do ❤️ the sleek packaging. 2013 Clos Rocher shows a good balance of primary fruit and complexity developed from 7 years on the lees. Champagne Gremillet is a new house for me, and this was my favorite of the Cuvées.

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2018 Oremus - Mandolás Furmint (90 points) @temposvegasicilia_

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Furmint from the Tokaj wine region of Hungary. The grapes are hand-picked from a vineyard selection that is 200 m asl, which allows the grapes to ripen without the impact of Botrytis. The wines are fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged in neutral Hungarian oak barrels for 6-8 months. The wine does receive some bâtonnage while in the barrel.

👁 Medium lemon color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of candle wax, cut yellow apple, almost ripe apricot, Asian pear, copper penny, salted peanut, dandelion, and chrysanthemum.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium+ alcohol (13.5%), and medium body. The palate shows more salinity and minerality than the nose. A medium length finish of candle wax, copper penny, and bitter dandelion.

🔔 Furmint can make such interesting dry wines that come across like an imaginary crossing of Chenin Blanc and Riesling. This wine is flavorful without being fruity or spicy. The best word to describe the style would be mineral. The palate shows flavors of wax, salt, and flowers in spades, but everything is balanced. I enjoy a wine that makes you think and try to understand it.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #oremus #furmint #tokaj #tokaji #tokajiwine #száraz #vegasicilia
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Abadia Retuerta Virtual Tasting and Interview with Álvaro Pérez @abadiaretuertaledomaine

🎙 Join my Instagram Live interview with Álvaro Pérez, the Terruño Academy Director at Abadia Retuerta, on Thursday, March 18th, at 9:00 am PST / 5:00 pm CET. Álvaro and I will discuss the history of Abadia Retuerta and Sardón de Duero. We talk about "The golden mile," a strip of land located along the Duero River between Valladolid and Peñafiel in Castilla y León. We will discuss the differences in Terroir from Ribera del Duero. Lastly, we will talk about the winery approach from their flagship Selección Especial to the four single-vineyard wines, each featuring a different single grape variety.

🍷 We will taste the 2017 Selección Especial and the 2016 Pago Negralada (💯 Tempranillo). Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation. Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories.

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1997 Dr. Loosen - Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese (94 points) @dr.loosen

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Riesling from the Mosel wine region of Germany. The grapes come from the "spice garden" vineyard from the town of Ürzig. The vines grow on red slate soils, and the average age was around 40 years old in 1997. This wine is a late release from the winery. These wines were aged in large fuder barrels on the lees for 20 months. The wine has 46.8 g/l of residual sugar with 8.4 g/l of total acidity.

👁 Medium gold color.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe yellow peach, apple skin, nectarine, green papaya, grapefruit pith, dried lemon, dried pear, dried currant, and orange blossoms.

👄 The wine is medium-dry, high acidity, low alcohol (8.0%), and medium- body. Loads of delicate filigree on the palate. A medium+ length finish of citrus zest, peach skin, and wet stone.

🔔 The lyric "They just don't make 'em like you anymore" comes to mind when drinking this wine. Modern Spätlese wines just seem to be more robust. Honestly, many Kabinett wines these days have this much residual sugar. The residual sugar has toned down with time and highlights the acid backbone driving the wine. The 1997 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese was a late release in 2018 and is full of energy. It is not exactly clear to me how to know that this is a late-release bottle with extended lees aging, but if you can get your hands on these, they are totally worth it.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #mosel #germanwine #riesling #rieslinglover #rieslingwine #drloosen #spätlese
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Tempos Vega Sicilia Virtual Tasting and Interview with Diana Kelley @temposvegasicilia_

🎙 Join my Instagram Live interview with Diana Kelley, Regional Manager Americas at Tempo Vega Sicilia, on Friday, March 12th, at 9:00 am PST / 6:00 pm CET. Diana and I will discuss the history and portfolio of Tempos Vega Sicilia wines. From the legendary Vega Sicilia in Ribera del Duero to the acquisition of Oremus in Tokaj and the latest venture Macán in Rioja.

🍷 We will taste the 2018 Oremus Mandolás, 2015 Valbuena 5°, and 2015 Macán. Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation. Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories.

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2014 La Rioja Alta - Viña Arana Gran Reserva (92 pts) @lariojaaltasa

ℹ️ This wine is 94% Tempranillo and 6% Graciano from estate vineyards in Rioja Alta, Spain. The grapes were hand-harvested with alcoholic fermentation taking place in stainless steel tanks. Wines were transferred to American oak barrels made at the in-house cooperage. The average age of the barrels is 4.5 years. The wine is manually racked by candlelight every six months.

👁 Medium+ ruby color with a pale rim

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of dried strawberry, red plum, red cherry, fruit leather, oregano, thyme, clove, spice, and a touch of balsamic.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium sandy tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and medium body. The palate is more savory than the nose leads you to believe. A medium+ length finish of dried strawberry, fruit leather, and thyme.

🔔 La Rioja Alta has three Gran Reservas, and Viña Arana is the one that I am least familiar with in the line-up. The 904 and 890 Gran Reservas are legendary wines. Viña Arana was upgraded to a Gran Reserva bottling starting in 2012, and 2014 is only the second vintage released as such. The 2014 Viña Arana reflects the cooler vintage with a softer, fresher, and more elegant side of La Rioja Alta’s Gran Reservas. This wine is not shy and opens up quickly with some air. Viña Arana can continue to be cellared, but it is meant to be enjoyed now. This wine represents an excellent introduction to the La Rioja Alta style at an affordable price.

💰 ~$43

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