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.

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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

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🍷 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

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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 👇

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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

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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.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #blindwinetasting #blindwine #tastingwine #winetasting #winetasting🍷
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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

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #palomino #sherry #sherrywine #lustau #amontillado #elpuertodesantamaria #almacenista #fortifiedwine #spanishwines #spanishwine
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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.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #burgundywine #bourgogne #burgundy #albertbichot #pommard #chablis #bourgognewine #chablispremiercru #chablisgrandcru #monopole
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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

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #tempranillo #rioja #riojawine #martelo #riojalavesa
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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

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #astrobunny #petnat #pétnat #petillantnaturel #naturalwine #naturalwines #nattywine
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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.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #sherry #lustau #bodegaslustau #sherrywine #jerez #palomino #manzanillo #amontillado #oloroso #almacenista
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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 👇

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #brunellodimontalcino #brunello #sangiovese #tuscany #casanovadineri #sestadisopra #montalcino
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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

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #tempranillo #spanishwine #abadiaretuerta #sardondeduero #vinotinto
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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

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #napavalley #napawine #napa #sauvignonblanc #napavalleywine
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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.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #champagne #🍾 #closrocher #champagnegremillet #champagnelover
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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.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #abadiaretuerta #sardondeduero #spanishwine #vinotinto #tempranillo
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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.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #riberadelduero #vegasicilia #rioja #oremus #tokaj #furmint #tempranillo #temposvegasicilia #spanishwine #valbuena
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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

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #tempranillo #rioja #riojawine #lariojaalta #riojaalta
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2015 San Polino - Brunello di Montalcino (92 pts) @brunello.san.polino

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Sangiovese Grosso from certified Organic and Biodynamic vineyards in the Brunello di Montalcino sub-region of Tuscany, Italy. The vines were planted in 1998 and 2007. Indigenous yeast fermentation with 30-40 days of maceration in large Slavonian oak vats. The wine was aged in large Slavonian oak barrels for three years before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

👁 Medium ruby color with a pale rim

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe black cherry, blackcurrant, red plum, sage, oregano, pencil eraser, and a touch sanguine.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, high drying tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and medium+ body. The palate has a dusty texture but is framed by the acidity and the tannins built with each sip. A medium+ length finish of ripe black cherry and oregano.

🔔 San Polino makes wonderful Brunellos. This wine, when initially opened, was tightly wound. It needed a few hours in the decanter to coax the aromatics to show themselves. Some drinkers may find the structure to fruit ratio overly drying on the palate, mostly if consumed without food. Drinkers that can wait 3-5 years should be handsomely rewarded.

💰 ~$59

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #brunello #brunellodimontalcino #organicwine #sangiovese #tuscanwine #tuscany #biodynamicwine
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La Rioja Alta Virtual Tasting and Interview with Julio Sáenz @lariojaaltasa

🎙 Join my Instagram Live interview with Julio Sáenz, Winemaker at La Rioja Alta SA, on Monday, March 8th, at 9:00 am PST / 6:00 pm CET. Julio and I will discuss La Rioja Alta's history and how they are now keepers of tradition in the region. We will talk about the differences between the Gran Reserva wines, the use of American vs. French oak, and their focus on making red wines.

🍷 We will taste the 2014 Viña Arana Gran Reserva, 2011 Gran Reserva 904, and 2014 Finca Martelo Reserva. 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: Bordeaux Blend

🇫🇷 2016 Château Cos d'Estournel - Saint-Estèphe @cosdestournel
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🇺🇸 2016 Opus One - Napa Valley @opusonewinery

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

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2017 Thacher - Valdiguié Shell Creek Vineyard @thacherwinery

🍇 Have you tried Valdiguié?

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Valdiguié from the Shell Creek Vineyard in the Paso Robles Highland District AVA in California. The grapes were hand-harvested with 30% left as whole cluster, followed by indigenous yeast fermentation. The wine was aged in neutral barrels for 12 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

👁 Deep ruby color with a hazy rim

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe black cherry, pomegranate juice, cherry cough syrup, blueberry preserves, violets, and a slight herbal note (fern).

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium dusty tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and medium body. The palate shows a touch of the minimal intervention being a tad foxy. A medium- length finish of ripe black fruits.

🔔 Valdiguié always reminds me of a darker and higher-octane version of Gamay. Everything about it is right down the middle until you get to the alcohol. Kudos to Thacher because the wine holds 14.5% quite well, not coming off hot. Humble and honest wine.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #pasorobles #thacher #valdiguie #valdiguié #pasorobleswine #pasowine #pasorobleswinecountry
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Dr. Loosen Virtual Tasting and Interview with Ernst Loosen @ernstloosen

🎙 Join my Instagram Live interview with Ernst Loosen, Proprietor of Dr. Loosen @dr.loosen on Thursday, March 4th, at 9:00 am PST / 6:00 pm CET. Ernst and I will focus the discussion on the age-ability of German Riesling. The magic of the "fruity" wines of the Mosel is their ability to age for decades. We will look at Ürziger Würzgarten (The spice garden of Ürzig) Riesling Spätlese across three decades in a mini-vertical tasting. Additionally, we will discuss how the style of the wines has evolved over the decades.

🍷 We will taste 1997, 2007, and 2019 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese. Please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation. Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #riesling #rieslinglover #germanwine #spätlese #drloosen #mosel #moselwein #moselwine #deutscherwein #rieslingwine
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1989 Gaja - Costa Russi Barbaresco (98 pts)

ℹ️ This wine is mostly Nebbiolo with a touch (~5%) of Barbera blended from the single vineyard site in the Barbaresco appellation of Piedmont, Italy. From 1996 to 2011, these wines were labeled under the Langhe appellation. Starting in 2013, the wines were once again labeled as Barbaresco wines with a renewed commitment to 💯 Nebbiolo.

👁 Medium ruby color with a pale rim

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe and dried black cherry, red plum, sweet tobacco, cedar, thyme, lavender, dried flowers, dry anise, earthy, and slight black truffle.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium+ powdery tannins, medium+ alcohol (13.5%), and medium body. The palate is layered and silky, while the tannins build with each sip. An extremely long length finish of black cherry, tobacco, lavender, and earthy spices.

🔔 Gaja's single-vineyard bottlings are always world-class, but this is a monumental wine that still has so much more life ahead of it. The color is barely showing signs of age. The bouquet has a good mix of fresh fruit and developing aromas. The palate and texture is the star of the show. It is silky and elegant but firm and structured. The Costa Russi was allowed to develop in the glass and tasted over 8 hours like a conversation with an old friend you haven't seen in years. To sum it up in one word: WOW! 🤩🤩🤩

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #barbaresco #nebbiolo #nebbiololover #gaja #singlevineyard #piedmont #piemonte #piemontewine #barbarescowine #piedmontwine
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2016 Ultramarine - Blanc de Noirs Heintz Vineyard (92 pts) @crusewine

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

👁 Medium gold color

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

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

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

💰 ~$72

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #sonomacoast #ultramarine #sparklingwine #californiawine #blancdenoirs
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2018 COS - Pithos Rosso @aziendaagricolacos

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

👁 Medium ruby color.

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

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

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

💰 ~$31

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #amphora #amphorawine #cos #frappato #nerodavola #sicilianwine #pithos #vinorosso #organicwine #biodynamicwine
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2016 G. D. Vajra - Albe Barolo (93 pts) @gdvajra_barolo

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

👁 Medium- ruby color.

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

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

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

💰 ~$39

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #barolo #barolowine #gdvajra #nebbiolo #piedmont #piedmontwine #piemonte #piemontewine #albe #barololovers
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NV Broadbent - Sercial 10 years old Madeira (91 pts) @broadbentselections

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

👁 Pale brown color

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

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

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

💰~$48

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2016 Fratelli Alessandria - Barolo (92 pts) @fratellialessandria

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

👁 Medium- ruby color.

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

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

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

💰 ~$50

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #barolo #barolowine #barololovers #nebbiolo #piedmont #piedmontwine #piemonte #verduno #italianwine #vinorosso
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2007 Billecart-Salmon - Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rosé (95 pts) @champagne_billecart_salmon

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

👁 Medium orange color.

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

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

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

💰 ~$230

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #champagne #billecartsalmon #champagnelover #champagnelife #🥂
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2010 Silver Heights - The Summit @silverheightsvineyard

🇨🇳🍷 Have you tried a Chinese wine?

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

👁 Deep ruby color and pale garnet rim

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

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

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

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #chinesewine #silverheights #ningxiared #cabernetsauvignon #ningxia
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Happy Niu Year!
Happy 牛 Year!
Happy 🐂 Year!
祝福大家新年快乐 🧧🧧🧧

Time to learn some cow idioms!
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2017 Montaribaldi - Langhe Nebbiolo Gambarin @montaribaldi

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

👁 Medium- ruby color

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

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

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

💰 ~$22

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #montaribaldi #langhe #langhenebbiolo #nebbiolo #barbaresco
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NV Billecart-Salmon - Brut Rosé (92 pts) @champagne_billecart_salmon

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

👁 Pale pink-orange color.

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

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

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

💰 ~$75

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2018 Domaine Philippe Tessier - Cour-Cheverny

🍇 Have you tasted Romorantin?

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

👁 Deep lemon color

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

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

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

💰 ~$26

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2019 Spottswoode - Sauvignon Blanc (92 pts) @spottswoodewinery

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

👁 Pale lemon color

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

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

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

💰 ~$42

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

🍷🆚🍷 Next Wine Battle: Chardonnay

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

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

🎶 Music: Kill Your Darling (with Charming Lips)
Musician: Summer Soul @smmrslmusic

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

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

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

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

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

👁 Medium gold color

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

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

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

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

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

👁 Medium brown color

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

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

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

💰~$48

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

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

👁 Medium ruby color

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

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

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

💰 ~$52

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2007 Seña (92 pts) @senawinery

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

👁 Deep ruby color, slight pale rim

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

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

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

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NV Broadbent - Rainwater Madeira @broadbentselections

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

👁 Medium amber color

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

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

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

💰~$18

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

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

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

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

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

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

👁 Medium garnet core with a pale tawny rim, cloudy

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

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

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

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

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

👁 Medium ruby color.

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

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

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

💰~$38

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2012 Biondi-Santi - Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (98 pts) @biondisantigreppo

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

👁 Medium ruby color with a pale garnet rim

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

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

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

💰~$550

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2016 Chateau Musar - Hochar Père et Fils @chateaumusar

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

👁 Medium+ ruby color

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

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

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

💰~$31

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2016 Stephane Ogier - La Rosine Syrah (91 pts) @coterotie_stephaneogier

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

👁 Medium+ ruby color with a slight purple hue

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

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

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

💰~$38

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