2017 Antoine Bouvet - Les Monts de la Vallée Extra Brut (91 pts) @champagne_antoinebouvet

ℹ️ This Champagne is 💯 Pinot Noir from a small 5-hectare family estate vineyard in the Vallée de la Marne. The parcels are classified as Premier Cru in the villages of Avenay Val d’Or and Mareuil sur Ay, with an average vine age of 30 years old. Most of the grapes are sold to Bollinger, but several small Cuvées are bottled at the domaine. The Champagne was disgorged in February 2021, and a low dosage of 2 g/l.

👁 Pae gold color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of baked yellow apple, quince paste, cooked pie crust, saltine cracker, lemon pith, salted butter, and white flowers.

👄 The palate is dry, pervasive fine bubbles, high acidity, medium alcohol (12%), and medium body. Creamy texture on the wine with a laser-focused acid backbone. A medium length finish of yellow apple, lemon zest, and saltine crackers.

🔔 A relatively new grower Champagne for me. 2017 Les Monts de la Vallée is a great starting to jumpstart exploring Antoine Bouvet's Champagnes. If you like acid-driven Champagnes that are more vinous, then these are worth seeking out. None of the wines break the bank, but finding them is challenging due to the microscopic production levels. I have a few more Cuvées that I will be posting notes on as well.

💰~$62

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2018 Domaine Louis Jadot - Santenay Clos de Malte @louisjadot

ℹ️ The wine is 💯 Pinot Noir from the village of Santenay in the southern part of the Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France. Clos de Malte is a 7 ha monopole vineyard exclusively owned by Louis Jadot. The fruit is destemmed and fermented in tank. The wine is aged in French oak barrels (1/3 new oak) for 18 months.

👁 Medium ruby color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe redcurrant, sour cherry, sweet baking spices, a slightly earthy note, and subtle florals.

👄 The palate is dry, medium- ripe tannins, medium acidity, medium+ alcohol (13.5%), and medium+ body. Pure and ripe crunchy red fruit on the palate. A medium- length finish of red fruits and well-integrated oak spice.

🔔 My eyes always perk up when I see "Domaine" next to Louis Jadot. A solid expression of Santenay with quite a bit of weight and heft for a village-level wine. Overall, this is a fruit-driven wine with loads of crunchy red fruits. 2018 Clos de Malte would be a wine that I would recommend to people looking to explore red Burgundy with a restrained budget in mind.

💰~$45

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Nothing better than sitting down and seeing the evolution of two bottles of wine.

🍷 2010 Domaine Ramonet - Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers
☝️ The first bottle was a bit advanced and very flat on the nose. The palate was only really showing oak. This bottle seemed like it was a bit off.
✌️ This bottle had noticeable lighter color, and the nose was far more expressive. Aromas of sunflower seeds, grilled peach, apricot, crème brûlée, and oak. Good concentration on the palate, good length, and solid finish. This would have benefited from a few more years in the cellar.

🍷 2012 Domaine Fourrier - Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes
Initially, the nose was herbal, raspberry coulis, and earl grey tea. After being in the decanter for 2 hours. The wine started to come alive with fresh ripe red berries, dried flowers, and a slight sanguine note. Remarkable depth from a village-level wine, but these wines still require patience or amble time in a decanter to properly perform.

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2011 Domaine Roulot - Meursault Les Luchets (94 pts) @luchets007

ℹ️ The wine is 💯 Chardonnay from the Les Luchets lieu-dit in the village of Meursault, Burgundy. The vines were planted in 1929 and farmed organically since 1989. The wines are hand-harvested, undergo an extremely gentle press cycle, and only indigenous yeast fermentation. The wines only receive minimal bâtonnage every 3-4 weeks until malolactic fermentation is started. The wine is fermented in French oak barrels with ~15% new oak. The wines spend 11 months in barrel on the lees and another 7 months in stainless steel tanks before bottling.

👁 Medium lemon color (lousy lighting in photo).

👃 Medium intensity, present but restrained. Aromas of lemon pith, pomelo, nectarine, pear, green apple, lemon custard, greek yogurt, wet rock, and subtle oak.

👄 The palate is dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (12.8%), and medium body. A chiseled palate was full of texture with finely detailed filigree. A long length finish showing delicate minerality with a slight citrus bitter note on the tail end.

🔔 Domaine Roulot is something that I need to drink more often. There is an energy and verve to the wines that words don't do justice. 2011 Luchets was acid-driven from start to finish with crystalline fruit along the way. It was an educational opportunity to compare this side by side against the 2013 Les Luchets. They showcased the differences between the vintages. 2011 is ready to drink but should hold here indefinitely, but I will note the wine benefited from getting air slowly throughout dinner, morphing every time I went back to the glass.

💰 ~$300

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2019 Serragghia Gabrio Bini - Bianco Zibibbo (92 pts) @serragghia

ℹ️ The wine is 💯 Zibibbo (AKA Muscat of Alexandria) from the island of Pantelleria, which is a volcanic satellite island of Sicily. The 60-year-old vines are Biodynamically farmed. The wines are made in buried clay amphorae with skin contact for 3 months. Natural winemaking only using spontaneous wild yeast fermentation, no filtering, no fining, and no additives (including sulphur).

👁 Medium copper color with considerable haze (unfiltered).

👃 Pronounced intensity jumping out of the glass. Aromas of geranium, orange blossom, lemongrass, watermelon candy, tangerine peel, ginger beer, yeasty, and grapey.

👄 The palate is dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol (12.7%), and medium body. Wonderful gritty texture from the prolonged skin contact with a slight bitterness. Medium+ length finish of mixed florals, bitter watermelon rind, and yeasty beer notes.

🔔 Hands down the best dry Zibibbo that I have tasted, but also the most expensive one as well. Usually, Zibibbos can be one-dimensional, but everything flavor-related about this wine was full throttle. Day 1, this wine was in peak form, especially at cellar temp. On Day 2, that wildness due to lacking sulphur became more apparent. The slight bitterness on the finish may be off-putting to some, but it just craves food, in my opinion. Skin contact wines are so food-friendly. If you are a natural wine lover and want something esoteric (yes, I realize that is implied already), than I recommend checking this wine out, but it is not where I would start your natural wine journey.

💰 ~$100

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2019 Madson - Toyon Vineyard Chardonnay (91 pts) @madsonwines

ℹ️ The wine is 💯 Chardonnay from the Toyon Vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA of California. The vineyard is 480 ft above Monterey Bay. The steep vineyard faces south. Foggy mornings and cool days. Organically farmed, hand-harvested, and only indigenous yeast fermentation. Aged in neutral French oak with minimal racking. Unfined and unfiltered.

👁 Medium lemon color with a slight haze (unfiltered).

👃 Medium intensity, restrained nose. Aromas of yellow apple, nectarine, lemon pith, orange peel, and orange blossom.

👄 The palate is dry, medium+ acidity, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium+ body. The palate has a good weight balanced by crisp acidity with moderate salinity. Medium length finish of yellow apple and orange blossom.

🔔 Madson is a micro-winery run by Cole Thomas. Micro - As a reference, 2019 Toyon Chardonnay is only 75 cases. First and foremost, this wine delivers a ton of flavor while being restrained in all the right ways with moderate oak and alcohol. The fruit and site are the stars of the show. This wine should only improve over the next few years in bottle —excellent quality for the price. As a side note, it is great to see their pledge to be carbon neutral. 💚💚💚

💰 ~$40

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1985 Diamond Creek - Volcanic Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (94 pts) @diamond_creek_vineyards

ℹ️ The wine is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a bit of Petit Verdot from the Volcanic Hill single vineyard in Diamond Mountain AVA of Napa Valley, California. The vines were planted in 1968 on ashy soil of the south-facing hillside estate vineyard. The wines were aged in 💯 new French oak.

👁 Deep ruby color with a pale garnet rim. Incredibly youthful appearance.

👃 An expressive nose that didn't show its true potential until the end of a long evening. The nose started with ripe to overripe black fruit and pen ink, but with air showed rosemary, lavender, pen ink, sweet baking spices, and dried leaves.

👄 The palate is dry, high acidity, medium+ brawny tannins, moderate alcohol (12.5%), and medium+ body. The palate had a ton of primary fruit that was ripe but not jammy. Quite dense and mouth coating but quickly cut by the beautiful acidity. Medium+ length finish of black fruit, garrigue, and integrated oak spice.

🔔 When will the Diamond Creek wines from the 80s be ready? Well, no one really knows exactly. If you get a well-stored bottle like this one, don't be afraid to decant it or open it a day in advance. The Volcanic Hill started as my least favorite wine of the trio, and by the end of the night, it was challenging the Dominus. These wines are almost impossible to catch at their peak due to their backward nature. Yes, yes, it was beautiful, but the patience required to enjoy these wines in the modern era is almost inconceivable. I haven't had a young Diamond Creek in ages, but it seems like I should be drinking their wines from the 70s now.

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2012 Chateau Musar - White (90 pts) @chateaumusar

ℹ️ The wine is 60% Obaideh and 40% Merwah, both indigenous grapes from Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. The vineyards are ingrafted and planted on the sea-facing slopes of Mount Lebanon at 1,200 meters above sea level. The vines are 50 to 90 years old. Fermented and aged in a combination of new French oak barrels and stainless steel vats for 9 months. The wine is then aged in bottle for 6 years before being released.

👁 Medium lemon color with a slight golden hue.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of honeycomb, candle wax, lemon verbena, orange blossom, oak, clove, peach skin, and hay.

👄 The palate is dry, medium+ acidity, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium body. A good pithy texture on the palate. A medium- length finish of candle wax, hay, and orange peel.

🔔 Typically, I prefer Chateau Musar White wines with more age on them. These are not fruit-driven wines. Although there was a touch of fruit on the nose, the palate was all bottle-aged development. While interesting to check in now, I think this wine still has a metamorphosis to undergo in the cellar before it is ready. It is a bit like an adolescent that is slightly awkward after a growth spurt with a high-pitched voice.

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1985 Dominus Estate (95 pts) @dominusestatewinery

🍷 What was the last wine where you thought wine critics missed the mark?

ℹ️ The wine is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, all from Napanook Vineyard in Napa Valley, California. The wine spent ~18 months in French oak barrels with 20% new oak. The wine was bottle aged an additional 2 years before being released.

👁 Deep garnet color with a pale rim. It was not showing as much age as I would have thought for 36 years of age.

👃 Very expressive on the nose showing a combination of ripe and dried black cherry, blackcurrant, and blackberry. Loads of development showing sweet tobacco, well-worn leather jacket, cedar, and forest floor.

👄 The palate is dry, medium+ acidity, moderate ripe, chewy tannins, well-balanced alcohol (13.4%), and medium+ body. This wine is on another level on the palate with a silky smooth texture, wonderfully seamless from beginning to end, and a long lingering finish.

🔔 Only the third vintage of Dominus Estate, firing on all cylinders at 36 years of age. 1985 Dominus is now at its peak, but it should hang here for another decade. This wine blew away the top Châteaux in 1985 in our tasting, but 1985 is a better vintage in Napa than Bordeaux. This wine didn't see much critical acclaim when initially reviewed. To be fair, the wine must have been very tightly wound in its youth. Stunning wine! 👏👏👏

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2007 Billecart-Salmon - Cuvée Louis Salmon Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (94 pts) @champagne_billecart_salmon

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Chardonnay from 3 Grand Crus (Chouilly, Mesnil-sur-Oger, & Cramant) in the Côte des Blancs, Champagne, France. Half of the blend was vinified in oak without malolactic fermentation, while the other has was in stainless steel with malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged on the lees for 10 years. The dosage is 7 g/l.

👁 Pale gold color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of toast, brioche, custard, meyer lemon, lemon pith, yellow apple, seashell, salted butter, and acacia.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, fine precise bubbles, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium body. The palate is very creamy but at the same time delicate. A medium+ length finish of baked apple, lemon custard, and brioche.

🔔 2007 Cuvée Louis Salmon is in a fantastic spot at the moment. The nose shows the influence of the oak aging and adds a lot of complexity while staying in balance. The palate is singing on this wine with great tension of the acidity that is perfectly balanced with the 7 g/l dosage. This wine paired amazingly well with a mixture of seafood from oysters to grilled totoaba. Another fabulous Cuvée from Billecart-Salmon! 🥂👏🍾

💰 ~$170

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2013 Domaine Denis Bachelet - Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes (92 pts) @domaine_bachelet

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Pinot Noir from multiple old vine parcels planted in 1932 and 1937 in Gevrey-Chambertin, Burgundy, France. Domaine Denis Bachelet only has 3.85 ha under vine, with this Cuvée being the largest bottling. Hand-harvested, 💯 destemmed grapes, and using indigenous yeast fermentation. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 16 months with 20% new oak.

👁 Medium ruby color, unfiltered.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe dark cherry, black currant, raspberry, oak, star anise, earth, wet rock, roasted duck, and mint tea.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium- fine-grained tannins, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium+ body. The palate shows a depth of concentration and an excellent weight for a village-level wine. A medium+ length finish of dark berries, oak spices, and mint tea.

🔔 The 2013 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes is another illustration of how a producer can punch above their village level status with great old vine vineyards. This wine was waking up on day two and should be held for a few more years as it should continue to improve. These wines have crept up in price over the last few years. That being said, they still deliver a lot of quality even at these prices.

💰 ~$125

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2017 CVNE - Monopole Blanco @cvnevino

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Viura (aka Macabeo) from the Rioja region of Spain. Monopole is the oldest white wine brand in Spain. Companiá Vinícola del Norte de España has produced this wine since 1915. Hand-harvested from bush vines in Rioja Alta. Gently pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks.

👁 Pale lemon color.

👃 Medium- intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe green apple, pear, acacia, white flowers, and citrus zest.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium- body. The palate has a steely texture. A medium- length finish of orchard fruit and florals.

🔔 The 2020 Monopole is fresh and crisp. It is straightforward and subtle, which would make an excellent aperitif wine. Considerably more interesting than most Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio wines at this price point.

💰 ~$14

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Last day of Summer Vacation and I am enjoying some Champagne by the beach. ...

😎 In Blind, We Trust
2019 Spottswoode - Sauvignon Blanc @spottswoodewinery

🍷 Tasted this blind. This wine was obviously a Sauvignon Blanc due to the high levels of pyrazines. Notes of lemongrass and freshly cut grass. It was too fruit-driven to be from Sancerre or Pouilly Fumé. Loads of gooseberry, pomelo, and grapefruit pith. A noticeable weight and creaminess made me think of this as a high-end New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

🤔 There wasn't a noticeable new oak note, which had me discount high-end White Bordeaux. Sure it could have been Entre-Deux-Mers, but the quality seemed too high. That is the reason I ignored Chile as well. The creaminess on the palate should have led me away from New Zealand, but I don't think I would have landed in California. I should add California Sauvignon Blanc into my logic funnel.
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2017 Roses de Jeanne - Côte de Val Vilaine Blanc de Noirs Champagne (93 pts)

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Pinot Noir from the 1.4 ha lieu-dit of Val Vilaine in the village of Celles-sur-Ource in the Côte des Bar, Champagne. Cédric Bouchard is making some of the most singular and compelling sparkling wines in the world. Always single vineyard, single variety, and single vintage. No dosage. Only 300-500 cases annually.

🥂 Pale lemon color with very subtle bubbles. This is a wine that you need to open up in the glass. Fresh and expressive with crisp orchard fruit, lemon oil, florals, and a flinty note. The palate has zippy acidity but still carries a lot of fleshy texture that is quite impressive for a zero dosage wine. Excellent medium+ length finish. Definitely a wine you could sit down and ponder all by yourself. Easily one of my favorite Producers and if you see them snap them up quickly.

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🍷🆚🍷 Last night, I had the pleasure of tasting these two wines side by side. Every time I taste a 2004 red Burgundy against another vintage, I am always relieved that I don't have much in the cellar. The 2007 Clos de Tart destroyed the 2004.

🐞 I'm not sure what ladybugs taste like exactly, but there was definite high-toned spearmint, almost faint tiger balm chemical note from the nose through the finish. I have had a few bottles of the 04 Clos de Tart, and it has always had that note on it for me.

In isolation, it isn't that bad, but in comparison with another vintage, it just becomes so obvious.
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CVNE Virtual Tasting and Interview with Victor Urrutia @cvnevino

Companiá Vinícola del Norte de España

🎙 Join my Instagram Live interview with Victor Urrutia, the CEO at Companiá Vinícola del Norte de España or CVNE (pronounced COO-nay), on Tuesday, July 27th, at 9:00 am PST / 6:00 pm CET. Victor will give us some history and background of CVNE, which was founded in 1879. CVNE has remained in the family since its creation, with Victor being the 5th generation in charge. We will discuss the various wineries of CVNE and their respective styles of wine. We will talk about white Rioja wines and how the style has changed over the years. Lastly, we will talk about the Imperial wines and what differentiates them from the other wines of CVNE.

🍷 We will taste the following wines: 2020 Monopole Blanco Seco, 2016 Monopole Clásico Blanco Seco, and 2014 Imperial Gran Reserva. We invite you to please join our Instagram Live and participate in the conversation. Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories.

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🍷✈️ Do you like to taste wines in flights?

This group of wines was the wine flight of the year for me. Each wine could have been the WOTN, but as a trio, they are hard to beat.

🍷 1961 López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia
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🍷 1961 Château Latour à Pomerol
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🍷 1949 Château Haut-Brion
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I will be posting better notes on each of these soon.
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🎖 Achievement Unlocked: 50K Followers 🎉

A few weeks back, I reached this milestone that I never thought was possible. I just wanted to take a moment and thank everyone that follows along with my content. And a special shout out to those that interact with me frequently in the comments and DMs. 🙌🙌🙌

🍷 Now that we are getting out of the pandemic, please do let me know if any of you are ever in San Francisco. I will do my best to catch up and share a bottle of wine.

Once again, thank you all 🙏🙏🙏
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1973 Château d'Yquem - Sauternes (91 pts) @yquem_official

ℹ️ This wine is a blend of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc from the Sauternes appellation in Bordeaux, France. 1973 is considered a mediocre vintage with a low production level.

👁 Medium tawny color with a pale rim.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of botrytis, new plastic toy, brown sugar, vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, high-end honey, dried white plum, dried apricot, and enoki mushrooms.

👄 The wine is sweet, medium+ acidity, medium+ alcohol (~13.5%), and medium body. A medium length finish of dried orchard fruit, oak spices, and mushrooms.

🔔 Although 1973 wasn't an exceptional vintage for Château d'Yquem, this is still an intriguing wine hanging onto the late stages of life. This wine doesn't show the same aromatic intensity or depth on the nose, while the palate isn't as sweet and lacks the concentration of better examples from superior vintages. It is still d'Yquem, so there is a certain level of polish.

🙏 Thank you @terroir.inspire for sharing this bottle.

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🇫🇷🍷 1985 Left Bank Bordeaux
The 1985 vintage is regarded as a very good vintage, with the Right Bank often showing better. The Left Bank wines can be excellent and elegant, especially compared to the brawnier 1986 vintage wines that tended to overshadow them.

1985 Château Cos d'Estournel - Saint-Estèphe
🍷 This showed the best immediately out of the bottle. A more elegant and lighter expression of Cos d'Estournel in comparison to the 1982 and 1989 vintages. Loads of tobacco, gravel, dried blackcurrant, and blackberries. Definitely at its peak, but it should hang there for a while with proper conditions.

1985 Les Forts de Latour - Pauillac
🍷 In comparing the other two wines of the flight, Les Forts was not even close to the same pedigree. There was an evident pedigree in the oak used to make the wine, but that overshadowed any fruit remnants that may have still been there. Good texture, but lacked concentration.

1985 Château Latour - Pauillac
🍷 The clear winner of the flight, but the Cos gave it a run for the money. Latour took the longest to unfurl and probably should have been decanted. This wine tasted relatively youthful, given 36 years of age. Good concentration of black fruits married with sexy oak notes. Velvety on the palate and polished as one would expect, lacking some of that Latour power it's known for in top vintages.

Overall, this was a fun lineup of wines. It is rare for me to taste a Grand Vin and a Second Wine with so much bottle age. That in itself was intellectually satisfying.

🙏 Thanks for @terroir.inspire for putting this together and letting me geek out with them.
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1995 Noël Verset - Cornas (96 pts)

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Syrah from the Cornas appellation in the northern Rhône Valley of France. Noël Verset (1919-2015) was a legendary vigneron of Cornas. He tended the vines for 75 years, starting at the age of 12 in 1931. While Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie were gaining fame in the 1980s, Cornas was largely considered simple rustic wine. Verset's wines singularly stood out from the rest of the appellation, and in the 1990s, his wines put Cornas on the map.

👁 Medium ruby color with a pale garnet.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of black olive tapenade, fresh black pepper, dried black cherry, dried bramble fruit, red plum, tarragon, lavender, cured meat, and game meat.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium silky tannins, medium alcohol (~13%), and medium body. Stunning balance and silky texture while being light on the palate. A long-length finish of dried bramble fruit, dried herbs, and cured meat.

🔔 My first time trying a wine from Verset, and it did not disappoint. The color was amazing. The wine was a bit sleepy at first, but after patiently checking in through dinner, it started to blossom. Can a wine be rustic and elegant at the same time? Well, this wine walked that line very well. The myriad of flavors is utterly charming, from the dried herbs to the game meat funk. Then on the palate, it is just as layered and gentle. To sum it up in emojis 🔥🔥🔥.

🙏 Thank you @clayfu.wine for sharing this hard to come by bottle. They don't make them like this anymore is an understatement.

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🔥🍷 Three stellar examples of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, all from the 1985 vintage. If you could only save one glass to enjoy against a flight of 1985 Left Bank Bordeaux, which would you choose?

🍷1985 Dominus Estate
This wine was my wine of the flight. It was complete, polished, and restrained. Overall showing very well at peak and not going anywhere. This seemed uniquely qualified to stand up to the flight of Bordeaux in the next round.

🍷1985 Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill
For most of the tasters, this was their wine of the flight. However, this wine was still brooding for me, maybe even a bit backwards. It's crazy to say that this still needs more time, but it does.

🍷1985 Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard
This wine definitely showed the ripest of the group. The telltale eucalyptus/menthol notes were on display. It had the tartest acidity of the flight, but was missing a touch of balance for me as the high acidity and plush fruit fought a bit with each other on the palate.
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1937 The Massandra Collection - Gurzuf Rose Muscat @massandra.winery

🇺🇦🍷 Have you tried a fortified Muscat before?

ℹ️ This sweet fortified wine from the pink Muscat grape from the Massandra estate is one of the oldest wineries in Crimea, dating back to Tsarist times. The southern coast of Crimea is the best wine-producing region in Ukraine, well technically Russia as of 2014. The Massandra Collection is famous for being previously owned by Czar Nicholas II and later Joseph Stalin. A tiny portion of the collection was sold at auction by Sotheby's in London in the early 1990s.

🍷 My 2nd time a wine from Massandra Collection, they are always unique, and the extraordinary back story always helps. The wine is sweet (~120 g/l) and the alcohol was fairly moderate for a fortified wine (~15%). The nose was extremely floral and charming literally jumping out of the glass. The palate had great concentration, moderate acidity, and quite sweet. The finish lasted for minutes. It was fun debating the merits of this wine with the other tasters.
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A tour of aged Italian wine

This flight of wines was a mixed bag.

1961 Minuto - Barolo Riserva Speciale
🍷 Aged Nebbiolo always has a unique look to it. The wine was a bit past prime, but it still showed some fruit but mostly dried, mellow tannins, and firm acidity.

1973 Bertani - Recioto della Valpolicella Amarone Classico Superiore
🍷 This wine was the most divisive wine of the flight, with some tasters thinking it was flawed. While I believe it to be corked, there was a ton of volatile acidity and some funk on the nose. Pretty high octane as well on the palate.

1997 Marchesi Antinori - Tignanello
🍷 Hands down, the star of the flight. Everyone admitted that the wine was drinking beautifully at the moment. Some tasters commented that this is a wine people "love to hate" because it comes from the extensive wine producing Antinori family, but it is hard not to give wines like Tignanello their due when you taste them.
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Unplanned aged Volnay tasting

1997 Domaine Marquis d'Angerville - Volnay 1er Cru
🍷 Showing the best out of the flight immediately out of the gate. Lots of great fruit, clearly at peak. Well composed. @gdangerville

1985 Domaine & Selection - Volnay 1er Cru Les Taillepieds
🍷 Sadly corked 😭

1985 Domaine Parent - Volnay 1er Cru Les Clos des Chênes
🍷 This wine had the most depth of the line up and needed the most air. This won the flight by the end of the night.

1961 Hospices de Beaune - Volnay
🍷 Surprisingly alive given the age. Nose was slightly maderized, but a sweet red cherry red currant on the palate. Opened up with a bit of air, but then shut back down. Fun to taste these old wines.
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🍷🤓 What was the last geeky wine tasting you joined?

I am meeting some new friends in Napa for a tasting where the theme is bottles that are from vintages separated by 12 years 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937.

I'm contributing the 1961 Lopez de Heredia Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva and two back up 1985 bottles. You never know what will happen with old wines.
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What is your favorite oyster + wine pairing?

🦪🍷 We decided to have oysters with dinner tonight. I found this Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis on the list, and I thought it could go well with the oysters and the next course. The nose and palate showed lots of citrus peel, white flowers, and crushed rock. The wine had good crisp acidity and quite a bit of weight. Solid, honest, and affordable wine that was totally in balance.

🤯 I was surprised when I read 14% ABV on the label as it felt much lighter.
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2014 Domaine Cecile Tremblay - Chambolle-Musigny Les Cabottes (93 pts) @cecile_tremblay_officiel

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Pinot Noir. The Les Cabottes grapes come from three different lieux-dits of the Chambolle-Musigny commune in Burgundy, France. The Domaine is practicing organic and Biodynamic Viticulture. Grapes are mostly destemmed although more and more whole cluster is being used. Wines are aged 15 to 18 months in French oak barrels with about a third new oak, then bottled unfined and unfiltered.

👁 Medium ruby color with a pale rim.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of potpourri, violets, peonies, ripe black cherry, raspberry, red plum, coriander seed, flint, and slight mint tea.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium- soft tannins, medium alcohol (13%), and medium body. Great texture on the palate. A medium+ length finish of ripe red and black fruit, rosewater, and wet rock.

🔔 The 2014 Les Cabottes started a bit reductive when first poured, but after hours in a decanter, it was worth revisiting at the end of the meal. The nose was a veritable bouquet with roses, violets, peonies, and some flower pot water as well. Still tightly wound, this wine needs considerable more time to unfurl truly. These wines are utterly impossible to find, but I look forward to hunting some more down. Hard to believe it was just a village-level wine.

🙏 Thank you @tracvino for sharing this hard to come by bottle

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #chambollemusigny #ceciletremblay #burgundy #burgundywine #bourgogne
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2009 Domaine François Raveneau - Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons (94 pts) @domaineraveneau

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Chardonnay from the Vaillons climat of the Chablis Premier Cru appellation in Burgundy, France. Grapes are hand-harvested, gently pressed, and then fermented in vats. The wine is transferred to barrel for malolactic fermentation. Then the wine is aged in older oak barrels for 18 months, and there is a tiny percentage of new oak.

👁 Medium lemon color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of lemon pith, citrus oil, yuzu, yellow apple, nectarine, flint, peat, salted butter, oyster brine, acacia, and dandelions.

👄 The wine is dry, high electric acidity, medium alcohol (13%), and medium body. A bit more weight and ripe fruit upon entry, but the acidity and overall texture quickly cut through. A long length finish of lemon pith, dried flowers, brine, and flint.

🔔 Raveneau is the benchmark of Chablis for a reason. This wine is concentrated but delicate at the same time. The acidity drives this wine from start to finish but takes your tongue on a journey from ripe fruit to florals to savory, earthy notes. 2009 Vaillons is just starting to enter its drinking window, quickly shedding some reduction with a healthy amount of air. For a 2009 vintage, it showed a touch leaner than I was expecting. Overall, a stellar wine on any account. 🤩

💰~$300

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #chablis #chabliswine #raveneau #francoisraveneau #vaillons #chardonnay #burgundy #burgundywine #bourgogne #vindebourgogne
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2020 Pax - Trousseau Gris Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard @paxwines

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Trousseau Gris from the Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma, California. Trousseau Gris is a gray-skinned mutation of Trousseau from Jura, France. The grapes were harvested early to preserve acidity and fermented in concrete egg with indigenous yeasts. The wine was aged in a combination of stainless steel and neutral French oak before being released. 400 cases produced.

👁 Pale copper color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of orange peel, peach skin, barely ripe Tuscan melon, seafoam, and orange blossom.

👄 The wine is dry, high zippy acidity, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium body. A noticeable leesy character on the palate with a touch of spice. A medium length finish of peach skin, melon, and sea salt.

🔔 Pax Mahle is a fabulous Producer in California making some beautiful wines, but he finds time to make slightly esoteric wines like this Trousseau Gris Rosé. The 2020 has excellent acidity, dialed in aromatics, and a harmonious palate. If you want a rosé that will make you think a little without breaking the bank, then check this out.

💰~$22

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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

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #pommard #comtearmand #burgundy #burgundywine #burgundylover #bourgogne #bourgognewine #pinotnoir #pinotnoirlover #pinotlover
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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

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #napavalley #napa #napawine #napavalleywine #cabernetsauvignon #schrader #tokalon #beckstoffertokalon #oakville #cultwine
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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.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #syrah #syrahwine #coterotie #rhonewine #northernrhone #jamet #domainejamet
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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.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #cheninblanc #vouvray #huet #domainehuet #moelleux
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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.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #napa #napavalley #napawine #howellmountain #dunn #cabernetsauvignon
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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