2016 Serafino Rivella - Barbaresco Montestefano (92 pts)

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

👁 Medium- ruby color with a pale rim.

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

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

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

💰 ~$100

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

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

👁 Pale lemon color.

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

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

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

💰 ~$50

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

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

👁 Deep gold color, slight amber hue.

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

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

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

💰 ~$55

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

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

👁 Medium lemon color.

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

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

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

💰 ~$70

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

👁 Deep ruby color.

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

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

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

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

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

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

🍷 1990 Château Leoville Las Cases - St. Julien
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2015 Heitz Cellar - Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (91 pts) @heitzcellar

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California. These grapes come from two estate vineyards in St. Helena, the Only One Vineyard, and the Spring Valley Vineyard. The vineyards are certified organic. The grapes were harvested early, presumably to preserve acidity. The Heitz Cellars' aging regimen is unique, even with this bottle as the entry point to the Heitz Cellar style taking four years before release. The wine aged in a combination of large oak vats and French oak barrels for three years, followed by a year in bottle.

👁 Medium+ ruby color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe and candied black currant, raspberry, blackberry, oak, sawdust, clove, violet, menthol, and oregano.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium ripe tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and medium+ body. The palate is more stewed fruit with a bit more oak spice and smooth, ripe tannins. A medium length finish of black and red fruit, clove, and menthol.

🔔 This wine is a textbook Napa Cabernet from an iconic Producer. I am always impressed by how much cellaring this wine gets even when it is only the starting point of the Heitz Cellar lineup. The nose has some high toned fruit aromas on the verge of candied. The palate reigns that in with bright acidity and forgiving tannins. The oak influence is noticeable, but very well integrated across the board. The slight herbal menthol and oregano notes are refreshing. No part of this wine is massive. I would call it plush and charming.

💰 ~$60

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2018 Errázuriz - MAX Reserva Pinot Noir @errazurizwines

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Pinot Noir from estate vineyards in the Aconcagua Costa appellation of Chile. Aconcagua Costa is the coastal part of the larger Aconcagua Valley. The vineyards are 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean, which has a cooling effect on the appellation. Vine is 15 years old. The soils are a layer of loam over a combination of clay and schist. The grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed, and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged for 11 months in French oak barrels, with 15% being new oak.

👁 Medium ruby color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of baked strawberry, red cherry, red plum, oak, toast, and earthy.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ sharp acidity, medium- ripe tannins, medium+ alcohol (13.5%), and medium body. A medium- length finish of ripe red fruit and earthy.

🔔 Sub-$20 Pinot Noir is tough to pull off, and often it doesn't taste like the grape variety. MAX Reserva Pinot Noir does a respectable job of being true to the grape's varietal character. However, the acidity is overtly sharp on the initial attack, and the oak is not very integrated on the palate. Overall, I would rather people drink this over many other Pinot Noir wines at this price point. However, I still think the MAX Reserva Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon offer significantly more enjoyment.

💰 ~$18

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2017 Antica Terra - Aequorin Chardonnay (94 pts) @antica_terra

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon. Maggie Harrison makes very compelling wines in Oregon. While the trend is to make single appellation or single-vineyard wines, but instead, she uses each vineyard and plot as a color in her palate to create the painting of her wines. The Aequorin Chardonnay is when something beautiful and singular stands out so brightly that it demands to be bottled on its own.

👁 Medium+ lemon color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of yellow apple, baked quince, white peach, grapefruit pith, lemon zest, oak, star anise, sunflower seeds, and sage.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol (13%), and medium+ body. The fruit and oak flavors are more assertive on the palate versus the nose. Great texture. A medium+ length finish of orchard fruit and citrus with subtle oak spices and sage flavors lingering on.

🔔 Maggie Harrison is a master blender, and I find her thought process so intriguing. Her wines make you think, and that is part of their appeal. The Aequorin Chardonnay is one that it is hard to categorize, which I think she would appreciate. It is a bit shy on the nose and more giving on the palate. There is an attractive textural component that is quite charming. The best way to describe it would be like licking a wool sweater. This wine should continue to improve with age. At only 251 cases produced, it can be hard to find.

💰 ~$135

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

ℹ️ This Rosé Champagne is a blend of 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay. 15% of the Pinot Noir is still red wine. All of the vines are classified as Premier Cru in the village of Rilly-la-Montagne. The vineyards are all farmed by the Vilmart House, which is either owned or in a long term contract neighboring their property. The vineyards are sustainably farmed and hand-harvested. The base wine is 2016 with reserve wines from 2014 and 2015. The wine is aged for 10 months in large oak casks. The wines do not go through malolactic fermentation. The dosage is 9 g/l.

👁 Medium- pink color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of red apple, strawberry, red cherry, orange peel, rose, orange blossom, rhubarb, and slight bitter herbs.

👄 The wine is dry, high zippy acidity, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium+ body. Delicate bubbles and a fine texture on the palate. A medium+ length finish of red fruit, orange peel, and dried florals.

🔔 An impressive Rosé Champagne from Vilmart, it walks a unique path. One part is quite plush and voluminous due to the healthy dosage, but then that is quickly counterbalanced by the laser-like acidity and stunning texture. Overall, it is very distinctive as the wine dances across your tongue. Let's not deny that there is a pure yumminess factor to this wine that results in a quickly empty bottle. This is lovely work by Laurent Champs 👏.

💰 ~$80

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2016 Anne et Jean-François Ganevat - Le P’tiot Roukin Vin de France Rouge (90 pts)

ℹ️ This wine is a Vin de France, and the Cuvée changes significantly based on the year. Some years it a multi-regional blend of grapes from Gamay, Syrah, or ancient indigenous varieties preserved by his father but banned in the appellation guidelines. 2016 is a blend of Pinot Noir, Poulsard, and Trousseau from a 70-year old vineyard planted on marl and limestone. Biodynamically, hand-harvested, and fermented with indigenous yeasts. Semi-carbonic maceration for 10 months in a conical wood tank. This wine is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and without the addition of Sulfur.

👁 Pale ruby color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe red cherry, cranberry, red currant, bay leaf, and earthy.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, low soft tannins, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium- body. A medium+ length finish of crunchy red fruit and bay leaf that is surprisingly long.

🔔 This wine is an avant-garde example of what VdF and natural wine could and should taste like in the right hands. The color is hypnotizing. In the glass, this is not flashy, but pure crunchy red fruit that lingers on the palate with a slight herbal and earthiness for added complexity. There is a "low sulfur" aroma that comes across like beer foam on the nose but blows off with air. It definitely feels like a glou glou wine to me. A joy to drink, but don't overthink it.

💰 ~$33

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1984 Dunn Vineyards - Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (91 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 that delineates the mountain fruit from the valley floor. Aged for 32 months in 💯 new French oak and sealed with a signature red wax capsule.

👁 Medium+ garnet color with a pale rim.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of dried black currant, dried black cherry, forest floor, dried leaves, leather, thyme, cedar, wood charcoal, and tobacco.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium- grainy tannins, medium alcohol (13%), and medium body. A medium length finish of dried black fruit, thyme, and leather.

🔔 Let me start by saying that I am a massive fan of these wines, especially with age. This bottle of 1984 was showing better than the last two bottles that I tried. In all fairness, 1984 wasn't the best vintage in Napa, but this wine still shows the distinguished structure of Howell Mountain after 36 years of age. The acidity is balanced, the alcohol is moderate, and the tannins have melted together. This wine is showing a lot of development and tertiary character, but it is holding steady. However, it is unclear for how long, recommend drinking now.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #napa #napavalley #napawine #howellmountain #dunn #cabernetsauvignon
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2018 Errázuriz - MAX Reserva Chardonnay @errazurizwines

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Chardonnay from estate vineyards in the Aconcagua Costa appellation of Chile. Aconcagua Costa is the coastal part of the larger Aconcagua Valley. The vineyards are 8 miles from the Pacific Ocean, which has a cooling effect on the appellation. The soils are a layer of loam over a combination of clay and schist. The grapes are hand-harvested, and whole-cluster pressed into stainless steel tanks. 30% of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged for 10 months in French oak barrels, with 20% being new oak.

👁 Medium lemon color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe green apple, lemon pith, white peach, acacia, and subtle toast.

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

🔔 The entire MAX Reserva line of wines from Viña Errázuriz offers a lot of value for consumers. This Chardonnay is no different with good acidity, moderate alcohol, and enough flavor for a weekday wine. This wine is a straight forward easy-drinking Chardonnay that tastes like it is grape it is made from, which is something I can say about a lot of wines in this price range. Suggested retail is $20, but can be often found for $13-$16.

💰 ~$15

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1964 Luigi Calissano - Barolo Riserva Speciale (92 points)

ℹ️ Luigi Calissano was one of the pioneer wine Producers in Piedmont, Italy. In 1872 he established Luigi Calissano & Figli. They made Barolo, Barbaresco, other Langhe red wines, and sparkling wines. They are best known for their vermouth. At the turn of the 20th century, they were one of the largest Producers and opened up international markets by supplying wine to cruise ships crossing the Atlantic. Today, this winery is no longer in business. This wine was purchased at auction despite knowing very little about the producer based on the excellent fill levels, outstanding color, and the reputation of the 1964 vintage in Piedmont.

👁 Pale garnet color with a slight tawny rim.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of loads of dried red cherry, dried cranberry, dried strawberry, forest floor, wilted violets, wilted roses, tobacco, menthol, and leather.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, low resolved tannins, medium alcohol (13.5%), and medium- body. The palate still shows fresh tart red cherry in addition to the flavors mentioned on the nose. A medium length finish of dried red fruit, dried flowers, and leather.

🔔 This wine is a little piece of history in the bottle. I love the old school label and had fun trying to find some background information for this post. The wine is a little past peak and on the slow decline. Wines of this age that still show life and charm resonate for me. I have a few more bottles left that I plan to open over the next few years. I love finding little gems like this at auction.

🍷 Several people requested notes on the wine glass. Tasted with the Conterno Sensory wine glass from @zwieselglas @schottzwiesel and this glass is absolutely amazing. Probably one of my favorite stems.

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🇮🇹🍷 1964 Luigi Calissano - Barolo Riserva Speciale a wine I know very little about, but randomly picked up at a wine auction. I ❤️ Barolo, I 😍 old Barolo, and 1964 was one of the top vintages in the 20th century. Take my money 💸 and let's roll the dice 🎲🎲.

🤔More details coming soon, but money well spent 👍
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2017 Almaviva - Puente Alto (95 points) @almavivawinery

ℹ️ This wine is from Puente Alto, in Chile's Upper Maipo Valley. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Carmenère, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot. Viña Almaviva is a joint venture between Viña Concha y Toro and Baron Philippe de Rothschild. The 2017 vintage was warm and dry. All of the rainfall happened in the early part of the growing season. Followed by warmer than average temperatures, the harvest occurred several weeks earlier than usual. The drought conditions and high temperatures resulted in low yields with very concentrated berries. The wine was aged for 19 months in French oak barrels, with 77% being new oak.

👁 Deep ruby color with some purple hue.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe blackberry, boysenberry, black currant, sweet tobacco, dried chili, herbal, rosemary, tomato leaf, oak, clove, vanilla, and rose stems.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, high bold drying tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and full body. Velvety and mouthcoating on the palate. A long length finish of ripe black fruit, tobacco, dried herbs, and oak spice.

🔔 The 2017 vintage in Chile has created some fabulous wines, and the Almaviva is one of my favorites. Honestly, this is the best Almaviva that I have tried, and the quality just keeps getting better each year. It is rare to have a young wine with so much aromatic diversity in the nose. On the palate’s shows layers of black fruit concentration and dried herbs that are contained by excellent acidity and bold tannins. The 2017 Almaviva is stunning and built to age. I wouldn't revisit it until at least 5-7 years. This will get better, be patient. 👏👏👏

💰 ~$140

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #vinotinto #almaviva #puentealto #chileanwine #winesofchile #chilewine #maipovalley
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2017 Dr. Loosen - Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese (91 points) @dr.loosen @ernstloosen

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Riesling from the Mosel wine region of Germany. The grapes come from the "sundial" vineyard from the town of Wehlen. The vines grow on Blue Devonian Slate soils, and the average age is over 60 years old on original rootstock. The grapes are hand-picked with a cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks and Fuder barrels. Half the fermentation is with natives yeast and the other half with cultured yeasts. The fermentation is halted by chilling, preserving the residual sugar. The wine has 57 g/l of residual sugar with 8.5 g/l of total acidity.

👁 Medium- lemon color.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe yellow peach, apricot, red apple, melon, candied orange, honeysuckle, and steely.

👄 The wine is medium-sweet, high acidity, low alcohol (7.5%), and medium body. A medium+ length finish of ripe stone fruit, red apple, and steely.

🔔 This bottle Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese has all the components to be a delicious wine in time. Right now, it is overtly fruit-forward, and even with 8.5 g/l of total acidity, it is hard to overcome the residual sugar at the moment. This is a simple exercise in patience. Spätlese is one of my favorite levels of fruity Pradikat wines of the Mosel, but I prefer them with 10-12 years of bottle age. For young Pradikat wines, I am more of a Kabinett drinker and don't miss out on those GG wines either (see previous post).

💰 ~$33

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2017 Dr. Loosen - Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Grosses Gewächs Alte Reben (93 points) @dr.loosen @ernstloosen

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Riesling from the Mosel wine region of Germany. The grapes come from the "sundial" vineyard from the town of Wehlen. The vines grow on Blue Devonian Slate soils, and the average age is over 100 years old on original rootstock. The grapes are hand-picked with native yeast fermentation in neutral oak casks. The wine is kept on the full lees for a year without bâtonnage before being bottled. The wine has 8.7 g/l of residual sugar with 7.4 g/l of total acidity.

👁 Medium lemon color.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of key lime, lemon sorbet, lemon zest, kiwi, grapefruit pith, orange blossom, honeysuckle, wet rock, and lemongrass.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium+ body. This wine shows excellent texture and heft on the palate. A long length finish of citrus, especially lime, florals, and flint.

🔔 When I think of Dr. Loosen, my thoughts gravitate towards the fruity Pradikat wines of the Mosel, but after tasting this, Wehlener Sonnenuhr Grosses Gewächs, I now have to consider their high-end dry wines. This bottle was eye-opening, from the open and charming nose to the depth and weight on the palate. The length on the finish highlights ripe key lime and flint as if being carried out by a laser beam of acidity. This wine is utterly mouthwatering and such a pleasure to drink. My only complaint is that it was consumed too young. This GG will continue to improve with additional cellaring and I would wait at least 5 more years to get the full picture of what this wine has to offer.

💰 ~$50

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Champagne Bruno Paillard Instagram Live Interview and Virtual Tasting with Alice Paillard @champagnebrunopaillard

🎙 Join the Instagram Live with Alice Paillard on September 10th at 9 am PST / 6 pm Paris. Alice is the daughter of Bruno Paillard and co-manages the Champagne house with her father. We will discuss the house style and what makes it unique. We will cover the topics of first press only, separate vinifications for Crus, use of reserve wines, and aging duration. The house was founded in 1981 and has acquired vineyards along the way, now owning enough land to cover 50% of their total production. Champagne Bruno Paillard was the first Producer to put a disgorgement date on every single bottle, related disgorgement to the second birth of each wine.

🍾 We will taste the Première Cuvée, Rosé Première Cuvée, and Millésimé 2009 Assemblage. Please join the Instagram Live session and participate in the conversation. Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories.

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2016 Ceritas - Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay (93 pts)

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Chardonnay from the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA in California. This vineyard is the southernmost of the Ceritas wines, which is located 3.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 750 ft asl. The vineyard was planted in 1980 to the Wente clone of Chardonnay. The vineyard soils are sand and marine sediment. The temperatures are moderated by the maritime influence allowing the grapes to have longer hang time.

👁 Medium lemon color

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of sea breeze, lemon, lime, grapefruit pith, green apple, acacia, salted Marcona almond, underripe nectarine, and oyster shell.

👄 The wine is dry, laser-like high acidity, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium body. A long length finish of citrus pith and tart green fruit followed by an oyster brine saltiness.

🔔 Ceritas Trout Gulch Chardonnay is quickly becoming one of my favorite California Chardonnays. This wine shows how less can be more. It doesn't need the makeup of a lot of oak nor weight from excessive lees work. By all standards, this would be considered "thin" for California Chardonnay, but it is precise and crystalline with everything in the right place that just simply works. An acid-driven wine that is beautifully made.

💰 ~$75

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🍷🆚🍷 Next Wine Battle: Cru Beaujolais

☝️ Wine Region: Beaujolais, France 🇫🇷
☝️ Grape 🍇: Gamay
☝️ Cru: Moulin-à-Vent

🇫🇷 2014 Yvon Métras - Moulin-à-Vent
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🇫🇷 2015 Thibault Liger-Belair -Moulin-à-Vent Les Vieilles Vignes

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

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2015 Domaine William Fèvre - Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Côte Bouguerots (93 pts) @williamfevre_chablis

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Chardonnay from the Chablis region of France. Bougros is a climat in the single Chablis Grand Cru appellation. Côte Bouguerots is a sub-climat that has a steep slope with a greater than 30% gradient that is facing due south and nearest to the Serein River. The vines are planted on chalky clay, marl, and limestone from the Kimmeridgian era. Grapes are hand-harvested and gently pressed. The wine completely goes through malolactic fermentation. Half of the must is transferred to neutral (~6 years old) French oak barrels for 6 months, and the other half is transferred to small stainless steel vats. Altogether, the wine is aged for 15 months before being released.

👁 Medium lemon color

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of lemon pith, ripe Asian pear, Meyer lemon, underripe white peach, acacia, dandelion, candle wax, seafoam, and Greek yogurt.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (13%), and medium+ body. The palate is quite weighty and showing a bit of dried herb spice that wasn't on the nose. A long length finish of citrus, fresh flowers, and seafoam.

🔔 The 2015 Côte Bouguerots is a stunning revelation that feels like it is on par with Les Clos in the Fèvre lineup. After tasting several cuvées from Fèvre's 2015 vintage, this is maturing much slower than the Premier Crus and still needs time to unfurl. Côte Bouguerots is still very primary and fruit-driven at the moment, but it does show the structure, concentration, and length of Grand Cru pedigree. In a few years, this is going to be substantially better, and it will be worth the wait. In the meantime, enjoy some lovely Premier Cru wines. 🤔

💰 ~$100

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🇮🇹🍷 Drinking old wine is a passion of mine. I am super excited to try this 1964 Barolo Calissano Riserva Speciale, which I picked up a few years ago.

🤤 More importantly, I get to taste it with the new Sensory glass made for Nebbiolo based wines, and this will be its maiden voyage. The Sensory glass is a collaboration between Schott Zwiesel and Roberto Conterno. @schottzwiesel @zwieselglas
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2018 Dr. Loosen - Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett @dr.loosen @ernstloosen

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Riesling from the Mosel wine region of Germany. The vines grow on Blue Devonian Slate soils. These vineyards are all estate owned. The grapes are hand-picked with native yeast fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The fermentation is stopped by chilling to preserve the residual sugar in the wine. The wine has 40 g/l of residual sugar with 8.5 g/l of total acidity.

👁 Pale lemon color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe yellow peach, apricot, nectarine, orange blossom, red apple, pear, and steely.

👄 The wine is medium-sweet, high acidity, low alcohol (8.5%), and medium body. A medium- length finish of ripe stone fruit and steeliness.

🔔 This wine is an entry-level fruity (as opposed to dry) Riesling from Dr. Loosen. A lot of ripe fruit flavors without being cloying. A bit more weight than the Red Slate. This wine is far from dry or even off-dry, but that 8.5 g/l of acidity keeps it fresh. Just a stylistic choice between the two, but I do enjoy a touch of sweetness on the palate as long as it is balanced. Also, the low alcohol and affordable price point make this a perfect summer poolside sipper.

💰 ~$18

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2018 Dr. Loosen - Red Slate Dry Riesling @dr.loosen @ernstloosen

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Riesling from the Mosel wine region in Germany. The vines grow on Red Devonian Slate and are an average of 60 years old. These vineyards are all estate owned. The grapes are hand-picked, making sure no Botrytis is included. Native yeast fermentation in 3,000 l neutral oak casks. Wines mature on the lees for 8 to 12 months before bottling. The wine has 8 g/l of residual sugar with 7 g/l of total acidity.

👁 Pale lemon color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of green apple, lime, grapefruit zest, orange blossom, nectarine, and wet rock.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium- body. A medium- length finish of green apple and citrus zest.

🔔 This wine is an entry-level dry Riesling from Dr. Loosen that is simple, straightforward, and pleasurable. Reliable quality at a very affordable price. Dr. Loosen has a huge range of wines and this could be a gateway wine into the wonderful world of Riesling.

💰 ~$15

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2015 Domaine Xavier et Agnès Amirault - Le Vau Renou St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil (92 pts) @xamirault

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Cabernet Franc from the St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil appellation in the Loire Valley of France. The vineyards are certified Organic and Biodynamic. This wine is a blend of two vineyards: one with chalk soils and the other with clay and flint soils. The grapes are hand-harvested, followed by native yeast fermentation in small barrels with daily punch downs. The wine is aged for 24 to 30 months in a combination of French oak barriques (228 l) and demi-muids (500 l).

👁 Medium ruby color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe black currant, pomegranate, sweet cherry, black licorice, clove, dried roses, dried violets, and tobacco.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium fine-grained tannins, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium+ body. The silky texture on the palate. A medium+ length finish of ripe red and black fruit and dried potpourri.

🔔 My favorite of the three wines tasted from Domaine Xavier et Agnès Amirault. This is the silkiest texture and is seamless on the palate. The palate’s initial attack is all ripe fruit. The mid-palate shows earthiness and subtle oak spice. The finish leaves you holding a dried flower bouquet that is wonderful. Altogether a very nicely put together. Given this is 2015, it is not showing any signs of development yet, which leads me to believe that this still has considerable room to improve. At the $50 price range, this is excellent quality for the money.
⚠️ QPR Alert!

💰 ~$50

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2015 Domaine Xavier et Agnès Amirault - Les Gravilices St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil (90 pts) @xamirault

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Cabernet Franc from the St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil appellation in the Loire Valley of France. The vineyards are certified Organic and Biodynamic. The soil is deep gravel. The grapes are hand-harvested, then macerate in a tank for 5-6 weeks. The wine is aged for 9 months in foudre (large wood vats).

👁 Medium ruby color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe sour cherry, red currant, raspberry, sweet tobacco, rose stem, mint tea, and wet rock.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium powdery tannins, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium body. A medium length finish of ripe crunchy red fruit, sweet tobacco, and mint tea.

🔔 Les Gravilices is filled with ripe tart red fruit and seductive herbal notes. There is a noticeable higher tension in the wine that reflects as higher acidity. There is a "mineral" sensation that I can best describe, like licking a piece of slate on your tongue. Overall, very high toned and perfumed. Sweet tobacco (pipe tobacco) is such a fantastic aroma, and this wine has it in spades. Charming wine!

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2015 Domaine Xavier et Agnès Amirault - Les Clos des Quarterons Vieilles Vignes St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil (91 pts) @xamirault

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

👁 Medium ruby color.

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

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

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

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2016 Domaine Vincent Dauvissat - Chablis (91 pts)

ℹ️ This wine is 💯Chardonnay from the Chablis wine region of France. The 2016 vintage was quite tumultuous in Chablis. Producers were plagued by frost, mildew, hail, and a heatwave, resulting in a crop loss of 50% for some.

👁 Deep lemon color.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe white peach, pear, nectarine, Meyer lemon, orange blossom, grapefruit pith, salted nut, and steely.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium alcohol (13%), and medium+ body. Broad and creamy on the palate. A medium length finish of ripe orchard fruit and citrus fruit with a lingering saltiness.

🔔 This wine is the village level Chablis from Dauvissat, and any time I see Dauvissat on the label, I have high expectations. This wine is delicious with loads of ripe fruit that are clean and pure. The wine is more full-bodied and round than I expected. Overall, a solid wine, but I prefer to pay the extra money for the Premier Cru and Grand Cru lieux-dits. At this price point, I think there are more complex alternatives for Chardonnay.

💰 ~$70

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2017 Catena Zapata - Malbec Argentino (93 pts) @catenawines

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina. The label is stunning and reflects four female figures that embody different landmarks in the Malbec grape's history. The grapes come from two vineyards, the Nicasia Vineyard (San Carlos Region) and Angélica Vineyard (Maipú Region). The Nicasia Vineyard is planted at 1,095 m, and the vines are ~20 years old. The Angélica Vineyard is planted at 920 m, and the vines are ~90 years old. Native yeast fermentation in barrels with 20% whole cluster for 30 days. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 18 months.

👁 Deep purple color with heavy staining.

👃 Pronounced intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe blueberry, boysenberry, raspberry, red plum, oak, vanilla, clove, coriander seed, licorice, violets, pen ink, and balsamic reduction (VA).

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ ripe tannins, high alcohol (14.1%), and full body. A long length finish with layers of black and blue fruit, licorice, and baking spices.

🔔 Malbec Argentino is a fist full of flavor that punches you in the face. 😝🥊 @guyfieri would give this 💯 points for sure. 🤣This bottle is very layered and complex but on the indulgent and opulent side of red wine. I don't talk about labels often, but this label is a piece of art. For a bit more money, I think the Adrianna Vineyard River Stones Malbec is a more compelling expression of terroir for my palate. Both of those wines show the nobility of the Malbec 🍇.

💰 ~$100

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2017 Catena Zapata - Adrianna Vineyard White Stones Chardonnay (94 pts) @catenawines @lauracatenamd

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Chardonnay from the Adrianna Vineyard, which is in the Uco Valley of Mendoza, Argentina. This vineyard parcel is named for the oval white stones found in the soil. The soil is alluvial river bed and stones at 1,450 m asl. The soils are very poor with good drainage, providing a lot of stress naturally reducing yields. Due to the altitude, the nights are very cold and allow for slow ripening. Hand-harvested and fermented in French oak barrels for 45-95 days. Partial malolactic fermentation. Aged for 12-16 months in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th use French oak barrels. Bottles unfined and unfiltered.

👁 Pale lemon color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of lemon zest, Meyer lemon, yuzu, lime blossom, white peach, nectarine, salted sunflower seeds, wet rock, and tarragon.

👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, medium alcohol (12.9%), and medium+ body. The palate has more weight and spice than the nose leads you to believe. A long length finish of ripe citrus and white orchard fruit with a lingering flinty wet rock note.

🔔 The wine is so light in color and citrus-driven on the nose that you think the wine will be relatively light when it hits your palate. The concentration and depth when it hits your tongue make you do a double-take. The layers of fruit merge beautifully with the mineral notes and subtle oak spice. This bottle is what new world Chardonnay is all about -- great tension, ripe fruit concentration, and persistent length. This wine should only get better with a bit more bottle age, easily one of the best white wines of South America.

💰 ~$80

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🇨🇱🍷💪 Prepping for today's Instagram Live with @donmelchorwine Chile's first icon wine. Using my trusty @coravin to take out just a glass each of 2005, 2016, and 2017 Don Melchor.

⚠️👷🏻‍♂️ While a live stream may technically be simple to do, but making them entertaining, educational, or whatever you are trying to accomplish takes a lot of preparation.

From negotiations on timing, building a conversation outline, sourcing wines, finding visual aids, creating posts, and story reminders are just some of the work involved. After all that, you get to have a friendly discussion with your guest, but fingers crossed the internet connection is stable to everyone. 🤞😓

#wine #vin #wineterroir #🍷 #lovewine #drinking #wineblogger #grapes #winenerd #foodie #drinks #igwine #winenot #winelover #winetasting #drinkwine #winetourism #🍇 #sommlife #winepic #winegeek #wineanddine #winelovers🍷 #vineyard #winenight #coravin #donmelchor #puentealto #chileanwine #chileanwines
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2016 De Toren - Fusion V (92 pts) @detorenprivatecellar

ℹ️ This wine is from the Stellenbosch wine region in South Africa. De Toren is Dutch for ”The Tower” and refers to the winery's structure, which allows for gravity-flow winemaking. Fusion V is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 14% Malbec, 11% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot. The vineyards are six miles from False Bay, with south-facing slopes and a mixture of soil types. The grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed, then basket pressed. The wine was aged in oak barrels for 12 months, with 50% of new and 50% 2nd fill barrels. Each grape variety is vinified and aged separately. All grape varieties are aged in French oak barrels, except Malbec, which is aged in American oak.

👁 Medium+ ruby color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe blackcurrant, blackberry, black cherry, oak, cedar, star anise, bitter dark chocolate, and bay leaf.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ ripe tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and medium+ body. A medium+ length finish of a mix of ripe black fruit, oak spices, and earthy.

🔔 De Toren Fusion V is a step up in overall quality than the De Toren Z. There is a lot of preference with that statement. Fusion V is more of a left bank Bordeaux blend from Stellenbosch. These wines are clean, perfectly ripe fruit, and well structured for aging. On the nose, this smells quite old world, but there are gobs of ripe black fruit on the palate that is married beautifully with the oak spices. A winery to pay attention to in Stellenbosch, these wines will surprise a lot of people. Given the fair prices, these represent outstanding QPR wines.

💰 ~$55

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2015 De Toren - Z (90 pts) @detorenprivatecellar

ℹ️ This wine is from the Stellenbosch wine region in South Africa. De Toren is Dutch for ”The Tower” and refers to the winery's structure, which allows for gravity-flow winemaking. Z is a blend of 53% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec, and 6% Petit Verdot. The vineyards are six miles from False Bay, with south-facing slopes and a mixture of soil types. The grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed, then basket pressed. The wine was aged in oak barrels for 12 months, with 25% of new, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th fill barrels. The Malbec was aged in American oak, while the other grapes aged in French oak.

👁 Deep ruby color.

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe blackcurrant, red plum, raspberry, leather, oak, sandalwood, baking spices, bay leaf, and oregano.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium round tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and medium+ body. The profile on the palate is more herbal than the nose. A medium length finish of ripe plums, berries, leather, and dried herbs.

🔔 De Toren Z is an impressive example of a right bank Bordeaux blend from Stellenbosch. The fruit is relatively restrained and entirely in balance. The oak is well integrated, and the palate has a good weight that shows as plush, but still fresh. If you are looking to try some South African wines from Stellenbosch, I recommend checking out De Toren. This wine would be fun to taste against some wines from St Emilion. 🤔💡

💰 ~$50

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1971 Staatliche Weinbaudomäne Trier - Serriger Heiligenborn Riesling Spätlese (92 pts)

ℹ️ This wine is from a State-Owned Enterprise in the Mosel wine region in Germany. This winery still exists today and owns about 30 hectares of vines. In 2011 they opened a state of the art facility with a commission for research and development of natural wine growing techniques. The 1970s had a few great vintages (71, 75, and 76) for Mosel Riesling. 1971 is a legendary vintage, and many of the wines I have tasted from that vintage have blown me away, assuming they were stored correctly.

👁 Deep amber color.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of dried apricot, orange peel, caramel apple, dried mango, peach skin, persimmon, mirabelle plum, dried white flowers, oolong tea, and a bit of kerosene

👄 The wine is off-dry, high acidity, low alcohol (~10%), and medium body. The profile is a bit earthier on the palate with dried leaves and dried flowers. A medium+ length finish of dried stone fruit, oolong tea, and a slightly bitter orange zest

🔔 Two years ago, someone served the same wine to me blind. That bottle, while still enjoyable, was over the hill, while this bottle is fully mature and hanging in there. Storage and provenance of these old bottles are paramount. I am delighted with how this bottle showed, especially looking back at my old notes. I will add that this wine in its youth was probably at least medium-dry if not medium-sweet. My tasting note reflects the perception of the residual sugar, not the actual RS level in the wine. If you see some old Rieslings at auction and the condition is good, they can be worth the risk.

#vin #lovewine #🍷 #wineterroir #wine #wein #riesling #rieslinglover #germanwine #mosel
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The 1971 Serriger Heiligenborn Mosel Riesling Spätlese is in excellent condition. The Durand worked perfectly, as per usual.

I like to remove the capsule altogether for older bottles, even if not the "Somm-y" thing to do. I don't want a doctor doing surgery on me with sunglasses, right? 😎 Yes! I just compared opening an old bottle of wine to an operation. 🤣 The funnel has a stainless steel filter as sometimes the ah-so prongs slice off micro pieces of cork into the bottle. Finally, the Sophienwald white wine glass is perfect for aged Riesling. @sophienwaldglass

Full notes are coming soon. Tastes almost dry. You get that caramel apple, dried apricot, and persimmon on the nose and palate.
Love it! ❤️😍🥰

🎶 For Love @jeffkaale
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🍷🗝 Sometimes you just need the right tool for the right bottle. It is hot out, and I love aged German Riesling.

🇩🇪🍷 The lower alcohol levels make the wine a joy to drink. Also, there is something about long-term aging that somehow changes the perception of residual sugar on the palate. I realize the residual sugar is the exact same, but it just tastes "less sweet". If anyone knows the science behind this please let me know. Even a Spätlese can be aged beautifully for almost 50 years.

💪💪💪While some people prefer to leverage their corkscrew skills as a show of prowess, I prefer just to get the cork out as cleanly as possible, so I can get to enjoy those finely aged wine.

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Don Melchor Instagram Live Interview and Virtual Tasting with Enrique Tirado @donmelchorwine

🎙 Join the Instagram Live with Enrique Tirado, Winemaker and General Manager of Viña Don Melchor, on August 27th at 5 PST / 8 pm EST. Don Melchor has been one of the icon wines of Chile since it was first produced in 1987 by Concha y Toro. In 2019, Concha y Toro spun off the Don Melchor brand to make an independent winery. Enrique Tirado has been the exclusive winemaker of this wine since 1997.

🍷Don Melchor is known for being a Cabernets Sauvignon wine highlighting the Terroir of Puente Alto, in Chile's upper Maipo Valley. While this wine is almost exclusively Cabernet Sauvignon, there is a lot of blending trials that take place for over 150 parcels before the final blend is determined. We will taste a few vintages of Don Melchor, including the 2017 current release. Please join the Instagram Live session and participate in the conversation. Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories.

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2016 Domaine Font du Vent - Cuvée Élégance de Jeanne Châteauneuf-du-Pape (93 pts) @famille_gonnet

ℹ️ This wine is from the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation in the Southern Rhône of France. The wine is a blend of 90% Grenache and 10% field blend. The Grenache vines are 100 to 120 years old. The vines are from the famous lieu-dit of La Crau, which has soils made of clay and galets. All of the farming is certified organic, and grapes are hand-harvested. 50% to 100% of the stems are removed, depending on the vintage. The fermentation takes place with native yeasts, and the wine has 30 days of skin maceration. The wine is aged in demi-muids (600 L) barrels and concrete tanks. This Cuvée is only made in exceptional vintages.

👁 Medium ruby color with a pale rim.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe raspberry, boysenberry, black cherry, blueberry preserves, licorice, lavender, rose, white pepper, bergamot, and beets.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium+ spicy tannins, high alcohol (15%), and full body. It is very layered with a great texture. A long length finish of ripe and preserved black fruits with a earthy and spicy components lingering to the end.

🔔 This Cuvée is another stunning wine from Famille Gonnet. The charm and power of La Crau are highlighted with this wine. I love the darker fruit profile combined with the mix of florals and spice. The spicy and earthy notes dominate on the palate at the moment, but there is plenty of fruit concentration to go the distance. I enjoyed it after giving it the right amount of air. My recommendation is to enjoy it in another 5-7 years. I would like to try this Cuvée and the previous one side by side in the same vintage.

💰 ~$92

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2015 Domaine Font du Vent - Cuvée Etienne Gonnet Châteauneuf-du-Pape (94 pts) @famille_gonnet

ℹ️ This wine is from the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation in the Southern Rhône of France. The wine is a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 15% Mourvèdre. The Grenache vines are 100 to 120 years old, while the Syrah and Mourvèdre are 90 years old. The vines are from the famous lieu-dit of La Crau, which has soils made of clay and galets. All of the farming is certified organic, and grapes are hand-harvested. 50% to 100% of the stems are removed, depending on the vintage. The fermentation takes place with native yeasts, and the wine has 30 days of skin maceration. The Grenache is aged in concrete and wooden vats, with the Syrah and Mourvèdre demi-muids (600 L) barrels. This Cuvée is only made in exceptional vintages.

👁 Medium ruby color with a pale rim.

👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe raspberry, stewed cherries, strawberry preserves, rhubarb, prosciutto, dried leaves, white pepper, cinnamon, rosemary, elderflower, and violets.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium spicy tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and medium+ body. A long length finish of ripe and stewed red fruit with layers of florals, herbs, and spices.

🔔 This cuvée is stunning. While it is incredibly young, it can be enjoyed now with a good decant. La Crau is famous for a reason, and Guillaume Gonnet has a deft hand keeping this is extraordinarily fresh and elegant in a reasonably hot vintage. This wine will continue to improve in the bottle and should be outstanding in another five years. I am amazed that I didn't know about this Producer earlier, and I look forward to trying more of in the coming vintages.

💰 ~$77

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2017 Domaine Font du Vent - Cuvée Tradition Châteauneuf-du-Pape (90 pts) @famille_gonnet

ℹ️ This wine is from the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation in the Southern Rhône of France. The wine is a blend of 70% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, and 10% field blend. The vines are an average age of 70 years old with southern exposure on soils of clay and galets. All of the farming is certified organic, and grapes are hand-harvested. 60% to 100% of the stems are removed, depending on the vintage. Vinification takes place in a combination of concrete vats, stainless steel tanks, and wood vats. The wine does not spend time in new oak.

👁 Medium+ ruby color

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe raspberry, blueberry, sweet cherry, white pepper, black licorice, and Herbes de Provence.

👄 The wine is dry, medium acidity, medium ripe tannins, high alcohol (14.5%), and medium+ body. A medium length finish of ripe red and blue fruit with licorice and spice.

🔔 This wine is a perfect starting point for understanding the elegant side of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This wine has ripe red and blue fruits, followed by peppery spice and those famous "garrigue" flavors of the Mediterranean coast. Nothing about this wine is jammy, high octane, or smothered in new oak. Guillaume Gonnet is doing a fantastic job, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Wait until you try his "old vine" Cuvées.

💰 ~$46

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🍷🆚🍷 Next Wine Battle: Napa Merlot

☝️ Wine Region: Napa, California
☝️ Grape 🍇: Merlot
☝️ Winemaker: Chris Carpenter
✌️ Mountains 🏔: Mt. Veeder & Howell Mountain

🇺🇸 2016 Mt. Brave - Mt. Veeder Merlot @mtbravewines
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🇺🇸 2016 La Jota - Howell Mountain Merlot @lajotawines

⚔️ This head to head should be an interesting comparison of two critical appellations of Napa. A bit of a family rivalry because both brands are a part of Jackson Family Wines @jacksonfamilywines

🗳 Vote for your favorite #winebattle team in the comments below 👇
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🍷🆚🍷 The next Wine Battle

☝️ Wine Country: Mexico 🇲🇽
✌️ Wine Regions: San Miguel de Allendé and Valle de Guadalupe
☝️Main Grape variety: Garnacha

🇲🇽 2015 Dos Búhos - 💯 Garnacha @bodegadosbuhos
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🇲🇽 2013 Vino Fluxus - Fluxus Tinto (85% Garnacha and 15% Syrah) @vinofluxus

🤓 I am just starting to learn a bit about Mexican wines and thought it would be fun to do some local wine while down in Mexico.

🗳 Vote for your favorite #winebattle team in the comments below 👇
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Bruma Ocho Carignan is a fascinating wine from Bruma @brumavinicola in Mexico's Guadalupe Valley. This wine is a Blanc de Noir of Carignan. I don't know that I have ever had a Carignan wine made as a white wine before.

Harvested early, minimal skin contact (probably a few hours at most), and aged for 9 months in French oak barrels.

Yellow apple, quince, grapefruit pith, smoke, and salted almonds. Good acidity, relatively low alcohol at 11.7% ABV, and almost full body. Super clean and very refreshing. Extremely well made.

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⚠️POSTPONED - Château Minuty Instagram Live Interview and Virtual Tasting with François Matton @chateauminuty

🎙 Join the Instagram Live with François Matton, co-owner of Château Minuty, on August 11th at Noon PST / 9 pm in France. We will talk about the history of the estate that has been in François's family since 1936, one of the original 18 classified growths of Provence. We will discuss Château Minuty's role in establishing the luxury rosé market in Provence and abroad. Lastly, we will discuss the 💯 estate wines of Château Minuty Rose et Or and 281.

🍷We will taste three of the current releases of Château Minuty all from the 2019 vintage: Prestige Rosé, Rose et Or, and 281. Please join our Instagram Live session and don't hesitate to join in the conversation. Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories.

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🍷🆚🍷 The next Wine Battle

☝️ Wine Region: Champagne 🇫🇷
✌️Two non-vintage Cuvées

🇫🇷 NV Philipponnat - Royale Brut Reserve Brut @champagne_philipponnat
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🇫🇷 NV Bollinger - Special Cuvée Brut @champagne_bollinger

🗳 Vote for your favorite #winebattle team in the comments below 👇
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2015 Domaine William Fèvre - Chablis Premier Cru Vaulorent (93 pts) @williamfevre_chablis

ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Chardonnay from the Chablis region of France. Vaulorent is a Premier Cru vineyard on the right side of the Serein River. This climat is almost an extension of the same slope of Grand Cru climats. The vines are planted on chalky clay, marl, and limestone from the Kimmeridgian era. The soil is rich in minerals and oyster fossils. Grapes are hand-harvested and gently pressed. The wine completely goes through malolactic fermentation. The must is half transferred to neutral (~6 years old) French oak barrels for six months, and the other half is transferred to small stainless steel. Altogether, the wine is aged for 14 months before being released.

👁 Medium lemon color

👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of grapefruit pith, smoke, flinty, yellow apple, Asian pear, white peach, lemon curd, salted butter, and acacia.

👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium alcohol (13%), and medium+ body. Overall, more expressive on the palate and a great weight. A medium+ length finish of ripe orchard fruit, smoke, and flint.

🔔 The 2015 Vaulorent is officially my second favorite Premier Cru in Chablis right after Montee de Tonnerre. Both climats are Grand Cru quality in the right producers' hands, but more affordable due to not having the designation that was decided on in 1938. This wine is in a great spot right with a beautiful balance between lovely orchard fruit and reductive mineral notes. It has a great weight on the palate and lovely wet rock texture, keeping it fresh in a lower acid year. Huge fan of this wine, very well done and will improve with further cellaring.

💰 ~$75

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😱 Wow, I am impressed by this rosé of Sangiovese from Bruma @brumavinicola in Guadalupe Valley, Baja California, Mexico

2019 Bruma - Ocho Rosé

🍷 Pale pink. Lemon zest, grapefruit, key lime, underripe watermelon, underripe strawberry, and white flowers. Dry, great acidity, and moderate alcohol at 11.7%. The dusty texture of Sangiovese with a slight salt and pepper finish. Craves food, but delightfully delicious.
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Viña VIK Instagram Live and Virtual Tasting with winemaker Cristián Vallejo @vik_wine ·
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🎙 Join the Instagram Live with Cristián Vallejo, winemaker at Viña VIK, on August 6th at 4 pm PST / 7 pm in Chile. Norwegian-Uruguayan billionaire Alex Vik founded Viña VIK. The goal is simply to make the best wine in South America, and no expense was spared to accomplish this goal. Their slogan: ”Science and knowledge are our foundation. Passion is our engine. The wine is the expression of our art"·
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🍷We will taste the 2013 VIK, the 2016 Milla Calla, and the 2015 La Piu Belle. Please join the Instagram Live session and participate in the conversation. Don't forget to click the reminder in the stories·
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2015 Domaine William Fèvre - Chablis Premier Cru Montmains (92 pts) @williamfevre_chablis ·
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ℹ️ This wine is 💯 Chardonnay from the Chablis region of France. Montmains is a Premier Cru vineyard on the left side of the Serein River. The vines are planted on chalky clay, marl, and limestone from the Kimmeridgian era. The soil is rich in minerals and oyster fossil shells. Montmains is a flag-bearing vineyard designate, so while this bottle states Montmains, it is a blend of Montmains, Butteaux, and Forêts parcels. Grapes are hand-harvested and gently pressed. The wine completely goes through malolactic fermentation. The must is half transferred to neutral (~6 years old) French oak barrels for six months, and the other half is transferred to small stainless steel. All together the wine is aged for 14 months before being released·

👁 Medium lemon color·
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👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of grapefruit pith, lemon zest, green apple, pear, Greek yogurt, sea breeze, oyster brine, and acacia·
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👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium alcohol (13%), and medium body. The wine has good texture on the palate almost powdery. A medium+ length finish of oyster brine, citrus pith, and zest·
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🔔 The 2015 Montmains is a bit fuller due to the warmer vintage. Always a classic bottling for Domaine William Fèvre. This wine is very mineral, subtle, and nuanced. For people looking for more expressive bottlings, they should look for Vauleront and Montee de Tonnerre. The 2015 Montmains is in a great spot right now and should stay here for quite some time.
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1985 Château Cos d'Estournel - Saint-Estèphe (94 pts) @cosdestournel ·
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ℹ️ Château Cos d'Estournel is in the Saint-Estèphe, which is one of the six communal appellations of the Médoc. Saint-Estèphe is just north of Pauillac and only separated by a stream. Cos d'Estournel is 1 of 15 Second Growths of the 1855 classification. This wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot·

👁 Deep garnet color with a pale rim·
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👃 Medium intensity on the nose. Aromas of dried black currant, dried black cherry, gravel, lead pencil, dried leaves, tobacco, leather, clove, and dried thyme·
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👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium fine-grained tannins, medium alcohol (12.5%), and medium body. There is more black fruit flavors on the palate. A medium+ length finish of dried black fruit, gravel, and tobacco·
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🔔 While 1985 was a mixed year for many Châteaux in Bordeaux, Cos d'Estournel has always shown well. This bottle is probably the best that I have tasted from the vintage. The color is holding steady. The nose doesn't jump out of the glass, but is everything you want it to be from a revered wine of this age. The palate was considerably more expressive, showing more fruit and oak spice integration. While this wine is at the peak, it seems like it can hang in there for quite some time. Overall, I would say this vintage is on the more elegant side of Cos d'Estournel
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🎉 35K Followers 🥳·
This week my account hit 35,000 followers, and I decided to open a 35-year-old wine because why not❓·
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🙏🙏🙏 First off, thank you to everyone that takes the time to read my thoughts on wine and interact with me in the comments or DMs·
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🇫🇷🏰🍷 Second, as I reflected on in my previous post, a bottle of aged Bordeaux is what got me hooked on wine. While drinking this bottle, I came to the realization I should be drinking more of my aged wines. Older wines aren't always better, but they often make you reflect on the past·
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🍷 1985 Château Cos d'Estournel - Saint-Estèphe
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🇫🇷🏰 Aged Bordeaux will always have a soft spot in my heart ❤️🍷·
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⏳ It was many years ago that someone opened up and an old bottle of Bordeaux for me. The wine was so complex and intriguing. I started to wonder what was going on in the vineyard of that vintage to make such a compelling product. It also occurred to me that this bottle would probably taste so different ten years earlier or later, but when you open it determines when the music stops. I was hooked and had to learn more·
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🙋‍♂️What was the wine that first clicked for you❓ Let me know in the comments below 👇
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🍷🆚🍷 The next episode of Wine Battle·
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☝️ Wine Region: Rioja 🇪🇸·
✌️Two very different expressions·
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🇪🇸 2015 CVNE - Monopole Clásico·
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🇪🇸 NV Honorio Rubio - Añadas·
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🗳 Vote for your favorite #winebattle team in the comments below 👇
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2015 Bodega Colomé - Altura Máxima Malbec (93 pts) @bodegacolome ·
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ℹ️ This wine is 💯 estate grown Malbec from Calchaquí Valley in Salta, Argentina. More importantly, the Altura Máxima Vineyard at 3111 m (10,200 ft) is one of the highest altitude vineyards on Earth. Viticulture here is an experiment and ongoing education to learn new best practices. The vines were planted in 2007 on Calcareous and Granite soils. The grapes receive more sun than low altitude vineyards and less UV protection resulting in tiny clusters of thick-skinned berries. The wine aged for 24 months in French oak barrels with them being 3rd and 4th use barrels·

👁 Deep purple color, almost black·
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👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe to stewed black plum, blackberry, licorice, dark chocolate, graphite, black pepper, cardamom, violets, balsamic reduction, and dried herbs·
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👄 The wine is dry, high acidity, high drying, but fine-grained tannins, high alcohol (15.5%), and full body. A bit more dark chocolate and espresso on the palate. A long length finish of stewed black fruits, florals, and bitter dark chocolate·
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🔔 Altura Máxima has all of the components of a fantastic wine that simply needs more time to integrate in the bottle. The nose is quite complex, with layers of fruit, flowers, and spice. The palate is brooding, dark, and spicy with a finish that is long and layered. The acidity and tannin frame can allow this to age for decades. This wine was consumed over a few days, and copious amounts of air helped, but it just needs more time. Altura Máxima is a bold wine from a unique and experimental terroir·
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💰~$125
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