Thursday, May 31, 2018

Ramón Bilbao Rías Baixas 2016 Albariño (Spain)





Ramón Bilbao Rías Baixas 2016 Albariño (Spain), $11.89-$13.99, 89 points, was a straw yellow color.
Aromatic delicate honeydew melon, cilantro, and tangerine were excellent.
Light-bodied showing bright acidity with delicious and interesting flavors of dragon fruit and lime.
Finished long and off-dry on a refined lemon/lime, ginger, and a refrained 12.5% alcohol.
I bought this Albariño at the Whole Foods of Bedford.

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Tenuta Perolla San Felice Toscana 2017 Rosato IGT (Italy)





Tenuta Perolla San Felice Toscana 2017 Rosato IGT (Italy), $11.04-$12.99, 90 points, poured a dark salmon color while greying at the glass edge.
The nose was a rather typical strawberry aroma, but a floral vibe and a whiff of Necco Wafer candy added a fragrant depth.
Light-bodied with good acidity and a lovely panoply of red fruit including red cherry, watermelon, and strawberry double-downed on this Rosé's depth.
Finished long on energized ginger, a hint of white pepper, and a well-balanced 13% alcohol.
Varietals were Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Paired perfectly with my spicy Mexican cuisine.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Marchesi de Frescobaldi Albizzia Toscana 2016 Chardonnay (IGT)




Marchesi de Frescobaldi Albizzia Toscana 2016 Chardonnay (IGT), $6.79-$16.99, 88 points, poured a light brass color clearing at the glass shallows.
Aromas of soft apple and honeysuckle were lovely.
Medium-bodied with good acidity present me with stony flavors nuanced with melon rind, hay, and slightly sour citrus.
Finished long on the trailing palate, ginger notes, and a restrained 12% alcohol.
Matured three months in stainless steel.
Paired well with my roast chicken and vegetables.


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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Banfi Castello San Angelo Toscana 2017 Pinot Grigio (IGT)





Banfi Castello San Angelo Toscana 2017 Pinot Grigio (IGT), $13.59-$18.99, 92 points, poured a light brass color with a light lime-green sheen and clearing at the glass edge.
Aromatic tropical fruit nose with a floral vibe was amazing.
Light-plus body with good acidity and a profoundly complex fruitiness with hints of yellow mango, kiwi, and pineapple challenges the notion that Pinot Grigio tastes 'like nothing'!
Finished long on the trailing palate, good ginger notes, and a spot-on 13% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my broiled fresh wild-caught Atlantic Halibut.

Italian Pinot Grigio Vendemmia (Vintage) 2017 Has Finally Begun To Trickle Into New Hampshire! Yea!

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Brancaia Tre Rosso Toscana IGT 2014 Red Wine




Brancaia Tre Rosso Toscana IGT 2014 Red Wine, $17.99-$20.99, 91 points, poured an opaque sienna color with a transparent rim ring and moderate glass draping.
Aromas of earthy cherry fruit, leather, a floral vibe, and blackberry were good.
This sleek near full-bodied red wine with bright acidity and tight tannins managed to deliver truffle, cherry fruit, and tart pomegranate flavors on a smooth clean plank.
Finished long with hints of iron, easy pepper spices, and a comfortable 13.5% alcohol.
Varietals were Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Ruffino Modus Toscana I.G.T. 2013 Red Wine



Ruffino Modus Toscana I.G.T. 2013 Red Wine, $19.54-$25.99, 90 points, poured core black grading opaque purple/red toward the clear wine rim and densely dripping legs.
Rich loam aromas with cocoa, cedar, and black fruits were outstanding.
Near full-bodied with good acidity and firm, drying, and grainy tannins managed to deliver the aromas onto the palate with tart/tangy pomegranate.
Finished long on the fading palate and evolving pomegranate with white pepper and a well-integrated 14.5% alcohol.
Varietals were 34% Sangiovese, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 33% Merlot.

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Casanova di Neri Sant' Antimo Rosso di Casanova di Neri, 2015 Toscana IGT





Casanova di Neri Sant' Antimo Rosso di Casanova di Neri, 2015 Toscana IGT, $16.14-$19.99, 87 points, poured an opaque ruby red grading a more red than purple toward the broad clear wine ring and moderately draped bowl.
The nose was a rather 'big' deal beginning briefly with a bit of funk transitioning quickly to cherry fruit, cinnamon, and juniper.
Medium-bodied with bright acidity and mildly drying tannins carried cherry fruit, plum, and mint flavors that snowballed deep into the long finish accented with red cherry, a bit of spiciness, and a spot-on 13.5% alcohol.
Varietals are 90% Sangiovese, 10% Colorino.
Paired fine with my burgers and chips
.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Renzo Masi Fattoria di Basciano I Pini Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT 2015 Red Wine





Renzo Masi Fattoria di Basciano I Pini Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT 2015 Red Wine, $20.39-$23.99, 91 points, poured nearly black throughout with flashes of purple/red, a broad clear wine ring, and moderately fat legs.
The opening nose was rather complex and lovely with black licorice, toasty plum, red raspberry, and black fruits.
Full-bodied with good acidity and a supportive underlayment of tannin managed to deliver the nose and some onto a deep developing palate nuanced with mint, sour, fig, and tangy citrusy notes.
Finished long with the complexity of the trailing palate, easy pepper spices, an enduring iron note, and a potent 14.5% alcohol.
Varietals were equal amounts of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.
Paired fine with my beefy and tomato-based Mexican cuisine.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Tiefenbrunner 2017 Pinot Grigio (Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy)




Tiefenbrunner 2017 Pinot Grigio (Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy), $11.04-$15.99, 88 points, poured a light brass color with a green cast and clearing at the glass edge.
The aromas were rather nondescript melon, flowers, and a hint of citrus.
Light-bodied with good acidity managed to surpass the aroma's softness with more intensely (barely) distinctive flavors of Marshmallow Peanut Candy, citrus, and ginger.
Finished fair on the trailing palate and an appropriate 13% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my Yellow-fin tuna salad.

Italian Pinot Grigio Vendemmia (Vintage) 2017 Has Finally Begun To Trickle Into New Hampshire! Yea!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Cantina Zaccagnini il vino 'dal tralcetto' 2017 Pinot Grigio (IGT)




Cantina Zaccagnini il vino 'dal tralcetto' 2017 Pinot Grigio (IGT), $12.74-$18.99, 87 points, was a light glossy gold color.
Aromas of apples, evergreen, and citrus notes were pleasant.
This light-bodied white wine with good acidity tried to show the wine's pear and apple flavors, but left that to the Yanny or Laurel conundrum.
Finished fair with watermelon rind, Necco Wafers, ginger, and a soft 12.5% alcohol.

Italian Pinot Grigio Vendemmia (Vintage) 2017 Has Finally Begun To Trickle Into New Hampshire! Yea!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Ruffino "Il Ducale" Friuli 2017 Pinot Grigio





Ruffino "Il Ducale" Friuli 2017 Pinot Grigio, $11.89-$18.99, 92 points, poured almost water clear with gold highlights.
Aromatic peach, pome blossoms, and grass notes were excellent.
The off-dry body was light, brightly acidic, and tasty with citrus, peach, grass, and floral flavors.
Finished long on the trailing palate, ginger, and a well-balanced
12.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my sautéed Canadian Maritime Halibut.
Way more an intense Pinot Grigio than I'm used to: fresh, fruity, and almost Sauvignon Blanc distinctive; my pleasure in it should be self-evident!


Italian Pinot Grigio Vendemmia (Vintage) 2017 Has Finally Begun To Trickle Into New Hampshire! Yea!

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou Grand Cru Classé Saint-Julien 2009 Bordeaux Red Wine (Cabrnet Sauvignon)



Château Ducru-Beaucaillou Grand Cru Classé Saint-Julien 2009 Bordeaux Red Wine (Cabernet Sauvignon), $249.99-$370.99, 97 points, poured core black grading a crystalline purple/red toward the clear wine ring and glass bowl draped in dense tears.
The cedar potpourri bouquet with red fruit, blackberry, and flowers was outstanding.
This near-full-bodied Bordeaux was distinctively up-front subtle before approaching the turbocharged silk and spice never-ending finish, but in-between, layers of bright acidity and supportive tannins flourished with flavors of leathery blackberry liqueur, violets, mulling spices, and crème de cassis with a spot-on 13.5% alcohol.
Varietals are 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot.


Bordeaux Red Wine vintage 2009

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Freemark Abbey Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon





Freemark Abbey Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, $33.99-$43.99, 88 points, poured core black with flashes of opaque purple/red, showing a thin clear rim ring and moderate sheeting on the bowl.
Profuse aromas of blackberry liqueur, black currants, cedar, and a hint of prune were okay.
Full-bodied with fair-plus acidity and a soft underlayment of tannin managed to deliver the aromas onto the palate nuanced with cola and truffle flavors.
Finished long and intense with warm pepper spices and a potent 14.5% alcohol.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Mazzei Philip Toscana 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (IGT) Italy




Mazzei Philip Toscana 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (IGT) Italy, $31.44-$36.99, 90 points, poured an opaque sienna color with a transparent ring and glass wall raining with dense legs.
The lovely aromas were toasty, fruity, and floral nuanced with juniper.
Near full-bodied with bright acidity and fine grainy tannins presented the palate with cherry cola, earthy plum, and tarragon flavors.
Finished long on the trailing palate, pomegranate, fig, a hint of mint, and a soft 13.5% alcohol.





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Friday, May 18, 2018

Concha y Toro Don Melchor Vineyard 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon (Puente Alto, Chile)





Concha y Toro Don Melchor Vineyard 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon (Puente Alto, Chile), current prices are $79,99-$82.99, 92 points, poured core black radiating purple/red to garnet red toward the clear wine ring and stained glass legs.
Aromatic violets and a cedar potpourri with cocoa and black currant were outstanding.
Full-throttled body with good acidity was reminiscent of the Caymus Select, though the tough tannins were toned down, trending fine, still supportive, and a bit wooly.
Flavors of truffles, licorice, plum, dried cooking herbs, and boysenberry tended toward a complexity.
Finished long and spicy with mint and iron notes.
The 14.5% alcohol was well-integrated.
One of the best South American Cabernet Sauvignon wines I've tasted.
I've been saving this wine for eight years, and my sense is that this wine had several more years left in it.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Bodega Catena Zapata High Mountain Vines Mendoza 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Argentina)





Bodega Catena Zapata High Mountain Vines Mendoza 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Argentina), $12.99-$17.99, 88 points, poured broadly black with cloudy purple/red encroaching upon the clear wine ring, and the glass bowl showed light legs.
Aromas of plums, cedar, coffee, and subtle black currant were just okay for me.
Near full-bodied with good acidity and soft residual tannins carried the aromas onto the palate and deep into the long spicy finish with a well-balanced 13.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my BBQ baby-back ribs.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

ARFI "Gabriel" Judean Hills 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Israel)





ARFI "Gabriel" Judean Hills 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Israel), $12.99-$23.99, 86 points, poured an opaque ruby grading garnet red which encroached upon the clear wine ring with a moderately draped bowl.
The nose was a straight-forward toast and mulberry.
Medium-plus body with good acidity and thin sufficiently supportive tannins delivered tart flavors of mulberry, red raspberry, and a touch of cherry cola.
Finished long and spicy on whispers of pomegranate, coffee-bean, and mint.
ABV was a conservative 13.1%.
Paired well with our typically American burgers.



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Israeli Wines

 
 

Israel has been making wine for THOUSANDS of years, and I will admit that they're almost always a value, if not rather hard to find, but when I find them, I very much look forward to tasting them.


ARFI "Gabriel" Judean Hills 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Israel), $12.99-$23.99, 86 points

Binyamina (Israel) 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, $12.99-$14.99, 85 points

Binyamina 2014 Chardonnay (Israel), $12.99-$14.99, 91 points

Dolev Non-Vintage Moscato (Israel), $8.99-$10.99, 87 points

Recanati (Israel) 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, $13.99-$16.99, 89 points

Recantai Shomron Israel 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, $13.99-$16.99, 85+ points

Segal's Fusion (Israel) 2012 Chardonnay/Colombard Dry White Wine, $13.99-$15.99, 89 points

Segal's (Israel) 2011 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, $18.99-$20.99, 89 points



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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tenuta Col d'Orcia Olmaia Sant'Antimo 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon DOC (Tuscany, Italy)





Tenuta Col d'Orcia Olmaia Sant'Antimo 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon DOC (Tuscany, Italy), $48.44-$56.99, 93 points, compelled me to broadly and vaguely describe this Montalcino Cabernet as delicious, pure, clean, rarified, enduring, a tad creamy, and rather straight-forward.
The color was widely black with a penumbra of purple/red at the clear wine ring and glass bowl of fat legs.
Aromatic toasty blackberry, cedar, and roses were outstanding.
Near full-bodied with good acidity and a firm underlayment of tannin carried lovely flavors of violets, blackberries, and nuanced coffee liqueur.
Finished long on the trailing palate, white pepper, plum notes, and a potent 14.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my rare New Zealand rack of spiced lamb.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Stonestreet Estate Vineyards Alexander Valley 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon




Stonestreet Estate Vineyards Alexander Valley 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, $28.99-$34.99, 91 points, was an impregnable purple/red terminating with sienna and transparent rings at the glass wall of thick legs.
Perfumed aromas of blackberry liqueur, bacon fat, and chocolate-chip cookie dough were almost too rich and dense, but as the wine breathed for some time it morphed beautifully into a cedar-like black currant with earthy and floral tones (a rather complex bouquet).
Full-bodied with good acidity and big supportive tannins managed a panoply of flavors suggestive of the bouquet plus plum.
Finished long, dense, and spicy with a restrained 13.5% alcohol.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sierra Cantabria Rioja 2016 Rosé (D.O. D.O.Ca.)


I'll relinquish the Cabernets today (I'm on a mission),
it's a Rosé and roses
for the finer female frame,
because today is día de la Madre!



Sierra Cantabria Rioja 2016 Rosé (D.O. D.O.Ca.), $6.79-$12.99, 88 points, was a deep salmon color.
Aromas were subdued strawberry, watermelon, and a perfumed floral vibe, all of which translated well onto the palate.
This was a dry, slightly heavier-bodied than light, appropriately acidic Rosé wine.
Finished long on the matrix of a tad overdone 13.5% alcohol with a spirited white pepper, ginger, kiwi, and watermelon rind.
Varietals were Viura, Garnacha, and Tempranillo.
Paired well with my favorite Mexican cuisine.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Silverado Napa Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon





Silverado Napa Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, $46.99-$56.99, 93 points, poured broadly black with opaque purple/red toward the transparent wine ring and bowl of dense hanging legs.
With fading aromas of black currant, cedar, and sea-mist came a lovey whisper of mint.
Full-bodied with good acidity and fine grainy tannin supporting rich flavors of plum, truffle, blackberry, and a shadow reflection of the aromas.
Finished long on escalating and drying tannins, the trailing palate, white pepper, and a suitable 14.5% alcohol.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Fortress Sonoma County 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon





Fortress Sonoma County 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, $21.99-$24.99, 91 points, poured core black grading ruby red with a clear wine ring and glass bowl of heavy sticky legs.
The bouquet showed complexity of lush black fruit, earthy, floral, and herbal aromas nuanced with coffee.
Full-bodied with good acidity and appropriately structured tannins delivered the aromas onto the whole palate accented with plum notes.
Finished long and earthy with an escalating 14.5% inspirited white pepper and a hint of mint.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Francis Coppola's Ivory Label 2011 Cabenet Sauvignon





Francis Coppola's Ivory Label 2011 Cabenet Sauvignon, $13.99-$17.99, 89 points, poured an opaque ruby transitioning in layers of purple/red up to a thin orange/red ring at the still broad clear rim and lightly draped bowl.
Aromatic black currant, toasty fig, black olives, and a soft floral vibe were excellent.
Full-bodied (dry) with good acidity and soft supportive tannins managed to make herbal black currant and plum flavors taste quite good.
Finished with hints of red raspberry, pepper spice, and an appropriate 13.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with my spice-rubbed rare Angus T-bone steak and chips.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Caymus Napa Valley 2013 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon

Caymus Napa Valley 2013 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, 96 points, poured broadly black with a thin penumbra of Shiraz purple/red, transparent rim ring, and glass bowl of dense clinging legs.
Aromas of black currant, soft floral notes, sea mist, and toasty blackberry were fragrant.
The embracing full body showed good acidity and plush supportive tannins.
Flavors of pepper spices, cherry fruit, licorice, blackberry liqueur, and truffle exploded into life and carried deep into the luxurious finish crowned with a potent 15.2% alcohol.
Caymus (SS) was a Christmas gift, but the current average price is $171.00, and NHLS sells it for $194.99, though it's not on their web page.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Wellington Vineyards Sonoma County 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon




Wellington Vineyards Sonoma County 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, $15.19-$18.99, 89+ points, poured core black trending an impregnable purple/red toward the still broad clear rim and leggy glass bowl.
Aromas of black fruit, soft floral notes, cedar, and oak notes were very good.
The silky medium-plus body showed good acidity and mellowed supportive tannins.
Excellent flavors of toast, licorice, red cherry, blackberry, and loam were well balanced and tasty.
Finished long on intensifying spice, earthy plum, tangy red cherry, and a well-balanced 14% alcohol.
I bought this Cabernet at the Whole Foods of Bedford.
Paired perfectly with my Papa Gino's sweet sausage pizza.

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Robert Hall Paso Robles 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon





Robert Hall Paso Robles 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, $19.99-$25.99, 87 points, was a deep ruby red with a broad clear rim and light legs.
Soft lavender, blackberry, cocoa, and mulberry aromas were pleasant enough.
Near full-bodied with good acidity and a supportive underlayment of tannin managed a straight-forward and broadly black fruit/plum flavor profile.
Finished well, a bit herbal, with white pepper, truffle, plum, and a hefty 14.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with our Mexican cuisine.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Italian Pinot Grigio Vendemmia (Vintage) 2017 Has Finally Begun To Trickle Into New Hampshire! Yea!


Italian Pinot Grigio Vendemmia (Vintage) 2017 Has Finally Begun To Trickle Into New Hampshire! Yea!




Well, if you are like me, there are at least a few wines newly released that have earned great anticipation, Beaujolais Nouveau is an exception for me, but French Rosé (USA is closing in), Cali Sauvignon Blanc, and Italian Pinot Grigio are three varieties that I expect and look forward to; this week the PGs have begun to trickle-in; stay tuned, because one of my perennial favorites, Banfi San Angelo Toscana, is one of them, and at $13.59-$18.99 (NHLS), which wine 'worshipper' wouldn't stagger into a wine store looking for this winsome winner of a white wine?

Banfi Castello San Angelo Toscana 2017 Pinot Grigio (IGT), $13.59-$18.99, 92 points

Cantina Zaccagnini il vino 'dal tralcetto' 2017 Pinot Grigio (IGT), $12.74-$18.99, 87 points

Cavit Delle Venezie DOC 2017 Pinot Grigio, $3.99 (187ml), 86 points

Gemma Di Luna Delle Venezie 2017 Pinot Grigio (DOC), $7.64-$14.99, 88 points

Grifone Terre Siciliane 2018 Pinot Grigio (IGT), $4.99-$8.99, 87 points

Kettmeir Alto Adige-Südtirol 2017 Pinot Grigio (DOC), $16.21-$21.99, 93 points

Kris Dellle Venezie 2017 Pinot Grigio, (DOC), $10.99-$11.99, 87 points

Luna Nuda Vigneti delle Dolomiti 2017 Pinot Grigio (IGT), $9.34-$13.99, 89 points

Mezzacorona Trentino 2017 Pinot Grigio (DOC), $11.49-$13.49, 87 points

Ruffino "Il Ducale" Friuli 2017 Pinot Grigio, $11.89-$18.99, 92 points

Stival Venezia 2017 Pinot Grigio (DOC), $8.09-$8.99, 87 points

Tiefenbrunner 2017 Pinot Grigio (Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy), $11.04-$15.99, 88 points

Torresella Venezia 2017 Pinot Grigio (DOC), $13.99-$15.99, 90 points

Villa Sonia Venezia 2017 Pinot Grigio (DOC), $6.99-$16.99, 87 points

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Flora Springs Napa Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon





Flora Springs Napa Valley 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, $28.04-$42.99, 91+ points, poured core black grading deep purple/red headed toward the clear wine ring and moderately draped bowl.
The aromatic bouquet opened like port with a touch of peaty Scotch, but in case you think I was hitting the bottle, the more Cab-like aromas of roses, cedar, black currant, and cocoa gradually dominated (lovely).
Full-bodied with good acidity and fine grainy tannins managed to deliver most of the bouquet as a palate buffet.
Finished long and spicy with a potent 14.2% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with our burgers.

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