Monday, February 17, 2020

Cloudveil Oregon 2018 Pinot Gris



Cloudveil Oregon 2018 Pinot Gris, $9.90-$12.99, 90 points, was the lightest of yellow gold colors turning water clear halfway to the rim.
Lovely and lively aromas were tropical fruit nuanced with Lychee nut.
Light-bodied white wine with good acidity delivered feathered flavors reflective of the aromas with a building orange peel and ginger.
Finished very long of the fading palate and a well-balanced 13% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my roast chicken.


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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Albada, Calatayud, Spain, 2016 Garnacha Red Wine,




Albada, Calatayud, Spain, 2016 Garnacha Red Wine, $6.99, 86 points, poured a dark maroon color with a broad bright ring and moderately heavy legs.
Smells of leather, mulberry, blueberry, and incense were intriguing.
Near full-bodied red wine, a bit austere, and tad hot (14.5% alcohol), but with good acidity proved to be a fine red table wine which paired well with my baby-back pork ribs.
Flavors followed the aromas, finished on the fading palate, and added a touch of easy pepper spices.

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Rocca delle Macie Tenuta Sant' Alfonso Single Vineyard Chianti Classico (DOCG)





Rocca delle Macie Tenuta Sant' Alfonso Single Vineyard Chianti Classico (DOCG), $15.29-$17.99, 91 points, poured a deep cranberry red with a thin clear meniscus and moderate hanging legs.
Aromatic red fruit with subtle milk chocolate, herbal tea, and a flower note were lovely.
Near full-bodied red wine with bright acidity and fine grained tannins managed to reflect the nose onto the palate lively.
Finished hot (14% alcohol), spicy, and tasty.
Paired well with our buffet of pizzas.





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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Honig Napa Valley 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon



Honig Napa Valley 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, $16.99-$19.99 (375ml), 93 points, poured opaque trending garnet red toward the broad clear wine ring and densely clustered stained fat legs.
Smells of plums, cedar, black currant, and lavender were pleasant, but developing coffee, mocha, red cherry, and licorice notes were excellent.
Full-bodied red wine with good acidity and tight respectable tannins sported much of the bouquet onto the palate richly.
Finished long on cherry cola, oak, pepper spices, mint, and a warm 14.8% alcohol.


2015 California Cabernet Sauvignon wines tasted

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Bouchard Père et Fils Grand Vin, Pouilly-Fuissé, 2017 White Wine







Bouchard Père et Fils Grand Vin, Pouilly-Fuissé, 2017 White Wine, $21.24-$24.99, 88 points, was a light yellow gold color and clear at the rim.
Smells of cinnamon apple pie with a floral vibe were quite good.
Medium-bodied white wine with good acidity and flavors of wood, apple, and a hint of slightly sour Chardonnay specific grape were okay.
Finished long on the trailing palate, a hint of ginger, and a well-balanced 13% alcohol.
Paired fine with my sautéed Halibut.


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Monday, February 10, 2020

Wither Hills Marlborough 2018 Sauvignon Blanc





Wither Hills Marlborough 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, $8.49-$13.99, 87 points, was the lightest brass color grading water clear.
Weak aromas of lemongrass, cilantro, and a floral vibe were just okay.
Light-bodied white wine with good acidity showed pleasant flavors of ginger-ale, lemon/lime zest, and a hint of passion fruit.
Finished fair on the fading palate, a hint of ginger, grapefruit, and a well-balanced 13% alcohol.
Paired fine with my lobster salad.

2018 NZ SB
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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Torres 'Salmos' Priorat (Spain) 2015 Red Wine






Torres 'Salmos' Priorat (Spain) 2015 Red Wine, $23.79-$27.99, 92 points, poured purple/red trending deep ruby with a broad clear wine ring and a necklace of stained hanging legs.
Smells of toasty blueberry pie, brine, and wet summer stones were excellent.
Near full-bodied red wine with good acidity and a supportive layer of fine tannins delivered a tasty array of red fruit drowned in herbs and pepper spices.
Finished long on the fading palate and a warm 14.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with our 'loaded' pizza.



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Friday, February 7, 2020

Portlandia Oregon 2018 Pinot Gris





Portlandia Oregon 2018 Pinot Gris, $14.39-$15.99, 89 points, was a light brass color with yellow highlights and a broad clear penumbra. 
Lovely clean aromas of pome flowers, apple, and cilantro were excellent.
Light-bodied white wine was fresh, fruity, and delicious with flavors following the nose and buoyed by good acidity.
Finished fair on the fading palate and a well-balanced 13.5% alcohol.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Château Montveil Pomerol 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine





Château Montveil Pomerol 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $35.69-$41.99, 94 points, poured a deep ruby red with a broad clear meniscus and copious stained legs.
Aromatic wood, cinnamon-infused cherry, loam, with soft hints of lavender and chocolate were excellent.
Full-bodied red wine with good acidity and firm grainy tannins delivered the complex nose onto the palate in a lovely rich medley.
Finished very long and spicy with a cornucopia of red fruit, mint, and a warm 15% alcohol.
Varietals were 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. 

Bordeaux Red Wine Vintage 2015

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Château Le Prieuré Grand Cru Classé de Saint-Émilion 2009 Bordeaux (Revisited)




Château Le Prieuré Grand Cru Classé de Saint-Émilion 2009 Bordeaux (Revisited), $52.69-$61.99, 94 points, poured core black grading to a garnet red toward the thin clear meniscus and glass bowl crowded with stained fat legs.
The bouquet of plums, coffee, permanent marker-ink, and developing chocolate, cedar, cinnamon with a floral vibe were cerebral.
Near full-bodied red wine with fair acidity and thin tannins delivered flavors of raisin, espresso, anise, and Kirsch.

Finished long on the trailing palate, mint, pepper spices, and a balanced 15% alcohol.
Varietals were 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc.
Paired perfectly with my rare spiced-rubbed Porterhouse steak.


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Sunday, February 2, 2020

Ninety Plus Cellars (90+) Lot 160, 2017 Burgundy Red Wine (Pinot Noir)









Ninety Plus Cellars (90+) Lot 160, 2017 Burgundy Red Wine (Pinot Noir), $22.10-$25.99, 87 points, poured a cranberry red with a clear wine ring and light legs.
Aromas of red fruit and a floral note were okay.
Light to medium-bodied red wine with fair acidity and mild tannins delivered a rather tasty tipple with wild tart red cherry, citrus, and a hint of spearmint.
Finished long on the trailing palate, fig, pomegranate, and a balanced 13% alcohol.
Paired fine with my Shepherd's pie.


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Friday, January 31, 2020

Château Hyot Réserve 2015 Casteillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Wine





Château Hyot Réserve 2015 Casteillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Wine, $13.59-$19.99, 88 points, poured a bright ruby red with a broad clear wine ring and copious stained legs.
Aromas of red raspberry, hints of cranberry, and blueberry drowned-out herb and oak notes.
More a medium-bodied red wine with a good structure of acids and tannins carrying the aromas onto the palate with a hint of tobacco.
Finished fair on the fading palate, easy spice notes, and a typical 13.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with my cheeseburger.
Varietals were 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Bordeaux Red Wine Vintage 2015

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EL PUNTIDO 2005 Rioja (Revisited)







EL PUNTIDO 2005 Rioja (Revisited), $35.74-$47.00, 91 points, poured a deep ruby red with a garnet red penumbra, a bleeding meniscus, and a moderate display of stained legs.
Flowers, plums, and a hint of juniper on the nose were okay.
Full-bodied smooth red wine, fair acidity, and mellow mostly resolved tannin managed to deliver delicious flavors of boysenberry wrapped in tobacco and mint.
Finished very long on the trailing palate, easy pepper spices, and a well-balanced 14% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with by smoked brisket barbeque.


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Thursday, January 30, 2020

La Granja 360 Cariñena (Aragón) 2017 Red Wine




La Granja 360 Cariñena (Aragón) 2017 Red Wine, $6.99, 87 points, poured a bright/clear ruby red with a clear meniscus and looping glass sheeting.
Smells of Kirsch, cherry syrup, and hints of salty seas were okay.
More weighty than medium-bodied with good acidity and moderate tannins, a bit tart with flavors of cherry, plum, blueberry, and licorice.
Finished well on pepper spices, a hint of pomegranate, and a balanced 13.5% alcohol.
Paired fine with our meat-lovers pizza.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Louis Jadot 2015 Marsannay, Burgundy White Wine (Chardonnay)




Louis Jadot 2015 Marsannay, Burgundy White Wine (Chardonnay),
$27.19-$31.99, 89 points, was a light brass color with yellow highlights and clear at the rim.
Subtle aromas of caramel, nutmeg, wood, and wet stone were interesting.

Medium-bodied white wine with fair acidity righteously delivered the edgy nose onto the palate with a hint of tomato.
Finished woody and peppery; alcohol was 13%.
Paired fine with my fried Halibut.

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Jospeh Drouhin-Vaudon 2018 Chablis



Jospeh Drouhin-Vaudon 2018 Chablis, $21.24-$29.99, 91 points, was a light brass color grading quickly to water clear.
Lovely smells of stone fruit, flowers, apples, and minerals were outstanding.
Light-bodied white wine with good acidity and flavors reflective of the aromas were crisp, distinctive, and delicious.
Finished long, but less distinctive and on a fading palate, citrus, and a balanced 12.5% alcohol.
Paired well with my chicken-based buffet.

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Hanna Red Ranch Alexander Valley 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon




Hanna Red Ranch Alexander Valley 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, $18.69-$42.99, 89 points, poured an opaque purple/red with a thin clear wine ring and heavy stained legs.
The bouquet was a lovely cornucopia of fruit nuanced with cedar, violets, and spices.
Full-bodied red wine with fair to good acidity, a supportive underlayment of tannin, and rich flavors of fennel, red fruit, and a hint of eucalyptus.
Finished long on plums, pepper spices, a warm 14.5% alcohol, and the fading late plate.
Paired well with my spiced rack of New Zealand lamb.

2014 California Cabernet Sauvignon wines tasted
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Friday, January 24, 2020

Roberto Sarotto Riserva 2012 Barbaresco (DOCG) Revisited




Roberto Sarotto Riserva 2012 Barbaresco (DOCG) Revisited, $23.79-$39.99, 93 points, poured core ruby red grading to a garnet red toward the clear wine ring and stained fat legs.
Aromas of flowers, teas, earth, and cherry fruit were excellent.
Medium-bodied red wine with good acidity and fine grainy tannins managed a complex array of flavors consistent with the bouquet nuanced with mint and bay leaf.
Finished long on red fruit, red pepper, and a spot-on 14% alcohol.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Carpineto 2006 Brunello Di Montalcino (D.O.C.G.)




Carpineto 2006 Brunello Di Montalcino (D.O.C.G.), $43.59-$51.99, (currently $48.44-$59.99) 91 points, poured garnet red grading coppery red toward the thin meniscus and moderate glass sheeting.
Aromas were black tea, bay leaf, and weak red fruit which migrated to the palate.
Medium-bodied bone-dry red wine with good acidity and a thin firm plank of tannin managed a rather straight-forward hard tipple best had as a table wine.
Finished warm on pepper spices, wood, and the 14% alcohol.
Paired fine with our pizzas.


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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Moulin De Gassac Guilhem Languedoc 2014 Red Wine (France)





Moulin De Gassac Guilhem Languedoc 2014 Red Wine (France), $3.99-$5.49, 88 points, was a blend of 40% Syrah, 30% Grenache, and 30% Carignan.
Poured ruby to garnet red with a bright meniscus and moderate hanging legs.
Aromas were an interesting array of subtle flowers, Bordeaux lily, shoe polish, plum, red fruit, and a hint of dill.
Full-bodied red wine with good acidity, mellow tannins, and complex flavors of red fruit, tobacco, spearmint, cola, and plums.
Finished well on earth notes, easy white pepper, red raspberry/mint, and a balanced 13% alcohol.
Another in a trend of great value wines (QPR), and I thank Brian from the NHLS-outlet for the recommendation.


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