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Château des Charmes St. David’s Bench Vineyard Gamay Noir Droit 2018

Bias up front, I find a lot of Niagara Gamay’s way too fruit forward for my tastes, so when I was given this, I was skeptical … Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine … Continue reading

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2020 Cave Spring Chardonnay

Pale straw in color with a mild apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays more of a fruit forward lightly oaked character with apple and pear notes, and slightly creamy. On the medium length finish the wine displays … Continue reading

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Château de Marsan 2018

Dark in color with a mild black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine display vibrant black fruits, nice mocha and oaking notes. On the medium length finish the wine has beautiful, velvety, firm tannins that stick to the … Continue reading

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Villa Sandi Merlot 2020

Inky dark in color with a mild black fruit nose. On the mid palate the wine packs a punch with big black cherry notes along with some mocha, spice, and some pepper. On the medium length finish the wine delivers … Continue reading

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Masseria Altemura Falanghina 2020

We don’t get a lot of Falanghina’s here, so when we do I pounce on them. Another of the unique indigenous grapes of Italy! You could spend a career learning these wines, oh the agony of the challenge 🙂 Pale … Continue reading

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Clarence Dillon Clarendelle Red 2016

Inky dark in color with a dark berry nose … On the mid palate the wine displays vibrant black berry notes, black cherry, and mocha … On the medium length finish the wine displays lovely firm dusty tannins, nice acidity, … Continue reading

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Borsao Selección Blanco 2020

Pale straw in color with a citrus/minerally nose … On the mid palate the wine packs a punch with some strong green/grassy/citrus notes along with a hint of grapefruit tartness. On the medium length finish the wine delivers some racy … Continue reading

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Oyster Bay Rosé 2021

Rose all day baby, yaaaaa … This one is and interesting color, not the usual pale salmon. Mild on the nose the wine packs a punch with some solid tart strawberries notes dominating the mid palate. On the medium length … Continue reading

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Feudo Montoni Lagnusa Nero d’Avola 2019

Dark in color with a black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine delivers nice bold black cherries and the like. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice bold tannins and acidity … nice and dry. … Continue reading

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2017 Featherstone Cabernet Franc

Dark in color with a nice mild black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some black cherries to match the nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some firm acidity and lighter tannins, nice and dry. … Continue reading

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Southbrook Triomphe Organic Cabernet Franc Rosé 2021

This is a very different kind of rose, right from the color which is a lot more deep rich red notes than most … Mild on the nose with a vibrant mid palate that packs a lot of flavor, think … Continue reading

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Dopff au Moulin Cuvée Europe Riesling 2019

Biases up front, I’ve had a lot of sweet Reislings and am SO NOT A FAN but when I saw this one at 2 g/l residual sugar it enticed me to try it … Pale straw in color with a … Continue reading

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Meerlust Red 2019

Inky dark in color with a nice dark berry and oaky nose. On the mid palate the wine displays vibrant fruit forward dark berry notes, along with some mild mocha … On the medium length in finish the wine displays … Continue reading

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Bonterra Merlot 2019

Inky dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely deep rich black berries to match the nose, dark cherries and dark chocolate along with some vibrant acidity and firm tannins. This … Continue reading

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Peninsula Ridge Beal Vineyard Cabernet Rosé 2021

Pale salmon in color with an expressive nose for a rose. On the mid palate the wine displays some vibrant ripe strawberry notes. On the lighter side of medium in length the wine’s acidity sticks slightly to the tongue. This … Continue reading

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Muralhas de Monção Vinho Verde 2021

Pale straw in color with a citrus nose. The bubbles and effervescence which is typical of a vinho verde are visible right on the first pour and on the tongue. On the mid palate the wine is a fruit forward … Continue reading

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Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Pale straw in color with a citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays strong lime and grassy notes. This is definitely a fruit forward edgy sort of sauv blanc. On the medium length finish the citrus notes and … Continue reading

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Penley Gryphon Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2020

Dark in color with a nice dark berry nose … On the mid palate the wine displays some nice elegant black cherries and black plums, along with some mocha. On the medium length finish the wine displays lovely dusty tannins … Continue reading

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Casas del Bosque Pinot Noir Rosé 2021

I have to admit, I have not had a lot of Roses from Chile, so I approached this with some curiosity. On the positive side it is 100% Pinot noir, so it’s intriguing … Pale salmon in color with a … Continue reading

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Bottega Pinot Grigio Rosé 2021

Pale salmon in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice crisp dry citrus notes, acidity and minerality. Without food the acidity sticks nicely to the tongue, a beautiful sipper. with food the wine’s … Continue reading

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High Heaven Majestic Pines Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice black berries to match the nose, maybe even some black currants along with some mocha notes. On the medium length finish the … Continue reading

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Thirty Bench Winemaker’s Rosé 2021

$22.95VINTAGES#:27024 Pale salmon in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild effervescent notes along with crisp dry acidity and a hint of zesty tartness. Lots of crisp minerality and strawberries coming through. There’ … Continue reading

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2017 Batasiolo Barolo DOCG

Garnet in color with a mild nose of red cherries. On the mid palate the wine displays deep rich cherries along with dark chocolate notes. On the longer side in length the wine’s tannins are BIG, FIRM and ripe, sticking … Continue reading

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Kew Vineyards Old Vine Chardonnay 2019

Pale golden in color with a nice apple and pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely apple and pear fruits along with some nice vanilla notes. On the medium length finish the wine is nice and dry … Continue reading

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Patrizi Nebbiolo d’Alba 2019

Garnet in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dried fruit notes and red cherries along with some tomato. On the medium length finish the wine displays some mild acidity and … Continue reading

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