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Les Hauts de Lagarde Blanc 2019

This wine is 60% sauv blanc and 40% semilion. Pale straw in color with a mild citrus nose. For those of you use to edgy Chilean or New Zealand Sauv blancs, meh this isn’t that. I last reviewed the 2018 … Continue reading

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Tenuta di Vignole Chianti Classico 2016

Dark in color with a mild cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely varietal dark almost sour cherry notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm acidity and nice tannins that dance on … Continue reading

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The Lackey Shiraz 2018

Dark in color with a earthy, oaky nose straight out of the bottle. On the mid palate the wine displays at first some fruit forward black berry notes, not to the extreme of blueberries … On the medium length finish … Continue reading

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Long Barn Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Dark in color with a mild soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark cherries, more of a fruit forward wine without being a fruit bomb. On the medium length finish the wine displays … Continue reading

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Tom Gore Chardonnay 2018

Pale straw in color with a vibrant apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some vibrant fruit forward apple and pear to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vanilla notes, some … Continue reading

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Mount Riley Pinot Noir 2019

Dark garnet in color with a soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the displays some nice vibrant fruit forward raspberries. On the medium length finish the wine displays nice smooth tannins and vibrant acidity along with some rustic … Continue reading

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2014 Culmina Cab Franc

Inky dark in color with a mild black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely vibrant black cherry noes along with some dark chocolate and mocha notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some … Continue reading

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Lantides Neméa Agiorgitiko 2016

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild dark berries along with some mocha and dark chocolate nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some mild tannins along with noticeable … Continue reading

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2019 Columbia Crest Grand Estates

Slightly golden in color with a nice mild apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice apple and pear notes along with some buttery creaminess. There’s some nice dryness and a hint of white peppery notes on … Continue reading

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2018 Luzzato Langhe Nebbiolo KPM

Garnet in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some soft red berry fruits backed almost immediately by some acidity. On the medium length finish the wine displays some velvety tannins that coat the palate, … Continue reading

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2018 Oyster Bay Chard

Pale straw in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some apple/pear notes consistent with a lightly oaked or unoaked chard. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity along with some … Continue reading

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2014 Laughing Stock Portfolio

This wine was bought at the winery in Okanagan BC and give to me as a gift. Dark in color with a nice dark berry nose. On the mid palate this wine displays lovely, elegant dark cherries, and dark chocolate … Continue reading

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Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Pale straw in color with a mild citrus note. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice tart notes, vibrant acidity with some nice lime notes. On the medium length finish the wine’s acidity and lime notes live on … Continue reading

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Wits End Luna Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Dark in color with a nice dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays black berries to match the nose, lots of black cherries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some soft tannins and vibrant acidity, … Continue reading

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Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2015

I’ve had this one in the cellar for a while now, so it was time to check it out. Ink dark in color with a mild black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice black cherries … Continue reading

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Roche de Bellene Cuvée Réserve Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2018

Garnet in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice ripe cherry notes along with some nice rustic and earthy notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vibrant … Continue reading

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Thierry Delaunay Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Pale straw in color with a lovely grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice grassy and lime notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice lively acidity with lots of citrus notes on … Continue reading

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Bersano Gavi di Gavi 2019

Pale straw in color with a floral nose. On the mid palate the wine is interesting, some unique flavors. In some ways it reminds me of honeysuckle notes, sorta, kinda super dry riesling like. On the medium length finish, especially … Continue reading

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Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark cherries to match the nose along with some herbal notes. The back of bottle says thyme? On the medium length finish … Continue reading

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Chombart & Speck Cave Mystère Merlot 2018

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some big bold black cherries and black plum notes that punch well above it’s price point. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice … Continue reading

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Elderton Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Inky dark in color with a musty, earthy and black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice black cherries, almost blueberry notes whacked almost immediately by firm black peppery notes. On the medium length finish it … Continue reading

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Velenosi Querciantica Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2019

Pale straw in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some firm citrus notes, lime and the like. On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant acidity that coats the palate nicely, … Continue reading

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2014 Culina Cab Sauv

Back in 2017 I attended a tasting with Sara Triggs of this wine (and others) and was impressed and bought some, I’ve had it in the cellar ever since. A wine is ready to drink when you can’t wait any … Continue reading

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Elderton Eden Valley Chardonnay 2018

Pale to golden in color with a nice apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich vibrant app/pear and vanilla notes. Nice and creamy, and dry on the medium length finish. This is a perfectly oaked … Continue reading

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2015 Monte Antico

Dark in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some cherry notes along with some firm smoky/woody notes. This is a VERY oaked wine. With some time these oak notes might soften but … Continue reading

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