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2019 Orin Swift Abstract, USA, California, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$35.00USD

This is a "kitchen sink" blend of lots of red varietals grown in California.  Garnet in color, purple at the core, bright.  The nose is nice with cherries, black cherries, black raspberries, spices and chocolate.  Full bodied.  Light tannins.  Moderate acidity.  On the palate, this is big wine.  Tasty but the kind of wine that doesn't demand introspection.  Loads of black cherries and cherries with a bit of chocolate.  Long finish with slight warmth.  It drinks well on its own and will need big food such as BBQ Ribs off the grill.  Drink over the next five to eight years.  

2017 Epoch Estate Wines Authenticity Paderewski Vineyard, USA, California, Paso Robles, Willow Creek District, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$95.00USD

This is a blend of 92% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre, and 2% Viognier.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is great with black raspberries, blueberries, black pepper, chocolate and roasted meat.  Full bodied.  Medium tannins.  Nice acidity.  On the palate, this is delicious.  Lots of black raspberries with some blueberries over a bit of roasted meat (more char).  Long finish.  Drinking nicely if not fully mature.  Drink over the next ten to fifteen years.  Great on its own, this needs bigger food.  It would work well with Prime Rib.

2010 Jaffurs Syrah Upslope, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A

This wine is a blend of the best individual vineyard barrels of Syrah (50% Thompson, 33% Larner and 17% Verna's Vineyard).  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is great with black raspberries, black pepper, slight bacon fat and roasted meat.  With air a slight "purple" flower note.  Full bodied.  Medium tannins.  Lovely texture.  On the palate, this is delicious.  Not a fruit monster but not shy either.  Lots of depth.  Still drinking youthfully.  Lot of  black raspberry fruit with some underlying char and minerality.  Nice finish.  Great on its own, this works well with food.  It

2019 Flowers Chardonnay Sonoma Coast, USA, California, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$38.00USD

Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with grapefruits, slight lemon, and a hint of vanilla.  Medium bodied.  Nice acidity.  On the palate, this is lean but piercing (in a good way).  Grapefruit notes with just a bit of spice.  Long finish.  Tasty.  This drinks well on its own and would work well with lighter foods but also Salmon or Tuna steaks.  Drink over the next five years.  

2018 Faethm / Fingers Crossed Syrah Off The Record, USA, California, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+

This comes from the son of the owner of Sine Qua Non Wines, but Nikolas Krankl is making excellent wines that stand on their own.  This is a blend of 93% Syrah, 2% Grenache, 2% Mourvedre, and 3% Roussane.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is great with black raspberries, roasted meats and herbs, and black pepper.  Lovely, slightly viscous texture.  This is a big, ripe wine but it is not heavy or plodding.  Delicious black raspberry fruit with black pepper and a gamey note on the palate.  Lots of energy and acidity.  Long finish.  This is still very young but for those who

2019 Highlands Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

A nice, solid Napa Cabernet.  At 15.6%, this is not shy although the alcohol is not noticeable.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with cassis, cedar and spice.  Medium tannins.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this drinks smooth and easy.  Cassis notes with a touch of cedar.  Nice finish.  Drinking well now and should continue for the next five to eight years.  A nice wine with a steak or burger.  

2010 Weingut Hermann Ludes Thörnicher Ritsch Riesling Auslese Alte Reben, Germany, Mosel Saar, Ruwer, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

Made from old vines (alte reben).  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice  with minerals/wet rocks, slight pineapple and a bit of diesel.  Medium bodied.  Some viscosity.  On the palate, this is slightly sweet.  Lots of minerality with a bit of pineapple and citrus (Meyer lemon?).  Good acidity.  Nice finish.  Showing just a hint of age, this should drink well for another ten to fifteen years (at least).  Nice on its own, this will work with lighter salads; a pasta salad would work well.  

NV Les Caves du Sieur d'Arques Crémant de Limoux Aimery 1531 Cremant Brut, France, Wine Review

Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

A sparkling wine from the southwest of France composed of 60% Chardonnay, 30% Chenin Blanc and 10% Mauzac made in the methode tradionelle way.  It is dry.  Pale golden in color with a nice mousse of very small bubbles.  Clear and bright.  The nose is nice with green apples and a bit of brioche.  Medium bodied.  Good acidity.  On the palate, the green apples carry thru with a bit of underlying char.  Nice finish.  This is very food friendly and will go with just about anything.  Drink over the next couple of years.  

2021 Glenbrook Cabernet Sauvignon, USA, California, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$14.00USD

This is a relatively inexpensive Cabernet that is a nice choice for a party or a reception.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has black cherries, some cassis, slight cedar and slight spice.  Medium bodied.  Light tannins.  On the palate, black cherry fruit.  Nice finish.  This is tasty and easy to drink on its own.  It will work with grilled meats but also worked well with chocolate.  Drink over the next couple of years.

VML 2020 Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$55.00USD

A delightfully seductive Chardonnay that veers away from traditional, California Chardonnays, this offers deeper, richer notes of resin, honeysuckle, butter rum, light orange zest, apricot, and quince. It has a creaminess and lithe viscosity that rolls over the tongue. With only 33% new oak used on this you might think it would be more prevalent, but the fruit itself shines forth, the volcanic soils providing and earthiness and minerality. ORIGIN: Russian River Valley, Sonoma. ALCOHOL: 14.7%

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