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2013 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$43.00USD

This is not your regular Chianti.  Deep garnet in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is great with cherries, slight anise, slight tea leaves and spice.  Full bodied.  Great backbone of acidity.  On the palate, lots of bright cherries with some anise.  Long finish.  Deep and complex.  Light tannins.  Drinking great now and will continue for another ten to fifteen years.  This works great with food, pasta with a tomato sauces is a classic choice.  

2015 Torrin Tsundere, USA, California, Paso Robles, Willow Creek, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$70.00USD

This is a blend of 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Syrah, 19% Tannat, and 4% Grenache.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has black raspberries, black pepper, blueberries, spice and slight black cherries.  Full bodied.  Medium tannins.  Good acidity.  On the palate, this is delicious.  Tight but deep.  Blueberries, raspberries, with some cedar and spice.  Long finish.  This is a big wine but it is deft as well.  Drink over the next twelve to fifteen years.  This is great on its own and will need big food to stand up to it.  A nice match would be spicy Indian foods.  

2018 Halcon Vineyards Syrah Elevacion, USA, California, Mendocino, Yorkville Highlands, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

This is 100% Syrah grown in a cooler climate.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with black raspberries, black olives, and slight bacon fat.  With air, some herbal/woodiness comes out.  Full bodied.  Sinewy texture.  On the palate, this is delicious.  Light tannins but drinking tight and young.  It took about four hours to really open up.  Then black raspberries with underlying gravel and minerality.  Long finish.  This is drinking well now, but cellaring for five or so years will be rewarded.  Drink over the next ten to fifteen years.  Nice on its own, better with food.

2016 Patricius Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos, Hungary, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

Purchased in Budapest this summer.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is mild but nice.  Aromas of ground cherries and slight dill.  Interesting.  Viscous texture.  On the palate, much more intensity than the nose.  Ground cherries and peaches.  Good acidity.  Long finish.  Tasty.  This should drink well for another ten years.  It is great on its own and would work well with an apricot or peach pastry for dessert.  

2016 Saxum Terry Hoage Vineyard, USA, California, Paso Robles, Willow Creek District, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$129.00USD

Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  This is a blend of 43% Grenache, 43% Syrah and 14% Mataro.  It comes in at 15.6% abv, but it is not noticeable on the wine.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  There is a bit of volatile acidity on the nose but it was not bothersome.  Lots of black cherry fruit with black raspberries and white pepper.  Strong acidity.  On the palate, black cherries, and some black raspberries.  Complex and deep.  Long finish.  This is drinking well now and should continue for another ten to fifteen years.  Great on its own, this would be nice with ribs off th

2016 Saxum The Hexe, USA, California, Paso Robles, Willow Creek District, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$314.00USD

This is a blend of 56% Grenache, 13% Petite Sirah, 10% Syrah, 9% Mataro, 7% Zinfandel and 5% Tempranillo.  The bottle lists 15.7% abv but it is not noticeable on the wine.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is great with black cherries, black raspberries, gravel, and black pepper.  Great backbone of acidity.  On the palate, though young, this is showing a nice complexity.  Medium tannins.  Black cherries and black raspberries with underlying char and gravel.  Long finish.  Delicious.  This may still improve a bit but is drinking great now and should continue for another twe

2013 Saxum Cuvée Rocket Block James Berry Vineyard, USA, California, Paso Robles, Willow Creek District, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
99
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$208.00USD

This is 100% Grenache made only in selected vintages.  The bottle lists 16.4% abv but there is no heat.  Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is explosive with black raspberries, black cherries, char and slight gun powder notes.  Full bodied.  Light tannins.  Great texture.  On the palate, this is deep and complex.  Black raspberries, roasted herbs and slight black cherries.  Long finish.  Delicious.  This is still drinking youthfully and should drink well for another ten to fifteen years.  Great on its own, this would work nicely with roasted fowl.  

2016 Nine Suns Grenache, USA, California, Napa, Pritchard Hill, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A

This property has since been purchased by Realm Cellars.  Only five cases of this 100% Grenache wine were produced.  Inky Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has black cherries, clay and chocolate.  Full bodied.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, black cherries with underlying char.  Plenty of depth and complexity.  Long finish.  This is drinking well now and should continue for another ten to fifteen years. It is great on its own and would work very well with a hearty meat or vegetarian chili.  

2017 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France, Rhone, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$85.00USD

Purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with plums, black pepper, and black cherries.  Full bodied.  Lovely texture.  On the palate, plums and cherries with slight char.  Clean.  Good balance.  Long finish.  This is young and showing ripe fruit.  It is drinking well but may improve with a few more years of cellaring.  Drink over the next ten to twelve years.  it will work well with braised meats.  

2000 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France, Rhone, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2000
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$105.00USD

This is a blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and the rest is the other permitted varietals.  At age 22, it is showing some age and a bit past prime.  This bottle had been bought on release and well cellared.  Ruby/brown in color, clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, dried cherries, soy/umami, and spice.  Medium bodied.  There are some drying tannins left.  Better on the palate.  Complex with layers of dried and fresh cherries.  Good balance.  Nice finish.

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