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2019 Poggio Anima Belial Toscana IGT, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$13.00USD

This is 100% Sangiovese grape from Tuscany grown near Sienna.  It is unclear why this is not labelled as Chianti (though it probably could be), but no matter, this is very enjoyable.  Delicious and punches way above its weight class.  Ruby/purple in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has bold cherry fruit with some tea leaves and a touch of wintergreen.  On the palate, the cherries come thru with a bit of spice.  Firm tannins.  Black licorice on the finish.  This is drinking well now but will certainly mature and possibly improve.  It drinks well on its own, but wines like this are m

2020 Domaine Jean Bousquet Malbec Virgen, Argentina, Mendoza, Uco Valley, Tupungato, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$13.00USD

This is an organically grown, relatively inexpensive Malbec from Argentina.  Purple/ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has cherries and baking spices.  With air, some black cherries.  On the palate, nice black cherry fruit, some plums and a bit of char.  Medium tannins.  Good acidity.  This is a dry wine with just a perception of ripeness/sweetness. Good finish.  This will be a popular wine to serve at cookouts with burgers off the grill.  Drink over the next three to five years.  

2020 Domaine Jean Bousquet Virgen Organic Red Blend, Argentina, Mendoza, Tupangato Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$13.00USD

This is a blend of 35% Malbec, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Cabernet Franc.  It is certified organic.  Purple in color with ruby swirls.  Mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has black cherries and slight char.  On the palate, medium to full bodied.  Raspberries and black raspberries.  Firm tannins.  Long finish.  This drinks easy with no bite.  Clean.  This drinks well now and should drink well for the next five to eight years.  Tasty on its own, this will work well with beef or pork dishes.   Really a tremendous value in organic wines.  

2019 Simi Chardonnay Sonoma County, USA, California, Sonoma, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This took some time to open and showed a better on day 2.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with smoke, minerals butterscotch, and a touch of grapefruits.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, the minerality comes thru along with some citrus.  Very clean finish.  This drinks nicely on its own but much better with some food to bring out the subtleties.  Salmon or heavier seafood dishes would work well.  Drink over the next three to five years.  There is an upside to cellaring.  

2019 Fetzer Chardonnay, California, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$10.00USD

A very nice value in California Chardonnay.  This does see just a touch of oak and partially went thru Malolactic fermentation giving the wine a bit more roundness and accessibility.  Light golden in color.  The nose has yellow grapefruits, and a touch of green apples.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, the yellow grapefruit comes thru along with a bit of tropical fruit.  Nice acidity.  Drinks easy.  This drinks well on its own and would be a nice summer sipper on the deck.  It will work well with salmon or lighter salads.  Drink over the next few years.  

2019 Fetzer Gewürztraminer, California, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$10.00USD

This is an outstanding value in off dry wines.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is a bit candied with lychees, honeysuckle and slight peach notes.  Slightly viscous texture.  On the palate, this drinks very easy with lychees and peaches.  Slight tannins.  It improved with about 30 minutes of air.  Long finish.  This drinks great on its own for those who enjoy a bit of sweetness.  It will work great with Thai or other spicy Asian foods.  Drink over the next few years.  

2019 Poggio Anima Sicilia Uriel, Italy, Sicily, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$15.00USD

This is made from the Grillo grape in Sicily.  Light yellow/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has a nice minerality along with a touch of salinity and a bit of melon/cantaloupe.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this is dry with a nice texture.  The cantaloupe comes thru along with a touch of lemon candy.  Enough acidity, especially on the finish to give it some energy and zing.  This is drinking well on its own but will work well with lighter summer dinners.  Drink over the next couple of years.  A very nice value at MSRP $15.  

2019 Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County, USA, California, Sonoma, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

One of the great values in Zinfandel.  Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is great with black cherries, spice and bramble.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this has lots of energy.  Black cherries, some blueberries, spice and smoke.  Great acidity.  Delicious.  Nice finish.  This will probably drink well for ten to twelve years, but I always seem to drink these young.  No regrets about that.  Great on its own, this will be great with roasted veggies or a garden (or meat) burger.  

2017 Lagier Meredith Syrah, USA, California, Napa, Mt. Veeder, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

These usually take time but given the vintage, this is drinking well already.  Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with black raspberry fruit, black pepper, and a touch of black olive.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, this has a great texture.  The wine is tight but opens with a couple of hours of air.  Black raspberry fruit over a char/dry earthy base.  Great acidity and energy.  Long finish.  This should continue to get better for the next five to seven years and drink well for seven to ten more after that.  It will work well with meats, a lamb stew would b

2011 Sineann Pinot Noir Resonance Vineyard, USA, Oregon, Yamhill-Carlton, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2011
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

At age 10, this is drinking great.  Deep ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with cherries, slight sour cherries, and spice.  Medium bodied.  This seems to be closing in on maturity.  Nice cherry fruit with a bit of underlying earth and slight char.  Nice acidity.  Long finish.  There is a nice complexity to this wine but it is also delicious.  It is nice on its own but even better with food.  Salmon would be a nice choice.  

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