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2017 Zurab Tsereteli Saperavi, Georgia, Khaketi, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

The cork on this was soaked all the way thru on most sides and a bit on the top, but the wine seemed sound.  This is made from Saperavi grapes and aged in Kvevri (Amphorae) on stems and pips.  Garnet in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is interesting with cherries, cinnamon, tobacco, and slight anise.  Medium bodied.  Strong acidity.  Complex and deep.  The palate has lots of cherries, some black cherries, and spice.  Nice finish.  This got better with air which was interesting given the condition of the cork.  It seems like it should have another ten years or so to go.  This works

2017 Schuchmann Wines Saperavi Vinoterra Mukuzani, Georgia, Kakheti, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

An interesting wine from the country of Georgia made from 100% Saperavi grapes.  It is aged for three years in French oak barrels.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim, flat and mostly opaque.  The nose is nice with black cherries, some black raspberries, baking spices and slight char.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, there is some residual sugar left here leaving a light sweetness.  It seems to work well though giving some lift and energy.  The sweetness is minimal but present.  Flavors of black cherries, slight cassis and a bit of a cough syrup note.  It drinks easy with a nice finish

2017 Lukasi Saperavi, Georgia, Kakheti, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

This is made from the Saperavi grape in the country of Georgia.  It is, however, fermented and raised in new French oak for 12 months.  Inky purple in color, but a bit flat.  Opaque.  The nose is nice with a "Bordeaux-ish quality.  Earthy, musty, cigar box along with black raspberries and char.  Medium bodied.  Strong acidity.  Firm tannins.  On the palate, black cherries, black raspberries with a slight char.  Moderate finish.  This seems to be at peak and should drink well for the next five to eight years.  It works better with food.  Chakapuli, a traditional Georgian herbed lamb stew fro

2017 Dakishvili Family Vineyards Family Selection, Red Dry Wine, Georgia, Kakheti, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$27.00USD

This is a blend of 60% Saperavi and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon from Georgia.  The wine was fermented in Kvevri (Amphorae) and aged for 12 months in French Oak.  Purple in color with some ruby swirls.  The nose has black raspberries, black cherries, baking spices and slight char.  Medium to full bodied.  Light tannins.  On the palate, black raspberries, baking spices, slight vanilla.  Some complexity.  Nice finish.  The oak is a bit obtrusive on this but it may yet integrate with further cellaring.  Probably best to hold for a few years and drink over the next five to eight.  Nice on its own, bu

2019 Artìzanì Saperavi Forest of Wild Series, Georgia, Kakheti, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$24.00USD

I am not a believer in "natural wines" as it seems to judge a wine on its merits and not on some nebulous term.  That said, most of the ones I have tried seem like chemistry experiments gone wrong.  This is the exception and one of the best "natural wines" I have tasted.  It is made from the Saperavi grape in Georgia.  It is made with no fining, filtering or addition of sulfites.  That said, it is also made in a more "modern" style for Georgian wines, that is fermented for 8 days in temperature controlled vats, pressed off the solids leaving no residual sugar and finished in stainless steel

2018 Naotari Rkatsiteli Kisi Khikhvi Amber Wine, Georgia Kakheti, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
86
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$27.00USD

This is from the country of Georgia, and is a blend of 40% of Rkatsiteli (rah-kah-see-tell-y), 40% Kisi (key-see), and 20% Khikhvi (khee-kh-vee) grapes.  It is fermented in Kvevri (Amphorae) where it is allowed to macerate for six months.  The winery provides itself on being a "natural" wine meaning unfiltered and no use of sulfites.  At a recent tasting it proved to be a bit controversial and I liked it decidedly more than most of the group.  Golden in color with orange hues.  There is a lot of VA (volatile acidity) on the nose that was the chief problem others had.  A little can be nice a

2015 Shalauri Cellars Mtsvane Unfiltered, Qvevri fermentation, Georgia, Kakheti, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$22.00USD

At a recent tasting of Georgian wine, this was the consensus Wine of the Night.  Interesting to tasted a wine at age 7 like this as it was fresh and vibrant.   It is 100% Mtsvane grapes made in Kakheti, Georgia.  The wine is fermented in Kvevri (Amphorae) where it is allowed to macerate for six months.  Golden with some copper hues in color, clear and bright.  The nose is big and enticing with honey, golden raisins, cantaloupe, and slight floral notes.  Medium bodied.  Strong acidity.  Firm tannins.  On the palate, there are lots of apples, some apple cider, slight nuttiness and pineapple. 

2019 Dilao Rkatsiteli Mtsvane, Georgia, Kakhetti, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$17.00USD

The second label of the Orgo Winery.  This is a blend of 50% Rkatsiteli and 50% Mtsvane grapes from the country of Georgia.  The wine is made in Kvevri (Amphorae) but only stays for about a month during which it ferments on the skins with the stems and pips.  The result is an "Amber" or "orange" wine.  Very interesting.  Deep golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is very nice but its hard to come up with terminology to describe.  There is a floral quality with a perfumed fragrance note.  Perhaps some cantaloupe.  Medium bodied although viscous at 13% abv.  Medium tannins.  On the pal

2020 Cakebread Cellars Pinot Noir Two Creeks Vineyard, USA, California, Mendocino, Anderson Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$50.00USD

This was an interesting Pinot Noir from northern California.  Ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, sour cherries, smoke, anise and slight menthol.  Very nice.  On the palate, this has a big, but very nice texture.  Viscous with good acidity.  On the palate, this drinks well with sour cherries, anise, sandalwood and just the faint whiff of char.  Very tasty.  A long finish.  Those who like bigger, fresh (clean) Pinot Noir should love this wine.  Drink over the next ten years.  It would go well with Salmon but also roasted chicken.

2019 Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay Reserve, USA, California, Napa, Carneros, Wine Rev iew

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$60.00USD

This is a big, California Chardonnay in the best sense.  It is a blend of four different vineyards of Chardonnay.  Silvery gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is big and enticing with Lemons, vanilla and nutmeg.  Full bodied with a creamy texture.  Good acidity.  Slightly oily.  On the palate, this has lemons, slight lemon peel and an interesting note of mint on the finish.  It is deep with tight complexity that unwinds in the glass.  A very long finish.  This may improve over the next year or two but either way should make great drinking for the next ten years.  It drinks great on i

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