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2018 Beta Chardonnay Chuy Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma, Moon Mountain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

Green/gold in color with a bit more green than most Chardonnays.  The nose is sweaty with slight smoke and plenty of green apples.  very nice slick texture.  Good acidity, yet the mouthfeel is softer.  Of course, young, but showing a fair amount.  The  palate has apples, vanilla, and some char.  Long finish.  Overall, this is very good and seems to be built for the long haul.  This is not "lean and mean", but it is also not a fruit bomb.  Drink over the next seven to ten years.  Great on its own, it would be a classic pairing with a seared peppercorn Tuna Steak.  

2021 Halter Ranch El Pecado, USA, California, Paso Robles, Adelaida District, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$60.00USD

From a 500ml size bottle.  The name translates to "The Sin".  This is a dessert wine from Paso Robles that is made from 78% Tannat and 22% Grenache grapes.  The grapes are air dried on wooden racks and then go thru a fermentation.  During that process the wine is infused with hand roasted coffee beans and cocoa nibs.  It is a really enjoyable wine, but let's talk about the wine.  First, the drying process is supposed to increase sugar levels by 40%.  It is unclear how ripe the grapes were at harvest.  The wine is listed at 15% abv, which seems very high for a dessert wine that is not fortif

2022 Elk Cove Vineyards Estate Pinot Gris, USA, Oregon, Willamette, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2022
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$21.00USD

Silvery green/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is interesting with orange peel, salinity and spice.  Slightly oily texture.  On the palate, peaches with spice.  Long finish.  Overall, a very nice, clean white wine that drinks well alone and will work with lighter foods.  This would work with Lemon-Garlic pasta.  Drink over the next couple of years.

2015 Kutch Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch, USA, California, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$50.00USD

Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, cranberries and slight rhubarb along with some spice and char.  Wonderful semi-plush texture.  Good balance.  Light tannins.  The palate is riper/stronger than the nose (in a good way).  Cherries and Kirsch with some char.  Long finish.  This has some complexity and depth as it nears peak.  Drink over the next ten to fifteen years.  Very nice on its own, this would be great with Roasted Duck.

2017 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Großes Gewächs Alte Reben

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$50.00USD

Golden with green hues, clear and bright.  The nose has grapefruits, and some peach.  Also, minerality.  Medium bodied.  Slightly oily texture.  On the palate, this is dry.  Great acidity.  Crisp.  Lemons, slight peach and minerals.  Deep with a nice complexity.  Long finish.  This is still youthful but drinking nicely.  This is great on its own and will work well with a wide variety of foods.  It would be great with Thai food.  Drink over the next fifteen years.  

NV Tarlant Champagne Zero Brut Nature, France, Wine Revieew

Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$48.00USD

This is a blend of 32% Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnay, 32% Meunier, and 4% Petit Meslier, Arbanne, and pinot Blanc according to the label.  Of course, Zero Brut nature is an indication that this is the driest level of Champagne and has no added sugar prior to bottling.  Light golden in color with a frothy mousse of tiny bubbles.  Clear and bright.  The nose is great with spice, ginger, slight golden delicious apples and a hint of  lemon peel.  Great acidity.  Dry.  On the palate, lemon peel with minerality and a touch of toast.  Long finish.  Very impressive.

2022 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah California, USA, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2022
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$23.00USD

Always one of my go to value wines, but that does this a disservice.  It is an excellent wine that if, I could keep my hands off, would probably age well for a decade.  But, that's not why I buy a case.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is great with black raspberries, black pepper, grilled meats and spice.  Medium to full bodied.  Great balance and acidity.  On the palate, this is delicious.  Some level of complexity.  Open and drinking well.  Mild tannins.  This drinks easily on its own and would be a great pairing with a (veggie) burger.  Drink over the next ten years if you

2017 Andremily Syrah No. 6, USA, California, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$200.00USD

Beautiful bottle (again) of this Syrah.  Purple in color, opaque and shimmering bright.  The nose has black raspberries, smoked herbs and meats, and slight (purple) floral notes.  Full bodied.  Medium to firm tannins.  Great balance.  On the palate, this is delicious.  Young, but delicious.  Black raspberry fruit with some black pepper and char.  Deep.  Long finish.  This is still young and will likely improve.  Great plush texture.  Drink over the next twenty years.  Right now, its better on its own, but with time will work better with bigger flavorful dishes.  Roasted root vegetables will

2014 Pott Wine Cabernet Sauvignon Her Majesty's Secret Service Stagecoach Vineyard

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has cassis, slight blueberry, cedar, spice and nice minerality.  Full bodied.  Firm tannins.  Good balance.  On the palate, this is still youthful.  Vibrant cassis with minerality and light char.  Long finish.  This is not a bold wine, but has a lot of energy.  Drink over the next ten to fifteen years.  It is very nice on its own and will work with bigger foods.  It went well with roasted peppers stuffed with rice.  

2012 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde, France, Rhone, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

With all of the top level wines from Guigal, sometimes, this one gets lost in the mix.  That's a shame because this is am outstanding wine and an excellent value in Cote Rotie.  Purple in color with some ruby hues, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is a bit earthy with black raspberries, spices, black olives and slight dark chocolate.  Medium to full bodied.  Medium tannins.  Good balance.  On the palate, this is on the leaner side but still has a great delivery.  Boysenberries, char and some earthiness.  Good finish.  This seems to be about at peak but should have another ten years.  Goo

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