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2015 Maison Albert Bichot Pouilly-Fuissé, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$24.00USD

Bichot makes a lot of wine and most of it is reasonably priced and of good quality.  This is no exception.  Green gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with lemons, slight chalk/minerals, and a slight apple quality.  Light bodied.  On the palate, this drinks easy.  Lemon candy notes with some fresh lemon.  Some acidity.  A slight bitter note on the finish.  This needs to be consumed now.  It works well on its own but better with lighter foods.  It went well with a cheese pizza.  

2019 Bedrock Wine Co. Compagni Portis, USA, California, Sonoma Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

This is a very nice white from the Bedrock stable of wines.  The vineyard was planted in 1954 as a field blend of Gewurztraminer, Trousseau Gris, Riesling, Roter Veltliner, and Chenin Blanc.  Light gold in color with some green hues, clear and bright.  The nose has minerality, peaches, and some grapefruit.  Light bodied.  On the palate, there is a nice complexity here.  Make sure it is not served too cold or that won't be as evident.  Notes of grapefruit, lemon and minerality swirl on the palate.  Good acidity.  Nice finish.  Drink over the next few years.  This will work well with lighter

2017 Selah Cabernet Sauvignon, USA, California, Napa, Howell Mountain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$110.00USD

This is yet another wine made by Thomas Rivers Brown.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is intense with cassis, blueberries, floral (violets?) notes and spice.  Full bodied.  Firm tannins.  On the palate, this is concentrated and needs some time/air to unwind.  Lots of cassis and some blueberries with some underlying char and spice.  Long finish.  This will undoubtedly improve over the next five to seven years.  It should drink well for another ten to fifteen after that.  Drinks great on its own, this will require a big flavors to work with.  Roasts or grilled meats or veg

2018 Azienda Agricola di Angelo Calcabrina Umbria Calcabrina Foglio 61, Italy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This is a blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Sagrantino.  An excellent value.  Deep ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright.  Medium bodied.  Excellent acidity.  The palate has cherries, some black cherries and slight mocha.  Some depth.  Light tannins.  This is drinking well now and may improve a bit.  It will make excellent drinking over the next eight to ten years.  This will work great with pizza or pasta.  

2013 Halcon Vineyards Syrah Alturas, USA, California, Mendocino, Yorkville Highlands, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

Great wine and an even better value.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is great with black raspberries, black olives, black pepper and slight bacon fat.  Full bodied. On the palate, this is complex and deep.  Layers of black raspberry fruit, minerality, smoke and earthiness.  Great balance.  Long finish.  This is delicious.  Drink over the next ten to twelve years.  It will work great on its own and works well with roasted meats or veggies.

2018 Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles, USA, California, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$14.00USD

This used to be a go to wine but it had been about 15 years since tried.  Still a very nice Cab for the money.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright.  The nose has cassis, cedar and spice.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, nice cassis fruit.  Drink over the next couple of years.  A nice wine for a party or cook-out.  It works well on its own and will work nicely with burgers or other foods off the grill.  

2018 La Crema Chardonnay Sonoma Coast, USA, California, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$16.00USD

This is a nice, inexpensive Chardonnay.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has lemons, some apples and spice.  On the palate, this is crisp with apples.  Nice finish.  Serve chilled.  This should be consumed in the next year or two.  It is very food friendly and would work well with sea food or lighter foods.  

1996 Broadbent Madeira Colheita, Portugal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1996
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$55.00USD

This made for a nice after dinner sip.  Brown/iced tea in color with tinges of green, clear and bright.  The nose has raisins, slight toffee, slight oranges, and fruitcake.  Full bodied.   Viscous.  Just slightly sweet.  It does show some alcohol on the palate.  Also raisins, oranges and slight chocolate.  Long finish.  This should last a long, long time.  Let's say drink it over the next thirty years?  It worked well with a chocolate dessert but better on its own.  

2010 Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$150.00USD

From one of the most iconic wineries in Italy, this wine transcends the lowly status of Montepulciano d'Aruzzo.  This is still young but with a decant of about 45 minutes it opened nicely.  Deep ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright.  What a nose!  Cherries, black cherries, anise, Indian spices and slight black pepper.  Full bodied with a lush texture.  Perfect balance.  On the palate, this is tight but unwinds in the glass as each sip reveals something else.  Black cherries, cumin, cherries, slight floral notes over a clean earthiness.  Long finish.  Delicious.  We left a glass for our w

2016 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay Sonoma Coast, USA, California, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$60.00USD

This is the base Chardonnay from Rivers-Marie but it is not too far off from the single vineyard wines.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is very nice with lemons, slight grapefruits, a touch of toast with some butter and a hint of vanilla.  Medium bodied.  Lots of energy and vibrancy.  On the palate, this is crisp with nice lemons and some vanilla with underlying char.  Nice finish.  Drinking well but should easily go another seven to ten years.  This went very well with assorted vegetarian dishes including roasted asparagus and eggplant.  

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