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2020 Coen Malbec Classic Rosé, Argentina, Uco Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$16.00USD

This is a Rosé made from 100% organically grown Malbec grapes.  Deep salmon pink in color, clear and bright.  The nose is steely with Watermelons and cherries.  On the palate, this is light bodied and refreshing.  Clean.  Dry.  Moderate acidity.  On the palate this is cherry essence and light raspberries.  Some watermelon and blood oranges on the finish.  This drinks easy and will work with almost any food.  drink over the next two to three years.  

2020 Duca di Salaparuta Kados Grillo Sicilia, Italy, Sicily, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$19.00USD

Made from the Grillo grape (fast becoming one of my favorite white grapes) in Sicily.  Silvery with slight golden hues, clear and bright.  On opening there was a bit of a chemical note, but that blew off in 15 minutes and it was clean after that.  Tropical fruits (guava?) with vanilla and very slight smoke.  Light to medium bodied.  On the palate, this has tart acidity.  13% abv.  A very nice juicy texture.  On the palate, flavors of blood oranges with some vanilla.  Guava notes come out on the finish.  This is delicious on its own and will work well with sea food or vegetarian dishes.  Dri

NV Guinigi Prosecco Italy, Veneto, DOC Rosé, Wine Review

Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$17.00USD

I preferred this version to the regular version although both are good.  This seems to have more weight and complexity but your mileage may vary.  Blended from Glera and Pinot  Noir grapes in Friuli and the Veneto.  They both have the same attractive style packaging.  Pale salmon pink with silvery hues in color.  A large amount of medium sized bubbles.  On the nose, aromas of strawberries, oranges and minerality.  A lovely texture with only 11.5% abv.  Medium acidity.  On the palate, flavors of strawberries and oranges with underlying minerality.  Clean, long finish with apple notes.  This

NV Guinigi Prosecco, Italy, Veneto, Treviso DOC, Wine Review

Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$17.00USD

This is a very nice Prosecco from northern Italy.  These have become trendy in recent years for drinking on their own and using in cocktails.  It comes in an attractive shaped curved bottle.  Pale, silvery gold in color, clear and bright.  There is a fair amount of medium sized bubbles giving the wine a nice frothiness.  Aromas of peach, and green apples.  Slightly sweet.  On the palate, this has green apples, and orange zest  with good acidity.  A bit of bitter almonds on the midpalate turn to a long green apple finish.  This drinks well on its own and will work well with cheese or eve lig

2005 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select, USA, California, Napa, Stags Leap, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2005
Score: 
100
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$356.00USD

Tasted from Magnum.  The last note on this vintage, posted on this site was 100 points back in 2018.  This may have been better as it is really hitting its stride. Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose is amazing with cassis, blueberries, licorice, cedar, and spice.  Deep with light tannins.  On the palate, this is complex.  Lots of black cherry and cassis fruit.  Underlying minerality and slight smoke.  Wonderful lush texture.

NV Viñedo de los Vientos Tannat Alcyone, Uruguay, Wine Review

Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$33.00USD

This is a dessert wine made in Uruguay from the Tannat grape.  It is aromatized with different roots and herbs and then fortified with brandy to 16% abv.  The base wine is aged for 24 months in French oak barrels.  Inky purple in color.  The nose is very different with caramel, cherries, chocolate and spices.  On the palate, cherries with vanilla and chocolate.  Sweet, not cloying.  Slight heat on the finish.  Very interesting and tasty as well.  This would  work well with chocolate desserts.  Drink over the next twenty years.  

2016 Château Montus Madiran, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

This is 80% Tannat and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon from the southwest of France.  It is still young and in need of time.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has cherries, black cherries, spice and black licorice.  Full bodied with firm tannins.  On the palate, this is deep and complex if hiding behind the tannins.  Black cherry fruit with some black cherries and licorice.  Strong acidity.  Long finish if a bit drying.  Give this wine another five years and then drink over the next ten to fifteen.  It needs big food.  Coq au Vin would work well.  Plenty of upside to the score with

2012 Bodega El Porvenir de Cafayate Tannat Laborum Finca El Retiro, Argentina, Salta, Valle de Cafayate, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B

This is a Tannat wine from Argentina.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has spice, black raspberries, and some oak showing.  A lovely texture.  Black raspberry fruit.  It is sweet, more than just ripe.  Not dessert like but certainly seems like some residual sugar in the wine.  Looking back at a note I wrote on this wine in 2017, it is consistent.  This probably drinks better on its own due to the sweetness but perhaps a chocolate desert would work.  Drink over the next few years.  Those who enjoy a hint of sweetness will like this more than I.  

2018 Bodega Garzón Tannat Single Vineyard, Uruguay, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$27.00USD

This is a step up in price from the regular bottling and while a nice wine, the 2019 Reserva is the better wine for less money (a note is posted on this site).  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has some shoe polish/volatile acidity along with spice, black cherries and slight licorice.  Very light, almost resolved tannins.  Black cherry fruit.  This drinks very easily and seems to be at peak.  Drink over the next few years.  It will work well with pizza.  

2019 Bodega Garzón Tannat Reserva, Uruguay, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$14.00USD

In a recent tasting of ten Tannat wines, this finished first.  Pretty impressive for a wine that can be found under $15.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has black cherries, black licorice, a hint of sour cherries and slight spice.  Medium to full bodied.  Light tannins.  For such a young Tannat, this was quite accessible.  On the palate, black cherry fruit with just a bit of bell pepper.  Nice finish.  This probably should be consumed over the next three to five years.  It will work well with roasted chicken or even game.  

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