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2004 Dom Pérignon Champagne, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2004
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$260.00USD

Always a pleasure to drink Dom.  Amazing that they can make so many bottles at such a high quality level.  For me, this is not up to the 2002 or 2008 but still a fantastic wine.  Light golden in color with a nice mousse of small bubbles.  The nose has toast, some citrus and a touch of chalk.  Full bodied.  Great acidity.  On the palate, some lemon peel with smoke and minerals.  Long, long finish.  This one is starting to show just a bit of age but if well stored, should easily go another ten years.  Very food friendly, this will go with just about any food although my favorite match is stil

2016 Voskeni Areni 130 Reserve, Armenia, Vayotz Dzor, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$40.00USD

Interesting wine made from the Areni grape in Armenia.  Deep garnet in color, clear and bright.  The nose has rhubarb, cranberries, spice and coffee.  Medium to full bodied.  Good acidity.  Light tannins.  On the palate more like cherries with good acidity.  Some spice.  Good finish.  This is better with food.  It is clean and drinks somewhat like a combination of Gamay and Merlot.  It would work well with roasted foul.  drink over the next few years.

2016 Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo Vecchie Vigne Selezione, Italy, Abruzzo, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$120.00USD

One of the truly great white wines in the world IMO.  Light gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has granny smith apples, dried green apples, and ginger.  Full bodied.  Light tannins.  Good acidity.  On the palate, this is deep.  Flavors of green apples with some spice.  Layers of depth.  Long finish.  This is a white wine that really grabs one's attention.  Long finish.  It should drink well for another ten years.  Great on its own, but better with food. It would be a great match with Spaghetti alla Chitarra.

NV Henri Giraud Champagne Esprit Nature, France, Wine Review

Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$45.00USD

This is a blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay.  Golden in color, clear and bright with a nice mousse of tiny bubbles.  The nose has lots of peach with some strawberries and spice.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, the peach comes thru along with a touch of pineapple.  Clean, long finish.  A tasty wine that is drinking very well.  Drink over the next few years.  This is very food friendly and will go well with many foods.  It worked nicely with Thai food.  

2019 Mayacamas Vineyards Chardonnay, USA, California, Napa, Mt. Veeder, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$70.00USD

Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is pretty with peaches and honeydew along with a touch of spice.  Lovely full bodied rich texture.  Good balance.  On the palate, this is a big wine but with pin point precision if that makes sense.  The peaches and honey dew come thru.  Nice finish.  Drinking youthfully but ready to go.  Drink over the next ten years.  This is great on its own and will work well with heavier foods such as Roast Duck.  It might even go nicely with a steak if that's what you like.  

2010 Château d'Yquem, France, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$395.00USD

Arguably the best winery in the world.  This was not their best vintage (IMO 2001), but it is amazing.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is gorgeous with pineapple, mango, beeswax, floral tones and vanilla.  Medium to full bodied.  Viscous.  Great balance.  On the palate,  Pineapple, mango, slight lemon rind, a touch of salinity and peach.  Long, long finish in which the peach notes just keep expanding.  Slightly sweet but nowhere near cloying.  Delicious.  Great on its own, but went well with less sweet pastries.  Drink over the next fifty years.  

2016 Royal Tokaji Wine Co. Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos, Hungary, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$60.00USD

Blue label.  Always a treat to taste Tokaji, one the great historic dessert wines.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has peaches, apricots and simple syrup. Full bodied and viscous.  Good acidity to counter the sweetness.  The palate has orange rind, apricots, and slight minty note.  Long finish with a slight bitter (orange rind) quality that works well.  It went well with slightly sweet cookies.  This will drink well for another twenty years.  

2016 Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Renaissance, France, Rhone, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$88.00USD

This is 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvedre from very old vines.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The boisterous nose has black raspberries, plums and black cherries with spices and roasted herbs.  Full bodied.  Great texture.  On the palate, this is young and raucous with big fruits; black raspberries, raspberries and black cherries along with char and spice.  Energetic acidity.  Long finish.  Delicious on its own, this needs bigger foods right now but will settle down soon.  For now, it would work well with some spicy Indian cuisine.  Drink over the next twelve to fifteen years.  

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