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2016 Domaine des Baumard Savennières Clos du Papillon, France, Loire, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$40.00USD

I used to drink a lot of this but somehow it fell off my radar.  Tasting this, I am reminded how good it is.  Made from Chenin Blanc grapes.  Pale, silvery gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is expressive with flint, some chalk, some green apples and a bit or orange rind.  Full bodied.  Lovely texture.  Great acidity.  On the palate, the chalk and green apples come thru along with some herbal notes.  Clean.  Persistent finish with some heat.  This is delicious on its own and will work well with lighter foods.  An interesting match would be chicken salad.  

2021 Alain Gras Saint-Romain Blanc, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$51.00USD

Green/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with pineapple, very slight oak and a bit of minerality.  Medium bodied.  Slightly oily texture.  On the palate, an interesting combination of some pineapple and some green apples.  It works.  There is a nice depth despite its youth.  Long, persistent finish.  This is lovely on its own, but seems very food friendly.  Sea food of course, but also a nice wine with say Hummus.  

2018 Cremisan Cellars Star of Bethlehem Hamdani/Jandali Bethlehem, Israel, West Bank, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

One of the more unique wines tried.  This is from a winery in the West Bank (Palestinian Authority) of Israel.  The winery was founded in 1885 and run by Salesians since 1891.  The grapes Hamdani and Jandali are indigenous to the region and grown near Bethlehem and Hebron.  Golden in color with some green hues, clear and bright.  The nose is fragrant with stone fruits, green apple and some citrus.  It is a heavier wine although the grapes are grown in a cooler microclimate at 2,600 feet.  Moderate acidity.  Nice, slightly oily texture.  On the palate, some peach, slight pineapple but also s

NV Dartigalongue Bas Armagnac XO, France, Wine Review

Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$45.00USD

Orange/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is  nice.  Nutty, slight vanilla and a "Bourbon" note.  Full texture.  Warmth on the palate with a smooth nuttiness.  Also some warmth on the finish.  A little goes a long way, but this was a nice way to end a meal.  

1997 Quinta do Noval Porto Vintage, Portugal, Douro, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1997
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$350.00USD

Purple in color, ruby at the rim, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has raising, black raspberries, milk chocolate and char.  Full bodied.  Viscous texture.  On the palate, black raspberries, black cherries, kirsch, milk chocolate and raisins.  Deep and complex.  At or near peak but probably another ten to fifteen years left.  Great with Blue Cheese, this would also work with a chocolate dessert.  

1997 Romariz Porto Vintage, Portugal Douro, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1997
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$150.00USD

Deep garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has milk chocolate covered raisins.  Full bodied.  Viscous.  On the palate, slightly sweet with milk chocolate covered raisins.  Tasty.  Some depth.  Some heat on the finish.  This is at or just past peak.  Drink up.  Nice on its own and worked well with Blue Cheese.  

2019 Andremily EABA, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$120.00USD

One of my favorite Rhone varietal producers in California.  It is a blend of 61% Syrah, 24% Mourvedre, 13% Grenache and 2% Viognier.  This wine gets extended barrel ageing.  In my experience, the extended barrel ageing requires more patience and cellaring and this wine is very young.  That said, for those who like big, ripe in your face wines, there is plenty to like now.  For others, a bit of patience will be amply rewarded.  Inky purple in color, opaque and shimmering bright.  The nose has black raspberries, char, black pepper, violets and slight roasted meats.  Full bodied.  Firm tannins

2016 Realm Cellars The Bard, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$185.00USD

This is one of the  better "values" in Napa high end wines.  It is a proprietary blend of 70% Cab with the rest Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has cassis, blueberries, slight black cherries, spices, and leather.  Full bodied.  Firm tannins.  On the palate, juicy cassis and black cherries with underlying char and spice.  Some leather notes.  Long finish.  Delicious.  This is young but drinking well. Drink over the next ten to twenty years.  Great on its own, it would be perfect with a roast or steak.

2013 Kapcsándy Family Winery Rapszodia, USA, California, Napa, Yountville, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$300.00USD

This is a blend of 65% Cabernet Franc and 35% Merlot from one of the premier vineyards in Napa, the State Lane Vineyard.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is great with black cherries, blueberries, slight cigar box and spice.  Full bodied.  Medium tannins.  Juicy acidity.  On the palate, this is delicious.  Black cherries, some black raspberries and blue berries with a bit of leather and earthiness.  Long finish.  This is drinking well and may still improve.  It should drink well for another twenty years.  Great on its own, this would work well with roasted duck or even roast r

2005 Château Margaux, France, Bordeaux, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2005
Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$750.00USD

A First Growth in a top vintage?  Yes, please.  This is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, and 1% Cabernet Franc.  Purple in color with some ruby at the rim, opaque and bright.  The nose is great with cassis, leather, perfume, slight cigar box and spice.  Full bodied.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, this is tight and young but delicious.  Cassis, black cherries, spice and slight chocolate.  Great balance.  Long finish.  This is drinking well but will get better with further cellaring (or air).  Drink over the next twenty to thirty years.  For now, it will be a t

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