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2016 Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva de Familia, Chile, Maipo, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

And, yet another really solid, under $20 Cabernet from Chile.  Purple in color.  The nose has black cherries, spice and slight rosemary.  On the palate, this has some sweetness to.  Perhaps some slight residual sugar or just ripe fruit.  With air that quality integrates a bit.  Firm tannins.  Cherry and black cherry fruit.  This drinks nicely on its own but would work with roasted fowl.  Drink over the next five years.  

2017 Errazuriz Cabernet Sauvignon Max Reserva, Chile, Aconcagua, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

One of the things Chile does well is making under $20 Cabernets that deliver for the price point.  This is another one.  It was very tight on opening but with about an hour of air, it got where it was going.  Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is tight but then shows black cherries, spice and a slight roasted herb note.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this has a nice texture.  Black cherry fruit.  This drinks easy with no tannins.  Good balance.  Nice finish.  Drink over the next three to five years.  It drinks well on its own and will work with brisket or other fatty meat

2016 Cousiño-Macul Cabernet Sauvignon Dama de Plata, Chile, Maipo Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose has a lot of Christmas spices on it with a bit of black cherry fruit.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, there are firm tannins.  Solid black cherry fruit.  This got better with a bit of air.  Nice balance.  Another very good un der $20 value wine from Chile.  Drink over the next five years.  This drinks well on its own and would work nice with a burger or ribs off the grill.  

2018 Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Cabernet Sauvignon Los Vascos, Chile, Colchagua, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
86
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$9.00USD

We drank two bottles of this, blind and side by side, with consistent results.  One purchased in Washington D.C and one purchased in Cleveland, Ohio.  There wasn't a lot of bottle variation.  This wine is a great value in an easy drinking red.  Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has black cherries, smoke, maybe a hint of rosemary.  Drinking nicely with no tannins.  A good wine for a large party or BBQ.  Drink over the next couple of years.  This will work well with a burger and drinks fine on its own.  

2020 Bodega Garzón Albariño Reserva, Uruguay, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$17.00USD

An interesting wine from a country not usually seen in the wine world (Uruguay) and a grape not usually tasted (Albarino).  Light golden in color with a slight copper hue.  The nose is all about minerality with some crushed shells, iron, diesel and sea air.  On the palate, this has a slightly oily texture.  Again, there isn't much fruit but plenty of minerality.  It is refreshing with good acidity.  It is a nice light wine that will make a good summer sipper with some soft cheeses on the back patio.  Drink over the next year.  

2013 Apsara Cellars Syrah Las Madres Vineyard, USA, California, Carneros, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

This is a lovely cooler climate Syrah made in a more elegant, lower alcohol style.  Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has boysenberries, white pepper and slight char.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, there is nice black raspberry fruit with mild tannins.  Some underlying earthiness and char.  Good acidity.  Nice finish.  This seemed to be about at peak but shoudl drink well for another five to seven years.  It works better with food.  This will work well with pastrami or other "deli" meats.  

2009 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah T Block Hudson Vineyard, USA, California, Carneros, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2009
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

This took a while to come around, but it is finally showing the promise it showed on release.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has black raspberries, black pepper, a touch of black olives and sandalwood.  Full bodied.  Lovely acidity.  On the palate, great black raspberry fruit with underlying earthiness.  Concentrated fruit that unwinds in the glass.  Nice finish.  This appears to be at or close to prime and should continue to  drink well for 8 to ten more years.  A nice wine on its own and will work well with roasted meats, fowl or veggies.  

2019 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay Sonoma Coast, USA, California, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$40.00USD

I am a big fan of the RM Chardonnays.  This is the "generic" non-single vineyard offering.  It might be a hair less than those others but it is also less expensive and an outstanding wine on its own.  Light gold with some green swirls, shimmering bright.  The nose is classic with lemons, vanilla, slight chalk and a hint of mint.  Full bodied but with cut.  Lots of energy.  On the palate, this is delicious right from the go.  Lemons, vanilla, slight spice with a long finish.  Great texture.  Young, of course, but this should easily do another ten years as it matures.  Might even get better. 

2015 Unti Vineyards Cuvée Foudre, USA, California, Sonoma, Dry Creek Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

This is a blend of 38% Grenache, 33% Mourvedre, and 29% Syrah.  Purple in color with ruby at the rim, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has cherries, black raspberries, slight char and a bit of anise.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this is nice.  Not over done.  Notes of black cherries, black raspberries and plums with a slight underlying char.  Good energy.  Nice finish.  Drinking well now, it should continue to do so for the next seven to ten years.  A nice wine to have on its own or with a burger or ribs off the grill.  

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