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2017 Keplinger Hangman's, USA, California, Carneros, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$69.00USD

Very impressive Syrah with about 5% Viognier added.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has black raspberries, blueberries, white pepper, black olive and roasted meat.  Full bodied.  On the palate, the black raspberries and blueberries are intense but concentrated.  A bit of pepper and some underlying char and meatiness.  Good acidity.  Long finish.  This will still get a bit better but is drinking well now.  Maybe another five years of cellaring and drink for fifteen to twenty after that.  This drinks well on its own and will work well with fattier meat dishes and stews.  

2016 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Ried Heiligenstein Riesling, Austria, Kamptal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$40.00USD

Delicious, if young, Austrian Riesling.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has some apples, slight lemon and slight diesel.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, clean with apples and lemons and nice minerality.  Dry.  Strong, lovely acidity.  Long finish.  This will continue to mature and improve for another five to ten years and drink well for ten to twelve after that.  It is great on its own and very versatile (and probably better) with food.  It went well with Quiche.  

2017 Bodegas El Nido Jumilla Clio, Spain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$50.00USD

This is a very modern, big take on Spanish wine.  A blend of 70% Monastrell and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is also delicious.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has black cherries, plums, cassis, smoke and spice.  Full bodied.  Firm tannins.  On the palate, the red fruits come thru with a base of charred wood.  Long finish.  This is still young and likely to continue to improve for another five to ten years.  It should drink for twelve to fifteen more after that.  Right now it will over power most foods and drinks better on its own.  With some bottle age it will work well with

2018 Mullineux Family Kloof Street Swartland Rouge, South Africa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$17.00USD

This is a blend of 44% Tinta Barocca, 44% Syrah, 7% Grenache, 4% Cinsault, and 1% Carignan.  Garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has black raspberries, black cherries, char and spice.  On the palate, this is a bit tart.  Black cherry fruits with underlying char/ash.  Moderate acidity.  It drinks like a nice Cotes du Rhone.  This should drink well for the next five to seven years.  Nice on its own, this would work better with pizza or a burger.  

2020 Anthonij Rupert Chenin Blanc Protea, South Africa, Coastal Region, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$13.00USD

Protea is apparently the national flower of South Africa.  The bottle is clear but covered with stenciled white flowers.  Very unusual and well done.  Silvery gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has pears and slight mint.  Light bodied.  On the palate, tart apples but also some oranges.  Nice texture.  moderate finish.  This drinks well on its own and will work with lighter foods such as seafood salads.  Drink over the next few years.  

2019 Black Pearl Vineyards Chenin Blanc Black Pearl, South Africa, Swartland, Chenin Blanc, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$15.00USD

Gold in color with green hues.  The nose has seltzer, limes and a scent that many of us trying thought cannabis.  On the palate, this lacks much acidity.  Lime fruits with a bit of candied lemon.  Moderate finish.  It is tasty and easy to drink.  Drink over the next couple of years.  Nice on its own, this will work well with lighter salads.  

2019 Badenhorst Family Wines Chenin Blanc Secateurs, South Africa, Swartland, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$12.00USD

Yellow gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is tight initially, giving way to honey and peach.  Light bodied.  On the palate, slight orange notes with some apple.  A hint of sweetness.  Moderate finish.  This drinks well on its own and will work with lighter salads.  drink over the next couple of years.  

2018 DeMorgenzon Chardonnay DMZ, South Africa, Stellenbosch, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

Yellow Gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has seltzer and lime.  On the palate, the limes come thru.  There is also a bit of vanilla.  Flat on the finish.  This drinks easy and forward.  Drink on its own or with lighter foods.  Chicken salad would be a nice choice.  Drink over the next few years.  

2020 Aslina Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa, Stellenbosch, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
85
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

This comes off very much like a Loire Sauvignon Blanc.  Silvery gold in color.  The nose has cat pee/alfalfa/grassiness or whatever you want to call that quality.  Also some lemon candied notes.  On the palate, there is moderate acidity but a nice texture.  Grassy with lemons.  Shorter finish.  Easy drinking this will work better with food.  Crab or Tuna salad would be a good accompaniment.  Drink now.  

2020 Mullineux Family Chenin Blanc Kloof Street Old Vine, South Africa, Swartland, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This is the second wine from the Mullineux Family of wines, one of South Africa's best producers.  This is a very nice value and finished as the group's favorite in a recent tasting.  Yellow gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has lemon candy, peach and spice.  On the palate, lemons and peach with moderate acidity.  Medium finish.  This drinks easy and well on its own and will work well with seafood dishes.  Drink over the next year or two.  

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