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2016 Castellani Sangiovese Toscana IGT, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This is Sangiovese from the excellent 2016 vintage.  Garnet in color, clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, tea leaves and spice.  Medium bodied.  Good acidity.  Light tannins.  On the palate, this has nice cherries with slight sour cherries and a hint of forest floor.  Some anise on the long finish.  This wine is meant for food.  A plate of pasta with marinara sauce would be great.  Drink over the next five years.  

2019 Miller Lux Chardonnay, USA, California, Central Coast, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$19.00USD

An interesting tidbit from the American Vintner's Website"  "Miller and Lux went from small time New York butchers to the largest cattle owners in California, and one of the largest land holders in the United State in the late 1800’s.  At the height of their partnership, Miller and Lux boasted nearly 1.4 million acres of grazing land and one million head of cattle. They would come to be known as the “Cattle Kings of California”. Fast forward to current day, and much of the Miller and Lux land holdings is now the fertile ground of California’s Central Coast wine country."  

2019 Cofrade Rioja, Spain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$9.00USD

I believe this is Viura.  Yellow gold in color with some green hues, clear and bright.  The nose has some minerals and smoke.  It has a viscous texture.  On the palate, this is tart with green apple notes.  Moderate finish.  A nice sipping wine that will work well with lighter foods.  Drink now.  

2015 Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett, Germany, Mosel, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

Beautiful wine and a great value.  Light gold/green in color, clear and bright.  The nose is great with "wet rocks", lemons and slight apple.  Medium bodied.  Nice texture.  On the palate, this is delicious.  Slightly sweet.  Lemons and minerality.  Good acidity.  Some complexity.  Nice finish.  This is great on its own and would work well with a wide variety of foods.  Thai food is a natural.  Drink over the next five to ten years.  

2015 Azienda Agricola di Angelo Calcabrina Umbria Calcabrina Foglio 11, Italy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

This is 100% Sagrantino from the heart of Italy (Umbria).  Deep garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has black cherries, spice and slight anise.  Medium bodied.  Good acidity.  Soft tannins.  On the palate, this has nice black cherry fruit with some underlying char.  Crisp.  Long finish.  This is better with some food to cut the acidity.  Pasta is classic.  Drink over the next fie to eight years.  

2005 Château Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre, France, Bordeaux, Margaux, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2005
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

In a great place right now.  Purple in color with ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with cassis, black cherries, tobacco, balsamic and spice.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this is pretty close to mature.  Cassis, spice, with underlying earthiness.  Great balance.  Light tannins.  Nice finish.  This should drink well for another ten to fifteen years.  It would match well with Lamb Stew.  

2019 Stolpman Trousseau Combe, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Ballard Canyon, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$32.00USD

This is a Trousseau from California.  Pale ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, some confectionary sugar but also a bit of aquarium water.  Think bodied.  On the palate, cherry fruit with a soft texture.  Good acidity.  Moderate finish.  This had many similarities to the 2016 Frédéric Lambert Côtes du Jura Trousseau consumed along side.  It is fine on its own but worked better with an assortment of cheeses.  Drink over the next few years.  

2018 Skaramuča Plavac Premium Kvalitetno Vino, Croatia, Pelješac, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

Plavac Mali is an offspring of Zinfandel (confirmed by DNA testing).  It is one of the most important native grapes to Croatia.  Garnet/purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is earthy with cherries, black cherries and slight black pepper.  Light to medium bodied.  On the palate, nice cherry and black cherry fruit with some pepperiness.  Nice finish.  This drinks well on its own and will work with food.  Spicy tacos are a difficult match but would work well.  Drink over the next five to seven years.  

2014 Lovingston Pinotage Gilbert's Vineyard, USA, Virginia, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$32.00USD

Take a grape like Pinotage (a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault) and grow it in Virginia and guess what, it's a very good wine!  Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is earthy with black cherries, mushrooms and slight clove.  Light to medium bodied.  On the palate, nice black cherry fruit with underlying damp earthiness.  Some depth.  Nice finish.  This is slightly sweet but very smooth and easy to drink.  It drinks nicely on its own and will work with meaty foods.  Beef stroganoff would be a good choice.  

2020 Alessandro Viola Nero d'Avola Terre Siciliane Note di Rosso, Italy, Sicily, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

In attempting to discover the grapes in this, a brief search on the Internet revealed lots of suspects but no definitive answer.  Other grapes mentioned include Nerello Mascalese, Perricone and Merlot.  The varietals that popped up the most are a blend of Nero D'avola with a small percentage of Syrah.   Purple in color with a rim of persistent bubbles.  This wine is made in a "natural" style but other than the bubbles there were no noticeable faults.  The nose has lots of sour cherries, some anise, black pepper and slight black olives.  On the palate, this has light tannins, tart acidity an

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