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2019 Ventisquero Sauvignon Blanc Grey [Glacier] Longomilla Vineyard Single Block, Chile, Valle de Atacama, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$25.00USD

From the coastal areas of chile, this vineyard is 20km from the Pacific.  Silvery/green/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has lemons, lemon rind and slight green peppers.  Medium bodied.  Slightly viscous.  On the palate, lemon candy and lime notes.  There is a long, lemony finish.  Good acidity.  This is nice on its own and will work well with sea food.  Grilled Tune would be a nice match.  Screwcapped.  Drink over the next two to three years.  

2019 Turley Zinfandel Ueberroth Vineyard, USA, California, Paso Robles, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$60.00USD

Probably my favorite Zinfandel from the Turley offerings.  Deep garnet in color, Mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has back cherries, black cherries, bramble and black pepper.  Full bodied.  Light tannins.  Lots of energy.  On the palate, this is delicious.  Of course young, but drinking well.  Black cherries, cherries, spice and slight char.  Long finish.  This will drink well over the next ten years.  Great on its own, this would be perfect with a burger or ribs on the grill.  

2015 Jean-Michel Stephan Côte-Rôtie, France, Rhone, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

This is a more easy going style of Cote Rotie.  Purple in color with ruby swirls, opaque and bright.  The nose has black raspberries, slight bacon fat, white pepper and some violets.  Full bodied.  Nice acidity.  On the palate, black cherry fruit with black pepper.  Long finish.  Light tannins.  This is drinking well now and should continue to drink well for another ten to twelve years.  It will work better with food than on its own.  A brisket sandwich would work well.  

2008 Château Smith Haut Lafitte, France, Bordeaux, Pessac-Leognan, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2008
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$90.00USD

Pop and pour, this is drinking very well.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is great with cassis, black cherries, tobacco and spice.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this has nice tight layering that unwinds in the glass.  Light tannins.  Notes of cassis, black cherries, slight chocolate, and char.  Great balance.  Long finish.  Still a bit on the young side but no harm in opening a bottle.  This will drink well for another ten to fifteen years.  Great on its own, even better with food.  Pot roast would be a great choice.  

2020 Weingut Edgar Brutler Vinul Casei Alb, Romania, Transylvania, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$23.00USD

This was a fun bottle.  It is a white wine that comes in a one-liter bottle with a crown cap.  Light golden in color.  It is made from Welschriesling, Feteasca Regala and Grünspitz grapes.  Light golden in color with silvery hues, clear and bright.  Light bodied.  The nose has pears with minerality.  on the palate, this is dry.  Pears with minerality.  Crisp and clean.  Easy to drink.  Thise drinks well on its own and would be nice with lighter foods and salad.  Drink over the next few years.  

2015 Nikolaihof Gewürztraminer, Austria, Wachau, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$45.00USD

Very nice take on the Gewurztraminer grape.  This is certified Biodynamic from relatively young vines (under 15 years old).  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice but does not have the Lychee Nut that I associate with the grape.  More of a floral quality to it, with minerality and slight ginger note.  Medium bodied.  Semi-sweet on the palate.  This is very enjoyable to drink.  It drinks quite easy with lots of round notes.  It drinks well on its own but will work better with food.  This would work well with roasted duck or chicken.  Drink over the next few years.  

2013 Leindl Riesling Zöbinger Heiligenstein, Austria, Kamptal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$40.00USD

Nice to revisit this wine.  It seems full mature at this point.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has some limes along with a touch of yellow grapefruit and a bit of petrol.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this has a nice complexity.  Citrus and minerality.  With age this has rounded out and while it drinks well on its own, it is very food friendly.  Drink over the next five to ten years.  

2017 Tement Sauvignon Blanc Graßnitzberg, Austria, Südsteiermark, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A

One of the truly special producers of Sauvignon Blanc from Austria.  Yellow/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is tight at first but opens to show limes, slight lemons, nice minerality and a variety of wildflowers and herbs (sort of like standing in a field).  Medium bodied.  Dry.  On the palate, this is complex with minerality and the display or herbal notes along with some lemon qualities.  A very long finish.  World class.  Drinking well, if young now, this seems like it could easily go another twenty years.  Great on its own, this will work well with seafood but also Thai food. 

2015 Umathum Gelber & Roter Traminer, Austria, Burgenland, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

This is a biodynamic blend of 50% Gelber Traminer, 50% Roter Traminer from Austria.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has grapefruit, slight lime and a bit of honey.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this is crisp but has a slight sweetness that works well together.  Some citrus, too.  Nice finish.  There is a lot of concentration and depth to this.  Drinking well at age 7, it probably should be drunk in the next three to five years.  It would work well with spicy Thai or Chinese food.  

2015 Outpost Cabernet Sauvignon True Vineyard, USA, California, Napa, Howell Mountain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
99
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$225.00USD

What a beautiful wine.  Inky purple in color, ruby rim, opaque and bright.  The nose is very concentrated with cassis, baking spice, slight chocolate and a hint of char.  Full bodied with a lush texture.  Firm tannins.  On the palate, this is concentrated as well.  It took a couple of hours to open up.  Once it did, lots of cassis with coffee, spice and chocolate.  Lots of energy.  Long finish.  This is drinking well now but should continue to for another ten to fifteen years.  It drinks great on its own and will work well with roasted meats and veggies.  

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