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2018 Portalegre Conventual Reserva Alentejo, Portugal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$25.00USD

This is a white blend that is 40% Arinto, 20% Fernão Pires, 20% Roupeiro, and 20% Bical from Portugal.  Hay/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has melon, slight pineapple and peach.  Light bodied.  Slightly oily texture.  Light tannins.  On the palate, lemons and slight lime notes.  Finish has some lemon hard candy qualities.  This will work better with food.  Baked Sea Bass would work well.  Drink over the next few years.  

2020 Herdade do Rocim Mariana Branco, Portugal, Alentejano, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$16.00USD

This is a white blend from Portugal made from 60% Antão Vaz,  30% Arinto and 10% Alvarinho grapes.  Green/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is interesting with wintergreen, slight citrus and slight floral notes.  Light bodied.  Creamy texture. Good acidity.  On the palate, lemony with good acidity.  Slight mint towards the finish which is long with good acidity.  This is refreshing and nice on its own but better with food.  Seafood is a natural, perhaps grilled trout with lemon.  Drink over the next few years.  

2018 Bodegas Paniza Co-op Sotavento Garnacha, Spain, Carinena, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

Sotavento is a private label bottling from this cooperative in Spain. It is made from Garnacha (Grenache).  Garnet in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is tight.  With air, black cherries and dust come out.  Medium bodied.  Firm tannins.  On the palate, black cherries and spice.  Moderate finish.  This needs some time, but it remains to be seen if the fruit outlasts the tannins.  Probably better with some food.  Stews would work well.  Drink over the next five years.  

 

2020 Harvey River Bridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Geographe Western Australia, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

This is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 1% Shiraz, and 1% Malbec from Australia (according to the label).  Garnet in color, purple at the  core, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with cassis, spice and mint.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, black cherries, slight raisins and spice.  Medium tannins.  This is a pleasant, easy to drink Cabernet for a fair price.  It drinks well on its own and will work well with a burger.  Drink over the next five years.    

2020 Cave de la Petite Fontaine Sancerre Cuvee Prestige, France, Loire, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

This is 100% Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley in France.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has minerality, salinity and slight cat pee notes.  Light bodied.  On the palate, lemon/lime notes.  Good acidity.  Some depth.  This works better with a bit of food.  A roasted beet & goat cheese salad would be nice.  Drink over the next couple years.  

2021 Good Harbor Albariño, Michigan, Leelanau Peninsula, USA, Michigan, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

Who knew they even grew Albariño in Michigan?  This is nice. Silvery/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is steely with some hay and lemon.  Medium bodied.  Slightly Viscous.  On the palate, there is some residual sugar left making this at least semi-sweet.  Fruity on the palate.  Tasty and easy drinking.  Some lemon/orange on the finish.  A nice wine for sipping on its own and the back deck (or front porch).  Drink over the next few years.  

2021 La Roche Palais Rosé Les Vignes De Reve, France, VdF, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$10.00USD

60% Grenache and 40% Cinsault from the south of France (carrying a Vin de France designation).  Pale pink/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has orange rind and slight strawberries.  Nice texture, slightly creamy.  On the palate, orange citrus.  Medium bodied.  Good acidity.  Nice, long finish.  A nice value in a Rosé.  This should be very food friendly and a bit better with food.  A nice with with a Niçoise Salad.  Drink over the next year.  

2020 Tegernseerhof Neuburger Schmalix Edition Smaragd, Austria, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

Neuburger is a white Austrian wine grape. The grape is a crossing of Roter Veltliner and Sylvaner.  From a vineyard near the town of Elsam.  Yellow gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is interesting.  A sort of "yellow currant."  Good acidity.  Nice texture.  The yellow berry quality continues thru to the palate, but slight bitter note on the finish.  Overall a nice wine that is just a bit different.  It seems food friendly and would work with lighter foods.  Drink over the next few years.  

2020 Tegernseerhof Grüner Veltliner Ried Schutt Smargd, Austria, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

Medium golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has slight smoke with asparagus and slight white pepper.  Nice mouthfeel.  Good acidity.  Lime zest with nice minerality on the palate.  Long finish.  Drinking well now on its own.  This will work well with a wide variety of foods.  Veal chops would work well.  Drink over the next five to seven years.  

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