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2017 Bodegas Alto Moncayo Garnacha Campo de Borja, Spain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$35.00USD

This wine, first introduced in 2002, is always a popular wine with those who enjoy full throttle wines that have plenty of fruit. But, it is more than just a lush fruit bomb. The vines producing fruit range from 40 to 70 years old.  Purple in color with some ruby hues.  The nose has black cherries, cinnamon, and baking spices.  On the palate, this has juicy cherries and black cherries with some underlying char and earthiness.  Plenty of depth.  There is a fair amount of oak showing on this, but if one prefers, lay this down in a good cellar for ten years and it should integrate nicely.  Ah,

2019 Domaines Ott Côtes de Provence By.Ott Rosé, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

By.Ott is a third line of wines from Domaines Ott, the venerable producer of wines in southern France.  These are a tad less expensive but still on the pricier side of Provence rosé's.  The blend is 60% Grenache, 25% Cinsault, 10% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre.  Pale pink in color, shimmering bright and clear.  The nose is very pretty with cherries, strawberries, minerals and slight grapefruit.  Light bodied.  Very refreshing.  Easy drinking.  The cherries and citrus carry thru to the palate.  This should be consumed in the next couple of years to enjoy its freshness.  This drinks well on its own

2018 Azienda Agricola Bucci Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore, Italy, Marche, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$22.00USD

This is a lovely white from the Adriatic coast in central Italy.  Light golden in color.  The nose is very nice with minerality, apples, slight oak and some pear.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this is plenty of depth.  Rounder but enough acidity to bring it all together.  Pears and minerals on the palate.  Nice finish.  This is one of those white wines that could use a bit of time.  This should improve with some short term cellaring.  It should be good for another five to seven years after that.  Drinks well on its own and will work well with pasta dishes in a cream or oil sauce or soft c

2002 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2002
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$185.00USD

This is a proprietary red from Napa made from 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, and 1% each of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.  Tasted from two bottles, and one bottle was good, the other one great.  At age 18, that is to be expected.  Purple/ruby in color.  The nose is great with black cherries, black raspberries, gravel and roasted meat and herbs.  On the palate, this is complex as the layers start to unwind in the glass.  Black cherries dominate over a nice dry earthiness.  Light tannins.  Great balance.  Nice finish.  This drinks nicely on its own but will be even better with

2014 Château Coutet, France, Barsac, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$45.00USD

A lovely wine.  Light golden in color.  The nose is gorgeous with honey, quince, slight orange peel.  On the palate, this is viscous.  Sweet not cloying.  Lots of depth with enough acidity to keep things lively.  The honey and quince carry thru to the palate.  A very long finish.  This is delicious but also contemplative.  It drinks great on its own and would work with less sweet desserts.  This should continue to evolve and drink well for the next thirty years.  A real treat.  

2017 Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$25.00USD

Always a great value in Cal Cabs and very consistent over the years.  Inky purple in color.  The nose has cassis and smoke.  On the palate, this is very smooth.  Nice cassis fruit.  Very solid.  Nice finish.  Drink this over the next five years.  It will work great with grilled foods.  

2012 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon, USA, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

A nice showing for this Cab which is drinking well but may yet improve.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is dusty with nice cassis fruit and some baking spice.  On the palate, it presents as black cherry candy.  Delicious.  Medium tannins.  Nice finish.  This should drink well for the next ten to twelve years.  A nice wine with chili.  

2017 Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside & Benchland, USA, California, Sonoma, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$25.00USD

A consistent good value Cab from Sonoma.  Inky purple in color.  The nose has sweet cassis fruit.  On the palate, this is drinking easy and well.  Tasty.  Juicy cassis.  Very clean.  Nice finish.  This should be drunk over the next few years.  It will go well with burgers off the grill.  

2010 Anakota Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Dakota Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma, Knights Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$95.00USD

This one started slow but opened with some air.  Inky purple in color.  The nose has cassis, clay, a bit of tobacco and a slight floral note.  Full bodied.  Bright acidity.  Firm tannins.  Flavors of cassis with underlying tobacco.  Long finish.  This still needs a few more years to full come together and will likely merit a higher score at that time.  It is very good today, but considering the cost, a few more years of patience of a six hour decant is not a bad idea.  This drinks nicely on its own and would be great with prime rib.  

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