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2018 Heimann & Fiai Kékfrankos Baranya-völgy, Hungary, Szekszard, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

This was better than expected.  The grape is Kekfrankos which is also known as Blaufrankish.  Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has just a bit of funk, but also cherries, sour cherries, slight tobacco, and black pepper.  Medium bodied.  Light to medium tannins.  Good acidity.  On the palate, flavors of cherries, sour cherries, slight asphalt and an interesting "saw dust" note that is not oak.  This is really an interesting and tasty wine.  Nothing profound perhaps but good enough to demand some respect in the glass.  Nice on its own, this would be better with food.  Paprikas

2022 Fattoria Zerbina Romagna Ceregio Bianco, Italy, Emilia-Romagna, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2022
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

This is 100%Trebbiano-Romagnolo from the center of Italy (Emilia-Romagna).  Silvery/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is interesting.  it opens with a "fleshy" quality and then fresh cut hay, and some pineapple.  There is also a bit waft of herbs in the background.  Light to medium bodied.  Good acidity.  On the palate, lemons with slight pineapple and some minerality.  Good finish.  A lighter wine but there is some substance to it.  Nice on its own, this would be a nice wine with a room temperature pasta salad (or even cold).  Drink over the next few years.    

2020 Domaine Corinne et Jean Pierre Grossot Chablis, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

First time trying this producer.  Pale green/silver/gold in color, slightly cloudy but bright.  The nose has some "sock drawer" notes on the nose but also apples, slight petrichor and a bit of oak/spice.  Light tannins.  On the palate, lemons, slight char and slight apple.  Good acidity.  Nice finish.  This is a nice Chablis that would be better with food.  Of course, Oysters or other shellfish but also soft cheeses.  Drink over the next five to eight years.  

2020 Croix & Courbet Côtes du Jura, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

This is a white wine from the east central part of France along the Swiss border.  Green/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is fragrant, almost "skunk weed" (think summer outdoor concerts) along with a bit of minerality and a slight oxidized peach note.  Medium bodied.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, this is a bit sweet.  Slight pineapple, honey and minerality.  Strong acidity.  It takes some getting used to but then delivers nicely.  It would be better with food and went well with a variety of cheeses.  Drink over the next few years.  This is a wine to serve to wine geeks and prob

2022 Kreinbacher Juhfark Nagy-Somló Selection, Hungary, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2022
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B

12.5% Abv.  This is grown on the slopes of a hill (Somlo) from a long extinct volcano in Hungary.  This was made from whole bunch pressing an then fermented in a combination of stainless and wood.  The result in an unusual, earthy white wine.  Light to medium gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has grapefruits, lemons, and some salinity.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, there is a bit of alcohol sticking out but also fresh citrus and some minerality.  More alcohol on the finish.  The wine come in a screw cap and I don't think that helps the wine.  It is a bit reductive and out of whac

2022 Cave St. Pierre Fendant Réserve des Administrateurs, Switzerland, Valais, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2022
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

This is 100% Chasselas from the Valais region of Switzerland.  Light gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with a bit of toast and slight caramel notes (Oak?) along with lemons and slight minerality.  Light to medium bodied.  On the palate, this has big acidity with lemon/citrus.  It has a "chewy" texture.  Good finish.  This nice on its own but would be better with soft cheeses.  Drink over the next couple of years.  An interesting wine.

2018 Mellen Meyer Brut Nature, USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2024
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$35.00USD

This is a sparkling wine from Oregon made from a 55/45 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  Pale gold in color with some silvery hues, clear with a nice mousse of tiny bubbles.  The nose is fruity (mostly apples but some pears) and slight oxidation.  With air, some lemons come out.  A bit of mint on the back end.  Good acidity.  On the palate, lemons with a slight herbal note.  Long finish.  This is very nice and drinks well on its own.  Very food friendly, this would be nice to sip with popcorn while streaming.  Drink over the next five years.  Nice value in Sparkling wines.  

NV Château Moncontour Vouvray Pétillant Brut Tete de Cuvee, France, Loire, Wine Review

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

This is a sparkling wine made in the traditional method from 100% Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley.  Light golden in color with a nice mousse of medium to smaller bubbles.  The nose is nice with good minerality along with a bit of red apples.  Medium bodied.  Good balance.  On the palate, this drinks easy.  The slightest bit of sweetness makes it nice on its own but is still food friendly.  It would work with most foods.  Fried chicken should work well.  Drink over the next couple of years.  

Kosta Browne 2021 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir, Gary’s Vineyard

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$175.00USD

What’s unusual about this iteration of Pinot from Kosta Browne is that it really straddles the line between an earthy mineral driven Pinot noir, and a more traditional California style of bright strawberry and bright red fruits. Perhaps that’s no surprise as the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA has enough diverse soils to produce intriguing fruit and diurnal swings due to its close proximity to the Pacific Ocean. This Pinot works and works very well.

2015 Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Olivets, France, Rhone, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

This is 80% grenache with 10% Syrah and 10% Cinsault.  It is a more traditionally styled CdP.  Garnet in color, mostly clear and bright with some purple swirls.  The nose has black cherries, cherries, black raspberries, slight floral notes, and spice.  Medium bodied.  Light tannins.  On the palate, this has flavors of black cherries, black raspberries, slight earthiness and spice.  This seems about fully mature but should drink well for another five to eight years.  Better with food, this worked well with assorted pizzas.  

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