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2022 Crios Sustentia Susana Balbo Chardonnay Low Calorie, Argentina, Mendoza, Valle de Uco, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2022
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

An interesting designation of "Low Calorie" which is part of the Sustentia lineup of low calorie, low alcohol wines.  This comes in at 9% abv.  Silvery/gold in color with some green hues.  The nose has a nice "wet rock" quality with a slight pineapple note.  Medium bodied.  Crisp, tart acidity on the palate.  Nice yellow grapefruit notes and long with a touch of Lemon Drop candies.  Good finish.  It is very nice on its own, but really needs food to go along with the acidity.  This would work nicely with seafood.  Drink over the next few years.  It will be interesting to see how well this li

2021 Bodega Colomé Malbec Auténtico, Argentina, Salta, Valle Chichaqui, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$42.00USD

This is 100% Malbec grown on its own roots.  The wine is aged 10 months in tank and ten months in bottle and sees no oak.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has plums, black cherries, cloves, and cherries.  Full bodied.  Lush texture.  Firm tannins.  Good acidity.  On the palate, this is concentrated with lots of depth.  Flavors of plums and black raspberries.  Long finish.  It kept opening up all evening as I sampled it.  This really needs a few more years in the cellar but will be worth the weight.  Hold for three to five years and drink for ten to fifteen after that.  Ni

2021 Bodega Colomé Malbec Estate, Argentina, Salta, Calchaqui, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$27.00USD

Inky purple in color, opaque and slightly flat.  The nose is tight initially, but opens with air to show boysenberries, roasted herbs and spices.  Full bodied.  Firm tannins.  On the palate, there are black cherry flavors along with some spice.  With air, plums come out.  An interesting root beer note on the finish.  Also, some warmth.  This is young but delicious now.  No harm opening now, but it should improve with a couple years in the cellar.  Drink over the next ten years.  This would go well with stuffed acorn squash and of course, meat dishes.  

2023 Bodega Colomé Estate Torrontés, Argentina, Calchaqui Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2023
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$14.00USD

Great showing for this wine.   Screw capped.  Pale, silvery gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has nice floral tones (white flowers?) along with a bit of peaches. Light bodied but with a round, sort of viscous texture.  Good acidity.  Crisp.  On the palate, lots of minerality, some peach, and slight pink grapefruit.  Moderately long finish.  There is a perception of sweetness but it is not sweet.  This drinks great on its own and will work well with lighter foods but also Thai or "Take-out" Chinese.  Drink over the next few years.  Excellent value.  

NV Tree Fort Adventure Pack White Wine Blend, USA, California, Central Coast, Wine Review

Score: 
82
Grade: 
B-
Current Price: 
$4.00USD

This is a blend of 67% Pinot Blanc and 33% Malvasia from California.  It comes in a 250ML "Juice Box" that retails for $15 per 4 pack.  Pale golden in color.  The nose has some yellow grapefruit juice notes.  Light bodied.  Good acidity.  On the palate, the tart yellow grapefruit notes come thru.  A bit bitter on the finish.  This is much better than its red counter part.  The packaging should protect the wine well over the next year or two.  It is a good choice around a pool on a hot day.  

2020 Tree Fort Adventure Pack Red Wine Blend, USA, California, Central Coast, Wine Review

Score: 
70
Grade: 
C-
Current Price: 
$4.00USD

This is a 250ML "juice box" of 100% Merlot from California.  It retails for $15 per four pack.  Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, and confectionary sugar.  Light bodied.  No tannins.  On the palate, this has sour cherries.  Moderate acidity.  Short finish.  The packaging is cool for those trying to take wine next to a pool or someplace glass bottles are not allowed.  These boxes should hold the contents well but probably should be consumed sooner than later.  This would probably make a nice base for a Sangria, etc.  

2020 Tree Fort Adventure Pack Red Wine Blend, USA, California, Central Coast, Wine Review

Score: 
70
Grade: 
C-
Current Price: 
$4.00USD

This is a 250ML "juice box" of 100% Merlot from California.  It retails for $15 per four pack.  Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, and confectionary sugar.  Light bodied.  No tannins.  On the palate, this has sour cherries.  Moderate acidity.  Short finish.  The packaging is cool for those trying to take wine next to a pool or someplace glass bottles are not allowed.  These boxes should hold the contents well but probably should be consumed sooner than later.  This would probably make a nice base for a Sangria, etc.  

2020 Tree Fort Cabernet Sauvignon Rich & Bold, USA, California, Paso Robles, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$17.00USD

This is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec from Paso Robles coming in at 13.8% abv according to the label.  Purple with ruby hues, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has black cherries, green bell peppers and a slight celery seed note.  Light to medium bodied with medium tannins.  On the palate, nice black cherry fruit.  This is an easy going red wine that is a nice value.  It drinks well on its own and would be a nice wine with burgers off the grill.  Drink over the next few years.  

MacRostie 2020 Sparkling Wine Blanc de Blancs

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$52.00USD

This is the first Chardonnay-centric sparkler MacRostie has ever made and, as an inaugural effort, they nailed it, creating a lovely wine that is complex and just plain enjoyable to drink. This is a soft, velvety sparkler that drinks incredibly smoothly. The carbonation is fairly mild, a plus in that we get more of the aromas and flavors of the wine than it being obstructed by bubbles. Soft baked bread, light lemon-lime, whispers of resin, grapefruit, white peach and Asian pear fill the palate.

2021 Tree Fort Pinot Noir Lush & Juicy, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$17.00USD

This is a Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara.  Its rare to find good Pinot for under $20, but this manages to do it.  Screw capped.  Pale, ruby in color with some blueish hues.  clear and bright.  The nose is tight but opens to show some rhubarb and cranberries.  Medium bodied.  Light tannins.  On the palate a sort red currant, slightly medicinal note (better than it sounds) along with red berries.  A bit of menthol on the finish.  After about an hour, its more of a cherry cough drop note.  A solid Pinot that is nice on its own, but improves with food.  This went well with vegetarian taco roll-u

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