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2014 Sineann Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Baby Poux Vineyard, USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

The names stems from the original release of this wine back in the mid-90's.  The vines used were from one of the younger blocks in the famous Champoux vineyard.  Now the vines are over twenty years old and this wine is from the best barrels of the wine.  An excellent value in Washington state Cabernet.  Ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose has black cherries, spice, and slight cedar.  Full bodied.  On the palate, black cherries, spice and slight graphite note.  Good balance.  Nice depth.  Medium tannins.  Nice finish.  This is drinking well now and should continue to drink well for a

2016 Quilceda Creek CVR Columbia Valley, USA, Washington, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$65.00USD

This is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot.  Ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose is dusty with cherries, and cedar.  Full bodied.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, this has nice depth.  Black cherry fruit with slight spice.  Good finish.  Drinking well now and should drink well for another eight to twelve years.  Nice on its own, this will work nicely with lamb chops. 

2016 Force Majeure Cabernet Sauvignon, USA, Washington, Red Mountain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$140.00USD

Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is big with blueberries, cassis, char and slight spice.  Deep  Full bodied.  Complex.  On the palate cassis, slight blueberries, coffee and char.  Medium tannins.  Good balance.  Nice finish.  This is drinking well on its own and should continue for another twelve to fifteen years.  Nice on its own, this will work nice with grilled meats and veggies.  

2010 Jean-Louis Chavy Puligny-Montrachet, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

This wine is in a beautiful place right now.  Medium gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has grapefruit, slight orange peel, with a slight touch or caramel.  Full bodied.  Complex.  On the palate, quince with slight grapefruit.  Good acidity.  Long finish. This is great on its own and would be excellent with shellfish.  Though it will last long, drink in the next few years to catch at peak.  

2018 M. Chapoutier Côtes du Roussillon Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Blanc, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$13.00USD

This white is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Macabeu, Vermentino and Marsanne. Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with floral notes in addition to limes, and quince.  Viscous texture.  On the palate, green apples and some citrus.  Nice finish.  Overall, an easy drinking wine that provides nice value.  

Esporão 2021 Colheita

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

The grape Antão Vaz is believed to be native to Portugal and definitely thrives here in warm dry climates, and is one of the most common grapes in this region. Here it delivers a light, clean and bright acidity leading into lychee, light lemon-lime, guava, apricot, mild resin, wildflower, and lemon candied almonds. The beauty of a good white wine is that the acidity makes it appropriate for a diversity of foods, and this 2021 has an abundance of acidity to work with lighter dishes as well as heavier meals.

Vento di Mare 2021 Grillo

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$11.00USD

Fortunately for all of us Grillo is becoming a more popular wine. Best known in Italy, (there is some belief it originated here, but that is not conclusive) imports to the US are up and that makes for a great new wine to discover if you’re not familiar with wines from the Sicily region of Italy. This wine offers soft lemon-lime resin, lychee, light papaya, with back and supporting notes of stone fruit, melon and mineralogy.

2016 Saxum James Berry Vineyard, USA, California, Paso Robles, Win Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$175.00USD

This is a blend of 55% Grenache, 24% Mourvèdre, 13% Syrah, and 8% Counoise.  No doubt in a few years this merits a 100 score.  Right now, it is very young, and although amazing, it needs time to come together.  Inky purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has black raspberries, black cherries, black pepper, and floral notes.  Full bodied.  This wine is a bruiser!  Medium tannins.  Great balance.  On the palate, gobs of black raspberries, black cherries with some black pepper and nice underlying minerality.  Long finish.  No harm drinking now but another five years of cellaring

2005 Saxum James Berry Vineyard, USA, California, Paso Robles, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2022
Grade: 

It had been a while since I tasted this.  At age 17, it is still youthful and vibrant!  This bottle had been purchased from a Napa retailer relatively recently.  A blend of 71% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre, and 10% Grenache.  Inky purple in color, starting to show just a hint of browning at the rim.  The nose has black raspberries, bacon fat, white pepper, with roasted meats and herbs.  Great texture; soft but explicit if that makes sense.  Light on its  feet.  On the palate, black raspberries, black pepper, slight salinity, and crushed rock.  Long finish.  Complex and delicious.  This is drinking

2016 Hors Catégorie Vineyards Syrah Hors Catégorie Vineyard, USA, Washington, Walla Walla, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$300.00USD

Another stunning Syrah from this winery!  Syrahs from Washington are unique.  They really show the terroir.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has black raspberries, burnt rubber, black olives, smoked meats and spice.  Full bodied.  Light tannins.  Great balance.  On the palate, black raspberries, crushed rocks, and black pepper.  Long finish.  Delicious.  This has a certain elegance in it not often found in new world Syrah.  No harm opening now, but it should continue to mature and maybe even get better.  Great on its own, this would work really well wit

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