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2019 Ridge Geyserville, USA, California, Sonoma, Alexander Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$35.00USD

This is the 54th consecutive vintage of this wine.  It is a blend of 71% Zinfandel, 19% Carignane, 7% Petite Sirah, and 3% Alicante Bouschet.  Another job well done!  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose is great with raspberries, black raspberries, slight char, plum and spice.  Medium to full bodied.  Great texture.  On the palate, plums and black raspberries with some raspberries with underlying char and graphite.  Great liveliness.  Nice finish.  This wine is already drinking well and while it may change a bit, it should continue to do so for another 20 years.  This is pretty food

2018 FEL Chardonnay Anderson Valley, USA, California, Mendocino, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$33.00USD

This is part of the Cliff Lede family of wines.  From Mendocino County (north of Napa).  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has some apples along with a bit of lemons and slight pineapple.  Medium bodied.  Nice texture.  There is a hint of sweetness here.  The apples and lemons come thru.  Nice finish.  Served cooler on a hot summer night, this was very refreshing on its own.  It will work nicely with fruit salads.  Figs would be nice too.  Drink over the next few years.  

2018 Field Recordings Chenin Blanc, USA, California, Central Coast

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This is an old vine Chenin Blanc from vineyards in Santa Ynez and Paso Robles.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has a bunch of granny smith apples with a touch of chamomile tea.  Medium bodied.  On the palate this has a nice minerality.  There is some green apples.  Dry.  Clean.  This drinks easy.  Nice finish.  Although Chenin ages well, and these are old vines, it should probably be consumed over the next five years.  It might be interesting to lay one down for ten or more though.  This will go well with seafood.  Oysters are a good call.  

2001 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France, Rhone, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2001
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$170.00USD

Always one of my favorite wines from the Châteauneuf.  They have a more elegant style.  Deep garnet in color, clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, garrique, licorice, and meaty notes.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this is complex and also delicious.  Cherries, black cherries with underlying earthiness and some pepper.  Long finish.  This drinks well alone but really deserves a nice meal, perhaps some meaty stew.  This bottle seemed at peak at age 20 but could go another five years at this level.  

2012 Amor Fati Grenache Murmur Vineyard, USA, California, Santa Maria Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

The is 100% Grenache from California's Central Coast.  Deep ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with black cherries, cherries, herbal notes and moist forest floor.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, nice black cherry and cherry fruit with underlying earthiness.  Seems to be fully mature and at peak.  Tannins all resolved.  Nice finish.  This is a food friendly wine that went well with Pasta Primavera with summer vegetables.  Drink over the next few years.  

2018 Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 704 Napa Valley, USA, California, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$60.00USD

This is part of the new lineup of Penfold's wines that are from other than Australia.  This one is from Napa.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with cassis, baking spices, and smoke.  Medium to full bodied.  Light tannins.  On the palate, this is nice cassis fruit, spice and some underlying char/smoke.  Nice finish.  Drinking well now.  It will make great drinking over the next five to seven years.  It is probably better on its own but will work with bigger flavored foods.  The big question is if this improves with bottle age or not.  Time will tell.  

2018 Saxum James Berry Vineyard, USA, California, Paso Robles, Willow Creek, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$135.00USD

This is quite young but still delicious.  It is a blend of 64% Grenache, 16% Mataro, 14% Syrah, 6% Carignan.  Deep purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with black cherries, black raspberries, slight blueberries, some black licorice, floral notes and spice.  Full bodied.  Vibrant with lots of energy.  On the palate, loads of black raspberries and black cherries with medium tannins.  It takes some time to open in the glass but then shows a nice minerality.  Delicious.  Long finish.  This needs another seven to ten years to hits its peak but is delicious today

2013 Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard, USA, California, Edna Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+

Another amazing Syrah from John Alban.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is complex and beautiful with black raspberries, roasted meats and roasted herbs, slight dark chocolate and a slight floral note.  Full bodied.  Great plush texture with more than enough acidity to tie everything together.  The palate has flavors of black raspberries, roasted herbs with a nice earthiness underneath.  Long finish.

2016 Robert Foley The Griffin, USA, California, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$33.00USD

This is a blend of 38% Merlot, 18% Petite Sirah, 17% Petit Verdot, 11% Syrah, 9% Charbono, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% other reds.  It is a very approachable, easy drinking red wine.  15.1%ABV.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with black raspberries, some char, and bit of black cherries.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, this is tasty.  Black cherry and black raspberry fruit with a great texture.  Good finish.  This should drink well for the next ten years.  A nice wine for burgers or ribs off the grill.  

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