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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.  

2010 Alban Vineyards Syrah Seymour's Vineyard, USA, California, San Luis Obispo, Edna Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$200.00USD

Another gorgeous Syrah from John Alban.  Inky purple, opaque and bright.  The nose is big with black raspberries, chocolate, slight black olive and leather.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this is a huge wine.  Lush black raspberry fruit, chocolate, slight black pepper and baking spice.  A nice bit of acidity works well.  15.2% ABV but not noticeable on the palate or nose.  Delicious.  Long finish.  This still shows quite young and will calm down a bit with age.  This can do another twenty years but those who don't like big wines probably won't like this.  It drinks great on its own and will

2010 Château Le Gay Pomerol, France, Bordeaux, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$169.00USD

Very impressive showing and while just a bit tight, this opened nice with air.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  Black currants, plums, baking spices, graphite and char on the nose.  Full bodied with a lush texture.  On the palate, this unwinds in the glass to show depth and layers of fruit (plums and black currants), spice, slight forest floor, and smoke.  Great balance.  Delicious.  Long finish.  This is not yet at peak but well worth opening now and letting it breathe.  Drink over the next twenty years.  It drinks great on its own but will work better with food.  Roasted duck or eggp

2016 Rhys Alesia Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains, USA, California, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

From Magnum.  Very nice showing.  Light golden with green hues.  The nose is nice with slight lemon curd, vanilla, a bit of lemon rind and smoke.  Full bodied.  This is crisp and clean.  On the palate, plenty of depth  The lemon and lemon rind come thru with some underlying char.  The oak is there but deftly used.  Great balance.  Long finish.  This worked well with assorted cheeses, potato chips, and even a salad.  A 750ML will be more advanced but it seems like it easily has another eight to ten years.  

1999 Scarpa Barolo Tettimorra, Italy, Piedmont, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1999
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+

Another really nice treat.  1999 was an excellent year and the better wines are in great shape.  This had a surprisingly deep purple color to it, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with black cherries and slight forest floor.  Medium bodied.  No real tannins.  On the palate, there is vibrant black cherry fruit.  Not a lot of complexity for a 22 year old Barolo but still drinking well.  Drink over the next few years, it certainly won't get better.  It will work better with food.  Pasta with mushrooms and a cream sauce would be good.  

1970 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo, Italy, Piedmont, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1970
Grade: 

What a fun treat.  This was decanted for sediment and served.  The label carried the name Banfi as an importer, so it would appear this is an original bottling.  Iced tea brown in color, clear and reasonably bright.  At first it appeared as though it might be corked but it was intermittent so perhaps just bottle age.  While this bottle seemed past prime, it did have some to offer.  Dried cherries, forest floor and mushrooms on the nose.  Medium bodied.  Tannins all resolved.  On the palate dried cherries, some stewed fruit with some forest floor.  There is a complexity to it and the acidity

2019 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Grüner Veltliner L&T, Austria, Traisental, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$17.00USD

A lovely Gruner that is typically their lightest in the portfolio.  Pale gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with green apples, slight lemons and minerality.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this is crisp and clean with a lime sweet-tart to it with some white pepper.  Nice finish.  Drink over the next five to ten years.  This will work well with lighter dishes including fish and chicken.  

2014 Weingut Knoll Riesling Selection Ried Pfaffenberg Steiner, Austria, Kremstal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$60.00USD

This wine continues to develop and improve although another few years isn't a bad idea.  Medium golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose opens initially with diesel but then clears a bit to show minerality, slight lemons and slighter peaches.  Medium bodied, slightly oily texture.  Complex and deep.  A nice lemon candy note on the palate with underlying minerality.  Long finish.  This should drink well for the next ten to twelve years.  It would be a nice match for spicy Asian foods.  

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