Kosta Browne 2021 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, El Diablo

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$175.00USD

Known for Pinot Noir, Kosta Browne has embarked on a Chardonnay program for a number of years but only recently has given the single vineyards wines turbo-charged attention.” “Elevating our Chardonnay to the same level as our Pinot Noirs is something our team takes great pride in,” says winemaker Julien Howsepian. This stellar example of Chardonnay allows for light malolactic fermentation, bright acidity, crisp fruit and minerality. This offers seductive notes of crème brûlée, lemon chiffon, lime kefir, sweet resin, apricot, white peach and delicate herbal wildflowers.

Chappellet 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, Hideaway Vineyard

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

Chappellet excels at most anything they do. So this Hideaway Vineyard Cabernet, a 100% Cabernet, should be no surprise that it’s a deftly made wine. From the outset this is a rich, structured wine. It begins with moderate to heavy tannins, which support black cherry, blackberry, light campfire smoke, rhubarb, black tea leaf, soft cedar, wild flower and herbs, and light clove. Aged in mainly new French oak to subdue the tannins, this high elevation Cabernet fruit from Pritchard Hill is classic Napa Cabernet – ripe but restrained.

Cabernet Sauvignon

2017 Elqui Wines Syrah, Chile, Elqui Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$28.00USD

Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with tons of black olives.  Also some black raspberries and spice.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, black raspberries, some black olives and a bit of black pepper.  Good finish.  Blind, I would have guessed this was a Crozes Hermitage in large part from all the black olive notes.  Drink over the next five years.  A nice wine with food off the grill (except for seafood).  

2017 Elqui Wines Pinot Noir, Chile, Elqui Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

This is 100% Pinot Noir from northern Chile.  Garnet in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has sour cherries with a bit of sandalwood.  Medium  bodied.  Light tannins.  On the palate, cherries and sour cherries.  Easy drinking.  Good finish.  This is nice on its own and would work well with grilled salmon.  Drink over the next five to seven years.  

2021 Château Sainte-Eulalie Minervois Plaisir d'Eulalie, France, Languedoc, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$15.00USD

This is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan organically grown grapes from the south of France.  Purple/ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, black raspberries, slight floral note and slight spice.  Medium bodied.  Good balance.  On the palate, this drinks easy.  Black raspberries, cherries with some spice.  Good finish.  This drinks well on its own and will work with a wide variety of foods (not seafood).  A great choice for Pizza night.  Great value.

2018 Joseph Mellot Saumur-Champigny Le Boisclair, France, Loire, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

This is Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley in France.  Deep garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with black cherries, green bell peppers, tobacco and earthiness.  Medium to full bodied.  Light tannins.  Good acidity.  On the palate, this has nice depth.  Some complexity.  Flavors of black cherries, slight bell pepper, tobacco and slight earthiness.  Good finish.  I don't believe this wine sees any oak which gives it a good freshness.  It is nice on its own but would be better with food.  It would work well with Szechuan Beef.  drink over the next few years.  

2022 Joseph Mellot Sancerre La Chatellenie, France, Loire, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2022
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

Very impressed with this wine.  Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley.  Sort of old school in style, but that is just fine with me.  Pale golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is clean (no cat pee) and is mostly mineral driven but there is a slight grapefruit note.  Medium bodied.  Good balance.  On the palate, this is almost seamless with a wonderful texture.  The acidity is there but is part of the whole package.  Flavors of slight yellow grapefruits with lots of minerality.  Long finish.  While not at the level of the Cotat wines (neither is the price), it is more in that style th

2021 Avanzi Lugana Sirmione, Italy, Lombardy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

Sirmione is on the southern side of Lake garda in northern Italy.  This wine is 100 Turbiana grapes which is a local clone of Trebbiano di Lugana although it is genetically closer to Verdicchio.  Pale silvery/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with peach and slight minerality.  Light bodied.  Good balance.  On the palate, some peach and some minerality.  Moderate finish.  This is nice and easy on its own and would be a nice wine with lighter foods such as Tuna or Chicken Salad.  Drink now.  

FIOL 2021 Prosecco Rosé

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$22.00USD

FIOL was only founded in 2010 but has since created a strong following. Their 2021 iteration is a blend of 15% Pinot Noir and 85% Glera, which together create creamy bubbles that lead into a soft and pleasant patch of strawberry, raspberry, light lemon notes, hints of cranberry and red delicious apple. This is not an overly complicated wine, it is deceptively simple, and simple sometimes is difficult to create. This is a very enjoyable wine, especially during the summer months when all you want is something pleasing and flavorful.

2022 Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gimignano Fiore, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2022
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$29.00USD

After trying the "Tradizionale" VdSG from this producer which is aged on its skins, it seemed appropriate to try this version.  It is also made from 100% organic Vernaccia grapes but this is made from free run juice which sees very little skin contact.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has some citrus with minerality and a hint of peach.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, minerals and citrus.  Clean.  Good finish.  This is nice on its own and very food friendly as well with lighter foods.  A nice choice with grilled fish.  Drink over the next couple of years.  

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