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2015 Dönnhoff Riesling, Garmany, Nahe, Wine Review

This is the basic Riesling from one of the top producers of Riesling in the Nahe and in Germany.  Drinking quite well today.  Screw capped.  Light golden in color.  The nose has nice minerality and a bit of pineapple.  On the palate, this is slightly sweet.  Good acidity and balance.  Slight pineapple and peach with underlying minerality.  Good finish.  This will work great with spicy foods or lighter foods.  Great value for $20.  It should last for another 7 to 10 years but if you can't find this vintage, its good in just about every vintage.  

2013 Ravenswood Zinfandel Dickerson, USA, California, Wine Review

The perils of buying wines off store shelved that have been there a while.  This wine, recently bought, did not appear to be in perfect shape.  Still, it offered up enough pleasure that it was worth drinking.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose has a slight aquarium note along with a bit of balsamic.  There is also some red fruit fighting to be heard.  The palate was pretty much the same.  There is some complexity here.  Probably a very nice wine as it fought with likely poor storage and heat.  Too bad.  

2011 Ignaz Niedrist Lagrein Alto Adige - Südtirol Berger Gei, Italy, Wine Review

This is a relatively unknown red from northeast Italy that you should know.  Made from the Lagrein grape.  This is much more serious than most wines utilizing that grape.  Deep ruby/purple in color.  The nose has dark cherries, spice and a bit of pine.  On the palate, this has black cherries and cherries.  Very rich fruit but also a great backbone of acidity.  Would work well with a wide variety of foods.  Some tannins, this is still young and has a few more years until peak.  Should have another 10 to 15 years in it.  

2012 Pott Wine Cabernet Sauvignon The Arsenal Greer Vineyard, USA, California, Napa, Rutherford, Wine Review

Named after the soccer team, from one of the top vineyards in Napa.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose is great with cassis, slight blueberries, dust, a bit of chocolate and spice.  On the palate, this drinks well with just a bit of air.  Deep black raspberry fruit; it unwinds in the glass to show layers of spice, blueberries, dark chocolate and black cherries.  Medium tannins.  Wonderful texture.  Long finish.  This is a big wine, but it also has that super concentration.  The flavors just keep growing and growing.  Great finish.  No hurry here, this has a decade or two remaining

2013 Vineyard 7 & 8 Cabernet Sauvignon Correlation, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Purple in color.  The nose is heavily oaked.  Also plenty of cassis and some pencil lead.  On the palate, this is more integrated.  Black raspberries, underlying graphite.  Thick tannins.  Some depth.  Good finish.  This is a rich, huge wine.  It will take some very hearty food to stand up to it, but it is delicious on its own.  Those who love Napa fruit bombs will indeed enjoy this a lot.  It retails for around $100.  

2016 Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis, Italy, Piedmont, Wine Review

Light silvery gold in color.  The nose is nice with great minerality.  Also some pears.  On the palate, this is slightly oily.  Nice undertones of minerals.  Some apple/pear.  Good acidity.  Nice finish.  This would work with a wide variety of lighter to medium foods.  Drinks surprisingly well on its own too.  A bit pricey for an Arneis but this is one of the better ones.  $30 retail.  


2009 Saxum James Berry Vineyard, California, Paso Robles, Wine Review

Drop dead gorgeous wine.  Still not quite fully mature but close.  The only trouble with this wine is it get's drunk so quickly.  A super crowd pleaser.  Purple in color, slight ruby at the rime.  The nose is great with black raspberries, black pepper, drilled meats and slight violets.  Wonderful velvety texture.  Great balance.  Juicy black raspberry fruit with grilled meats underlying it on the palate.  Long finish.  Each gulp begets another.  Works with hearty or spicy foods.  Long finish.  Just a superb wine.  

2017 Costaripa Mattia Vezzola Palmargentina Vino Dulce, Italy, Lombardy, Wine Review

This is a dessert wine made from  Groppello, Marzemino, and Moscato Rosa grapes in Lombardy, Italy.  It does not appear to be available in the US at the moment (sadly).  10% Alc and sold in 500ml bottles.  What a treat.  Deep salmon in color.  The nose has oranges, simple syrup, pine and malted milk.  Slightly sweet on the palate but with a great backbone of acidity.  Lots of minerality along with some nice fresh strawberry notes.  Slight tannins.  A long finish.  This is meant to be a dessert wine so food pairing can be an issue.  This would be great with fresh fruit or a lighter fruit tar

2016 Treasury Wine Estates emBrazen Cabernet Sauvignon, Wine Review

emBrazen is a new line of wines honoring bold women who were trailblazers in their fields.  This one honors Nellie Bly who became a Foreign Correspondent.  This wine was a step up from the Chardonnay.  Ruby in color, purple at the core.  The nose is dusty with black cherries and some tobacco.  On the palate, the black cherries continue.  Good acidity.  Some depth.  This would work with BBQ and other summer/autumn fare.  It retails for $16 which is a very nice value.