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.  

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

2001 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2001
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$175.00USD

Great showing for this wine from the northwest.  It is a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc from the Champoux vineyard in the Horse Haven Hills.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has cassis, dust, slight black olive, and slight bacon fat notes.  Full bodied.  Good acidity.  On the palate, black cherries, cassis with underlying char.  Depth and complexity.  Medium tannins.  Long finish with some heat on it.  This drinks great on its own and will work with bigger foods.  Hard to go wrong matching it with a filet.  Drink over the next eight to ten years.  

2021 Good Harbor Albariño, Michigan, Leelanau Peninsula, USA, Michigan, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

Who knew they even grew Albariño in Michigan?  This is nice. Silvery/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is steely with some hay and lemon.  Medium bodied.  Slightly Viscous.  On the palate, there is some residual sugar left making this at least semi-sweet.  Fruity on the palate.  Tasty and easy drinking.  Some lemon/orange on the finish.  A nice wine for sipping on its own and the back deck (or front porch).  Drink over the next few years.  

2020 Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling, USA, New York, Finger Lakes, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$16.00USD

This is made utilizing grapes from vineyards near Seneca Lake and Keuka Lake.   Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with limes, minerals and slight melon.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, moderate acidity with limes and minerals.  Slight bitter note on the finish.  This is dry.  Very food friendly, this would work well with corn on the cob and other roasted vegetables.  Drink over the next eight to ten years.  

2014 Lovingston Pinotage Gilbert's Vineyard, USA, Virginia, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$32.00USD

Take a grape like Pinotage (a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault) and grow it in Virginia and guess what, it's a very good wine!  Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is earthy with black cherries, mushrooms and slight clove.  Light to medium bodied.  On the palate, nice black cherry fruit with underlying damp earthiness.  Some depth.  Nice finish.  This is slightly sweet but very smooth and easy to drink.  It drinks nicely on its own and will work with meaty foods.  Beef stroganoff would be a good choice.  

2019 Casa Carmen Tinto, USA, Maryland, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

This is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from the state of Maryland.  Enrique and Felipe Pallares, originally from Ecuador, founded this winery in 2017.  Good wines are being made all over these days.  Garnet in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is very earthy with a bit of barnyard, but also tobacco, dried cherries and black cherries.  On the palate, there is some Brettanomyces.  Not off putting but noticeable.  There is also some black cherry fruit and underlying forest floor.  There is some complexity here.  It drinks well on its own and would work well wi

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