In the world of Chablis, there are some exceptional producers but only a couple of those are "affordable". Sebastian Dampt is one of them and that is especially true of the 1er Crus. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has green apples, slight grapefruits, slight gunpowder and spice. Full bodied. Excellent acidity. On the palate, this is still a bit tight but opens quickly in the glass. Green apples, grapefruits and slight char. Long finish. Delicious on its own, this is even better with food. Of course, oysters would work very well, but so does a fruit salad. Drink
2011 Kapcsándy Family Winery Roberta's Reserve State Lane Vineyard, USA, California, Napa, Yountville, Wine Review
Merlot gets a lot of mockery (See Sideways), but a well made Merlot is truly special and this is one of the best on the planet. Now, 2011 was one of the weaker vintages in Napa, but the late Lou Kapcsandy tailors the plants to adjust for the vintages and the State Lane Vineyard is truly Grand Cru. The result is another outstanding wine. It also have 5% Cabernet Franc blended in. if anything, the vintage is a bit more accessible at a younger age than most. Purple in color with some ruby hues, opaque and bright. Gorgeous nose. Black cherries, mocha, spice and slight coffee. Full bodie
Realm is one of our favorite wineries and The Bard may be our favorite (so hard to choose) especially considering price. This is an expensive wine, but for the quality, this is a great wine. It is a Cabernet based blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, and 2% Petite Sirah . Purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, black cherries, tobacco, chocolate, coffee and baking spices. Full bodied. Firm tannins. Great energy and balance. On the palate, this is young and tight but also showing complexity and depth. Flavo
Interesting to taste this after recently trying the 2021 (https://www.intowine.com/reviews/2021-arnaldo-caprai-grechetto-colli-mar...). Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has a nice minerality but the fruit seems faded. Some chalk and earthiness. Medium bodied. On the palate, lots of minerality with a slight peach note. Good acidity. Bitter almond note on the finish.
2019 Scherrer Winery Zinfandel Old and Mature Vines Scherrer Vineyard Alexander Valley, USA, California, Sonoma, Wine review
A lovely, old school Zinfandel. Whether one thinks this is young or ready or old is a matter of preference. For my tastes, this is drinking youthfully but ready. Ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose has bramble, raspberries, slight black cherries and spice. Light but present tannins. On the palate, bramble and black cherries with spice and slight char. Drinks well. Not over the top. Very nice on its own but better with food. A great wine with pizza. Drink over the next seven to ten years.
From Mendocino County, Saracina’s Rosé of Grenache is grown on sustainably farmed vineyards that are home to 140-year-old olive trees, vegetable gardens, beehives, and local birds and wildlife. This offers black cherry, strawberry, blood orange and rhubarb notes, with both red and green apple in the mix. Interestingly there is a light sweetness that is counterbalanced by a light tartness. The bright acidity allows this to work well with a variety of different foods. ORIGIN: Mendocino County. ALCOHOL: 12.5%
Sandlands makes some of the best Chenin Blancs in America. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with minerality/crushed shells, some lemon and lanolin. Light to medium bodied. Slightly oily texture. On the palate, this young. Vibrant. The minerality continues thru but the lemon is more persistent. Long finish. Tasty. This is nice on its own and should work well with all but the heaviest meat dishes. It worked very well with Hunan food. Drink over the next seven to ten years.
This unique blend comes from Oregon. It is 38% Muller-Thurgau, 28% Gewurztraminer, 22% Riesling and 14% Pinot Gris. Best guess, this is a blend of wine available after bottling various grapes and vineyards. This was purchased at a restaurant. Green gold in color. Light bodied. The palate has a varietal complexity. Easy drinking. Nice value. A good choice with lighter foods and it went well with vegetarian pizza options.
Every year Flora Springs produces holiday wines, this year with a beautiful etched bottle (and a three pack of three different holiday etchings and blends) featuring turtle doves. A cabernet dominate blend, this offers soft, bright fruit of black cherry, blackberry, huckleberry, boysenberry, with back notes of green tea leaf, sandalwood, Asian pear, vanilla, camp fire and light dusty mocha. 18 months of aging in French and American oak barrels rounds out the fruit. They don’t make much but it makes a unique gift. 230 cases. ORIGIN: Napa Valley. ALCOHOL: 14.2
2020 Halter Ranch Libelle Sparkling Picpoul Blanc, USA, California, Paso Robles, Adelaida District, Wine Revieew
This is a really interesting wine. It is made from 100% Picpoul Blanc in the Methode Champenoise style. Picpoul Blanc isn't all that common but is usually found in the Rhone Valley or the Languedoc in Southeastern France. This is (to the best of my memory), the only time I have seen a sparkling Picpoul. The grapes are grown using organic and sustainable methods in California's Central Coast. The wine is silvery/gold in color, clear and bright. There is a nice mousse of tiny sized bubbles that are persistent in the glass. Very pretty. The nose starts out showing some tropica