2022 Cristom Pinot Noir Mt. Jefferson Cuvée, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola-Amity Hills, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2022
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$39.00USD

This is a nice, middle-of-the-road in style, Pinot Noir.  Cristom's flagship Pinot is generally a good value and high quality.  Purple/ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has cherries, sandalwood and slight baking spices.  Firm tannins.  Soft texture.  Good balance.  On the palate, great cherry fruit with some spice and just a hint of forest floor.  This is very young and needs air or more cellaring.  That said, it is very enjoyable and drinks well on its own.  It will also work well with many foods from grilled salmon to roasted fowl.  Drink over the next eight to fifteen ye

2018 Domaine des Ouleb Thaleb Syrah Syrocco, Morocco, Zenata, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This is a wine from Morocco made by Rhone producer Alain Graillot at a Moroccan winery.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has black raspberries, black pepper,  roasted meats and spices.  Full bodied.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, this is a big Syrah by Rhone terms (not California).  Flashy black raspberry fruit with some depth.  Flavors of black raspberries with some herbal notes and black pepper.  Good finish.  This drinks well on its own and would work nice with meaty foods.  Shawarma seems like it would be a fun match.  

2021 Forge Cellars Dry Riesling Classique, USA, New York, Finger Lakes, Seneca Lake, Wine Review

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

This is a dry Riesling from the Finger Lakes in NY, an area that has continued to raise the quality of its wineries and wines over the lest twenty years.  This is outstanding.  Deeper gold in color with some green hues.  I would assume it is fermented and aged in neutral oak due to the color, but can not verify this.  On the nose its more about minerality with slight lemony notes.  Oily texture.  Medium bodied.  Good balance and acidity.

Whitehall Lane 2019 Tre Leoni

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$35.00USD

Whitehall Lane Winery has a focus on red wines, more Cabernet driven wines. This 2019 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel offers notes of blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, boysenberry, and huckleberry. The fruit is fully structured by moderate to mature tannins, the use of judicious oak, and a mild acidity. There are back notes of vanilla, sandalwood, and light campfire. This is definitely a food friendly red wine to pair with a various dishes, but it’s also a wine that makes you remember how good Napa wines can be when they’re treated with restraint.

2022 Serge Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé Les Pentes, France, Loire, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2022
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$32.00USD

This is a Sauvignon Blanc from the eastern edge of the Loire Valley.  Green/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is waxy with lemon and some salinity.  Tight.  Slightly oily texture.  On the palate, peaches with salinity and slight minerality.  Moderate acidity.  Good finish.  This is nice on its own but better with food.  Seafoods and lighter foods would be best.  A nice pairing would be grilled fish.  Drink over the next few years.  

2023 Txomin Etxaniz Getariako Txakolina, Spain, Basque, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2023
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$23.00USD

This is a spritzy wine from northern Spain.  Always an excellent value in lighter white wine.  Light golden in color with slight green hues, clear and bright.  There are a fair amount of smaller bubbles (trapped CO2) in the glass that have some persistence.  The nose is nice with limes, salinity and crushed shells.  Light bodied.  Tart acidity.  On the palate, tart lemon lime notes with a hint of peach.  This is nice on its own but at its best with a plate of shellfish.  Drink over the next few years.  

2021 Mending Wall Stone on Stone, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

This is a Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon blend from Napa.  Light green/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is slightly grassy with a touch of lemon verbena.  Very clean.  Medium bodied.  Slightly viscous.  Good crisp acidity.  On the palate, the lemon is a bit more pronounced with a steely quality.  Long finish.  Refreshing.  This is a very nice white that drinks easy on its own and will work well with lighter foods.  A nice wine for Pork Chops.  Drink over the next three to five years. 

2021 Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County, USA, California, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

This is Carlisle's basic Zin. Unfortunately, they don't offer this in large allocations or I would buy even more. It is a fantastic value for a quality Zinfandel. It is a blend of 47% Sonoma Valley Zinfandel, Old Hill Ranch, 20% Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, Teldeschi Ranch, 20% Sonoma Valley Zinfandel, Pagani Ranch, 10% Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah, Mounts Ranch, and 3% Sonoma Valley Alicante Bouschet, Pagani Ranch. Purple in color with some ruby hues, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is strong with bramble, red raspberries, some black cherries, char and spice. Full bodied.

2021 Or Haganuz Gewürztraminer Har Sinai Zahav, Israel, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$48.00USD

This wine is made from Gewurztraminer using "an ancient Madeira style technology" using very ripe late harvest grapes.  One can only assume that means it was fortified and perhaps oxidized/heated as it was kept outside in barrels for 12 months.  It is 15% abv.  At the end of the day, it is a bit unusual, but very nice and if looking for a dessert wine that is Kosher for Passover, offerings are limited.  An unusual color and a pale orange with some light ruby notes, clear and bright.  The nose has lychee nuts but also a bit of orange peel, some vanilla, alcohol and a woody note.  Medium bodi

2021 Flam Classico Judean Hills, Israel, Judean Hills, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$32.00USD

 This is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot, and 4% Syrah from Israel.  Purple in color with a ruby rim, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with black raspberries, black cherries, plums, spice, slight chocolate and char.  Medium to full bodied.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, there is some complexity and depth.  This is tasty and easy to drink.  Flavors of black raspberries, black cherries, spice and char.  Good finish.  This drinks well on its own and will work well with many (non seafood) dishes.  A nice wine to serve with the main

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