2021 Tulip Winery Syrah Reserve, Israel, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$46.00USD

This is  95% Syrah and 5% Petite Sirah from Israel.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has black raspberries, gravel, roasted meats,  and minerality.  Full bodied.  Light tannins.  Good balance.  On the palate, this is varietally correct.  Black raspberry fruit with gravelly minerality and slight char.  Nice finish.  This is nice on its own and would be welcome with a brisket at a Passover Seder.  Drink over the next five to seven years. 

2021 Recanati Marawi, Israel, Wine review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$37.00USD

This is made from 100% Marawi grapes grown in the west bank (Palestine) Israel. Medium golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is interesting with apricots, slight citrus and a bitters note.  Medium bodied.  Light tannins.  On the palate, this has a bit of depth and complexity.  Slight apricot notes.  Dry.  Good finish.  This works better with food and went nicely with a vegetarian Matzoh Ball soup.  Drink over the next couple of years.  

 

2020 Recanati Sauvignon Blanc, Israel, Galilee, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$15.00USD

Very pale slivery/clear/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with yellow grapefruits, salinity, and slight green herbal notes.  Light bodied.  Slightly creamy texture.  Moderate acidity.  On the palate, this has some fruit but not sweet nor ripe.  Grapefruits with a bit of green.  Good finish.  This is easy drinking but is better with food.  It would work well with gefilte fish and did go well with "vegetarian gefilte".  Drink over the next couple of years.  

2017 Golan Heights Winery Yarden Rosé Brut, Israel, Galilee, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$42.00USD

This is a sparkling wine from Israel.  It is a blend of 73% Chardonnay and 27% Pinot Noir.  Pale pink with some orange hues in color.  A nice mousse with a fair amount of very small bubbles.  Clear and bright.  The nose is nice with strawberries, toast, and slight red apple notes.  Medium bodied.  Good acidity.  On the palate, this is dry. Flavors of strawberries with some apple and char.  Nice finish.  This is lovely on its own and worked well with "Mock" Liver and Roasted Nuts.  It was a great way to start a Passover Seder.  

2018 Château Sociando-Mallet, France, Bordeaux, Haut Medoc, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$47.00USD

People looking for value and top quality should check this wine out.  At age 6, it is coming into its own and drinking beautifully.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright.  The nose has black cherries, raspberries, black raspberries, cigar box, slight leather and spice.  Semi-plush texture.  Great balance.  On the palate, this has some depth and complexity.  Medium tannins.  Flavors or raspberries, black raspberries, spice and black cherries.  Long finish.  This is still young but getting there.  Drink over the next ten to fifteen years.  Great on its own or with bigger food. 

2021 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu, France, Loire, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$33.00USD

One of the best dry white wines out there.  Consistently and fairly priced.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has minerality along with orange peel and red apples.  Medium bodied.  Good acidity.  Slightly creamy texture.  On the palate, this is crisp and tasty.  Flavors of minerals, apples with slight citrus.  Long finish.  This is great on its own and very food friendly.  It would go well with fried chicken.  Drink over the next ten to twelve years.  

2021 Kirkland Signature Chianti Classico Riserva, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$10.00USD

I am a big fan of Costco/Kirkland wines.  They often don't get the credit they deserve as people consider them "discount" wines, but it seems they are usually well done and from very good source.  This one was tasted directly after tasting nice other Chiantis that were a couple of years of older and it showed just fine.  It turns out that this wine is made by Baron Ricasoli, a quality producer in Chianti.  Ruby/purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has black cherries, slight dust, tea leaves and spice.  Medium bodied.  Good acidity.  Light tannins.  On the palate, this has br

2021 Sandlands Chenin Blanc Amador County, USA, California, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Chenin Blanc is one of our favorite grapes and Sandlands arguably makes the best domestic Chenin Blanc wines.  Light gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is great with apples, apple cider, slight orange peel, and minerality.  Medium bodied.  Good balance.  On the palate, this is clean, crisp and refreshing.  Flavors of apples/apple cider with some minerals.  Dry.  Good finish.  This is very nice on its own and even better with food.  It would work well with grilled trout.  Drink over the next ten years.  

2019 Domaine du Grand Tinel Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France, Rhone, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

This is consistently a great value in CdP and the 2019 is no exception. A blend of 80% Grenache, 17% Syrah and 3% Mourvedre, this is a refreshing and food wine.  Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has raspberries and cherries with a slight earthiness.  Medium bodied.  Light tannins.  On the palate, there is some depth here.  Bright red fruit flavors.  Good acidity.  Nice finish.  This is nice on its own and better with food.  A great choice for Pizza night.  Drink over the next five years.

2008 Martin Müllen Trarbacher Hühnerberg Riesling Spätlese trocken

Vintage: 
2008
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+

This was not as good as a bottle consumed in 2015.  Could be bottle variation but probably worth drinking sooner than later.  Golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is clean with lemon rind, wet rocks and slight pineapple. Still no petrol. Nice texture. Nice acidity.  On the palate, lemon/citrus with great minerality. Long finish.  Drink over the next few years.  Very food friendly.  A nice choice for Thai food.  

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