2017 Carlisle Cabernet Sauvignon Montecillo Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is tight at first but opens to shows cedar, cassis, graphite and slight chocolate.  Soft texture.  On the palate, dark cherries and cassis with some chocolate and char.  Some black licorice on the finish. This is drinking well right now.  It should drink well for another ten to fifteen years.  A nice with a chunky stew.  

2012 Trouillard Champagne Cuvée du Fondateur, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$88.00USD

A new producer for me, this was very good.  Silvery gold in color, clear and bright.  A nice mousse with tiny bubbles.  On the palate, this is clean.  Lemons with a bit of toast and some minerality.  Medium bodied.  Nice acidity.  On the palate, lemons and red apples with underlying minerality.  Lively.  Long finish.  This is youthful and drinking well.  Drink over the next ten to twelve years.  Very food friendly.  It would be nice with popcorn while watching television. 

2021 Sineann Pinot Noir "TFL", Oregon, Willamette Valley, Wine Review

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

This is bottled only in 375ml.  It is a barrel selection blend.  Deep garnet in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, char and spice.  With air, some licorice.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this has depth.  Great cherry fruit with some char.  Good finish.  Nice on its own, this would work well with Pork Chops.  Drink over the next ten years.  

2017 Pichler-Krutzler Grüner Veltliner Dürnstein, Austria, Wachau, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+

Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has grapefruits with white pepper.  Light bodied.  Good acidity.  On the palate, the grapefruit comes thru along with a touch of white pepper.  Good finish.  Refreshing.  This is probably better with food.  Lighter foods but also fried chicken would work well.  Drink now.  

2017 Sineann Pinot Noir Oregon, USA, Willamette Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$26.00USD

This is their base Pinot Noir which is a combination of what was not bottled as a single vineyard.  Deep ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has cherries, cranberries and some rhubarb along with a touch of spice.  Medium bodied.  Light tannins.  On the palate, this is deep and tasty.  Flavors of cherries, sour  cherries and cranberries.  Good finish.  Nice on its own, this is better with food.  It would be great with stuffed Portobellos.  This is a great value in Pinot Noir.  Drink over the then next eight to twelve years.  

2017 Maybach Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Materium, USA, California, Napa, Oakville, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$230.00USD

One of our favorite wines!  This vintage gets dismissed, but it really is a great vintage (Bordeaux would love to have a vintage like this).  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is great with cassis, tobacco, spice, graphite and char.  Full bodied.  Firm tannins.  Great energy.  On the palate, this is open and delicious.  Deep.  It is still young but is open and showing well.  It will still improve.  Flavors of lush cassis, with spice and leathery earth.  Long finish.  This is great on its own, but would work well with fatty foods (not seafood).  drink over the next fifteen t

2005 Château Kirwan, France, Bordeaux, Margaux, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2005
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$110.00USD

A very nice showing for this wine.  Great vintage and the wine is in a great place.  Purple  in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has cassis, dark cherries, cigar box, spice and slight leather.  Full bodied.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, this is fresh, complex and deep.  Flavors of cassis, tobacco, spice and char.  Good finish.  Just about at peak but still has another ten to fifteen years left of great drinking.  Lovely on its own but even better with food.  Lamb chops would work perfectly.  

2017 Greer Cabernet Sauvignon Greer Vineyard, USA, California, Napa, Rutherford, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$197.00USD

Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is great with cassis, graphite, slight cedar, spice and char.  Full bodied.  Firm tannins.  Great balance.  On the palate, this is developing nicely.  Not yet at peak but not a baby either.  Great texture.  Flavors of cassis, spice and earth.  long finish.  Delicious.  Drink over the next twenty years.  Great on its own, this would work well with roasted or grilled beef or poultry.  

2020 Sebastien Dampt Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons, France, Burgundy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$31.00USD

Dampt makes some of the best value in Chablis.  With the price of the top two or three wineries going crazy, these are excellent wines that are affordable.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has great minerality/crushed shells and just a hint of lemon.  Clean.  On the palate, this is crisp and tasty.  Crushed shells.  Long finish.  This is nice on its own but would be perfect with oysters or clams.  Drink over the next ten to twelve years.  

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