1995 Tommasi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Italy, Veneto, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1995
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$43.00USD

This one had gotten lost in the cellar and I wondered how it held up.  Quite well I would say.  Past prime, but not by that much.  Deep garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has black cherries, dried flowers, spice and some char.  Medium bodied.  Nice balance.  Good acidity.  On the palate, this is certainly drinking well.  Some depth.  Flavors of cherries, black cherries with some char.  Long finish.  This is better with a touch of food, but very good.  Fully mature.  Drink up if you have any but based on this bottle, it should go another five to ten.  This would  be great w

1966 Château Durfort-Vivens, France, Bordeaux, Margaux, Wine Revview

Vintage: 
1966
Score: 
70
Grade: 
C-
Current Price: 
$1000.00USD

Taken from a less than ideal cellar, but the fill was mid-shoulder and it looked ok.  Turned out, it was.  Brick red in color but clear and more importantly, bright.  The nose is slightly earthy but there are cherries and a slight perfume note.  Medium bodied with good acidity.  No tannins.  On the palate, this is of course, old and past prime, but there is still some fruit left.  Cherries, dried cherries and earth.  Clipped finish.  Worth drinking a glass.  Probably not worth serving with food, more of an intellectual curiosity.  

1966 Château Duhart-Milon, France, Bordeaux, Pauillac, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1966
Score: 
60
Grade: 
D-
Current Price: 
$229.00USD

Taken from a less than ideal cellar.  Ullage was in the low shoulder.  Mostly brown (iced tea) in color but some ruby hues.  The nose was mushrooms along with a touch of dried cherries and slight cherry fruit.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, mostly dried fruit and mushrooms with a touch of sour cherries.  Something left but not enough to really bother.  Oh well.  

2020 Chakana Malbec Estate Selection, Argentina, Mendoza, Valle de Uco, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This wine is consistently an excellent value in Malbec.  Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has plums, attic dust, and spice.  Full bodied.  Good acidity.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, plums with some spice.  This is deep.  Long finish.  Very nice on its own, this would be a great choice with a mid-week pizza.  Drink over the next five years.  

2020 Precision Wine Company Pinot Noir Ten to Life, USA, California, Sonoma, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$35.00USD

This is a bigger in style Pinot typical of many in Sonoma.  Ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, some black cherries and a nice underlying earthiness.  A soft accessible texture.  On the palate, black cherries with some root beer notes.  Nice finish.  This would work well with Salmon.  Drink over the next five to seven years. 

2022 Alain Jaume Côtes du Rhône Bellissime, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2022
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

This rosé is a blend of 50% Grenache Noir, 25% Cinsault, 20% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre.  Light salmon pink in color, clear and bright.  The nose has light cherries and light strawberries.  Slightly viscous texture.  13.5% abv.  On the palate, this is clean with strawberries and a bit of spice.  Some minerality.  Moderate finish.  A pleasant wine that is nice on its own and certainly food friendly.  It would match well with a Niçoise salad.  Drink now.

2022 90+ Cellars Rías Baixas ALBARIÑO Lot 174, Spain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2022
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$13.00USD

This is a white wine from northwest Spain.  Light silvery/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has some grapefruit along with slight pineapple notes.  Medium bodied.  Tart acidity.  On the palate, there is refreshing tart lemon/citrus notes.  Good finish.  This is easy drinking and very food friendly for lighter foods.  Seafood would be a great match.  Drink over the next couple of years.  This winery buys up surplus juice from "top" producers around the world and packages the wine without revealing who the original producer is.  

MacRositie 2021 The Key Chardonnay

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$75.00USD

For years MacRostie has had much success with Chardonnay and this latest offering is no exception. Pulling fruit from three distinct vineyards – all of which produce exceptional fruit on their own - this offers a taut acidity with light notes of green melon, citrus, star fruit, honeysuckle, lemon meringue, resin, guava and floral wildflower notes – a palette of tropical fruits. The combination of these vineyard sources shows how a wine can be better than the sum of its parts, and The Key is a harmonious, lovely, enjoyable wine.

NV Viticoltori Acquesi Asti, Italy, Moscato d'Asti DOCG, Wine Review

Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

This comes in a very attractive package with a mushroom cork and wired cage.  There is no vintage noticeable although the Lot number starts with L23.  7%abv.  Silvery/green/gold in color with a thick mousse of medium sized bubbles.  The nose has pineapple, some papaya and minerality.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this is sweet.  Refreshing.  Long finish.  This is a nice wine to start an evening or a lovely way to finish a meal perhaps with some shortbread or other plain cookie.  Drink now.  

2021 Cantine Paolini Sicilia Gurgò Frappato-Syrah, Italy, Sicily, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

This is a blend of 60% Frappato and 40% Syrah from Sicily.  Violet in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has raspberries, black cherries and char.  Medium bodied.  Silky texture.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, this has big fruit; raspberries and black raspberries along with char and thyme.  There is some depth as well.  Long finish.  Like most Italian wines, this is better with food.  This would work well with plate of pasta with mushrooms.  Drink over the next five years.  

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