Franciacorta Blend

Guido Berlucchi

Cuvée '61 Brut Franciacorta Blend

If you’re in the mood for bubbles, there are so many delicious options! 🥂 🍾

This beautiful sparkling wine comes from Franciacorta, DOCG – a region in Lombary, Italy (Northern Italy).  🇮🇹

It’s comprised of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir) and is made using a method like in Champagne, France (with a second fermentation in the bottle) – the Metodo Classico – also undergoing at least 24 months aging sur lie.  This time sur lie adds complexity and richness to the wine. 👏👏👏👏

👁 This wine is medium lemon with a soft and delicate mousse.

👃 On the nose this wine has youthful aromas with notes of apple, pear, lemon zest, dried citrus blossom, toasted rice, brioche, bread dough, yeast, and blanched almond.  🍏 🍐 🍋 🥖

👄 On the palate this wine is dry. It has medium(+) acidity, a medium body, medium alcohol, and medium intensity in aromas consistent with the nose.

This wine is elegant and has great balance, complexity, and richness. ☺️👍👍👍👍

Berlucchi, Franciacorta DOCG, ’61, Brut. 12.5% ABV. 
— 12 days ago

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Ericsson

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Love Franciacorta. Agree with @Billy L. Nice notes and now I’ll have to try it in Italy as well.
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@Ericsson Cheers to that !! 🥂🥂
Ericsson

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Lol. Cheers.

Podere Il Castellaccio

Orio Bolgheri Red Blend 2017

Dark ruby in color, almost Inky, with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose blueberries, black currants, black cherries, light vanilla, coke, licorice, Indian spices, tar, light vegetables, earth, tobacco leaf and graphite.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cherries, wood, spices, light vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso and earth.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very enjoyable Cabernet Franc blend from Italy. Tangy and interesting with lots of fruit.

Better after 90 minutes of airtime.
Really loved the nose after 2 hours in the decanter.

Showing very nicely at this point, once it opens up, with nice complexity, good structure and a nice mouthfeel. I love these Italian Bordeaux style reds.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good with food too. I paired it with cheeses and Italian dried meat.

A blend of 60% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot and 10% Syrah. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. A small production of only 8,000 bottles.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$28.
— 10 days ago

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Pierre Paillard

Les Parcelles Bouzy Grand Cru Champagne Blend

David T
9.3

Haven’t been able to get this since winter. So good for the price point, $40 ish. Good to be able to get this locally again.

Ripe, juicy pear, green & golden apples, pineapple, white stone fruits, touch of cider, sea fossils, limestone, grey volcanics, yeasty bread, baguette crust, caramel, yellow lilies, spring flowers, acidity is perfect with length, balance & smartly polished for days.

Great on both ends, cheese & shortbread cookies.
— 5 days ago

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From the same family as Bruno? If so, I love his stuff…
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@Ron R If they are, it’s not close relation. Bruno is also much larger. Regardless, styles are different. Bruno is rich and decadent. Pierre is racy yet polished.

Cortefusia

Brut Franciacorta

Prufrock import. Like champagne but not. Chardonnay Pinot noir blend. Champagne method. Bready, citrusy, yeasty, nice fine bubbles. We love it! — 10 days ago

Torey Nelson
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Domaine de Baccari

Red Blend 2015

Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah blend from Morocco 🇲🇦 Rich, complex, candied and spicy nose. Dense and structured mouth. Hot notes of evolution starting to assert itself by 2015. Blackcurrant, violette, black fruits, hot spices, vanilla, graphite. Ready to drink with 2 hours in carafe.

Assemblage cabernet-sauvignon Syrah du Maroc. Nez riche, complexe, confituré et épicé. Bouche dense et structurée. Notes chaudes d’évolution commençant a s’affirmer pour 2015. Cassis, violette, fruits noirs, épices chaudes, vanille, graphite. Prêt à boire avec 2 heures en carafe.
— a day ago

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Bedrock Wine Co.

Dolinsek Ranch Heritage Red Blend 2013

Shay A
9.2

Though the brutal TX heat is back, it means plenty of time for grilling, and this was a fun red blend to pair with burgers.

A fun field blend where everything but the kitchen sink seems to be in here…mostly zin, with 6-7 lesser known varietals. A bit funky upon opening (pop and pour), this opened to reveal a brambly, tobacco leaf, weightless yet jammy profile. Soft and supple mixed fruits aromatically (mostly red and black fruits), with some added woody notes (more earthy than oak driven). The mid palate here reminds you this is zin to its core with plenty of black cherry compote and then the vibrant acidity driven finish sports some black pepper and spicy rhubarb. Mostly integrated at this point, I think this is at its apex.
— 8 days ago

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Stay cool @Shay A

Ruinart

Brut Rosé Champagne Blend

David T
9.2

Another go to n/v Rosé Champange because of quality & availability in 375’s. Although, most people think their recent price increases are unwarranted. In large part, I agree. They just haven’t passed my threshold.

Lots of strawberries, black cherries, blood orange, uncooked rhubarb, blackberries, peach, Rainer cherries, loads of white spice w/ heat, sea fossils, dry yeast, some bread dough, weighed, crispy, crunchy minerals, excellent, powdery chalkiness, red flowers & both pink & red rose, lively, crisp acidity, great length and balance with polished, ripe fruits and falling onto pronounced minerality on the long set.

The bottom photos tell you all you need to know as to why the region of Champange is so excellent. Not many places in the world have that kind of chalk & for me, that’s what makes them special.
— 11 days ago

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Bellavista

Grande Cuvée Alma Brut Franciacorta Chardonnay Blend

NV. Straw color. Light citrus aroma. Very dry and light. Lemon and dry citrus flavor. Acidic with prominent carbonation. Long drying finish. — 20 days ago

Realm Cellars

La Fe Rosé Blend 2020

Shay A
9.2

Easy to trust Realm’s offerings as quality is always at a premium. I have to admit, my brain had a hard time connecting this type of rosé with Realm (based on their typical style).

My comment above isn’t meant to be good or bad, it’s just amazing that this Provençal type rosé could come from a bigger/powerful style Napa producer like Realm. Kudos to Benoit for knowing what he was going for and being able to create something (a beautiful rosé) from almost nothing (the extremely uneven 2020 vintage). I don’t think I could have called this rosé of merlot if I didn’t know beforehand. To me, this was a blend of high end Provençal rosé with Cayuse’s Edith rosé. Extremely pale salmon color in the glass with aromas of cantaloupe, white peach, faint dragon fruit and an herbal/mineral stony character. The palate here has nice gravitas and a surprising bite at the finish. Strawberry cream-lite, underripe kiwi and some nectarine on the finish. Much more enjoyable at cellar temp compared to being too cold. Don’t think this is one to hold, so enjoy now.
— 9 days ago

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I like Realm’s work but had to pass on their Rosé at $60. Too many really good Rosés on the market under $40 and many under $30.
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Agree with @David T !

Marc Hébrart

Special Club Brut 1er Cru Champagne Blend 2014

Lyle Fass
9.4

Nose smells a bit dosagey and creamy. But under that a massively intense minerality that is floral and high toned. Really clear and deep. But needs air for complexity to develop I think. Palate is terrific. Lots of 15 razors and angles. Loads of lime pith and some rock candy note on the finish. Delicious and very young. Elegant and long with cracking acids. Really impressive. Persistent with lovely citrus developing. — 4 days ago

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Ha, I hide these away already.