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La Rioja Alta

Viña Ardanza Reserva Selección Especial Tempranillo Blend 2012

A particularly vibrant ruby color in the glass with violet flecks. A nice and inviting nose upon opening that really sets the scene. Herbs and spices are all over this beauty. Plenty of fruit to be had with orange peel, cherries, and black cherries. Give it some time in the glass to properly open up and you’ll be rewarded with some vibrant notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, as well.

Traditional and elevated with enough complexity to give you the space for contemplation. 80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha and the Garnacha really makes itself known here. Rich and deep, this isn’t a fruit bomb but the fruit isn’t shy either. Ripe red fruits to combine with fresh herbs and beautiful dry earth. The earth here is tremendous and really, really speaks of the terroir. A long finish leaves you wanting more and let’s you know this has several years to go. Not quite the Selección Especial of 2010 but still fantastic.
— 14 hours ago

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Trixie

Trixie

Very nice! Happy Friday!🍷

Amuse Bouche

Vin Perdu Napa Valley Red Blend 2017

A very nice red blend from Napa Valley.

Dry on the palate and medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Showing black fruits with cedar, light vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates and mocha.

Nice finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

Drinking nicely now and will be better in a few years. Needs time to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle too.

Good by itself or with food. A great sipping wine.

Will be nice to revisit it in 5 years, but already delicious. Fruit forward and rich.

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$110.
— 4 days ago

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Taittinger

Réserve à Reims Brut Champagne Blend

Prestige Rosé stands out for its intense hue whose secret lies in the fact that it is a blend, complex & costly to produce. The blend, 15% of the best Pinot Noir from Montagne de Reims & Les Riceys added to the final blend, giving this cuvée its unique color & intensity. The wine contains Chardonnay (30%) completing the blend bringing elegance to Taittinger’s signature style. Red fruit aromas with strawberry and cherry flavors, elegant, long finish ending with chalky minerality and slight yeasty notes. — 3 days ago

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Perrier-Jouët

Grand Brut Champagne Blend

Tried a new NV batch. Perrier-Jouët, founded in 1811 in Epernay by Pierre-Nicolas-Marie Perrier and his wife, Adele Jouët. The firm began shipping wine to Great Britain in 1813 and to the United States by 1837. Pale lemon color with fine mousse and tiny bubbles, aromas of stone fruit and citrus. On the palate flavors of complex fresh fruit, vivid acidity, perfect balance on long finish ending with a yeasty mineral touch. Great value! A fav! Very nice! — 2 days ago

Juan, Eddie and 4 others liked this

Bodegas Protos

Vinos Finos Ribera Duero Red Blend 2017

It’s official. We’ve taken the leap and registered for WSET Diploma (Level 4)! 😆 We’re excited for, and daunted by, the steep learning journey that lies ahead over the next 2-3 years…

What better way to mark the beginning of this journey than to sip on some lovely Ribera del Duero wine and work through a formal note using the systematic approach to tasting (SAT) wine? 🍷🍷

This wine is made from the ‘Tinta del Pais’ variety aka ‘Tinto Fino’ aka ‘Tempranillo.’ It hails from Ribera del Duero DO within the Duero Valley of Spain. 🇪🇸 Its topography is unique in that it’s largely cut off from maritime influences by surrounding mountains and is situated on the highest part of a plateau called the Meseta Central, over 2,780 feet above sea level. ⛰ ⛰

👁 This wine is deep ruby with notable tearing and extraction.

👃 On the nose this wine has a medium intensity of youthful aromas. Aromas include primary notes of ripe black cherry, black currant, blueberry, pomegranate, violet, anise, black licorice, and secondary notes of cedar, pencil shavings, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, and clove.

👄 On the palate this wine is dry. It has medium(+) acidity, a medium(+) body, high alcohol, medium(+) tannins, and medium intensity of flavors. Flavors include tart blackberry, black cherry, and black currant, dark chocolate, toast, cedar, nutmeg, and clove. The finish is medium.

This is a very good wine that is balanced in its core structure, offers aromatic and flavor complexity across primary and secondary categories, and has solid intensity and concentration of vibrant fruit. 💕 It may be consumed now (especially after decanting), but has potential for further aging.

Protos ’27, Ribera del Duero, Tinta del Pais, Vintage 2017, ABV 14.5%. Named in honor of the 11 vine growers who established Protos in 1927.
— 10 days ago

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Mark Detrick

Mark Detrick

I’m in Spain 🇪🇸 and I’ve seen it. Have not been able to try it. Would love to!
Vanessa

Vanessa

@James K We really enjoyed this wine and would love to explore more from Protos’s portfolio!
Vanessa

Vanessa

@Mark Detrick Lucky you!!! 🇪🇸 You should pick up a bottle and let us know your thoughts! I’ll bet it’s even better prior to crossing the Atlantic.

Bodegas Faustino

Faustino V Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend

Popped and poured; consumed over two days. Really delightful throughout but the most expressive on Day 2. The wine pours a deep ruby color with medium viscosity and no signs of sediment. On the nose, medium intensity with bright, fresh black and red cherries, potpourri, blood orange and spices. On the palate, confirm the fresh cherries, raspberries, fresh dill, dry earth, minerals, and spices. Medium body. Medium tannin. Medium+ acid. The finish lasts for well over a minute and its immensely satisfying. Great on its own and fabulous with food too. A contender for value of the year at sub-$14 USD. — 6 days ago

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Cockburn's

Vintage Port Blend 2017

Blend of 52% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca with small amounts of other permitted grapes. Deep Ruby color with purple edges, aged for about 18 months on oak, displays complex aromas of ripe fruits and sweet floral spice. On the palate ripe sweet juicy blackberry and cherry flavors emerge, velvety and smooth. Tannins are present and tight and chewy, well balanced. Long finish ending with ripe juicy fruit, spice and  slight earthy character, Very Nice! Can drink now but will develop over next decade! — 4 days ago

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Marc Hébrart

Cuvée de Réserve Brut 1er Cru Champagne Blend

These Hebrart champagnes are criminally underrated. Light gold with a nice burst of tiny bubbles. Creamy and effervescent. The nose is evocative and immediately appealing. Chamomile and chalk. Deep summer fruits and apples along with peaches and cream. Toasted bread and almonds after some time in the glass.

Honestly all of these releases from Champagne Hebrart are spectacular. From Premier Cru plots in the Vallee de la Marne. 80/20 PN/CH and disgorged in may of 2020 with a dosage of 8 g/l. Pleasant acidity and silky smooth. There’s an underlying elegance with the entire range of champagnes and this is no exception.

Graceful and lithe on the tongue, there’s plenty to love here. Generous orchard fruit and a dab of honey. More than a hint of spice here along with more chalk and salinity. Lemon curd and apricots accompany the medium long finish. Magnificent wine from one of my favorite producers.
— 8 days ago

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Trixie

Trixie

Beautiful photo! Cheers!🥂

Sandlands

California White Blend 2019

My first experience with Sandland’s White Table Wine. Apparently, it’s Tegan’s love for Mediterranean white wines that is said to be the inspiration. This wine was released for the first time in 2019. What’s basically a 60/40-ish blend of Lodi Chenin Blanc and Napa Semillon, the wine pours a pale straw color with medium viscosity and no signs of particles or gas. On the nose, white flowers, peach, pear, some citrus and lanolin. On the palate, the wine is dry. Again with the pears and some papaya and citrus too. Medium body. Medium to medium+ acidity with a long, tropical finish. 7 barres produced and I was only allocated 2 bottles this time around but seriously grateful for what I can get! Paired well with summer, grilled sausages and poblano peppers. — 6 days ago

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Vignoble de Rêveur

Pierres Sauvages Sec Alsace White Blend 2019

Whoa! Why did no one tell me about this one? The side project of Mathieu Deiss of the family behind Domaine Marcel Deiss. Beautiful pure copper color with pretty green flecks. One of the prettiest noses I’ve had in quite some time. Delicious honey and orange peel up front. The floral notes are ridiculously fun and exciting. Plenty of herbs and mango, as well.

All Pinot, all day here. 50% Pinot Blanc and 25% each of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. This is so unfamiliar to me but so welcoming and engrossing at the same time. Biodynamic Orange wine that really blows you away from the first sip. Distinctively Alsatian, there’s more than enough to love here. Fresh, lively acid with a kick of spice. The palate is expansive and round with a really nice amalgamation of pretty, rustic fruits. Medium long finish that honestly makes you want just one more glass. Don’t like Orange wine? Don’t like Biodynamic wine? Try this and correct yourself.
— 10 days ago

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Trixie

Trixie

You've convinced me to try orange wine. Never had it before. Cheers!🥂