Domaine de Cebene

Ex Arena Brigitte Chevalier Grenache Blend 2021

Really great value in a straightforward, honest, balanced Grenache. It’s grown within the Faugeres appellation but can’t claim the AOC apparently because it’s from deep sandy soils and not schist. No matter! Rayas grows Grenache in sand so there’s great precedent! Nose shows sappy kirsch-y fruit, lots of savory, mineral notes, and a touch of vanilla and spice. Soft and light-footed in the mouth. Quite dry, savory, and saline. Very soft tannin. Alcohol is relatively low at a stated 13.5. Drinking well now, it will certainly last a year or two longer, though I don’t think it will improve. I love wines like this. So food flexible. — a month ago

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Nice picture!

Domaine Zind Humbrecht

Zind Chardonnay Blend 2015

As good as the precedent vintage. Still a favorite. — 6 years ago

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Wirz Vineyard Old-Vine White Blend 2012

Just wow. This is in it's glory right now. Did this vineyard justice! — 8 years ago

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Blackduck Cidery

Dry Perry 2019

One of the best. Sidra-style perry made in NY, but not faddish at all. John Reynolds, one of my favorite iconoclastic wine/cider-makers, has been doing it this way for decades. Micro production. Loads of VA but flat out delicious; vibrant, textured, rich and soulful. Do yourself a favor and find some of this if you like natural wine. I’d argue this kills almost any high-VA natural wine. Why? There’s a historical precedent for the style, the flavor profile makes sense, it’s clean and well-made. Great stuff. — 3 years ago

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Erik Longabardi

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I’ve had non VA Perry John made; it’s truly revelatory
Josh Morgenthau

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@Erik Longabardi Yes, some batches are less sidra style, all really amazing. Just had some sparkling paw paw wine he gave me that blew my mind.
Erik Longabardi

Erik Longabardi

@Josh M Ive ha the cleaner ones and they are truly beautiful. Heard the paw paw one was good too!


Borden Ranch Lodi Sec Chenin Blanc 2014

Quite nice w/ just the teeniest touch of slab dried Blenheim apricot. Pleasant & fresh. — 7 years ago

La Follette

Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

To date, the best white wine I've ever had. Mashed pear, Macintosh Apple, banana, vanilla and cinnamon spice on the nose, much of the same on the palette, pinpoint acidity and a smooth round finish. Buttery and crisp cracker-like throughout but this quality does not take precedent over the rest of the voluptuous flavors of this wine. — 8 years ago


Victors Lodi Zinfandel 2016

Great zin, light on its feet with dark fruits — 4 years ago

Domaine Ragot

La Grande Berge Givry 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2014

Less tight than the precedent vintage. Wide nose of red berries; griottes mostly. Mouth opens with generous volume and gains in definition fast. Fresh retro, long after taste #bestofgivry — 6 years ago

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Clements Hills Sec Chenin Blanc 2013

Damn good. Santa approved. — 8 years ago

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Diamond Creek Vineyards

Gravelly Meadow Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Massive. A 30 year wine. Eucalyptus and roasted balsamic stewed strawberry notes take precedent on a nose that over powers. The palette is blackberry torte with chocolate and black tea and fig. The finish is tannic and big and long. Doesn't get any better. — 8 years ago

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