Root & Vine

Premium California Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Very Smooth and enjoyable. Will but again! — 10 days ago

Tamarack Cellars

Columbia Valley Merlot 2016

Label is well done if a bit standard. Like the cone and needle border. Tamarack is my brother’s middle name (aka larch), so I had to buy this one. Dark plum skin color. Aromas are good. Dark fruit juices and sauces mixed with woodsy freshness. Slightest hint of red meat too. Flavors are chewy, fleshy and earthy. Cherry Coke and blackberry pastry. Maybe a purple mulberry too. A little anise/fennel/licorice root. Or maybe that’s sarsaparilla. Plenty of tannin to keep the fruit flavors from running wild. Just enough wood to give it a forestry feel. This is a nice structured Merlot from WA. Not quite as dynamic or complex as the weighty bottle implies, but it’s still a great bottle. — 25 days ago

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Luciades Tamayo Vineyard Tinta Cão 2018

Totally agree w @Eric Urbani. This is a total winner from Sabelli-Frisch. A fascinating varietal w unexpected and beautifully layered flavors. Ripe black raspberry, currants, some tobacco, leather, and wine root stock (?). The final finish is absolutely reminiscent of port (not surprisingly). Great at PnP, but Definitely improved over 3-5 days open. Will be interesting to revisit some in 5 years, if there’s any left :) — 2 months ago

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Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

L'Hermitage Blanc Marsanne Roussanne 2014

From the hermit on the hill himself; this is a luscious, rich, full, pungent even, white wine. Takes hours and hours to stabilize into a highly perfumed nose full of white flowers, some jasmine, and white mushroom. The pallet is unorthodox for any white wine standards: umami, brioche, over ripe stone fruit, and root vegetable notes: jicama, Jerusalem artichoke. Full bodied, high alcohol, medium acidity, high flavor intensity and a long finish. Incredible wine. — 2 days ago

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Claude Riffault

La Noue Sancerre Rouge Pinot Noir 2018

Redemption. Sexy aromas of boysenberry, mulberry, wet earth, and licorice root. Toothsome little wine — a month ago

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Château Montus

La Tyre Madiran Tannat 2010

Vintage 2010 | black colour. Classic smell. Licorice root. Laurel. Sultry mouthfeel. Good acidity. This wine excels in elegance. Fruit in aftertaste. — 2 months ago

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Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier

Clos de la Maréchale Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2007

Pop and pour. This time my wife said it: this is good, but is now inching downward. On the nose: soft game, cherry, brown sugar, spice, bark, savory herbs. On the palate: good acidity up front, cola, root beer, soft medicinal herbs. Fantastic density, and completely secondary, but leaning tertiary. A touch of tannin hanging on at the finish. In a very good place, but definitely beginning its decline. — 16 days ago

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Domdechant Werner

Hochheimer Kabinett Riesling 2020

Star bright pale yellow. Inviting nose of yellow apple and honeysuckle. Juicy bright acidity leads the medium-bodied palate which confirms the nose adding dry-ish honey and cement block. Finish is moderate in length and maintains the juicy acidity. At least I think it’s moderate because it’s such a tasty treat with just enough sweet balanced by just enough tart that I can’t help but swig one sip after another pausing only for my crab cakes and mixed root vegetables (beets and carrots mostly). For me, the Rhein and Nahe are preferable to the Mosel as the former are more food friendly at all Prädikat levels. This is no exception. Pair with just about anything. And try not to swig. — a month ago

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Chateau D'Aiguilhe

Côtes de Castillon Red Bordeaux Blend 2018

Dark ruby with near black core. Abundant nose of cassis and black plum. Medium full palate yields black plum, tarry black cherry, and a hint of graphite. Fine (medium) tannins and juicy medium plus acidity. A nice step up from the "everyday" Bordeaux from the Comptes von Neipperg portfolio. Take it out or drink it in with beef stew, roast tenderloin, root vegetables, and other semi-rustic fare. Drink now through 2026. — 2 months ago

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