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Bodega Benegas

Estate Libertad Vineyards Syrah 2015

First Syrah Argentina ... the color is typical of the grape variety, dense purple. Nose of small black fruits (blueberry, blackcurrant), violet and sweet spices. On the palate: the attack is fresh and greedy, medium body nourished by aromas of aging inevitably evoking the Rhône-Nord. The finish is rather straightforward, 2015 is balanced now !

Première Syrah Argentine... la robe est typique du cépages, violine dense. Nez sur les petits fruits noirs (myrtille, cassis) violette et épices douce. En bouche: l’attaque est fraîche et gourmande, corpulence moyenne nourri d’arômes d’élevages évoquant immanquablement le Rhône-Nord. La finale est plutôt franche, 2015 est équilibré et prêt à boire
— 7 days ago

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Las Positas

Estate Livermore Valley Petite Sirah 2016

A very pretty color of dark ruby, with a wide reddish rim.

Nice nose of blueberries, violets, blackberries, black cherries, light oak, vanilla, chocolates, licorice, spices, black pepper, earth and pencil lead. Very enjoyable nose.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, spices, earth, tobacco leaf, herbs, dark chocolates, coffee and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very nice and easy drinking Petite Sirah from California. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Nice and tangy. Spicy, smooth and elegant.

Interesting to see black fruits on the nose and red fruits on the palate. I really enjoyed the nose.

Needs 30 minutes of airtime, and good by itself or with food. Would be nice to revisit it in a couple of years.

I paired it with salami and cheddar cheese.

13.9% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$19.
— 7 days ago

Alex, Eric and 15 others liked this

Scribe

Estate Arrowhead Slope Chardonnay 2019

Work comes early tomorrow, so slow cooked tomato adobo, shrimp, grits and Chardonnay for my “Sunday” night. My first white wine from Scribe is fresh from a mailing list I certainly cannot afford to personally be a member of.

Gangly only a year out of the bottle but certainly gulpable in its lightness. Very light fruit, but a moody Meyer lemon unctuousness prevails on a crisp, slightly leesy palate— perfect for an umami seafood dish.
— a day ago

Ron, Paul and 9 others liked this

Bass Phillip

The Estate Pinot Noir 2010

See many previous notes of this excellent Pinot Noir. My last 2010 Bass Phillip Estate sadly. Pale to mid Ruby in colour giving no hint of the intensity to come. A floral earthy perfume showing beetroot and red fruits - a hint of whole bunch in the ferment. On the palate the same earthy root vegetable flavours with savoury red fruits and that Bass Phillip palate intensity with great length and persistence. Low acidity. An excellent new world Pinot which has cellared well. — 17 days ago

Simon, Mike and 23 others liked this

Huntington Estate

Mudgee Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 1979

Also labelled FB19
Definitely in a decadent vest
Past its peak
But what a spectrum of scents and flavours have developed
From moganhy to a marvellous cigar box
Pipe tobacco, a cherry just whispered
Tea leaves, pomegranate and so much more
Quite long
I would say that the fruit doesn't support the evolution of the tertiary and all up it is a shame
But still....
Mudgee 1979, chapeau
Ps one more from the James Halliday's collection
— 4 days ago

Mike, Severn and 9 others liked this

Merry Edwards

Meredith Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2017

It is a dark wine, and the nose is very expressive. Blackberry, cassis, vanilla, tea and a slight brambly note are present. On the palate, savory cola and oak spice get into the act, while the tannins are firm, but not overly so. The dark fruit is there, but the savory aspect of the flavor profile definitely leads the way. Have a juicy filet with this one - they deserve each other. — 8 days ago

Jonathan, David and 5 others liked this

Dominus Estate

Napanook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1992

Dark tawny and opaque, darker than the 82 Gruaud Larose next to it. Similar complex nose with notes of black cherry and tobacco, old cedar cabinet, black earth and some dark fruit. Powerful in the mouth, and with 5+ hours of air, this was singing. In a good drinking window, but this easily has 10+ years of life ahead of it. Paired with the 82 GL, it was interesting to find how much these wines resemble each other. — 6 days ago

Shay, Jan and 20 others liked this

Rochioli

Estate Grown Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2012

David T
9.2

I’ve never imagined that I would use velvety as a nose descriptor but, that is what is speaking to me with this 2012. The fruits are velvety/ brilliantly floral/slightly candied; raspberries, black raspberries, black cherries, dark cherries, lean/juicy strawberries, plum, blue fruits & cranberries. Dark, rich soils, mix of raspberry & black licorice, sandstone, nutmeg, very soft vanillin, hint of black pepper, understated savory, grilled meats, dry crushed rocks and the full spectrum of bright; red, purple, blue, red, medium dark florals framed in violets.

The palate was a bit astringent at first but, has rounded & soften nicely. The mouthfeel is gorgeous & sexy. The acidity speaks to the acid head in me. Really nice showing the beautiful growing season that 2012 brought. The fruits are; brilliantly floral/slightly candied & juicy; raspberries, black raspberries, black cherries, blackberries, dark cherries, lean/juicy strawberries, plum, blue fruits & cranberries. Dark, rich soils, mix of raspberry & black licorice, cola, tree sap, sandstone, nutmeg, very soft vanillin, caramel notes, dark chocolate bar, some melted brown sugar & understated molasses, hint of black pepper, understated savory, grilled meats, dry crushed rocks, moist clay and the full spectrum of bright; red, purple, blue, red, medium dark florals framed in violets. The beautiful, elegant, well balanced finish is gorgeous wire to wire.

@Bottega
— 8 hours ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Velvet like Elvis or Poker playing pooches?

Hourglass

Estate Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Almost forgot I had opened this. Found along with 2016's at Local Hyvee Wine Dept! Very nice SB..but the evolution from the 18 to the 16 is worth the wait! Hourglass Sauvignon Blanc always a favorite! Not sure how these (16 & 18) are selling for $18.99 a bottle at previously mentioned Hyvee..But okay! 🤷‍♂️ — 2 days ago

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Eric L.

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Your Hy-Vee clearly has a better selection than mine has!
Dawn E.

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@Eric L. not sure why that sent eight times!

Colene Clemens Vineyards

Estate Dopp Creek Pinot Noir 2017

A real winner, now tried 4 bottles, all were consistently great! Located in the western end of Dopp Road where the Chehalem Mountains converge with Ribbon Ridge, medium Ruby with aromas of red fruits and enticing spice. On the palate ripe raspberry and wild cherry with pepper, baking spice and earthy notes. Young with integrated tannins, well defined, elegant with underlying richness, long finish ending with flinty notes. Nice value! Just love this wine, now starting to develop more complex spice. — 6 days ago

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