Van Wagoner Wines

Van Westen Vineyards

Verloren 2016

I always think of the word "accessible" when I think of a wine that would appeal to the masses. With that definition, this may be the least accessible wine I've ever tasted. The story of this wine is that some barrels of merlot were forgotten (lost = verloren in Dutch) and the result is a wine with 2.5 years on new French oak. As a small-batch whisky drinker, I'm always amazed at the unpredictable things wood can bring to a whisky and this is certainly the case here with this wine. We let this one breathe for a couple of hours after opening, and the oak was pervasive and in the words of my drinking partner, offensive. That said, I soldiered on and trying it at intervals over the course of a full day, I found myself liking it more and more. The ever-present oak seems to give the fruit a dried-out quality here so the black fruit is almost raisin-y. To me, the spice character is baking spice, eucalyptus, and maybe the umami of a soy sauce, but you could certainly spend hours exploring this. The tannin and wood perhaps take away from any brightness of the fruit, but we're still reminded of that black fruit on the nose of every sip. This is certainly not for everyone and the tingling tongue that I feel may in fact be for just a select few, but what this is certainly not is a shitty misintegration. For pairing, I may reach to the moistest of chocolate cake or a handful of tamari almonds to try and pull out that soy sauce note. A very interesting accident. — 16 days ago

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Boetie Van Reenen

Flotsam & Jetsam Stalwart Cinsault 2017

16.5/20 (90/100) Свежий аромат с нотами спелых ягод вишни и малины, садовых цветов, а также сладких пряностей. Легкое с довольно высокой кислотностью и ненавязчивыми танинами. Красные лесные ягоды преобладают во вкусе. Легкое и элегантное вино. — 2 months ago

Van Zellers

Reserva Cais da Ribeira Douro Red Blend 2015

First time trying a sherry aged wine and I enjoyed it. You can certainly taste the sherry sweetness. The main flavor note is raspberry jam. A bit of acidity and moderate tannins give structure. Medium-light body. A solid red at this price. — 18 days ago

Johan Vineyards

Jazzy Juice Van Duzer Corridor Pinot Noir

Super fun and juicy as the label suggests. Very drinkable! — a month ago

Van Duzer

Dijon Blocks Pinot Noir

V13. Very good. Smokey, black cherry nose. Bright, cherry and black cherry fruit. Lean, clean earthy finish. Good balance. — 2 months ago

Van Volxem

Gottesfuss Alte Reben Riesling 2005

Oh what a wonderful elixir. Golden and ripe. Hints of acid behind creamy texture. Love it! — 15 days ago

Van Volxem

Scharzhofberger Erste Lage Riesling 2018

Minerality, green apple, citrus — 11 days ago

El Castilla

Syrah

Aangeraden op basis van onze lievelingswijn Scaia. Gemakkelijk te drinken, zacht, hint van chocolade? — 11 days ago

Phelps Creek Vineyards

Fleur de Roy Rosé of Pinot Noir 2018

Columbia Gorge, Van Horn Vineyard, Riesling. RS < 1%, 226 cases produced. Light yellow, sparkling clarity. Piney citrus notes in nose. Crisp, lemon flavors with length, followed by malic and lactic flavors. Solid varietal representation here. — 17 days ago

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