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Horsepower Vineyards

Sur Echalas Vineyard Syrah 2018

The 2018 ‘Sur Echalas Vineyard’ Syrah is one of the wines of the vintage from this famed estate. Due to the shade of the vineyard, this is a later ripening vineyard for their program which allows them to utilize roughly 70-80% stem inclusion in this wine. They also choose not to use any new oak on the wine, only used demi-muid aging. Weighing in at 13.8% alcohol, this provides immediate appeal with its downright intoxicating bouquet, delivering loads of white pepper woven together with steak tartare, cigar ash tones as well as Hoisin sauce, Umami and menthol that all meld in the glass. The aromatic range here is extraordinary. The textural elements of the wine are just gorgeous. The 2018 edition displays more mid-palate weight than the ’17 bottling but also embodies plenty of finesse. Rich ripe dark cherry and dark raspberry tones mingle with wet stone, seaweed, green olive tapenade, and salted meats on the palate. This finishes exceedingly long. Gratifying to enjoy in its youth, this sensational wine will cellar well over the next eight to ten years. Drink 2020-2030- 98 — 8 days ago

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Hugh O'Riordan

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Stem inclusion sounds very interesting. I’d like to try this wine
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@Hugh O'Riordan Is such a cool wine. So unique

Domaine Rimbert

Sur la Plage Colombard

Very slight bouquet. A whisper of lemongrass and acacia palm.

Chill to the max for me. Love the pandan leaf subtle note with an undercurrent of pineapple. The fruit flavors are muted and work with the acidity, highlighting and letting the minerality shine.

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— 21 days ago

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Pierre Moncuit

Millésime Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay Champagne 2010

Dan R
9.4

Smoking good and drinking great! Very fresh, energetic, good cut and excellent definition. This has citrus fruit in abundance, with some floral notes and a kiss of honey on the finish. Hard to put this down, very attention-grabbing in that sense. All in all a solid value for this level of quality, as well. — a month ago

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Marc Hébrart

Brut 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs

A pale straw color with a generous amount of tiny bubbles. A fine mousse and bead. This is an incredibly alive champagne and it starts immediately. Meyer lemons and tart green apples, along with smoke and mint on the nose. That wonderful citrus streak continues throughout.

100% Chardonnay primarily from Mareuil-sur-Ay and Chouilly. Family owned grower and one of my favorite producers with such consistent quality. Richer and fuller than many others, it’s round and vibrant. Lovely depth and acidity with a backbone of herbs and spices.

Chalky minerality and crystallized honey shine here. Beautiful toasted bread and almonds on display, along with more green apples and lemons. Apricots, plums, and peaches sing a lovely song. Chamomile and more honey on the long, exceedingly pleasant finish. A highly attractive pour.
— 15 days ago

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Marc Hébrart

Special Club Brut 1er Cru Champagne Blend 2014

Obviously very young and primary. Loads of citrus and minerals but very shy on the pop and pour. Rich texture. Remarkably fine bubbles. Already fun now but I would leave these to rest a while. Disgorged Dec 18, 2018 — 6 days ago

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François Chidaine

Montlouis-sur-Loire Brut Nature Chenin Blanc

Delicious with Foie gras. Meilleur qu’un champ comme beaucoup de Pet Nat! Chenin blanc power! — 7 hours ago

Clos Saint-Joseph

Villars-sur-Var Syrah 2017

Savory, smoky & powerful. Structured, but plenty approachable. Balanced between dark fruit & fresh acid. Aromatics are a bit rustic, but the palate is wonderfully complex. Very nice. — 23 days ago

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Marc Hébrart

Cuvée de Réserve Brut 1er Cru Champagne Blend

Lemon peel nose that turns to custard in the mouth. A very slight salty saline that carries to mid palate before fading away on the finish. Mia’s notes: Yum. 80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay disgorged October 15, 2019. TBL — 7 days ago

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Horsepower Vineyards

Sur Echalas Vineyard Grenache 2017

Delectable Wine
9.3

Moderately saturated medium red. Dark raspberry, flowers, iron, red cherry and smoked meat on the alluring nose. Dense, rich, mouthcoating wine with an attractive balance of red berries, smoked meat and wild herbs. A very savory style: less fruity than the Cayuse version but boasting a thicker, longer, sweeter finish than the No Girls Grenache from the same stable. Possesses strong material to buffer its tannins. Finishes broad and quite long, with a suggestion of nutty richness. (13.5% alcohol) (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, December 2020) — 2 days ago

Launois Père et Fils

Cuvée Reserve Blanc de Blancs Brut Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay

David T
9.4

I prefer a very reductive Blanc de Blanc & this fits the bill extremely well.

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Happy holidays!