Hill Family Estate

Origin Napa Valley Red Blend 2018


Got as a free gift from our hotel in Yountville. Deep fruit and darker than I usually like. Big wine that needed time to open. — 22 days ago

Matt Dill
with Matt

Partida Creus

CX Penedès Cartoixa Vermell

Sat afternoon at home. Aromatic, tropical fruit nose. Very fresh on the palate, with satisfying tartness that accentuates how fresh it is. Slight salinity that gives it additional complexity.

The CX of Partida Creus is a real bombshell of freshness, a nose that plays on notes of white fruits, citrus, and aromatic herbs. Tart and funky on the palate, with a long finish. A super rare and super good wine.

Partida Creus is the project of two Italians now in residence in the Tarragona region of Catalonia, just south of Barcelona. The idea of the project was to work with historical, often overlooked local varietals that in many cases were not recognised by the D.O. of the area: Penedès. Massimo and Antonella strategically went about buying up small plots of abandoned vineyards dotted around the area where mostly unknown varietals such as Garrut, Vinyater, Samsó and Queixal de Llop grew. They sought to revitalise the vines and work out the best expression for these old varetals, working without chemicals in the vineyard and without selected yeasts or any other additions in the cellar. They make an impressively dizzying number of different wines, all of which are unified by a very distinctive house style - raw, visceral and pungent reds, and salty, turbid, expressive whites. As a couple they have an insatiable energy that really comes through in the wine.

Origin: Bonastre, Tarragona, Spain
Vintage: 2020
Grape variety: Cartoixa Vermell (Red Xarel-lo)
Food pairing: Risotto with porcini mushrooms, sushi, tuna, paella
— 2 months ago

Bodegas LAN

Reserva Culmen Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2015

Bodegas LAN founded in 1972, named after the initials of the 3 provinces in the Rioja Designation of Origin: Logrono (now La Rioja) Alava and Navarra and located in the heart of Rioja Alta. A blend of 89% Tempranillo and 11% Graciano, bright deep red with aromas of sweet red fruits. Complex palate with blackberry, cherry and plum flavors, gentle spices, balanced with beautiful mineral notes, from the soil, the “Viña Lanciano. Soft integrated tannins, long finish with fruit, vanilla and mineral notes on ending. Wow! Will age well! — 3 months ago

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Osawa Wines

Prestige Collection Pinot Noir 2017

Thought this blind was an aged red burg, so colour me surprised when it was revealed to be a young NZ pinot. Clearly a little more developed than it should be (colour and aromas), but credit where credit’s due, this was quite elegant. Even after the reveal I could not detect that marmalade finish I find so often in NZ pinot’s. This was all red cherries and ripe strawberries, with savoury spices and earthy notes. Perhaps the quality of the oak, which left much to be desired, and rich velvety texture were the only indications of it’s origin. Finished a touch short. There were wines with more intrigue on the table so I didn’t drink much of it, but it definitely wasn’t a bad drop. One to revisit. — 15 days ago

Peter, Ira and 11 others liked this

Garnier et Fils

Montmains 1er Cru Chardonnay 2015

This was presented to me at Tasting Group; double-blind. The wine appears a bright straw, nearing light golden color with a silvery, watery rim; medium+ viscosity. No signs of gas. On the nose, it reminds me of the lime tree we used to have in our backyard in Southern California. There’s also some lemon verbena, citrus blossom, and minerals…though hard to pinpoint what kind. On the palate, more of the same with lemon/lime citrus and minerals which are more chalky now. Acid is medium++. Long finish. I thought this leaned more towards its structure so I was in the Old World. Possible varieties being Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay with possibly places of origin being Germany or France. I was leaning towards Rielsing but then I smelled my empty glass and there it was, the slightest touch of French oak. So I called 2018 Chablis 1er Cru, “Vaillons”. I’m not beating myself up too much for missing the vineyard 😜 — 2 months ago

Andrew, Eric and 12 others liked this

Château Barde-Haut

Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2014

My opinion and rating did not change compared to my first bottle 77 weeks ago. Good wine but based on its origin and pricetag I expected more from it. — 2 months ago

Randall, Bob and 14 others liked this

Saint Clair Family Estate

Marlborough Pinot Noir 2020

Saint Clair Origin
Pinot Noir, 2020
13 %
Nr 16015

Kryddig, nyanserad smak med fatkaraktär, inslag av skogshallon, ingefära, choklad, jordgubbar och vanilj. Serveras vid cirka 16°C till lättare rätter av ljust kött eller till rätter av stekt fisk.
— 20 days ago

Proprieta Sperino

Uvaggio Coste della Sesia Rosso Nebbiolo Blend 2017


Another great Alto Piemonte producer that needs to be on your nebbiolo radar!

Drank over two days, this really got going on day two with the structure and typicity of Nebbiolo coming through. Day one it drank a little more primary, velvety fresh with rich red fruits, florals, and a softer feel to the texture - extremely enjoyable! Day 2 the structure of the tannin and acidity really came through, with the nose ratcheting things up with roses, currants, a touch of tar, spices and blood orange peel. Texturally it gained fortitude as well with everything perfectly integrated and in harmony.

Definitely getting more!

From the family at Isole e Olena in Castellare Chianti Classico in Tuscany - the family is of Piemonte in origin and this is the legacy of the family there in Coste della Sesia.
— 2 months ago

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Salem Wine Company

Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2018

From Wine Society Oregon case. Origin Salem, Oregon.
Aromas : Electric, lemon, stones. In the mouth it really opens up with creamy, biscuit flavours. Great length, a nice touch of peach stone bitterness and acidity.
— 2 months ago

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Domaine Viret

Renaissance Terre de Cosmoculture Red Rhone Blend 2016

Make sure to give it some air. “This is expertly rendered zero sulfur wine that is viscerally expressive of its impeccable fruit of origin. “ - Ian Cauble, Master Sommelier, SommSelect — 4 months ago

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