Princesse Clara

A Tribute to Grace Wines

Besson Vineyard Grenache 2018

Bright fruit, lovely palate and layers — 4 days ago

Satori

Harmonic Convergence Estate Petite Sirah Blend

A terrific blend or at least it was for 2013. Big flavor. — a month ago

Kirigin Cellars

Estate Santa Clara Valley Tempranillo

Drinking with Jeff and mark — 2 months ago

Grawü Grasselli & Würth

Vigneti delle Dolomiti Sauvignon 2020

This is the “Lato Clara,” from Grawü in the Alto Adige. A ripe + lightly macerated white (Bronner — a grape I don’t know) that was nicely dry and savory and came right in time for dessert — 2 months ago

Bloody Amateur
with Bloody

Mary Taylor

Clara Sala Sicilia Grillo

Bar Diane pour. Clean and so tasty — 17 days ago

Torey Nelson
with Torey

Sorelli

Chianti Sangiovese Blend

Bom Chianti, cor medio clara, aromanfresco e frutado. Na boca tem um pouco de acidez e presença de álcool, mas bastante equilibrado. Não tem muito corpo ou rastro, mas tem bom conjunto. — 2 days ago

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Château Prieuré-Les-Tours

Cuvée Clara Graves White Bordeaux Blend 2018

Surprisingly good for such a modestly-priced wine. Lanolin, butter,, and green fruits on the nose, with a hint of vanilla. Very much Semillon influenced on the palate, with waxy notes and a long finish. Great balance. , — 2 months ago

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Margins Wine

Santa Clara Valley Counoise 2021

Delectable is incorrect. Actually is Piacines 2021 Verdejo, a Spanish white varietal. — a month ago

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El Vaquero

Athena Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2037

2020 rose of Pinot noir El vaquero. I thought it was great — a month ago

Bodegas Campillo

Raro Reserva Finca Cuesta Clara Rioja Tempranillo 2011

I’ve been reading Nick Jackson’s Beyond Flavour leading up to my first blind tasting of the year. So armed with new knowledge about tasting through structure, I came out getting none of the blinds right. Haha! In my defense, it’s been a while since I’ve done this and some of the wines were perhaps showing less than ideal. Regardless, it was a productive exercise to focus in on structure instead of flavour.

This particular wine threw me a curve ball. On the nose, it’s smelled very ripe and sweet, with aromas of black fruits, new oak, liquorice, and spicy nuances. On the palate, the tannins immediately stood out as being different from the rest of the pack - moderate, chalky, focused on the front to mid-palate, where as the rest focused on the gums and cheeks. The acidity was very soft and the fruit was expectedly ripe. With sagely advice from Nick’s book, I was thrown in the direction of Shiraz, yet it wasn’t quite rich and fruity enough for the new world. Plus, shades of lifting volatile acidity keeps me hovering in the old world, but it’s definitely missing all the hallmarks of Syrah. Consider me stumped.

As with all blinds, the signs were obvious upon reveal - a Rioja Tempranillo from a warm year (I’ll let you join the dots). Notably, the tannin structure here was an outlier (Tempranillo tannins usually appear in the cheeks). Perhaps it has to do with the fact that the wine’s made out of Tempranillo Peludo? No matter, I honestly would have never identified it, just as I failed to identify the other Rioja’s in the blind - I’m just not familiar enough with the region or variety. Why you may ask? Well, a glass of the Raro, and I could take no more. Rioja’s just typically too rich for my blood.
— 2 months ago

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