Upper Mississippi River Valley, Illinois

EnRoute Winery

Les Pommiers Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2017

Had a bottle a year ago, wanted to see it’s development. EnRoute established in the RRV in 2007 by the partners of Far Niente. Les Pommiers introduced in May 2009 and reflects a blend of vineyards from Green Valley and upper Middle Reach area of RRV AVA. Complex fruit aromas, cedar and mineral notes. On the palate black cherry and ripe cranberry flavors with tobacco & toasty oak, rich structured tannins. Nice mouthfeel, zesty crisp acidity ending with fruit, mineral and oak character. Nice! Aging well! — 7 months ago

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American Wine Project

Summer Land Brianna 2013

Really interesting. The palate shows strong flavors of passionfruit, papaya, and red licorice. The fruit is very forward though the wine is dry.

The palate and nose are foxy.

Very distinctive. I wouldn't want much.
— a year ago

Château Boswell

True Course Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2015

David T

The nose is soft and delicate. Meyer lemon, pineapple, lime, cream, touch of melted butter, melon, soft chalkiness, hint if green apple, honeysuckle, fruit blossoms, light caramel notes, saline and spring flowers.

The body is full round. Texture is amazing. Mouthfeel stunning! Meyer lemon, pineapple, lime, cream, touch of melted butter, melon, soft chalkiness, hint if green apple, honeysuckle, fruit blossoms, light caramel notes, delicate soft white spice, saline, yellow lilies and spring flowers. The acidity is perfect. Their wood use is very subtle as few in Napa do. The finish is perfectly textured, balanced, seamless, elegant, persistent and delicious.

Photos of, their Estate hillside vines over their cellars, their caves which show a fault line in the upper left of the photo, private tasting area in their cellar, Estate vines in front of their property.
— 2 years ago

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David Clinton

David Clinton

A great, consistent region.

Danzinger Vineyards

Sunset Ridge Red Blend

Excellent red - semi sweet wine made from locally grown cold climate grapes - Frontenac. Wisconsin vineyard with tasting room in beautiful La Crosse Wisconsin. Great with pizza. — 9 months ago

Concha y Toro

Don Melchor Puente Alto Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Foot of the Andes Mountains on banks of Maipo River in Upper Maipo Valley, 650 meters above sea level, vineyard dates back to mid-19th century, when first pre-phylloxera French varieties were brought to Chile, deep Ruby with aromas of dark fruits & mineral notes, a blend of 92% Cab Sauv & 8% Cab Franc, aged for 15 month in French oak (65% new). On the palate flavors cherry & blackberry with powerful tannins, long finish, very tight, ending with mineral and tobacco notes. Needs ten years. Tasting Sample! — a year ago

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Williams Selyem

Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

Off the upper deck on an anniversary day..Double decant and pour(min cloudy sediment). A provocative medium/dark ruby red color. On the nose: dark red berries, cinnamon, earthy, hints of vanilla. Taste: Blackberrys, ripe strawberry, smoke, mint, spice and hints of oak. Nice medium to long finish — 2 years ago

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Fog Crest Vineyard

Upper Block Estate Pinot Noir 2016

Almost burgundian. Earth, deep fruit, a little toast on the nose. Delicious. — 10 months ago

Villa Bellezza

Bianco d'Amici 2017

Light, crisp, just the right amount of sweet — a year ago

Arista Winery

Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

Delectable Wine

The 2016 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is one of the more linear wines in this range, relatively speaking. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint and white pepper give the wine a super-distinctive upper register. Aromatic, bright and focused, the Ritchie is refined and loaded with real personality. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2019) — a year ago

EnRoute Winery

Hop Kiln Vineyard Pinot Noir

Decent legs, although not entirely as tight as I've experienced with an upper scale Pinot Noir. Deep garnet color with a beautiful, thin pink rim. The nose is slight but at the same time wonderfully fruity. The flavor is great with just a hint of oak. A nice, light, yet complex, flavor including hints of tobacco, a little spice, and a very pleasant earthiness. Medium to long dry finish. The tannins are soft and very enjoyable. — 2 years ago

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