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Reviews

Domaines Dominique Piron Morgon Côte du Py 2022 $31 (91 points)

This offers power and structure, with a rich core of blackberry flanked by notes of warm spices, refreshing mint and grilled apple wood. Cooling river stone minerality washes through the finish, which is focused and slightly chewy. Drink now through 2028. 31,500 cases made, 4,500 cases imported. Source : af86c0bdedc44f889e5a5bfa2293d7c3

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Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Eastside Road Neighbors 2022 $72 (95 points)

This red is packed, featuring juicy and delicious mulberry, blackberry and cherry pâte de fruit notes that ripple with energy, while rose hip, rooibos tea and licorice snap accents fuel the finish. Shows a gloss of toast for added effect, as the fruit easily keeps the upper hand throughout. Drink now through 2034. 2,151 cases made. Source : 334bd4d87c515a3ffe1d4d2c379f952c

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Family Matters (Victoria Wines, Part 2)

The post Family Matters (Victoria Wines, Part 2) appeared first on 1 Wine Dude. (image: Wine Victoria) Welcome to Part 2 (you can check out Part 1 here) of my 3-parter feature on the wines of Victoria, Australia—an area rich in small animals that can quickly kill you (like the box jellyfish, blue-ringed octopus, and redback spider… hell, even the …

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Niepoort Douro Charme 2021 $80 (95 points)

Lovely and graceful, offering precision, balance and length, this red glides across the palate. Delivers flavors of pureed raspberry and warm cherry, with aromatic accents of wild sage, sandalwood, violet and red licorice finely woven with supple tannins through the lasting, mineral-laced finish. Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca. Drink now through 2036. 808 cases made, 7 cases imported. Source : …

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Quinta do Vallado Douro 2021 $23 (90 points)

A fresh, well-balanced red, fragrant with mountain herb and violet notes, this version integrates creamy-edged, sculpted tannins with an expressive core of ripe mulberry and black plum fruit, plus accents of cocoa powder, white pepper and paprika. Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Sousão. Drink now through 2031. 10,980 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. Source : 8967900c6e18b861060281adbb0285d5

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Wine Reviews: Mini Round-Up for July 15, 2024

The post Wine Reviews: Mini Round-Up for July 15, 2024 appeared first on 1 Wine Dude. I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes in a “mini-review” format. They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) …

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Selbach-Oster Riesling Spätlese Feinherb Mosel Zeltinger Sonnenuhr “Ur” Alte Reben 2021 $44 (93 points)

Thyme and oregano herb oil notes glide through this distinctive and savory white, showing quince, passion fruit and roasted agave flavors layered with mint and a cool, stony minerality. Silky and round, with unctuousness that builds with time. Zesty spice and warm hay notes kick in toward the persistent finish. Well-built and expressive of its unique terroir. Drink now through …

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Wrath Vineyards: Current Releases from the 2022-23 Vintages

The IWR has had a long association with Wrath Vineyards that began in 2009 when we prepared a report on the wines of the Santa Lucia Highlands (SLH): The Santa Lucia Highlands: Unique Terroir, Marvelous Wines.   While Wrath is technically located in the Monterey AVA, it is in the foothills just below the SLH and sources grapes from several SLH …

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Tolaini Cabernet Sauvignon Toscana Legit 2021 $45 (94 points)

A dense, muscular red, displaying plum, black currant, tobacco, iron and wild herb flavors, supported by broad, ripe tannins. Leaves a juicy feel on the long, oak-tinged aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2026 through 2036. 10,000 cases made, 3,000 cases imported. Source : f7f4742207c22dfdf70956728ac00e54

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Michel Briday Bouzeron Cuvée Axelle 2022 $32 (91 points)

Pine, sage, apple and lemon flavors pervade this intense white, which is balanced and vibrant, with a lingering aftertaste echoing the pine and lemon notes, plus malt and mineral hints. Drink now through 2028. 12,000 cases made, 150 cases imported. Source : 590a9cf6e9303486bbb449b27f964747

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I Greppi Bolgheri Superiore Greppicaia 2020 $70 (95 points)

Full of plum, blackberry and black currant flavors, this succulent red is balanced and supple in texture. Leather, earth and tobacco flavors add depth as this stays long and bright on the finish. This is as much about the vivid acidity as tannins for structure. Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2025 through 2040. 772 cases made, 600 cases imported. Source : …

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Domaine de l’Olivette Bandol Rosé 2023 $26 (91 points)

A weighty, substantial version, with time in glass revealing grilled orange and juicy peach flavors. Creamy and rich in feel, with white mocha notes adding a sensual dimension and herbal savoriness driving freshness. Bitter quinine and singed garrigue notes mark the weighty yet elegant finish. Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Grenache. Drink now through 2028. 12,500 cases made, 3,000 cases imported. Source …

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