Mas La Cheveliere Pinot Noir


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Mas La Cheveliere Pinot Noir 2015
France

Tasting Notes: Made by the LaRoche folks of Chablis, their ultra-modern winery in Beziers, France, is light, fragrant and delicious pinot. High marks for the cost. An every-day winner.

Bouchard Père & Fils Pinot Noir


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Bouchard Père & Fils Pinot Noir 2014
France

Tasting Notes: Wonderfully Burgundian. Lighter in color in the glass, with bright ruby through and through. Elegance and delicacy are the perfect descriptors for both the nose and palate. A lovely example of why many people feel that Burgundy is the home of pinot noir.

Joseph Drouhin Pinot Noir


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Joseph Drouhin Pinot Noir 2014
France

Tasting Notes: The areas around the town of Beaune are justly famous for their elegance and sense of terroir. This is a prime example of Beaune character. Medium-bright ruby throughout the glass. Plenty of dark-berry fruit are exhibited on the nose and palate. Good acidity keeps everything in balance. Lovely now, with lots of potential for aging.

Nicolas Potel Bourgogne Pinot Noir


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Nicolas Potel Pinot Noir 2015
France

Tasting Notes: An excellent example of real Burgundy that dispels the myth that Bourgogne is always expensive. The light ruby color is eye-catching. There is a bouquet of rose petal, wild red fruit, and “la garrigue.” Flavors of not-quite-ripe cherry and raspberry balance with subtle hints of allspice and minerality. The finish is lengthy with supple tannins and sweet/tart acidity. The wine is nice now, but will develop for 2-3 more years. It’s a great value!

Domaine de Bellevue Signargues CDR 2016


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Domaine de Bellevue Signargues 2016
France

Tasting Notes: A vibrant and fresh example of Cotes du Rhone leading with bright brambly flavors of raspberry and red cherry. The structure of the wine consists of baking spice and black pepper. A great value Cotes du Rhone.

Ch La Tonnelle Haut Medoc 2015


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Ch La Tonnelle Haut Medoc 2015
France

Tasting Notes: Experience the grandeur of the 2015 vintage. A cabernet sauvignon-based red exuding flavors of black cherry and cassis with a touch of spice. The smooth finish is provided length by soft tannins.

Dom des Maisons Neuves Brouilly VV 2016


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Dom des Maisons Neuves Brouilly 2016
France

Tasting Notes: This wine exudes the classic fruit of Beaujoulais Cru. Lively raspberry and strawberry flavors are balanced by granite undertones. Fresh and vivacious flavors abound. Serve with a slight chill.

Levert Cremant de Bourgogne Brut 2013


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Levert Brut 2013
France

Tasting Notes: The aromas of green apple and pear excite the palate. The bright citrus flavors dance on the tongue due to the small bubbles. This beautiful Cremant balances bright flavors citrus and toast.

Chateau Landiras Graves 2014


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Chateau Landiras Graves 2014
France

Tasting Notes: Bordeaux steal of a bargain. 65% merlot and 35% cabernet. Palate is bursting with blackberry and black currant with silky tannins on the finish. Bonus: it's sustainably farmed with no pesticides or chemicals.

Les Franches Sancerre by Jolivet 2016


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Jolivet Sancerre 2016
France

Tasting Notes: A nose of citrus fruits and fresh rain on rocks. This sancerre exhibits a palate of lemon, lime and minerals. The brightness of flavors is paired perfectly with a lingering acidity.