Dominique Lafon Blanc Chardonnay 2016

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Dominique Lafon Blanc
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Bourgogne
Retail Price: $49.99

Tasting Notes: A stunning example of chardonnay! From the yogurt lees and chalky aromatics on the nose, laced with green apple, kumquat, key lime and Meyer lemon on the palate. This wine delivers a racing acidity that refreshes and ensures you want another sip.

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Round Pond Kith & Kin Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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Round Pond Kith & Kin
Varietal: Cabernet
Vintage: 2015
Country of Origin: California
Appellation: Napa Valley
Retail Price: $35

Tasting Notes: The deep rich color is the first indication of the fantastic tasting experience you will have with this cabernet sauvignon. Intense berry fruit, firm tannins and balanced acidity give this wine an amazing structure and flavor. It gets better with every sip. 

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Il Fauno di Arcanum Red 2014

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Il Fauno di Arcanum
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2014
Country of Origin: Italy
Retail Price: $29.99

Tasting Notes: This is a Bordeaux-style blend: 72% merlot, 20% cabernet franc, 4% cabernet sauvignon and 4% petit verdot. The palate is soft with elegant tannins and textures. The nose explodes with bright raspberries and wild berries, with some floral tones of lavender. The slightly higher-than-usual acids firmly frame a potpourri of blueberry and sour cherry. The fruit slowly subsides, giving way to exotic spice, and finishes with sweet black licorice. 

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Mollydooker Gigglepot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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Mollydooker
Fanciful Name: Gigglepot
Varietal: Cabernet
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: Australia
Retail Price: $50

Tasting Notes: Rich and creamy with heaps of dark chocolate and vanilla. Nice toasty and spicy long finish that goes on forever.

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Daou Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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Daou
Varietal: Cabernet
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: California
Appellation: Paso Robles
Retail Price: $29

Tasting Notes: A wonderfully balanced and yet complex wine. Rich berry fruit are complimented with a hint of cedar and a slight, yet pretty herbaceous note. This is a substantial cabernet that over delivers for the price. 

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Malleolus Tempranillo Red 2014

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Malleolus Tempranillo
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2014
Country of Origin: Spain
Retail Price: $46

Tasting Notes: Emilio Moro Bodegas has been around a long time. Still family owned, it generates some of the best tinto fino in Spain. Light earth, dark berries and perfectly integrated tannins carry this jewel to a long, lingering finish. Think clams and chorizo.

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La Serena Toscana Rosso Red 2015

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La Serena Toscana Rosso
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2015
Country of Origin: Italy
Retail Price: $35

Tasting Notes: Intriguing aromas of wild berries, cherry and spice with inviting flavors of cherry, mocha and vanilla giving way to hints of black pepper and exotic spice. Full-bodied and well balanced. A lot to like for the price.

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Aperture Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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Aperture
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: California
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Retail Price: $46.99

Tasting Notes: This barrel-fermented white is blended with 5% sauvignon musqué for an interesting twist on this variety. The wine has light, inviting apple blossom aromas. It demonstrates a refreshing complex arrangement of hay, honey, apple, savory fig and lemon curd. A chardonnay-lover’s sauvignon blanc.

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Aubry Brut Premier Cru Champagne NV Champagne

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Aubry Brut Premier Cru Champagne NV
Varietal: Champagne
Country of Origin: California
Appellation: Champagne
Retail Price: $48.99

Tasting Notes: This is not your typical non-vintage brut. A blend of ancient indigenous varieties, which make up 5% of the blend; pinot meunier accounts for 45%, the balance in equal parts pinot noir and chardonnay. The taste is like an essential champagne, with scents of chalk, mushroom, pear and lemon curd creating a bold surround sound of flavor. There's purity to the expression and a healthy weight to the wine. 

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Sonoma Loeb Pinot Noir 2016

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Sonoma Loeb
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: California
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Retail Price: $34.99

Tasting Notes: This is bright, intense, red fruit-dominated pinot noir is stunning with more than enough fresh acidity and beautiful texture to make this a standout. The elegance is striking and plentiful because of the lengthy finish.

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