Bulliat Morgon Cru Beaujolais 2016

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Bulliat Morgon Cru Beaujolais
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: France
Retail Price: $24.99

Tasting Notes: Delicate red, semi-transparent, lovely aromatics of cinnamon, red hard candy and scorched red earth. Lively and bright with red fruits on a polished palette with a clean finish.

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Domaine Piegonne 2016

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Domaine Piegonne
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Ventoux
Retail Price: $12.99

Tasting Notes: Medium-bodied and full of cherry notes, the wine is defined by its terroir. As soon as the cork comes out the garrigue, herbal flavors add depth to the fruit notes. A fantastic value.

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Paul Jaboulet Parallele 45 rouge 2016

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Paul Jaboulet
Fanciful Name: Parallele 45 rouge
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Cotes du Rhone
Retail Price: $16.99

Tasting Notes: Paul Jaboulet’s Parallele 45 Cotes du Rhone is a fresh, medium-bodied red driven by notes of black fruit and exotic spices with a rounded and delicate mouthfeel.

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Bordeaux de Gloria 2015

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Bordeaux de Gloria 
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2015
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Bordeaux
Retail Price: $21.00

Tasting Notes: This third bottling of Chateau Gloria shows how good 2015 is! Amazing value showcases black current, sour cherries, cedar, leather and vanilla tones from the oak. The tannins and acid are in wonderful balance with each other. The full body and long finish on this wine ends with a pleasant balance of fruit and earth. 

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Clape 2016

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Clape
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Saint-Peray
Retail Price: $47.99

Tasting Notes: Very spicy and peppery on the nose. The palate is ripe, honey and waxy 70% marsanne, 30% roussane.

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Chateau Puech-Haut 2015

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Chateau Puech-Haut
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2015
Country of Origin: France
Retail Price: $23.99

Tasting Notes: From a blend of 50% syrah with 35% grenache and a little mourvèdre and carignan, aged in concrete, this is one dense, powerful wine Dark Mediterranean fruit, with floral aromatics with a little dark raspberry Mellow tannins, making the overall style generous and exuberant.

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Château Saint Valentin Bordeaux 2014

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Château Saint Valentin
Fanciful Name: Bordeaux
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2014
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Retail Price: $23.99

Tasting Notes: 80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc. This Bordeaux drinks fabulous now at a killer price! The French oak aromas of vanilla entice you. The wine is ripe with just enough tannin grip. Flavors of black cherry, plum, raspberry, black currant melt in your mouth, complemented by cedar, vanilla, cinnamon, dark cocoa, pencil shavings and leather.

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Joseph Drouhin Vaudon Chardonnay 2015

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Joseph Drouhin
Fanciful Name: Vaudon
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2015
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Chablis
Retail Price: $27.99

Tasting Notes: 100% chardonnay, aged in stainless steel. Makes a delightful dry-and-fruity wine, easy to drink Its color is pale gold with light-green hue. Very fresh aromas reminiscent of citrus lemon and grapefruit.

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Chateau Larose-Trintaudon 2012

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Chateau Larose-Trintaudon
Varietal: Blend
Vintage: 2012
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Haut-Medoc
Retail Price: $23.99

Tasting Notes: This blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon and 40% melot creates a deep, intense, bright, ruby-red color. Dark red-berry fruit bouquet with hints of cedar and spice box. The oak is noticeable, but not heavy handed, providing a good impression on the palate, with good body, richness and lovely freshness. The finish is lovely and lasting. 

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Camille Giroud Les Chaffots Premier Cru Pinot Noir 2012

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Camille Giroud
Fanciful Name: Les Chaffots Premier Cru
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2012
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Morey-Saint-Denis
Retail Price: $105.00

Tasting Notes:  A wonderful example of Morey-Saint-Denis Aromas of under-ripe raspberries and cedar notes followed by wet stones. On the palate it opens up to flavors of cranberries, saffron and basil, with a perfect balance between savory, earthy and fruity. The finish of this wine is long and structured, with a beautiful marriage between the tannin and acid, with acid winning in the end.

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