Nicolas Joly Chenin Blanc Les Vieux Clos 2019

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Nicolas Joly
Fanciful Name: Les Vieux Clos
Varietal: Chenin Blanc
Vintage: 2019
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Savennières
Retail Price: $75.00

Tasting Notes: This is not your everyday sipper. Organic and made from select ancient vines. Complex, with honeyed stone fruits laden with zesty citrus and light spice. Fresh almond and flint with a creamy texture and long lush finish. It should age well for at least 10 years. Enjoy with seared curried scallops.
Nicolas Joly Chenin Blanc Les Vieux Clos 2019

Jean-Michel Guillon Pinot Noir 2018

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Jean-Michel Guillon
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2018
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Gevrey-Chambertin
Retail Price: $69.99

Tasting Notes: A seductive wine that opens with aromas of wildflowers and red fruits. The palate is overwhelmed with gorgeous flavors of sage dusted raspberry, ripe plum and the gentlest caress of dark chocolate. A hint of earthiness on the generous finish completes the mission.
Jean-Michel Guillon Pinot Noir 2018

Caterwaul Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

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Caterwaul
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage: 2020
Country of Origin: United States
Appellation: Napa Valley
Retail Price: $59.99

Tasting Notes: Bursting with notes of ripe black cherry, dark chocolate and crushed blackberries, laying down a silky mouthfeel before surrendering to a finish kissed with hints of cocoa powder and toasted oak. Made by deliciously talented Thomas Rivers Brown, this wine is a winner from a challenging vintage.
Caterwaul Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

Rex Hill Pinot Noir 2017

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Rex Hill
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Retail Price: $85.00

Tasting Notes: Silky blue and black fruit, baking spices, mushroom and cedar lead to dusty tannins and a long luxurious finish. Sip it with grilled salmon.
Rex Hill Pinot Noir 2017

René-Henri Coutier Champagne Tradition Brut

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René-Henri Coutier
Fanciful Name: Tradition Brut
Varietal: Champagne
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Champagne Grand Cru
Retail Price: $44.99

Tasting Notes: A dazzling blend of 80% pinot noir and 20% chardonnay. A wonderful nose of toasted bread and tropical citrus flirts with the senses. Wonderfully vibrant in the mouth, showing flavors of ripe apple, pear nectar and lemon zest, before finishing with a delicate touch of toasted almonds. A tremendous value.
René-Henri Coutier Champagne Tradition Brut

Altesino Sangiovese 2013

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Altesino
Varietal: Sangiovese
Vintage: 2013
Country of Origin: Italy
Appellation: Brunello di Montalcino
Retail Price: $65.00

Tasting Notes: A wine that can exceed your expectations. The 2013 took a few minutes to open up, but when it did, it was singing. The aromatics of earth, tobacco and leather were met on the palate with rustic notes of fruit and tannin. I was actually sad when I realized the bottle was empty. 
Altesino Sangiovese 2013

Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling 2016

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Hermann J. Wiemer
Fanciful Name: Dry Riesling
Varietal: Riesling
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: United States
Appellation: Finger Lakes
Retail Price: $24.00

Tasting Notes: This bottle shows how this grape, when made well, has such longevity. Vibrant aromatics of mineral and fruit on the nose. On the palate, every time I took a sip, there was a new nuance to enjoy: fruit, rock, acid, body. If I tried this blind, I might have thought it was from the Mosel. Lovely.
Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling 2016

Château de Thauvenay Sauvignon Blanc 2020

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Château de Thauvenay
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage: 2020
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Sancerre
Retail Price: $22.99

Tasting Notes: Beautiful floral notes blossom from the glass as candied mango, lemon sorbet and pineapple flavors lay down a luxuriously lively river of fun on the palate. Well-balanced fruit and acidity begs to be paired with shellfish and a beach.
Château de Thauvenay Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Frederick & Jacob Cabernet Sauvignon

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Frederick & Jacob
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Country of Origin: United States
Appellation: Knights Valley
Retail Price: $59.99

Tasting Notes: Created by renowned and historic Napa Valley producer, Beringer Vineyards, this wine has a mouthfeel like velvet. Black currants, white pepper and huckleberry dominate this wine, and a lingering finish leaves you wanting more.
Frederick & Jacob Cabernet Sauvignon

Petites Secondes Pinot Noir

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Petites Secondes
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Country of Origin: United States
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Retail Price: $37.99

Tasting Notes: A great example of a classic pinot from the Willamette Valley region. Overripe cherries and cola on the nose with subtle notes of licorice and anise. This is delicious and tart. Would be a great addition to any holiday table.
Petites Secondes Pinot Noir

Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir 2017

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Joseph Phelps
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Appellation: Napa Valley
Retail Price: $55.00

Tasting Notes: Not being familiar with the Phelps pinot, I wasn't sure what to expect. What I got was California fruit and acid with a touch of a burgundy accent. The ripe fruit was prevalent, but elegantly subdued. The tannins have had time to relax in the bottle on this 2017, so it was ready to drink. The wine was balanced with fruit, tannin and acid, with a long lingering finish. 
Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir 2017

Fürstlich Castell’sches Domänenamt Silvaner Trocken 2020

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Fürstlich Castell'sches Domänenamt
Fanciful Name: Trocken
Varietal: Silvaner
Vintage: 2020
Country of Origin: Germany
Appellation: Franken
Retail Price: $22.00

Tasting Notes: The aromatics were of citrus and stone fruit. On the palate, the wine was pleasantly mouthwatering, crisp and inciting. Notes of golden delicious apple, lingering finish. Bonus points for being 12% ABV. This wine held its own with a vegetarian Shepard's pie made with French lentils and portobello mushrooms. 
Fürstlich Castell’sches Domänenamt Silvaner Trocken 2020