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Monday, March 20, 2017

Wine Reviews: Best of Winter 2016/17

It's the first day of Spring so it's time to share the top wines that I reviewed during the Winter! So here it is... the best of December 21st 2016 to March 19th 2017!

#5. Alpasión Malbec 2013

Alpasión Malbec 2013Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Review Release: January 5th, 2017

In the mouth it's a little lighter than medium bodied but with a rich and round mouthfeel and silky tannin. The flavors are fruit forward with plum, cranberry and spoiled cabbage. Just kidding! There's no spoiled cabbage. I just wanted to make sure you were actually paying attention. The flavors are fruit forward with plum, cranberry and blackberries. A great mix of red and black fruit. The swallow is fantastic as it sees a brief visit into mocha-land. It finishes with those fruits on the palate, the addition of cola, and a silky coating that keeps those flavors going for quite awhile.


Price: $25
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

Left Coast Cellars The Orchards Pinot Gris 2015
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Review Release: March 5th, 2017

The color of the wine is a a very pale yellow. The nose is expressive with apples, orange blossom, honeydew melon and just a blade of lemon grass. It's medium to full bodied with a silky mouthfeel, but it's still zingy and lively as all hell. An explosion of tart apples and lemon lollipop command the palate, with mineral and fresh garden herb subtleties. It finishes tart but with a heavy coating that lets the flavors linger.

Price: $18
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

Matchbook Dunnigan Hills 2015 Old Head ChardonnayRegion: Dunnigan Hills, California
Review Release: December 29th, 2016

The color of the wine is a light straw color. The nose has a little smokiness to it that I don't recall on the 2012. There's also aromas of pineapple, butterscotch and vanilla wafers. It's such a lovely nose. Goddamn, I love Chardonnay so much. It's hard to imagine that I didn't like it when I began my career as a wine professional. I was a fool.

Price: $15
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

Psagot M-series Cabernet Sauvignon 2013Region: Jerusalem Hills, Israel
Review Release: February 12th, 2017

The color of the wine is a dark red heading in the direction of turning brick, with a blackish dense center. I got lots of wood on the nose at first, but after some airing out that receded and made way for the other characteristics. There's aromas of blackberries, black licorice, mocha, mint and vanilla. It really does have a dark, seductive nose.

In the mouth it's medium to full bodied, lush and smooth in mouthfeel, with soft tannin and low acidity. On the palate it brightens up away from the darkness with some red currant, cranberry and red licorice. Then there's that mocha, mint and vanilla again. It finishes so smoothly and elegantly, with cranberry and cedar.

Price: $63
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Review Release: January 29th, 2017

The color of the wine is a light straw yellow with silvery edges. There's almost a toasty feel to the nose and aromas of lime, gooseberry, guava, chives and cilantra. It's medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Flavors of lemon-lime soda, lemon grass, melon, guava and celery are on the midpalate. It finishes with lemon-lime soda, guava, and a tingly dry mouthfeel.

I'm actually going to give this wine a perfect score for the price and I'll tell you why. The highly potent grapefruit-and-acid to the face that is most New Zealand Savignon Blancs (available in the USA for this price) is an all-well-and-fine profile. But it's everywhere. And at no point did I get any of that. This is more mellow in its fruit, more versatile with food, and the quality is absolutely there.

Price: $13
Rating: 5/5 = Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)
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