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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Wine Reviews: Best of Winter 2017/18!

Today is the first day of Spring, so here's the best of the wines that I reviewed for the Winter season!

#5. Jenny Dawn Cellars Sta. Rita Hills Chardonay 2016

Region: Sta. Rite Hills, California / Wichita, Kansas
Review Release: January 4th, 2018

The color of the wine is a pale yellow with silvery edges. The nose has a chalky minerality over aromas of white flowers, green apples, lime, canned pear juice, and juniper berry. It's medium bodied, surprisingly creamy on the midpalate mouthfeel, and has a mouth-watering acidity. There's flavors of green apple, lime, lemon, and pink grapefruit. It finishes crisp and tart and tastes like you just finished a tonic squeezed with lime and grapefruit.

Price: $40
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

#4. Cesari Mara Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2015

Region: Veneto, Italy
Review Release: February 1st, 2018 (February Wine Pick)

The color of the wine is a dark ruby red. On the nose there's aromas of juicy black cherries, cranberries, vanilla, hot cinnamon, and black licorice. On the palate it's medium bodied and ridiculously soft and lush in mouthfeel, with dusty tannin and just a little pep to its acidity. There's flavors of black cherries, cranberries, raisins, sweet tobacco, hot cinnamon, and black licorice. It finishes with that dusty tannin and flavors of cranberries and hot cinnamon.


Price: $20
Rating: 5/5 = Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

#3. Merotto Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG "Colbelo" Extra Dry

Region: Veneto, Italy
Review Release: January 1st, 2018 (January Wine Pick)

Moretto's "Colbelo" Extra Dry is a Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG made from 100% Glera, and I was taken aback by how delicious it was when I had it at a tasting. The inviting breadiness and nuttiness on the nose reeled me in, as I was not expecting that kind of profile at all. There's also aromas of yellow pears, green apples, and white flowers. On the palate it's full bodied with an acidity that's very well behaved and balanced. For flavors it's a bowlful of mellow fruit like yellow pears, honeydew melon, and canteloupe, getting an uplifting brightness from tart green apples.


Price: $17
Rating: 5/5 = Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

#2. Bodega Ontañón Rioja Reserva 2005

Region: Rioja, Spain
Review Release: December 21st, 2018

The color of the wine is a purplish red. There's aromas of cherries, vanilla, cocoa powder, and various spices. It's medium bodied and ridiculously smooth in mouthfeel, although the tannin does still have a little grip, and a very well balanced acidity. There's flavors of black cherries, plums, chocolate, tobacco, and leather. The wine closes out with a long lasting, very satisfying finish of black cherries and leather.

It has elegance and charm. It has a laid back, relaxing personality. It's twelve years old and it could go another ten. It's only $24. It's freaking amazing for $24. It's without a doubt Highly Recommended.

Price: $24
Rating: 5/5 = Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

#1. Domaine de l'Étoile Banyuls Grand Cru 2000

Region: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Review Release: March 15th, 2018

The color of the wine is garnet, and like the Crianza it's pretty transparent. The nose is so toasty! I love it! I mean, I don't even think I want to drink this. I just wanna smell it. Can we make this a fragrance? Or a candle? The toasty oak is just so captivating, and that's joined by violets, wild berries, licorice, sticky fresh herbs, and vanilla. I'm already in love with this wine before I even taste it.

On the palate it's medium bodied with perfectly balanced tannin and acidity, but carrying an ethanol burn. There's flavors of cherries, blackberries, licorice, vanilla, and leather. It finishes boozy and with flavors of blackberries and leather.

Oh, fuck yes. This is awesome. Snatch it up!


Price: $28
Rating: 5/5 = Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)
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