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Saturday, December 22, 2018

Wine Reviews: Best of Fall 2018!

Yesterday was the first day of Winter, so here's the best wines that I reviewed for this Fall season!

***SPOILER ALERT*** For the second season in a row, Proemio nabs the top spot!

#5. Suhru Shiraz 2013

Region: North Fork, Long Island, New York, USA
Review Release: November 25th, 2018

The wine is a dark garnet in color. There's aromas of raspberry, blackberry, chocolate, spearmint, and white pepper. On the palate it's medium bodied with a lush mouthfeel, finely grained tannin, and a perky acidity. There's flavors of raspberry, blackberry, chocolate, vanilla, and spices. Then it finishes dry and crispy with tart raspberry and chocolate.

This is very much done in the Shiraz style of Australia with some pep and brightness rather than a burly and hearty Syrah, and I'm really enjoying it. It's my favorite by Suhru so far!


Price: $23
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended(what does that mean?)

#4. High Valley Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Region: High Valley, Lake County, California, USA
Review Release: October 10th, 2018

The color of the wine is a veeeeeery pale yellow. The nose is just an explosion of clementines, followed by pears, honeydew melon, cilantro, and hay. I am in love with this nose. On the palate it's a fuller bodied Sauvignon Blanc with a slick mouthfeel with a bit of a chemical feel to it, moderate acidity, and a dollop of sweetness. There's flavors of pears, melon, orange zest, lemon zest, and spearmint. Then it finishes dry on the tongue but with a coating of fruity goodness over your teeth and the sides of your mouth.

So, it's fantastic. I love it. Perfectly rounded to perform well all on its own and also with a ridiculous amount of dishes from salad, seafood, pasta, grilled veggies, pork, dessert, etc. Is it a surprise that, from a predominantly red wine producer, it's a white wine that I have loved the most?


Price: $30
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

Region: Virginia, USA
Review Release: November 8th, 2018

The color of the wine is purple. On the nose there's a cloud of flora with rose pedals and violets above aromas of chocolate, raspberries, anise, and cardamom. On the palate it's medium to full bodied with sweet tannins and an acidity that does a great job at brightening the fruit. There's flavors of juicy plum, blue raspberry, cardamom, a chunk of earth, and a piece of 2x4. The finish is incredibly long with plum, PEZ candy, and dirt.

I'm loving the crap out of this. Here I was expecting to have a big-ass astringent Tannat that I would need to let sit forever to open up because it's only a year old, and instead I'm greeted with a delightful juice-bomb that still has a gritty earthiness, is ready to drink now, and just has the personality of being a happy wine. Get what I'm saying?


Price: $35
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon USA
Review Release: October 28th, 2018

The color of the wine is yet again a light copper. On the nose there's aromas of apple, apricot, orange blossom, lemon zest, and little bit of a peppery kick. It's full bodied with a lush and silky mouthfeel, and there's a nice tart acidity but not as powerful as it was in the 2016 vintage. There's aromas of peaches, lemon, oranges, and chives. Then it finishes with lemon, orange pith, and white pepper.

Again, Left Coast KILLS it with their White Pinot Noir. I'm going to even up the score over last year's because they SLASHED that little bit of sweetness and SAWED IN HALF the tart acidity. This is perfectly rounded with everything playing wonderfully together and nothing standing up SCREECHING for attenting. I enjoyed this wine so much that, dare I say, it could make me commit... MURDER??? MWAHAHAHAHA!!!! Have a Happy Halloween! Don't do anything stupid, ya knucklehead.

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

#1. Proemio Reserve Syrah Garnacha 2015

Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Review Release: September 27th, 2018

The color of the wine is an incredibly vibrant violet purple. On the nose there's aromas of licorice, intense violets, plums, and baked apple crisp with vanilla and cinnamon. On the palate it's light to medium bodied with a juicy mouthfeel, high acidity, and finely grained moderate tannin. There's flavors of plums, strawberries, cooked apple, dark chocolate, and vanilla. Then it finishes with plums, strawberries, cinnamon, and ethanol.

This is a wonderful expression of these two varietals who were meant to be together, and it is a $20 slayer. Through the hoop, nothing but net. Not only is it perfectly balanced to stand on it's own but the versatility for food pairings is through the roof. Pork chops, pizza, tacos, beef stew, grilled vegetables, chocolate cake... and I can't even imagine how great this would be with a good old garlic rubbed ribeye steak. Honestly, this is what you should want when you drop a Jackson on one bottle of wine.


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