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94.00
A stunning Cava in a beautiful package. Beautiful, small bubbles last forever in the glass and the red fruit flavors last forever in your mouth. I could still taste it 3 minutes after I finished it off. A great alternative to Rose Champagne.
Spain, Sparkling, Mataro, with a community rating of 94/100
91.00
Made from the somewhat unknown grape Pais. Freshly crushed strawberry aromas float out of the glass, followed by a hint of rose petals. A great change of pace from the Gamay grape. Try it chilled down for a 1/2 hour in the fridge.
Chile » Central Valley » Maule Valley, Pais, with a community rating of 91/100
93.00
Such a beautiful wine. Well-balanced with a smoky, wild berry nose. Rose petals and a hint of gaminess comes through with time in the glass. This carries the 15% alcohol with no apparent heat and the finish is long and sweet. Great by itself but a stir fry with mushrooms would work great.
Chile » Aconcagua » Aconcagua Valley, Pinot Noir, with a community rating of 93/100
91.00
A new vintage of this staff favorite. The oldest vineyard of Syrah in Canada. Lots of earthy, gamey notes with a long, succulent finish. This would pair well with a juicy, medium-rare steak.
Canada » British Columbia » Okanagan Valley, Syrah, with a community rating of 92/100
Rick Watkins added a rating for Benziger Benziger.
92.00
A lovely expression of Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon. Black fruits with a kiss of sweet American oak float from the glass. Fine-grained tannins with no hard edges at all. This vintage recently scored "94" points in a San Diego wine competition.
United States, Cabernet Sauvignon, with a community rating of 91/100
89.00
A very easy drinking style of wine that could be chilled down a bit on a hot summer day. Red fruits and soft tannins lead to a juicy, berry-filled red wine that is lovely on its own or pair with a salad with raspberries and strawberries.
Portugal
89.00
Just a delicious glass of wine. Black and red fruits leap from the glass and coat the mouth with velvety tannins and soft acidity. Wonderful on its own but could stand up to some BBQ'd spicy sausage.
Australia » South Australia » Fleurieu » McLaren Vale, Shiraz, Mourvèdre, with a community rating of 87/100
98.00
Opened this for my birthday. What a stunning wine! This is the closest thing to Krug I have tasted at 1/4 the price. Made in a slightly oxidative style, it tastes like it has seen some amount of wood aging. Super creamy in the mouth and the mousse is very fine and persistent. Lots of brioche, yeast, baking bread and granny smith apple aromas and flavors. It's hard to say a $95.00 wine is a bargain but this one is. All I can say is WOW!!!
France » Champagne, Sparkling, with a community rating of 98/100
91.00
100% Graciano from 40 year-old vines. Black cherries, black plums and vanilla highlight the aromas and flavors. Long finish. Fire up some spicy sausage on the grill for this one!
Spain » Navarre » Navarra, Graciano, with a community rating of 91/100
90.00
A lovely medium-bodied Chilean Cabernet with hints of mint, blackberries and spice from American oak. Firm tannins and a long finish. Pair with a well-marbled steak.
Chile » Colchagua Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, with a community rating of 90/100
91.00
A great food wine. Lots of silky tannins with a smoky nose filled with blackcurrants and forest floor after a rain. This opens up with food, (I paired it with a prime rib steak), and the finish is very long. Will keep for a few years but hard to resist now.
France » Languedoc-Roussillon, with a community rating of 91/100
94.00
This will change your mind about what Beaujolais really is. Very full-bodied for a 100% Gamay wine, the Morgon "Cru" is always one of the most intense and long lived Beaujolais. The review on the Vinous website gave it "93" points and a drinking window of 2021 - 2028. With some air it opens up in the glass to a beautiful, black-fruited full-bodied wine with violets on the nose intermixed with crushed raspberries and black cherries. Lovely
France » Burgundy, Gamay, with a community rating of 94/100
92.00
What a lovely summer wine. Screams out for seafood, especially shrimp on the BBQ. Lovely peach, MacIntosh apple and lime flavors. The high acidity gets your mouth ready for food and wanting another glass of the beautiful wine.
Spain » Galicia » Rias Baixas, Albariño, with a community rating of 92/100
Rick Watkins added a rating for Tedeschi Corasco.
91.00
Tedeschi continues its run of great vintages of this wine with the 2015. Air dried grapes add complexity and interest in this full-bodied, red-fruited wine. You can taste the intensity of the wine on the palate and this follows through to a well-defined, linear expression of Corasco.
Italy » Veneto, with a community rating of 90/100
90.00
A lovely Chardonnay that sees a little bit of French oak that adds some complexity and richness to the wine. Tropical fruit flavors with hints of vanilla and MacIntosh apples. Pair with roast chicken or enjoy on its own.
Chile » Central Valley, Chardonnay, with a community rating of 90/100
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