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Notable Unoaked Chardonnay 2016

Notable Unoaked Chardonnay 2016

Notable's crisp and fruity version plays opposite it's oaky-buttery Chardonnay label. It's softly textured on the nose and palate with undertones of ripe honeydew melon, green apple, and d'Anjou pear. It's a fairly straightforward wine—I'm perhaps favoring the oaked Chardonnay, simply because there's more layered complexity and texture with the judicious addition of oak. Regardless, this is an easy drinking crowd pleaser that will likely keep mother-in-law happy. 13.5%| Sample Constellation Brands Inc 8.6 Points...

Two Hands Lily's Garden Shiraz 2014

Two Hands Lily’s Garden Shiraz 2014

I've been longing to try the Two Hands wines, so you can imagine my joy in coming across this Lily's Garden Shiraz 2014. The nose explodes with juicy blueberries and ripe boysenberries followed by a lovely lingering top note of violets, anise and eucalyptus. My scrawled notes read, "a pleasure bomb" which differs from a fruit bomb in that all the elements here are in check. The core is incredibly silky, satiny and almost creamy with sumptuous black fruit, but it's well balanced structurally and in terms of acid. 14.5% ABV | Sample Two Hands 9.2 Points...

Tir Na N'og Old Vines Grenache 2008

Tir Na N’og Old Vines Grenache 2008

I couldn't find any evidence that Tir Na N'Og is still in existence, it would seem that the last vintage on the market is the 2008. At any rate, its developed nicely, with a juicy pop of red fruit—strawberries, raspberries and lovely secondary notes of Asian spice, sandalwood, and incense. Lightly-styled and rather sleek despite a 14.5% ABV, there is considerable acidity too, along the lines of tart cranberries or pie cherry. Finishes on an herbal note. 8.7 Points...

Penfolds RWT Shiraz 1997

Penfolds RWT Shiraz 1997

Penfolds RWT (or Red Winemaking Trial) Shiraz is the still gutsy and vibrant. 1997 was the inaugural vintage of the RWT label, and this Barossa Shiraz delivers expressive aromas of butterscotch and ripe blueberries, juicy blackberry, charred meat, creosote and lilacs. Silky and opulent in the mouth, there still is great purity of fruit to be found here, and a fine, minerally vein swathed in glycerol. Ends with long, meandering flavors of eucalyptus, smoldering embers and ash. Penfolds 9.2 Points ...

Hardy Wine Company Eileen Hardy Shiraz 1998

Hardy Wine Company Eileen Hardy Shiraz 1998

Eileen Hardy 1998 Shriaz is well within it's optimum drinking window. Concentrated and elegant, this McLaren Vale Shiraz offers up a fragrant mix of dusty roadside blackberries, black cherries, cinnamon stick, wood spice, sandalwood, and cedar. Medium-bodied, with nicely integrated oak, and juicy black fruit—there is a nice interplay of earthiness, savoriness and even a touch of minerality on a lengthy and utterly pleasing finish. Hardy's Wines 9.1 Points  ...

2014 in Review

2014 in Review

2014 was, for me, a monumental year. I have been very fortunate to have attended some fantastic industry tastings throughout much of the year. I’m also presently working my way through the WSET courses, studying wine and regions as much as my schedule allows. These wines were the highlights of my year, a tough list to narrow down, included are my notes: Champagnes 2005 Bérêche & Fils Le Cran Montagne de Reims Ludes Premier Cru: I have become a huge fan of Bérêche, for me, this is a Champagne that rivals even Krug. The nose  is decadent and rich, with layer upon layer of brioche, lemon curd, candied orange peel, cardamom and honeycomb. The palate is no less sumptuous; it is a kaleidoscope of flavors from baklava to toasted walnuts, sun-kissed apricot. It’s creamy and dense, yet finishes gracefully, with refined minerally notes and burnt sugar topping as on crème brûlée. From start to finish this is an impeccable wine. 1996 Salon Champagne le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut: Salon from the highly regarded 1996 vintage. We’re drinking this to celebrate my surpassing 10,000 followers on Vivino! And, oh boy, is this a powerhouse! Classic notes of brioche, baked apple, dried honey and smoke. It’s the...

Yalumba Muscat Museum Reserve Rutherglen NV

Yalumba Muscat Museum Reserve Rutherglen NV

Aged in French oak puncheons for seven years, the Yalumba Museum Release Victoria Dessert Muscat is the color of deep mahogany with enveloping notes of Dalmatia Orange Fig Spread, burnt sugar, toasted nuts, and black raisins. Silky and concentrated on the palate, with medium plus acidity to lend balance to weight, it finishes spectacularly with notes of spice and Medjool dates. Scrumptious paired with a brown butter walnut pie for dessert. Yalumba Winery 9.2 Points...