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Mas Fi Cava Brut NV

Josep Masachs Mas Fi Cava Brut NV

I'll be featuring affordable bubblies and rosé wines in the runup to Valentines, so stay tuned. The Josep Masachs Mas Fi Brut opens with a vinous nose that is classic Cava: white flowers, lemon drop, pear, and apple. More defining features can be sussed out on entry, with crisp bubbles set against an understated, autolytic backdrop. As it dwindles, a pleasant bitterness sneaks up on you—and evolves quietly, softly, and resolutely into white grapefruit sprinkled with sea salt. A lovely find for a mere $11 USD. 11.5% ABV | Sample Cava Mas Fi 89 Points  ...

Bluebird Hill Cellars Trilogy 2016

Bluebird Hill Cellars Trilogy 2016

Densely packed aromas canned pear, honeydew melon, thai coconut custard are the welcome tones that lead into a palate that is surprisingly more taught than the nose belies. Bluebird Hill Cellars' 2016 Trilogy is an undisclosed blend of three white varieties sourced from the Willamette Valley, displaying predominant orchard fruit flavors embroidered against a backdrop of subtle toast. A moderate finish of lemon pith and pear skin. 13.5% ABV | Sample Bluebird Hill Cellars 88 Points...

Aubert Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2007

Aubert Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2007

Now a decade on, the 2007 Aubert Sonoma Coast Chardonnay slowly unfurls to reveal lemon curd, poached pear, and baked apple notes, couched in mellow and toasty tones of salted butter, brioche, caramel, and vanilla. Nice delineation on the palate, where voluptuous spiced orchard fruit is neatly intersected by a firm acidic spine and beautifully integrated toast. The persistence on the finish is impressive, it goes on for over a minute, an alluvial fan of lemon zest and oyster shell. Aubert Wines 94 Points...

Charles Smith Eve Chardonnay 2015

Charles Smith Eve Chardonnay 2015

Crafted with native yeast, 20% of which goes through malolactic fermentation, the 2015 Charles Smith Eve Chardonnay is uniform and varietally correct on the nose and palate with attractive aromas of bosc pear, yellow apple, and banana cream pudding. Crisp and bright on the palate, the acidity is slightly softened by six months of aging on fine lees. While not an overly-complex wine, it's not weighted down and is a nice value for those looking for a compromise between oak and stainless. 13.0% ABV | Sample Charles Smith Wines 87 Points...

Robert Talbott Kali Hart Chardonnay 2015

Robert Talbott Kali Hart Chardonnay 2015

A suffusion of smokey minerals, creme brûlée, toasted coconut flake, mandarin and grilled pineapple. Robert Talbott's 2015 Kali Hart Chardonnay is made from the winery's Sleepy Hollow estate vineyard, a hillside parcel that is relatively close to the Pacific Ocean—where cool maritime breezes lend a moderating effect. The effect of this microclimate on the palate is a spike of citrusy acidity, piercing through a creamy tropical fruit core. 14.5% ABV | Sample Talbott Vineyards 89 Points...

Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2016

Bluebird Hill Cellars Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2016

A classic Chardonnay profile of orchard fruit, yellow apple, and bosc pear with gently warming tones of vanilla paste and baking spice. Bluebird Hill Cellars 2016 Willamette Valley Chardonnay shows a degree of freshness on the palate—50% of the fruit undergoes malolactic fermentation while the other half does not—and lees aging has added body and round, silky mouthfeel as well. A taught vein of acidity slowly dissolves to reveal the underpinnings of a mineral spine. Sample Bluebird Hill Cellars 90 Points  ...

Walnut Ridge Pinot Gris 2016

Bluebird Hill Cellars Walnut Ridge Pinot Gris 2016

From 15 year-old grown in Bellpine soil, the 2016 Bluebird Hill Cellars Walnut Ridge Pinot Gris is a pale sunbeam in the glass with soft aromas of apple yellow, cantaloupe, and dried mint. In the mouth, the perception of softness continues with generous layers of fruit that relaxes a pleasant burst of acidity tinged with lemon drop. Aging in neutral oak on fine lees has had the finish is long and mouthwatering. sample * Bellpine series are found throughout Southern Willamette Valley and are composed of silty clay loam over sandstone. Bluebird Hill Cellars 89 Points  ...

M. Chapoutier Saint-Joseph Les Granits Blanc 2015

M. Chapoutier Saint-Joseph Les Granits Blanc 2015

M. Chapoutier's Saint-Joseph Les Granits Blanc 2015 opens with a smoky undertow that burns off like morning fog to reveal denser aromas of mandarin orange, lemon curd, poached pear, and a base note of grilled pineapple. In the mouth, this 100% Marsanne is round, silky, and wonderfully expressive—orchard fruit and orange pastille are enlivened by sonorous chords of pleasantly bitter pink grapefruit pith, baking spice, and crushed quartz. Incredible length. 13.5% ABV | Sample Maison M. Chapoutier 95 Points...

Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2016

Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2016

A household staple in the Pacific Northwest, Kung Fu Girl Riesling is crafted from sustainably farmed grapes grown in Washington State’s newest AVA, Ancient Lakes. On opening, vivid aromas of white peach, pear, lemongrass, and lemon drop lead into a wine with peppy acidity that adds lift to a white-fruited core. There's nice length on the finish as well, a burst of pleasant white grapefruit and lemon pith bitterness. Pair it with Thai cuisine. 1.4% RS, 12.0% ABV | Sample Charles Smith Wines 9.0 Points    ...

Galicia Mare Tămâioasă Românească 2016

Galicia Mare Tămâioasă Românească 2016

On the day we visited Galicia Mare, the winery still under construction, it was frigidly cold-wind whipped, we huddled around a table just inside the barrel aging room, the doors left open the afternoon sunlight to filter in. It was difficult to taste at these temperatures, this bottle-Tămâioasă Românească or Romanian Muscatel, glinted pale gold and like a long-lost distant cousin, exuded Muscat family personality and charm. Dried chamomile, honey, wet straw, barley flour, pear, musk melon, and diffuse sweetness. Támâioasă Românească has been cultivated in Romania for at least two millennia. sample Vinul him Dinescu 8.9 Points...