Culmina Family Estate – R&D White blend 2016 Okanagan valley, Golden Mile bench

Culmina Family Estate – R&D White blend 2016 Okanagan valley, Golden Mile bench

A blend of Chardonnay, Riesling, Viognier & Gewurztraminer that is very aro-matic. Floral & perfumed at first, it then opens up towards ripe orchard fruits, even riper stone fruits and freshly cracked white pepper. The structure is lean and diluted. Very simple, especially compared to the nose. It ends quickly but on a spike of…

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Fox Run Vineyards Semi-Dry Riesling 2016 Finger Lakes, Seneca Lake

Fox Run Vineyards Semi-Dry Riesling 2016 Finger Lakes, Seneca Lake

Golden in color, this semi-dry Riesling has a blossomed expres-sion with aromas of orchard fruits as well as an exotic touch of pineapple, papaya and melons. Rich and mellow, the palate mirrors the nose in terms of aromas, but with a generous and concentrated character. It’s crisp even with the weight of the off-dry almost medium-dry sweetness and full-body….

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Fox Run Vineyards Chardonnay, Doyle family 2016 Finger Lakes, Seneca Lake

Fox Run Vineyards Chardonnay, Doyle family 2016 Finger Lakes, Seneca Lake

The wine is light as a feather on the nose, unoaked, zesty mostly but also with limited, subtle aromas of melons and Bergamot. The palate, even if still fine, has more precise flavors, tangerine and citrus fruits dominate. It shows simplicity, no oak, lees nor MLF. Beside a mild creamy texture and moderate alcohol, it’s…

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Ravines Wine Cellar Cabernet Blend, Le petit Caporal 2016 Finger Lakes, Seneca lake

Ravines Wine Cellar Cabernet Blend, Le petit Caporal 2016 Finger Lakes, Seneca lake

The wine has a deep but vivid cherry color. The nose has prominent hints of oak as well as a brightness and liveliness from the considerable Cabernet Franc portion of the blend. It has a complex set of aromas, ranging from juicy red berries to dark, sweet spices & cocoa powder. The palate is lush and mouth-filling, any hints…

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Ravines Wine Cellar Cabernet Franc 2017 Finger Lakes, Seneca Lake

Ravines Wine Cellar Cabernet Franc 2017 Finger Lakes, Seneca Lake

The Cabernet Franc is quite typical, with Loire propinquity. The nose is earthy & very juicy with aromas of strawberries, Bram-bleberries & Blueberries with a stunning perfume of violets as well as Szechuan Pepper. Its fruit-forward palate is expressive with quite soft tannins. The body is fleshy with a decent acidity level. In terms of structure, I’d say the…

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Riberach, Synthèse Blanc 2016 IGP Côtes Catalanes

Riberach, Synthèse Blanc 2016 IGP Côtes Catalanes

The Riberach project started in 2006 with 20 acres of vineyard, with the aim of making wines that reflect terroir, soil and climate. A blend of Macabeu, Carignan, Grenache Blanc & Grenache Gris, this wine is dry and filled with fresh citrus fruit expression. Other aromas include white flowers, fennel, white pepper and a decent…

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Domaine Olivier Pithon, Mon P’tit pithon rouge 2016 IGP Côtes Catalanes

Domaine Olivier Pithon, Mon P’tit pithon rouge 2016 IGP Côtes Catalanes

Young vines of Grenache Noir bought in 2008. This wine is a crisp and bright, lighter styled blend of Mourvèdre, Grenache noir and Syrah. Fresh red berries & a slight touch of sweet spices are joined by a refreshing acidity. It’s easy-drinking in every way.

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Domaine Vacquer, L’expression 2016 IGP Côtes Catalanes

Domaine Vacquer, L’expression 2016 IGP Côtes Catalanes

Based on a not so popular varietal in the Roussillon, at least as a single varietal, this pure Carignan is original. Crisp & elegant with chiseled pure fruits and Scrubland aromas, the expression is as bright as it can get with very apparent effect & minerality from the clay soils.

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Domaine Vacquer, Exigence 2016 IGP Côtes Catalanes

Domaine Vacquer, Exigence 2016 IGP Côtes Catalanes

Frederique Vacquer is a small, almost confidential vineyard in the very interesting, upcoming Aspres region. They work different single varietal cuvée like this 100% Grenache Noir. A combination of old vines and terroir. Dominated by ripe and concentrated black fruits, there’s also a touch of wild herbs and licorice. The palate is spicier and finely…

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Mas Bécha, Classique Charles 2017 Côtes du Roussillon

Mas Bécha, Classique Charles 2017 Côtes du Roussillon

Exceptional vineyard nestled in the heart of the Aspres, the 25 hectares of Mas Bécha was a key player in the revival of Roussillon wines. This classic Côtes du Roussillon has pronounced aromas of herbs, which then give way to plum, cherry and a touch of bitter cocoa. Quite plump, the mouth shows finesse and…

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