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1997 Pio Cesare Barolo DOCG

Mmm… this scrumptious wine makes me smile. This wine is drinking quite well! Blackberries, cherries, cassis, and strawberries. Dried leaves. Cloves. Leather. Licorice. Game… Set. Match. (See what I did there? #tennisjoke) 

4/5 bones

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Nebbiolo

13.5% abv

Piedmont, ITALY

Moutard Père et Fils Brut Rosé de Cuvaison

Just a lazy afternoon, lounging around with some rosé champagne! Move over, Keira - I should be the next COCO Mademoiselle spokesmodel. Juicy wild strawberries, lingonberries, wild flowers, and slate on the nose. Yeast notes are noticeably absent. Brioche on the palate with strawberry and lingonberry jam (you know, the type you have with Swedish meatballs). Very red. This kind of reminds me of a Spanish rosato. Very different from your standard rosé champagne. 

3/5 bones

$$$

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier

11 - 14% abv

Champagne, FRANCE

2012 Weingut Stadlmann Classic Pinot Noir

Wiener schnitzel me please! I love Austria and Klimt and Stadlmann! Tart red raspberries, cranberries, and red currants. LOTS of twigs. Some earth notes, but not as much game. LINZER COOKIES. Fuller, riper red fruit on the palate with green pepper, twig, and flint notes. 

4/5 bones

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Pinot Noir

12.5% abv

Niederosterreich, AUSTRIA

2007 Vignobles Brunier Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe La Crau

Keeping an eye on my Vieux Télégraphe, in case anyone tries to steal it. Red cherries, currants, black cherries, and blackberry preserves. Green and black olives. Black pepper dusting. Anise and bay leaf. Dry earth. All on the nose. Lots of warmth from the alcohol and great acidity on the palate. Starts with tart red cherries and juicy black cherries. Licorice notes throughout the palate. Tastes almost like a not-too-sweet black cherry pie. Fuller and darker as the wine opens - more preserves and leather with a peppery finish. 

3/5 bones

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Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre

14.5% abv

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, FRANCE

2012 Agrïna Portuguiser

Sneakin’ in a little side-eye for this Serbian wine! Yup, they make wine in Serbia! This one is made of a grape called Portuguiser (common in Austria, Germany, Hungary) in the Beaujolais Nouveau style. Lots of kirsch, cherry Jolly Rancher, plum, some baking spice and bubblegum on the nose. Definitely evidence of some secondary fermentation on the palate with some vinho verde qualities on the tongue. More Jolly Rancher and blackberries/blueberries from fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt! 

3/5 bones

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Portuguiser

13% abv

Fruška Gora, SERBIA

2005 Bodegas El Nido Clio

This wine’s a robust one. Blueberries and salted caramel. BUTTER notes - buttered popcorn, cultured butter, and brown butter on the nose. Rich coconut, blueberries, cinnamon, banana skin, and chocolate all on the palate. This is some decadent stuff!

4/5 bones

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Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon

15.5% abv

Jumilla, SPAIN

2010 Benanti Rosso di Verzella Etna

Okay, Don Corleone - make me an offer I can’t refuse!! Hehe. This Sicilian wine from the slopes of Mt. Etna has got it going on. Red cherries, blackberries, and some strawberries. Mineral, volcanic soil, wood, thyme, and truffles. Brighter on the palate with more red cherry, clove, and wood. Cin cin!

5/5 bones

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Nerello Cappuccio, Nerello Mascalese

13.5% abv

Etna (Sicily), ITALY

Billecart-Salmon Brut Sous Bois

It’s no secret - I am a huge fan of Billecart-Salmon and the elegance of their wines! This may be one of my favorite Billecart-Salmon wines! Melted butter, brioche toast, lemon custard, wood, chalk, and yellow flowers all on the nose. Baked apple pie with a sablé crust on the palate. Such crisp, elegant acidity. 

4/5 bones

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Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier

12% abv

Champagne, FRANCE

2013 Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Reserva Sauvignon Blanc

"Diablo" is my middle name! Rawr. Grass, green pepper, candied lemon, and Golden Delicious apples on the nose. Much the same on the palate with nice acidity. Quite a nice value wine!

4/5 bones

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Sauvignon Blanc

13% abv

Central Valley, CHILE

La Battagliola Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC

A little too much fun in the sun with some Lambrusco! Purple grapes, golden raisins, plums, and an interesting sherry flor note. This guy is a little deeper than your typical Lambrusco. 

3/5 bones

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Lambrusco

12% abv

Emilia-Romagna, ITALY