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2010 Qupé Syrah

Hanging out with squishabledotcom Shiba (we’ve got matching grins!) and contemplating some biodynamic California Syrah! Blackberry jam, dark cherries, black pepper, wood, vanilla, and smoke on the nose. Lighter on the palate with more blackberries and added hickory notes. Would be great for grillin’ this Labor Day!

3/5 bones

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Syrah

13.5% abv

Edna Valley, California, USA

Union Wine Company Underwood Pinot Gris In a Can

It’s College Game Day! Checking out this Pinot Gris in a can with my Oregon shirt on! Super fresh and fun! White peach and florals. A little metallic bite initially, then ripe white peach all the way. Fun! #pinkiesdown

3/5 bones

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Pinot Gris

13% abv

Tualatin, Oregon, USA

Delamotte Brut

Don’t mind me… I’m just trying on some Jimmy Choos while I sip some fine bubbly! Nice yeast and brioche notes on the nose along with lemon, chalk, green petals, and caramel. Great mousse (bubbles) that nicely coats the mouth. More citrus on the palate with crisp acidity. 

4/5 bones

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Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier

12% abv

Champagne, FRANCE

2006 Château Calon Ségur

Happy Cabernet Day! Love the heart on this label. Black currants, raspberries, and black cherries. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Thyme. Vanilla. Molasses. Beautifully integrated. Rich. Can age more. 

4/5 bones

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Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc

13% abv

Bordeaux (Saint-Estèphe), FRANCE

2008 Joseph Drouhin Clos des Mouches Rouge

This guy needed some time to open. Lots of raspberries and strawberries on the nose. Bramble, fallen twigs on the ground, red flowers, and dried leaves as well. Mouthwatering acidity on the palate along with juicy raspberries and cranberries. Pretty long length on this one but I wish it had a bit more complexity. 

3/5 bones

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Pinot Noir

13% abv

Beaune Premier Cru (Burgundy), FRANCE

2012 Fess Parker Riesling

Pretty stoked to try some Riesling from Santa Barbara! Stone fruit, yellow and white flowers, honeysuckle, and cashews on the nose. Candied lemon rind, thyme, and floral notes on the palate with a tease of sweetness on the finish. 

3/5 bones

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Riesling

12% abv

Santa Barbara County, California, USA

2012 Georg Breuer GB Rouge Spätburgunder

I’ve been known to enjoy German Pinot Noir from time to time. Today is such a time. This one is a prototypical, clean German Pinot - tart red fruit, underripe raspberry, and clove without much in terms of earth or game. Soft mouthfeel, but clean and crisp. Tart red fruit carries through the wine, although the alcohol seemed a little out of balance at the finish. 

3/5 bones

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Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir)

12.5% abv

Rheingau, GERMANY

2010 Egomei Rioja Crianza

Baked strawberries and stewed cherries. Balsamic glaze. Incense. Cardamom. Vanilla. Rum raisin. Tasty!

4/5 bones

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Tempranillo, Graciano

14.5% abv

Rioja, SPAIN

2011 Domaine La Grange Tiphaine Touraine Amboise Clef de Sol Rouge

Oooh… this has some definite sanguine Cabernet Franc notes. Graphite and iodine notes along with red currants, red cherries, and raspberries on the nose. Hints of bark, twigs, and greenery as well. Red fruit initially on the palate, giving way to sanguine notes and then finishing with tart fruit. Pair it with a burger at a bistro… c’est parfait!

5/5 bones

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Cabernet Franc, Malbec

13% abv

Touraine Amboise (Loire), FRANCE

2009 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Brunellos make me HAPPY! Yummy combo of tart black fruit and ripe red fruit on the palate with earth, leather saddle, dried charcuterie, and fennel all on the nose! Very well-balanced on the palate with relatively gentle acidity. Red cherries, strawberries, and black cherries with hints of leather and mushrooms.

4/5 bones

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Sangiovese

14% abv

Tuscany, ITALY