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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

2001 Domaine Jean-Michel Gaunoux Pommard ”Les Perrières” 

Feeling mighty French! I smell this stuff and know I’m in Burgundy. Barnyard and leather (we’re talking horse and saddle). Crushed raspberries, macerated red berries, and blackberries. Savory clove on the nose. Juicy raspberries and red currants; not as much leather on the palate. Star anise, clove, and rocks in the soil. Tannins are very present. Drinking well now but can certainly age…Classic Burgundy.

4/5 bones

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Pinot Noir

13% abv

Pommard (Burgundy), FRANCE

2012 Robert Sinskey Vineyards Scintilla Sonoma Vineyard Vin de Terroir Abraxas

This is a quality producer in California producing some really excellent Old World style (in this case, Alsatian) juice! Lemon, pear, Golden Delicious apple skin with white and yellow flowers. Hints of honeysuckle and saffron. Some waxy notes along with green pepper, grass, and cashews. Hints of lychees right before the finish. 

4/5 bones

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Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer

13.5% abv

Los Carneros, California, USA

2009 Bodegas Muga Selección Especial

Ripe red cherries, blackberries, dried cranberries, and raspberries. Savory serrano ham note. Cloves and cardamom. Bourbon vanilla. 

4/5 bones

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Tempranillo (some Garnacha, Mazuelo, Graciano)

14% abv

Rioja, SPAIN

1998 Krug Brut

I’m sittin’ pretty with my favorite champagne! Oh boy, this is such special stuff. It smells like a boulangerie on a sunny day in Paris. Whiffs of brioche French toast and crusty country bread. Apples, mushrooms, lemon dessert tarts, and chalk. Beautiful mousse (bubbles). Lovely, bright acidity. Baked apples on the palate with lots of toast, yeast, and caramel notes. There’s even a tease of red currants and boysenberries, but just a tease. DELICIOUS.

5/5 bones

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Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier

12% abv

Champagne, FRANCE

2013 Azienda Agricola Arianna Occhipinti SP68 Sicilia Rosso IGT

GIRL POWER! I am a huge fan of Arianna Occhipinti and everything she makes because she is awesome. A young female winemaker in a male-dominated industry, Arianna is a real trail-blazer. Black fruit, aged balsamic, clove, cedar box, olive tapenade, purple flowers, and a hint of cola. Grippy tannins with nice acidity. Blackberries, black currants, and anise on the palate. 

4/5 bones

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Frappato, Nero d’Avola

12.5% abv

Sicily, ITALY

2002 Dominus Estate Christian Moueix

I’m a Christian Moueix fangirl and I’m not afraid to show it! This wine is epic every time. Fruit leather and ripe, ripe fruit on the nose along with tobacco, leather, mint, eucalyptus, vanilla, dill, clove, mixed color peppercorns, plums, prunes, and cocoa. Just on the nose! Beautiful palate of cassis, plum, tobacco, leather, and mint with a green pepper finish!

5/5 bones

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Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot

14.1% abv

Napa Valley, California, USA

2013 Bodegas del Palacio de Fefiñanes “Albariño des Fefiñanes”

As you know, Albariños are always welcome in my house! This one’s got lots of peach, sea shells, sea salt, and fresh white flowers on the nose with a hints of candied lemon peel. Mouthwatering acidity on the palate with lots of pear and marine (salt/shells) notes. A bit of a tingle on the tongue. This guy gets more candied as it opens. 

3/5 bones

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Albariño

12.5% abv

Rias Baixas, SPAIN

2009 Brygon Reserve Bin 888 Cabernet Sauvignon

So this is a Cab from Australia, the land of Shiraz! Pretty cool! Lots of black currants, shiitake mushroom, and smoked ham on the nose. More tart red cherries and blackberries on the palate, where it’s a little thin for my taste. 

3/5 bones

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Cabernet Sauvignon

13.5% abv

Margaret River, AUSTRALIA