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Seufert Horseleap Vineyard Pinot Noir

Wine Review: 2010 Seufert Horseleap Vineyard Pinot noir, Willamette Valley If you like your Pinot noir to have a sincere rustic earthiness, flaunting a little promiscuity at the same time, you will love the 2010 Seufert Horseleap Vineyard Pinot noir. Offering seductive concentration, this style of wine is delightfully dissimilar from most of the perfectly […]

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2008 Santa Rita Carmenere

Wine Review: 2008 Santa Rita Carmenere Medalla Real Single Estate, Colchagua Valley, Chile This Carménère represents the Colchagua Valley well, offering up an accurate sense of place with a wonderful expression of the varietal. Carménère to me has an exceptional depth and complexity that seems to go beyond that of Merlot to which it is […]

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NV Gosset Champagne Brut Excellence

Wine Review: NV Gosset Champagne Brut Excellence Gosset Brut Excellenceis Champagne that is superior in almost every aspect. The wine is comprised of 36% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir (all from Grand and Premier Cru vineyards) and 19% Pinot Meunier. Gosset has been producing Champagne in Ay, France since 1584 granting them the bragging rights to […]

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Craggy Range and the Rock Star Vintage

Last month, I was privileged to get a sneak peak at New Zealand’s Craggy Range 2013 vintage wines, including two from the exciting Gimblett Gravels region near Hawkes Bay.  According to Steve Smith MW, Craggy Range’s Wine and Viticulture Director, ‘it was the vintage of a generation.’ 

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Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Rye

Wine Review: 2011 Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé, Sicilia, Italy The 2011 Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Rye is a sweet dessert wine made from Zibibbo (Moscato d’Alessandria) grapes. It is a  well-balanced, round and pretty wine with a vivid personality. Amber in color with viscous textures; the aromas of brown sugar and ripe peaches are […]

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Cornerstone Stepping Stone Cabernet Franc

Wine Review: 2011 Cornerstone Stepping Stone Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley, California The 2011 Cornerstone Stepping Stone Cabernet Franc is another great wine from the Napa Valley. Plush and soft, it opens with red fruit flavors evolving into a palate of silky raspberry and tobacco with herb notes that play softly in the background. Give this […]

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