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A good bottle from a not-so-great vintage. This showed black cherries, Christmas spices and minerals like a good Saint-Estephe should. Showed St. Estephe typicity. Drink by 2022.
SeaGlass - Sauvignon Blanc
Another good bottle. Very clean, crystaline and fresh-tasting, with barely a hint of oak vanillins on the finish. Will continue to buy.
La Bastide - Syrah VdP d'Hauterive Vieilles Vignes Les Genets
Consistent with previous bottles. Simple but good. Will continue to buy.
Belle Glos - Pinot Noir Las Alturas Vineyard
Last night, we enjoyed a 2013 Belle Glos Alturas Pinot Noir made by the Wagners, one of Napa Valley's first families of winemaking. Big yet easy-drinking, the wine was named for Lorna Belle Glos Wagner, the late grandmother of winemaker Joe Wagner. The fruit was sourced from the cool-climate Alturas Vineyard on California's Central Coast. The wine is deep red with a mix of blackberries, cranberries and plums. It's full-bodied and assertive, making it a great partner to almost any red meat, including beef and lamb. Although it's made in a bigger, more assertive style, I'm pairing this bottle with my homemade Coq-au-vin ' a traditional partner to Pinot Noir. A Wine Spectator 93-pointer, it's a prime example of California Pinot Noir. Highly recommended!
Michel Gassier - Viognier Les Piliers
Drinks like a classic French Viognier. Perfumed but light on the palate with a long and very pretty finish. A perfect pairing with rotisserie chicken. So far, I'm really enjoying this producer's wines. They're a terrific value.