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Tasted April 15, 2016 by RajivAyyangar with 98 views

Flight 1 (5 notes)

2014 Mora Estate Rosé USA, California
86 points
Medium pink-salmon. vibrant.
Crisp red fruit, watermelon skin, slight leaves. Light bodied with moderate alcohol (12.5%)crisp elevated acid, a freshness in the mid-palate, and just a touch of bitterness. moderate length. Nice!
2014 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Gris de Gris France, Languedoc Roussillon, Languedoc, Corbières
85 points
Medium pink. Ripe pear, hints of caramelized peach, slight earth. Very apply in the mouth - bruised green apples, with elevated acid and no bitterness. 12.5%. A bit short.
N.V. Broadbent Vinho Verde Portugal, Minho, Vinho Verde
86 points
Moderate plus pink with some salmon and peach color. Slight grapefruit, slight ripe peach, almost a bit of herbaceousness as well. Fresh nose. Significant frizzante, extremely fresh palate, low alcohol, elevated acid, light body, no bitterness. Moderate length! So refreshing
2014 Matthiasson Chardonnay Linda Vista Vineyard USA, California, Napa Valley
88 points
Moderate concentration straw. Fresh and ripe nose with just a hint of buttercream oak, high acid, and crisp green apples, lemon, and just a hint of cool tangerine. Moderate alcohol - 13%? (actually 12.8%). Persistent!
2012 Achával-Ferrer Quimera Argentina, Mendoza, Lujan de Cuyo
85 points
Inky purple in the glass, opaque. Earthy, brambly nose, with that weirdly green Malbec grapey chemical weedy thing. Not sure how to describe this, but it smells like Malbec. Also violets, sage, underbrush, and dried flowers.
Dry, full-bodied, with elevated alcohol 14.5%? (correct). Hints of new oak on the palate - baking spices - but holding it well. Elevated acid - it really sticks out, as if acidified. A harsh tartness on the finish. Moderate minus tannins. Some bitter chocolate and purple grape on the finish. I’m not a fan but it’s clearly ripe fruit. Persistent.
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