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Red
2019 Argiolas Costera Cannonau di Sardegna Cannonau, Grenache (view label images)
90% Cannonau (Grenache), 5% Bovale Sardo, 5% Carignano
from the 88 acre Costera vineyard at 725 ft with southern exposure,
pebbly, calcareous clay-loam soil and vines planted 2,200/acre
from 1975-1980 yielding 2.0-2.4 tons/acre.
October harvest.
2-day cold soak maceration prior to 3-4 week fermentation at 73 °F
in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic.
Aged 8-10 months in 225 L Barriques and 5 months in Cement vats,
plus 1 month in bottle.
14% Abv.

Background: Antonio Argiolas (d. 2009) inherited 7 acres of vines in 1938,
passing to sons Franco and Giuseppe who along with next gen
Antonio, Francesca, and Valentina now run Sardinia's leading wine
producer.
Proprietors: Franco and Giuseppe Argiolas
Winemaker: Mariano Murru

A(ccuray)=2: Med deep ruby/purple. Ripe rustic varietal.
B(alance)=2: Compact fruit with firm structure.
C(omplexity)=2: Dark berries, herbs, spices.
D(epth)=1: Savory mouthfeel. Good length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,2,2,1]= 7/10

Matches well with hearty dishes.

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White
100% Vermentino
from Menfi, Sicily with medium textured clayey soils sustainably farmed.
Fermentation in steel tanks at controlled temperature.
Aged in steel tanks and then in bottle for at least 3 months.
Unoaked. Vegan suitable.
12.5% Abv,
History: Cantine Settesoli is a coop of 2000 farmers since 1958
with 34 different cultivars on 6,000 ha of land (7% of vineyards on the island).
President: Giuseppe Bursi
Winemaker: Domenico (Mimmo) de Gregorio
A Marks & Spencer selection.

A(ccuray)=2: Pale lemon/green tint. Mildly aromatic varietal.
B(alance)=2: Off-dry fruit with soft acid structure.
C(omplexity)=2: Quince, ripe peach, floral hints.
D(epth)=1: Supple mouthfeel. Average length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,2,2,1]= 7/10

Excellent pairing with Chinese dim sum and Japanese sushi.

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White - Sparkling
100% Pinot Noir
from the 'flower' and 'fruit' plots of the 3.36 ha monopole lieu-dit
Largillier of Ville sur Arce in Côte de Bar, south of Troyes (Aube),
with poor marly Kimmeridgian (clay-limestone) soil quite similar to
those in Chablis.
Sole varietal of Pinot Noir with vines of age 35-45 yrs meticulously cultivated.
Manual harvest and sorted.
The two plots of single vintage vinified separately and assembled
in April-May for second fermentation. Malolactic completed.
Aged 29 months on lees, plus 7 months in bottle.
Dosage: Brut
12% Abv. ~10,000 bottles/yr

Background: The Coessens family has been sole proprietor of the
3.36 ha lieu-dit L'Agillier for five generations. Inherited in 2006 by
Jérôme Coessens who launched the brand Champagne Coessens.
Proprietors: Jérôme and Valerie Coessens

A(ccuray)=2: Pale crystalline lemon. Fragrant with minuscule perlage.
B(alance)=3: Intense fruit with vibrant structure.
C(omplexity)=2: Ripe tree fruits, white flowers, licorice, mineral.
D(epth)=1: Lifted mouthfeel. Good length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2/3/2/1] = 8/10

Contemplative.

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Red
100% Nero d'Avola
from calcareous-clay soils and warm Mediterranean climate.
Unoaked.
13% Abv.

Background: Cantine Settesoli is a coop of 2000 farmers since 1958
with 34 different cultivars on 6,000 ha of land (7% of vineyards on the island).
President: Giuseppe Bursi
Winemaker: Domenico (Mimmo) de Gregorio
A Marks & Spencer selection by Sue Daniels

A(ccuray)=2: Med ruby. Robust, brambly varietal.
B(alance)=2: Distinctive fruit with fine structure.
C(omplexity)=2: Red berries, plum, herbs, earth.
D(epth)=1: Round mouthfeel. Average length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,2,2,1]= 7/10

Softens to pleasant drinking on breathing.

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White - Sparkling
Blend: Macabeo, Chardonnay
from separate early morning harvest of certified organic vineyards
(since 2008) in the second half of August.
Oxygen-free cold maceration; use of free running must.
Partial aging of the wine in two-year-old French oak barrels.
Blended wines in second traditional bottle fermentation for
at least 15 months.
12.5% Abv.

Background: Established by María José Peidro and Julián López in 1990,
with the winery bearing the nickname of the area, ‘Chozas’.
Winemaker: Son Julián López-Peidro (since 2016)
Managing Director: Daughter María José López-Peidro

A(ccuray)=2: Pale straw/yellow. Fine mousse and perlage.
B(alance)=2: Ripe fruit with vibrant structure.
C(omplexity)=2: Stone and tropical fruits, floral hints.
D(epth)=1: Tangy mouthfeel. Even palette and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,2,2,1]= 7/10

Fruity and refreshing.

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White
100% Krstač
an autochtonous grape variety from the Valley of Lake Skadar,
Podgorica’s viticultural area with age of vines 5-37 yrs and berry
cluster that resembles a cross, and hence its name.
Mechanical harvest.
Vinified in stainless steel tanks.
Age 8-10 months in fine lees in stainless steel tanks.
12.5% Abv.

Background: The 13. Jul – Plantaže Company has the largest vineyard
in Europe in one piece and covers an area of ​​2,310 hectares.
Technical Director: Bojan Gašović

A(ccuray)=2: Med gold/green tint. Mildly aromatic varietal.
B(alance)=2: Delicate fruit with soft structure.
C(omplexity)=1: Ripe yellow tree fruits, hint of mineral.
D(epth)=1: Soft mouthfeel. Compact palette and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,2,1,1]= 6/10

Simple wine with regional identity nonetheless.

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Red
100% Cabernet Franc
from estate Riddoch Run vineyard in Coonawarra with cool climate and
Terra Rossa soil: a mixture of red clay and fertile loam overlaying deep limestone.
Certified sustainable viticulture.
No winemaking details available.
15.2% Abv.

Background: Established in 1974, by Peter Rymill - the great-grandson
of John Riddoch, the founder of Coonawarra.
Winemakers: Shannon Sutherland, Lewis White

A(ccuray)=2: Med crimson/ruby. Brambly spicy varietal.
B(alance)=2: Juicy fruit with adequate structure.
C(omplexity)=2: Red berries, plum, dried herbs.
D(epth)=1: Silky mouthfeel. Even palette and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,2,2,1]= 7/10

A fruity rendition of the varietal.

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Red
100% Sangiovese
from Dixons Creek, Yarra Valley environmentally sensitive grown.
100% whole bunch fermented with very little interference in the cellar.
Unfined. Unfiltered.
13.5% Abv.
Proprietors: Timo Mayer and Rhonda Ferguson since 1999
Winemaker: Timo Mayer

A(ccuray)=2: Pale limpid ruby/cherry. Fresh, pure varietal.
B(alance)=2: Delicate fruit with hi-tone structure.
C(omplexity)=2: Red berries, earthy game meat, dried herbs.
D(epth)=1: Tangy mouthfeel. Even palette and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,2,2,1]= 7/10

Eclectic and intriguing. Not as funky as his proclaimed style.

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White - Sparkling
100% Koshu
an indigenous varietal from the Minaminoro area in Yamanaschi
Prefecture Japan farmed with grass cover crop and no-tillage systems
on granite gravel and sand under the alluvial topsoil.
Produced using the traditional Champagne method.
Aged 20 months after secondary fermentation in the bottle.
Dosage: 0 g/L (non dosage)
11% Abv.

Background: Founded in 1885 by Tokugi Furiya and has been family
owned and operated for five generations.
Director: Shigeki Kida

A(ccuracy)=2: Pale straw/lime. Fine mousse and perlage.
B(alance)=2: Modulated components with adequate structure.
C(omplexity)=2: Citrus, ripe tree fruits, floral hint.
D(epth)=1: Lifted mouthfeel. Even palate and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,2,2,1] = 7/10

Interesting if not truly distinctive.

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Red
100% Nebbiolo
from the Serraboella vineyard in Neive with calcareous, sandy loam soil
at 280-300 m, 30% slope, southern exposure, with organically grown
vines planted 3,500/ha in 1969.
Manual harvest with cluster selection. De-stemmed and soft crushed.
Fermentation in oak casks with indigenous yeasts.
15–30 day maceration with frequent basting of the skins.
Aged 2 years in medium sized (15-30 hl) oak barrels.
Plus 12+ months in bottle.
Unfined, unfiltered.
14% Abv.

Background: Azienda Agricola Barale founded in 1870 with Francesco Barale
being one of the pioneers in Barolo production.
Proprietors: Sergio Barale (great-grandson of Francesco) and
daughters Eleonora and Gloria

A(ccuray)=2: Limpid garnet. Pure perfumed varietal.
B(alance)=3: Ethereal components in harmony.
C(omplexity)=2: Ripe berries, violets, licorice, tobacco, smoke.
D(epth)=1: Silky mouthfeel. Good length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,3,2,1]= 8/10

Refined elegance.

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White - Sparkling
100 % Chardonnay
from Grand Crus Le Mesnil-sur-Oger (40%), Oger (40%), Avize (10%),
and 10% Cramant on the Côte des Blancs.
Microvinification in vats by single small plots.
Malolactic. Matured 89 months on lees in stainless steel.
Bottled in 04/2013.
Disgorded in 09/2020.
Dosage: 4.5 g/L (Extra Brut)
12.5% Abv.

Background: Established in 1995 by Philippe Glavier, 3rd gen grower
with diploma from Lycee d’Avize before inheriting an exceptional
Grand Cru estate; and spouse Véronique Glavier, 13th gen grower in
Monthelon. The union of two families comprises 52 plots totaling 4.6 ha.
Proprietors: Philippe and Véronique Glavier

A(ccuray)=2: Pale gold/yellow. Persistent ring of mousse.
B(alance)=3: Refined fruit with vibrant structure.
C(omplexity)=2: Ripe citrus, pear, spices.
D(epth)=1: Soft mouthfeel. Good length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2/3/2/1] = 8/10

Enticingly approachable.

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White
100% Sauvignon Blanc
from Les Culs de Beaujeu vineyard on the slopes around Chavignol
with limestone (caillottes) and Kimmeridgian clay-limestone marl
(terres blanches) soil and vines of average age 20 yrs under
organic and biodynamic practices.
Manual harvest.
Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts in gravity-fed
thermo-regulated tanks.
Long ageing on fine lees with stirring, half in stainless steel tank
and half in old oak barrels.
14.2% Abv.

Background: Founded in 1850, Pierre Martin inherited the 18 ha
domaine from father Yves in 2005 and works with a low intervention
philosophy according to organic and biodynamic methods.
Proprietors/Winemakers: Pierre and Laurianne Martin

A(ccuray)=2: Bright yellow/lime tint. Fresh, fragrant varietal.
B(alance)=3: Distinctive components in harmony.
C(omplexity)=2: Citrus, white flowers, herbs, spices, mineral.
D(epth)=1: Vibrant mouthfeel. Good length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,3,2,1]= 8/10

Finesse and elegance.

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White - Sparkling
80% Pinot Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir
from Vallée de la Marne with green clay and limestone marl.
A blend of a perpetual reserve spanning 2003–2016.
Disgorged: 1/28/2021
Dosage: 0 g/L
From a 1.5 L magnum.

Background: Grower family since 1750 in the village of Cuisles, in a
valley perpendicular to the Vallée de la Marne. Cédric Moussé is the
the fourth-generation winemaker at the estate of 5.5 ha and a
new winery completed in 2012 designed for environmental sustainability.
Proprietor/Winemaker: Cédric Moussé

A(ccuray)=2: Bright peachy gold. Fleeting mousse.
B(alance)=2: Modulated components with vibrant acidity.
C(omplexity)=2: Well aged perpetual base, layered savors, mineral.
D(epth)=2: Textured mouthfeel. Full palate and lingering finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,2,2,2]= 8/10.

Fully mature yet still fresh.

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White - Sparkling
100% Pinot Noir
from Verzenay Grand Cru: Les Crayeres de la Voies de Reims
with soil of limestone covered by Campanian chalk and marl.
Vinification in Barrique (60%) and stainless steel (40%)
No malolactic.
Aged 72 Months on lees.
Disgorged 02/2021
Dosage: 1.5 g/L (Extra Brut)
12.5% Abv.

Background: Estate established by his parents in the 1970 from the
merger of both familial properties, David Pehu started in 1988 and
has been in charge since 1995.

A(ccuray)=2: Bright pale gold/peach tint. Minuscule boules.
B(alance)=3: Distinctive components in harmony.
C(omplexity)=2: Well aged pinot base, layered savors, mineral.
D(epth)=2: Textured mouthfeel. Full palate and lingering finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,3,2,2]= 9/10.

Full-fledged pedigree.

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White - Sparkling
10% Meunier, 10% Pinot Gris, 10% Pinot Blanc,
10% Pinot Noir, 20% Arbanne, 20% Petit Meslier,
20% Chardonnay
from Jouy-lès-Reims 1er Cru, Villedommange 1er Cru,
Pargny-lès-Reims 1er Cru, Coulommes-la-Montagne 1er Cru
in the western part of Montagne de Reims with fossil-bearing
limestone soil and vines under organic practices.
Pressing by traditional Coquard basket presses.
Vinification and aging in stainless steal, with small part
of chardonnay in used barrique.
Full malolactic due to high acidity.
Aged on lees for 48 months.
Dosage: 6 g/l – Brut
disgorged: 02/2021
12.5% Abv.

Background: Wine growing in the family dates back to 1790.
Brothers Philippe and Pierre Aubry with brother-in-law Noël Poret
are joined by Phiippe's son Max in 2020. They continue to revive
the "forgotten varietals", particularly Petit Meslier.

A(ccuray)=2: Bright lemon/yellow. Fine mousse, bit muted fragrance.
B(alance)=3: Mature fruit base with vibrant acid structure.
C(omplexity)=2: Apple, prune, brioche, spices.
D(epth)=1: Savory mouthfeel. Good length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,3,2,1]= 8/10

A chorus of seven voices.

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Red
60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre
from clay and limestone soil covered with large galets pebbles
and vines of average age 30 yrs.
Manual harvest. Fully de-stemmed.
Traditional vinification in cement tanks with temperature control.
15-20 day maceration with punch-down and pump-over.
Malolactic. Aged 100% in old casks.
14.5% Abv.

Background: The once forested plateau was invested with bandits
so that travellers could only prey for their safe passage, hence
Plan Dei =Plan de Dieu= Plain of God. Now vine covered with few
trees remaining it gained its AOC Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de
Dieu in 2005.

The domaine began with Charles Barthélémy Tort (b. 1902) in the
1920s with spouse Paulette Farnier. Their eldest daughter Monique
continued with husband René Stekas. Their son Jacques Stekas (3rd gen)
took care of the domaine, the negociant business, and the olive farm,
but concentrated on the Charles Tort line since 2010.
Proprietor: Jacques Stekas

A(ccuracy)=2: Med deep ruby/garnet. Ripe, robust GSM blend.
B(alance)=2: Modulated components with supple structure.
C(omplexity)=2: Dark berries, spices, garrigue, hint of game.
D(epth)=1: Savory mouthfeel, Even palate and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,2,2,1] = 7/10

Fine specimen of Southern Rhône GSM .

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Red
100% Schioppettino
from sea-influenced vineyards by the lagoon of San Gervasio,
Carlino, Friuli Venezia Giulia.
Manual and mechanical harvest.
Soft pressing.
8-12 days fermentation at controlled temperature between 25-27°C
with help cultured enzymes and selected yeasts.
After ~3 months in steel tanks, further aged 10-12 months in 500 l
French oak barrels. Plus 3-4 months in bottle.
13.5% Abv.
History: Founded by Emiro Bortolusso
Proprietors: Offsprings Sergio and Clara

A(ccuray)=2: Med ruby/garnet. Fresh brambly varietal.
B(alance)=2: Focused fruit with adequate structure.
C(omplexity)=2: Dark berries, plum, licorice, spices.
D(epth)=1: Round mouthfeel. Average length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,2,2,1]= 7/10

Characterful though not quite distinctive.

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White - Sweet/Dessert
70% Furmint and 30% Hárslevelű
in whole bunches with equal amount of shrivelled aszú berries and
healthy grapes from the entire 50 ha Szepsy estate (Mád, Tállya,
Rátka, Bodrogkeresztúr, Tokaj, Tarcal) with mineral (volcanic zeolite,
rhyolite) laden clay soil and vines of average age 40 yrs.
Szamorodni (from Polish) means "as it comes" indicating the mixed
bunch manual harvest.
Aged two and half years in 200-l new Hungarian (Zemplén) oak barrels.
11% Abv. Residual sugar: 185 g/l Acidity: 6.4 g/l
Production: 13 166 bottles (0.5 l)

Background: The Szepsy family started producing wine in Tokaj-Hegyalja
since the end of the 16th century.
István Szepsy was named Winemaker of the Year in 2001 and
the Golden Vines Hall of Fame award in 2022.
Proprietors: István Szepsy and son István Szepsy Jr.

A(ccuray)=2: Bright gold/apricot. Perfumed, botrytised nectar.
B(alance)=3: Distinctive components in harmony.
C(omplexity)=2: Ripe tropical fruits, flowers, honey, mineral.
D(epth)=2: Unctuous mouthfeel. Layered palate and lingering finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,3,2,2]= 9/10.

Refined elegance.

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Red
2015 Emanuela Tamburini Chianti Classico Italo Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
90% Sangiovese, 10% varietals indigenous to Chianti
including Colorino and Canaiolo
from a 50 ha estate with 30 ha of vines.
Manual harvest. Fermented at no higher than 25°C.
Aged and bottled no earlier than 24 months after harvest,
Plus at least 3 months in bottle.
14% Abv.

Background: Established by Franco Tamburini in 1890 and expanded
by son Italo (2nd gen) since 1930 followed by in 1967 by Mauro (3rd gen)
whose daughter Emanuela (4th gen) started in 2002 and joined
by husband Michele Jermann since 2020.
Proprietors: Mauro and Emanuela Tamburini
Winemaker: Emanuela Tamburini

A(ccuray)=2: Deep ruby/garnet. Robust spicy blend.
B(alance)=3: Modulated components in harmony.
C(omplexity)=2: Red berries, pepper, spices, smoke, tobacco.
D(epth)=1: Savory mouthfeel. Good length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,3,2,1]= 8/10

Enticing and delectable.

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Red
Nerello Mascalese 97% - Nerello Cappuccio 3%
from 13 ha in Etna (Contrada Dafara Galluzzo, Rovittello –
Castiglione di Sicilia) at 700 m with loose volcanic soil under
organic viticulture.
Short (~14 days) maceration on the skins, followed by malolactic fermentation.
Aged 24 months in oak botti, plus 4 months in bottle.
13.5% Abv. 80,000 bottles

Background: Torre Mora is one of five estates of Tenuta Piccini founded
by Angiolo Piccini in 1882 with 7 ha, now known as Piccini1882.
Proprietors: Mario Piccini (CEO since 2004) with sisters Martina and Elisa (4th gen).
Mario's children Ginevra, Benedetta and Michelangelo (5th gen) are
involved as well.
Enologist: Alessandro Barabesi

A(ccuray)=2: Bright med garnet. Pure smoky varietal.
B(alance)=3: Fresh components in harmony.
C(omplexity)=2: Red berries, pepper, incense, mineral.
D(epth)=1: Lifted mouthfeel. Good length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,3,2,1]= 8/10

Supple minerality.

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Red - Sweet/Dessert
100% Cabernet Franc
Through December the grapes freeze and then thaw 8 to 10 times
enhancing flavor complexity of the juice each time.
Picked at temperatures at least -10ºC, with the grapes frozen on the vine
and hand-picked in the middle of the cold Canadian night.
Background: Andrew Peller from Hungary planted his first vineyard in
Okanagan, BC in 1961. Joined by son Joe, a doctor in 1966, to expand
with wineries in Ontario and Nova Scotia. Grandson John took charge
since 1989.
Proprietors: Joe Peller and son John Peller
Winemaker: Lawrence Buhler (for 8 yrs through 2011)
Katie Dickieson since 2012

A(ccuracy)=2: Brown/amber. Fragrant caramel nectar.
B(alance)=2: Compact components with tight structure.
C(omplexity)=2: Berry preserve, toffee, nuts, incense.
D(epth)=2: Creamy mouthfeel. Full length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,2,2,2] = 8/10

Distinctive and delectable.

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White
100% Sauvignon Blanc
from old vines on flinty sand soil on the western hillside of
Tracy sur Loire facing the river.
Manual harvest. Whole cluster pressing. Natural vinification by
indigeneous yeast on the grapes in thermo-regulated stainless steel tank.
Aged 9 months on fine lees.
Unfined, unfiltered.
13.5% Abv. 11724 bouteilles (plus larger formats)

Background: The Jolivet family began as negociant in1926 with Louis
and Lucien, whose son Jacques further developed. Jacques' son
Pascal created the brand "Pascal Jolivet" in 1987 and began acquiring
vineyards in 1993. Today, le domaine Pascal Jolivet covers 120 ha
between Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé, plus 60 ha in Touraine.
Proprietor/Winemaker: Pascal Jolivet

A(ccuray)=2: Bright lemon/straw. Pure grassy varietal.
B(alance)=3: Fresh components in harmony.
C(omplexity)=2: Grapefruit, cream, mineral.
D(epth)=1: :Lifted mouthfeel. Good length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,3,2,1]= 8/10

Supple minerality.

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White
100% Chardonnay
from six vineyard sites around the Kumeu region.
Manual harvest. Whole-bunch pressed. Spontaneous fermentation
with indigenous yeast, and maturation in barrel (20% new).
100% malolactic. Aged 11 months in old French oak barrels.
13.5% Abv.

Background: Mick and Katé Brajkovich arrived from Croatia in 1937.
Succeeded by son Maté in 1949 as as San Marino Vineyards.
Maté (d. 1992) and wife Melba had four children who ran Kumeu River
Wines since 1986. Rays Road Vineyard in Hawkes Bay was acquired in 2017.
Proprietors: Brajkovich Family: Melba, Michael, Milan, Marijann, Paul
Winemaker: Michael Brajkovich MW

A(ccuracy)=2: Bright gold/yellow. Slight reduction.
B(alance)=3: Ripe fruit with fine acid structure.
C(omplexity)=2: Citrus, peach, pear, cream, spicy oak.
D(epth)=1: Savory mouthfeel. Average length and finish/

Wine Tally Score [2,3,2,1] = 8/10

Consistent with Kumeu River's established style.

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White
100% Chardonnay
from the newly acquired Rays Road Vineyard in Hawkes Bay on a
limestone hillside at 180 m, with northern exposure and dry farmed.
Manual harvest. Whole-bunch pressed and 100% barrel fermentation
with indigenous yeast. 100% malolactic. Aged 11 months in old French
oak barrels.
13.5% Abv.

Background: Mick and Katé Brajkovich arrived from Croatia in 1937.
Succeeded by son Maté in 1949 as as San Marino Vineyards.
Maté (d. 1992) and wife Melba had four children who ran Kumeu River
Wines since 1986. Rays Road Vineyard in Hawkes Bay was acquired in 2017.
Proprietors: Brajkovich Family: Melba, Michael, Milan, Marijann, Paul
Winemaker: Michael Brajkovich MW

A(ccuracy)=2: Bright pale yellow. Bold, ripe varietal.
B(alance)=2: Fruit forward with adequate structure.
C(omplexity)=2: Citrus, peach, pear, chalk salinity.
D(epth)=2: Creamy mouthfeel. Full palate and long finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,2,2,2] = 8/10

An exciting diversion from Kumeu River's established style.

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White
100% Chardonnay
from 12.7 ha of limestone clay (Portlandien) soil on the plateau of the
Commune of Beine with vines of average age 15 yrs planted 6,650/ha
under certified sustainable viticulture (HVE Level 3) yielding ~50 hl/ha.
Traditional vinification at 18°C.
Aged 6-8 months, 90% in stainless steel tanks, 10% in oak barrels.
13% Abv. ~70,000 bottles/yr

History: Michaut family estate for 3 generations started with Henri
in the 1950s, followed by sons Jean, Christian & Bernard.
Adrien, son of Bernard joined in 2010 and is now in charge.
Proprietor: Adrien Michaut

A(ccuracy)=2: Med lemon/gold/green tint. Ripe, leesy varietal.
B(alance)=2: Modulated components with supple structure.
C(omplexity)=2: Ripe tree fruits, baking yeast, mild saline minerality.
D(epth)=1: Supple mouthfeel, Even palate and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,2,2,1] = 7/10

Savory and smooth. Bit short on vibrancy.

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Red
100% Marselan
from organically farmed vineyards in Ningxia’s Helan mountain foothills
with rocks and gravel on layers of silt. Biodynamic practices.
Fermented using only wild yeasts in the vineyard.
Slowly racked to avoid filtration.
Aged 12 months in French oak (1-use). Plus additional bottle age.
Unfiltered. Minimal sulfur.
13% Abv.

Background: Founded by Gao Lin and daughter Emma Gao Yuan in 2007.
Proprietor/Winemaker: Emma Gao Yuan (高源)

A(ccuray)=2: Med garnet/ruby. Brambly, fresh varietal.
B(alance)=3: Modulated components with refined structure.
C(omplexity)=2: Red berries, spices, menthol, eucalyptus
D(epth)=1: Invigorating mouthfeel. Even palate and good length.

Wine Tally Score [2,3,2,1]= 8/10

Chinese terroir, French Know-how, Eco-conscious philosophy.

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Red
2016 Château Canon St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
74 % Merlot, 26 % Cabernet Franc
from 34 ha estate on south/southwest exposed clay-limestone plateau
with vines of average age 30 yrs planted 6,500-7,200/ha
yielding 45 hl/ha.
Manual harvest in small crates. Manual sorting.
Separate vinification in conical shaped, double walled, temperature-
controlled stainless steel vats.
Malolactic: 1/3 in new barrels and 2/3 in stainless steel vats.
Aged 18 months in French oak barrel (65% new, rest 1-use, med to
med-long toasting).
14% Abv.

Proprietors: (Since 1996) Alain Wertheimer and Gerard Wertheimer,
the owners of Maison Chanel.
General Manager: Nicolas Audebert (since 2015)

A(ccuray)=2: Deep ruby/red. Intense floral Merlot blend.
B(alance)=2: Distinctive components awaiting full integration.
C(omplexity)=3: Dark berries, plum, spices, tobacco, licorice, .
D(epth)=2: Plush mouthfeel. Layered palate and lingering finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,2,3,2]= 9/10.

Tensile elegance. Needs time or overnight decant.

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Red
2010 Château Canon St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
75 % Merlot, 25 % Cabernet Franc
from 34 ha estate on south/southwest exposed clay-limestone plateau
with vines of average age 30 yrs planted 6,500-7,200/ha
yielding 35 hl/ha.
Manual harvest in small crates. Manual sorting.
Separate vinification in conical shaped, double walled, temperature-
controlled stainless steel vats.
Malolactic: 1/3 in new barrels and 2/3 in stainless steel vats.
Aged 18-20 months in French oak barrel (60% new, med to med-long
toasting).
15% Abv.

Proprietors: (Since 1996) Alain Wertheimer and Gerard Wertheimer,
the owners of Maison Chanel.
General Manager: John Kolasa (through 2015, Nicolas Audebert thereafter)

A(ccuray)=2: Deep ruby/red. Ripe tannic Merlot blend.
B(alance)=3: Mature fruit with textured structure.
C(omplexity)=2: Dark berries, plum, spices, tobacco.
D(epth)=1: Plush mouthfeel. Even med weight palate and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,3,2,1]= 8/10.

Very good but perhaps not the block-buster anticipated.

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Red
100% Syrah
from 3 parcels in Hermitage: L'Ermite, Sabot, and Bessards totaling
~10 ha of granitic and pebble covered soils.
Manual harvest. 2-day cold maceration.
~20 day fermentation in open concrete tanks at 28-30°C with daily
punch-down and pump-over during first 12 days.
Malolactic and aging in oak barrels.
15% Abv. Average 30.000 bottles/yr

Background: dates back to 1835 with the Delas and Audibert families.
Became Delas Frères in 1924 when inherited by Henri and Florentin
Delas. Michel Delas (3rd gen) succeeded in 1960. Merged with
Champagne Deutz in 1977, then part of Groupe Roederer in 1993.
Director: Fabrice Rosset (since 1996)
Winemakers: Jacques Grange (since 1997),
Claire Darnaud-McKerrow (since 2010)

A(ccuracy)=2: Deep crimson/ruby. Intense, tight-knit varietal.
B(alance)=2: Distinctive components in proportion.
C(omplexity)=3: Dark berries, fruit jam, bacon, game, chocolate,
leather, pepper, spice...
D(epth)=2: Robust mouthfeel. Full palette and lingering finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,2,3,2] = 9/10

Full throttle Syrah.

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Red
2019 Cardinale Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (view label images)
91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot
from eight appellations, eleven vineyards, and 32 individual wine lots,
with the core being Mount Veeder and Howell Mountain, supported by
Spring Mountain, Diamond Mountain, St. Helena, and Stags Leap.
32 lots vinified and aged separately for 20 months in 100% French oak.
Unfined, Unfiltered
Alcohol: 14.5% Abv

Cardinale Winery is a part of Jackson Family Wines.
Winemaker: Christopher Carpenter since 2001.
A University of Illinois football defensive lineman, UC Davis graduate,
president and chairman of the Napa Valley Youth Symphony.

A(ccuracy)=2: Med deep crimson/ruby. Seductive cassis and cedar.
B(alance)=3: Distinctive components in harmony.
C(omplexity)=3: Dark berries, toast, petals, cacao, tobacco, mineral.
D(epth)=2: Tantalizing mouthfeel. Full palette and lingering finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,3,3,2] = 10/10

Prime (albeit expensive) example of blending as orchestration!

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Red
100% Nebbiolo
from the Mosconi hamlet of Monforte d’Alba at 370-100 m with
South/East-South exposure, marny white tuff soil, and
vines of age 15-20 yrs old planted 6,000/ha.
Manual harvest in small holed baskets. Soft pressed. Long maceration.
Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeast without sulfites.
Aged 18+ months on fine lees in small oak barrels.
Plus ~6 months in bottle at 15°C.
15% Abv.

Background: The Parusso family started in farming. Armando Parusso
(3rd gen) bottled their first Barolo in 1971. Son Marco and daughter
Tiziana (4th gen) joined the family business in 1986 and exapanded
to 28 ha of vineyards. In 2019, Giulia, Tiziana's daughter and Francesco,
Marco’s son (5th gen) came on board.
Proprietors: Siblings Marco and Tiziana Parusso

A(ccuray)=2: Med garnet/orange rim. Dried petals, stemmy, bit woodsy.
B(alance)=3: Modulated components in harmony.
C(omplexity)=2: Dark berries, spice, hint of mint, earth.
D(epth)=1: Textured mouthfeel. Good length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,3,2,1]= 8/10

Enticing tannic structure.
(Interesting contrast to the Bussia cuvée)

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Red
100% Nebbiolo
from two vineyards: Rocche (south/south-est) and Munie (south/west)
in the Bussia hamlet of Monforte d’Alba at 280-300 m with sandstone,
marly, muddy, chalky soil and vines of age 15-50 yrs old planted
5,500/ha.
Manual harvest in small holed baskets. Soft pressed. Long maceration.
Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeast without sulfites.
Aged 18+ months on fine lees in small oak barrels.
Plus ~6 months in bottle at 15°C.
15% Abv.

Background: The Parusso family started in farming. Armando Parusso
(3rd gen) bottled their first Barolo in 1971. Son Marco and daughter
Tiziana (4th gen) joined the family business in 1986 and exapanded
to 28 ha of vineyards. In 2019, Giulia, Tiziana's daughter and Francesco,
Marco’s son (5th gen) came on board.
Proprietors: Siblings Marco and Tiziana Parusso

A(ccuray)=2: Med red/garnet. Oak perfumed varietal.
B(alance)=2: Modulated components awaiting full integration.
C(omplexity)=2: Dark berries, spice, nuts, earth.
D(epth)=2: Robust mouthfeel. Full palette and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,2,2,2]= 8/10

Further balance anticipated.

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Red
100% Sangiovese
from 8 Ha of medium grain marly soil at 240-360 m
behind the Castelnuovo dell'Abate village.
Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel and
glass lined concrete vats.
Aged 24+ months in 20-75 hl Slavonian oak barrels.
Plus followed 8+ months in bottle.
15% Abv. 56,000 bottles

Background: Estate bequeathed by Countess Elda Ciacci to
Giuseppe & Anna Bianchini in 1985. On passing of Giuseppe in 2004,
inherited by son and daughter, Paolo and Lucia Bianchini.
Now joined by Paolo's son and daughter Alex and Ester.

A(ccuray)=2: Med garnet/red. Oak-perfumed varietal.
B(alance)=3: Distinctive components in harmony.
C(omplexity)=2: Berries, licorice, tea, mineral.
D(epth)=2: Textured mouthfeel. Full palate and long finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,3,2,2]= 9/10

Tensile elegance with remarkable length and finish.

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Rosé
12/30/2022 - WineTally wrote:
Blend: Sumoll, Xarel·lo Rojo & Grenache Tinta
from poor clayey, and chalky soil at 700 m under organic and
biiodynamic viticulture.
Manual harvest. Vinified following the ancient method of a single
fermentation in 720-litre clay amphorae with the skins and without
the addition of artificial yeast and sugar. Bottled while it is still
fermenting, and released without disgorging and with its own lees
when ready.
12.5% Abv.

Background: Loxarel, a small winery in the municipality of Vilobí del
Penedès is a pioneer in orange wine, ancient and biodynamic
practices.
Owner/Winemaker: Josep Mitjans

The packaging: to present a "bald redhead" Mitjians convinced
Jordi Garcia, the sommelier of the Raïm Restaurant in Alicante,
to let them shave his head for a photo with his lush red beard.

A(ccuray)=2: Misty orange pink. Mildly funky and frizzy.
B(alance)=1: Somewhat disjoint components.
C(omplexity)=2: Cola, cranberry, hint of sherry.
D(epth)=1: Tangy mouthfeel. Average length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,1,2,1]= 6/10

Interesting glimpse into ancient method.

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White
100% Sauvignon Blanc
from selected estate parcels in the Village of Bue with 100%
Kimmeridgien limestone (Les Caillottes) soil.
Manual harvest on southern slopes. Sorted on reception at winery.
Light pressing for first run juice only.
Natural fermentation with indigenous yeast in thermo-regulated
stainless steel vats.
Matured 8 months on fine lees.
12.5% Abv. 23665 bottles (plus other formats).

Background: The Jolivet family began as negociant in1926 with Louis
and Lucien, whose son Jacques further developed. Jacques' son
Pascal created the brand "Pascal Jolivet" in 1987 and began acquiring
vineyards in 1993. Today, le domaine Pascal Jolivet covers 120 ha
between Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé, plus 60 ha in Touraine.
Proprietor/Winemaker: Pascal Jolivet

A(ccuray)=2: Bright lemon/straw. Creamy grassy varietal.
B(alance)=3: Fresh components in harmony.
C(omplexity)=2: Grapefruit, pomegranate, mineral.
D(epth)=1: Vibrant mouthfeel. Good length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,3,2,1]= 8/10

Hi-tone minerality.

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Rosé - Sparkling
70 % Pinot Noir (of which 6% is vin rouge from Ay), 30% Chardonnay
sustainably grown without weed-killer or insecticides.
Vinified and 100% raised in 50+ dedicated sandstone amphoras.
Zero stainless steel. Minimal interference and sulphites.
Aged for at least 3 yrs on lees.
Disgorged: 11/2020
Dosage: Brut
12% Abv.

Proprietor: Claude Giraud (12th gen)
Managing Director/Winemaker: Emmanuelle Giraud-Patour (13th gen)
Cellar Master: Sébastien LeGolvet

A(ccuray)=2: Bright rose/peach. Fine mousse and perlage.
B(alance)=3: Fresh components in harmony.
C(omplexity)=2: Berries, red fruits, spices, saline minerality.
D(epth)=1: Vibrant mouthfeel. Good length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,3,2,1]= 8/10

Raising rosé champagne in terracotta is not common.

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White
Blend: Trebbiano with a small part of Chardonnay
from clay rich and stony "Galestro” soil with southern exposure.
Manual harvest.
Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks.
13% Abv.

Background: Castello Vicchiomaggio was purchased by Federico Matta
in 1964. Son John, with degree in Viticulture and Enology joined in 1970.
Proprietors: John and Paola Matta
Wine Maker: John Matta

A(ccuray)=2: Bright straw yellow. Mildly aromatic, floral blend.
B(alance)=2: Fresh fruit with adequate structure.
C(omplexity)=1: Apple, nectarine, saline minerality.
D(epth)=1: Tangy mouthfeel. Average length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,2,2,1]= 7/10

Easy drinking.

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White - Sparkling
12/26/2022 - WineTally wrote:
100% Chardonnay
from 25-30 selected crus of the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims terroirs.
Manual harvest.
Fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats.
Complete malolactic. 20 to 30% reserve wine.
12.5% Abv. Dosage: 7g/l

History: Founded by Nicolas Ruinart in 1729 in Reims as the first
established House of Champagne. It stayed in the family until the
1950s and was sold to Moet & Chandon in 1963.
Ownership: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA.
President: Frederic Dufour
Cellar Master: Frédéric Panaïotis

A(ccuray)=2: Pale lemon/yellow. Fine mousse, mild perlage.
B(alance)=2: Indicative fruit with adequate structure.
C(omplexity)=1: Ripe citrus, tree fruits, mineral.
D(epth)=1: Lifted mouthfeel. Average length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,2,2,1]= 7/10

Short on character for the price.

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White - Sweet/Dessert
2011 Château Doisy-Daëne Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
92% Sémillon - 8% Sauvignon Blanc
from 15 ha of limestone clay soil at the top of the Barsac plateau
with vines of average age 50 yrs.
Manual harvest with multiple passes. Fermentation in barrels
separately for each parcel and each pass. Preliminary blend in 3 months.
Aged ~12 months in barrels.
13% Abv.

Background: The property dates back to the 19th century.
Bought by George Dubourdieu in 1924, then from father to son:
Pierre, Denis (1949-2016). The latter took charge in 2000 while
being a professor of enology as well as renowned winemaker.
Proprietors: Sons Fabrice and Jean Jacques Dubourdieu (4th gen)
since 2016

A(ccuray)=2: Bright yellow/gold. Gently botrytised nectar.
B(alance)=3: Distinctive components in harmony.
C(omplexity)=2: Peach, apricot, honey, ginger, almond.
D(epth)=2: Suave mouthfeel. Full palate and lingering finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,3,2,2]= 9/10

Most civilized and sophisticated.

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White - Sparkling
43% Chardonnay, 32% Pinot Noir, 21% Aligote, 4% Gamay
based on 2019 vintage.
Manual harvest in small crates. Pneumatic press. 24-hr settling.
Fermented in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic. Blended base wines
bottled with added sugar and yeast and sealed with crown caps.
Rest horizontally to age on lees for 12+ months at 12-15°C.
Bottled set on tips and riddled on gyropallets.
Desgorged: 2/18/2022
Dosage: 5.63 g/L
13% Abv.

Proprietors: François and Marie-Pierre Mikulski, with daughter
Anna Mikulski-Boccon and son-in-law Thomas Boccon
Domaine François Mikulski's Crément de Bourgogne is made by
Maison Louis Picamelot in Rully, a family estate founded in 1926.

A(ccuray)=2: Pale yellow/green tint. Fine mousse, mild perlage.
B(alance)=2: Vibrant acidity dominant.
C(omplexity)=2: Citrus, green apple, hint of nuts and herbs.
D(epth)=1: Tangy mouthfeel. Average length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,2,2,1]= 7/10

Crisp and vibrant.

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Red
100% Nebbiolo
from the historical Marcenasco vineyard in La Morra with low-lime,
blue marl soil at 240-290 m.
Manual harvest. De-stemmed and pressed.
Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel vats.
3-4 weeks maceration with submerged cap.
Malolactic in steel tanks.
Aged 2 yrs in 25 hl and 50 hl oak barrels.
Plus ~1 yr in bottle.
14% Abv.

Background: Renato Ratti bottled his first single-vineyard Barolo in 1965.
His study of Barolo's subregions eventually led to the development
of the Menzione Geografica Aggiuntiva (MGA) system for Barolo,
which is roughly equivalent to the Crus in France.
Succeeded by son Pietro Ratti.

A(ccuray)=2: Med light ruby. Perfumed, tight-knit varietal.
B(alance)=3: Modulated components in harmony.
C(omplexity)=2: Berries, licorice, petals, hint of leather/tobacco.
D(epth)=1: Taut mouthfeel. Good length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,3,2,1]= 8/10

Tensile elegance.

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Red
100% Syrah
from the Zenata region of Morocco between Casablanca and Rabat
with alluvial-calcareous soil, high temperatures during the day,
very cool nights, little rain, and no industrial pollution whatsoever.
Vines are 25 years old on average. Vineyards worked by hand and
organically farmed.
Short maceration after de-stemming.
60% of the wine is aged 15 months in French oak barrels.
13.5% Abv.

Background: Alain Graillot (1944-2022), the iconic winemaker of
Crozes-Hermitage came across the Zenata vineyards and Thalvin
winery while cycling in Moroco. A collaboration was formed with
Jacques Poulain from Bordeaux who has settled there to provide
grapes and winery facility. Hence TANDEM.

A(ccuray)=2: Deep ruby. Intense varietal with whiff of reduction.
B(alance)=2: Distinctive components awaiting full integration.
C(omplexity)=2: Dark berries, black pepper, sandalwood, dry herbs.
D(epth)=2: Robust mouthfeel. Full palette and and long finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,2,2,2]= 8/10

In memory of Alain Graillot who pased away on March 3, 2022.

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Red
100% Pinot Noir
from a 0.34 ha parcel of the 14.3 ha Grand Cru Corton-Renardes located
at the northeast end of the commune of Aloxe-Corton,
at 280 m on the eastern slopes of the Montagne de Corton hill, with pebbly,
clay and limestone soil, east/south-east exposure and vines planted
10,000/ha in1959 yielding 30 hl/ha.
Manual harvest. Fermentation by indigenous yeast. 100% malolactic.
Aged in French oak barrel (50% new).
Unfined. Bottled on May 7, 2013.
13% Abv. 1,360 bottles.

Background: Nicolas Potel, son of Gérard & Françoise Potel of
renowned La Pouss D'Or in Volnay founded the négociant
Maison Nicolas Potel in 1997 which was sold along with the
"Nicolas Potel" brand in the earlier 2000s.
He then established Maison Roche de Bellene (négociant) and
Domaine de Bellene (estate) in 2005.

As negociant, Nicolas Potel works closely with the growers to make
decisions about vineyard practices, crop reduction, harvest dates
and the fermentation regimen. As soon as the fermentations are
complete, the wines are put into Bellene barrels and the élevage
is done by Nicolas at the Roche de Bellene facility.

Bottle No. 363/1360

A(ccuray)=2: Bright med ruby. Refined varietal with slight reduction.
B(alance)=3: Modulated components in harmony.
C(omplexity)=2: Berries, licorice, rose petals, hint of game.
D(epth)=1: Taut mouthfeel. Good length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,3,2,1]= 8/10

Fine pedigree in a lean year.

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White - Sparkling
100% Falanghina
selected from the groups' 723 small vineyards in Irpinia, Campania.
Vinification: Classic Champagne Method
Lees ageing: at least 24 months
12.5% Abv.

Background: Feudi di San Gregorio was established in 1986 in Sorbo Serpico,
a tiny village in Campania’s Irpinia region, near Mount Vesuvius.
DUBL Project started in 2004 to make sparkling wines by classical
Champagne method with indigenous varietals: Aglianico,
Falanghina, and Greco in collaboration with well known artisanal
Champagne maker Amselme Selosse from Avize. Hence DUBL.
Winemaker: Riccardo Cotarella
Consulting Winemaker: Amselme Selosse

A(ccuray)=2: Limpid lemon/lime. Foamy mousse, mild perlage.
B(alance)=2: Modulated and somewhat loose-knit components.
C(omplexity)=2: Yellow tree fruits, hint of flowers and cream.
D(epth)=1: Broad mouthfeel. Average length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,2,2,1]= 7/10

Interesting and worthy concept, but can't help thinking this grape
makes a better off-dry still white.

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Rosé - Sparkling
100% Aglianico
selected from the groups 723 small vineyards in Irpinia, Campania.
Vinification: Classic Champagne Method
Minimal skin contact
Lees ageing: 18 months
12.5% Abv.
Background: Feudi di San Gregorio was established in 1986 in Sorbo Serpico,
a tiny village in Campania’s Irpinia region, near Mount Vesuvius.
DUBL Project started in 2004 to make sparkling wines by classical
Champagne method with indigenous varietals: Aglianico,
Falanghina, and Greco in collaboration with well known artisanal
Champagne maker Amselme Selosse from Avize. Hence DUBL.
Winemaker: Riccardo Cotarella
Consulting Winemaker: Amselme Selosse

A(ccuray)=2: Limpid peach/salmon. Foamy mousse, mild perlage.
B(alance)=3: Modulated components in harmony.
C(omplexity)=2: Berries, red apple, dry herbs, biscuit.
D(epth)=1: Broad mouthfeel. Good length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,3,2,1]= 8/10

Interesting and worthy concept, but not totally convincing.

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White - Sparkling
2012 Lanson Champagne le vintage Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay
Pinot Noir 52%, Chardonnay 48%
from 9 Grand and Premier Crus in: Verzenay, Aÿ, Bouzy, Mareuil sur Aÿ,
Verzy, Avize, Cramant, Mesnil-sur-Oger, Trépa.
Traditional Champagne vinification. No malolactic.
Ageing: 10 years
Disgorged July 2018
Dosage: 7 g/l
12.5% Abv.
Cellar Master: Hervé Dantan (since 2013)

A(ccuray)=2: Bright pale yellow/lemon. Fine mousse, mild perlage.
B(alance)=2: Vibrant acidity dominant.
C(omplexity)=2: Citrus, green apple, hint of brioche.
D(epth)=1: Tangy mouthfeel. Average length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,2,2,1]= 7/10

Compact energy.

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Red
100% Cabernet Franc
from several lieu-dits in Restigné with sandy clay soils and vines of
average age 30-70 yrs under biodynamic viticulture.
Manual harvest in small boxes. Successive sorting before and after de-stemming.
30-day gentle maceration.
Aged in concrete vats.
12.5% Abv.

Background: Family estate into its 14th generation with dynamic driving force
Stéphanie Caslot (1980-2021) who sadly passed away
at the young age of 41, leaving siblings Emmanual and Laurie to
carry on.

A(ccuray)=2: Med deep ruby. Pure fresh varietal.
B(alance)=3: Distinctive components in harmony.
C(omplexity)=2: Berries, flowers, spices, licorice.
D(epth)=1: Supple mouthfeel. Good length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,3,2,1]= 8/10

Great care in vineyard and made with minimal intervention.

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Red
Cabernet Sauvignon
of generic South Eastern Australia origin.
From range of wines named after founder Dr Christopher Rawson
Penfold's family cottage which he built in 1845, one year after
he planted his first vines on his property in Magill.
[Interesting aside: Probably due to the trade conflict betweeen
China and Australia, Treasury Wine Estates, which owns Penfolds,
has moved the production of the Rawson's Retreat range to
South Africa in 2021 using South African grapes but keeping the
packaging unchanged!]
13.5% Abv.

A(ccuray)=2: Deep ruby/garnet. Peppery mildly oaked Cab.
B(alance)=2: Indicative fruit with adequate structure.
C(omplexity)=1: Dark berries, spices, hint of vanilla.
D(epth)=1: Lifted mouthfeel. Average length and finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,2,2,1]= 7/10

Surprisingly agreeable mass market production.

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White
100% Gewürztraminer
from 14 ha of limestone soils and 10-60 yr old vines under organic viticulture.
Manual harvest. Pressed, cold settled and fermented with natural
yeast in stainless steel.
13.5% Abv.

Background: Domaine dates back to the 16th century. Albert Boxler
began to bottle his own wines in 1946. Son Jean-Marc continued
for several decades before handing to grandson Jean.
Proprietor/Winemaker: Jean Boxler assisted by wife Sylvie

A(ccuray)=2: Med gold/peach tint. Concentrated demi-sec varietal.
B(alance)=2: Ripe fruit with adequate structure.
C(omplexity)=2: Lychee, tangerine, flowers, spices.
D(epth)=2: Robust mouthfeel. Full palate and long finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,2,2,2]= 8/10

Suave and sweet.

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Red
100% Grenache
from 2 adjacent lieux dits totaling 1.5 ha: “Cabrières” (25%) with
stony (galets) and "Pied de Baud" (75%) with limestone pebbles
(galets), sand and clay soils and half-century-old vines under
organic viticulture.
Manual harvest. Partly (~50%) de-stemmed.
~30 day spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts
in stainless steel tanks.
Aged 18 months in a 20:80 mix of neutral oak demi-muids and
epoxy-lined steel tanks.
Unfined. Unfiltered.
14.5% Abv.

Background: Domaine created by Gilles Gasq in April 2001 after
leaving Monpertuis in Châteauneuf-du-Pape as winemaker and
vineyard manager under Paul Jeune. Expanding his holdings
mostly around "Le Plan de Dieu”, Casq eventually acquired the
two parcels in CDP with inaugural 2015 vintage.
Proprietor/Grower/Winemaker: Gilles Gasq

A(ccuray)=2: Med deep ruby. Rich ripe Grenache.
B(alance)=3: Distinctive components in harmony.
C(omplexity)=2: Dark berries, plum, licorice, smoked meat, flowers.
D(epth)=2: Plush mouthfeel. Full palate and long finish.

Wine Tally Score [2,3,2,2]= 9/10

Pure expression of terroir and varietal.

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