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Red
1/26/2023 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
90 points
Magenta body with light pink rim. 80% grenache, lighter bodied more feminine Gigondas, meant to be drunk young. Loads of flavor and spice despite the transparent body. Nose of wild honey, cranberry, licorice. Palate has caramel, licorice, raspberry, and limestone slate. Better with food but enjoyable on its own. Solid wine, and exceedingly good qpr at $17 (approaching baby CDP quality).

The name Gigondas is a morphed version of the Latin word jocunditas, meaning “exuberant pleasure.”
White
1/25/2023 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
91 points
Very few of these on cellartracker. Was surprised to see this 12 year old white crozes hermitage at a NJ retailer, so thought we’d explore what age does to white northern rhone.

Bottle and cork in great condition. Aired about an hour before getting into it. Deep golden colored body yet completely transparent. Delicate white flowers, apple, pear and honeysuckle on nose. Palate is dry with vanilla apple, honeysuckle, dry stones, white pepper, slight lemon curd and a rather long finish and tannin for a white.

100% Marsanne sourced from a small 2.5 ha, south-facing plot of 60 year old+ vines. Aged for 14 months in French oak.
Red
2012 Croix de Beaucaillou St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/24/2023 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
91 points
Enjoyable wine in the classic bordeaux style. Wine had arrived via Fedex earlier in the morning and wasn't at its best when initially opened. But given time to properly air, this had expected bordeaux charms for the price point ($48 purchased in Jan 2023).

Nose has candied rose petal, cassis, cherry and cedar. Body is a very dark purple with some sedimentation/crystals. Palate is dark cassis, cedar smoke, kefir lime acid, and leather. Medium long finish, with 92+ upside with proper decanting and food pairing.
Red
1/21/2023 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
88 points
Good but not great at this stage. Had the 2015 Hermitage Aine Blue the night before and were hoping for something closer in presentation. This 2018 Crozes was green with an anise flavor that seemed misplaced. The fruit is full and enjoyable but this wine needs more time to integrate. Will try and hold remaining bottles for at least 2-3 more years.
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Red
Pretty funky for us. One more bottle and will try in several years. Cannot recommend.
Red
1/21/2023 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
92 points
Deep, dark Burgundian style Pinot. This wine purchase was on a whim as I don’t recall having Spanish pinot before. It is wonderful, “ Fresh and savoury with a firm, grippy character and nice lemony acidity. and firm tannins under the cherry and plum fruit.”

Nose is complex after nearly 15 years with balsamic, cherry pipe tobacco, wet fall leaves. Taste has a burst of acidity but its fully integrated and balanced with fresh red berries and seamlessly melds into powdery tannins. Some petrol on backend. What a pleasant surprise with a rustic lunch on a winter’s day.
Red
1/20/2023 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
93 points
Delicious wine. Venturi strained into decanter and started drinking 45 minutes or so later. Wine is mostly opened, grippy but in no way tannic or closed. Rich dark berries, sweet balsamic and cocoa are dominant flavors. Already showing nuance.

Bottle says “aging potential of 5-20 years” implying a drinking window of 2020-40 and making the suggested dates on CT quite a bit conservative.

Picked up for $47/bottle and wish I had gotten much more.
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Red
1/16/2023 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
92 points
Better than last bottle (review Feb 2022). No metallic or out of place flavors. Great change up wine. Lighter body but full of mature and fully developed flavors.
Red
1/15/2023 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
93 points
This is delicious. Very concentrated fruit, not much oak influence. Already some tertiary notes, coffee and fig. Very deep wine thats just entering its drinking window. Tempting to drink more but I will try and hold for many more years.

Drank on its own but this will be delicious with a juicy steak
Red
1/13/2023 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
92 points
Better than last bottle from Benchmark, doesn't seem separated or past its prime. Quite the contrary, its super tannic and oaky. Decanted 2 hours before trying then a wall of oak and ripe dark berries. There’s nothing light or silky or Priorat about this. Drinks more like an oaky Toro. Left out on counter in decanter all night and next day it was better, a little smoother but still heavy and no tertiary flavors.
Red
1/13/2023 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
93 points
Surprised no one has rated this in 10+ years. The wine has evolved quite a lot with tertiary flavors.

Pours transparent with brown and orange edges, like weak tea. Nose initially has paraffin and funk but they blew off within minutes. Opens to chocolate, honey, tobacco, walnut and dried cherry. Palate is juicier with more assertive cherry up front then followed by aromatics from the prior sentence. Still body, not letting up in any way.

Not the most complex barolo Ive ever had but its in great condition, has no faults and has evolved so well. Would love if wines like this were more mainstream.
Red
1/6/2023 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
93 points
This was excellent but tighter and more tannic than the last bottle upon opening. Needed 1 hour to breathe, then settled in very nicely. The blackberry and black cassis fruit flavors here are one of the most concentrated and prodigious that I've ever had. The glass is stained, my tongue and teeth are black, the density while tasting is incredible. Also some coffee notes that lead to the tannins. Very enjoyable if you like the concentrated Priorat style.

Fine to drink now but this is a wine that can age forever and develop more detailed and interesting flavors. will try to hold the last bottle 10 years or more.
Red
2019 Benanti Etna Rosso Etna DOC Nerello Blend, Nerello Mascalese (view label images)
1/1/2023 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
90 points
Really enjoyed this; don't believe I've had these varietals before. Great lightweight wine, interesting on its own or good as an aperitif and many dishes. Nose has caramel, strawberry, raspberry, hibiscus and stone. On the palate it is thin and dry, with bright acid, blueberries, raspberries. Very fresh and easy to drink at only 13% abv.

"With the elegance of Pinot Noir and the explosive exuberance of Zinfandel, Nerello Mascalese is delightfully easy to drink."
Red
12/31/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
88 points
Took to NYE party. Decanted and drank magnum over 2 hours. Berry tones are primary with oak, drinks young. If you still have this in cellar, can easily go 10 years to add more nuance.
White - Sparkling
12/31/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
92 points
Feb 2022 disgorgement. Pale gold body. Nose of green apple, baked pie crust, white cherry, pear, stone. Taste is white peach, lemon curd acid, very tight almond (should expand with aging). Finish is long but astringent/acidic at 60 degrees. Suggest aging longer or drinking under 50 F.
Red
12/31/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark black with ruby rim. Nose has deep, dark blackberry, baked notes, cherries, aged charred oak. Palate is rich with dark berries, herba buena, chocolate… not faded at all. Day 1 without food, tannins were a little strong. 15 hours later with lunch, oak has smoothed into chocolately notes. Hard to rate aged wine sometimes.

Not as robust or with ethereal nose as some riojas but at 17 years, this wine is rich, awesome, and still on an upward trajectory. Very enjoyable
Red
12/30/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
94 points
Cork in excellent shape. Short decant to filter any sediment (not too much). Deep, dark colored body with orange hues around edges. Fragrant nose of balsamic, dry dark chocolate, and cherries. Palate has similar flavors, deep and nuanced. Has powdery tannins. Acid is very well balanced, equally enjoyable with or without food. Seems right at peak.
Red
12/27/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
93 points
Gorgeous wine. Rocked it with and without food. Pairs with almost anything. Great body and length
Red
12/28/2022 - CheviotCellar wrote:
88 points
Not impressed. That said, we don’t often drink TJ’s branded wines and maybe were expecting too much. Nose was nicely fruited with ripe cherries, and body looked interesting too with some browning edges. But the palate is thin, no tannins or layers, only one note fruitiness with some green, melon-like flavors. This could be new world anything. With gran reserve moniker was hoping for more body and tannins. Not so.

Improved slighlty over the course of a week under vacuseal in cellar. The green and uneven notes went away, and this was reasonable with spicier food. With that said, it performs like a $12-15 wine.
Red
12/23/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
91 points
10% CABERNET FRANC, 32% CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 13% MERLOT. 11% PETIT VERDOT & 4% MALBEC.

Dark and medium transparent. Decanted 3 hours before dinner. Robust nose with iron, leafy red currant, and red berries. Palate is big and tannic with wet gravel, iron, strawberry compote, ripe cherry, balsamic vinegar. Finish is medium with some heat (unclear if its alcohol, pyrazine flavor or both).

Overall good but not great. Very surprising this is 8 years old. Can easily go 10 more years. Will see how long I can hold on to the last bottle.
Red
12/22/2022 - CheviotCellar wrote:
89 points
Interesting plonk. Opened with dinner, and it came across humbly, like an everyday CDR. After dinner on its own it flashed mineral notes, more complex fruits. Thought it may need more air time. Tried on night 2 with dinner again and it was also overpowered. For me, rhone wines must go with food. This was disappointing.
White - Sparkling
12/19/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
93 points
Followed the 2005 Schramsberg Reserve. While not at the same level, it wasn't as far off as I expected. The color was bold and deep, the nose also with apple compote, lemony acid, brioche and mild oxidative flavors.
Red
12/22/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
92 points
Bottle# 7460. Not quite at the level of the last bottle. Acid higher than we remembered. Lots of plush fruit. Still enjoyable.
White - Sparkling
12/22/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
96 points
Purchased in Jan 2022. Saved for our 17th wedding anniversary (2005). The color on this is bold and stunning. A deep 24k gold color. Otherwise clear with fine bubbles and strands. Nose is concentrated and plush with brioche, oxidative apples, baked notes/yeast. Flavors are the same and extend on forever. So pleasing.
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Red
12/22/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
94 points
Big, layered California blend. Decadent if not a little sweet. Popped this for our wedding anniversary (2005) and had with humble fare but it deaerved something more robust, like a rich, salty steak and the wine would have been in balance. I do think this is just past its apogee so drink up.
Red
12/22/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark toned but semi-transparent. Nose is different but alluring with volcanic earth, stoniness, and a light, lively cherry note that is delightful. Palate is rich in flavor and tannins yet remains silky and light in texture. Caramel and milk chocolate flavors along with cherries, tangy raisin, chalk notes, faint herbs. A lot going on here and mostly in harmony. It does seem to improve with an hour of air. 2 more bottles and will see how they evolve 92-94 potential
Red
12/10/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
92 points
Wow the color on this… vivid magenta ring around the outside. Deep, dense flavors of ripe red fruits and cocoa powder. High altitude vines. Rich, pure and lovely.
Red
12/15/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
94 points
Beautiful body, medium transparent. Ethereal LRA nose of black cherry, stoniness with oaky hints of cinnamon and coconut. Meticulously racked wine, no sediment or cloudiness to speak of. Palate has rich round dark fruit flavors mixed with sour red berry, burnt gun smoke, punchy acid, cinnamon stick. Its more delightful than what Im describing. Really complex and great on its own, but also marvelous with food. I was wary of the reviews saying its ready to drink now but it is. Nice balance, light in its feet despite the deep flavors. Very well made.
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Red
12/14/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
91 points
Oak and tannins haven't softened in 2+ years since the last bottle. High quality fruit flavors makes me still think there's promise. But even drinking over several days, it didn't improve much. Food helps. Will try to wait a few more years before trying again.
Red
2014 Avennia Sestina Columbia Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/13/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
93 points
I really enjoyed this one although it needs at least an hour in decanter to settle in. Initially it was dark but sloshed around in glass like water. Lots of alcohol, and mouthfeel was thinner than expected. After some of the alcohol blew off and dark fruit flavors opened, the wine took on a whole different personality; a more bordeaux like experience. Rich and complex flavors, this exceeded my expectations and is a quality WA state wine.
Orange
Label intriguing, unfiltered and natural fermentation. Wine is a vivd orange, not rose. Nose is floral but also some drying sauv blanc notes. Palate is same, feels disjointed like 3 disparate wines mixed together. Maybe with the right food pairing this could be acceptable. But on its own, there wasn’t anything pleasurable about it. 3 people drinking it and half bottle went down drain. We were concerned it was too funky to even cook with.
White - Sparkling
12/9/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
89 points
Very polished, and expected flavors as others have noted. Fine with shellfish, more delicate flavors. Overall a little soft for my liking
Red
12/9/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
94 points
Beautiful to watch this wine over 5 years. This is the best bottle. Immediately accessible, ethereal nose, ripe fruit, drying yet pliable tannins. Love it and look forward to further development.
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Red
12/6/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
91 points
Very dark core with garnet rim. Massive nose of bright red fruits and dry, fall leaves, dry green pepper. Decanted and aromas hit my face in a pleasant way but distinctly more than any wine I can remember. Palate is more ripe red fruit — juicy, cool blueberry and toward finish, dry cocoa powder. Plush, smooth mouthfeel with powdery tannins. Interesting balance of the dry vegetal/leaf notes and plush fruit.

I never agree with James Suckling and can’t here at 93. But for me this is 92 and a great bargain. My wife felt it was too heavy, so knocked off a point. But would love to buy a few more bottles and track over 5-8 years.
Red
12/4/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
93 points
Profound nose of dark luxardo cherries, dry tangy herbs, red plums and just a hint of dried fruit and cedar smoke. Big time legs on glass. Palate is also rich, oak is equal to the luscious fruit at this stage, so there is room for improvement and more complexity. But this is worthy of drinking at this stage, without a doubt. Finish is long and bone dry, with new leather and limestone. A beautiful wine from a great vintage and winemaker.
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White - Sparkling
12/3/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
92 points
Lovely. Pinot is nice here for body and complexity. Oxidative notes with cut apples and brioche. Nice acidity. Extremely versatile with food.
White - Sparkling
12/4/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice qpr. Healthy acid, flavor, and verve. Fizzy, a bit much for me but it worked with the crunchy fried chicken and creamy mac and cheese (fancy, I know). Not super elegant or delineated palate but enjoyable with food nonetheless. One more bottle and will try on its own or with less fatty food in search of more precision.
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White - Sparkling
12/3/2022 - CheviotCellar wrote:
90 points
Slightly disappointing qpr. Consistent but flavors are shy, missing definition and acid. 3 more bottles. Will hold and see if they mature with complexity.

The wine is composed of 56% of 2017, with 34% coming from a solera-like perpetual reserve that is even parts of the five previous vintages: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. The balance (10%) comes from large oak barrel reserves going back to 2009. By adding the collection number to the founding date of the house, 1776, you get the year that it was bottled. If you subtract one from that number, you get the base vintage, for this first release it is 2017.
Red
12/3/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
91 points
Dark body with bold and vivid hues in outer ring. Nose of cassis, perfumed violets and graphite. Palate is full, textural with mint and bubblegum oak, cassis, dark maple oak, mineral/limestone. Really nice QPR at $26 in 2022.

91-92 quality. Wish it had more tertiary fruit flavors. Will see how other bottles evolve
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Red
12/2/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
93 points
Fantastic. Drank over 2 nights but was at its best on night 2 with honey chili porkchops. For us, the tannins and dryness of this wine compliment its overall characteristics and don’t detract one bit. Elegant mouth texture and clarity make the richness and minerality of this wine surprising. This is a serious wine with layers of flavor and textural interest and that needs time to process and enjoy. 3 more bottles to enjoy over next decade. May buy a few more.
Rosé - Sparkling
12/2/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful wine, oh what color of pink/pale orange salmon, vivid in glass with fine bubble strands after an initial frothy head. Moderately strong strawberry flavors with apple compote and chalk. Love the Schramsberg lineup character and value. This is consistent with expectation.
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Red
12/1/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
90 points
Unique and well made wine. Clarity/appearance and nose are new world pinot like but a few notches more of flavor, body, and acidity. Interesting palate with both floral and forest berry flavors prominent. The acid was a touch much for me with a lighter meal. Suggest more substantial fare for pairing.
Red
10/31/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
92 points
Full robust wine. 92-93 points now with room to improve. Excellent depth of fruit here, superior to the 2018 vintage IMO.
Red
10/30/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
90 points
Bought in July 2017 and cellared until now. Silky deep fruits and balance I wasnt expecting. Not showing its 8 years of age at all. Really in a nice spot and should be for 2-4 more years easy
Red
10/27/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice cherries but acid was high and out of balance, even with food. I suspect this bottle may have been off; after removing wax, the cork was very soft and had to use an ahso to get it out. Purchased from Benchmark wine about 2 years, disappointing QPR at $90 USD.
Red
10/23/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
91 points
Delicious. Approachable and nice depth of fruit flavor, tannin and acid. Will buy more
Red
2011 Department 66 D66 Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Grenache Blend, Grenache (view label images)
10/21/2022 - CheviotCellar wrote:
flawed
Cork was soft, not a good sign. Palate was thick with prune and raisin. With the high alcohol, this seemed a dessert wine. I hope this bottle was bad and that the remaining two are truer to form. This wine had been decadent and lovable in the past.
Red
Wouldnt buy again. Seems thin, acidic, fruit doesnt have complexity. Disappointing qpr
Red
10/21/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
90 points
First Turley. Nice qpr, structure, acidity, fruit is restrained.
Red
10/16/2022 - CheviotCellar Likes this wine:
88 points
Deep fruit but a little primary for me. Guests liked it though. Purple fruited, I think a juicy steak is a good pairing
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