Author: Shiba Sommelier

2017 Château Haut Sarthes Bergerac Rosé

2017 Château Haut Sarthes Bergerac Rosé

Feeling rosé today with these flowers. Perfumed nose of strawberries, raspberries, and cherries. Similar notes on the palate with a hint of fruit leather. Nice stuff at the price. 

4/5 bones

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Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), Merlot (30%), Cabernet France (30%)

13% abv

Bergerac, FRANCE

2016 Château Mezain Blanc

2016 Château Mezain Blanc

Resting my eyes and my soul with this white Bordeaux. Very grassy on the nose with green apple, pear, lemon, and green pepper notes. Similar notes on the palate. This isn’t too exciting, but it isn’t bad as something to cook with and have a glass or two yourself while you cook!

3/5 bones

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Sauvignon Blanc

11.5% abv

Bordeaux, FRANCE

2015 Cave Yves Cuilleron Saint-Joseph “Les Pie…

2015 Cave Yves Cuilleron Saint-Joseph “Les Pierres Sèches”

Feeling French today with this Rhône juice. Ripe red and purple fruit, plums, smoky blackberries, violets, and a hint of pepper on the nose. Ripe dark plums on the palate with cassis jam, smoky blackberries, and pepper. Nice acidity on this guy.

3/5 bones

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Syrah

13% abv

Saint-Joseph (Rhône), FRANCE

2017 Division Villages “Les Petits Fers” Gamay…

2017 Division Villages “Les Petits Fers” Gamay Noir

Hehe – just hangin’ with my bud here and enjoying this Gamay from the Pacific Northwest! Wild strawberries, raspberries, and lingonberry jam on the nose with sapling notes and a hint of dark bubblegum. Chewy, bubbly, gummy raspberries and strawberries on the palate with notes of Bissinger’s yumberry and pomegranate white tea gummies. Yum!

4/5 bones

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Gamay

12.7% abv

Oregon, USA

Nikka Whisky from the Barrel

Nikka Whisky from the Barrel

Finally in the US. Here’s a great Japanese whisky – from my homeland(!) – which doesn’t disappoint. 

The unique, squat bottle is symbolic, of course. My people leave nothing to chance. This is to symbolize that the amber liquid inside is, like the bottle, “a small lump of whisky” which is the slice of malt and grain whisky married together for this drink.

Rumors put about 100 different whiskies into this glass. 

On the nose, you’ll smell orange peels, cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla, oak, tea leaves, some red fruit and young/treated leather. Like a gentleman’s room but with an added sweetness.

On the palate, you’ll get oak, vanilla, cinnamon, cherry, tea, brown spices, sweetness & oak. 

51.4% abv

JAPAN

2014 Weingut Ökonomierat Rebholz “Im Sonnensch…

2014 Weingut Ökonomierat Rebholz “Im Sonnenschein” Riesling Grosses Gewachs

Pretty psyched about this German Riesling! Slate, daffodils, honeysuckle, Meyer lemon, waxy white flowers, orange, and quince notes on the nose. Sophisticated and structured on the palate with slate and Meyer lemon. Waxy mouthfeel gives way to clean acidity on the finish with a saltiness, like from an oyster shell. Very solid stuff – worth cellaring for 10+ years. 

4/5 bones

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Riesling

13% abv

Pfalz, GERMANY

2014 Château Calon-Ségur Le Marquis de Calon S…

2014 Château Calon-Ségur Le Marquis de Calon Ségur

Ah, bonjour, mes amis! Don’t mind me, while I quaff the second wine of Château Calon-Ségur. Cassis, blackberries, black and red licorice on the nose with fresh leather, tobacco, and cooked, smoky dark berry notes. More blackberries and cassis on the palate with leather, tobacco, and red floral notes. Nice freshness and acidity on this guy.

4/5 bones

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Cabernet Sauvignon (64%), Merlot (36%)

14.5% abv

Saint-Estèphe (Bordeaux), FRANCE

2017 Isenhower Cellars “I” Cabernet Franc Rosé

2017 Isenhower Cellars “I” Cabernet Franc Rosé

“I” is my favorite letter in the alphabet because, you know, I look out for number one. And that’s me. White strawberry and a hint of white (Rainier) cherries on the nose. Strawberries and minerality on the palate with an orange rind finish. 

3/5 bones

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Cabernet Franc

12.7% abv

Yakima Valley, Washington, USA

2013 Domaine Spiropoulos “Ode Panos” Brut

2013 Domaine Spiropoulos “Ode Panos” Brut

Feeling pretty mellow and satisfied with this Greek sparkler. Sweet lemon rind on the nose with a hint of vanilla, apple, and candied underripe pineapple. Lemon and orange notes on the palate with orange zest and a hint of sweet breads/pastries. 

3/5 bones

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Moschofilero

11.5% abv

Mantinia, GREECE

2016 Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend

2016 Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend

Learning to ride a tricycle… Red and black plums on the nose with blackerries, cherries, cocoa powder, a hint of eucalyptus and lingonberries. Plums, cassis, cocoa powder, and cherries on the palate. Quite nice!

3/5 bones

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Cabernet Sauvignon (38%), Pinotage (35%), Merlot (23%), Cabernet Franc (6%)

Stellenbosch, SOUTH AFRICA