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2014 1849 Wine Company “Declaration” Cabernet Sauvignon

Straight. Chillin’. Robust, fruit-forward, full-bodied wine. Blueberry pie filling, blackberries, and oak. Long and sweet. 

3/5 bones

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Cabernet Sauvignon

15% abv

Napa, California, USA

2015 Casa de Darei “Lagar de Darei” Private Selection Branco

Enjoying my Portuguese juice with my slithery friend here. Tropical notes of pineapple and key lime on the nose along with hints of Meyer lemon, celery, and even some celery salt. Underripe pineapple, key lime, Meyer lemon, and stone on the palate. 

3/5 bones

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Encruzado (40%), Cerceal (21%), Malvasia (18%), Bical (12%), Gouveio (9%)

13.5% abv

Dão, PORTUGAL

2008 Scacciadiavoli Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG

Opening Christmas season with this wine from one of the oldest wineries in Montefalco DOCG. “Scacciadiavoli” literally means “to cast out the devil” and this winery apparently got its name from a reclusive Shaman who was known for using the local wine during his exorcisms. My humans just use this wine to deal with me on Mondays after holidays. Big and bold on the nose with plums, cherries, blackberries, leather, deep wood, and aged balsamic. Dark cherries and dark plums on the palate with dark tea tannins, leather, and wood. You can definitely get a sense of the alcohol. This wine makes you want to grab a bite of italian cured meat, or perhaps a filleto al tartufo (steak with truffles).

4/5 bones

$$$

Sagrantino

15% abv

Montefalco Sagrantino (Umbria), ITALY

NV Domaine Manciat-Poncet Crémant de Bourgogne Brut

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Beautiful pinkish color on this Burgundy sparkler. Meyer lemon, pastries, butter cookies, croissant, brioche crust, and orange blossom on the nose. Lemons, oranges, apricots, and honey on the palate with a limey finish. Nice acidity and minerality. Thankful.

4/5 bones

$$

Chardonnay

12.5% abv

Burgundy, FRANCE

Russell’s Reserve 10 Year

10 years is a great, benchmark number to age bourbon. Think Eagle Rare, Michters, Old Rip, Henry McKenna. This is no different.

On the nose, you’ll get spicy notes from the rye. Some cracked pepper and wood. 

The taste is a bit of spice, then oak, caramel, vanilla, and cracked green pepper. There’s some peanut butter hidden in the back too. This is rather full bodied for only 90 proof. Like all Wild Turkey products, this is hot and spicy. 

10 year old bourbon is so classic that you’ll want as many as you can on your shelf. This one won’t break the bank. 

75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Malted Barley

45%

Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, USA

2017 Beatrice & Pascal Lambert Chinon Blanc Domaine

Taking on this Monday LIKE A BOSS with this lovely Chenin from the Loire. Green apples, white flowers, lemon, and wax on the nose. Nice acidity with the lemon, apple, and wax notes on the palate. 

4/5 bones

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Chenin Blanc

Loire, FRANCE

2017 Estate Argyros Atlantis White

Sup. It’s Thirsty Thursday, y’all. Going Greek for this one. Full nose of lemon curd, whiff of wet beach – sea salt, sea shells, rocks – hint of macadamia nuts, and crisp apple. More sea notes on the palate – sea salt and sea shells with lemon acidity and Granny Smith apples on the finish. 

3/5 bones

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90% Assyrtiko, 5% Athiri, 5% Aidani

13% abv

Santorini, GREECE

2014 Evening Land “Seven Springs Vineyard” Pinot Noir

Raising a glass in honor of all of those who have served this Veterans Day. A funkier nose than usual for Oregon – underripe cherries, cola nut, raspberries, twigs, and some earth and mulch. A bit lighter, less complex on the palate – again with cherries, cola nut, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and light wood. Enjoy!

3/5 bones

$$$

Pinot Noir

13.1% abv

Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA

2015 Dominio del Plata Susana Balbo Signature Malbec

This is me waiting for weekend to start… starting with this excellent Malbec. Cassis, blackberries, mushrooms, and some smoke and tar notes on the nose and palate. Really nice!

4/5 bones

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Malbec (95%), Petit Verdot (5%)

14.5% abv

Mendoza, ARGENTINA

2017 Burckel Jung Alsace Pinot Noir

Bundling up on this Thirsty Thursday with this Alsatian Pinot! Cherries, forest strawberries, and potpourri on the nose. Cherries and strawberries on the palate with a hint of stems. Quite lovely, but with an unexpected hint of sweetness on the finish.

3/5 bones

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Pinot Noir

13% abv

Alsace, FRANCE