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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

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Pinot Noir

13.1% abv

Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA

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

2016 1849 Wine Company “Iris” Pinot Noir

Bringing some color to this Thirsty Thursday. This label has artwork by Saber, a legend in the graffiti art world, called “Tool of Dissent” – somewhat fitting for our times! Cola, Dr. Pepper, wood, pine forest floor, pine needles, red fruit, cinnamon, and cardamom on the nose. Sweet red berries and plums on the palate with cola nut (almost like soda), pine forest, a hint of brown spice, and vanilla. Rich, Cali-style Pinot! 

3/5 bones

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Pinot Noir 

14.5% abv

Sonoma, California, USA

2018 Domaine Labbé Savoie Rosé

Last hurrah for summer with this beautifully colored rosé! Strawberries, white cherries, and pink grapefruit on the nose. Similar on the palate with a hint of Bosc pear and tart acidity.

3/5 bones

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12% abv

Savoie, FRANCE

2011 Hugel & Fils “Grossi Laüe” Riesling

Arrrooooo! TGIF! We made it through the week! Celebrating with this Alsatian gem. Apples, pear, lemon curd, lime, and stony minerality on the nose. Golden apples, lemon, and lime notes on the palate with lovely minerality. A great wine from a great producer!

4/5 bones

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Riesling

14% abv

Alsace, FRANCE

2015 Santo Wines “Aspa” White Santorini

Pretty psyched that the sun’s out! Lemon, oxidative notes of raw almonds, yellow flowers and key lime on the nose. Lemon and lots of pineapple on the palate. Nice, tropical acidity. 

3/5 bones

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Assyrtiko (75%), Athiri (15%), Aidani (10%)

13.5% abv

Santorini, GREECE

2012 Louis Roederer Brut Millèsime Rosé

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mommies out there! My moms is the best at giving me noms so I honor her today with this sparkling rosé. Chalk, raspberries, small cherries, and red flowers on the nose. Wonderful mousse (bubbles) on the palate with toasted brioche notes, chalk, and a hint of cherry and raspberry compote. 

3/5 bones

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Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier

12% abv

Champagne, FRANCE

2016 Best’s Great Western Bin No 1 Shiraz

Nothing pairs with an Aussie shiraz quite like this smug mug. Plums, blackberries, a hint of cracked pepper, dark raspberries, brown spices, and a bit of olive on the nose. Plums and blackberries on the palate with white pepper, brown spices, and tart cherries on the finish. Good acidity.

3/5 bones

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Shiraz

14.5% abv

Victoria, AUSTRALIA

2012 Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

Happy New Year, lovely friends! I took a bit of a break for the holidays but now I’m back at it for 2019! First up – this lovely Brunello! Cherries, leather, spice, and star anise really jump out on the nose. Cherries and plums on the palate with leather, drying tea notes, and brown spices. Nice dance between fruit and flavors of the rustic Italian countryside. 

4/5 bones

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Sangiovese

14.5% abv

Tuscany, ITALY 

1998 Tenuta Col d’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Classin’ it up with some flowers and this Brunello from an excellent producer. Cherries and almost cherry syrup, mixed berry syrup, leather, horse, and mushroom notes on the nose. Soft tannins on the palate with cherry, leather, mushroom, tea, and brown spices notes. 

3/5 bones

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Sangiovese

13-14% abv

Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany), ITALY