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2016 Quinta do Noval Cedro do Noval

What. Chilin’ with this entry-level Quinta do Noval. Ripe and even jammy blackberries on the nose with raspberry purée notes and a hint of blueberries and violets. Macerated blackberries and raspberries on the palate with some strawberry jam. There’s a bit of a gummy fruit note mid-palate with a hint of mint. 

3/5 bones

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Douro, Syrah

13.5% abv

Douro, PORTUGAL

1976 Hugel & Fils Riesling Vendanges Tardives

Kicking off the weekend with this nicely aged late harvest Riesling by one of my go-to Alsatian producers! Sweet apples, honeysuckle, honey, and apple tart on the nose. Honey and apple with a mix of tropical notes, ginger, and peach on the palate. Beautiful balance with the acidity. Pure minerality on the finish. LOVELY.

5/5 bones

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Riesling

13% abv

Alsace, FRANCE

2016 Decoy Zinfandel

Hiding from Monday. Ripe, crushed red fruit – raspberries, strawberries, cherries – on the nose with a hint of pie filling. Almost mixed berry jam notes on the palate with loads of cherries, strawberries, and cherries. Very soft and silky. 

3/5 bones

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Zinfandel

13.9% abv

Sonoma, California, USA

2015 Château Cap de Faugères “La Mouleyre”

Fighting the mid-week slump with this Merlot. Raspberries, plums, blackberries, red and purple flowers, and incense on the nose. Blackberries, plums, and salted dark fruit on the palate with silky, luxurious tannins. Smooth and velvety, like they do with Merlot in Bordeaux. Hey, if Miles don’t want to drink Merlot, that just means there’s more of this for you and me!

3/5 bones

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Merlot (80%), Cabernet Franc (20%)

15% abv

Côtes de Bordeaux, FRANCE

2015 Bodegas Pinuaga Nature Tempranillo Vino de la Tierra de Castilla

Still feeling the lingering summer heat on this Wine Wednesday. So I’m knocking back some Tempranillo. Fresh cherry pie, strawberries, and earth on the nose. Similar on the palate where this is quite soft and pleasing. Nice acidity.

3/5 bones

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Tempranillo

14.5% abv

Castilla La Mancha, SPAIN

2016 Domaine Turner Pageot 48 H “L’Existence des Choix”

Happy Monday! Welcoming the week with some adult soda. Strawberries and cherries on the nose. Delicious chewy, gummy, peppered red fruit on the palate. This is just fun to drink. Especially at this price. You should drink it too.

4/5 bones

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Grenache (80%), Syrah (20%) 

14% abv

Languedoc-Roussillon, FRANCE

2016 Emile Beyer Pinot Noir Tradition

Chillin’ like a villain with my Alsatian Pinot. Juicy cherries, raspberries, and cranberries on the nose with a whiff of stone and dried red flowers. Great mix of fruit – cherries, raspberries, and strawberries – on the palate with nice acidity.

4/5 bones

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Pinot Noir

13.5% abv

Alsace, FRANCE

Buffalo Trace

This is the Tom Petty or Dave Matthews band of bourbon. It might not be anyone’s favorite, but if you pull out a bottle, everyone will be happy. This is rumored to be 9.5 years old with a mash bill likely under 10% rye. 

It smells of caramel, honey, orange, orange peel, hint of cherry, and a hint of red apple. When poured neat you taste caramel, oak, and lots of cherries. The taste rounds out with orange, apples, and vanilla.

Instantly likable. Instantly placeable. You should always have a bottle of this on paw for sipping neat or pouring into a cocktail. 

45% abv

Frankfort, Kentucky, USA

2017 Santo Wines Santorini Assyrtiko

Wishing I were in Santorini right about now. Yellow flowers, honeyed apples, and Meyer lemon on the nose. Crisp golden apples, Meyer lemon, stone, and some stone fruit sprinkled in on the palate. Fun wine to pair with seafood.

3/5 bones

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Assyrtiko

13.3% abv

Santorini, GREECE

2017 Field Recordings Blanc de Franc Pét Nat

Suns out, sparkling Franc’s out! Initially smells like cider on the nose with notes of lemon, apple, and bread. Lemon, apple, and sourdough on the palate with a lemon and underripe peach finish. Cheers!

4/5 bones

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Cabernet Franc

Paso Robles, California, USA