Aeris Cellars Pinot Noir 2015, Oregon

Light ruby in color with a wide reddish/ brick rim and light intensity.

Fruity nose with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, red currants, bing cherry, earth, spices, alcohol, leather, pencil lead and black pepper.

Light to medium in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with strawberries, raspberries, cherries, barnyard, vegetables, spices, smoke, earth, wet leaves, bitter herbs, peppercorn and pencil lead.

Medium finish with bitter vegetables and very soft tannins.

This is a nice Pinot Noir from Oregon. Well balanced and a little bitter. Still showing lots of fruits with nice earth notes. Light and soft and good for every day.

I had this vintage a while ago and it is tasting better now with much less bitter notes.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

13.6% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

$15.

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3 Badge Beverage Plungerhead Lodi Petite Sirah 2015, California

Deep Purple in color with a short purple rim.

Strong nose of sweet plums, black currants, wood, cloves, spices, barnyard, pencil lead, black pepper, vegetables and metals.

Full bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with sweet raspberries, black currants, plums, bell pepper, oak, cloves, black olives, tobacco leaf, earth, bitter herbs, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is an average red wine from Lodi. Simple with a nice, soft mouthfeel. Too bitter for my taste.

Needs an hour to open up properly. I paired it with a cheese plate and crackers.

15% alcohol by volume.

82 points.

$14.

Père Anselme Crozes – Hermitage 1980 Northern Rhône, France

Beautiful color of light ruby with a wide brick rim.

On the nose red currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, spices, wood, cloves, light vanilla, cola, tobacco, vegetables, earth, barnyard, wet leaves, herbs, vinaigrette, dark coffee and black pepper.

Light to medium bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Very dry on the palate with cranberries, pomegranates, cherries, red currants, licorice, earth, spices, graphites, bitter herbs, vegetables, bell pepper, forest floor, tobacco leaf, vinaigrette and black pepper.

Short finish with bitter herbs, fine grained tannins and tart cranberries.

This is a nice experience. This 38 year old is still drinkable. Unbalanced now, with light fruits and earth notes.

Needs an hour to open up properly and show some tannins, but didn’t last after 3 hours.

A good food wine, though. Very interesting and unique.

I paired it with heavy appetizers.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

83 points.

Wine Country Farm Armonea Russell Grooters Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014, Oregon

Light ruby in color with a brick rim.

Soft nose of blueberries, raspberries, cherries, wood, light vanilla, tobacco, earth, green vegetables, herbs, tobacco leaf and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, cherries, cranberries, wood, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, black pepper, earth, vegetables, leather, dark coffee and pencil lead.

Medium plus in length on the finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice Single Vineyard Pinot Noir from Oregon State. Showing nice complexity with a nice soft mouthfeel. Earthy and fruity at the same time.

Not what I expected, as it is fruitier, with less of the barnyard notes I would expect.

Easy drinking and very enjoyable by itself. Good for parties or with food. Everyone really enjoyed it.

Not my usual style, but I was pleasantly surprised. A good quality wine.

13.6% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$35.

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, California

Time for my Friday’s Cabernet fix. Here is a gorgeous Napa Valley Cabernet.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Great nose of blackberries, blackcurrants, blueberries, cooked cherries, raisins, figs, vanilla, earth, tobacco, licorice, graphite, leather, chocolates, mocha, black pepper and spices.

Full-bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, cola, oak, licorice, spices, coffee, pencil lead, peppercorn, leather, tobacco, earth and spices.

Long finish with round tannins and spices.

This is an awesome Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Well balanced and fruity with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and way better after 3 hours in the decanter. Good by itself or with food, like a big piece of steak.

This is a great wine from a great vintage. Could age for another 20 years.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$75.

Mark Ryan Winery The Dissident 2012 Columbia Valley, Washington State

For International Merlot day I’m going with a Bordeaux blend from Columbia Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Soft nose of blueberries, plums, wood, licorice, oak, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead, vinaigrette, forest floor, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite, bitter herbs, black tea and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, green herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, vegetables, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a nice surprise. A great Bordeaux Blend from Washington State. Well balanced and earthy with a nice mouthfeel and a tangy ending, that I really liked.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (90 minutes).

Might have been better a year or two ago, even though, this was a great vintage and it’s showing great complexity.

Thank you Scott for sharing.

I paired it with cheeses, meats and light appetizers.

A blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 12% Malbec, 11% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.
A production of 95 barrels.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$35.

Emma Reichart Dry Riesling 2017 Rheinhessen, Germany

I know it’s November, but It’s still hot around here and a Riesling might do the trick.

Pale lemon in color with a yellow tint.

Strong fruity nose with lemons, melons, light peaches, light tropical fruits, bananas and minerals.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity, crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, lemons, minerals, light vegetables and bitter almonds.

Medium finish with tangy limes.

This is an above-average, dry Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany. Not fully balanced, but crisp and refreshing.

Good by itself or with food. Will pair nicely with Asian or spicy food.

11.5 % alcohol by volume.

85 points.

$5.