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Viñedos y Bodegas Pablo Gran Viu Finca Santiaga 2004, Cariñena, Spain

Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

Strong nose of blueberries, black currants, black cherries, wood, licorice, light vanilla, spices, light vegetables, tobacco, coffee, light vinaigrette and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, cherries, blueberries, cloves, oak, tobacco leaf, vanilla, spices, espresso, vegetables, earth and peppercorn.

Medium finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great surprise. This 16 year old Spanish red is drinking very nicely now.

Showing nice complexity with an elegant mouthfeel. Alcohol is very integrated by now, although very high.

Thank you David and Elvira for sharing this with me.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly.

Good by itself or with food, and paired wonderfully with the Lamb chops.

Aged in New French oak barrels for 4 years.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$30.

Fratelli Ponte Barbera D’Asti Superiore 2016, Italy

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose cherries, red currants, strawberries, bitter herbs, light wood, licorice, coffee, spices, barnyard, vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with tart cherries, strawberries, raspberries, espresso, peppercorn, black tea, vegetables, herbs and spices.

Tangy finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This Italian Barbera is a good food wine that will pair very nicely with pizza. Tangy with a light mouthfeel.

A good week day wine, and better after 30 minutes of airtime.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers. I wish I had a pizza.

100% Barbera grapes where aged in oak barrels for 1 year.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

$25.

Meadowcroft Wines Blanc de Blancs Non-Vintage, Napa Valley, California

This is a delicious sparkling wine from Napa Valley.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity. Nice mouthfeel with small bubbles.

Showing citrus, lemons, green apples, minerals, yeast, light earth, spices and white pepper.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity. Tasty and delicious.

Would be nice to revisit it in a couple of years.

Very nicely balanced and good by itself or with food. I paired it with caviar.

A small production of only 122 cases.

12.9% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

Domaine Au Pied du Mont Chauve Saint Aubin Le Charmois Premier Cru 2014, France

#ThanksGivingWine

This is a nice surprise. A nice Pinot Noir from Burgundy.

Dry on the palate with cherries, red currants, raspberries, light oak, spices, chocolates, peppercorn, vegetables, herbs, graphite, earth, leather and light barnyard.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Nice length on the finish with spices and raspberries and fine grained tannins.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, and show the tannins and structure.

Thank you Wendy for sharing this with us.

Wine Enthusiasts 92 points.

This 6 year old is still young, and would be better in 5 years.

Better with food than just by itself, right now. Tangy and a little hot at the back of the throat. Spicy with a nice mouthfeel.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$50.

FVDP Vintners Terminim Alder Springs Vineyard Syrah 2018, Mendocino County, California

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose with cooked plums, cherries, wood, light vanilla, light vegetables, earth, tobacco, dark chocolates, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, blackcurrants, oak, spices, vanilla, tobacco, coffee, chocolates, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a juicy Syrah from Mendocino County in California. Drinking very nicely now with lots of fruits. Nicely balanced with a nice, soft mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, but better after a couple of hours of airtime, when the complexity comes in.

This Single Vineyard is spicy and interesting. Rich and powerful. A good quality California Syrah.

Still young and would be nice to revisit it in 5 years, although very approachable now.

A nice collaboration between an American wine maker and a Northern Rhone wine maker . A small production of only 300 cases.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$65.

Barra of Mendocino Winery Petite Sirah 2017, Mendocino, California

Deep purple in color with a short purplish/ reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, black plums, black cherries, licorice, cedar, spices, tobacco leaf, vanilla, light mint, chocolates, coffee, mocha, light alcohol and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, vanilla, tobacco, oak, licorice, spices, light earth, chocolates, peppercorn and dark coffee.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very tasty Petite Sirah from California. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Drinks well right out of the bottle, and gets better as he opens up, and shows structure and complexity.

Still young and needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly and soften up, although I really enjoyed it as it is now.

Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years. Has a good potential to get to 94+ points.

Tangy and interesting, rich and Jammy.

Aged in French oak barrels (30% new). Organic.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$22.

Thomas Henry Wines Chardonnay 2019 Napa Valley, California

Light yellow in color with a golden tint.

Strong nose of citrus, vanilla, oak, yellow apples, spices, toast and white pepper.

Medium to full-bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, light grapefruits, earth, oak, vanilla, smoke, spices, light earth and black pepper.

Nice finish with spices and limes.

This is a very enjoyable Oaky Chardonnay from Napa Valley. Showing a nice smooth and buttery mouthfeel.

Although an oaky Chardonnay is not my style, I really enjoyed it, especially with food.

I paired it with a very fatty Brie cheese and caviar.

A good quality wine. Neither sweet nor bitter, just very enjoyable.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$22.

Girasole Vineyards Mendocino County Pinot Blanc 2019, California

This is a very nice Pinot Blanc from Mendocino County in California. Showing citrus, lemons, green and yellow apples, light grapefruits, spices and light earth.

Dry on the palate with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Nicely balanced with a long, tangy finish.

Very easy to drink and good by itself or with food. I had it with Brie cheese by the lake.

Organic and vegan.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$14.

Vincity Wines Vinatlas 2014, California

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a tasty one from California.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim. A very pretty color.

Fruity nose with blueberries, plums, currants, light cedar, vanilla, light earth, licorice, black pepper, spices and chocolates.

Medium plus in body and smooth, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black cherries, sweet strawberries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, coffee, dark chocolates, light earth and peppercorn.

Medium plus in finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeaux blend. Drinking very nicely now, and will continue in the next 5 years.

This 6 year old is showing nice complexity and balance, with a very enjoyable mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, but gets more complex as it opens up. I let it decant for 2 hours.

A good quality wine. Delicious, interesting and engaging.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with meats, cheeses and light appetizers. Was really nice with the Italian salami.

A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Grapes are grown in Napa County and Sonoma County.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$60.

Poupille Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux 2011, France

Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

A very pretty color of ruby with a wide reddish rim.

Strong nose of red currants, plums, light oak, medicine, spices, licorice, peppercorn, herbs, vegetables and dark coffee.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long fat legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, spices, tobacco, earth, vegetables, wood, bitter herbs, coffee and peppercorn.

Medium finish with firm tannins (once it opens up) and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice Merlot from Bordeaux. This 100% Merlot, not from a great vintage, is showing mild complexity with a grippy mouthfeel.

This 9 year old is drinking very nicely now, and will be good in the next 5 years.

Needed time to open up properly and show the tannins, but good right out of the bottle.

Wine Enthusiasts 89 points. Thank you Wendy for sharing.

A good food wine that I paired with cheeses and dried meats.

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$35.