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Wine Review for October 31, 2020 - Is it wine time yet!!

As we are in lockdown might be the only leisure activity we can indulge in over the next few months! Here are Oliver's highlights:

  1. A chunk of the release is devoted to higher-priced offerings from California.  It has been an awfully long time since value and Napa were associated.  But here are a few of the wines:  Cliff Lede, Stags Leap, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017, $124.95.  Hold 2-3 years.  Growth, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, 2016, $121.95.   Drink after decant, or hold.  Hall, Coeur, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, 2016, $99.95.  Also decant to drink.

  2. Flowers, Pinot Noir, Sonoma, 2018, $64.95.  About what  you’d expect to pay for a well-made Sonoma pinot.  Drink now, scored 93 by Jeb Dunnuck.

  3. San Felice, Chianti Classico, Tuscany, 2017, $19.95.  An excellent cheaper Chianti, that usually scores incredibly well.  2017 was a reasonable vintage for Tuscany.  Drink now, scored 91 by James Suckling.

  4. Turley, Juvenile, Zinfandel, California, 2018, $49.95.  This will be of interest for fans of the famed wine consultant Helen Turley.  Drink now after decant, scored 89 by

  5. Spy Valley, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2019, $22.95.  Another small vintage in terms of crop, but another great one from New Zealand.  Drink now

  6. Rustenberg, John X Merriman, Stellenbosch, 2016, $24.95.   Decently-priced , and well-aged cab from South Africa.  Drink now

  7. Michel Gassier, Nostre Pais, Costieres de Nimes, 2017, $23.95.  A great producer from the South of France, this is mainly grenache, with some syrah/cinsault/carignan, and mourvedre.  Drink now , scored 93 by Jeb Dunnuck.

  8. Domaine de Triennes, Rose, Mediterranee, 2019, $19.95.  You might not be thinking of rose at the moment, but this is outstanding.  Drink now, scored 90 by Vinous.


By Oliver Herbst


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