Aperture - Red Bordeaux Blend, Alexander Valley, Sonoma 2019
Wine Advocate 95-97 - Deep ruby-purple in color, the nose bursts with lilac perfume, Morello cherries, cured meats, star anise, tar and a mineral undercurrent. The palate is pixelated and lifted with glorious perfume lingering on the very long finish.
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Aperture Cellars champions a range of expressive Bordeaux style wines from Sonoma County’s premier cool-climate Bordeaux varietal vineyard sites. This wine is composed of all hillside vineyards which helps to keep berry size down and concentration strong. The sites are south and southeast facing for the early ripening varietals.
For this vintage, they crafted a distinct Bordeaux blend, composed dominantly of malbec and merlot and delicately balanced by smaller inclusion of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and petit verdot. The ripe fruit characters are structured by seamless tannins, showcasing an elegant density to the blend. The 2019s are expressive in their youth and are drinking beautifully with a decant now, and will only continue to reward with cellaring.
Koehler-Ruprecht - Riesling Kallstadter Kabinett Troken,
Pfalz, Germany 2020
Koehler-Ruprecht holds legendary status for producing the Pfalz's cellarable dry Rieslings - wine rich in minerality they can stand the test of time. The 2020 Kallstadter Kabinett Troken is an absolutely beautiful wine, bone dry yet incredibly floral and fruity with a serious mineral backbone and refreshing acidity. We get notes of crunchy Asian Pear, lime leaf, and apple blossoms, there is a wonderful 'stony' character that really accentuates the freshness of the fruit, and racy to keep you coming back for more. A stunning wine in its youth yet cellar worthy for decades, at an everyday price!
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Bodega Maranones - Old Vine Grenache, Vinos de Madrid "Labros" 2018
Single Vineyard High Altitude Old Vine Grenache Made by Fernando Garcìa of Comando G!
"This is always a beautiful garnacha, and the 2018 vintage is no different. This opens with rose petals, cranberries and redcurrants. Taut on the medium-bodied palate, whose tight tannins wrap themselves finely around a plethora of floral flavors. Drink now." James Suckling - 94 Points
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Alexander Knechel - Certified Sommelier
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