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Glenelly 2011 The Glass Collection Syrah Stellenbosch
Glenelly 2011 The Glass Collection Syrah Stellenbosch

Glenelly The Glass Collection Syrah, Stellenbosch

Restrained red fruit is kept in balance with liquid mineral, smoked game, and wildflowers. On the palate, a hint of white pepper melds with lavender and fennel. Plum, anise, and milk chocolate dominate the finish. A beautiful Syrah that bridges the gap between Cornas and Cape Town. A most delicious example of wine knowledge.

91 Points | Wine Report by Keith Wallace

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Ego Bodegas 2014 Marionette Jumilla

Ego Bodegas “Marionette” Jumilla

It’s a massive blueberry bomb with a wallop of fig newtons, drowned in a vat of creamy vanilla, and smacked around with an implosion of chocolate toast. Oh, and the finish gets a bit snappy with a cranberry sassiness. An exuberant wine that is as slurpable as it is sophisticated.

90 Points | Wine Report by Keith Wallace

Gordon Estate 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
Gordon Estate 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Gordon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Menthol, briar, chocolate, and blackberry dominate this well-priced Cabernet with a long chocolate finish.  Eventually, people will figure out how remarkable Cabernet from Washington State really is. For selfish reasons, I hope it’s not too quickly. Once they do, we can all kiss these awesome deals goodbye.

90 Points | Wine Report by Keith Wallace

Valentin Bianchi 2014 Famiglia Bianchi Malbec Mendoza
Valentin Bianchi 2014 Famiglia Bianchi Malbec Mendoza

Valentin Bianchi “Famiglia Bianchi” Malbec, Mendoza

This is a  Malbec for Cabernet lovers.  It’s more muscular, wiry, and tannic; it’s a perfect companion for a grilled ribeye steak. The oak is powerful in this one: cinnamon, allspice, clove, nutmeg, toasted cedar rise out of the glass. Dark fruit, licorice, and burnt leather fold into a wildflower and hashish finish. It drinks way beyond its price point.

91 Points | Wine Report by Keith Wallace

d’Arenberg “The Hermit Crab” McLaren Vale

There is a wonderful depth to this wine and a lushness that makes it all the more entertaining. Mango, pear, pineapple, and fennel with a finish that veers towards pine nuts. Medium to full-bodied.  Serve this with grilled chicken with a peach salsa or maybe a fennel salad.

90 Points | Wine Report by Keith Wallace

Atalon 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley
Atalon 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

Atalon Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

This wine is worth picking up if you are a fan of Sauvignon Blanc. Varietally correct to a fault, this is grassier than most lawns. The grapefruit, a touch of sea salt, and a splash of fresh guava and your home free. Sadly, this winery is no more: it’s been absorbed into the Kendall-Jackson empire.

89 Points | Wine Report by Keith Wallace

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