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Recent Reviews

This is where I post my three most recent wine reviews that aren’t part of full Good Vitis posts. These are likely to be less expensive, newer, “midweek” and “pop and pour” wines. You can view all my reviews on Cellartracker as well. Click on the hyperlinked wine name to find where to purchase the wine courtesy of wine-searcher.com.

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2010 Eric Morgat Savennières L’Enclos (France) – Sunday, April 9, 2017 – Honeysuckle, lemon, Starfruit, brine and smoke jump out front on the nose, followed by flint, crushed rock and white pepper. It finishes with creme brulee. The palate is medium bodied but driven by crisp, juicy acidity that strikes a fine balance with just a bit of sweetness. The flavors include Meyer lemon, cantaloupe, peaches and cream, Star fruit, honeysuckle, smoke, saline, graphite and a bit of wet dirt. Another brilliant Morgat effort that stands up to the test of time. 93 points. Value B+

2013 Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir Carneros (California) – Sunday, April 16, 2017 – The nose offers fleshy cherries and raspberries with rose water, damp Earth, graham cracker and high toned pepper and allspice. The palate is medium bodied with dense, very fine tannins and juicy acidity framing gushing red fruits, baking spice, graham cracker, and small hints of fungal and vegetal flavors. While not exactly complex or layered, this is an impressively complete and polished pinot at a very good price that has another 2-3 years of prime drinking ahead of it. Would happily drink this any night. 91 points. Value: B

2010 Baer Winery Arctos (Washington) – Thursday, April 20, 2017 – Bountiful nose of juicy red, black and blue berries, very sweet tobacco, thyme and black pepper. The palate coats the mouth with lush, polished and sweet tannins. It’s fully integrated and gorgeous. Sweet raspberries, cherries and blackberries swirl around with undercurrents of tobacco, graphite, cassis, nutmeg, cocoa, black currant, and rhubarb. Absolutely fantastic and pleasurable profile, it’s in exactly the right place. 94 points. Value: A