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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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2014 Beringer Vineyards Chardonnay Luminus (California) – Monday, June 12, 2017 – No formal notes. Couple of observations: definitely Californian; definitely not as fat or buttery as many California chardonnays; definitely well made; definitely without personality. Much more interesting $30 chardonnays out there, and if looking at that price point in California there are much better options. That said, not especially overpriced and not especially worth shunning as one could easily do worse. 88 points. Value: C

2016 Ehlers Estate Sauvignon Blanc (California) – Sunday, June 11, 2017 – The nose offers lemon curd, dandelion, Starfruit, limestone and chalk. The palate is medium in stature but well structured with significant skin tannin and racy acidity. Big Meyer lemon, bitter spring greens, apricot, Granny smith apple and a lot of white pepper spice. This is great stuff would be fun to follow over the next five years. 91 points. Value: B

2010 Syncline Red Mountain Mourvedre (Washington) – Friday, June 2, 2017 – The nose has beautiful blue fruit, smoke, graphite and sea spray. The palate is lean with good acidity but made dense with grainy tannins. There’s cedar, mint, blackberries, boysenberries, blueberries, and, of course, a lot of black pepper. It finishes with a modest but unfortunate alcoholic spike. I agree that this needs air, but given the absence of significant body or structure I don’t take that as an indication that it will improve with further aging. The flavors and aromas suggest it should be worth more points but it’s just a little unsatisfying in the end. 91 points. Value: C-