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Great #wine with dinner at @barlataatx tonight. Crushed berries, black pepper, dried herbs, olive tapenade and slight salinity. Fantastic Tenerife wine. #winesofinstagram #spain #espana #canaries #canariesislands #tenerife #redwine #vinorojo #vino #valledelaorotava#laauraucaria #dolorescabrerafernandez
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Ritual Guatemala “La Soledad” is solid. The roast feels familiar, the bean quality is there and the freshness is great. But I did find this slightly one-dimensional…very straight forward chocolate and caramel flavors and definitely less acidic than I was hoping for. That said…this still beats the pants off most coffee sold in the US and I am just nitpicking…As we got deeper into this bag, I kept liking it better. This is a great “entry-level” #coffee for people who are used to Peet’s and Starbucks and want to try their hand at making their own pour-over coffee. #ritual #ritualcoffee #antigua #guatemala #laSoledad #centralamerica #usa #sanfrancisco #california
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2017 Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina Rubentis is the ultimate summer #wine. Slightly spritzy, bone dry, searing minerality and strawberry/raspberry flavors. If it had more beading, it could pass for baby champagne. Goes great with appetizers, small bites or full meals of fish, chicken or even grilled meats. Ridiculously good and ridiculous value, too. #vino #spain #espana #rose #rosewine #roséwine #txakolina #ameztoi #ameztoigetariako #rubentis
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2012 Enderle & Moll Pinot Noir Buntsandstein just blows me away. Beautiful nose of black tea, green tobacco leaf, cinnamon, tree bark and pine tar. On the palate, this is all about strawberry, boysenberry, black tea and a touch of leather. Stunning intensity on the finish despite a very opaque, light ruby color. Chambolle-like texture. One of the very best @grapeylyle @fassselectionswine imports. Stunner. #winesofinstagram #wine #wein #deutschland #germany #baden #pinotnoir #spätburgunder #2012 #buntsandstein #enderlemoll #redwine #rotwein
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2011 Celler Piñol Terra Alta Portal Roble is the opposite of last night’s wine. It is real, unspooled and quite delicious. I’d go so far as to say it is a bangin’ QPR. It’s a blend of 50% Grenache, 20% Carignan, 10% Merlot, 10% Syrah and 10% Tempranillo. Licorice, tobacco, camphor and smoked meat on the nose. Blackberry and truffles on the palate. Cool story about Terra Alta is that it is supposedly the birth place of white Grenache and the place where a young 20s Pablo Picasso was I spied by the la escape to paint his first forays into Cubism. I have had the 2013 of this wine, as well,but I like the 2011 a smidge better. #wine #vino #redwine #vinorojo #terraalta #spain #espana #cellerpinol #portal #roble #2011
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2012 Viña Magaña Navarra Dignus is a huge disappointment. I know this will sound harsh, but just say no. Tastes like it has been acidified, completely unbalanced, shrill acidity and weird fruit. $16 I will never get back. How did any of this ever score over 90? I also note with great interest that the label I have is different from the one I find on cellartracker and elsewhere online…maybe related to this particular import? Maybe they sent their worst stuff to the US? Either way…brutal.
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2009 La Pousse d’Or Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets is an unbelievably beautiful wine. With Father’s Day dinner at Uchiko it showed fresh cherry and berry with earth and black tea. Smooth as silk on the palate and long on the finish. This just showed so well and disappeared so quickly. Glad to have two more bottles in the cellar.
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2000 Vietti Barbaresco Masseria is approaching maturity in my opinion. It is a touch past its prime even, I think. While it still has balance and all the great berry, tar, marzipane and menthol notes, the fruit is beginning to wear thin and the tertiary flavors are not developing how I would have wanted them to. I have noticed in general that my Viettis have not made really old bones. So drink up and enjoy what it has to offer now.
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1998 Giovanni Corino Barolo Vigneto Arborina is drinking at peak right now. While it still has plenty of fruit, the tertiary notes are beginning to dominate. Roses, licorice and marzipane on the palate and a fine acidity that plays nicely along. Tremendous finesse and balance. An outstanding Barolo that has enough sediment for an army at the bottom of the bottle. Lovely stuff.
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2005 Domaine Roger Perrin Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve des Vieilles Vignes is still such a puppy. From what I can tell, this is normally a 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre blend from almost exclusively more than 100 year old vines. And that assemblage explains the wine’s expression perfectly. It has this really deep and dark cherry fruit, orange peel, dried herbs and licorice palate that is incredibly intense but completely balanced. Nothing sticks out as being out of place or lacking harmony. On the finish, it has this really interesting salinity and dark chocolate note. Realistically, this needs another 5 years before it can be “popped and poured” but it already shows well with some decanting now.
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2013 Weltner Rödelseer Schwanleite Sylvaner Trocken “Alte Reben” is a stunner of a wine. I served it with some baked Texas Redfish in lemon butter sauce, fresh corn and sauteed escarole and it was fantastic. Granny smith apple, white peach and white pepper on the palate. Quite robust and can stand up to some very flavorful foods.
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2003 Château Branaire-Ducru is in an awkward phase…when I first poured this, it was hard to believe this was the same lush wine I had tasted many years prior. It was incredibly backward and the fruit was in hiding. After many hours of air, the wine started emerging from its shell and provided a little more aroma and flavor. It did have the tell tale St. Julien cassis, pencil shavings and cigar box, but it never fully emerged from hiding. With bottles like this I find it hard to know if it was the particular bottle that is the issue or if other bottles would show the same profile. Not 100% sure what to recommend here, but based on my past history with this estate and vintage, I am leaning towards “hold”.
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Verve Costa Rica Don Jose is one of the finest coffees I have ever tasted. First of all, the tasting note is dead on…malt and lemon curd. The most impressive thing about this coffee is that it manages to maintain great tension from the first sip through to the finish while maintaining elegance and finesse throughout. In wine terms, this is a Grand Cru Burgundy from Romanee Conti. The only other Central American coffee this memorable to my palate is Ritual Hacienda Carmona. I knew when I read the story behind the beans that this would be a winner (you can read the story on Verve’s site) and Juan Ramon Alvarado is a genius.
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