July 2017 – Notes

Four wines sampled this month, with the new find, the 2016 Bodegas Muga Rioja Rosé.

2014 MerSoleil SLH Chardonnay
mango, pineapple, lemon, pear, butter, vanilla, nutmeg, spices, toast, oak. $26
2005 Caiarossa Pergolaia Tuscany
cherry, plum, blackberry, earth, black pepper, tar, leather. $28
2016 Bodegas Muga Rioja Rosé
onion skin color. tangy strawberry and raspberry, apricot, some citrus. crisp finish. $15
2015 Domaine Tabordet Le Champ des Vignes Pouilly Fume
lime, grapefruit, lemon grass, vegetal, flint, herbal, mineral. $19

December 2016 – Notes

New find this month: 2012 Biale Vineyards Rocky Ridge Zinfandel.

2014 Beringer Vineyards Chardonnay
apple, pear, creamy, toast, butterscotch, nutmeg, vanilla. $31
2015 William Fevre Champs Royaux Chablis
lemon pith, lime, apple, chalk dust, mineral. $20
2010 Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling
citrus blossoms, lime, grapefruit, meyer lemon, mineral, petrol. sharp acid. $32
2015 Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone
blueberry, cherry, smoked meat, black pepper, anise, dusty earth. delicious finish. $15
2012 Biale Vineyards Rocky Ridge Zinfandel
dark cherry, plum, wet soil, blueberries, cocoa, pepper. tart fruit finish. $21
2007 Vina Ardanza Rioja
sour cherry, sour plum, tobacco, dill, clove, black pepper, leather. Elegant example of varietal. $35