Here are my tastings for November–just one more month of tasting to finish out this year and decade. While it seems like it has gone by quickly–it has also been a decade of great tastings and travel.
I’ll be publishing my top 100 wines of this year quite shortly.
Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Rosado 2018 – 90 Points
96% Tempranillo, 4% Garnacha Tinta; Mid-rosé colour, 13% ABV
Nose of field strawberry, fresh flowers and hint of spice. Palate of just picked strawberry, cinnamon, moist stones and dried flowers.
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Hawkes Bay 2017 – 92 Points
54% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Malbec; 13% ABV. $18 SRP.
Nose of heirloom blackberry, clove, stacked cedar, and dried flowers
Palate of Loch Ness blackberry, clove, Bay leaf and violets
Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 91 Points – $14
Nose of grapefruit skin and moistened minerals
Palate of golden citrus, orange marmalade and flowers
Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018 90 Points $18
Nose red roses, early season cherry, and spice
Palate of tart cherry, fennel, pepper and roses.
Smith-Madrone Spring Mountain District NV Chardonnay 2016 93 Points
Rich and delightful Chardonnay–while it can be served as a stand alone I think most optimized by food–think oysters, crab, shrimp.
Nose of apple/Bosc pear, fresh flower bunch and moist stones.
Palate of heirloom apple, beeswax, oyster shell, and flowers.
Alara San Benito County Grenache 2017 91 Points
Nose of red cherry, pepper and dried herbs. Palate of early season red cherry, fennel, white pepper and violets.
Nik Weis St. Urbans-Hof Bockstein Mosel Kabinett 2018 91 Points
Nose of Comice pear, petrol, flowers and sea shell
Palate of Heirloom apple, pear, ginger and flowers.
McIntyre Kimberly Vineyard Arroyo Seco Merlot 2015 92 Points
SIP Certified wine, 14.5% ABV. Nose of fresh blackberry, evergreen forest in autumn, suede and violets. Palate: black cherry, white pepper, fennel and Thyme.
Ferraton Cotes du Rhone Samorens Red 2017
This wine is 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 5% Cinsault. $16 SRP.
Nose of red cherry-raspberry, boot polish, autumnal forest floor
Palate of black cherry, pepper, fennel and Cardamom.
Domaine Bousquet Reserve Tupungato Uco Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 – 91 Points
85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Malbec 15% ABV. Notes of black cherry, blackberry, forest floor, suede and Thyme. Palate of black cherry, pepper, Bay leaf and Tarragon
Ferraton Crozes-Hermitages La Matinière 2017
Nose of blackberry, underbrush, fallen leaves and dried red rose petal.
Palate of blackberry confit, Thyme and white pepper
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