LEVEL ONE MIX NOTES

WINE COUNTRY CONNECTION WINE CLUB LEVEL ONE TASTING NOTES

NOVEMBER 2022 SHIPMENT

LEVEL (1) MIX

2021 ALMA de CATTLEYA SONOMA COUNTY SAUVIGNON BLANC

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Aromatic, intense and distinctive, delivering mouthwatering lemongrass, Meyer lemon, pomelo and white grapefruit flavors, with an intriguing touch of litsea oil that lingers on the fresh finish. Drink now.” 

92 Points

2018 SIXTO UNCOVERED WASHINGTON STATE CHARDONNAY

This is always a pretty chardonnay with transparent cooked-apple, lemon-rind and ripe-pineapple character. It’s full-bodied, layered and beautiful. Drink now.”
93 Points
Showing beautifully, the 2018 Chardonnay Uncovered is a blend of sites yet sees the same care and upbringing as the single vineyards. Honeyed lemons, toasted bread, caramelized orchard fruits, and a touch of chalky minerality all make an appearance, and it’s medium-bodied, with a balanced, elegant texture, ample richness, and a clean finish. It’s another age-worthy Chardonnay from this label that will benefit from a year or two in bottle.”
92+ Points

2020 LIVIO FELLUGA COLLIO PINOT GRIGIO

A textbook pinot grigio with peach and sliced cooked apple, as well as lemon curd. Medium body. Flavorful finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap.”
92 Points

2018 MAROON SINGLE VINEYARD RESERVE NAPA VALLEY MERLOT

The Maroon 2018 Reserve Merlot opens with elegant notes of violets, red plum, clove, pomegranate, and wet rock minerality. The wine is silky smooth on the palate, with soft tannins and flavors of raspberry, bing cherry, and baking spices that coat the mouth and contribute to a pleasant finish. This wine is easily approachable and delightful to drink now, yet it still has the components necessary for further aging if desired.”
95 Points

2016 BODEGAS MANZANOS VOCHE RIOJA RESERVA

“Violet-red to the eye, this wine has a bouquet of cassis, saddle leather and clove. It feels good in the mouth, offering flavors of blackberry, strawberry, chocolate-covered coffee bean and vanilla. Satin tannins dissolve into a soft rose-petal finish.”
93 Points
Sweet oak, vanilla, cherry and bitter almond flavors converge in this muscular, balanced red. The oak still needs time to integrate, with ample fruit to offset it. The finish is long and compact. Tempranillo and Graciano. Best from 2024 through 2033. 700 cases made, 350 cases imported.”
93 Points

2018 RITUAL CASABLANCA VALLEY PINOT NOIR

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Nuanced fragrance, full of racy raspberries, mossy berries, forest floor and spices. Elegant, but deep. Smooth, round and subtle on the palate. So much poise, showcasing fine, pinot character. From organically grown grapes. Drink now or hold.”
93 Points
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Expressive nose of ripe plums, strawberry, smoke, malt and hints of mint and sweet spices. Beautifully made with fine firm tannins and a layered finish.” 91 Points

 

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