LEVEL TWO MIX NOTES

WINE COUNTRY CONNECTION WINE CLUB LEVEL TWO MIX TASTING NOTES

NOVEMBER 2022 SHIPMENT

LEVEL (2) MIX

2019 DOLUM NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Aromas of crushed blackberry, plum, blackcurrant and menthol. Full-bodied with powdery tannins. Succulent and fruity on the palate with a core of black fruit and berries. Ground spice, too. Focused. Best after 2026.”
94 Points

2018 DOMAINE EDEN SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS PINOT NOIR

Gamy aromas of roasted pork and a wet stone mineraliy surround the plush cranberry fruit on the nose of this bottling. There’s a floral edge to the palate, from rose petal to violet, as well as light red-currant and more game flavors.”
93 Points
“The 2018 Pinot Noir is positively stellar. Bright, aromatic and deep, the 2018 is marvelously complete. Sweet red cherry, cinnamon, blood orange and mint all grace this flavorful, mid-weight Pinot. The 2018 is so nicely done.”
92 Points
The 2018 Pinot Noir is also impressive, with lots of Burgundian style in its aromatics of ripe cherries, wood smoke, forest floor, spice, and earth. These carry to a medium-bodied Pinot Noir with a focused, firm, yet elegant texture, good acidity, and outstanding length. It shows the house style nicely and will benefit from another year in bottle and keep through 2028. I’d be happy to drink a bottle at dinner.”
91 Points

2019 CHATEAU HAUT BRETON LARIGAUDIÈRE MARGAUX

The 2019 Haut-Breton Larigaudiere is plush, deep and wonderfully expressive. Black cherry, licorice, spice, chocolate, leather and espresso all flesh out in a generous, creamy Margaux that will drink well right out of the gate. The exuberant, racy style is hugely appealing.”
91 Points
Blackberry, blueberry, walnut and spice aromas follow through to a medium body with round tannins and a creamy and pretty finish. Cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot and merlot. Best after 2024.”
91 Points
An enjoyably balanced 15ha Margaux located in Soussans. This is rippling with dark cassis fruits, well-judged extraction that shows firm tannins and a crushed mint leaf finish. Pretty subdued, but there’s attractive spice notes when you sit with it awhile. Good potential, classic rather than exuberant. Tasted twice two weeks apart. A value pick.”
91 Points

2018 SCHOOL HOUSE SPRING MOUNTAIN DISTRICT CHARDONNAY

This Chardonnay is an excellent example of our wine— elegant, clean, and distinct from most California Chardonnays. The wine was fermented in seasoned French oak barrels, and aged “sur lie” for 10 months and stirred weekly. It was then racked and returned to barrel for an additional 8 months. This wine is crisp, clean, and assertive with exceptional minerality and ripe pear flavors.”

2020 DOMAINE LA CROIX SAINT-LAURENT CAILLOTTES SANCERRE

The Domaine La Croix Saint-Laurent 2020 Caillottes Sancerre is wonderfully bright and begins with notes of fresh green grass, pink grapefruit, lemon zest, mandarin orange, verbena, and flint. On the palate, the wine has a brilliant acidity backed by intense flavors of lemon meringue, peach, and passionfruit and a mouthwatering finish. This vintage emphasizes fresh fruit aromatics and has a clean, crisp finish.”
95 Points

2020 MAISON JESSIAUME RULLY WHITE BURGUNDY

“White flowers and salinity on the nose. Gorgeous entry, rich, smooth, supple, and fresh, with great weight, energy, and texture. Flavors of peach, pear, orange-tinged acidity leading to a long, vibrant finish. Aged on the lees for 12 months in oak barrels (15% new) and then 4 months in steel tanks.”
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