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Lori Kilmartin

Lori Kilmartin WSET3 Sommelier

6 days ago

Lori scored this wine: 92/100

An unusual blend of Pinot Noir, Gamay, Chardonnay and Aligot. Made in the traditional style. Aromas of apple, brioche and citrus. Crisp and clean on the palate. Perfect as an aperitif or pair with a chicken dish. Tasted February 17/2020

Fess Parker Pinot Noir 2016

Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, California, United States
42 days ago

Lori scored this wine: 91/100

A lush California Pinot from Santa Rita Hills. Very aromatic; dried sweet cherry, cranberry, spice and dusky forrest floor. Medium body with flavours of ripe cherry, blueberry and a hint of black pepper. Plenty of ripe fruit which hints at sweetness - but only 2 g/l of sugar. Long black cherry finish!


Vinessens Sein 2011

Alicante D.O., Spain
97 days ago

Lori scored this wine: 90/100

I'm always on the lookout for this wine when it gets released in Vintages. For the price it's a great "everyday" wine to have in your cellar. 60% Monastrell and 40% Syrah from the Alicante region of Spain, it's a great "go to" wine when you are looking for something for supper or to take as a hostess gift. At 15% alcohol you would expect it to be a lot heavier in the mouth than it is. Definitely full bodied but there is a great balance of acidity and fruit to counter balance. Aromas of dark fruit, cassis and oak. Flavours of blackberry and a peppery bite from the Syrah. Now 8 years old the tannins have smoothed out and all elements are in harmony. I think it's quite drinkable now but would still cellar for another few years. Pair with bbq'd hamburgers, steak or any roasted meats. It's a hearty wine to pair with hearty fare! Tasted November 18/2019

Limited Edition M de Minuty

Ashley Mary Limited Edition M de Minuty Rosé 2018

Côtes De Provence, Provence A.P., France
98 days ago

Lori scored this wine: 91/100

Who doesn't love a Rosé from Provence? This is a lovely blend of Grenache and Cinsault that makes your mind wander to France and sunshine. Dry - 4 g/l of sugar - the way a Rosé should be! Aromas and flavours of white stone fruit; peach pear and floral notes. Light bodied with fresh acidity. Long fruit finish that makes you want to refill your glass - again and again and again. This isn't just your typical patio wine - I would drink it year round! Tasted November 17/2019

Chloe Wines Prosecco

Veneto D.O.C., Italy
98 days ago

Lori scored this wine: 88/100

California meets Veneto in this DOC Prosecco by Chloe. A great starter to any social function - baby shower? Aromas of ripe apples and rose petals. Green apple on the palate. Medium perlage with a medium finish. Tasted November 17/2019

Lori Kilmartin

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Memorable Wine

Tignanello - Marchesi Antinori


First Wine

Chardonnay - what else!


Unusual Wine Experience

VinItaly 2013 - 3 days with over 4,000 Italian wineries in one location!


Current Fav Wine

Anything Italian

Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
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Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award