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Jon Steeves

Jon Steeves Sommelier

Robert Mondavi Fumé Blanc 2017

Napa Valley, California, United States
14 days ago

Jon scored this wine: 91/100

I really like this wine. It’s a reliable, accessible, well out together Napa Valley Fume Blanc from the god father of Fume Blanc, Robert Mondavi. This wine consistent shows crisp and dry with mouthwatering acidity. Stone fruit, citrus notes, flinty minerality, and integrating alcohol declared at 14.5% for another vintage. This is a complex Sauvignon Blanc well worthy of enjoyment. Pairs well with smoked mackerel, smoked oysters on garlic crustini, seafood Cioppino. Easily drinkable without food likewise. Tasted 2017 vintage in April 2019. 91 points.

R&D

Culmina Family Estate Winery R&D Rose Blend 2018

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada
16 days ago

Jon scored this wine: 91/100

Cool, crisp, mouthwatering acidity. Kafir lime leaf, green melon and gooseberry with a hint of rosewater. Pairs well with Belizian fish tacos, fresh guacamole and smoked jalapeño crisps. Tasted the 2018 vintage in April 2019. 91 points

Dark Horse Vineyard

Inniskillin Okanagan Dark Horse Vineyard Meritage 2015

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada
16 days ago

Jon scored this wine: 90/100

Beautiful to pair with a BBQ steak, this well balanced Okanagan meritage blend is ready to enjoy. Pair with roasted / grilled red meats, gourmet burgers, or Tex mex. Medium full body, silky smooth medium tannins. Ruby red gem. Tasted the 2015 vintage in April 2019. 90 points

Newton Johnson Pinot Noir 2012

Upper Hemel En Aarde Valley, Walker Bay W.O., South Africa
16 days ago

Jon scored this wine: 91/100

A great Pinot for those are known to not be lovers of Pinot. Earth, forest floor, cranberry, ripe fleshy cherries. Gorgeous, medium bodied, garnet, medium plus acidity. Para well with a gourmet charcuterie platter. Tasted 2012 vintage in April 2019. Well balanced, integrated. 91 points

Grand Reserve

Piattelli Vineyards Grand Reserve Malbec 2015

Luján De Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
16 days ago

Jon scored this wine: 92/100

Fantastic, full bodied Argentinian Malbec. Luscious, smooth, silky mouthfeel followed by a rush of big tannins, juicy berry, ripe plum and slightly aged wood. Pairs well with aged cheese, roasted meats, steaks, BBQ ribs. Exceptional value. Tasted 2015 vintage in April 2019. 92 points

Jon Steeves

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