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Astrid Young

Astrid Young Sommelier ISG CAPS

2604 days ago

Astrid scored this wine: 90/100

Really well balanced despite the high alcohol, cherry compote, a hint of smoke, spice and bacon fat. Not at all overblown in the fruit department, and really quite satisfying - and the price is right too! Would definitely recommend.

Riserva Di Romagna

Umberto Cesari Riserva Di Romagna Sangiovese 2012

Emilia-Romagna D.O.C., Italy
3249 days ago

Astrid scored this wine: 92/100

Sweet dried cherries up front, with plenty of mineral and spicy notes; lovely butterscotch toffee nuances show the length and quality of their NFO (new French Oak) aging, with spicy minerality and juicy red fruit that lingers through the lengthy finish, peppered with sweet cigar leaf and a hint of mocha, really lovely, big and bold. enjoy with grilled swordfish, truffle risotto, a nice Bolognese. Easy to love.

Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Napa Valley, California, United States
3249 days ago

Astrid scored this wine: 88/100

Big nose of red juicy fruit with cherry pie spice and vanilla notes. Sweet cassis dominates the mid palate with racy acidity and ripe tannins. A pronounced over-ripe dried fruit takes over the mid but dissipates quickly, leaving you with some oaky vanilla and lingering red berry notes; not the best i've had from these guys, but approachable and easy drinking overall. Enjoy with grilled chicken, salmon, even throw a little bearnaise on it, drink it up.

Simi Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States
3249 days ago

Astrid scored this wine: 88/100

Dark savory fruit on the nose, herbal and dried leaf notes with raisins and dried fruit character. firm acidity and soft, ripe tannins, dark and brooding on the finish with black dried plums and dry spices. great with a philly cheesesteak sandwich, grilled duck or steak.

William Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Napa Valley, California, United States
3249 days ago

Astrid scored this wine: 91/100

it's tried and true, and it rarely disappoints, unless of course you're looking for something that is not a Napa Valley cab sauv in the $40 range. big, bold and bright on the nose with loads of new oak influence; red and black berry fruit with slightly creamy and vanilla bean notes. Sweet fruit mingles with toasty new oak, nice ripe tannins and good balance. like comfort food, very satisfying. best with grilled or roasted meats, dry cheeses, the darkest chocolate, dried fruits and nuts.

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Unusual Wine Experience

I helped to build and maintain a wine cellar in a pool hall, and am known for creating one of the most successful wine lists in an Indian Restaurant. I've also 'cracked the code' on wine and spicy food ... just ask me!


Current Fav Wine

La Frenz Pinot Noir Reserve, Naramata Bench, BC Canada 2012





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