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Meg Charette

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Linea Oro

Papale Linea Oro Primitivo di Manduria 2014

Puglia D.O.P., Italy
230 days ago

Meg scored this wine: 91/100

A delightfully intoxicating Primitivo from Puglia Salento. Varvaglione is a family owned winery passed down through generations, and is one of the oldest wineries in Southern Italy. Aged in bottle for almost 5 years. Intense and complex aromas of stewed black cherry, dried blackberry, and plum skins, with powerful savoury notes, a hickory gaminess, and subtle undertones of mocha coffee bean. High intensity of flavours on the palate mirroring the aromas, with dried blackberry and hickory dominating. Dry, full bodied, with medium acidity. Mouthfeel has a soft warming sensation from high alcohol, with highly grippy tannins. Long lingering finish of tannic plum skins, dried blackberry and hickory.

Estate Grown

Painted Rock Estate Winery Estate Grown Syrah 2016

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

Meg scored this wine: 94/100

This excellent Syrah was aged in bottle for 2 and a half years. Aged for 18 months in 30% new oak, 80% of the new oak was French and 20% was American. The remaining 70% that was not aged in new oak, was in French oak. Fully developed aromas and tasting notes are both complex, pronounced, and dominated mainly by tertiary notes such as, a savory gaminess, smoked hickory, tar, sponge toffee, and a hint of coffee bean. The fruit found on the nose and palate still seem to fall into the tertiary category, being dried cranberries and intensely cooked blackberries. The mouthfeel is full bodied, dry, high acidity, high tannins, and high alcohol. There is also a touch of black pepper found on the palate. Long finish of dried cranberries, smoked hickory, with lingering black pepper.

Estate Grown

Painted Rock Estate Winery Estate Grown Syrah 2015

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada
1099 days ago

Meg scored this wine: 94/100

Aged for 18 months in 30% new oak of which 80% is French oak and 20% American oak. Aged in bottle for 2 years. Aromas have a pronounced intensity. Powerful notes of stewed blackberry and dried blackberry first dominate on the nose and palate. Other intense aromas soon begin to shine through the dominating blackberry; prunes, liquorice, black pepper, leather, dried leaves, sweet tobacco and charred wood. A dry, full bodied, rich and luscious Syrah with high acidity and high tannins. On the palate there is a warm tingling sensation from the high alcohol and intense black pepper. Powerfully long finish of rich, tannic blackberry.

Gnarly Head Pinot Noir 2017

California, United States
1103 days ago

Meg scored this wine: 83/100

A dry, medium bodied Pinot Noir with an interesting complexity. The range of aromas is quite diverse. Ripe red cherry, cranberry , plum skins, strongly dark cacao, slight candied note of Popeye candy sticks, soft oak, white pepper, subtle earthiness, and a nicely integrated smoked hickory note. A lot of similarities on the palate as on the nose. Mouth-watering mouth feel of tart plum skins with a slight tannic grip on the tongue and tickle of white pepper. A long earthy, red berry finish.

Henry of Pelham Baco Noir 2018

Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
1126 days ago

Meg scored this wine: 83/100

A medium bodied, medium sweet wine. Beautiful dominating notes of juicy blueberry, blackberry and black cherry cola. Found on the nose and palate are also hints of vanilla, and smoked baking spices; nutmeg and cinnamon. Mouthfeel is lusciously rich and slightly grippy with soft silky tannins. Long finish of rich, juicy blueberry.

Meg Charette

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