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Aurora

Bodegas Yuste Aurora Oloroso

Jerez D.O., Spain
1 hour, 8 minutes ago

Greg scored this wine: 90/100

Dry Olorosos may be less common than they ought to be in North America, but they have a unique style that is pretty compelling for Sherry lovers. They have all of those rich oxidative oaky notes unrestrained and jumping out at you. This one is a great example of that. A pretty amber-brown, with a nice glass coating effect. It's a smidge on the lighter side for an Oloroso, which can hit 20% no problem. The lightness goves you the opportunity to get some more delicate aromas that normally get crushed by barrel and oxidation. Baked apple, lemon, maple, pecan, barrel, dried figs/sultana/dates, and dried bay. There is a smidge of acodity that makes it lip smacking, though obviously it is going to be a bit heavier because of the style. Lots of maple, pecan, dried fruit, baked apple, and a great finsih. Pair with olives (sweet black ones), sardines, and some bbq veggies.

1 hour, 17 minutes ago

Greg scored this wine: 88/100

Vouvray is a tiny commune east of Tours, in the Loire Valley. They utilize very special porous touffeau soils to produce unique and long lived sparkling and still Chenin Blanc. This example is still and done in a sweeter style ( some are dry). This one is young and has a pale yellow hue. Aromatocally, there are classic honey, wax, and yellow apple aromas to it. One of Chenin's trademarks is ripping acidity, which is apparent here. More citrus and apple, with faint whiffs of honey and oat coming thrugh on the finish. This wil lage and develop well in the midterm. Expect it to mellow out and integrate those soft, inviting aromas with the aggressive palate. It's pair really well with cauliflower or corn chowder. This is a fun one for harder cheeses too.

Jacques Bruére

Bon Courage Jacques Bruére Cuvée Rosé 2011

Robertson W.O., South Africa
1 hour, 34 minutes ago

Greg scored this wine: 89/100

100% Pinot Noir from Robertson, in South africa, fermented in the traditional method. It has a surprising amount of age to it, yet it remains alive. It is quite well made, though more autolytic (yeasty) than more balanced examples. That is obviously going to appeal to a lot of people, however. A pretty bubblegum pink, with orange reflections that give it some lovely complexity. Good, persistant bulbbles that are moussey and rich from the time it took to make this wine. The aromatics are quite autolytic, but you get greate leanness and purity (classic fruitiness that you get when the sparkling is Pinot heavy). Lots of red grapefruit, raw dough, strawberry, maraschino cherry, and some minerality is evident. The flavours are pretty fine. Good acodoty amd freshness. Lots of berry and cherry. There is a citrusy zing too. Full flavoured bubbly to be sure. It is hard to refuse good sparkling no matter the pairing option, but ideal for this might be a smothered lobster roll. Try not to keep it too much longer, but if you stock up on this, it should keep for at least 3-5 years.

Lirac

Xavier Vignon Lirac 2016

Rhône A.P., France
1 hour, 38 minutes ago

Greg scored this wine: 88/100

Lirac might not be super familiar to you, unless you drink as much southern Rhone as I do. it sits just above Tavel, across the river from Chateauneuf du Pape. It carries a bit less prestige than the famed Chateauneuf, but the same varietals are used and in similar proportions. The soils are sandy and give off lots of heat, making very ripe grapes that produce smooth and rich reds. This wine fits that category perfectly. Smooth and showing off the ripe flavours of Grenache: cherry, licorice, blackberry, dried herb, and a touch of charcoal. Pretty high alcohol, but it doesn't taste particularly strong. It retains that soft texture on the palate. Flaavours of cherries, chocolate, smoke, dried herbs, coffee bean, and smoke. Fresh now amd it'll last a few years in the cellar. This would be a great wine for barbecue or red meats. Decant it for maybe an hour to coax out some more aromatics.

Henry Of Pelham Estate Chardonnay

Short Hills Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
1 hour, 52 minutes ago

Greg scored this wine: 90/100

This is an absolutely delightful Chardonnay; showing off the ripeness of the 2016 vintage. Henry of Pelham are a solid producer that remain true to Niagara Escarpment in style. This Chard has cool climate fruit, density, but a soft texture and a whap of oak that comes through. Sunny yellow colour, look for vanilla cream, coconut husk, smoke, banana, and pineapple. Soft acidity. Dry and medium to full flavours of orchard fruit, more pineapple, honeyed notes, and a lingering smokiness on the finish. Great value for a quality Chard that should last well for a few years in the cellar. Pair it tonight with scallops on some angelhair pasta.

Greg Hughes

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