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Carolyn Hetke

Carolyn Hetke

1 day, 6 hours ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 95/100

A beautiful Amarone, full of mature character yet still fresh and well structured. Lovely cherry aromas waft over warm dry leaves and hints of leather. Generous dark fruit on a smooth, substantial palate that brings out chocolate and cloves on a finish of outstanding length. The tannins are tamed but still very much in play. Everything in balance makes this a robust, opulent wine. Beef is an obvious pairing but it would also be delicious after dinner with strong cheeses, chocolate and nuts. (Tasted November 2021 thewineloverskitchen.com)

1 day, 6 hours ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 95/100

Everything about this wine is elegant and generous. Aromas of dark fruit, violets and hints of spice lead to a silky, smooth palate with intense dark cherry, plum, chocolate and more spice. Beautifully balanced with ripe tannins it carries its 15% alcohol seamlessly. Every big wine should aspire to such elegance, intensity and complexity. The experience goes on and on with an admirably long finish. This deserves your best beef, game or mature cheeses. (Tasted November 2021 thewineloverskitchen.com)

1 day, 7 hours ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 93/100

An enticing nose of dusty, dried cherries and spices lead to an elegant palate with prominent dark fruit on top of pleasant leathery notes. Tannins are velvety and the finish is excellent. A sure partner for roast beef or venison, short ribs or old cheeses. (Tasted November 2021 thewineloverskitchen.com)

1 day, 7 hours ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 93/100

Nosiola is the only local Trentino grape to be made into premium white wine. Only made in the best vintages, this one comes from the grapes of one of the best cru vineyards. Drinking this you would not guess that it had undergone fermentation and 6 years aging in large oak barrels. It is still fresh and bright, even a bit tight. When it opens it gives up refreshing grapefruit and ginger aromas. The palate is elegant and slightly textured, medium weight with nice concentration and focus. Ginger reappears with nutty notes on the very long finish. Enjoy this with sole, poultry or veal. (Tasted November 2021 thewineloverskitchen.com)

Jermann Vintage Tunina Venezia Giulia 2018

Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
1 day, 8 hours ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 92/100

This is an inviting blend of Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Ribolla Gialla, Malvasia. Generous citrus aromas waft up from the glass along with hints of almond, both nuts and flowers. The palate is lively and clean and a gravelly minerality displaces fruits and flowers, giving it a surprising savoury edginess. This wine demands your attention all the way through an impressively long finish. What a treat this would be with asparagus risotto, poached salmon with artichoke confit or tangy goat cheddar. (Tasted November 2021 thewineloverskitchen.com)

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Memorable Wine

A Châteauneuf-du-Pape we had with dinner at Château des Fines Roches. I admit the ambiance probably had a lot to do with the 'memorable' part!

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First Wine

Probably Baby Duck but in all fairness it would have been at the kid's table at Christmas!

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Unusual Wine Experience

Exploring an organic Tuscan winery where there was literally inches of mould on the bottles.

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Current Fav Wine

Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Bordeaux.....That is like asking a mother to choose their favourite child!

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