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Carolyn Hetke

Carolyn Hetke

Murphy-Goode Merlot 2016

California, United States
82 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 89/100

This lush Merlot will appeal to a wide audience with generous black plum, a hint of spice an ever so light floral note on the edge. Smooth and highly quaffable! Enjoy with burgers or charcuterie. Tasted February 2020. www.thewineloverskitchen.com

Bonterra Zinfandel 2017

Mendocino County, California, United States
82 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 89/100

This is a fun wine with lots going on in the glass. Lots of red licorice and red fruit wafting up in the glass. Juicy and fruity, you almost don't realize it is weighing in at 14.5% alcohol. Rich vanilla and soft tannins on a long finish round out the palate. Enjoy this with smoked ribs or spicy BBQ. Tasted February 2020. www.thewineloverskitchen.com

Frei Brothers Reserve Pinot Noir 2016

Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States
82 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 89/100

Frei Brother's Reserve Pinot Noir is weighing in on the heavier end of the Pinot Noir spectrum with lots of black cherry palate and a hint of smoky, spice. This smooth and rich Pinot will go beautifully with grilled lamb or beef tenderloin. Tasted February 2020. www.thewineloverskitchen.com

Mother Clone

Pedroncelli Mother Clone Zinfandel 2017

Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States
82 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 90/100

Pedroncelli has crafted an classic Zinfandel here. Ample black fruit under hits of meat, sausage and smoke. Nice balance, fruity with grippy tannins and a long finish. This is a big wine to enjoy with spicy ribs, steaks or spicy pasta. Tasted February 2020. www.thewineloverskitchen.com

Obsidian Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Red Hills, Lake County, California, United States
82 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 90/100

This is big and bold with complex layers of black fruit, black licorice and hints of cedar . Rich with generous sweet fruit and a long finish but needs time to integrate. Best from 2022-2030. Tasted February 2020. www.thewineloverskitchen.com

Carolyn Hetke

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Memorable Wine

A Chateaneuf du Pape we had with dinner at Chateau 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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Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award