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Carolyn Hetke

Carolyn Hetke

Cordillera De Los Andes

Torres Cordillera De Los Andes Carmenère 2016

Parcela La Ladera, Cachapoal Valley, Peumo D.O., Chile
2 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 91/100

Carmenère done well is a beautiful thing.. and this one is done well! It is plush and full bodied yet silky smooth. It has an interesting flavour profile of bell pepper over raspberry and red fruit with hints of leathery, tobacco. May sound strange but it works! A nice long finish tops it all off. Enjoy with grilled vegetables, burgers or stew. Tasted February 2020. www.thewineloverskitchen.com

Ironstone Merlot 2018

Lodi, California, United States
2 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 91/100

Excellent value here with this fruity Merlot. Black licorice and wild cherry mingle on the nose and surprisingly, carry over to the palate in spades! Very interesting pour here! Rich, smooth and fruity this will appeal to many. Drink now or within the next few years. Serve with spicy ribs. Tasted February 2020. www.thewineloverskitchen.com

Napa Valley

Beringer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Napa Valley, California, United States
2 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 92/100

This is a dense, smooth drinking Cabernet Sauvignon with a bit of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Zinfandel adding interest. Rich and ample dark, brambly fruit showing on the nose and palate with nice weight and balance. Silky with a long, rich finish. This deserves Chateaubriand. Tasted February 2020. www.thewineloverskitchen.com

2 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 89/100

Bodega Garzon has been doing some great things with Tannat of late, even having their 2015 Tannat Reserve make Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines in 2017. This 80% Cab Franc/20% Tannat has dusty rose on the nose with wet stones; vibrant red currant on the palate and soft, grainy tannins. Good structure and balance. Medium bodied and very approachable. There is a lot going on in this glass! Pair with cassoulet or duck confit. Good value. Tasted February 2020. www.thewineloverskitchen.com

Cordón Vendimia Seleccionada Crianza

Heras Cordón Vendimia Seleccionada Crianza 2016

Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain
2 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 89/100

Fresh black berry on the nose with some leather and meaty notes with good fruit concentration on the palate. Juicy, fresh and smooth, it is drinking nicely right now but will offer up its charms for another 5 years or more. Pair with charcuterie or stew. 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