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Simon Chen

Simon Chen

Alexander Valley

Robert Young Estate Winery Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States
19 days ago

Simon scored this wine: 95/100

OMG! This is probably the best California Cab you can find for this price. At $60 at LCBO, this wine has everything you wish for for an old-school California cab. It is not overly oaked and has the Sonoma-characteristics of green pepper and freshness. Big structure, long fish, and grippy tannin. I would guess this is a $100+ cab at a blind tasting. Definitely, a wine to keep for 10+ years.

Terroir

Strewn Winery Terroir Riesling 2018

Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
373 days ago

Simon scored this wine: 90/100

love this wine. not overly sweet (8.2 residual sugar) and with good balance of acid. Aromas of lime and a touch of floral aromas. A nice wine to start the meal in the summer

Concannon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Paso Robles, California, United States
373 days ago

Simon scored this wine: 91/100

wow, what a great value for a paso robles cab at $21!! Not over oaky and vanilla! just the right amount of mint, freshness on the aroma. juicy, medium structure, and medium finish on the palate. This can be go-to california cab without breaking the bank!

Sonoma County

Louis M. Martini Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Sonoma County, California, United States
373 days ago

Simon scored this wine: 88/100

nice and juicy cabernet from the sonoma county. It carries some of the freshness and greeness from the sonoma fruits and followed with gentle tannin on the finish.

Reif Estate Winery Meritage 2017

Niagara River, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
373 days ago

Simon scored this wine: 90/100

A nice wine with balanced fruits, acid, and tannin. It will not wow you but it will satisfy your palate and your wallet for your weeknight wines

Simon Chen

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Memorable Wine

Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepase 1999

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First Wine

Stag's Leap Wine Cellar Artemis 2007

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Unusual Wine Experience

a vertical of Inglenook Rubican, spanning from the 87 to the 2012 vintages

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Current Fav Wine

Italian (Super Tuscan, Bruenllo)

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Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award