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Linda Mertes WSET 2

Linda Mertes WSET 2

Estate Grown

Grgich Hills Estate Grown Chardonnay 2014

Napa Valley, California, United States
3 days ago

Linda Mertes scored this wine: 88/100

A very dry Chardonnay that presents medium-gold in the glass with earthy and slight petrol aromas that are often valued in Rieslings. The wine is full-bodied and slightly tannic for a white wine, and its mineraity and nutty finish will pair with firm fish like salmon or tuna.

Winemaker's Blend

Thirty Bench Winemaker's Blend 2017

Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
3 days ago

Linda Mertes scored this wine: 88/100

A Niagara Bordeaux blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot, Dusty black fruit and currants on the nose and palate. The oak is evident in the leather, spice and cocoa notes. An herbal, medium-length finish. Beef or lamb would pair well.

Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Napa Valley, California, United States
3 days ago

Linda Mertes scored this wine: 90/100

The Caymus Special Selection is indeed special- price wise and by reputation. This full-bodied wine has black fruit and slight licorice flavour aromas promising deep sipping. But the surprise is in how delicate (some call this elegant) the wine is on the palate with a hint of sweetness and chocolate. I recommend enjoying this wine on its own, or with very delicate appetizers. Perhaps slivers of fresh parmesan with the thinnest slices of beef carpaccio. Absolutely drinkable now or further aging, if you must.

Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

California, United States
3 days ago

Linda Mertes scored this wine: 88/100

Black cherry and plum aromas with chocolate notes. The savoury and sweet tastes on the palate are well balanced in acid and tannin, even though the wine is young. It will go well with all meats- beef, lamb poultry and barbeque ribs.

La Crema Pinot Noir 2015

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

Linda Mertes scored this wine: 90/100

A smooth, medium-bodied Pinot Noir from Sonoma, California that has raspberry, vanilla and smoky aromas leading to a very sippable, not too dry, wine with some fresh forest notes on the palate and long fresh finish. Pair with savoury dishes that include mushrooms, and with grilled vegetables.

Linda Mertes WSET 2

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Memorable Wine

Tsantali, a Greek wine enjoyed in the most romantic setting- a terrace in Santorini

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First Wine

Chateau Timberlay in my dating days!

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Unusual Wine Experience

Opening a bottle of red wine in a tiny Paris apartment with a pocket knife. The decor was all white.

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Current Fav Wine

Viognier, Pino Gris and Rhone Red blends

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Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award