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Linda Mertes WSET 2

Linda Mertes WSET 2

Noble One Botrytis

De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2016

New South Wales, Australia
736 days ago

Linda Mertes scored this wine: 96/100

My very favourite sweet wine for finishing any special occasion dinner! Deep gold in the glass, there's honey and rich stone fruit aromas. Rich and viscous on the palate with peach that goes on and on, to a slightly smoky finish. Can be served with fruit desserts or a soft, mild cheese selection. But such a treat on its own!

Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem

M. Chapoutier Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem 2016

CĂ´tes Du Roussillon-Villages Latour-De-France, Roussillon A.C., France
754 days ago

Linda Mertes scored this wine: 92/100

Another great vintage from the winemaker Michel Chapoutier for his Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem. This vintage is noted for its example of "terroir". Mainly a blend of Syrah(aroma), Grenache (silkiness) and Carignan (acidity), there are aromas of blackberry and currants. Leather and forest earthiness are evident from the oak aging. Pair with lamb!

Beni di Batasiolo Barolo 2010

Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy
770 days ago

Linda Mertes scored this wine: 92/100

A deep, dark garnet Barolo with "legs" that announce the higher alcohol level and tannins to come. Dried cherries and a perfect balance of acidity and tannins. Roasted red meats, like lamb or beef, will match this wonderful example of this aged, Nebbiolo wine.

770 days ago

Linda Mertes scored this wine: 92/100

A 100% Sangiovese from Tuscany, the wine presents medium garnet with aromas of soft cherry and mushroom. So well balanced with a long finish. Wonderful! Pair with roasted or grilled red meats.

Estate Bottled

Burrowing Owl Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada
736 days ago

Linda Mertes scored this wine: 92/100

A perennial favourite, Burrowing Owl's Chardonnay is a British Coloumbian wine that is full-bodied. Pale gold in the glass, tropical fruit, peach, and herbal aromas. On the palate, the oak reveals itself in caramel notes offset by the minerality provided by the low acidity. Notes of licorice and petrol on the finish. Pair with seafood, cream sauce dishes, and herbal touches of fennel and anise.

Linda Mertes WSET 2

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Memorable Wine

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


First Wine

Chateau Timberlay in my dating days!


Unusual Wine Experience

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


Current Fav Wine

Viognier, Pino Gris and Rhone Red blends





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