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L.J. Palmer

L.J. Palmer

Clos de los Siete 2017

Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
1 hour, 9 minutes ago

L.J. scored this wine: 92/100

Deep purple full bodied wine with a pronounced aroma of blueberry, violet and plum with some vanilla. Initial tastes were wet stone, black pepper and dark cherry ; over time these tastes softened and evolved to include the plum and blueberry. Balanced with smooth tannins. This was paired with mature cheddar and mature smoked cheddar; both worked very well. This wine benefits from time to breathe; smooths off and rounds any initial rough edges.

Les Marmitons Gastronomy

Niagara College Teaching Winery Les Marmitons Gastronomy Chardonnay 2017

St. David's Bench, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
5 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 90/100

Medium gold barrel fermented Chardonnay; 11 months "sur lie" in French barriques; malolactic fermentation with monthly lees stirring. A very rich tasting and creamy full bodied wine with intense flavours of ripe pear, yellow apple, lemon and honey, vanilla and a hint of clove from the barrel aging. Medium acidity. This paired beautifully with a sheet pan dinner of chicken thighs, apple and onion quarters, and sweet potato chunks all marinated in lemon juice, olive oil and herbs before baking. The caramelized fruit and vegetables, with the warm sweetness from the apple and the juicy roast chicken complemented the warm, rich flavours of the wine.

Gran Reserva

Monasterio de las Viñas Gran Reserva 2013

Cariñena D.O.P., Spain
10 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 90/100

A juicy blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carinena; deep dark purple in colour, with a nose featuring red fruits; red cherry, red plum and red currant as well black pepper and a dusty pot pourri note. Smooth and silky medium bodied balanced wine. In the mouth the taste is red fruits, with a spicy and pot pourri note. This soft and juicy wine would pair well with roast turkey.


Bodega Garzon Reserva Tannat 2018

Maldonado, Uruguay, Uruguay
18 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 89/100

Deep, deep purple wine with pronounced aroma of dark plum, black currant, sweet cassis, a potpourri type floral note, and herbs. The wine is dry, full bodied, well balanced and integrated with smooth tannins. In the mouth the taste is primarily black plum. It is very pleasant to drink on its own or it can be paired with blue cheese and toasted walnuts as a starter or with roast lamb flavoured with rosemary, garlic and black pepper.

Bourgogne Vieilles Vignes

Maison Roche de Bellene Bourgogne Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir 2017

Vieilles Vignes, Cotes De Beaune, Burgundy, France
43 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 89/100

Pale ruby in colour, dry, with pronounced aroma of Montmorency cherries, spice (black pepper), a fragrant earthy tang and herbs. In the mouth the deliciously acidic taste of Montmorency cherries predominates along with the spice and the earthy tang. Tannins are soft. This is a delicious wine to sip on its own or paired with braised beef with mushrooms, black pepper and herbs to complement the wines herb and spice notes.

L.J. Palmer

Current Fav Wine

Cool climate Burgundian chardonnay

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