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L.J. Palmer

L.J. Palmer

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Chardonnay 2019

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

L.J. scored this wine: 89/100

A medium gold coloured wine, dry, medium plus acidity, medium alcohol and medium bodied. The wine has a pronounced aroma of yeast, brioche, bread dough, vanilla, spice, over ripe pineapple, musky melon, herbal note of anise and Meyer lemon. Because it is BBQ season I tried it with grilled veggies, nicely caramelized but while an acceptable match it was much better with Swiss cheese and Parmesan crisps and Swiss cheese fondue. A pleasant wine.

Red Rooster Winery Cabernet Merlot 2019

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

L.J. scored this wine: 89/100

Deep purple coloured red wine, extra dry, medium tannin, medium plus acidity, full bodies and high alcohol. Pronounced aromas of vanilla, cloves, blackberry, black cherry, with a floral note (possibly violet) and a smoky green note. Palate similar to aromas. This wine is best with food; I paired it with old cheddar and it would be excellent with a barbecued steak. A pleasure to drink.

Trius Brut Rosé Sparkling

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
18 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 90/100

Trius Brut Rosé Sparkling 90/100 Dry coppery pink sparkling rose wine made by the traditional method. Persistent bubbles and aromas of strawberries, peach, and citrus (lemon plus tangerine). Pleasing crisp acidity and palate of citrus zest, strawberries and peach. Excellent with ham baked with rosemary. A pleasant sipper as well as wine for celebratory meals!


Dominio de Punctum Pomelado Orange Wine 2020

Castilla, La Mancha V.D.T., Spain
22 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 90/100

A lovely orange wine (skin contact), medium gold veering towards amber with a pronounced aroma of almonds, ripe pineapple, fennel, grapefruit and truffle.Aromas repeated n the palate. Vibrant acidity, dry , medium body and alcohol. Pleasant on its own, or with appetizers of goat cheddar cheese and Beemster goat cheese or with woodfired pizza with goat cheese and pear. A good introduction to orange wine (skin contact).

Conundrum Red 2020

California, United States
24 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 88/100

A simple, not complex, deep purple coloured red wine. Aromas of caramel, mocha, prune, jammy blackberry, stewed fruit, molasses, strong black licorice, chocolate, even Kit Kat, some kirsch and anise. A full bodied, off dry wine of medium acidity, not well balanced. Aromas repeated in the palate. Try pairing with hot, spicy BBQ ribs!

L.J. Palmer

Current Fav Wine

Whatever's in my glass; weakness for Chablis, Burgundian style Pinot Noir, Côtes du Rhône style Syrah and Ribero del Duero from Spain





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