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Trent Mayers

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Rioja Vega Crianza 2017

Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain
33 days ago

Trent scored this wine: 90/100

Rioja, unlike the rest of Europe, traditionally ages their wines in American oak. So, you can expect trademark cedary, smoky coconut and vanilla supporting grenadine, black and red cherry, and white pepper. The tannins are high, but not aggressive. It’s an excellent example of Rioja that matches with sautéed mushrooms and peppers with pork chops. 4 stars out of 5

Chateau d'Aigueville Côte du Rhône-Villages

Henri de Villamont Chateau d'Aigueville Côte du Rhône-Villages 2017

Côte Du Rhône-Villages, Rhone A.C., France
33 days ago

Trent scored this wine: 88/100

This is a wine that is starting to show developing notes from bottle age. The Grenache in the blend contributes dried strawberry, red currant, and spicy sage/rosemary notes, while the Syrah and Carignan add mature prune fruit (it’s a good thing). Finish off with some smoky vanilla from the barrel to supplement the mix and you have a very nice Rhône red to serve with Italian sausage roasted with potato and mushroom. 3.5 stars out of 5

Lagar de Robla Premium

Viños de Arganza Lagar de Robla Premium Mencia 2016

Castilla Y León, Spain
33 days ago

Trent scored this wine: 90/100

This dry, full bodied Spanish red is a great value for those who like a wine that has developed with aging. It’s nicely showing spice, vanilla, dried cherry, plum jam, leather, earth, cedar, and pine. It would be a versatile partner for many foods, but perfect for grilled meats, stews, pizza, or dishes with roasted mushrooms. 4 stars out of 5

Layers

Peter Lehmann Layers Shiraz Tempranillo Mourvèdre Grenache 2020

Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
33 days ago

Trent scored this wine: 88/100

An bold Australian red blend that will not win points for its complexity and finesse, but it has an astonishing intensity of dark fruit and remarkable textural characteristics. It’s actually full bodied and rich to the point of being Port like. This is a wine is big enough stand up to Mexican favourites such as Chicken Mole, which no easy feat. 3.5 stars out of 5

Marynissen Cabernet Franc 2019

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

Trent scored this wine: 89/100

John Marynissen was one of the pioneers of vinifera grapes, which means this winery has some of the oldest Cabernet vines in Niagara. John has since passed and the winery is under new ownership, but his legacy is being carried on. They still produce good value entry level wines without sacrificing quality just like John did. This one is very good, medium bodied, and perfumed with raspberry and pomegranate with cedar, smoke, and herbs in the background. Winter stews would pair up well with this red. If your local Vintages is out of stock, it is still available to order from the winery. 3.5+ stars out of 5

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Memorable Wine

Burgundy (Clos Vougeot)

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First Wine

First good wine was a bottle of Beaujolais.

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Unusual Wine Experience

Tasting at Vineland Estates in 1985 when the tasting room was the farmhouse kitchen.

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Current Fav Wine

Chimeres from SW France

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