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2006 Bibi Graetz Testamatta - finishing up second bottle of two opened for a blind tasting.   This is probably one of the best wines made by Mr. Graetz.  They are quite variable vintage-to-vintage, but this one exhibits the best characteristics of Sangiovese.  Lots of spicy dark fruit, a distinct touch of menthol, and licorice that has faded over time.  Powerful with nice structure.  The best Testamatta I have tasted.

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We've been enjoying some of our older bottles from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia lately.  Tonight, with roast turkey and all the trimmings:

  • 2016 Le Vieux Pin Ava.  A perennial favourite.  White Rhone blend (Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne).
  • 2011 Meyer Family Vineyards McLean Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir.

Both showed very well.  Two of Canada's top wineries IMO.

2018 Montalto Pennon Hill Chardonnay (Victoria, Australia).  Not your typical warm weather chardonnay.  Think of ripe fruit grown in a cooler climate near the seaside.  Lovely wine at a reasonable price for the quality.  Looks like it will continue to evolve/improve over the next few years -- not in a hurry to drink the remaining bottles.  Well worth seeking out.

Tried out a couple of wines that I picked up at Costco:

2019 Kirkland K Vine Evergreen Vineyard Chardonnay---I had hoped this would be a bargain buy (it's 10$), as I enjoy Charles Smith's Sixto chards.  This bottles was the opposite of most of the Sixto chards that I've had.  Light, kind of sweet.  Fine for sipping by the pool in the summer though.

2018 Cult Cab (30$).  It was good, not great.  Definitely a nice Napa cab for the price, especially as the starting point for that area is getting up to 60-70$.  

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