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2015 Rotie Cellars Northern Blend 

2006 Lopez de Herdia Vina Bosconia - gamy and savory with strawberry but I think a little extra time would smooth this a bit.

2015 Forgeron Cellars Chardonnay

2015 Tranch Pape Blanc - nice, sister winery of Corliss and I enjoy these domestic whites made in the Rhone style. Best wine I have had from Corliss.

Well..............I just got back from visiting my 95 year old dad in southern Brazil, and we took a two hour road trip to the "Valley of the Vineyards" for a four-day wine and gastronomically enjoyable side trip.  My wife and I did some wine tasting and we brought 24 bottles back to L.A. in two suitcases.  So, we're drinking some wines most people on this forum don't get a chance to drink.  We drank Marselan (hybrid grape from Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache), Arinarnoa (Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat), Teroldego, Sangiovese (that drinks like a hearty Chianti), Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Lagrein, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Tannat.  Among the bottles were some Rhone blends (Cab Sauv/Cab Franc/Merlot) ranging between 14-15% alcohol, and some other interesting blends.   A vineyard run by a family whose ancestors came from the Veneto region of Italy, makes an Amarone style wine using three local grapes.  Awesome!!!  Total cost for 24 bottles of some premium wines? $664.00, or an average of $27.68 per bottle.  I might regret my posting of this nice wine experience here, because I want WS to keep ignoring my home state and it's small wine production, so prices stay low and the bargains abound. :-) 


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1795 Barbieto Torrentes Madeira, nice.

Mic drop!  How was it? 

Great.  Started off with notes of honey, orange marmalade and caramel notes finally treacle with a dry finish. We had it with Fois Gras stuffed Ravioli in a Mushroom Cream sauce - great pairing.  Only criticism was that it should have been filtered after opening.  Given the age of the cork (Estimated to be early 1900s) the crumbled cork made things a bit cloudy.  Overall, it was a very cool experience to enjoy something that had spent about 100 yrs in cask and another 100 in the bottle. 

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