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Aster is one of the Tempranillo offerings from Rioja icon La Rioja Alta's Ribera Del Duero estate. Rioja is more Atlantic-influenced and cooler while the Ribera del Duero region, a bit south and west between La Rioja and Madrid is decidedly Mediterranean.

This entry Crianza shows how terrific 2019 is in this region. 100% Tempranillo and teeming with classic Ribera aromas of black raspberry, roasted nuts, pepper, smoke, and a touch of sweet spice, there is also a fine core of fruit in the mouth, with plenty of complex game and spice notes that continue well after the wine is swallowed. Perfect fodder for lamb and one to drink over the next 7-8 years.

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Only in Italy. We often say that around here, especially when it comes to wine and other epicurean delights. Where else does one find Montepulciano as a grape and a village with another wine and completely different grape. There is Alba in Piedmont and then Lacryma Morro D’Alba which is from Le Marches, about 300 miles away. One other is Pecorino, both a cheese from ewe’s milk and a fabulous white wine grape found mostly in Abruzzo and the southern Marches DOCG region of Offida.

Provocatively fragrant with multi-faceted aromas of orange, talc, gerber daisies, saline and seashells, it is wiry, nervy, very dry and linear with loads of vibrancy, movement, depth and extension. A magical combination with mussels or prawn dishes slathered in garlic, olive oil, and/or tomatoes.

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Not solely as a white wine estate, Dianetti also makes fantastic red wines including this Montepulciano/Sangiovese blend.

Piquant, graceful, classy with impressive palate coverage and extension. Creamy, generous and genuine, the two grapes really play their roles to perfection. The darkness and wildness of the Montepulciano offsets the tanginess and roundness of the Sangiovese. One to drink over the next 3-4 years with a classic minestrone, roasted pork loin slathered in Italian herbs penne Bolognese or even a slice of pepperoni pizza.

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Famed Chateauneuf-du-Pape producer Galet-des Papes’ Petit Galet is something of an advanced class CDR. As usual, the traditional nature of the Mayard family is omni-present in this wine and is a beautiful wine for 20-bucks. 40-year-old vines found right on the frontier of the region near Courthezon from sandy soil.

80% Grenache, 10% each Mourvedre and Syrah from 40-year-old vines. Classically formed with wildness and subtle sophistication that this wine usually displays. Generous and packed yet not oversized or hot. Raspberry and strawberry shine with an undertow of lavender, smoke, and classic Rhone spiciness fill in the rest of the palette. In the mouth, it is a poised, vinous glass of red wine chock full of Provencal flair.

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92 Points - The Wine Advocate...Winning the prize for this week's most esoteric selection on the sheet is this red from Valencia. The grape of choice here is Garnacha Tintorera, a nineteenth century French crossing of Grenache and Aramon Noir that made its way south into Spain and Portugal. The other 30% is from Mando, which brings about brightness and succulence offsetting the darkness of the Tintorera.

Wonderfully put together aromas of blackcurrant, strawberry, laurel and licorice shine on the nose and lead into a texture that is both handsome, full and tenacious all at once. Transparent, vibrant and complex with a finish that has superb snap-back and length. Have with anything ranging from paella to pork sausages.

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I am a Sylvaner supporter whether it comes from Alsace or Germany. This underdog white wine is dry, unique and provides heaps of pleasure for many who may not be fans of the sweetness of Pinot Gris or the super-exotic qualities of Gewurztramner. With its broad range of wines, the family estate of Domaine Kientzler in Ribeauville's version is always a standout value.

Deft and fragrant white with noticeable nervosity and generosity along with a pleasantly delicate, clean, fresh finish with pronounced lemon and spices. A wine that fills the mouth and then sweeps the palate clean, it is a perfect match for sushi or any quickly seared fish as well as a bowl of piping hot steamed clams.

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There is common misperception that the Willamette Valley ends at McMinnville. Hell, there are many that won't ever go past Dundee when it comes to the Valley! The reality is that it does extend down to Eugene and Broadley has been one of the mainstays for many years in this southern part of the Willamette Valley in Monroe.

This achingly beautiful Pinot Noir value has enticing scents of crushed black raspberry, violet and cinnamon that shine brightly from the glass. Texturally, the wine is stylish and refined with an abundance of penetrating fruit along with sneaky structure. The finish is suave and understated with a hint of allspice, and red earth. A silky, yet vivacious Pinot, this choice will pair wonderfully with chops. Also, a terrific 93 Point accolade from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

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Pauillac-based Chateau Bellegrave is in prime real estate and their neighbors include Chateau Latour, Pichon-Longueville and Lynch-Bages. This is a very special location; there is an old Bordeaux saying that only the vines that overlook the water are capable of producing wines of great quality and guess what, Bellegrave’s vines certainly overlook the Gironde!

The vineyards are planted with 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. Typical very full-on dark Pauillac with scents of black cherry, graphite, Moroccan spice and hints of black licorice. Dark fruit present themselves instantaneously and stretch out nicely across the palate. Penetrating wine, with red tones around the structured-for-aging edges. Vanilla and coriander arrive on the loaded back end, which tightens up, but the gravelly aspects and fruit hang around quite nicely. A beautiful offering from an underrated Chateau and great vintage. Drink/hold the Bordeaux for another 12-14 years.

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96 Points - Vinous...Baudana is a small, historical Barolo estate located in the commune of Serralunga D'Alba. In 2009, famed family-operated Barolo-based estate Vajra bought the estate before the current scurry of madness to grab great land that now has become exorbitant. Baudana has holdings in two Grand Cru vineyard sites, Baudana and Cerretta. Traditional vinification is practiced for this wine and the results are stunning and very long-lived.

'The 2019 Barolo Baudana is absolutely captivating. Effusive and bright in the glass, with tons of freshness and remarkable fruit purity, the Baudana offers up generous dark red fruit, spice, leather, kirsch, hard candy, cedar, tobacco and underbrush. There's terrific depth here and exceptional balance, too. Rose petal, white pepper and chalk lift the high-toned, intensely saline finish - 96 POINTS, VINOUS'. Being from Serralunga, this Barolo has no shortage of grip and spine, this is one for any celebration celebrating 2019 or a 21st and beyond birthday. Drink 2028 - 2045.