Muse Vineyards | Clio | Shenandoah Valley | Virginia | 2011 | $35 90 Points

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“Highly Recommended” Muse Vineyards’ 2011 “Clio” is third in a lineage of fine Bordeaux varietal blends the winery has been producing on its bucolic Shenandoah Valley estate since 2009. It follows the successes of Muse’s 2009 Clio — the winery’s … Continue reading

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Troon Vineyard: Estate Tannat | Applegate Valley | Southern Oregon | 2013 | $29 | 92 Points

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“Highly Recommended” Tannat is a red grape variety indigenous to the Basque region of southwestern France, and is historically grown in the Madiran appellation that lies in the foothills of the French Pyrenees. It is a variety of deep color, assertive acidity, … Continue reading

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Streicker | Old Vine Chardonnay | Margaret River | Australia | 2012 | $35 | 92 Points

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“Highly Recommended” It is not very often that we happen across an “Old Vine” Chardonnay (unlike Zinfandel), so this selection from Streicker in Australia’s Margaret River wine region piqued our curiosity. Sourced from the winery’s oldest vineyard — the Ironstone … Continue reading

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Troon Vineyard: M*T Reserve | Applegate Valley | Oregon | 2013 | $50 | 93 Points

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“Highly Recommended” From Troon Vineyard in southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley, here is another fascinating exercise in the co-fermentation (“field blending”) of different grape varieties. / The first Troon co-fermented wine we tasted, and recently reviewed, was their “Longue Carabine” white … Continue reading

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Troon Vineyard: Zinfandel | Applegate Valley | Oregon | 2014 | $20 | 91 Points

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“Highly Recommended” Here is a rock-solid, modestly priced Zinfandel from Troon Vineyard in southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley AVA. The winery’s founder, Dick Troon, first planted Zinfandel in 1972, and this wine was sourced from some of those original vines. It … Continue reading

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Troon Vineyard: Longue Carabine | Applegate Valley | Oregon | 2014 | $34 | 92 Points

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“Highly Recommended” Named in tribute to the pioneers who settled the Oregon Territory in the 1800s, Troon Vineyard’s Longue Carabine (“Long Rifle”) is a distinctive and delectable blend of Vermentino (38.5%), Viognier (33%), Marsanne (33%), and Roussanne (1.5%) sourced from … Continue reading

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Succulent Margaret River Reds: Streicker Syrah 2012 ~ 92 Points; & Clairault Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot 2014 ~ 91 Points

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Streicker | Syrah | Margaret River | Australia   2012 | 92 Points “Highly Recommended” Sourced from the cool climate Bridgeland Vineyard (planted 1998) in Australia’s Margaret River wine region on the country’s western coast, Streicker’s 2012 Syrah is a … Continue reading

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Gramona | Celler Batlle 2005 Brut Gran Reserva ~ 96 Points and III Lustros 2007 Brut Nature Gran Reserva ~ 93 Points

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We recently had the pleasure of visiting Gramona, Spain’s premier cava (sparkling wine) producer located southwest of Barcelona in the Alt Penedès region of Catalonia. Gramona dates back to 1881, when it was established under the name Cellar Batlle, and is … Continue reading

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Grace Patriot | 2013 Tempranillo 91 Points | 2012 Tempriano 91 Points | Two Alluring Variations on a Classic Spanish Variety

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We first introduced you to Grace Patriot Wines and their El Dorado Tempranillo (the outstanding 2007) in 2013 (see our feature review at the LINK), and since then the Grace Family have continued to demonstrate that this classic Spanish variety … Continue reading

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Wine Travel Transformed: The VinGardeValise Wine Suitcase

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“Highly Recommended” As avid wine travelers, we enjoy visiting wineries domestically and abroad and bringing our special discoveries back home to share with the rest of the NWR Tasting Panel and other friends. Getting wine back home, though, has always … Continue reading

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Experiencing the Greatness of Priorat at Clos Figueras

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We recently had the pleasure of visiting Clos Figueras, a winery and restaurant located in the tiny, yet famed, Priorat region of northeastern Spain. Spending time and tasting with proprietor Christopher Cannan, getting a first-hand look at his winemaking operation, … Continue reading

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Muse Vineyards | Raising the Bar for Winemaking in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley

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We have traveled up and down the historic Shenandoah Valley, in western Virginia, for many years. The valley is rich with mountain scenery, quaint agrarian towns, a four seasons (including ski) resort, and a growing number of wineries — now … Continue reading

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