FEL Wines Pinot Gris, Anderson Valley 2020

Pale straw color; pear, white peach, cantaloupe, honeysuckle on the nose; pear, Mandarin orange, lemon, honeydew melon, minerality on the palate. Continue reading “FEL Wines Pinot Gris, Anderson Valley 2020”

Domaine Prataviera Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Medium gold color; apricot, honeydew melon, tropical fruit, citrus on the nose; honeydew melon, lime, white peach on the palate.

Domaine Prataviera Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Dry; mild acidity; very smooth and soft in the mouth. Does not check several of the standard sauv blanc boxes. Built to be demure rather than racy. There is some action on the finish, even a touch of acidity missed on the initial attack and mid-palate. This is wine for those who want their wine to play in the background. 11% ABV.

Elisabeth Prataviera is winemaker and owner of Domaine Prataviera. The domaine has been cultivated and run by women since the 1960s when Elisabeth’s mother took over the vineyard from her father. She uses organic fertilizer to preserve the soil, and harvest is only done at night or early morning to preserve the aromas. $19.99 for four-pack ($4.99 a bottle)

Elisabeth Prataviera—Domaine Prataviera

Domaine Prataviera apparently does not have a website

This 187 mL bottle was received as part of a four-bottle on-line tasting from a French wine club, Le Grand Verre (LGV). They focus on largely artisanal, female-operated estates, organic and sustainable farming, and eco-friendly packaging. The single-serving “bottles” hold 6.3 ounces and are unbreakable and made from recyclable materials, double-coated to preserve all the aromas.

Le Grand Verre (LGV) website

Château Peyredon Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Medoc 2019

Deep ruby color; blackberry, raspberry, plum, vanilla, leather on the nose; blackberry, plum, black cherry, strawberry, blackcurrant, black olive, oak on the palate. Continue reading “Château Peyredon Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Medoc 2019”

Domaine Caylus Rosé Blend 2020

Medium salmon color; strawberry, tropical fruit on the nose; strawberry, plum, pineapple, tropical fruit on the palate. Continue reading “Domaine Caylus Rosé Blend 2020”

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Mer Soleil Santa Lucia Highlands Reserve Chardonnay 2017

Medium gold color; apple, pear, vanilla, toasted almonds on the nose; yellow apple, pear, white peach, Meyer lemon, tropical fruit, oak on the palate. Continue reading “Mer Soleil Santa Lucia Highlands Reserve Chardonnay 2017”

Frank Family Vineyards Carneros Pinot Noir 2018

Medium ruby color; cherry, pomegranate, forest floor, rose petals on the nose; black cherry, raspberry, plum, cranberry, strawberry, oak spice on the palate. Continue reading “Frank Family Vineyards Carneros Pinot Noir 2018”

Viña Tarapacá Gran Reserva Red Wine Blend 2018

Deep ruby color; cherry, blackberry, black fruits, mint, vanilla on the nose; cherry, plum, blackcurrant, raspberry, chocolate, oak on the palate. Continue reading “Viña Tarapacá Gran Reserva Red Wine Blend 2018”