Perrin “La Gille” Gigondas

Famille Perrin 2015 "La Gille" Gigondas

“La Gille” Gigondas is made by the respected Famille Perrin, whose flagship wine is Chateau de Beaucastel. Full of ripe yet elegant raspberry and herbal aromas that evoke the scents of Provence, it is drinking very nicely right now. It’s an excellent wine, well suited when scary times prompt a wish for comfort.

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“Sisters Ridge” North Canterbury Pinot Noir

"Sisters Ridge" North Canterbury Pinot Noir

“Sisters Ridge” North Canterbury Pinot Noir offers ripe cherry-berry and fresh herbal aromas. Tart cherries carry over on the palate with good acid balance. cherry flavors are clean and fresh, lingering in a long, subtle finish.

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Barnard Griffin Columbia Valley Syrah

Barnard Griffin

Barnard Griffin’s 100% Syrah from Washington State’s Columbia Valley shows very dark purple in the glass, all the way to a thin, bright garnet edge. Scents of plums and red berries lift from the glass in an aroma of fresh, forward fruit. Red fruit flavors follow the nose, framed by bright acidity and firm, astringent tannins, with 13.8% alcohol claimed. It’s a pleasant table red, not overly complex. (Feb. 19, 2020)

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Sustainable wine

Cline's Sonoma Coast vineyards are Certified California Sustainable.

What does “sustainable” mean? Can you taste it in wine? When I picked up a bottle of Cline Family Cellars’ 2018 Sonoma County Syrah the other day, I chose it mostly for its $15 price tag, frankly. But a simple line of small print across the front label caught my attention and promptly sent me down a fascinating rabbit hole.

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Cline Sonoma Coast Syrah

Cline Syrah

Cline’s dark-purple Syrah offers black plums, black cherries, and a whiff of tobacco leaf on the nose, leading into a mouth-filling black-fruit and black coffee flavor framed by fresh acidity. Its drying tannins and fragrant black pepper aftertaste are typical of Syrah. Interesting wine. Its origin in Sonoma County’s cool-climate Diamond Pile Estate vineyard and its subtle French oak imparts a surprisingly Rhône-like character for a California Syrah.

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