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June 2016 - Special International Wine Tasting

June 2016 - Special International Wine Tasting
This month's Wine feature is European Wines

Special International Wine Tasting Reviews

Haan 2014  Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
Nearly opaque violet color. Bright aromas and flavors of chocolate and vanilla nut fudges, dried cassis, and eucalyptus with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, long mocha nuts, herbal lozenge, dried peach, and cedar finish. A big, creamy, spicy velvet brick of red blend with great depth and balance.
Haan 2014  Shiraz
93 points
Violet color. Fruity, creamy spicy aromas and flavors of blackberry-mango chutney, chocolate cherries, orange and cassis, and mint cookie with a vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long spicy berry pie a la mode, toffee, menthol lozenge, and cedar finish with well-integrated, chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A powerful berry bomb of a shiraz with lots of dimension and spice.
Luc Belaire  Rare Rosé France
92 points
$29.99
Brilliant pink garnet color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of berry coulis and mint cookie with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, orange creme brulee, spiced watermelon, and minerals finish. A beautifully rich and fruity sparkler that is sure to please.
92 points $29.99
Jas Des Vignes 2015 Rosé Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Clear bright reddish orange color. Delicate, fruity, earthy aromas of cherries, toasted yeast, clay, and soft lemon pith with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, refreshing finish with earthy tannins and no oak. A lovely adult rosé with a nice balance of fruit and earth.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Bodegas Borsao 2015 Rosé Campo de Borja
89 points
$9
Best Buy
Bright light pink red color. Bright, fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of banana strawberry custard, macadamia cookie, and spiced cherries with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, breezy white strawberry, melon, clementine, and earth finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. An uncomplicated, very attractive rose for everyday enjoyment.
89 points $9 Best Buy
Manon 2015 Rosé Côtes de Provence
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery pink color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of fraise du bois, tarte tatin, nougat, and dried flowers with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, cheery melon, starfruit, and earth finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A subtle and nuanced dry rose with a nice balance and sense of place.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Cloud Chaser 2015 Rosé Côtes de Provence
89 points
$24.99
Pale pink coral color. Delicate, fruity, yeasty aromas and flavors of raisin soda bread, almond and anisette cookies, and white strawberry with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, crisp sweet cream, marinated melon, nuts, and dusty earth finish with no oak. A very nice dry and savory rose that will work nicely at the table.
89 points $24.99
Luc Belaire  Brut France
89 points
$29.99
Bright medium old gold color. Fruity, inviting aromas of honeycrisp apples, brioche, cherry cobbler, and crushed gravel with an lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a smooth, layered, medium-length finish with earthy, well-integrated tannins and no oak. Very complex, inviting nose and the lingering flavors are nicely in sync with the bouquet.
89 points $29.99
Art of Earth 2015 Organic Pinot Grigio
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Amber beige color. Bright, fruity, savory aromas of peach skin, Meyer lemon, apple, and bubble gum dust with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, short-lived finish with papery tannins and no oak. A crisp refreshing pinot grigio with nice fruit.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Dissident 2015 "Reserve" Red Blend Chile
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Bright, smoky, savory aromas and flavors of grilled green pepper, olives, and dried fruits with a silky, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long creme brulee finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A nice savory, fruity, and smoky red blend.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Les Trois Sources 2015 Rosé Côtes de Provence
85 points
$12.99
Silvery pink topaz color. Delicate, earthy aromas and flavors of strawberry yogurt, ground nuts, and soda bread with a satiny, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a silky, brisk melon rind, nut oil, earth, and hint of pepper dust finish with soft, fruit tannins. A nice mellow, very dry rose.
85 points $12.99
Domaine Bel Eouve 2015 Rosé Coteaux dAix en Provence
85 points
$13.99
Bright light reddish orange color. Bright, fruity aromas of tart fruits - cherry, strawberries, potters clay, and lemon zest with an lively, dry full body and a peppery, appealing, brisk finish with chewy, fruit tannins and no oak.
85 points $13.99
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