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Rodney Strong 2011 Merlot: This is a fruit-forward, easy-drinking, and satisfying Merlot from Sonoma County that is widely available and worth seeking out. I can regularly find it here for $13, which is a good deal IMO. There’s still plenty of days left to grill, and this budget-friendly Merlot will pair well with burgers, grilled sausage, and barbecue chicken. It is also a nice bottle to open for mid-week pizza night with friends. (Other info: ABV 13.5%, cork enclosure.) #Sonoma #Merlot #wine

Brandl Heiligenstein Erste Lage Reserve 2011 Riesling (SRP $34): This Riesling is intensely mineral-driven and bone dry, offering fresh green apple and bright citrus flavors intertwined with wet stone, flinty chalk accents, and lime skin. The wine has lovely texture and weight enlivened by racy acidity that carries through to the long, crisp finish. Overall, this is an appealing and delicious example that is drinking nicely right now. It is also a good cellar candidate that will likely reward its patient owner. Region: Kamptal, Austria. (Other info: ABV 14%, screw cap enclosure.) –

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Millbrook Winery Proprietor’s Special Reserve 2013 Tocai Friulano (SRP $20): I did not expect to find Tocai Friulano in the Hudson Valley, but proprietor John Dyson grew fond of the variety during his travels to Italy, planted some, and has been producing it since 1985. This wine is well-balanced and delightfully fresh with vibrant flavors of juicy pear, melon, orange blossom, and touches of tropical fruit. It is medium-bodied and nicely streamlined, with crisp acidity and a fruity medium-long finish. Overall, this is a wonderful food wine that is also a very enjoyable refresher on its own. Approximately 1060 cases of this wine were produced. Region: Hudson Valley, New York. (Other info: ABV 13%, all stainless, cork enclosure) –

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Y. Rousseau Russian River Valley 2012 Tannat (SRP $35): A Russian River Valley grown Tannat is a rare find for me. Winemaker Yannick Rousseau, a native of Gascony (southwest France), has crafted a robust and delicious example. Deep in color, nearly opaque, this wine is firm and focused opening with an impressive concentration of dark berry fruit flavors followed by anise seed, spice, and subtle earthy tones. It is fairly full in body, with well-balanced acidity and firm structure, backed by generous tannins that melt into the lasting finish. This wine opens up nicely with 45 minutes+ decanting and should develop additional complexity with bottle aging. A well-marbled ribeye would be an ideal partner. Yannick’s experience in Madiran shines through in the finished product! Region: Sonoma County, California. (Other info: ABV 13.9%, 5% Merlot 5% Cabernet Sauvignon 1% Syrah added, matured 13 months in 33% new French oak barrels, natural cork enclosure.) –

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