France

  • Cotes du Rhone Villages – Plan de Dieu, 2017. $34
    • Smell: subtle leather, old berries, earth, vanilla.
    • Taste: Apples, tobacco, wet wood.
    • Other Notes: Pleasant to drink, not too much of a harsh mouth feel even for its youthful tannins and young age.
    • Rating: 89
  • Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot, 1998 . ~$80
    • Smells: Lots of berries, chocolate, smoky, oak, vanilla
    • Taste: Tobacco, earth, heavy vanilla, super smooth.
    • Other Notes: Super soft tannins, smell almost reminds me of smoked bacon chocolate.
    • Rating: 96
  • Ch√Ęteauneuf du Pape Domaine du Pagau, 2014. ~$85
    • Smells: meat, pepper, spices,
    • Taste: tobacco, oak, plums.
    • Rating: 92
  • Chateau Berliquet Saint-Emillion Grand Cru, 2015
    • Smells: black current, vanilla, spices
    • Taste: plum, cherries, dry mouth feel
    • Notes: the smell puts me back in Paris on a warm day. Lovely glass.
    • Rating: 94

White Wine:

  • Le Mont Moelleux, 2017
    • Smells: Ginger, honey, orange peel, lemon
    • Taste: Apricot, mango, persimmons, marmalade.
    • Notes: On the sweeter side of Vouvray, definitely a bit of a thicker fluid. Beautiful light golden color.
    • Rating: 90