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The Dozen - Cornering into Summer

The passing of the spring religious holidays seems always like rounding the final turn at the top of the stretch heading into summer. We still don’t know what summer will look like this year, but there will be wine!

Although there are a couple of special trophies in here, most of this week’s Dozen are easy on the pocketbook.

2018 Bread & Butter California Chardonnay ($16). Verrrry buttery, some taffy notes and mildly crisp in the finish.

2017 Scott Arroyo Seco Dijon Clone Chardonnay ($20). Buttery, corn-on-the-cob aromas and flavors, though a lean finish.

2019 Whitehaven Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ($20). Vegetal blue/green flavors, very juicy with a lactic acidity in the finish – just the way NZ veg hounds like it!

2018 Uls de Mel Penedes Blanc ($21). Serviceable, with fruity/vegetal flavors but a little bland on the middle palate.

2018 Crossbarn Sonoma County Chardonnay ($27). From Paul Hobbs, a little tart apples, a little tang, a little spritz and lots of enjoyable.

2015 Besserat de Bellefon “Triple B” Brut Nature Champagne ($88). Lovely green fruitiness with bright acidity and medium body – equally good for sipping or with food.

2019 Anaba Sonoma County Rosé of Grenache ($30). Very nice food rosé with lots of citrusy minerality and floral fruitiness in the finish. Good mouth feel and a crisp finish.

2018 Bread & Butter California Cabernet Sauvignon ($16). Rounded cherry fruitiness with lots of vanilla.

2018 Bread & Butter California Pinot Noir ($16). As with the two other B&B’s above, there is a powdery quality to the flavors, most likely from however the oak flavors are obtained. Cherry and butter flavors.

2016 Tasca d’Almerita Regaleali “Lamùri” Sicilian Nero d’Avola ($20). Juicy cherry and raspberry flavors, pleasantly lean in the finish and long on the palate. A good buy.

2017 Tasca d’Almerita Regaleali “Guarnaccio” Sicilia Perricone ($20). Very nice – lightly tart and crisp but with very flavorful raspberry fruitiness.

2014 Dominio Fournier Ribera del Duero Reserva ($50). Lots of ripe, rich cherry flavors, a few savory hints, some nice tannins and an enjoyable finish.


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