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Wines of the week 12th May 2019

Points on Wine - Wines of the week 12th May 2019

This week I tasted a wonderfully full bodied Chardonnay from Napa. An every day red blend from Portugal. The second white wine from Smith-Haut Lafitte, which could easily be a first wine, and a classic from Napa; Joseph Phelps Estate Grown Cab.

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Chardonnay Karia 2016 - 92 Points - $45 CAD

When I think of a Napa Chardonnay this ticks all the boxes, baked apple, ripe stone fruit, lemon meringue, round rich with a good butter length, vanilla, sweet spices and toasty brioche. Good minerality to round things off.

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Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro Rufo 2016 - 90 Points . -$17 CAD

This Douro blend of 50% Touriga Franca and 50% Nacional had a deep purple colour with aromas of wild berries, violets and a little black pepper along with sage, on the palate, I found chewy wild blackberries, spice, bitter chocolate along with chalky tannins and a medium finish, very good for the price.

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Château Smith Haut Lafitte Le Petit Blanc 2015 - 93 points - $60 CAD

So this is the 2nd wine? Wow! Aromas of citrus, spring flows and white peach, the palate is soft, delicate and elegant. There is a persistence of ripe stone fruit, Meyer lemons, yellow apple, along with well-balanced acidity an elegance length which makes you want to go for another sip. This rocks for the price! 93-94

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Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Napa Valley 2013 - 93 points - $100 CAD

This wine is always consistently good. A dark purple colour along with aromas of very ripe blackberries, dark red cherries and a little plum jam, the palate had good acidity and soft velvety tannins with dark ripe black and red fruits, cracked black pepper, green pepper, graphite and cedar notes. The finish was ripe and fresh with good length. Drink now over the next 5 years. Awesome! 93+

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Hope you guys can pick up a couple of these bottles! Happy Tasting!

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