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The Wines of This Week's Tasting:

Thanksgiving Wines and Some from the Executive Case
November 16, 2022





2020 Guillaume Curveux Pouilly-Fuisse Vignes Blanches 1er Cru; Aroma: reserved, then strong apple acid, wood, and fruit, later mellows and comes together, pear and apple, wet stone lots of depth; Mouth: at first a touch raw, then blooms to a deep purple-tinged apple and pear with underlying notes of wood and acid, complete and satisfying; Excellent $40; Case, 34 

Decant before serving 



2017 Racquillet Mercurey Les Caraby 1er Cru;

2017 Racquillet Mercurey Les Caraby 1er Cru; Color: very dark brownish edge; Mouth: juicy, light, clean fine acid, leanish in the mouth, taut finish, fine acid tannins on the finish; still structured but pure & balanced, classic precision of maturing Pinot; Very Good Plus $35; Case, 28

Decant to drink now or hold for a few years in the cellar.


Red, continued


A Mystery Wine

Appelation strictures do not let us put the wine's identity here. All will be pleasantly revealed at the tasting, But we can say this; it is absolutely of the season, it is delicious in a rich fruited style, and it will be great for Thanksgiving.

Color: very dark; Aroma: heady and deep, very fresh and rich; Mouth: extraordinary depth and richness for its type, loads of black fruit, finely grained tannins, long; Very Good Plus 18.99; Case, 16.25

An Austrian Burgundian

2020 Moric Estate Blaufrankisch Burgenland: Pure blue fruited energy with a dynamic sense of minerality and notes of forest floor in this elegant young wine. Amazing balance. Excellent $36/bottle, case $31

Two California Classics

2020 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa

Clos du Val has kept its prices reasonable in a time of exploding prices for well-known Napa cabernets. Without any loss in quality. The 2019 edition is classic with bright over dark fruit and a very long finish

2019 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon; Color: very dark. Dense; Aroma: deep light chocolate, heady full, light cinnamon; Mouth: smooth dark fruit, bright currant, nice drive, fine acid tannins, on a long finish, classic Napa cabernet; Very Good - Excellent $52; Case, 44

A Thanksgiving Wine to Make You Zin

2020 Bedrock Zinfandel

Depth and balance are the hallmarks of this turkey-friendly Zinfandel

Color: very dark, and rich; Aroma: spicy modulated with rather dense and full; Mouth: clean, racy, very fruity, rich fine tannin, deep fruit mouth-filling, good length; Very Good Plus $25.99; Case, $22


Mix any twelve or more at their case prices


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