Wine Reviews

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Fossil Point Pinot Noir, Edna Valley

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Consider this one a bargain. Fossil Point (named after the headlands on the nearby coastline) has crafted a well-balanced red from Pinot grown in San Luis Obispo County's Edna Valley, vinified in small lots and then aged in neutral and once-used French oak barrels. Strawberry fruit flavors and sage aromas abound here, all packaged up into a mouthfeel that is harmonious, balancing weight with structure and vivacity.

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P. J. Valckenberg Riesling, Rheinhessen, Germany

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

With a slightly off-dry but still crisp and vibrant palate, P. J. Valckenberg's Riesling is a good example of the balanced Rheinhessen style. Fresh Green apple, white peach, and quince flavors mix with jasmine and mineral notes, making this a white that's hard to put down.

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Szigeti Pinot Noir Rose Brut, Burgenland, Austria

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Crafted in the traditional Champagne method from 100% Pinot Noir grapes, this sparkling wine from Austria is a wonderful surprise. Full of red berry fruit aromas and flavors, and topped with a nose that evokes cherries, vanilla, and roses, there's a lot to love about this moderately-priced bubbly. While the fruit takes center stage, the palate is a nice bonus - it's both vibrant and full, with structure counterbalancing its ripe fruit flavors.

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Yalumba Samuel's Collection Shiraz, Barossa, Australia

Contributed by: Joe Roberts

Australia's Yalumba has been in the winemaking game for over 150 years. Their Samuel's Collection line is named for founder Samuel Smith, and offers well-priced introductions to their signature grapes and vinification styles. Aged for 10 months in 15% new French, Hungarian, and American oak, this is a spicy, modern red, with rich dark fruit flavors and a supple texture.

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