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A trio of American wines


I typically try a few more expensive American bottles around the holidays of which this post features three of them.  The 2013 Sojourn, Chardonnay, Durell Vineyard, Sonoma Coast is the sole pricier white wine.  With a bit of air and only a moderately cool temperature, this bottle showed quite well.  The oak plays a supporting role such that the grippy flavors and mineral finish are what keep you returning to your glass.  The 2013 Tenet Wines, The Pundit, Syrah, Columbia Valley is an interesting wine for it is made in Washington state and is the combined effort of Chateau Ste. Michelle, Michel Gassier, and Philippe Cambie.  These last two names you should recognize for they produce many of the French wines I continue to enjoy.  This American Syrah is quite savory with gobs of flavor and a great price.  Finally, the 2010 B Cellars, Blend 24, Napa Valley has benefited from some age.  This forward and ripe wine holds nothing back, including the oak influences, and has enough balance such that it will please for a few more years. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2013 Sojourn, Chardonnay, Durell Vineyard, Sonoma Coast – $47
This wine is 100% Wente clone Chardonnay whole cluster fermented in in 40% new French oak barrels. Alcohol 14.3%.  With toasted fruit on the nose the slightly around, almond flavored start made way to attractive, grippy flavors.  The integrated acidity was balanced by some ripe tannins before the minerally finish.  ***(*) Now – 2021.

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2013 Tenet Wines, The Pundit, Syrah, Columbia Valley – $18
This wine is a blend of co-fermented 94% Syrah, 3% Grenache, 2% Mourvedre and 1% Viognier that was aged in 23%new French oak and 16% new American oak.  Alcohol 14.3%.  The aromas of high-toned black fruit merged with sweet oak.  In the mouth the ripe and sweet fruit had a savory thickness with gobs of flavors.  This well done wine sported ripeness and minerals towards the finish with modern touches of ink.  *** Now – 2018.

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2010 B Cellars, Blend 24, Napa Valley – $45
This wine is a blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Sangiovese, 11% Petite Sirah, and 11% Syrah.  Alcohol 14.9%.  The ripe, round start was not loose in any way for the structure slowly came out.  There were ripe tannins, baking spices, and a sweet back end of cinnamon.  This is balanced for just a few years of age then drink up.  *** Now – 2019.

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