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2010 Gaja Langhe Chardonnay Gaia & Rey

2010 Gaja Langhe Chardonnay Gaia & Rey – Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC (10/19/2015)
More than 11 days later, Coravin is offering us the opportunity to sip this Chardonnay which is, arguably, the best in Italy and – to us – ranks with the wonders from France and California. We restate our note from that day as, well, Coravin has ensured this sip as good as the last one! Named for Angelo Gaja’s oldest daughter, Gaia Gaja, and his grandmother, Clotilde Rey. We like that sort of respect. Beautiful, dark yellow on the eye speaks to the strength we know will be awaiting. Aromas of sophisticated oak, citrus and vanilla wafting slowly around our bewitched nose. A luscious, salaciously structured (think Kate Upton) wine forcing you to come back for more with honey, oak, citrus and some spice. Perfect balance with a long, elegant finish. A touch young (barely legal), but still sophisticated sexiness at her best…only will get better! (95 points)

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2005 Bodegas Julián Chivite Navarra Reserva Coleccion 125 Vendemia Tardíva

2005 Bodegas Julián Chivite Navarra Reserva Coleccion 125 Vendemia Tardíva – Spain, Navarra (10/7/2015)

A wet Wednesday so we decided to partake in an Around the World Sip (approximately 150ml for two people) courtesy of Coravin. No particular wines, vintages or reason…just because, well, we thought it would be fun!

Always a “special”, different sort of wine, we like a small sip now and again. Coravin allows us to experience over, well, let’s try a few months. Why not? Truly an after dinner sip that reminds you of decadence…desserts spelled backwards is stressed and this is the ultimate relief!

We, sadly, do not have the nose or palate to appreciate fully this wine. We know it is special, but we just do not love it. C’est la vie… (90 points)

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2003 Château Talbot

2003 Château Talbot – France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien (10/7/2015)

A wet Wednesday so we decided to partake in an Around the World Sip (approximately 150ml for two people) courtesy of Coravin. No particular wines, vintages or reason…just because, well, we thought it would be fun!

Although not 2001, we think this wine is sipping very nicely now. Pleasant and rounded, medium-bodied, silky yet tantalising tannins. Licorice and a bit of chocolate on the palate. She slow dances extremely well, but is the weekend tryst you will remember and will seek out, now and again, along with soothing music, cheese and excellent bread? Possibly.

The lower level of “special”, “buy every year” and seek to share with your best sipping friends. We, as big Talbot fans, make this remark…we always expect Talbot to be mid to high-level special. And so it goes… (90 points)

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2006 Adega da Cartuxa Évora Cartuxa Reserva

2006 Adega da Cartuxa Évora Cartuxa Reserva – Portugal, Alentejano, Alentejo, Évora (10/7/2015)

A wet Wednesday so we decided to partake in an Around the World Sip (approximately 150ml for two people) courtesy of Coravin. No particular wines, vintages or reason…just because, well, we thought it would be fun!

The fourth red of the evening. The 2006 Adega da Cartuxa Evora Reserva gangs up on your eye with a nice, dark red colour through which even lasers could not bypass. Opaque. A superb oak and dark fruit nose offers the sipper an opportunity to experience a classic Alentejo blend of Trincadeira, Aragonez, Alfrocheiro, Periquita, Moreto and Tinta Caiada. Huh? What’s that? Someday, we will know. The wine is elegant, statuesque and exceedingly complex. We have been sipping Portuguese drops for several years, and we like them…a lot. Having said that, we still do not know the varietals well enough to understand fully how good they are. Live ’n learn. Even cooler is the fact the wine takes its name from the Carthusian monks, who since 1598 have lived a life of solitude and prayer in the Monastery of Santa Maria Scala Coeli…

We know they sip well while praying, which is very, very cool!!!

Mid level of the “special”, “buy every year” and seek to share with your best sipping friends (94 points)

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2006 Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon Cape Winemakers Guild

2006 Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon Cape Winemakers Guild – South Africa, Coastal Region, Stellenbosch (10/7/2015)

A wet Wednesday so we decided to partake in an Around the World Sip (approximately 150ml for two people) courtesy of Coravin. No particular wines, vintages or reason…just because, well, we thought it would be fun!

Our third red of the day, we hopped our bicycles back from Chile to South Africa. This is hard work 😉

A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Shiraz and 10% Merlot, we picked up this stunner for a song during a Cape Winemakers Guild auction in Hong Kong. We were nervous because of the “Els” reference…despite really liking “The Big Easy”…we do not “buy” celebrity. Vibrant deep ruby red. Aromas of dark red berries, nice oak and a touch too much alcohol (15% – another NOTE TO SELF about letting this bad boy breathe longer). Dark chocolate, ripe red fruits, full bodied and truly outstanding, sophisticated tannins. Long, lingering finish enticing us to say screw the Coravin…let’s sip the entire bottle. Charlize Theron height and presence sashaying down the runway…not sure any better! A winner from A to Z. Sadly, this is our last bottle….if you have more, keep them as we think they only will improve!

Upper level of “special”, “buy every year” and seek to share with your best sipping friends. We got lazy over the last few years and did not venture out to the auction…just plain dumb! (94 points)

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