Sanctum “Stix & Bugs” Piquette

Sanctum "Stix & Bugs" Piquette

A lightly sparkling red blend of Blaufrankisch, Zweigelt, and Pinot Noir grapes, Sanctum “Stix & Bugs” Piquette bears a beer-bottle style crown cap. Hazy rosy-orange in color, it pours with a thick pinkish foam. Served cold, it seems simple and fresh, strawberry scents with a touch of damp clay. As it warms in the glass it becomes much more complex, adding notes of yeast and dairy and a leafy, vegetal whiff of the forest floor. A good pick for summer sipping.

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Slow Wine 2024: Austin

Some exposition wines on display.

The Slow Wine Exposition is a traveling show that visits various U. S. cities for a one-day showing of some of the wines produced by various small Italian wineries. Fortunately for Neil Duarte, one of the cities selected this year was Austin,TX, where Neil lives. Here’s his report of the wines he and his wife were able to sample. Read article.

Art of Earth Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon

Art of Earth Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon

Art of Earth Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon’s dark purple color shades to an attractive garnet edge. Ripe currants, cherry, and plum scents lead into a bright, freshly acidic flavor that follows the nose. Juicy red cherries and mixed fruit carry through with soft tannins that linger in an appealing, oak-free flavor.

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Lena Filliatreau Saumur

Lena Filliatreau 2022 Saumur

Organic and biodynamic and widely available for less than $20, Lena Filliatreau Saumur is one of the best value Loire Chenin Blancs I’ve enjoyed in a while. Clear gold in color, it breathes delicious scents of honeydew melon, clover honey, white flowers, and complex citrus notes of lemon, lime, and lime zest. All that fruit comes together in a rich, full-bodied flavor that’s dry but so textured that it almost seems as sweet as ripe, juicy fruit.

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Los Conejos Malditos

Los Conejos Malditos

Very dark purple in color with a garnet edge, Los Conejos Malditos breathes good, characteristic Tempranillo aromas and flavors: Black cherries, a whiff of licorice, and a hint of something floral like violets. Black cherries and plums are well structured with brisk acidity and soft but perceptible tannins in its flavor.

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