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Quotidian Wines, Better than Everyday

Something for everyone last week - most everyone who came went home with at least a bottle. A more than usual number of tasters liked everything. More of our combination cases and packs were purchased than at most recent tastings.
February 21, 2018



           Some people more accustomed to New Zealand Sauvignon found the 2016 Paul Buisse Touraine Sauvignon Blanc  a refreshingly clean change.

           Most tasters felt that  the 2015 Raeburn Chardonnay Russian River had just the right amount of oak, not too much and a nice balancing acidty

           Some came expecting Chenin Blanc to be sweet, but found the 2016 Domaine de Petit Clocher Anjou Blanc to be dry as well as rich.

           The 2013 Compass Pinot Noir got favorable comment for having the poise and lift of 100% pure Pinot Noir, rather than most at its price that are darkened and fleshed out to the legal limit of 25% Syrah, Petite Sirah, or something else.

        The two Columbia River cabernet-based wines were the most popular. The Back labelo of the 2016 Intrinsic Red Blend  states that its Cabernet franc component was fermented a long time on the skins of its Malbec component, and its malbec, vice versa. Inquiring minds wanted to know why. Our extensive research found a video on Youtube where the winemaker pronounced unequivocally that "it makes the wine more complex." Go figure - but it was, and also lifted and spicy and very satisfying.

        So was the 2016 Borne of Fire Cabernet Sauvignon,  a nicely deep and strongly flavored rendition of the grape.



2016 Paul Buisse Touraine Sauvignon Blanc; Aroma: heady rather dense, smoky lemon notes rather rich. Mouth: juicy rather right fine acid very ripe, vivid Loire Sauvignon; Very Good Plus 14.99; Mixed Case, 13.49; Case, 12.74

2015 Raeburn Chardonnay Russian River; Aroma: rather reserved, clean; Mouth: sweet fruity, lightly oaky dense, rich, Very Good Plus 17.99; Mixed Case, 16.19; Case, 15.29

2016 Domaine de Petit Clocher Anjou Blanc; Aroma: plummy, rather dense, rather rich full, complex lime blossom, honeysuckle pear; Mouth: clean rather semisweet firm, very bright acid, lingering finish, nicely herbal , tactile ; Very Good Plus 16.99; Mixed Case, 15.29; Case, 14.44



2013 Compass Pinot Noir California; Color: Light red black; Mouth: Sweet forward clean soft texture, lifted flavors firm very nice structure and body; Very Good 15.99; Mixed Case, 14.39; Case, 13.59

2016 Intrinsic Red Blend; Color: medium dark; Aroma: sweet nutty herbal, mocha underneath , very Cab Franc herbaceousness; Mouth: sweet fruity, very dense, lighter in body, smooth sweet oak , juicy, berry to start chocolate ganache to finish; Very Good Plus 21; Mixed Case, 18.9; Case, 17.85

2016 Borne of Fire Cabernet Sauvignon The Burn; Aroma: coffee, black currant, a touch of sweet oak; Mouth: lightly herbal, coffee, sweet currant fruit, firm soft tannins, long, finely gritty finish, compact and intense; Very Good Plus 21.99; Mixed Case, 19.79; Case, 18.69


2-21 Quotidian Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $186
Instore only 2-21 Quotidian Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $99


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            - Len Rothenberg