Domaine de l’Envo Bulles de Muscat 2019 Review – Delightful Pet Nat

Sometimes we open pet nat (p├ętillant naturel) wines with a bit of hesitation. As these bottles are unfiltered and finish their fermentation in the bottle, we often don't know what we're going to get. Lots of lees flavor? Maybe. Bubbles? Most likely. Funkiness? It happens especially if they are naturally fermented too.

As it turns out, Domaine de l'Envo's Bulles de Muscat from Alsace, France, hit just the right notes for all the categories. Strong flavors that were nuanced by the pet nat production style.

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Chateau Musar 2010 Review – Red Fruits, Black Fruits, and Age

If you've read any other wine reviews on our site, you would know we have a soft spot for Chateau Musar from Lebanon. We first had an aged Musar at Wine Bar George in Disney Springs, and have been buying bottles wherever we can find them ever since.

The Chateau Musar 2010 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, and Cinsaut which hits all the things we love about this bottle. Despite enjoying this one in 2021, we think this one could age even more!

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Pulenta Malbec I 2016 Review – Intense Dark Fruit Flavors

We've had a love affair with Pulenta Estates ever since visiting the winery for Angie's birthday in 2014.

In fact, their entry-level Malbec (La Flor), is what we consider to be our house wine. It is an easy drinker that we love (in part thanks to the memories) and is the kind of bottle we pull out when we have guests over and we don't know their tastes at all.

But this winery has far more than its entry level Malbec that we enjoy. In fact, their higher-end, Malbec I, is even more delicious but comes at an increased price to match. In this one, we wanted to share our tasting notes for the Malbec I.

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Strekov Fred #2 Review – A Juice Bomb of a Wine

Strekov's Fred wine blends from Slovakia consist of Alibernet and Dunaj grapes. But what is interesting in this one is that the series consists of several bottles in numeric sequence (e.g. Fred #2, Fred #3, etc.) where, as far as we can tell at least, the only discernable difference is the blend percentage of the two grapes (what they are, well, we can't tell).

From there, the wines are produced with minimal intervention at all and the result is an incredibly juicy, fruit-forward wine.

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Standing Stone Saperavi Rose 2019 Review – Crisp and Refreshing

The Gerogian grape Saperavi is quickly becoming a favorite of producers in the Finger Lakes. One of the first plantings of this grape came at Standing Stone vineyard and they have been excelling at this particular varietal for a while now.

One variant the winery offers is a rose made from this grape, and with a crisp acidity and strong red fruit flavors, we have to say it was a pretty delicious rose!

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Warre’s LBV Port 2002 Review – Stellar Flavors for the Price

It is always a good day when you can crack open a port, and it is an exceptionally good day when that port is worth every penny you paid for it.

Warre's LBV 2002 was just that.

This one is a blend of many grapes including Tinta Cao, Tinta Francisca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), and Tinta Barroca and offered a delightful balance of fruit and tertiary flavors all at a rather respectable price point considering its age.

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Chateau Musar Pere et Fils 2012 Review – A Great Find

Chateau Musar is one of those wineries that we have to buy a bottle of every time we find them in a liquor store- especially the aged bottles which the winery does not release until they are ready to drink (making them somewhat hard to come by).

Our first experience with this winery was enjoying a lovely '98 at Wine Bar George at Disney Springs, and ever since then we've been on the hunt for bottles. We found a great Chateau Musar 2006 at a store locally and struck gold when visiting family in Ohio where we found half case of Chateau Musar 2010 and the Pere et Fils 2012 as well.

We bought one of each, went back to my mom's house, cracked open the 2012, and knew we had to go back to the store the next day to buy more- this Carignan, Grenach, Cinsaut, and Cabernet Sauvignon blend offered everything we love about the winery in an attractive price point as well!

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