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The Dozen - Diversification

First, we celebrate the appearance of a new, white Bordeaux, then, as we sometimes do, we look at a couple of non-wine offerings:

2018 Harken Barrel-Fermented California Chardonnay ($13).  Serviceable white with notes of cream and corn oil/butter.

2018 Stags’ Leap Winery Napa Valley Chardonnay ($26). Nice – firm apple flavors, medium body, light creaminess in finish.

2018 Château Climens “Asphodele” Blanc Sec ($40). This is the first dry white made by the great Barsac sweet wine producer, and it’s a beauty. It’s 100% Semillon, very elegant yet complex with lots of minerality, notes of dry honeycomb, whey and dry stone fruit with a touch of tanginess in the finish.

NV Mionetto Italian Extra Brut Rosé ($15). Nice structure and balance with light cherry flavors.

2018 Massolino Moscato d’Asti ($22). Soft, candied flavors with good prickly bubbles and a creamy finish.

NV Pasqua Treviso Prosecco Brut ($24). Mild apples and lots of froth but a little short on acidity in the finish.

2017 Domaine Lauriga “Le Gris” Côtes Catalanes Rosé ($21). Very nice, with medium body, tart and crisp strawberry flavors and a little orange peel in the finish.

2018 Priest Ranch Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($48). Smooth, full-bodied, dark cherry flavors with well-integrated tannins and a trace of edginess in finish.

2016 Jordan Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($71). A bit mild, with smooth cherry and blackberry flavors and a good finish, though not as complex as it usually is.

Saint Liberty “Bertie’s Bear Gulch” Straight Bourbon Whiskey ($43 – 750 ml). Moonshine made in a barrel is perhaps the best description. At 87 proof, it has grainy caramel flavors, a touch of creamy sweetness but not much of a bite.

Social Hour Straight Rye Whiskey Mule and Gin & Tonic ($20 for a 4-pack of 250 ml cans). Alcohol on both is low – 10.5% and 11.5% respectively – and both have good flavorings. The Mule has more sweetness than kick, while the G&T is quite crisp and juniperry.

Taffer’s Spicy Bloody Mary Mix ($3.50 - 32 oz.) This is a fantastic mix  as long as you can stand the heat – rich, thick and tomato-y. I like to drink Bloody mix neat, but this one’s so spicy that the addition of vodka cools down the bright pepper heat.

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