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2018 was a good year for wine, at least here at The Haute Life! 2018 marks the year we were introduced to the amazing folks at  Post Road Liquors  Over the past year, we’ve been introduced to so many wonderful wines and even new varieties! Here are our top ten favorite Post Road Liquor wine recommendations from 2018. We can’t wait to taste what 2019 has for us!

1. 2016 RAEBURN RUSSIAN RIVER CHARDONNAY

COST – $17.99

GRAPE – Chardonnay

COUNTRY – United States

REGION – Russian River, Sonoma, California

TASTING NOTES – A balanced expression with mild oak influence lending itself to soft vanilla notes, complemented by a bright pear/nectarine undertone. Perfect as an aperitif!

 

2. 2016 CHATEAU MILLE ANGES BLANC

 

COST – $24.99

GRAPE – Sauvignon Blanc

COUNTRY – France

REGION – Bordeaux

TASTING NOTES – Superb nose, complex, full-bodied, the wine is ripe and fresh at the same time, showing intense flavors of exotic fruits, floral and mineral notes. The palate is similarly rich, with wonderful fruit aromas that persist on the lengthy finish, while preserving a delicious vivacity.

3. 2016 CASA CASTILLO MONASTRELL

COST – $12.00- $20.00

GRAPE – Monastrell, with a smidge of Garnacha and Syrah

COUNTRY – Spain

REGION – Jumilla

TASTING NOTES – A pleasant red with a wild edge: floral (roses) and bramble aromas on the nose over a background of red and black fruit. Fresh, slightly earthy palate with grainy tannins; good rusticity and very pleasant to drink. Great value.

4. GRAN PASSIONE ROSSO

COST – $14.98

GRAPE – 60% Merlot, 40% Corvina

COUNTRY – Italy

REGION – Veneto

TASTE/NOTES – Rich purple color, luscious nose full of sweet ripe dark cherry, plum, vanilla and Christmas spice. Nice balance between tannins and acidity. All in all – velvety red.

5. ROBERT SINSKEY PINOT GRIS LATE

COST – $29.99

GRAPE – Pinot Gris

COUNTRY – California

REGION – Sonoma

TASTING NOTES – A bouquet of aromas with honeysuckle, pear, apricot and peach with back notes of walnut, almond and tarragon. Initially a bit tight, the wine blossoms with a spin in the glass. The flavor mimics the aroma with the addition of lemon curd and clover honey with a snap of fresh ginger that accentuates the supple, nectar-like mid-palate and a lingering, almost citrus-like finish.

6. 2017 PINE RIDGE CHENIN BLANC + VIOGNIER

COST – $13.99 – $16.99

GRAPE – 80% Chenin Blanc, 20% Viognier

COUNTRY – USA

REGION – Northern California, Napa Valley

TASTING NOTES – Crisp, bright, and vivacious, CB+V 2017 is an aromatic white blend boasting a bouquet of oroblanco blossoms, honeysuckle, citrus, tropical fruit, and fresh cut green herbs. The bright entry reveals lychee, key lime, white peach, grapefruit, and nectarine flavors. Lemon-lime and balanced acidity carry through the clean, gentle, lingering finish.

7. 2015 WINES OF SUBSTANCE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

COST – $19.99

GRAPE – Cabernet Sauvignon

COUNTRY – United States

REGION – Washington State/Columbia Valley

TASTE/NOSE – currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak and vanilla/ currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar and cigar box

8. #LOU ROSÉ BY PEYRASSOL

COST – $13.99 – $29.99

GRAPE – Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah

COUNTRY – France

REGION – Provence

TASTING NOTES – Clear, brilliant appearance. Pale pink color with bluish reflections. The aroma is highly expressive: spicy notes combined with many small red fruits (blackcurrants, redcurrants, wild strawberries) and Peach Melba, with citrus notes at the finish. On the palate, crisp, initially mineral, and then avidly fruity. The finish majors on delicacy and slight minerality

9. DOMAINE CHEVEAU SAINT VERAN

 

COST – $29.99

GRAPE – Chardonnay

COUNTRY – France

REGION – St. Veran, Maconnais, Southern Burgundy

TASTING NOTES – Very light yellow, subtle aromas of peach and pear, and honeysuckle. Notes of fresh almond, butter and sometimes honey. Dry and round with a minerality.

10. 2016 ALTANUTA  PINOT GRIGIO

COST – $16.99

GRAPE – Pinot Grigio

COUNTRY – Italy

REGION – Valdadige

POST ROAD’S DESCRIPTION –  Crisp citrus, creamy mouthfeel, dry finish, crowd-pleasing cocktail wine from the Valdadige region of Italy.

TASTING NOTES – Creamy with yellow fruit, dried apricot, to which spicy, herbaceous notes mingle. It has a solid ripe acidity structure, which makes it lively and refreshing, with a long finish.


Thank you to Post Road Liquors 44 Boston Post Road Wayland, MA, for opening our palates to all these wonderful bottles of wine, as well as their expertise!

Stop in to experience the first class service and selection. You can also find the same excellent services at their other locations, as follows:

Upper Falls Liquors
150 Needham Street
Newton, MA 02462
(617) 969-9200

 Needham Wine & Spirits
1257 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02492
(781) 449-1171
 
Auburndale Wine & Spirit
2102 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02466
(617) 244-2772

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