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Palate Character is a much more natural and intuitive way to organize wine than the more conventional approach of grape varietal or region. It refers to the style of wine, rather than the grape varietal or where it was grown.
 
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Palate Character is a much more natural and intuitive way to organize wine than the more conventional approach of grape varietal or region. It refers to the style of wine, rather than the grape varietal or where it was grown.

As you begin to shop using Palate Character not only will you receive personalized recommendations, you will learn more not only about wines you like, but more broadly about the world of wine, empowering to explore new wines with the knowledge that they fit YOUR Palate Character.

Bright & Crisp

Refreshing, due to their higher acidity, these wines tend to have little or no oak, restrained alcohol, and are very versatile with a broad range of foods. They are lighter bodied, generally bone dry, with a textural zing!

  1. Alberto Orte & Rodrigo Mendez Muti Albariño
    Bright & Crisp
    Alberto Orte
    Muti
    2022
    Rías Baixas
    Galicia
    Spain
    $45
  2. La Taille Aux Loups Triple Zéro MV
    Bright & Crisp
    La Taille Aux Loups
    Triple Zéro
    Multi-Vintage
    Montlouis-sur-Loire
    Loire
    France
    $37
  3. Zeit Pet Nat
    Bright & Crisp
    Zeit
    Pet Nat
    2021
    Wagram
    Austria
    $22
  4. Alberto Orte Totus Tuus Cava Reserva MV
    Bright & Crisp
    Alberto Orte
    Totus Tuus Cava Reserva
    Multi-Vintage
    Catalunya
    Spain
    $23
  5. Beaumont Chenin Blanc 2023
    Bright & Crisp
    Beaumont
    Chenin Blanc
    2023
    Bot River
    South Africa
    $23

Balance & Finesse

Subtlety is the name of the game here. Whether it is acidity, body, or alcohol, the corresponding parts don’t scream for attention. Rather, the emphasis is on how well they play together.

  1. De Wetshof Lesca 2022
    Balance & Finesse
    De Wetshof
    Lesca
    2022
    Breede River Valley
    South Africa
    $28
  2. Terra Constantino deAetna
    Balance & Finesse
    Terra Costantino
    deAetna Bianco
    2021
    Sicily
    Italy
    $26
  3. Luis Seabra Xisto Ilimitado Branco 2022
    Balance & Finesse
    Luis Seabra
    Xisto Ilimitado Branco
    2022
    Douro
    Portugal
    $27
  4. Nanclares y Prieto Albariño de Alberto Nanclares 2022
    Balance & Finesse
    Nanclares y Prieto
    Albariño de Alberto Nanclares
    2022
    Rías Baixas
    Galicia
    Spain
    $50
  5. Nanclares y Prieto O Bocoi Vello 2022
    Balance & Finesse
    Nanclares y Prieto
    O Bocoi Vello
    2022
    Rías Baixas
    Galicia
    Spain
    $40

Rich & Full

Rich & Full wines are full bodied, often with higher alcohol (or sweetness) and balanced or understated acidity. Sweetness can vary quite a bit, from higher alcohol dry California Chardonnay to sweet German Rieslings, but the commonality is a rich, weighty texture.

  1. Diatom Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2022
    Rich & Full
    Diatom
    Santa Barbara County Chardonnay
    2022
    Santa Barbara
    Central Coast
    California
    $33
  2. Dominio do Bibei Lapola 2020
    Rich & Full
    Dominio do Bibei
    Lapola
    2020
    Ribeira Sacra
    Galicia
    Spain
    $32
  3. Bodegas Shaya Habis 2020
    Rich & Full
    Bodegas Shaya
    Habis
    2020
    Rueda
    Castilla y León
    Spain
    $33
  4. Herència Altès Garnatxa Blanca 2022
    Rich & Full
    Herència Altés
    Garnatxa Blanca
    2022
    Terra Alta
    Catalunya
    Spain
    $15
  5. Fess Parker Ashley's Chardonnay 2019
    Rich & Full
    Fess Parker
    Ashley's Chardonnay
    2019
    Santa Rita Hills
    Central Coast
    California
    $42

Light & Bright

These light bodied Red and Rosé wines are often fruit forward in style with low tannin, and elevated acidity, but please don't call these wines lightweights! The bright acidity makes these wines not only versatile with food, but also refreshing and delicious by themselves. Serve with a slight chill.

  1. Graci Etna Rosato
    Light & Bright
    Graci
    Rosato
    2023
    Sicily
    Italy
    $22
  2. Tiberio Cerasuolo
    Light & Bright
    Tiberio
    Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo
    2023
    Abruzzo
    Italy
    $23
  3. Raventos í Blanc De Nit Rosé 2021
    Light & Bright
    Raventos í Blanc
    De Nit Rosé
    2021
    Catalunya
    Spain
    $27
  4. Clos Fornelli La Robe d'Ange 2022
    Light & Bright
    Clos Fornelli
    La Robe d'Ange
    2022
    Corsica
    France
    $21
  5. Clusel-Roch Coteaux du Lyonnais Traboules 2021
    Light & Bright
    Domaine Clusel-Roch
    Coteaux du Lyonnais Traboules
    2021
    Coteaux du Lyonnais
    France
    $26

Smooth & Silky

Elegant and approachable, Smooth & Silky wines are about finesse. The proportions of acidity, body, and alcohol are balanced and understated. As Aristotle wisely noted “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

  1. Laura Lardy Gourde a Gamay Beaujolais Villages
    Smooth & Silky
    Laura Lardy
    Gourde a Gamay
    2022
    Beaujolais
    France
    $22
  2. Alberto Orte Escalada do Sil Tinto 2020
    Smooth & Silky
    Alberto Orte
    Escalada do Sil Tinto
    2020
    Galicia
    Spain
    $48
  3. La Follette Los Primeros Pinot Noir 2021
    Smooth & Silky
    La Follette
    Los Primeros Pinot Noir
    2021
    Sonoma Coast
    Sonoma
    California
    $27
  4. Presqu'ile Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2022
    Smooth & Silky
    Presqu'ile
    Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir
    2022
    Santa Barbara
    Central Coast
    California
    $26
  5. Antoine Sunier Morgon 2022
    Smooth & Silky
    Antoine Sunier
    Morgon
    2022
    Morgon
    Beaujolais
    France
    $33

Round & Fleshy

As the name Round & Fleshy might suggest, these wines are not shy. From ripe grapes grown from warmer vintages and/or climates, these wines often have generous, ripe, almost sweet fruit and higher alcohol, with respectively lower tannin and balanced acidity.

  1. Turley Rorick Vineyard Zinfandel 2021
    Round & Fleshy
    Turley
    Rorick Vineyard
    2021
    Central Coast
    California
    $44
  2. Turley Evangelho Vineyard Zinfandel 2021
    Round & Fleshy
    Turley
    Evangelho Vineyard
    2021
    Central Coast
    California
    $50
  3. Day Sonoma Zinfandel 2022
    Round & Fleshy
    Day
    Zinfandel
    2022
    Sonoma
    California
    $30
  4. Turley Zinfandel
    Round & Fleshy
    Turley
    Old Vines Zinfandel
    2021
    California
    $36
  5. El Enemigo Malbec 2020
    Round & Fleshy
    El Enemigo
    Malbec
    2020
    Mendoza
    Argentina
    $28

Tone & Backbone

Tone & Backbone represents wines with proportionally higher acidity and/or tannin that combine to create medium to full bodied wines. Not flashy, these dry wines are defined more by structure and restraint. The elevated tannin and acidity mean the wines particularly sing when combined with the right food, and will age gracefully.

  1. Lapierre Morgon
    Tone & Backbone
    Marcel Lapierre
    Morgon
    2023
    Beaujolais
    France
    $47
  2. GD Vajra Albe Barolo
    Tone & Backbone
    G.D. Vajra
    Albe Barolo
    2020
    Barolo
    Piedmont
    Italy
    $40
  3. Gabrielskloof Landscape Syrah On Shale 2019
    Tone & Backbone
    Gabriëlskloof
    Landscape Syrah On Shale
    2019
    Bot River
    South Africa
    $39
  4. Pierre Cornu-Camus Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Charnières 2022
    Tone & Backbone
    Pierre Cornu-Camus
    Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Charnières
    2022
    Savigny-lès-Beaune
    Burgundy
    France
    $39
  5. Pierre Cornu-Camus Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Creux de la Net 2022
    Tone & Backbone
    Pierre Cornu-Camus
    Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Creux de la Net
    2022
    Pernand-Vergelesses
    Burgundy
    France
    $39

Powerful & Extracted

Rich in flavor, dark in color, and full bodied. These wines err towards bold and intense, without sacrificing complexity. Balance is key; Powerful & Extracted wines are also age-worthy wines that often benefit from decanting to show their true colors.

  1. La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2017
    Powerful & Extracted
    La Rioja Alta
    Viña Ardanza Reserva 2017
    2017
    Rioja
    Spain
    $45
  2. Trapiche Medalla 2020
    Powerful & Extracted
    Trapiche
    Medalla
    2020
    Mendoza
    Argentina
    $21
  3. Gabrielskloof Whole Bunch Syrah 2021
    Powerful & Extracted
    Gabriëlskloof
    Whole Bunch Syrah
    2021
    Bot River
    South Africa
    $23
  4. Valravn Cabernet Sauvignon 2021
    Powerful & Extracted
    Valravn Wine
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    2021
    Sonoma
    California
    $21
  5. Valravn Zinfandel 2022
    Powerful & Extracted
    Valravn Wine
    Zinfandel
    2022
    Sonoma
    California
    $22