July 9, 2021

2016 Bodegas Borsao Cabriola

Was I pleasantly surprised when I tasted my first sip of this beauty. Big. Bold. Complex aromas and taste. Delightful, and reminiscent of wines that sell for four times the price. According to Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate reviewer Luis Gutiérrez, “The new impressive red blend 2016 Cabriola [...]
June 12, 2021

2016 Izadi Reserva

I have my dwindling supply of this wonderful wine cellared. I opened my first bottle of it near the end of May. I was really struck by how good it is, with qualities one normally would ascribe to a high-end Bordeaux. According to James Suckling, "Sweet berries and walnuts with dried flowers and blueberries on the nose. [...]
June 4, 2021

2019 Stolpman Para Maria de Les Tecolotes

This gorgeous wine is composed of 80% Syrah and 20% Petite Verdot . . . and it’s 100% delish. The 2019 is so new to the market, few reviews are available. But first, the name and the label: As explained by the winemaker, “Maria Solorzano, this wine’s namesake, appears shy around visitors [...]
May 27, 2021

2016 Villa Malacari Rosso Conero 2016

Malarkey it’s not! In fact, this is an amazingly wonderful Italian wine that rated 92 points from Vinous Media critic Eric Guido, who had this to say: “The 2016 Malacari Rosso Conero explodes from the glass with a mix of ripe cherries and blueberries, complemented by [...]
May 20, 2021

De Andres Sisters Milenrama Tempranillo 2019

This is not really a “value wine” in the sense that it’s inexpensive. True: It is that. But it racked up a 90-point rating from one of the best-known (and among the stingiest) reviewers, Josh Raynolds of Vinous Media. He said, “Deep, shimmering red. Lively cherry [...]
May 13, 2021

Clos de Los Siete 2017

Produced in conjunction with renowned wine consultant Michel Rolland, this beauty – from Mendoza, Argentina – is a real blendy blend: 52% Malbec, 21% Merlot, 15% Syrah, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc. According to the [...]
May 6, 2021

Morris Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014 and 2015

I’ve found Last Bottle to be an excellent source of discounted wine. The price usually is about half the suggested retail, AND – when you buy (typically) six or more bottles – shipping is free. [...]
April 29, 2021

Mauro Molino DiMartina 2018

I hadn’t tasted this lovely Italian blend before, but the low price – probably accompanied by free shipping – made me want to give it a try. There was also the review by Wine Advocate critic Monica Larner, who is most definitely not known for “easy grading.” [...]
April 21, 2021

2018 Bollina Papios Rosso Terre Siciliane

The wine retailer, VinoMofo, commented that “The wine itself is a half-native, half-international blend – 25% Nero d’Avola, 25% Nerello Mascalese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot. The danger would be [...]