March 24, 2023

Martin Ray “Angeline” Pinot Noir 2020

This is one of those iconic wines that should be selling for more than its $29 MSRP, and a waaaaay lot ore than many retailers’ asking prices. Look at these two big-time reviews. From Natalie MacLean: “Angeline 2018 Pinot Noir is a lovely, elegant, cherry, berry Pinot Noir from Green Valley, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County wine region. Fresh with[...]
February 16, 2023

2019 JAQK Cellars High Roller Pinot Noir

I previously reviewed the High Roller Cabernet Sauvignon, saying it was a terrific wine and a terrific bargain. I can say much the same of this bottle. According to the international Wine Report (IWR),” This Pinot Noir has classic aromatics [....]
February 12, 2023

Domaine des Trottieres Cremant de Loire Brut

“Here’s the Wine Access review for this wonderful sparkling wine: “In a hotel room overlooking the placid Loire River, highly regarded wine broker Anne-Sophie issued us a challenge: If we correctly identified the Crémant de Loire in a lineup of Champagnes, she would pay for dinner[....]
February 3, 2023

2019 Substance CS Cabernet Sauvignon

When Charles Smith’s name goes on the bottle, you know there’s goodness inside. And once again, SCORE! I’ve reviewed this label in three or four vintages. This one might be the best. Two top critics – Jeb Dunnuck and James Suckling – agree [...]
January 27, 2023

2020 JAQK Cellars High Roller Cabernet Sauvignon

This marvelous wine almost demands the accompaniment of a few real logs in the fireplace, a cold winter’s night, and some comfortable seating or room to sprawl. In our house, the first sip garnered [...]
January 19, 2023

2020 Joey Tensley Fundamental Cabernet Sauvignon Central Cost

Don’t waste too much time reading this; you need to get it NOW. Why? Read what Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate reviewer Erin Brooks had to say: [...]
January 12, 2023

The Reserve Delightful and Strange Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley 2018

This wine has been assembled from great Napa Valley grapes. Which ones? We can’t say; the wine is protected by a strict NDA. The force behind the bottle[...]
September 1, 2022

2019 Tenuta Fanti ‘Poggio Torto’ Toscana IT

This is a really outstanding wine. James Suckling, who awarded it 92 points, wrote, “Plenty of blackberries and burnt orange peel with some thyme and sage. Medium to full body, light tannins and a fresh finish with good acidity. Drink or hold."[...]
August 23, 2022

2020 Anthony Road Reisling

Mark Squires, a top Wine Advocate reviewer for many years, gave this wine an enviable 90 points, noting that it “is unoaked but for 5% of the blend aged for five months in neutral French oak. The tiny amount [...]