September 16, 2021

2018 Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon Margarita Vineyard

This is an absolutely marvelous, 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles. As stated by none other than Josh Raynolds, a long-time, highly respected critic now working with Antonio Galloni and the rest of the Vinous Media team, “Saturated ruby. Oak-spice-accented black/blue fruit aromas[...]
September 2, 2021

2019 Ponce Depaula

From Parker’s Wine Advocate critic Luis Guitierrez: “Their varietal Monastrell 2019 Depaula is now produced with 100% grapes from one single vineyard they own in Manchuela, as in the past it was sourced from different places, initially Jumilla. It was not produced in 2018, as they searched for an appropriate [...]
August 22, 2021

Moingeon Cremant de Bourgogne 2018

You don’t need a major victory of some kind as an excuse to drink good bubbly. “I’m awake!” is no big deal after all, unless your name is Rip van Winkle. But it works for me. And I’m not alone. WineEnthusiast reviewer Anne Krebiehl had this to say: “Creamy, mellow autolysis [What? Autolysis? I had to look [...]
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 [...]