January 13, 2021

Piccini Memoro

It’s worthwhile to pick up review snippets on this wine, to learn what a range of tasters has had to say. “Intense nose of bramble fruits, licorice, leather and tobacco. Very nice palate, with smooth and elegant tannins, balanced residual sugar and lingering finish.” [...]
January 7, 2021

2015 Meyer Family Cellars Syrah Yorkville Highlands

Chances are you know something about the Meyer family, assuming you’ve heard about or consumed a bottle of Silver Oak, the fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon wine created by Justin Meyer. The Meyers sold the Silver Oak label years ago, and started a new winery[...]
December 30, 2020

2016 Ruffino Il Ducale

BBlended from Sangiovese, Syrah, and Merlot grapes, the 2016 Ruffino Il Ducale is a solid Super Tuscan. The winemaker describes it like this: “Ruby red color. The bouquet is very intense and pleasantly complex, with notes of cassis, cherry jam, plum, and vanilla. Syrah offers pleasant spicy notes, while the Sangiovese brings red and black fruit and herbs, and [...]
December 24, 2020

2017 Saint-Roch Chimeres Cotes du Roussillon Villages

I have this wine in other years; it’s great stuff. This one tastes a bit different, however, perhaps because of the blend change; it went from 70% Grenache to 40%, with more Syrah and Carignan to keep it company. [...]
December 17, 2020

2018 Pendulum Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Spectator wines rated 90 to 94 points are “Outstanding: A wine of superior character and style.” Wine Spectator rated this wine – a Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington’s Columbia Valley – 91 points. One retailer’s review: [...]
December 10, 2020

2017 D’Angelo Sacravite Aglianico Rosso igp Basilicata Italy

This wine is not available in substantial supply. If you’d like to try a bottle, do it now! If you think you might want more than a bottle, do it immediately! It’s a big, hearty wine you should decant for a few hours before quaffing. [...]
December 3, 2020

2016 Carlos Moro Rioja Oinoz Tempranillo Crianza

Rioja is an amazing, Spanish wine region. Most of the wines are made from grapes sourced from multiple vineyards. (Rioja boasts 15,000 grape growers but only 640 wineries.) Carlos Moro established [...]
November 26, 2020

2016 Tenet Syrah The Pundit

I’ve been getting this wine for the last ten years or so. It is always good and surprisingly inexpensive. The 2016 version is no exception. Wine guru Jeb Dunnuck awarded it 91 points, noting that it [...]
November 21, 2020

2014 Bergevin Lane She-Devil Syrah

Here’s the one professional review I was able to find: “This holds a pleasant tension between Syrah’s depth of fruit and its spicier tendencies, with scents of anise, black pepper and lavender. It lingers on silky dark-plum flavors, with [...]