November 13, 2020

2016 Ronan by Clinet

$2,000 a bottle; $3,000 a bottle. Prices like that are not that common for a great bottle of Bordeaux, but they’re not unusual. Common: A bottle like the 2016 La Tour Figeac, rated 91 points by a top reviewer and available for $50 a bottle. [...
November 5, 2020

2017 Chateau Saint Roch Kerbuccio Maury Sec Rouge

Jeb Dunnick (jebdunnuck.com) is one of the world’s better-known and most-trusted wine critics. Here’s what he has to say about the 2017 Chateau Saint Roch Kerbuccio Maury Sec Rouge: [...]
October 27, 2020

Viña Jaraba “Reserva” 2014

This outstanding Spanish red is composed of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Merlot. The varietals are fermented separately in cement tanks and then blended and aged in a combination of [...]
October 26, 2020

A Big, Yummy Cab Sauv Not from Napa, If That Matters

Concha y Toro 2018 Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Ribera del Tinguiririca Cabernet Sauvignon is a big, delicious cab; the kind of wine you can serve with quality assurance to accompany a dinner at home or at a BYO resto [...]
October 17, 2020

2015 Concrete Cabernet Sauvignon

This is a big, delightfully bold Cabernet Sauvignon from the ever-more-popular Lodi appellation. My own tasting tells me that the winery itself got it right with these comments: “This Cabernet Sauvignon has a beautiful [...]
October 8, 2020

Removing a Cork that’s Fallen In

There you are, trying your best to demonstrate your sommelier-like skills when – WHOOPS! (I haven’t used the actual word you’d likely be thinking or saying, so “whoops” will have to do.) – the cork falls into the wine. Now what? [...]
October 1, 2020

2018 Cellier Des Dauphins Reserve Cotes Du Rhone

The producer is a cooperative of 13 large vintners. The wine is delicious; in fact, so delicious, that the UK’s Decanter magazine awarded it 97 points and a platinum medal. The review was [...]
September 25, 2020

Cantine Maschio Prosecco Brut

Vacation. Indulgence. Sparkling wine with lunch. But most restaurants don’t have a wide array of sparklers; often just one or two. And so it was at this venue, where one of the three – the other two were a “Champers” and a Cava (sparkling from Spain) – was a nonvintage[...]
September 18, 2020

La Petite Lune

James Suckling gave the 2016 La Petite Lune rouge 90 points, saying, “A bold, forward style, with plush, lightly mulled plum, boysenberry and açaí berry flavors pumping along, backed by light apple and anise accents that add detail through the finish. Big, but has the energy for balance. Best from [...]