November 2, 2019

No Tariff on Scaia Corvina

This is just a marvelous wine, made with the Corvina grape, a principal element of Amarone and Valpolicella wines. Someone with a much more sensitive nose [...]
October 31, 2019

2016 CVNE Crianza

It’s called Cune because the V of the initialism used for Compania Vinicola del Norte Espana (CVNE) looks like a U, especially so because CVNE cannot be pronounced (which is why CVNE is an initialism[...]
October 13, 2019

Ponce La Casilla 2015: Delightfully Luscious

I'm sipping from my first bottle of Ponce La Casilla 2015, and I must say it is big – but not overpowering – and truly juicy; just delightful. According to The Wine Advocate’s Luis Gutiérrez,[...]
October 8, 2019

A Super Super Tuscan

Some of Italy’s highest-rated and most-expensive wines are “super Tuscans”; i.e., Bordeaux-like blends that typically include Sangiovese – the Italian wine staple – as well as [...]
September 27, 2019

2015 Perez Cruz Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva: Another Maipo Gem

Red-wine drinkers like Cabernet Sauvignon, especially those from just about anywhere in California (Napa and Sonoma [...]
September 23, 2019

Santa Ema Reserva 2015

One reviewer (Wine Spectator) lauded the wine, noting that “Dark plum and dried red berry flavors dominate this muscular red, with plenty of minty and savory accents. Medium-grained tannins [...]
September 12, 2019

2013 Mt. Monster Shiraz: A Southern Australian Gem

Australian Shiraz wines vary all over the place. Some are just huge fruit bombs that aren’t all that bad. But some offer [...]
September 12, 2019

Worth Three Times the Price: HONEST!

To be called a Chateauneuf du Pape – the quaff king of the Southern Rhone – a wine must be composed of grapes grown in the designated Chateauneuf du Pape area. [...]
September 5, 2019

Old Faithful

When Robert Parker himself labels a wine "One of the best values in Cabernet Sauvignon anywhere in the world," it's wise to pay attention. The wine in question is the Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County. [...]