November 10, 2021

2016 Carlson Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Barbara County, California

I was surprised by the paucity of professional reviews of this outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon. This one, from a professional employed by an online retailer, seems more or less right on: “As I sit and taste this wine, the first thing that comes to me is the dark crimson color. This to me indicates richness and [....]
October 27, 2021

2018 XANADU DJL Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River

Vinous Media’s Josh Raynolds loves this wine! “Deep, glistening ruby. Aromas of cassis, cherry pit and succulent herbs, with a floral nuance in the background. Lively and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors[...]
October 7, 2021

Chuck Wagner’s Nonvintage, Multi-Year Bonanza Cabernet Sauvignon

This is the fourth incarnation of Chuck Wagner’s multi-year, nonvintage Bonanza Cabernet Sauvignon. I couldn’t find any high-level (e.g., Parker’s Wine Advocate, Vinous, Wine Spectator) reviews, but some clear voices have chimed [...]
April 29, 2021

Mauro Molino DiMartina 2018

I hadn’t tasted this lovely Italian blend before, but the low price – probably accompanied by free shipping – made me want to give it a try. There was also the review by Wine Advocate critic Monica Larner, who is most definitely not known for “easy grading.” [...]
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 [...]