May 12, 2022

Pioneiro – Vinho Regional Peninsula de Setubal Tinto 2018

I’ve lifted the following from the website of Chain Bridge Cellars, a McLean, VA retail store and online presence. See what you think. “Portugal’s wine fame rests on the light, fresh, whites of Vinho Verde and the darkly intense and powerful reds (both sweet and dry!) of the Douro Valley inland from Oporto. But value seekers know that Portugal’s dizzying variety of unfamiliar grape varietals [...]
February 25, 2022

Ramilo, Colheita 2018 Vinho Regional Lisboa

Well-known UK wine critic Jancis Robinson assigned Julia Harding to review this newly arrived beauty. Her take: “The Lizandro Valley provides a distinctive climate that shapes the style of this wine: cloudy mornings, breezes from the Atlantic, warm afternoons on the steep limestone slopes[...]
December 2, 2021

Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot 71

Marietta Cellars has been around for a long time: So has its famous Old Vine Red, a red field blend; i.e., a wine composed of various grapes all grown in the same field or (of late) the same state. It has always been good and always has been inexpensive. Now comes the owners’ next generation. According to [...]
September 23, 2021

2016 Chateau Bernadotte

Neal Martin of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate gave the wine 89 points and this review: “The 2016 La Bernadotte has a clean and precise bouquet with cigar smoke infused blackcurrant and bilberry fruit. The oak is nicely integrated here. The palate is medium-bodied and [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
April 21, 2021

2018 Bollina Papios Rosso Terre Siciliane

The wine retailer, VinoMofo, commented that “The wine itself is a half-native, half-international blend – 25% Nero d’Avola, 25% Nerello Mascalese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot. The danger would be [...]
March 10, 2021

2018 Chateau Croix D’Aumedes Cuvee Reserve

According to Decanter: “The vast Corbières zone in the Languedoc contains a little bit of everything, from classic warmth and generosity on the outskirts of Narbonne to wild mountain wines in the hinterland and concentrated, stony wines [...]