March 26, 2020

Twenty Rows North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

California’s North Coast – also known as the Redwood Empire – is an area between San Francisco Bay and the Oregon border, including Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties. The winery[...]
March 18, 2020

2017 Tournon Mathilda Shiraz

Michel Chapoutier is one of planet Earth’s finest winemakers, with offerings that run the pricing gamut, all the way up to $500+/bottle. Even the least expensive are really[...]
March 12, 2020

Bacchus Pinot Noir Ginger’s Cuvee 2018: Mmmm Mmmm Good!

This is not a high-end, refined Pinot Noir that one tries to explain with multiple metaphors and similes. It’s uncomplicated, but hardly monotonous.[...]
February 28, 2020

2017 Alceno Romeo Monastrell Roble

Mourvedre is a wonderfully hardy, hearty grape, used extensively throughout the Southern Rhone, and usually a constituent of Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, and Vacqueyras. In Spain[...]
February 20, 2020

2016 Palacios Remondo La Montesa

Wine Advocate’s Luis Gutiérrez tasted this wine twice: once from the barrel and once from the bottle. His notes are consistent. From the barrel, he gave it 92-93 points [...]
February 14, 2020

2018 Valle Reale Montepulciano D’Abruzzo

This is an absolutely delightful wine, rated 94 points – that’s the high end of “outstanding” – by Vinous Media’s Ian D’Agata. As he put it, “Bright red. Red cherry and[...]
January 30, 2020

Call Me a Cab

I was fortunate enough to snag eight bottles of the 2013 Wildberry Estate Two Passions Cabernet Sauvignon. After all, a 2013: How much life could it have left.[...]
January 23, 2020

2015 Petra Toscana Zingari

“Super Tuscan” is the name given to Tuscan wines that include juice made from non-Tuscan varietals like Sangiovese, the grape that’s used in Chiantis and[...]
January 2, 2020

2015 Juan Gil (silver label)

I’ve been drinking this wine for years. While some years are better than others, of course, the 2015 represents a genuine break from the past. This juice is absolutely delicious.[...]