June 11, 2020

Care Garnacha Nativa Viñas Viejas 2017

James Suckling got it, I believe. At least he tasted what I did! “A juicy and delicious garnacha with crushed-berry and chocolate character. Full-bodied yet tight [...]
June 1, 2020

2015 Ponce La Casilla

Released with a suggested retail of $25, Luis Gutiérrez nailed it in his review: “I tasted two vintages of La Casilla, [2015 and 2016] starting with the 2015 La Casilla, and [...]
May 28, 2020

2015 Domaine des Aires Hautes Minervois-La Livinière

This is a delightful wine from an area of the Languedoc-Roussillon that is coming – or has come – into its own. And talk about value! But first, let’s talk about taste. [...]
May 11, 2020

Château La Grange Clinet 2016 Réserve (Côtes de Bordeaux)

From a biodynamic vineyard about ten miles from downtown Bordeaux, this 2016 Château La Grange Clinet Réserve (Côtes de Bordeaux) has received some marvelous reviews from tasters throughout the nation. [...]
May 11, 2020

Donna Laura – Ali Sangiovese di Toscana 2018

Sangiovese is a fundamental Italian grape, used as the foundation of all Chiantis, Chianti Classicos, and Brunellos. It’s also highly regarded in its own right, and [...]
May 7, 2020

Pedro Luis Martinez Alceno Romeo Monastrell 2017

“Alceno Romeo” is a Monastrell-based wine hailing from Jumilla, a small region on the Mediterranean coast of southeastern Spain. Most of the grapes grown in the area are Monastrell, better known as “Mourvedre”[...]
April 27, 2020

2017 Hayes Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

We opened a bottle of the 2017 Hayes Valley Cabernet Sauvignon about a week ago, to accompany a Delmonico steak. Everyone – that would be my wife, Patty, and me – agreed: “Great wine.” [...]
April 18, 2020

Cam Does It Again: Lot 724

Cameron Hughes buys well-known wineries’ excess juice (there’s been a lot of that lately), excess wine (not yet bottled), and excess shiners (wine in bottles without labels).[...]
April 17, 2020

Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Clasico 2018

Malbec is a French grape that used to be a staple of Bordeaux blends. No longer. While it’s still grown in France, especially in Cahors, it has become the darling[...]