June 4, 2021

2019 Stolpman Para Maria de Les Tecolotes

This gorgeous wine is composed of 80% Syrah and 20% Petite Verdot . . . and it’s 100% delish. The 2019 is so new to the market, few reviews are available. But first, the name and the label: As explained by the winemaker, “Maria Solorzano, this wine’s namesake, appears shy around visitors [...]
May 27, 2021

2016 Villa Malacari Rosso Conero 2016

Malarkey it’s not! In fact, this is an amazingly wonderful Italian wine that rated 92 points from Vinous Media critic Eric Guido, who had this to say: “The 2016 Malacari Rosso Conero explodes from the glass with a mix of ripe cherries and blueberries, complemented by [...]
May 20, 2021

De Andres Sisters Milenrama Tempranillo 2019

This is not really a “value wine” in the sense that it’s inexpensive. True: It is that. But it racked up a 90-point rating from one of the best-known (and among the stingiest) reviewers, Josh Raynolds of Vinous Media. He said, “Deep, shimmering red. Lively cherry [...]
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.” [...]
April 7, 2021

2016 Bodegas Izadi Rioja Reserva

Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate’s top reviewer of Spanish and South American wines, had this to say about the 2016 Izadi Reserva: “In the 2016 Reserva, I found very good freshness and balance and [...]
March 25, 2021

2017 Abandon Cabernet Sauvignon

The winemaker’s notes explain that “Abandon Cabernet Sauvignon sources fruit from vineyards within the Lake County AVA. This dynamic geological site was formed by ancient volcanic and tectonic [...]
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 [...]
February 18, 2021

Yalumba the Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Yalumba is a well-known, highly respected Australian vintner that produces some mighty fine wine at some mighty fine prices. For the same reason that Chevy and other car makers produce a wide range of vehicles from the inexpensive to the other end of the scale, Yalumba began producing [...]
February 15, 2021

2017 Requiem Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Washington

I like this wine and I believe you will, too. It doesn’t announce itself with a cudgel so much as a calling card. It’s complex and sophisticated, and well worth the $19.99 that seems to be the most recent pricing. My advice: [...]