May 3, 2022

2019 Morande Estate Reserve

This is another great red to buy by the case. Rated 90 points by Joaquín Hidalgo of Vinous Media, probably the most trusted of all wine-rating organizations “out there,” he had this to say [...]
March 31, 2022

2017 Storypoint Cabernet Sauvignon

“This appealing and full-bodied wine is filled to the brim with plump, generous black-fruit and baking-spice flavors that are well-concentrated and wrapped in a blanket of fine-grained tannins. A new offering [...]
March 17, 2022

2019 Banfi Chianti Classico

Wine Spectator’s long-time reviewer, Bruce Sanderson, had this to say about the magazine’s no. 2 value wine of 2021: “The wine is aged for a total of 12 months, seven to eight in stainless-steel tanks before racking into 6,000- to 9,000-liter oak casks. [...]
March 10, 2022

2019 Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet

This 2019 version of this wine has not been reviewed yet. Suffice it to say the winery’s review might be hyped . . . something not really true, based on our own panel’s tasting. Here’s what Penfolds [...]
March 3, 2022

2019 Raúl Pérez Ultreia Saint Jacques

This wine is 100% Mencia, a delightful grape that has gained a great deal of popularity in recent years. And no one does it better than Raúl Pérez. Just read the ratings. They abound, and all say the same thing. BACK UP THE TRUCK! [...]
February 3, 2022

2018 Frei Brothers Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

What a great taste treat! The 2018 version of the wine was just rated among Wine Spectator’s top-ten value wines of 2021, with a list price of (never-pay-this-much) $27. Wine Spectator gave the wine 90 points. So, too, did Wine Enthusiast, saying, “Opening on a hearty nose of clove, this[...]
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 [....]
November 4, 2021

2017 Domaine Pelaquie Lirac

“The Pélaquié family has been cultivating vines on the same Southern Rhone parcel since the mid-1500’s. Each generation has protected this cultural legacy with love, keeping the familial footprint intact via some of the most elegant wines you’ll find in Lirac, Tavel, and Laudun. The estate is 95 hectares [...]
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[...]