December 4, 2019

2017 Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon

You may recall that I reviewed a Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from this winery, and I exclaimed at how good both were for truly a pittance. Well, welcome back to Pittanceville.[...]
November 30, 2019

Substance Cs 2017: We’ve Said It before

I reviewed the 2015 or 2016 (I have both in my cellar). Now, the 2017 vintage of Charles Smith’s Substance Cc Cabernet Sauvignon has arrived and the highly regarded Jeb Dunnuck had this to say: [...]
November 21, 2019

2018 Zorzal Pinot Noir Terroir Unico

Pinot Noir this good should be selling for at least $30 and up; $40 and up when it’s from California or Oregon. But this wine [...]
November 2, 2019

Castello Romitorio Il Toro: A Magnificent Quaff

I learned about this wine from a review by Monica Larner, a Robert Parker's Wine Advocate stalwart who reviews Italian wine. Here’s what she had to say: [...]
November 2, 2019

No Tariff on Scaia Corvina

This is just a marvelous wine, made with the Corvina grape, a principal element of Amarone and Valpolicella wines. Someone with a much more sensitive nose [...]
October 31, 2019

2016 CVNE Crianza

It’s called Cune because the V of the initialism used for Compania Vinicola del Norte Espana (CVNE) looks like a U, especially so because CVNE cannot be pronounced (which is why CVNE is an initialism[...]
October 13, 2019

Ponce La Casilla 2015: Delightfully Luscious

I'm sipping from my first bottle of Ponce La Casilla 2015, and I must say it is big – but not overpowering – and truly juicy; just delightful. According to The Wine Advocate’s Luis Gutiérrez,[...]
October 8, 2019

A Super Super Tuscan

Some of Italy’s highest-rated and most-expensive wines are “super Tuscans”; i.e., Bordeaux-like blends that typically include Sangiovese – the Italian wine staple – as well as [...]
September 27, 2019

2015 Perez Cruz Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva: Another Maipo Gem

Red-wine drinkers like Cabernet Sauvignon, especially those from just about anywhere in California (Napa and Sonoma [...]