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: [...]
February 5, 2021

Cameron Hughes Lot 724

Most of Cameron Hughes’ offerings are labeled as “Lots,” as in (for my money) “lotsa taste and lotsa value,” and all the labels look uninspiringly the same. Ahhhh, but the wine! Fact: I am today drinking Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon I bought from “Cam” five years ago. [...]
January 21, 2021

2017 Tasca Conti d’Almerita Regaleali Nero d’Avola Sicilia

This is a delicious wine that tastes all the better because it’s such an amazing bargain. James Suckling rated the wine 92 points and had this to say: “Good freshness and focus for this obscure grape variety, more often used to produce rich[...]
January 13, 2021

Piccini Memoro

It’s worthwhile to pick up review snippets on this wine, to learn what a range of tasters has had to say. “Intense nose of bramble fruits, licorice, leather and tobacco. Very nice palate, with smooth and elegant tannins, balanced residual sugar and lingering finish.” [...]