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 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 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,[...]
September 23, 2019

Santa Ema Reserva 2015

One reviewer (Wine Spectator) lauded the wine, noting that “Dark plum and dried red berry flavors dominate this muscular red, with plenty of minty and savory accents. Medium-grained tannins [...]
September 12, 2019

Worth Three Times the Price: HONEST!

To be called a Chateauneuf du Pape – the quaff king of the Southern Rhone – a wine must be composed of grapes grown in the designated Chateauneuf du Pape area. [...]
September 5, 2019

Old Faithful

When Robert Parker himself labels a wine "One of the best values in Cabernet Sauvignon anywhere in the world," it's wise to pay attention. The wine in question is the Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County. [...]
August 22, 2019

A Great Bottle for a Ridiculous Price

Beaujolais wines were very popular about 20 or so years ago, but they were eclipsed by others, like Shiraz from Australia and Malbec from Argentina, as well as wines from Chile, Washington state, Oregon, and New Zealand. And why not? [more...]