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 7, 2021

2015 Meyer Family Cellars Syrah Yorkville Highlands

Chances are you know something about the Meyer family, assuming you’ve heard about or consumed a bottle of Silver Oak, the fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon wine created by Justin Meyer. The Meyers sold the Silver Oak label years ago, and started a new winery[...]
December 24, 2020

2017 Saint-Roch Chimeres Cotes du Roussillon Villages

I have this wine in other years; it’s great stuff. This one tastes a bit different, however, perhaps because of the blend change; it went from 70% Grenache to 40%, with more Syrah and Carignan to keep it company. [...]
November 26, 2020

2016 Tenet Syrah The Pundit

I’ve been getting this wine for the last ten years or so. It is always good and surprisingly inexpensive. The 2016 version is no exception. Wine guru Jeb Dunnuck awarded it 91 points, noting that it [...]
November 21, 2020

2014 Bergevin Lane She-Devil Syrah

Here’s the one professional review I was able to find: “This holds a pleasant tension between Syrah’s depth of fruit and its spicier tendencies, with scents of anise, black pepper and lavender. It lingers on silky dark-plum flavors, with [...]
November 13, 2020

2016 Ronan by Clinet

$2,000 a bottle; $3,000 a bottle. Prices like that are not that common for a great bottle of Bordeaux, but they’re not unusual. Common: A bottle like the 2016 La Tour Figeac, rated 91 points by a top reviewer and available for $50 a bottle. [...
October 27, 2020

Viña Jaraba “Reserva” 2014

This outstanding Spanish red is composed of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Merlot. The varietals are fermented separately in cement tanks and then blended and aged in a combination of [...]
October 8, 2020

Removing a Cork that’s Fallen In

There you are, trying your best to demonstrate your sommelier-like skills when – WHOOPS! (I haven’t used the actual word you’d likely be thinking or saying, so “whoops” will have to do.) – the cork falls into the wine. Now what? [...]
August 13, 2020

Fattoria I Veroni Rosso Toscana 2016

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate reviewer Monica Larner is widely regarded as one of the toughest – and one of the best – Italian-wine critics there is. Here’s her review of this wine: “I am floored by [...]