I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes in a “mini-review” format.
They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), and are presented links to help you find them, so that you can try them out for yourself. Cheers!
- 2016 Quady North Grenache Blanc (Applegate Valley): Flowers, honey, and liveliness… this is basically like an amazing Spring day in a bottle. $23 B+
- 2017 Quady North Rose (Rogue Valley): Wait, you’re not from Provence? Damn, could have fooled me! $18 B+
- 2012 Schmidt Family Vineyards Pinot Noir (Applegate Valley): Leather, pith, and grit; AV is bringing the thunder in this earthy, plummy case. $40 A-
- 2016 Misty Oaks Vineyard Friendswood Gewürztraminer (Umpqua Valley): Textbook levels of roses, stone fruits, lychee, and grip; ok, maybe even more than textbook levels. $14 B+
- 2014 Rex Hill Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): If you like ’em with tea-like spices and biting structure, you’ll feel like you’re in spitting distance of heaven. $31 A-
- 2017 Wrath EX Unoaked Chardonnay (Monterrey): A delightful, positive example of wine’s core objective – to bring pleasure. $19 B+
- 2014 Eponymous Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): What’s in a name? Apparently a penchant for blackcurrant and a desire to give chocolate-flavored cigars to everyone. $60 A-
- 2015 Mt. Brave Merlot (Mount Veeder): This is soooo f*cking young. And soooo f*cking good. $80 A
- 2014 Chateau Trillol Cucugnan Corbieres Grenache – Syrah- Carignan (Languedoc-Roussillon): Rustic, for sure, in all the good ways, like a gorgeous, distressed piece of antique furniture. $16 B
- 2015 Eva Fricke Kiedrich Riesling Trocken (Rheingau): Toasty and stoney, and rocking its seriousness in very effective ways. $29 B+