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 Cornerstone Cellars Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): For those times when you need both weight and lift, but not lift as in the lifting weight kind of lift. $30 B+
- 2015 Jack Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (Diamond Mountain District): Basically like hitting a thrilling, multiple-run, game-winning homer late in the 9th. $125 A
- 2015 Chateau Montelena Estate Zinfandel (Calistoga): Supple and rich upholstery, and true to form; hopefully you’re not shy about a little – or more than a little – wood furninshing. $39 B+
- 2017 Chateau Montelena Potter Valley Riesling (Mendocino County): Lithe, fruity, friendly, but also serious and pure to the core. $27 B+
- 2017 Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc (Clarksburg): If you can’t get excited about a bargain that’s this raging, then you might want to check your pulse… $15 B+
- 2013 Hedges Family Estate ‘Descendants Liegeois Dupont – DLD’ Cuvee Marcel Dupont Syrah (Red Mountain): The only thing confusing about this meaty, bouncy, chewy deliciousness is the outside label. $25 B+
- 2016 Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Carmenere (Cachapoal Valley): Black fruits, green herbs, and pretty much nothing but sunny blue skies ahead. $21 B+
- 2014 Simonsig ‘Tiara’ Red (Stellenbosch): Meaty, firm, almost addictive, but not lacking class; think artisinal beef jerky and you’ll be in the right ballpark. $39 A-
- 2016 Simonsig ‘Chenin Avec Chene’ Chenin Blanc (Stellenbosch): Woody, heady, floral, lifted, perfumed… *this* is what all of the Steen fuss is about, folks. $36 A-
- NV Danzante Spumante Extra-Dry Prosecco (Veneto): You’re paying a premium for that extra bit of dry refinement, but it’s not so snooty that it won’t get the party started in hurry. $17 B