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), so you can get right to the point and decide if they’re for you (or not). Cheers!
- 2020 Tenute San Lorenzo ‘Campore’ Etna Bianco (Sicily): Big on lemony fruit, light on the minty herbs, long on the mineral loveliness. $34 A-
- 2021 Pietradolce Etna Bianco (Sicily): Tropical, minty, pure and purely to-the-point. $26 B+
- 2020 Pietradolce Etna Rosso (Sicily): Poised and fine, with precise renditions of a vivid redcurrant and wild cherry dialog. $25 B+
- 2017 Tenuta Carretta ‘Cascina Ferrero’ (Barolo): Be patient, my brother. This one’s underbrush, tobacco and game revolution will soon enough be upon us. $50 A-
- 2021 Kellerei Meran Burggrafler ‘Graf Von Meran’ Lagrein (Sudtirol – Alto Adige): Angular, but in good ways, like a modernist painting. $15 B
- 2016 Casadei Sogno Mediterraneo (Toscana): There was a party, it was hella fun, but now it’s over and they left band-aids all over the place. $26 B
- 2018 Weingut Robert Weil Riesling Sekt Brut (Rheingau): Slate, wet stone, pear, quince, & lime, all in wistful sigh-inducing harmony. $50 A-
- 2017 Martellotto ‘My Way’ Malbec (Happy Canyon): His way is savory, full, meaty and giving no quarter. $30 B+
- 2019 Edmeades Zinfandel (Mendocino County): Yeeeee-haw! Saddle up for some old school, bold, bruising Zin fun. $20 B
- 2016 Palumbo Family Vineyards Catfish Vineyard Merlot (Temecula Valley): Going full-bore for maximum plum and spice, and almost getting it. $56 B+