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 Passopisciaro Contrada C Chiappemacine (Terre Siciliane): Floral, fine, fresh, and fabulously focused. $100 A-
- 2020 Passopisciaro Contrada G Guardiola Rosso (Terre Siciliane): Etna’s version of mountain wine, with its mineral, spicy soul showing through. $95 A-
- 2020 Iuppa Lindo (Etna Bianco Superiore): A lemony hero of a white, with mineral super-powers. $NA B+
- 2021 Iuppa Eta (Etna Rosato): A 1st flinty, floral, fresh, and strawberry-laden vintage; and it’s a very promising start. $NA B+
- 2020 Iuppa Clo (Etna Rosso): A lot of fun, as well as a lot of basil, cranberry, and potential. $NA B+
- 2020 Duca di Salaparuta Calanica Frappato (Terre Siciliane): Tasty, savory, and enviably amicable. $15 B
- 2021 Scenic Root Winegrowers Textbook Vineyards Chardonnay (Napa Valley): Keenly peachy, and peachy keen throughout. $26 B+
- 2021 Laetitia Vineyard & Winery Estate Chardonnay (Arroyo Grande Valley): Ripe with apricot, citrus, toast and spice, but balanced like a scale. $24 B+
- 2021 Dutcher Crossing Sauvignon Blanc (Dry Creek Valley): Wow. Exotic, tangy, and very nicely accomplished. $38 A-
- 2019 Familia Traversa Cabernet Franc (Uruguay): Spicy, structured, and deep. Where are the burgers??? $16 B