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 Quinta do Ameal Loureiro (Vinho Verde): Refreshing VV action that’s both classy and classic. $17 B+
- 2016 Macanita Tinto (Douro): There’s a whoooooollllle lotta juicy meatiness to love here, folks. $50 A-
- 2019 Adega Cooperativa de Borba Premium (Alentejo): Intensely fruity, and really just overall intense (as well as being a bargain). $15 B+
- 2016 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany): Dark fruit, sweet tannins, and fistfulls of green and dried herbs. $65 A-
- 2016 Tenuta Carretta Cascina Ferrero (Barolo): Still grippy around its rustic, earhty edges; let it smoke its rolled tobacco for a few more years yet. $50 A-
- 2018 Tenuta Carretta Canorei (Roero Arneis): Whoa – didn’t expect such a stinging wit and refreshing, deep personality from this conversation! $27 A-
- 2018 Chalk Hill Estate Proprietary Red (Chalk Hill): This is GINORMOUS, in mostly excellent ways. $70 A-
- 2018 Cameron Hughes Lot 725 Zinfandel (Russian River Valley): A rare overly-done (but still tasty) swing and a miss in CH lineup. $17 B-
- 2018 Mettler Family Vineyards ‘Epicenter’ Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi): The vines might be old but they can sure as hell still party! $25 B+
- 2019 Bodegas Bianchi ‘Famiglia Bianchi’ Malbec (Mendoza): Boisterously loud expression of ripe plums and smoked meat. $20 B