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!
- 2015 Adega Cooperativa de Borba ‘Rotulo Cortica’ Reserva (Alentejo): Like sticking your head right into the BBQ pit, in the best way possible. $18 B+
- 2013 Beronia Reserva (Rioja): Another example of why the Reserva category ought to be the 1st place that Rioja lovers look these days. $27 B+
- 2014 Hedges Family Estate ‘Red Mountain’ (Columbia Valley): Still as lively, kickin’ & spicy as a hot wing. $40 B+
- 2018 Chasing Rain Red Blend (Red Mountain): Dark, juicy, and dialing up the spiciness; Red Mountain’s gateway drug. $25 B+
- 2020 Siduri Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (Oregon): Big time cherry, big time tastiness. $35 B+
- 2020 Siduri Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir (California): Showing some green, but otherwise totally on-point for a full-figured SBC. $27 B+
- 2018 Foxen Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir (California): For those who want their PN both fearless and light on its feet. $40 A-
- 2014 Brack Mountain ‘Bench’ Cabernet Sauvignon (Knights Valley): Smoking up a cloud of dark, supple black fruitiness. $NA B+
- 2019 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars ‘Artemis’ Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Like the high-end, liquid version of smoked game drizzled with blackberry reduction. $75 A-
- 2011 Jessie’s Grove Winery Westwind Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi): Fulfilling its long-standing, silky promise after all these years. $33 A-