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!
- 2020 Eva Fricke Riesling Trocken, Rheingau): Niiiice! Quince, citrus zest, exotic tropical fruits… downright electrifying. $40 A-
- 2018 Weingut Rainer Schnaitmann Steinwiege Lemberger Trocken (Wurttemberg): Seriously earthy, and with those candied blackberries and plums, also seriously playful. $30 B+
- 2019 Brigaldara Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore (Veneto): Everything that it’s supposed to be, and all in excellent balance. $37 A-
- 2012 Brigaldara Cantina di Brigaldara San Floriano Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva (Veneto): In an amazing place right now, and loving every self-indulgent, spicy, elegant minute of it. $180 A
- 2021 Cattleya ‘Alma de Cattleya’ Pinot Noir (Sonoma County): Nicely dressed, and offering rhubarb for daaaayyysssss… $35 A-
- 2021 Cattleya ‘Alma de Cattleya’ Chardonnay (Sonoma County): Perky, pretty, persistent, and peachy. $28 B+
- 2019 Papapietro Perry 777 Clones Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Really, really good… feels substantial yet also effortless. Keep your eye on this one. $85 A-
- 2018 Cameron Hughes Lot 730 Zinfandel (Lodi): Very big, very jammy, but also reasonably balanced! $13 B+
- 2019 McIntyre Winemaker Series McIntyre Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands): Big body, big texture, big flavor, light color (that belies a dark soul) $56 A-
- 2020 Lucia Vineyards Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands): A stunner that further cements this locale as one of CA’s premier spots for world-class Chard. $72 A