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!
- 2018 Pisoni Brut Trento DOC (Trentino-Alto Adige): Exploring the relatively uncharted regions of green melon elegance. $NA B+
- 2020 Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat (Priorat): A Winter warmer treat that’s woody, rich, spicy, & well developed. $25 B+
- NV Laetitia Vineyard & Winery Brut Rose (Arroyo Grande Valley): Carrying a pretty, elegant streak to go along with all of that bracing acidity and vibrancy. $38 B+
- 2019 Laetitia Vineyard & Winery Brut Coquard (Santa Barbara County): A princess in flowers, carried by a phalanx of red berry soldiers. $47 A-
- 2021 Laetitia Vineyard & Winery Estate Pinot Noir (Arroyo Grande Valley): The bright lights version of wild, brambly red berries. $28 B+
- 2020 My Favorite Neighbor Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles): Both neighborly approachable and sure to become a favorite among fans of the hedonistic. $47 A-
- 2016 Grounded Wine Co. ‘Public Radio’ Red (Paso Robles): Transmitting appropriately earthy nuances and an abundant, high volume stream of berry pie action. $25 B+
- 2013 Gibbs Napa Valley Carpenter Vineyard Cabernet Franc (St. Helena): Dark fruit, dark and savory balsamic, and dark dried spices (yeah, there’s a theme going on here). $35 B+
- 2015 Lenz Estate Selection Merlot (North Fork of Long Island): Tart plums, smoked game, and tanned leather all contribute to an upscale feel from start to finish. $30 B+
- 2010 Establecimiento Juanico Don Pascual Tannat (Juanico): They years have dine little to dull this funky mouthful of a red! $NA B