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!
- 2016 Cantina-Kellerei Bozen Blauburgunder – Pinot Nero (Sudtirol – Alto Adige): Looking spry in its old age, with ample tea and floral notes. $25 B+
- 2016 Baron de Ley Reserva (Rioja): Might have gone slightly overboard on the earthy/grippy side of things, but the spice is ohhhh-so-nice. $20 B+
- 2019 OG de Negoce Sauvignon Blanc No. 16 (Sonoma County): Large? Yes. Totally delicious? Also, Yes. $14 B+
- 2011 V. Sattui Winery Quaglia Old Vine Zinfandel (Napa Valley): Sometimes, rarely, the powerful age gracefully; this is one of those times. $40 A-
- 2016 ‘Anatomy No. 1 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Supple, dark, plummy fruit and wood spice to take your mind off of doom scrolling. $28 B
- 2018 689 Cellars ‘Devil’s Candy’ Red (Napa Valley): Chocolaty and obnoxious in mostly the good ways. $30 B
- 2014 Lodi Native St. Amant Winery Marian’s Vineyard Zinfandel (Mokelumne River): The right fruit, in the right hands, with the right results. $35 A-
- 2019 Mettler Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Lodi): A thoroughly successful exercise in sheer spicy deliciousness. $25 B+
- 2020 Troon Vineyard Druid’s Fluid Red (Applegate Valley): Like leather—both smooth and rustic. $28 B