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 Merotto Cuvee del Fondatore ‘Graziano Merotto’ Millesimato Brut (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore): There’s a longer finish here than any Prosecco shopper could reasonably hope to encounter. $36 A-
- 2018 Travaglino ‘Pernero’ Pinot Nero Oltrepo Pavese (Lombardy): Hard to find, worth the search for that transparency of red berry fruit and tea leaf herbal action. $36 A-
- 2017 Le Ragose Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso (Veneto): Lip-smacking energy and mouth-coating dark fruits, in nearly equal measure. $22 B+
- 2019 Sosie Wines Bare Necessity Sparkling Rose (California): A whole lotta sexy, boutique fun in a bottle. $36 B+
- 2017 Martellotto ‘Rosso di Sera’ (Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara): Gamey, mature, yet still deep and vibrant; Concentrated red plum fruits await those intrepid few who can find it. $25 B+
- 2019 ZD Wines Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley): Deliciously irresistible—likely, you won’t have the open bottle last long enough to contemplate it too deeply. $27 B+
- 2015 Clos du Val Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Still packing more than enough oopmh and crowd-pleasing juiciness. $50 A-
- 2019 Flora Springs Trilogy (Napa Valley): A showy, flamboyant and tasty Guilty Pleasure pick. $85 A-
- 2018 The Steven Kent Winery The Premier Cabernet Sauvignon (Livermore Valley): This stunner has a long and impressive (and aromatically complex) life far (far) ahead of it… $125 A
- 2016 Coventina Reserve Pinot Noir (Rogue Valley): Smoky, light on its feet, very restrained and very elegant. $45 A-