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!
- 2021 Domaine de Cala Coteaux Varois en Provence Rose (France): Come for the elegant rose petals, stay for the delicious cherries. $21 B
- 2020 Davis Bynum Virginia’s Block Jane’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Russian River Valley): Grapefruit, lime, citrus blossom, green apple… talk about a heck of a crowd pleaser. $22 B+
- 2020 Lucia Vineyards Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands): Rotund, in all of the more impressive ways, that is. $50 A-
- 2018 Qupe Grenache (Santa Barbara County): Not without its charms, but that stewed red fruit has been overstaying its welcome for a few minutes… $30 B+
- 2019 Sokol Blosser ‘Bluebird Cuvee’ Sparkling (Willamette Valley): The inflight service includes apples and elegance. $30 B+
- 2019 Sokol Blosser Chardonnay (Dundee Hills): Lemon pith, white peach, apricot, white flower, white pepper, brioche, apples, and a yearning sense of potential. $38 B+
- 2018 Orfila Reserva Red Blend (Uco Valley): Built to make sippers happy with a greatest hits tour of bright, plummy red fruits. $20 B
- 2016 Echeverria Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley): Silky, well done, and pushed over the edge into excellent bargain territory by excellent cellaring. $25 A-
- 2019 Los Vascos ‘Cromas’ Gran Reserva Carmenere (Colchagua Valley): Very herbal, and very fun… if a bit ADHD feeling in its lack of focus… $18 B
- 2018 Terra Noble Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley): Juiciness without boundaries. $22 B+