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 Cattleya ‘Alma de Cattleya’ Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma County): Passion fruit, nettle, and a whole lotta passionate POW! $20 B+
- 2019 Decoy Merlot (Sonoma County): Juicy, rich, dark, plummy, and built for Now. $19 B
- 2019 Banshee Pinot Noir (Sonoma County): Shouting out statements of herbal, crowd-pleasing tanginess. $20 B
- 2016 Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): Dressed up in leather, aiming g to be sexy, but still managing to be stylish. $28 B+
- 2014 Mikami Vineyards Zinfandel (Lodi): Very large, very mature, and still very, very tasty (as in, tasty AF)! $39 A-
- 2019 Qupe Bien Nacido Vineyard ‘Y’ Block Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County): Well, I’m still a sucker for this great mix of juicy, vibrant and creamy… $22 B+
- 2016 Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards ‘Hidden Asset’ Red (Santa Barbara County): Not into smoked game? Well, too bad, Jack! $29 B+
- 2017 Coventina Vineyards Chardonnay (Rogue Valley): Gracefully showing its age with toast, dried apricots, and grilled peaches. $25 B+
- 2018 Chasing Rain Merlot (Red Mountain): Plummy, and just about as solid as the wood staves it evokes. $24 B
- 2019 Chasing Rain Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain): Good Red Mtn. Cab at a price like this… Maybe think in terms of cases… $25 B+