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 Orlando Abrigo Montersino (Barbaresco): Enough earthiness for the entire globe; Tart, textured, & terrifically savory. $56 A-
- 2019 Renwood Premier Old Vine Zinfandel (Amador County): Goes down almost too easy. Fans of the style will be very happy indeed. $25 B
- 2016 Louis M. Martini Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Red fruits galore, and even more amounts of silk. $40 A-
- 2020 Blackbird Vineyards Arriviste Rose (Napa Valley): Largeness that’s redeemed by its red fruit largesse. $23 B+
- 2012 Sol Rouge Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Still sexy after all these years! $75 B+
- 2012 Cuvaison Estate Pinot Noir (Carneros): Hard not be happy with how well this has held together—red berry fruit and cedar melange. $NA B+
- 2016 Duchman Family Winery Aglianico (Texas High Plains): We want the funk! Gotta have that funk!! $40 B+
- 2017 Spicewood Vineyards ‘The Good Guy’ Red (Texas Hill Country): Damned good, indeed, and tightly knit together. $42 A-
- 2015 Coventina Tempranillo (Rogue Valley): Charming rogue’s gallery of smooth, succulent, smoky fruits. $35 B+
- 2013 Hedges Family Estate ‘Red Mountain’ (Columbia Valley): Tart red plums, walnut shell, and plenty of life kicking around in it. $29 B+