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!
- 2017 Stinson Vineyards Meritage (Monticello): All the making of a hunting outing, with smoked game, underbrush, and a rough-and-ready attitude. $36 B+
- 2018 Cameron Hughes Lot 735 Cabernet Sauvignon (Santa Barbara County): Comes off both lighter and more elegant than the label’s ABV % would suggest. $16 B+
- 2017 Anarchist Wine Co. ‘The Philosopher’ Red (Napa Valley): More Monty Python skit and than PhD level discourse. $46 B+
- 2020 Bonterra Vineyards ‘The Mcnabb’ McNabb Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendicono County): Just about equal portions authenticity and polish. $48 A-
- 2019 Balletto Sauvignon Blanc (Russian River Valley): Hurry, the fat lady is indeed starting to sing, and this will soon lose its lovely zing. $20 B+
- 2019 Gary Farrell Olivet Lane Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): So much electricity here that it could charge your EV. Gorgeous, & a bargain even at this price. $50 A
- 2018 Gary Farrell Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Great tart black cherry fruit, tea leaf spice, dried herbs, dried raspberries… If you need me, my face will be in this glass… $55 A-
- 2010 Dussek Family Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley): Wow. Earthy, tart, and still tightly wound around its firm, tasty core. $NA A-
- 2021 Cono Sur Organic Sauvignon Blanc (San Antonio Valley): Complex it’s not, but freshness prevails in this battle. $13 B
- 2018 Miguel Torres Cordillera de Los Andes Reserva Especial Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley): Now *that* is a whole lotta juicy cassis action for the money! $22 B+