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 San Felice Poggio Rosso Gran Selezione (Chianti Classico): Still a mere babe. But an absolutely fantastic one. So much happening here! $68 A-
- 2019 San Felice ‘Il Grigio da San Felice’ (Chianti Classico Riserva): Black cherry, dried orange peel, and simple satisfaction. $25 B+
- 2020 Tenuta Carretta Tavoleto (Nebbiolo d’Alba): Tangy, simple and earthy—none at the expense of being easy & delightful. $NA B
- 2019 Cameron Hughes Lot 752 (Gavi): A super-solid effort that’s just starting to show off its honeyed side. $15 B+
- 2018 Luke Merlot (Wahluke Slope): Luke has a cool hand that’s also a big, bodacious, plummy hand. $25 B+
- 2018 Wente Vineyards Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon (Livermore Valley): It’s ready for business, and that business is having a good time. $17 B
- 2021 Virginia Marie Lambrix VML Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Plush and solid, with lemon curd luuuuuv. $37 B+
- 2019 VDR Very Dark Red (Hames Valley): The outlook is actually pretty bright for this tasty take on a ‘kitchen sink’ blend. $25 B+
- 2018 Breaking Bread Grenache (Redwood Valley): Someone is doing a rather excellent Beaujolais impersonation here. $25 B+
- 2018 Breaking Bread Zinfandel (Redwood Valley): Not your dad’s Zin. Candied, spicy, fun and vibrant. $27 B+