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!
- NV Ca’ di Prata Prosecco Rose Extra Dry (Veneto): A promising start, with nice bright red berry action that we all wish would hang out just a bit longer than it does. $17 B
- 2017 Ravines Wine Cellars ‘Maximilien’ (Finger Lakes): Deep red fruits that are lithe, vivacious, and intriguingly smoky. $26 B+
- 2018 Youngberg Hill Vineyards ‘J Block’ Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Savory, spicy, and earthy – a handsome, dark companion for a cool evening. $60 A-
- 2018 10000 Hours Red Blend (Red Mountain): Plenty of plums, plenty of power, plenty of pronounced vanilla kisses. $35 B+
- 2016 Martellotto Syrah (Santa Ynez Valley): Smoked meat and raspberries served up with artistic, high-end plating. $25 B+
- 2017 Balletto Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Toast, white flowers, yellow apples, apricots, and a sense of lemony freshness that won’t quit. $25 B+
- 2017 Sosie Cavedale vineyard Red Blend (Moon Mountain District): Wisely prizing deliciousness, and elevating it to near-virtue status. $45 A-
- 2019 Renwood Special Reserve Grandpere Zinfandel (Amador County): Jam, spice, and everything is very, very nice! $50 A-
- 2019 Renwood Renwood Ranch Estate Zinfandel (Amador County): Talk about a spicy meatball! $50 A-
- 2016 Mira Winery Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir (Napa Valley): I say, Stanley, you certainly know how to get your fruit on, as it were! $55 A-