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 Decoy Merlot (Sonoma County): Spicy, toasty, and fairly quick to be forgotten. $18 B
- 2016 Dry Creek Vineyard Meritage (Sonoma County): The old codger likes his wood, but otherwise he provides delightful conversation. $30 B+
- 2018 Dutton-Goldfield Green Valley Gewürztraminer (Russian River Valley): For those times when you just cannot get enough roses in your life. $30 B+
- 2017 Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards Valley View Vineyard Cabernet Franc (Santa Ynez Valley): Both the lush *and* spicy boxes are getting ticked here. $32 B+
- 2015 Smith Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon (Spring Mountain District): Like a mountain hike, rugged and brambly in all of the best ways. $55 A-
- 2016 Left Coast Cellars Latitude 45 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Rich, deep, and barely out of the cradle yet. $38 A-
- 2018 Troon Vineyard Côtes du Kubli Rouge (Applegate Valley): Leather for your masculine side, violets for your feminine side, balance for the rest of you. $40 A-
- 2018 Azienda Agricola Tornatore Etna Bianco (Sicily): Saline, lemons, jasmine, & raging amounts of over-delivery. $25 A-
- 2015 Cortonesi La Mannella (Brunello di Montalcino): Bringing the earthy goods to your mouth with minimal fuss. $60 A-
- 2013 Weingut Dönnhoff Pinot Brut (Nahe): Wanna be awestruck by apples? Meet this little wonder! $60 A-