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!
- 2011 Weingut Pfeffingen Ungsteiner Herrenberg Riesling Grosses Gewachs (Pfalz): Flint, flowers, flair, and fabulousness. $65 A-
- 2017 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett Trocken, Mosel): Do you like limes? How about now?? Do ya like ’em NOW?!?? $26 B+
- 2016 Ritual Pinot Noir (Casablanca Valley): Earthy, brambly, deep… and very much still alive & kicking. $21 B+
- 2016 Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Apalta Vineyard Carmenere, Apalta): Deep, dark, herbal, & almost devilishly delicious. $25 B+
- 2017 Wente Vineyards Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon (Livermore Valley): The complete Cab package; just bring your tolerance for wood. $25 B+
- 2018 Clarice Wine Co. Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands): Almost shockingly fantastic; worth every red cent. $80 A
- 2018 Clarice Wine Co. Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands): Meaty, deep, tight, young… did I mention young? $90 A
- 2017 Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel (Napa Valley): Bold, big, burly, bodacious… so, basically, everything you expected. $36 B+
- 2017 Olema Pinot Noir (Sonoma County): Equal parts playful, balanced, and bargain. $20 B+
- NV Piper Sonoma Blanc de Blancs (Sonoma County): The apples are golden; your yoke is light. $22 B+