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!
- 2020 Chateau Beaulieu Cuvee Alexandre Rose (Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence): Pretty pretty, and pretty much a pure delight to imbibe. $19 B+
- 2019 Planeta ‘Cometa’ Fiano Menfi (Sicily): A finely crafted shooting star display of tropical, herbal, and exotic jolts of energy. $42 A-
- 2020 Pasqua ’11 Minutes’ Odi et Amo Rose (Veneto): Watermelon, cherry skin, and rose petals to love… & basically noting to hate. $21 B+
- 2016 Oceano Chardonnay (San Luis Obispo County): Time has proven kind, and blended together juuuuust the right levels of toast, peach cobbler, apricots, & Meyer lemon. $38 A-
- 2018 Rodney Strong Old Vines Zinfandel (Sonoma County): For when only richness will do; supple, deep, and spicy, with sweet prune & vanilla. $25 B+
- 2019 Merry Edwards Coopersmith Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Carrying a heavy wood load, but doing it in style with those deep, dark berry fruits & Xmas spices. $72 A-
- 2017 Marietta Cellars Arme (Sonoma – Mendocino County): Plush, lush, and dark of spirit (& of fruit). $25 B+
- 2017 Blackbird Vineyards Arise (Napa Valley): Black fruited bombshell that’s downright sexy AF. $53 A-
- 2019 Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Cabernet Sauvignon (Colchagua Valley): Like ’em big, dark, and oaky? Then you’re in luck here, because they have absolutely mastered the formula. $20 B+
- 2018 Wapisa Pinot Noir (Rio Negro): Light of color, bright of fruit, vibrant of attitude! $21 B+