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!
- 2016 Bells Up “Titan” Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Not living up to its namesake, but that’s okay; more lovely than powerful, more light on its feet than boorish. $40 B+
- 2018 Troon Vineyard Cotes du Kubli Blanc (Applegate Valley): Its memory are as its spice notes: both will linger in very pleasant ways. $25 A-
- 2017 Halter Ranch Grenache Blanc (Paso Robles): Both curvy and svelte, and in all of the right places. $34 B+
- 2017 Eberle Steinbeck Vineyard Syrah (Paso Robles): Why go to the smokehouse, when the smokehouse can come to you? $30 B+
- 2015 McIntyre “Per Ardua” (Arroyo Seco): Yumminess this potent is not to be trifled with, son. $60 A-
- NV J Vineyards & Winery Cuvee California (California): Well, now, that was a hoot… and floral-fresh lovely, to boot. $28 B+
- 2018 Gaia ’14-18 h’ Agiorgitiko Rose (Peloponnese): Fun, fun, fun, until the bottle’s empty; then it’s sad, sad, sad. $17 B
- NV Cantina di Carpi Piazza Grande Lambrusco Spumanti Rosato Brut (Lambrusco di Modena): Your salad entree needs a shot of elegance, and I know just the bubbly to do it. $14 B
- NV Delamotte Brut (Champagne): Apples, white flowers, and a sense of superiority. $40 B+
- NV W & J Graham’s 20 Year Old Tawny Port (Portugal): No sins so great that the god of Caramel Heaven wouldn’t let it through the gates. $65 A-