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!
- 2018 Alois Lageder ‘Porer’ Pinot Grigio (Alto Adige): Yet another Exhibit in the evidence locker for N. Italy being the true spiritual home of this grape. $26 B+
- 2017 Peter Zemmer Rollhutt Pinot Noir (Alto Adige): Roundness and spice that delight; warning: this one is almost *too* light on its feet. $17 B
- 2020 Les Vignobles Foncalieu Le Versant Grenache Rose (Pays d’Oc): Red berries are groovin’, but they’re getting a little aggressive on the dance floor. $15 B
- 2018 Dutton-Goldfield Chileno Valley Vineyard Riesling (Petaluma Gap): Vibrant stone fruits & citrus galore, hints of mineral, and it all goes down easy. $31 B+
- 2018 Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County): Dark, bold, and looking for its soul mate in a grilled burger. $25 B+
- 2017 Jordan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley): Quality Cab rising like an absolute phoenix from the ashes of a traumatic Sonoma vintage. $59 A-
- 2019 Benziger Family Winery ‘Tribute’ Sauvignon Blanc (Monterey County): Pineapple, herbs, vivacity, and value out the ya-ya here, folks! $13 B+
- 2019 Benziger Family Winery ‘Tribute’ Chardonnay (Monterey County): All off that CA decadence for about half of that CA cash outlay. $14 B+
- 2019 Benziger Family Winery ‘Tribute’ Pinot Noir (Monterey County): Crowd-pleasing mix of white tea leaf, delicate raspberry, and QPR. $15 B
- 2018 Benziger Family Winery ‘Tribute’ Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County): The plums are dark, the vanilla is enticing, and the jam is on. $15 B