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 Pitcher-Krutzler Riesling Ried Durnsteiner Kellerberg (Wachau): Hints of herbs and roundness; way more than a hint of total refreshment. $60 A-
- 2016 Gritsch Ried Kalkofen Riesling Smaragd (Wachau): A fine line of acidity that will lead you to a steely, austere promised land. $NA A-
- 2016 Josef Fischer Ried Steiger Gruner Veltliner Smaragd (Wachau): That time when Grapefruit got all concentrated and then lit up a cigar. $NA B+
- 2013 Weingut Eder Riesling Smaragd (Wachau): Everything about this, from its petrol nose to its pear and lime palate to its undervalued price tag – makes me happy. $26 A-
- 2017 Vietti Tre Vigne (Barbera d’Asti): Cherries for daaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyysssssssss… $20 B+
- 2016 Steele Wines ‘Steele Stymie’ Founder’s Reserve Merlot (Lake County): What’s not at all stymied is all of that black olive and fig action. $40 B+
- 2016 Fossil Point Pinot Noir (Edna Valley): Easy at the table, easy in your mouth, easy on the wallet. $20 B+
- 2017 Jordan Winery Chardonnay (Russian River Valley): Lemon zest heart, peach soul. $34 A-
- 2017 Bannister Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley): Deliciously figgy, and body-warmingly biggie. $36 B+
- 2016 Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Dry Creek Valley): Welcome to the smoked meat BBQ, where things are friggin’ delicious. $22 B+