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!
- 2015 Domaine Mouton Clos Jus Rouge (Givry Premier Cru): Multiple flavors of earthy cherries doing the funky dance. $52 B+
- 2016 Pere Ventura Tresor Brut Reserva Cava (Catalonia): Green apples, served with elegance and… more green apples! $15 B
- 2017 Weingut Prager Achleiten Riesling Smaragd (Wachau): A veritable clinic in depth, length, and ass-kicking stone-fruited awesomeness. $70 A
- 2017 Weingut Johann Donabaum Setzberg Riesling Smaragd (Wachau): Grab your Snickers, ‘cuz this pretty, pithy puppy ain’t goin’ anywhere for a good, long while. $32 A-
- 2018 Two Hands Wines Angel’s Share Shiraz (McLaren Vale): Those angels come from juicy blackberry heaven, I think. $33 B+
- 2017 Casa Bianchi ‘Enzo Bianchi’ (San Rafael): Bordeaux red-styled goodness that’s tangy, tobacco-y, and totally get-down spicy. $60 A-
- 2016 Dueling Pistols Cellars Petite Sirah – Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles): One pistol is silky, the other burly, and they’re actually getting along really well. $49 A-
- 2017 Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Emerald Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir (Green Valley): Ah, to be so young and so full of future promise… $68 A-
- 2017 Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Pinot Noir (Arroyo Seco): BIg personality, but walking with delicate, light footsteps. $28 B+
- 2016 Herzog Wine Cellars Late Harvest White Riesling (Monterey County): C’mon, what’s a little harmless, cloying fun among friends, after all? $25 B