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!
- 2014 Domaine Seror Syrah Ramat Hagdan (Israel): Large & in charge,; burly & balanced; gamey & bringing its A-game. $NA A-
- 2017 Ritual Chardonnay (Casablanca Valley): A perky, lemony fresh, tropical value just waiting to be exploited. $22 B+
- 2016 Vina Leyda Las Brisas Pinot Noir Single Vineyard (Leyda Valley): A study in successful contrasts; dark of fruit, and fresh of herbs. $30 B+
- 2017 Vina Ventisquero ‘Grey’ Glacier Apalta Vineyard Single Block Garnacha – Carinena – Mataro (Colchagua Valley): If only the fruitiness and finish were as long as the name… $20 B-
- 2014 Vina Ventisquero ‘Grey’ Glacier Trinidad Vineyard Single Block Carmenere (Maipo Valley): Very dark, very herbal, very deep, and very, very good. $20 B+
- 2015 Peachy Canyon Westside Zinfandel (Paso Robles): A silk-wearing, sexy, sultry west end girl. $24 B+
- 2016 Talbott Vineyards Kali Hart Pinot Noir (Monterey): For those times when you need a little grip with your rose hips. $25 B+
- 2016 Murrieta’s Well The Whip White (Livermore Valley): A floral grab bag, with all of its contents both pretty, and pretty pleasurable. $25 B+
- 2012 Rutherford Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Fortunately, there are minerals. Unfortunately, there ain’t much else. $50 B+
- 2015 Freemark Abbey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): A strong and classic example of why most of us still love – and should never full count out – Napa. $50 A-