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 Weingut Schmelz Pichl Point Gruner Veltliner Smaragd (Wachau): This Point is on point, and focused almost to a fault – almost! $NA B+
- 2017 Weingut Brandl Ried Zobringer Heiligenstein “1OTW” Riesling Reserve (Kamptal): Flinty with flair, appealing with apples, piquant with pear. $NA A-
- 2017 Weingut Ludwig Ehn Zobinger Heiligenstein Reserve Riesling Erste OTW Lage (Kamptal): Limes, served about 200 different ways. $NA B+
- 2015 Weszeli Ried Langenloiser Steinmassel “1OTW” Riesling (Kamptal): A little sugar can’t shake off this kind of pure, steely austerity. $NA A-
- 2013 Weingut Fred Loimer Steinmassl Riesling Reserve Erste OTW Lage (Kamptal): Prickly, perky, pithy, petrol-y, and nearly perfect. $50 A-
- 2013 Weingut Rabl Vinum Optimum Kaferberg Reserve Gruner Veltliner (Kamptal): Un-apologetically classic; pass the peas, please! $NA B+
- 2016 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay (Chalk Hill): Big on toast, big on oak, big on body, and big on flavor. $40 B+
- 2018 Sosie Bare Necessity Sparkling Rose (Bennett Valley): You’ll barely be able to stop drinking its tastiness. $30 B+
- 2016 Dueling Pistols Cellars Zinfandel – Syrah (Dry Creek Valley): Less of a duel, and more of a fun-loving friendship circle. $45 B+
- 2017 Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Ok, so… they very clearly know what the heck they’re doing with this vintage. $50 A-