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!
- 2017 Donnafugata Dolce & Gabbana ‘Cuordilava’ Etna Rosso (Sicily): An earthy, tangy, spicy luxury spa experience for the mouth and soul. $95 A-
- 2019 Spirit of Texas Winery Welcome White (Texas High Plains): Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the perfumed flowers! $30 B+
- 2020 Slate Theory Cinsault Rosé (Texas): A (very) promising start that packs in the Provencal herbs and palate-pleasing tart red fruits. $30 B+
- 2019 Eden Hill Vineyard Aglianico (Texas High Plains): Going large in all aspects, and most especially in the complexity department. $42 A-
- 2017 Bingham Family Vineyards ‘Dugout’ (Texas High Plains): Focused, supple, dense, and INTENSE. Much butt will be kicked! $79 A-
- 2018 Llano Estacado ‘El Capitan’ Syrah (Texas): Smokin’ meat like a true TX BBQ, and goes down just as easily. $25 B+
- 2018 Messina Hof Winery Sagrantino Reserva (Texas High Plains): Going for the dried-fruit/vanilla-bean/steakhouse-crowd palate, and nailing it. $35 B+
- 2018 OG de Negoce N. 48 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Big, pretty, and pretty darn big, but those plates are all being balanced in a truly entertaining show. $24 A-
- 2019 OG de Negoce N. 176 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Mulberry for daaaaayyyyys, yo; and available at bargain-bin prices. $25 A-
- 2019 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay (Chalk Hill): Not the most indicative vintage, but there’s power aplenty, sprinkled with ginger and dipped in ripe peaches. $37 B+