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 Dutton Goldfield Docker Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir (Mendocino County): Like anthropomorphic blueberries, wearing silk capes. $68 A-
- 2016 Dutton-Goldfield ‘Deviate’ Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): A bold, beautiful affair, with more baking spices than a tin full of Xmas cookies. $72 A
- 2016 Presqu’ile Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley): California spirit can often lack subtelty; this is NOT one of those times. $44 A-
- NV McIntyre L’Homme Qui Ris (Santa Lucia Highlands): Santa Lucia bubbles, by way of Epernay. $42 A-
- 2015 McCay Cellars Faith Lot 13 Vineyard Zinfandel (Lodi): Awwwww, Lodi is gettin’ all prettied up for us! $32 A-
- 2013 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): The Hill has a soul – for proof, we can submit a glass of this stunning achievement. $220 A
- 2017 La Valentina Pecorino Colline Pescaresi (Abruzzo): Saltwater waves rolling over fresh tropical fruits. $16 B
- 2015 Sawtooth Chardonnay (Snake River Valley): Modern, plush, peachy, and likes its toast with butter. $25 B
- 2016 Sawtooth GSM (Snake River Valley): Smoked meat served on a piece of charred gourmet toast, with espresso after. $NA B+
- 2016 Koenig Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Snake River Valley): Cassis, tomato leaf, dried herbs, vivacity… it wants you to love it, and you probably will. $25 B+