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 Baglio di Pianetto ‘Natyr’ Insolia (Sicily): Almonds, toast, dried tropical fruits, and a penchant for giving Natural wines a good name. $NA B+
- 2015 Baglio di Pianetto ‘Syraco’ Syrah (Sicily): Welllll… hellooooooo there, sexy pants! $NA B+
- 2014 Baglio di Pianetto ‘Viafrancia’ Riserva Rosso (Sicily): Right Bank Bord’x, done Italian style, and chewier than a steak. $NA A-
- 2017 Cartuxa Foral de Evora Tinto (Alentejo): Violets, licorice, smoke, leather, wood, currants… your nose isn’t gonna get bored. $21 B+
- 2017 Herdade de Coelheiros ‘Coelheiros’ Tinto (Alentejo): Bring us your pepper and plums, so that our masses might be pleased! $16 B+
- 2016 Susana Esteban ‘Aventura’ Tinto (Alentejo): Perky red fruits that are smokin’ ’em because they got ’em. $15 B
- 2016 Utopia Vineyard ‘Paradise’ Estate Private Reserve Pinot Noir (Ribbon Ridge): Textbook OR PN, and beautifully illustrated to boot. $65 A-
- 2017 Utopia Vineyard Estate Chardonnay (Ribbon Ridge): Lemon verbena for days, people… for daaaaayyyyyys. $45 A-
- 2016 Utopia Vineyard Clone 777 Pinot Noir (Ribbon Ridge): Heart, heartiness, and character that all go a long way. $65 A-
- 2016 Utopia Vineyard Pinot Noir (Ribbon Ridge): Brambly, earthy, and poised to be misunderstood… unless one knows one’s Burgundy, that is. $48 A-