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 Quinta do Crasto Vinhas Velhas – Old Vines Reserva (Douro): A spicy, sultry delight that is totally comfortable showing off its wild side. $42 A-
- 2018 Carmim ‘Monsaraz’ Reserva (Alentejo): Big & deep, but also tart & focused; dusty tannin lovers, rejoice! $30 A-
- 2020 Domaine Bousquet Gaia Pinot Noir Rosé (Tupungato): Heft and power tempered by refreshing waves of wild strawberries, watermelon, and cherry skin. $20 B+
- 2018 Emiliana ‘Coyam’ (Colchagua Valley): Dark, herbal, flexing plenty of muscle, and giving organic viticulture a good name. $39 A-
- 2018 Viña Tarapaca Gran Reserva Organic Red Blend (Maipo Valley): Supple, spicy, smoky, meaty… and taaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaastyyyyyyyy. $18 B+
- 2020 Aquilini Family Sauvignon Blanc (Red Mountain): Almost Bordeaux-like in its impressive combination of power, poise, and concise clarity. $36 A-
- 2020 Roaming Dog Rosé (Columbia Valley): A better patio pounder after a hard, satisfying day of yard work would be difficult to find. $15 B
- 2020 Roaming Dog Riesling (Columbia Valley): A heaping basket full of limes, citrus zest, and lemon drop candy, at a cost that won’t even come close to breaking the bank. $15 B
- 2018 Roaming Dog Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley): Equal parts accessible and balanced; hard to want much more over-achievement at this price-tag. $15 B+