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 Sidebar Kerner (Mokelumne River): Probably more richness and intrigue than we mere mortals deserve from this kind of price-point… $28 A-
- 2011 LangeTwins Centennial Zinfandel (Lodi): Tender and succulent slabs of smoked brisket IN YO FACE!!! $55 B+
- 2013 Brack Mountain Cyprus Cabernet Sauvignon (Knights Valley): An embarrassment of riches in soft, herbal-tinged blackcurrant kisses. $35 A-
- 2015 Grgich Hills Estate Grown Merlot (Napa Valley): Plummy, spicy, and, yeah, oaky… but also very, very damned tasty. $43 A-
- 2016 Weingut Fitz-Ritter Gewurztraminer Spatlese (Pfalz): Delivering stone fruits and white flowers in a zesty frenzy. $23 B+
- 2014 Joseph Drouhin Macon-Villages (Burgundy): Juuuuust perky/tasty/toasty/spritly enough. $15 B+
- 2015 Villa Papiano ‘I Probi di Papiano’ Sangiovese di Romagna Riserva (Emilia-Romagna): Sangio that likes to flex is strong, sinewy, gritty musculature. $25 B+
- 2017 Agrintesa ‘Poderi delle Rose’ (Romagna Albana Secco): Crowd-pleasing dance number between ripe stone fruits and candied citrus. $NA B+
- 2012 Poderi Morini ‘Nonno Rico’ Sangiovese di Romagna Superiore Riserva (Emilia-Romagna): Orange peel, dried herbs, black cherry, ample dashes of loveliness. $NA B+
- 2015 Trere ‘Amarcord d’un Ross’ Romagna Sangiovese Superiore Riserva (Emilia-Romagna): About as fantastical and earthy as the Fellini film that inspired its name. $NA B+