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!
- 2019 Ca’ di Rajo Cuvee del Fondatore (Valdobbiadene Prosecco): Elegant perkiness, and perky elegance. $18 B+
- 2015 Vite Colte ‘Essenze’ del Comune di Serralunga d’Alba (Barolo): A study in contrasts between floral delicacy, and leathery, baked red fruit muscularity. $80 A-
- 2016 Matteo Correggia La Val dei Preti (Roero): Poise and plumminess, girth and levity. $37 A-
- 2018 Tibaldi ‘Bricco delle Passere’ (Roero Arneis): Tropical, vibrant, delicious, and asking nothing in return for its generosity. $NA B+
- 2017 Mandrarossa ‘Bertolino Soprano’ Bianco (Sicily): Galloping in like a breath of fresh, citrus-infused air. $NA B+
- NV Dow’s 20 Year Old Tawny Port (Porto): Caramel and roasted nuts engaged in a very serious, intense conversation. $67 A-
- 2016 Cartuxa Evora Colheita Tinto (Alentejo): Dark cherry, light attitude, and tangy goodness. $25 B+
- 2018 Cherry Pie San Pablo Bay Block Pinot Noir (Napa Valley): Has it all going on – freshness, fruitiness, and friendliness. $50 A-
- 2011 Glen Carlou Grand Classique (Paarl): Sporting red fruits, spices, cigar box, dried herbs and loveliness, even when it’s supposed to be in its dotage. Incredible value. $NA A-
- 2017 Kay Brothers Amery Vineyards Hillside Shiraz (McLaren Vale): Almost obnoxioisly full of blackberry & blueberry abundance. Almost. $60 A-