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!
- 2018 Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): Perky, pungent, pushing the exotic fruits, and getting right to the point about it. $20 B+
- 2015 Neyen Espiritu de Apalta (Colchagua Valley): Dark, supple, meaty, spicy, and more alluring than most centerfolds. $68 A-
- NV Henriot Blanc de Blancs Brut (Champagne): Pucker the hell up, punk! $59 A-
- 2018 Opolo Vineyards Viognier (Central Coast): A phalanx of peachy richness, with no prisoners taken. $26 B+
- 2019 Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Blanc (Central Coast): The new path appears to be – more floral, less serious, & still delicious. $20 B+
- 2019 Bonny Doon Vineyard Picpoul (Arroyo Seco): About as zesty – and as pleasant – as they come. $15 B+
- ZD Wines 50th Anniversary Cuvee Blanc de Blancs Brut (Napa Valley): Yeast, brioche, baked yellow apple… prepare to spend a good long while unpacking this one. $90 A-
- 2017 Pope Valley Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Textured, tangy, taught, and terrifically easy to get your head around. $42 A-
- 2016 Gundlach-Bundschu Estate Vineyard Merlot (Sonoma Valley): Woodsy, but in all of the super-fun ways. $35 B+
- 2017 Tongue Dancer Wines “The Sly One” Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Also ‘The Young One,’ just barely revealing its wonderfulness for now… $59 A-