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 Tenuta St Lucia ‘AlbaRara’ (Albana di Romagna Secco): Eating apricots & edible flowers while sitting on a rock at the seashore. $NA B+
- 2012 Fattoria Paradiso Vigna delle Lepri Sangiovese di Romagna Superiore Riserva (Emilia-Romagna): Harmonious, powerful, and gorgeous, and… wait, how much is this again?!?? $25 A-
- 2012 Fattoria Paradiso ‘Il Dosso’ Barbarossa (Emilia-Romagna): Mint and chewiness that sticks to your ribs, gums, teeth, and soul. $NA B+
- 2015 Piccolo Brunelli ‘Dante1872’ (Romagna Sangiovese Superiore Riserva): Pure, tight, sinewy, and smoking tobacco while peeling fresh oranges. $NA A-
- NV J Vineyards & Winery Brut Rosé (Russian River Valley): Perennially berry, berry good… I know, I know… sorry… $45 A-
- 2016 Lenne Estate Pinot Noir (Yamhill-Carlton District): Mature enough that it likes meat, young enough that it still likes cocoa. $40 A-
- 2016 Youngberg Hill Vineyards Cuvée Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley): Witness when WV gets super-fruity, in crowd-inspiring ways. $35 B+
- 2016 Alloro Vineyard Estate Chardonnay (Chehalem Mountains): Brought to you by the letter ‘A’ – in this case, also for “Alluring.” $39 A-
- 2015 Alloro Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir (Chehalem Mountains): Just dark and handsome enough to add an air of intrigue to your weekend dinner plans. $40 A-
- 2018 Bells Up ‘Helios’ Estate Seyval Blanc (Chehalem Mountains): Inaugural effort that’s punchy, grounded, and not fooling around. $38 B+