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!
- 2020 Ramon Bilbao Albarino (Rias Baixas): Pineapple for daaaayyyyysssss, Yo! $19 B
- 2014 El Coto ‘Coto de Imaz’ Gran Reserva (Rioja): Tart red and black plums that are doing a funky, earthy jig with cedar and cloves. $35 B+
- NV Laetitia Vineyard & Winery Brut Cuvee Sparkling White (Arroyo Grande Valley): The apples are ripe, the feeling is vibrant, the cream is yeasty. $25 B+
- 2019 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Chardonnay (Sonoma County): Ginger, pear, peach, lemon, starfruit and WOW. $45 A-
- 2019 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Pinot Noir (Sonoma County): Equal parts spice, black raspberry and awesome sauce. $45 A-
- 2018 Domaine Anderson Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley): Did you know that AV had a svelte, lithe side? Well, welcome to it! $40 A-
- 2019 Sonoma-Cutrer Grower Vintner Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Sonoma County): Wild herbs, red berries, and a fine leather shop. $37 B+
- 2019 Signorello ‘S by Ray Signorello’ Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Young, modern, sexy, and a wine for now. $75 A-
- 2019 Pascual Toso ‘Magdalena Toso’ Red (Barrancas): Extractino meets vibrancy, sweet tobacco meets dried violet, graphite meets deep red fruit; and it all goes on for minutes at a time. $130 A
- 2020 Henry’s Drive Vintage Longbottom Syrah Grenache Mourvedre (McLaren Vale): All the right juicy, meaty pieces are there, but you’ll need to like it full-bore! $50 A-