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 Conte Brandolini d’Adda Vistorta Friulano (Friuli-Venezia Giulia): Heady, floral, lemony, and a bit eccentric. $13 B-
- 2017 Cantina Vignaioli Elvio Pertinace ‘Pertinace’ (Barbaresco): Classically structured, with coffee, tobacco, tart red fruits, and a long-a** finish! $52 A-
- 2017 Hic et Nunc Barbera del Monferrato Superiore ‘Monumento’ (Monferrato): Big, bold, bountiful, and beautifully tangy. $NA A-
- 2019 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay (Chalk Hill): 3 cheers for Ripe, Peachy, & Complex!!! $45 A-
- 2018 Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner Meritage (Dry Creek Valley): Another Meritage with dark, smoky, chewy and rich merit. $40 A-
- 2019 Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel (Sonoma County): An impossible wine – as in, impossible to stop drinking it. $30 B+
- 2019 Merry Edwards Meredith Estate Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Authentic, deep loveliness decides to learn King Fu and kick some butt. $100 A
- 2019 Scenic Root Winegrowers Textbook Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): True to its name, in all the immediately hedonistic, inky ways possible. $33 B+
- 2020 Henry’s Drive – Vintage Longbottom Shiraz – Cabernet Sauvignon (McLaren Vale): A head-spinning display of iron, graphite, plums, raspberry, thyme, mint and a lot of other things you’ll need to pick out before the powerful body does you in. $50 A-
- 2020 Henry’s Drive – Vintage Longbottom Shiraz (McLaren Vale): Sexy & characterful to the core, but just make sure you’re a eucalyptus fan before opening. $50 A-