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 Brennan Vineyards Reserve Lily White (Texas): Cantaloupe, citrus, and copious amounts of captivating, crowd-pleasing capability. $25 B
- 2018 Rodney Strong Rose of Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Life’s a bowl of cherries. And grapefruit peel. And rose petals. And fun. $18 B+
- 2018 Rodney Strong Charlotte’s Home Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma County): Flint, flowers, and melons reminding you that warm Summer nights are not forever… $14 B
- 2017 Davis Bynum Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Sonoma County): Combining vineyards like Voltron to assemble into something greater and more ass-kicking than the sum of its parts. $35 A-
- 2018 Troon Vineyard Vermentino (Applegate Valley): Expressively excellent, and excellently expressive. $18 B+
- 2017 Vintage Longbottom Henry’s Drive Shiraz (McLaren Vale): The journey in this case is long, juicy, bold, large, and worth the drive. $50 A-
- 2017 Prinz Salm Two Princes Riesling (Rheinhessen): Princely amounts of both stone fruits and serious QPR. $19 B+
- 2015 Chateau de Montfaucon Lirac (Rhone): A bright spotlight on Lirac’s fresh, spicy red-berry soul. $20 B+
- 2010 Travaglino ‘Vincenzo Comi’ Riserva del Fondatore Brut (Oltrepo Pavese Metodo Classico): A bit overly assertive, sure, but its raw talent simply cannot be denied. $33 A-
- 2015 Bel Colle ‘Simposio’ (Barolo): Energetic, earthy, and expertly crafted; just don’t forget the steak knives. $55 A-