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 Priest Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Rich, dark, chocolatey, and, ok, ok, a little oaky… you are forgiven, my son! $49 A-
- 2017 The Larsen Projekt Syrah (Petaluma Gap): Bodaciously, well, bodacious, in big, bold, beautiful ways. $35 A-
- 2018 Dry Creek Vineyard Fume Blanc (Sonoma County): Lemons, smoke, lemongrass, and a penchant for punching well above its weight class. $14 B+
- 2012 Cantara Cellars Dessert Wine (Lodi): This buck is still kicking, with raisin, rum, blackberry syrup, and depth. $NA B+
- 2016 Martellotto Riserva ‘Il Capoccia’ (Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara): A lesson for you – One can be burly, while also being supple and generous, too. $65 A-
- 2017 Neely Spring Ridge Vineyard Bee Block Chardonnay (Santa Cruz Mountains): “B” is for big, bombastic bombshell, baby! $48 A-
- 2017 Bacchant Wines Luli Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands): Bright, perky and downright delicious; Meyer lemons, anyone? $22 B+
- 2017 Troon Vineyard Tannat (Applegate Valley): Get ready for a panoply of Ys – as in, tang-y, gripp-y, dust-y, meat-y, & spic-y. $45 A-
- 2017 Trestle Thirty-One Riesling (Finger Lakes): Limes for daaaaaaayyyyyysssssss…. $29 A-
- 2017 Veramonte Primus Carménère (Colchagua Valley): Peppered beef jerky, with black plum preserves. $19 B+