|Winery:||Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi|
|Region:||USA » California|
Little Store The
Some black cherry, pepper, a little earthy on the nose. A little light on the palate at first but opens up with a little time to breathe. Some notes of cherry come through on the palate again, but this is not a fruit forward wine. There's just enoug...
|Winery:||Chimney Rock Winery|
|Region:||USA » California » Napa » Stags Leap District|
Chimney Rock has always been known for great Cabs, and this one is great as well. HOWEVER... I went to Napa and bought this 2001 library vintage and ALSO bought ZD Vineyard's 2001 Estate Cab. I paid ~$20 less for the ZD. Both were bought untasted, s...
|Winery:||Bodegas Marques de Caceres|
|Region:||Spain » Rioja|
|Varietal:||Graciano , Tempranillo|
A little hot on the nose at first but after letting it stand for 20 minutes in the glass it shows an earthy, leathery nose with a touch gaminess. Very smooth on the palate with nice acidity and a good amount of tannin. Tempranillo shines through with...
|Region:||Portugal » Douro » Porto|
Picked this up at Stone Face Package Liquors Store. Nice little number. Opens with perfume, spice, and vanilla. More viscous mouth feel, almost like diluted honey. Long finish of golden raisin, pepper, and vanilla. I think a bit better than the Taylor ...
|Region:||Spain » Castilla-la Mancha » La Mancha|
Deep ruby in the glass. Nice bright berry on the nose--smells delicious! Dark cherry and stone fruit, with a little raisin then on to a nice oakiness. Ends on a fruity note. Very drinkable tempranillo, have had $20 wines not as good as this! Running...
|Winery:||Celler de Capçanes|
|Region:||Spain » Catalunya » Tarragona » Montsant|
I really love this wine, and I love the price even more. This was a staple until the 04 vintage ran out at my local wine store. There are plenty of flavor descriptions here for the 04, so I'll just say that I had great luck with this vintage, not jus...
|Region:||Italy » Tuscany » Chianti|
I know this is a very popular wine. I see it at every wine store, and I read about it in one of Snooth's newsletters. The aroma is ripe, fruity, and tangy. The flavor is full and complex, with a tangy, jammy taste over a slightly bitter tannic under...
|Winery:||Willamette Valley Vineyards|
|Region:||USA » Oregon » Willamette Valley|
Pinot Noir / $19 Wilamette Valley / Oregon A good friend just returned from Portland, and picked up some Oregon Pinot Noir for us to try. We tasted three wines, all in the $20 range. Only one stood out, and for the $20 price tag, Willamette Valley ...
|Winery:||Kunde Family Winery|
|Region:||USA » California » Sonoma Valley|
Got this at a "take a chance" sale at a local liquor store for $3. I scored on this one. velvety nose with a little earth and chocolate. Good fruit on the palate. Dangerously smooth wine with a nice grip on the long finish. For $3 a bottle I shoul...
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In the East Bay, esp my neck of the woods (North Oakland/Berkeley), it's an embarrassment of riches in this as in so many other things. Andronico's, a formerly swanky market, is all but gone, and AG Ferrari is closing up its last shop after years of sinking into dismal faux Italian market-hood. But others have taken their place, albeit not in e... Read More
OK, what's your favorite market in your area for buying good meats, dairy, produce, etc. when you want to prepare a proper meal, likely accompanied by wine? Or just for everyday living? And what do they provide that you value so?Last couple of times I was through San Fran I realized Bi-Rite in the Mission would be mine there. Very much appreciat... Read More
That is almost, word for word, what the manager at the store I purchased this at said. Looking forward to it a little more now. Read More
Single vineyard Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are the order of the day at Willamette Valley’s acclaimed WillaKenzie Estate. Erik joined the Willakenzie team earlier this year to head up winemaking operations. Enjoy these excerpts from my conversation with Erik.MA: Tell me a little bit about your winemaking history. How did you become a winemaker? E... Read More
OT - you know those wines? It was well-made, I'm not knocking that part. I can see it being really appealing to some folks. But it was a ripe Sonoma Pinot Noir, and if that's all I could get, I'd probably switch to root beer. Something about it just makes me want to gag. For people who like it though, it's where you back up the truck.They had ... Read More
Standard procedure in Hungary. Everybody seems to have one of these. The Carpathians look like Swiss cheese.Some are brand new, some are hundreds of years old. Here are a few from a tiny little place called Nyúl up in the northwest of the country.They are however, the perfect way to store wine. Temps are constant year round. You get a lot of mol... Read More
Looking for a really full bodied red wine - the more robust the better, up to $150ish. Thanks! Read More
And a little night cap back at the hotel bar. Have thought South Africa deserves more exploration, and is much better represented on store shelves over here in Amsterdam.Very decent Sauv Blanc, thoughbI hope to make the next stop at Dagenau. Read More
As millennials come of age and begin exploring wine as a passion and a pastime, they are causing a tectonic shift in the wine business. The fundamentals of the business have been tacitly accepted by wine drinkers for decades -- the same varietals and regions have been favored vintage after vintage. Traditionally preferred grapes and regions are ... Read More
There's really nothing affordable on the Peninsula any more these days. I grew up in SF/San Bruno/San Mateo/Belmont before the tech boom and it was pretty laid back. I am so glad I don't live there any longer. Open spaces are all but paved over, those little cottage homes are now McMansions, population explosion, traffic, commercialism, it makes... Read More