|Region:||USA » California » Central Coast|
The 2008 vintage has reached it's "expiration date". I got this for 75% off at a local liquor store since it expired about a month ago, which means I paid a mere $6 for 4 bottles worth of wine. I was unaware that box wines actually had expiration dat...
|Winery:||Opus One Winery|
|Region:||USA » California » Napa|
|Varietal:||Petit Verdot , Malbec , Cabernet Franc , Cabernet Sauvignon , Merlot|
Wine Review: A Tale of Two Vintages – Opus One 2007 & 2008 I was so unbelievably honored when Opus One’s Winemaker, Michael Silacci invited me to dinner as a thank you for my Opus One 2007 wine review. Well, honored is an understatement, I was so ...
|Winery:||Château Pey La Tour|
|Region:||France » Bordeaux|
This is my first taste of Pey la Tour in many years, and the 2012 vintage (considered "classic") is the perfect point of return. It greets the nose with cherries and earth - not a great deal more - but typical red from the region (Bordeaux A. C.). En...
|Winery:||Viña Casas Patronales|
|Region:||Chile » Central Valley » Maule Valley|
2014 vintage as impressive as 2013, medium to full bodied dry Chilean red with dark fruit, earth, and coffee notes, smooth finish for this price point $6 what are you kidding me all day, barefoot and yellowtail got nothing on this one, their Merlot is ...
|Region:||France » Alsace » Ammerschwihr » Alsace Aoc|
It can be tricky, this variety, especially at this price point; too often it's perfectly pleasant, appley and fresh, but just a bit ... dull. This, however, is what you hope for: a beautiful golden colour, perfumed, almost viognier-like asparagus nose,...
|Region:||Spain » Castilla y León » Toro|
Bodegas Frutos Villar, Toro, "Muruve", Crianza, 2006 Production background: 12 months oak, 12 months in bottle. 100% Tempranillo, Toro region, Spain. I gave it "4 stars" over there for its value in particular, along with an overall, "Parker-esque" r...
|Winery:||Greenock Creek Wines Pty Ltd|
|Region:||Australia » South Australia » Barossa|
I always bring a good bottle of wine to any social gathering, especially around the holidays. Most of the time, it is a bottle of wine from my cellar, that has been aged at least a few years. I learned a long time ago that wines need some time to allow...
Eric Forest Pouilly Fuisse Terre du Nord Chardonnay France Burgundy Maconnais Eric Forest France (2005)
|Region:||France » Burgundy » Mâconnais » Pouilly-fuissé|
Good, crisp Pouilly-Fuisse, but in the context of the vintage and appellation and producer, something of a disappointment. I actually strongly preferred the "lesser" Macon-Vergisson from Eric Forest to this wine, which is more than double the price. Th...
|Region:||France » Rhône » Southern Rhône » Vinsobres|
A splendid little wine by Perrin et fils, this regular Southern Rhone offering is redolent of wild blueberry and bilberry with soft tannin and blended red fruit mid-palate - perfect for current consumption from a highly touted vintage (which, in this i...
|Winery:||Epicurea de Château Martinat|
|Region:||France » Bordeaux » Côtes de Bourg|
With all the focus on upcoming vintages I thought it was time to look at a less well known Bordeaux from the highly acclaimed 2005 vintage. This value, whose price has barely climbed up since release remains a wine worth purchasing, or does it? On op...
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2014 vintage as impressive as 2013, medium to full bodied dry Chilean red with dark fruit, earth, and coffee notes, smooth finish for this price point $6 what are you kidding me all day, barefoot and yellowtail got nothing on this one, their Merlot is good too, 87 pts and six bucks at my store Read More
The majority of wines on the market these days are meant to be consumed within one to five years. This is a natural law. Producing wines that can sit in the cellar for decades is time-consuming and expensive. There is a time and place for wines that age and adventurous palates are required. Most all age-worthy wines will have high acid, tannin, ... Read More
Wine is not becoming too industrial. However, to explore this concept one must first understand what the word industrial means. Industrial means “of an industry”. In that sense all wine is inherently industrial because it is part of the wider wine industry. The question of if wine is becoming too industrial is then what should be explored in dep... Read More
Short trip. Will be very busy but not too so to taste the wine. At Boston Logan Aitport. Read More
White wines are a summer classic, but it has been a long summer. There is a good chance that you are surfeit with white wine by now. Ultra-hip rosé and orange wines aren’t your only options. Be a true trendsetter and cozy up with a late summer red. Summer calls for diaphanous red wine grapes that allow fresh fruits to shine without the deep, dar... Read More
What are the secrets of a winemaker with over one hundred 90+ point wines across decades, appellations, and grapes? Perhaps it’s like any top chef: Add a pinch of this, a dash of that, and voila – you’ve got an award winning product. But decorated Murrieta’s Well winemaker Robbie Meyer doesn’t believe in recipes. Rather, he brings an intuitive c... Read More
This isn't so much an absolute no-no, but points to another issue with wine storage: ambient odors. In one sense a cigar thermidor and wine cellar have similar needs: sufficient humidity. But thermidors require even more than a wine cellar, and generally function well at higher temperatures. Anyway, my point is you don't really want the pungency... Read More
Foxall and I are getting together for a Burgundy and Barolo dinner in Oakland this Saturday. We may have a seat or two available for anyone willing to make some spur of the moment travel plans. Read More
Something to digest: When one thinks of Barbaresco the names that most readily come to mind are Gaja and Giacosa. These producers have in many ways shaped how we've come to understand this sometimes inscrutable corner of Piedmonte. For years however, those in the know have been whispering the name of another producer who belongs among the top ec... Read More
Time to turn the amp up to 11, at least for the wine hype machine, thanks to James Suckling on the 2015 vintage of Chateau Margaux:"The greatest Margaux ever made. More than perfection. Full body, firm and ultra-silky tannins. Black currant, mineral and floral character. It starts slowly and seems almost endless on the palate. Seamless. I want t... Read More
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