Wine lover, collector. My favs: wines of Northern Europe - Germany, Austria, Alsace, Loire, and Chablis; the wines of Tuscany; and all dessert wines.
Excellent Ripasso, properly made. The grapes aren’t just aged on old skins. Instead, about half the grapes are dried in the sun for a month, just like an amarone, blended with fresher grapes, then aged on old amarone skins. The addition of juice from dried grapes lends an elegant silkiness and depth that I find missing from many other Ripassos. The wine is lively and full with dark fruit and spice. Hints of sweetness can be detected as the wine glides over the palate into a beautiful finish. Well done! 2015 vintage on Jan 30, 2020 — 5 days ago
Textbook gran reserva from the northern part of Rioja. Nose of cassis, dark fruit,, and prunes with hints of tobacco and a bit of leather. Strong acidity holds it all together on the palate while flavors of vanilla and oak lead to a lingering finish. I really like this - it has aged well. 2007 vintage on Feb 6, 2020 — 5 days ago
Absolutely fascinating Pinot. It’s both full bodied and loaded with greener herbal notes at the same time. Nose opens with savory red fruit, tons of herbal notes, and tobacco which meld into flavors of Earl Grey tea and spice on the palate. Grainy tannins and mouth puckering acidity blend all of this together providing a pleasing, succulent experience. I love the complexity here. Notes of tea really stand out. 2017 vintage on Feb 2, 2020 — 15 days ago
Always one of my favorite Cabernets in this price range. Powerful and flavorful. Classic Cabernet character of cassis, anise, blackberry, roasted coffee bean, and a touch of oaky vanilla. Highly concentrated. Exceptionally smooth on the palate with lingering finish. Drinkable now but will last in the cellar as well. 2017 vintage on Jan, 11, 2020 — a month ago
Wow! Fabulous from very old Tempranillo vines in Roa Del Duero. The Esteban family maintains their 60 ha of vines meticulously using extensive biodynamic practices and precise winemaking. It shows in the wine. Black fruit and currants meld harmoniously with hints of tobacco, coffee, licorice, and mineral. The texture is rich; the concentration of fruit is dense. This is a seriously good bottle of wine that WS gave 96 pts. 2016 vintage on Feb 11, 2020 — 5 days ago
Best Cali Pinot that I’ve had in a long time. Raspberry and rhubarb tapenade on the nose with a hint of mineral and slight tinge of oak on the mid palate. This is a rich, lush Pinot with lots going on. Fabulous fruit and winemaking here. Delicious now but give it 4 - 5 yrs in cellar and watch it really bloom. 2017 vintage on Jan 31, 2020 — 16 days ago
The 2017 Chateauneufs are insanely good - heavily concentrated and layered with tannins of silk. Make no mistake - these are big, powerful wines with high aging potential. The entry level Ferrand is 90% Grenache from very old vines planted between 1904 and 1920 and brought up in tank. Deep layers of black raspberry, violets, plums, garrigue, and spice. The palate explodes with deliciousness offering fine tannins and long finish. I love this stuff! Will improve even more with time. 2017 vintage on Dec 5, 2019 — a month ago