Wine lover, collector. My favs: wines of Northern Europe - Germany, Austria, Alsace, Loire, and Chablis; the wines of Tuscany; and all dessert wines.
The 2015 Shea from St Innocent is a stupendous wine. While it will last 20 years if cellared properly, Mark V suggests drinking it at 4 - 5 yrs old and I agree. Drinking beautifully now. Tart cherry, red fruit, cinnamon spice all integrated with strong, but refined,tannins and a minerally backbone that gives this wine its intriguing personality. The 2014 was disappointing as it was a terrible vintage in Oregon. But this is stunningly good. 2015 vintage on May 2, 2019 — a month ago
California gold! White peach, apricot, and citrus blossom with a noticeable mineral backbone. The minerality on the palate gives this wine a very unique and enjoyable character compared to your average Russian River chardonnay. The fruit is from the cooler side of the AVA, so the wine is crisp with great acidity. Extremely well-made. 2016 vintage on May 3. 2019 — a month ago
While Bulliat is not yet a household name in cru Beaujolais parlance, it should be. Every wine I’ve had from Bulliat has been excellent. While I personally prefer the Moulin-a-Vent, because I like a more full bodied Beaujolais, the Fleurie is tremendous as well. It has concentrated cherry, mineral, and earth as you’d expect, with medium-bodied tannins that integrate all of it. Very well-made! 2017 vintage on May 4, 2019 — a month ago
Stunning! Combine one of Austria’s greatest vineyards, a great winemaker, and an exceptional vintage, you get a wine to remember. Aromas of white, peach, chamomile, and tea. The palate is creamy and full-bodied with notes of honey. The acidity brings out the very concentrated flavors in a luscious way. The Kellerberg is less mineral-driven than other vineyards, but the fruit, concentration, and balance are impeccable here. Superb! 2015 vintage on May 26, 2019 — a month ago
I was blown away by this! From 115 year old vines planted at high elevation in red slate. Concentrated fruit with a strong mineral backbone. At 9% ABV, this Kabinett has a tad more RS than most, but the cutting acidity balances it perfectly. Superb! 2017 vintage on April 30, 2019 — a month ago
Anthill has become a cult Pinot Noir in the US for a reason, and this wine demonstrates why. Complex, but not overpowering, the Tina Marie delivers a subtle experience with cherry blossom, plum, and earth. The mouthfeel is sensational, teasing the palate with concentrated flavors and well developed tannins that make you beg for more. The wine will improve with age - I drank a bottle a year ago and found it harsh and austere. A year later, this has become a beautiful Pinot. 2015 vintage on May 14, 2019 — a month ago
Year after year, this is my favorite Raul Perez wine. He typically macerates this wine longer than his other Mencias, so the tannins are deeper and the flavors more concentrated. Although not as elegant and finessed as some of his others, this is a beautiful wine. Nose of ripe blackberries and dark fruit while the palate adds notes of chestnut and dark stone. Long finish. 2016 vintage on May 15, 2019 — a month ago