Wine biz in NYC in 80s. Sucked at sales. Since 1990, a lawyer. Pretty good at that, thankfully. Since 2000, sick of wines 15% and higher.
Still quite youthful and needs air to open up. Once it does, it reveals just ripe, sappy cherry and loads of cracked stone minerality. In the mouth it’s got good intensity and a high-toned, right feel. Lean and athletic. No excess fat. Very good acids and an intensely mineral finish. — 20 hours ago
This is a loud wine! Tangy, sappy red berry fruit, enough spices and herbs for a North African souk, and sandstoney gravel. Intense and very savory in the mouth. Some soft tannin and pretty good acidity for a Grenache-family wine. Great buy! — 6 days ago
Got that 3-day old bruised pear fruit with the barest hint of oxidative quality—which I know is pretty common but I’m highly ambivalent to it. Also wet stream stones. Seriously, there’s a biologic quality like wine made from grapes that were supposed to be foot-trodden, but the foot trodders ended up having sex in the vat instead. — 10 days ago
Best Dolcetto I’ve had in at least a dozen years or maybe longer. Fresh nose shows violets, blueberry pie, and crushed rock. Intense upfront fruit yet bone dry, it has some mouth-coating but soft tannin in the finish. And terrific wine for an informal pasta dinner. — 10 days ago
This is the 2009 Syrah from the Cougar Vineyard in Wahluke Slope.
I was a bit skeptical about this one. It had no sediment and the cork looked like it was brand new, suggesting this was either filtered and re-bottled or else held in stainless steel or InOx tanks until recently bottled. I need not have worried, however. Deep youthful color. Intense nose of inky graphite, cassis, crushed dark stones, and vanilla from barrel aging. Intense clingy flavors. Full bodied and large-framed. With a bit less wood influence this would have been superb. — 4 days ago
Solid Crozes-style Syrah. Nose has crushed rock, smoky embers, lavender, and tiny crushed berries. Palate is not as rich as the nose suggests. Shows a bit of weight and concentration in the front palate, but then thins out in the mid palate and the finish is a little short and thin. — 11 days ago