Tom is a freelance writer and blogs at The Grape Belt. (www.thegrapebelt.com) He passed 5.5 of the 6 WSET Diploma exams. He’s leaving Unit 3 Theory for others t...
2017. For years this was a rare purchase because one of the first times I tried it there didn’t seem to be much there. Not sure what my neophyte self was looking for. Yes, it’s a simple wine but it’s not boring. It’s just what a basic rosé should be: light, refreshing, and not expensive. I’m now a fan. 12% abv. $9.99. — a month ago
Another winner from Bill Easton that refuses to show its age. Various components still jostling to find just the right place to sit down. Whiffs of freshly cut oak hover above concentrated red and black fruit aromas and flavors. Beautiful, refreshing mouthfeel with impressive texture and mouthwatering acid. The 14.5% abv is nearly undetectable. This wine, at 11 years, gives the impression of just getting started. Elegant, balanced, concentrated. I have to think that there are a lot of zin producers out there who would love to make wines like this. — 25 days ago
2014. Sonoma cabernet is just a different cat. Meow! And a friendly one at that. Lean, clean, and just a teensy bit green. This wine runs up to meet you. Not aloof, no pretension, no delusions of grandeur. None of the all-too-common Napa experience of all hat, no cattle. Balanced, concentrated, and inviting. Warning: drinks way too easily. Good acid. Has a few more years in it for sure. — a month ago
2007. This wine refuses to let go of its youth. Deep, dark, rich fruit, beautiful texture, and refreshing acid leading to a long and savory finish. Tannins supple and young. And you’d never spot it at the 14.5% abv on the label. Impossible to guess this is 11 years old. Another top offering from Bill Easton. (Delectable made me put a number in this. Not cool.) — a month ago
2017. When it’s too hot, even in Alameda, to cook, and dinner ends up being a pile of prosciutto and some crumbly cheeses, you could do worse than pull this crisp and affable quaffed from your fridge. Shows those great Soave volcanic notes of textured wet stones and surges of bright acid. Truly a challenge to keep it in the glass. — a month ago
2015. Half grenache, half syrah. Great combination of fruit and spice, with plenty of acid to make it versatile with all sorts of food pairings. But don’t overthink things. This wine’s comfort zone is burgers, sausages, spicy grilled chicken, and cheap steaks. Not super cheap but won’t break the bank. At $17 it plays above its price point. 14% abv. — 2 months ago