Tasting Note: 2016 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Blanc Clos Rochette

Recently, I was able to attend a tasting of Domaine Faiveley wines presented by Jerome Flous, the chief winemaker of the domaine. It was a riveting lesson in terroir, but perhaps more importantly, it was an amazing opportunity to learn about what the real essence of Burgundy winemaking is. As Jerome explained, it is a snapshot … Continue reading Tasting Note: 2016 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Blanc Clos Rochette

Cellar Favorite: 1986 Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico

The Castellare Tasting Room Last year on a trip through Tuscany, I was able to walk-in for a tasting at Castellare di Castellina. I had done some research in advance and knew that they offered walk-in tastings (during their business hours) of their current line-up, no appointment needed. I was sure to leave time to … Continue reading Cellar Favorite: 1986 Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico

Tasting Note: 2014 Cameron Nebbiolo

In advance of an upcoming trip to the Pacific Northwest, I'm on a quest to taste through some of the best wines from Washington and Oregon, especially the Willamette Valley. Cameron Winery and the wines they make definitely fit the bill as some of the very best wines being produced in the U.S. It's hard … Continue reading Tasting Note: 2014 Cameron Nebbiolo

Tasting Note: NV Noel Bazin L’Unanime Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne

Champagne doesn't always have to be expensive. It can be high quality and good even when it doesn't come with the bells and whistles of a large champagne house. NV Noel Bazin L'Unanime Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne This makes for a great QPR wine. There was a pleasant nose of green and yellow apples, honey, … Continue reading Tasting Note: NV Noel Bazin L’Unanime Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne

Tasting Note: 2013 Serafino Rivella Barbaresco Montestefano

Wine criticism is hardly a science. To what extent can anyone actually taste a wine from barrel, something that was just bottled or just released, and know what its future will be? Fortune-telling how a wine will evolve in 5, 10, or 20 years is something that can come with experience of tasting the same … Continue reading Tasting Note: 2013 Serafino Rivella Barbaresco Montestefano

Tasting Note: 2015 Dard et Ribo St. Joseph

Far too often, fine wine lovers obsess about aging wines and catching a wine at its absolute peak in the bell curve of satisfaction. There is hardly a science involved in finding the best window to drink a wine, and what is "best" means something different for every drinker. Quite honestly, a wine with age … Continue reading Tasting Note: 2015 Dard et Ribo St. Joseph

Cellar Favorite: That’s Amore! 1987 Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino

I make no secret for my affinity of Italian wine, Tuscan wines, and in particular those of Biondi-Santi. My early experiences with wine were my family's homemade concoctions that were passed off as red wine, and a bottle of 2010 Biondi-Santi Rosso di Montalcino changed everything for me. I now seek out older, back vintage bottles … Continue reading Cellar Favorite: That’s Amore! 1987 Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino

An Emerging Benchmark of Cornas

The slopes of Cornas For the last few decades, the wines of the Northern Rhone have become some of the hottest wines to get your hands on. Most of the wineries in the region are small, family run operations that have been passed on through the generations. The syrah that is being produced, in many … Continue reading An Emerging Benchmark of Cornas

Tasting Note: 2015 MacPhail Pratt Vineyard Vine Hill Road Chardonnay

On a recent trip to Sonoma, I discovered the wines of MacPhail. While I'm a bit late to the MacPhail party, it was not hard to develop a quick appreciation for their small production wines. The tasting was terroir-focused and went through the different soils and climates of Sonoma - focused mostly in and around … Continue reading Tasting Note: 2015 MacPhail Pratt Vineyard Vine Hill Road Chardonnay

Cellar Note: 2000 Sarget de Gruaud-Larose

I should start by saying that I had this wine a few months ago at a Bordeaux tasting and was rather impressed. This bottle, unfortunately, did not live up to my expectations. The wine was garnet colored in the glass. There were aromas of plum, fig, peppercorn and forest floor. On the palate, I found … Continue reading Cellar Note: 2000 Sarget de Gruaud-Larose