Cellar Note: Classic Rioja – 1998 La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Crianza

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One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to wine hunt. I thoroughly enjoy finding cool, unique, and obscure wine shops around the world - especially when my hunting manages to reward me with old, special bottles. While on a recent trip to Madrid, I found a few awesome shops that contained … Continue reading Cellar Note: Classic Rioja – 1998 La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Crianza

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

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

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