A Thoughtful Approach to Tempranillo

Anytime the wine world buzzes about a hot new winemaker, particularly a winemaker whose resume includes time at both Domaine de la Romanee-Conti and Vega Sicilia, one assumes there will be some flashiness or glitz. The opposite is true of Dominio del Aguila and winemaker, Jorge Monzon. When I arrived at Dominio del Aguila and … Continue reading A Thoughtful Approach to Tempranillo

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

Tasting Note: 2016 Roserock Chardonnay

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A few months ago, a rep from Domaine Drouhin Oregon led a side-by-side tasting of the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay bottlings from Drouhin Oregon, and the latest Willamette acquisition by the family, Roserock. The Roserock winery is located in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, and the wines poured from Roserock were already beautiful. For me, they … Continue reading Tasting Note: 2016 Roserock Chardonnay

Tasting Note: 2015 Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir Raschen Ridge

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Sometimes, you just have to be honest that a wine doesn't live up to its price tag. It's always especially deflating to remember how much one shelled out at a winery's tasting room in fees, plus the cost of the wine that you purchased during the visit. To a large degree, I feel that way … Continue reading Tasting Note: 2015 Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir Raschen Ridge

Tasting Note: 2016 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Blanc Clos Rochette

Recently, I was able to attend a tasting of┬áDomaine 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┬ápleasant 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