An excellent representation of South African wine. The exotic blend of native grape Pinotage (\pee-noh-tahj\, a rustic, often smoky and chocolate-y grape) plus smooth Cabernet and expressive Syrah make for a 2009 WARWICK Three Cape Ladies that is as jaunty, lively and danceable as the lovely music of Soweto. As joyful as the rush of... Read more →
California and Washington make Cabernet-Syrah blends with mixed results, but this is really Australia’s territory—especially in the sun-drenched Barossa Valley where the old vines produce incredibly well-balanced rich and ripe fruit. The Down Under does juicy like no other wine region in the world, so when you can find a value-priced... Read more →
Affordable Bordeaux has to be one of the most exciting things happening in the wine world today. Some synergies have had to occur in order for smaller-name Chateaux (the Bordeaux wine estates) to be able to provide wines both at an extremely competitive price and at such high quality today. Advanced vineyard practices and technology are big... Read more →
There’s a clever country ditty by Blake Shelton called “Some Beach.” In the song, the main character finds himself in many compromising situations—but, instead of giving in to his baser instincts and yelling out an expletive (“sonofabitch!”), he avoids getting angry by singing to himself: “Some beach . . . somewhere.”... Read more →
Here’s a value-priced Ribera that overdelivers bigtime. It’s a surprisingly complete wine for the price from start to finish: inviting blackberry and cedar wood on the nose, supple dark cherry and a tantalizing sour tinge of purple mangosteen in the middle, and a musky touch of leather and spice on the finish. The 2010 FINCA EL ENCINAL... Read more →
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