Big, fat, round and juicy—this is no-holds-barred Pinot Noir, a fruitbomb. The 2009 JOSEPH PHELPS Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyards is just fucking good, there’s no other way to put it. We could talk about the awesome terroir that shaped the character of the small-cluster fruit on the vine—how you can taste the Sonoma Coast fog that... Read more →
The 2007 SEGHESIO Cortina Zinfandel is so superbly proportioned, you might think the 15.5% alcohol content is 13.5%. The big, round and perfectly ripe fruit is in delightful interplay with unique, dusty tannins and sterling acidity on the finish—all of it capturing a real sense of the Dry Creek terroir—the gravelly soil in which these... Read more →
Wow, what an impressive achievement. The partnership of renowned vignerons who are responsible for this deep, dark, rich and vibrant New World wine from the Old World may just start a new French revolution. A Grenache/Syrah blend, the 2011 CERCIUS Cotes du Rhone presents itself in stark contrast to those serious French wines that sell at... Read more →
Rock and roll. With a bluesy shuffle, as in ZZ Top’s Tres Hombres. The 2010 ALTA MARIA Pinot Noir is waitin’ on the bus all day bound for La Grange. Damn, you can hear the hot guitar licks drinking this stuff. Hot, red and righteous, this wine is electric. With soft, deep blues at the heart of it all. Jesus may have left Chicago but... Read more →
Corkscrewed a 2007 FONTODI Chianti Classico over the weekend. Starts so young, delicate, nubile . . . then, all grown up, fills you with knowledge with a taste of her voluptuous fruit . . . and, finally, finishes up spicy, peppery—a little rough, a little kinky. The damn wine is a Megan Fox fantasy. One of the best (Chiantis) I've ever... Read more →
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