This is the real stuff right here. Unapologetically expensive, unbelievably great. Champagne—a name that has become the object itself, like Kleenex or Post-Its—carries a certain mystique. Ordinary mortals need not apply. This is the drink of Gods and Kings. Something happens when we drink it—it’s a buzz but no ordinary buzz. It’s... Read more →
A majestic symphony. Mozart, middle period, to be precise. Headed towards the grandiosity of the last Jupiter 41st Symphony and possessing the gravity you find in the preceding tragic G minor 40th, but ever keen, bright and youthful at the core. After all, Mozart, the boy genius, did compose his middle period work from his late teens to... Read more →
A monument carries with it the weight of history. The moment in history a monument commemorates may be proud or sad—but always poignant and profound. Such is the depth of the 2007 BYRON Monument Pinot Noir: weighty, intense, expressive and profound. Like history itself, time is required to come to full appreciation of it. This wine, for all... Read more →
A zingy Zin with a ton of pizzazz, the 2011 BEDROCK Saitone Ranch Zinfandel is a great work of pop art—a Roy Lichtenstein of the varietal. Painted with the bold, deep purple color of native California Zinfandel grapes from vines planted in 1896 along with dots and more dots of an abstract variety of other grapes such as Alicante and Petite... Read more →
The smell of victory. Ripe pineapple, Hawaiian white flowers and salt of the sea on the nose—much better than Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore’s smell of napalm in the morning from Apocalypse Now. Something about the steely and unbreakable quality of this 2009 wine’s backbone against the vibrant, commanding richness of the prestigious... Read more →
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