The best Merlots in the world are made on the right bank of the Gironde river in French Bordeaux, but the made-in-America 2005 COHO Merlot Michael Black Vineyard takes imitation as a most serious form of flattery. It’s got the complex tannins, velvety mouthfeel, and robust fruit that’s characteristic of great Pomerols and St.-Emilions,... Read more →
This one was recommended to me by a Frenchman at the wine store. He smacked his lips along with a very French hand gesture and said the 2010 DOMAINE DU GRAND MONTMIRAIL Vacqueyras was "beautiful" and as good as much higher priced Chateauneuf du Pape. He was right. After all, the French are always right—so I should have never doubted him.... Read more →
Going a long way towards busting the perception of Port being the drink of choice of stodgy old men at the clubhouse discussing their golf swing or the latest on CNBC, the FONSECA 20 Year Old Tawny Port has a fresh vivacity that squarely puts it in the era of the contemporary. Sure, the notes of fig, nuts, marzipan and butterscotch are all... Read more →
We travel to South America for robust, fruity, food friendly and crowd pleasing wines, red and white. Reds from this part of the world have gained significant popularity with consumers over the last decade, especially Argentinian Malbec, but don’t overlook the lesser known, exotic whites which are worth digging a little deeper to find. Wine... Read more →
Wow. What a find. The CLETO CHIARLI Vecchia Modena Lambrusco ain't your old school cheapshit skank Lambrusco. This coral red, bubbly and sharply mineral grapejuice is from the new school—so vibrant on the nose, so provocative and effervescent on the tongue with its red berry, flint, and woodsy accents . . . polished, sleek,... Read more →
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