I found religion tonight—in a 2006 SAXON BROWN Syrah, Parmelee-Hill 'Camp Block'. A cool climate, singular masterwork to drink fervently and believe in. Favors mouthwatering acidity over sweetness; rich complexity & detail over boldness & obviousness—like the difference between a captivating sermon versus one that hammers you... Read more →
For fans of creamy & buttery Chardonnay, you can’t beat the fundamentals the 2007 CLOS DU BOIS Calcaire Chardonnay gets just right down to the vine. Rich and elegant, with a taste of lemon meringue at its core balanced by a vibrant, exuberant finish, you really can’t ask for a better drink, say, if you find yourself on a patio... Read more →
If you haven't yet experienced the pleasures of Viognier, you're missing out. Most people of a certain elegance and stature serve Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay before a hosted meal, but Viognier is snazzier, eclectic and more (ahem) nouveau riche. The 2009 VOGELZANG Viognier (now called the Reserve Viognier), the first—and sold out—vintage... Read more →
I'm a big fan of wines from South Africa, and I opened up a 2008 KANONKOP Kadette made from Pinotage, an indigenous red grape of Africa, and other Bordeaux varietals. Delicious! Dry, fruity with thick chocolaty character up front, then a niiiice spicy, peppery finish to give it a fleeting air of the exotic—like being on an African safari... Read more →
Impressionistic as a Van Gogh, the pineapple, apricot and tangerine notes swirl on the palate to an acidic, smoky French oak finish, where every sip discovers something previously unseen. The 2007 MELVILLE Sta. Rita Hills Estate Chardonnay is such non-linear art—highly subjective, its beauty revealing unexpected things to the eye of the... Read more →
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