Robust and bordering on cocky, this is Chardonnay that wakes up in the morning with a woodie. The 2008 AU BON CLIMAT Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is ready to go and looking for action. Rich with grapefruit and key lime pie notes, this is all about power— it's tart, acidic and sharp. The man wears double-breasted suits and... Read more →
Santa Barbara county got on the wine map for its Pinot Noirs, but it should be more famous for its Syrahs, some of the best in the world outside of the south of France. The 2008 RUSACK Syrah (now Ballard Canyon Estate Syrah) is living proof. Man, it's good! No, I mean good. Luscious, primal, pretty and fantastic. There's nothing else to... Read more →
I guarantee this is one of the most interesting and unique white wines you'll find out there for $14. The 2009 BONNET HUTEAU Muscadet Sevre et Maine "Le Dabinieres" is a mellower, subtler cross between a Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio. Packed with more complexity and richness than you could ever expect at this price, this is pulp Ernest... Read more →
The sibling rival to Spain's sublime Ribera del Duero wine, Toro is the poor man's alternative. That's said tongue in cheek, because a good Toro like this 2007 TESO LA MONJA ALMIREZ will cost you in the region of $25. It's worth it for just a glimpse of the awesome smoothness, finesse and delicacy of Spain's greatest wines. It's all there,... Read more →
Some wines weren't meant to be had with just anyone, but meant for intimate conversations with a deepest requited love or long-lost friend who's traveled oceans to find you. This 2001 BARON DE PICHON-LONGUEVILLE Pauillac is that wine. Beautiful, romantic bouquet . . . silky and complex as it envelops the mouth—inspiring and confessional... Read more →
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