Not a fan of Pinot Grigio. To borrow from the eloquence of former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, it takes a girlie man to drink Pinot Grigio on a regular basis. But the 2008 ARBORBROOK Croft Vineyards Pinot Gris from Oregon's Willamette Valley coast is, for me, a rare exception. Fruity, yes, with papaya and Granny Smith apple notes but... Read more →
The popularity of Australian Shiraz peaked around the beginning of the New Millennium, but just because it's no longer trending doesn't mean you can't enjoy it. On the nose, this 2008 FOUR SISTERS Shiraz is opulent, like a valley of wildflowers in full bloom. Makes you want to roam and ramble. So, ramble on, mate. One of the great values in... Read more →
If you're needing a Cab fix but aren't up to dishing out the $75 for a Napa or Bordeaux, find your bliss in the land of Chile and sub out that 7 for a 1 in the price tag. This 2008 MONTGRAS Quatro is rock solid. A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Carmenere, Malbec and Syrah (yowsa!), this means smooth like Barry (White), soulful... Read more →
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 →
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