Month: December 2012

  • L’Ecole No 41 Syrah, 2008

    Have been through almost all the other L’Ecole wines I could get my hands on. Why did I wait so long to try the Syrah?  Again, utterly fine, no disappointment.  And, like their other reds, pure varietal nuance, no blemishes.  As I’ve noted before (L’Ecole reviews are littered throughout the blog and I am too […]

  • Eternum Viti Tinta del Toro, 2008

    From the cellar: Anthony Gismondi awarded this 90 points.  Whatever that means it was, is, a beautiful red.  I bought a bottle two years ago, and brought it out Christmas-season, as a cellar treat.  Remarkable.  Well, it is the season.  And who knew I had the cellar discipline?  Given that the previous night we drank […]

  • CastelGiocondo Brunello di Montalcino, 2006

    From the cellar: Another in the big guns we’re pulling out this week.  A gift.  A gift!  I am ready to receive more gifts!  I guess that’s what it’s like as staff down at the Wine Advocate, one gift after another.  Which is maybe why this scored 95 points?  Oh, yes, it was good, darn […]

  • Grgich Hills Chardonnay, 2008

    From the cellar: Just so damn good.  This is like when you dress up and feel like something that you’re not.  I have the Crockett and Jones shoes that Daniel Craig wore in Skyfall.  When I put on those shoes I feel like something I’m not, much grander, confident and by god do they feel […]

  • Famiglia Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008

    Potent.  Heavy.  Can bench press 200!  Although tasty, with a sharp blast of jammy, plummy fruit and vanilla, it also has a strident menthol slash cough drop undercurrent that hits your nose like a frozen popsicle.  Better with air, but not significantly better.  You can sense the oak then taste the oak then think about […]