Month: May 2015

  • Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay, 2013

    You’re watching Top Gear. Jeremy is reviewing a super car, something ridiculously over the top, say a Bugatti Veyron, or a McLaren 570S. A car you will never own. Even if you could afford it. But would love to own. It’s beautiful, fast, luxurious and very expensive. You would think he’d be having the time […]

  • Substance Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013

    Unusually good—like winning nine times at Roland Garros unusually good. This is a striking example of how brilliant an inexpensive red can be. This wins over and over and over. Chillingly good, layered and textured spices, both smooth like cinnamon and funky like cardamom, earthy notes against a pleasing but not oppressive oak, aggressively grape-y, […]

  • Evening Land Chardonnay, 2012

    Who would have thought a Sonoma Chardonnay could pass as a New Zealand Sauv Blanc? To which I only mean that this is an astringent, green and boisterous white without the characteristic oaken notes of California Chard, and with a bright zestiness that has none of the heavy cloying attributes you’d anticipate in new world […]

  • Domaine EARL George Vieilles Vignes Chablis, 2011

    More stone than stone fruit, very flinty, super-acidic, without much butter compensation even as it warms. A refreshing 12.5% alcohol with a light tart finish.   Price: Gifted.   Market Liquidity: An authentic and intriguing Chablis.  But not stellar.

  • Weingut Walter Buchegger, Moosburgerin Riesling, 2013

    Delectable. Stunningly accomplished. Gun metal, apple, citrus pith, kumquat, a tart acidic kick and a long blossom finish. Think Austria taking medal after medal on the slopes, then imagine a cheese plate by the fire and this lovely white.   Hugely satisfying; aperitif, food friendly, palate cleanser. It cost a few pennies but no regrets. […]