Month: March 2018

  • Ridge East Bench Zinfandel, 2012

    From the cellar: Who cellars Zin?  Not too many.  And as for Ridge, why even post another Ridge review?  Is there a bad bottle or two of Ridge, somewhere out in the universe?  A bad vintage?  A mistake in Monte Bello?   For no good reason we have a few of the LS lying in […]

  • L’Ecole No 41 Semillon, 2012

    From the cellar: We found the very last bottle.  We hung on as long as we could.  But then the temptation became too great. Glug.   Our first post about a L’Ecole Semillion was here, and after that we bought it in multiples, stashing them away; but as we got through several lying down we […]

  • Haywire Waters & Banks Sauvignon Blanc, 2015

    It has a little bit of the flint of Sancerre but not much.  It has a bit of the grassy wet hay of a Kiwi SB, but only in passing.  Blind it doesn’t even really resemble Sauvignon Blanc, at least the way it typically present, and on this some will have a deflated set of […]

  • Masseria Li Veli, Fiano, 2016

    A light and refreshing “summer sipper” which as spring arrives prematurely suits the urge for fresh asparagus alongside seafood.  Puglia churns out some unusual but really appealing simple wines, relatively easy on the budget and novel enough to warrant a second purchase; we are always up for a test run.   Metallic like pure Semillon, […]

  • Piekenierskloof “The Tea Leaf” Chenin Blanc Blend, 2016

    We love our Chenin; French, South African, Australian, bring it on.  We wanted to love this.  Low alcohol, screw cap, high altitude vines.  Maybe our predilection for the varietal and relatively unrealistic expectations were too much for the W. O. Piekenierskloof, because for us it was a bomb.   Bruised fruit.  Dry, brittle dry, earthy, […]