Month: January 2020

  • Jean-Luc Baldes Clos Triguedina ‘Probus’, Cahors, 2005

    From the cellar: And I thought Ginger Rogers had legs.  Yowza.   The first thing to remark upon is this is definitely a Malbec.  The second thing to say is this is definitely a Malbec.  However, and this is probably why wine drinkers like wine, this is absolutely not the coarse, crude or edgy new […]

  • Giovanni Rosso Langhe Nebbiolo, 2016

    I think Anthony Gismondi said that Cab Sauv drinkers should navigate towards Nebbiolo.  That was a Doh! moment for me; of course they should–why I’ve never said that myself is a conundrum…  I think, however, the acidity and tannins are not so similar, and while the average California Cab Sauv is “remarkable” from first sip, […]

  • Torbreck Woodcutter’s Shiraz, 2017

    Another gift from Santa.  I must have been a very good boy in 2019.   We are doubly familiar with the less expensive Grenache-Shiraz, easy to source, easy to drink, although have never bothered to post a review.  The Woodcutter’s Shiraz, a top 100 2019 wine over at the Wine Spectator (with the 93 point […]

  • Faustino Gran Reserva Rioja, 2006

    Look what Santa brought down the chimney? A very old bottle of Tempranillo.   A beautiful wine, quite up front, luscious on the palate with pronounced and perhaps a too assertive woodiness, gorgeous depth and nuanced on every sip.  It drank spectacularly but not cohesively with food.  It shone just on its own.  And it […]