Tag: Wine Spectator

  • Penfolds Bin 29 Kalimna Shiraz, 2018

    And so it goes, another year unfolds. From the cellar: A Wine Spectator top 100 from 2020 (#41 in fact), gifted under the tree last Christmas, this lay in our own cellar an additional year. I mean not since 1972, but still. 2021, the year so many of us gave up (on travel, on shopping, […]

  • Quinta do Noval Silval Vintage Port, 2007

    From the cellar: Here’s a bottle that got shoved to the back in the cellar.  We pulled it out almost by accident.  The Wine Spectator had given it 90 points and recommended it be drunk by 2016. Based solely on that professional intel we anticipated it to be fully past, an accident waiting to be […]

  • Champagne Tribaut Brut

    We never got to a celebratory bottle of champers at New Year’s.  My recollection is I was asleep before midnight!  The joys of being old. On the flip side we had champagne in January.  What did Ricky Gervais say in 2012 to the NYT journalist who contacted him at home on a weekday and saw […]

  • Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz, 2016

    Gosh, for a blog that brags about being anti-pointster, we sure do seem on a point-driven jag.  92 it is. Is it good wine?  Yes.  Is it good Shiraz? Yes; fruity, licorice, earthy, “all the usuals” if you will.  Truly, a typical and satisfying Oz Shiraz.  But: Is it ludicrously over the top alcoholic?  Yes, […]

  • Il Margone Chianti Classico, Gran Selezione, 2013

    Can you guess how many points the Wine Spectator scored this vintage?  As part of a minor celebration we splurged on some rather pricey Chianti (not much to get too excited about in 2020…).  Even with seven years under its belt, we felt it had some place to go, still. Gobs of acidity and light […]

  • 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 […]

  • Evel Real Companhia Velha, Douro, 2014

    Wine Spectator put it in their top 100 in 2016 and, thus, the bottle comes with a neck ribbon.  Somehow it wasn’t 89 points but 90 points and this is where we loathe the pointsters.  Yes, it’s good value, there is as the critics say juicy acidity, it’s warming on the tongue in that way […]

  • Rioja Conde Valdemar, Finca Alto Cantabria 2015

    Unique, unusual and yet delectable.  Not sure there is any other way to put it.  Viura, mainly, and some Verdejo.   A golden nectar, not as weighty as it appears, flinty on the nose but tropical on the tongue, a strong punch of coconut (think Hawaiian Tropic suntan oil) with other herbaceous flavours, light but […]

  • Domaines Dominique Piron Morgon, La Chanaise, 2015

    Plummy with a floral finish.  This is a young Gamay with gobs of acidity but somehow it all just works.  A little slight with red meat but full and delectable with cheesy pasta.  It drinks lighter and livelier than you might expect a Morgon, usually what I feel is the heaviest of Cru Beaujolais.  Put […]

  • Raats Original Chenin Blanc, 2014

    Depending on whom you rely on for points accountability, this is anywhere between an 88 and 92 pointer, with the Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator at opposite ends of the spectrum and Tanzer in between.  Which underscores more about how people think of Chenin Blanc than perhaps the subjective nature of wine scores.   It […]