Wine Reviews

Ratings Explained

84 & Below – Not Posted ‘cause we won’t drink it
85 + A good wine. Buy if the price is right
90 + A very good wine, in our humble opinion
95 + An awe inspiring wine – Possibly life altering

All wine reviews are based solely on the personal tastes of the authors.
Disclosure: Samples are designated by an “S” beside the wine reviewed.
We’re still objective. Robert Parker doesn’t buy his wines either

Jul 042014
J Vineyards Vin Gris 2013, Russian River Valley, CA, $20 (S) – Rating 90

J Vineyards Vin Gris 2013A lovely shade of salmon color with aromas of strawberry, bright cherry, raspberry and plenty of spice. A lush mouth-feel with crisp acidity offering flavors of cherry, strawberry, raspberry, red fruit and rhubarb combined with a long spicy finish. Enjoy solo or paired with light summer fare or grilled salmon Buy This Wine


Jul 022014
Gloria Ferrer Va de Vi Ultra Cuvée , Methode Champenoise, Sonoma, CA, $22 (S) – Rating 91

Gloria Ferrer Va de Vi Ultra CuvéeLoved it! A great price for this quality. Very effervescent with aromas of freshly baked brioche. A blend of Chardonnay, Chardonnay, and Muscat, slightly sweet on the palate with food pairing acidity. Flavors of apple and pear with a hint of brown sugar. A long enticing finish. Pair with soft rich cheeses or enjoy with dessert. Buy This Wine


Jul 022014
Silverado Vineyards Sangiovese Rosato 2013, Napa Valley, CA, $25 (S) – Rating 90

Silverado Vineyards Sangiovese Rosato 2013100% Sangiovese and a wonderfully refreshing patio wine. A nose of strawberry, raspberry, rhubarb and hints of pie crust. A subtle note of sweetness, a full mouth-feel and bright acidity give way to flavors of ripe raspberry, ripe strawberry, rhubarb and plenty of spice with a little raspberry on finish. Buy This Wine


Jul 022014
Bucher Vineyard Chardonnay 2013, Russian River Valley, CA, $28(S) – Rating 91

Bucher Vineyard Chardonnay 2013A beautifully balanced Chardonnay offering aromas of red apple, pear, spice and just a touch of toast. One the palate, a round mouth-feel balanced with juicy acidity. Flavors of red apple, pear, tropicals, baking spice and vanilla. The kindest hint of toasty oak on the finish. This wine offers all the elements of an excellent food pairing wine with enough robustness to enjoy alone. Buy This Wine

Jul 022014
Corley Reserve Pinot Noir 2011, Estate Grown, Napa Valley, CA, $60 (S) – Rating 89

Corley Reserve Pinot Noir 2011Napa is not known as a Pinot growing region but this Pinot works. A nose of cherry, blackberry offering hints of cola and smoke. A soft mouth-feel with silky tannins and mild acidity. Full fruit with flavors of cherry, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, dusty dark chocolate combine with a a complex earthiness.  Just a hint of smokiness in the finish. Buy This Wine