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 022014
Corley Reserve Chardonnay 2012, Estate Grown – Oak Knoll, Napa Valley, CA, $50 (S) – Rating 91

Corley Reserve Chardonnay 2012Rich and full bodied while maintaining some juicy acidity. Aromas of red apple, caramel, vanilla and a touch of spice. The palate is treated to flavors of red delicious apple, ripe pear, tropicals, wet stone minerality and baking spices. Hints of caramel on the long finish. Buy This Wine


Jun 172014
Volker Eisele Gemini 2012Volker Eisele Gemini 2012, White Wine, Napa Valley, CA, $25 (S) – Rating 90

A unique blend of 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc aged sur lie for 5 months in predominately gently used French oak. Very soft aromas on nose of honeydew melon, pineapple and citrus. The mild acidity leads to a soft creamy mouth-feel with flavors of honeydew melon, honeysuckle and citrus with tropical notes on the finish. Buy This Wine

Jun 172014
C Donatiello Chardonnay Rowen’s Vineyard 2012, Russian River Valley, CA, $38 – Rating 91

Aged for 10 months in French oak, this chardonnay is a real pleaser,C Donatiello Chardonnay Rowen's Vineyard 2012 offering a defined nose of baked red apple, cinnamon and pie spice. A round mouth-feel with balanced acidity. Flavors of ripe red apple, pear, ripe pineapple, Meyer lemon, Mexican vanilla and tropical notes. Citrus and minerality are focused in the finish. Buy This Wine

Jun 172014
J Vineyards Pinot Noir 2012J Vineyards Pinot Noir 2012, Estate Grown, Russian River Valley, CA, $37 (S) – Rating 92

A richer style of Pinot Noir showing off a nose of cherry and raspberry with notes of mocha and smoke. Subtle tannins and combined with bright acidity and a lush mouth-feel. On the palate, blueberry, raspberry and pomegranate. A pleasant hint of espresso in the finish. Buy This Wine


Jun 172014
Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay 2012Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay 2012, Sonoma County, CA, $23 (S) – Rating 90

Enticing aromas of freshly sliced apple and baking spice. A soft and slightly buttery mouth-feel with balanced acidity giving way to flavors of red apple, pear, white peach and tropicals with hints of butter and oaky vanilla. Tropical notes in the finish. Buy This Wine