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

Dec 162013
2010 Trione Vineyard & Winery Pinot Noir, River Road Ranch, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA, $35 (S) – Rating 90

A  plush, fruit forward Pinot Noir that will delight most any Pinot lover. Aromas of cherry, plum and a hint of smoke. Soft on the palate with subtle tannins and delicate acidity. Round flavors of cherry, blackberry, pie spice and raspberry. Notes of cola on the finish. Buy This Wine

Dec 082013
2012 William Chris Vineyards Sangiovese, Texas Hill Country, $42  (S) – Rating 89

Texas wines have come a long way with William and Chris often leading the pack. Sangiovese does very well in the Lone Star State and this is an excellent example. An intriguing nose of smoke, cherry and chocolate is the prelude to a fruit driven wine with soft tannins and juicy food-pairing acidity. On the palate, flavors of cherry, strawberry, raspberry and campfire smoke complimented by notes of espresso on the finish. Buy This Wine

Dec 082013
2008 Canard Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, $55 (S) – Rating 91

Has all the characteristics of a very good Napa Valley Cabernet. Estate grown valley floor fruit with a lush aromas of black cherry, pie crust and cinnamon. Muscular on the palate with juicy acidity and balanced tannins. Flavor notes of dark cherry, blueberry, plum, brown spice and cinnamon with notes of cacao on the finish. Think juicy prime rib or dark chocolate for food pairing. Buy This Wine

Dec 052013
2010 Silver Buckle Cellars Ranchero Red, Central Coast, CA, $20 (S) – Rating 88

A great go-to red for that next BBQ or pizza party. Look for this wine on sale…sometimes under $15. Blended from Syrah, Merlot and Malbec with a nose of cherry, plum and spice. A soft mouth-feel with just touch of acidity and smooth tannins. Flavors of dark berries, black cherry, spice and dark chocolate. Notes of espresso and cinnamon on the finish. Buy This Wine

Dec 052013
2009 Trione Vineyards & Winery Geyerville Ranch Red Wine, Alexander Valley Appellation,  CA, $48 (S) – Rating 92

This classic Bordeaux blend of 69% Cabernet, 12% Merlot, 7% Petite Verdot, 6 % Malbec and 6% Cab Franc is elegantly powerful with a delicious balance of fruit, acidity and jaminess. Decant for 30-45 minutes for full flavor development. Enticingly rich nose with abundant aromas of ripe dark fruit, spice and blueberry with notes of dark chocolate and espresso. Soft yet apparent tannins with layered flavors of dark cherry, plum brown spice and blueberry. Notes of espresso in the long finish. Buy This Wine