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 022013
2010 Papapietro Perry Nunes Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, CA, $54 – Rating 93

They say wine is grown in the vineyard. It shows with this wine from Fred and Wendy Nunes’s Russian  River terroir-driven Pinot vineyard. Aromas abound of cherry, raspberry and brown baking spices. Juicy acidity and smooth tannins well suited for food pairing, offering flavors of cherry, blueberry, strawberry and spice with definite notes of cinnamon in the long finish. A wine worth pondering. Buy This Wine

Dec 022013
2010 Bohème English Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, CA, $49 (S) – Rating 93

A blend of four clones, Dijon 115 & 667, Vosne, Romanee and Calera – each farmed, harvested and fermented separately, then aged two years in neutral French Oak barrels. The nose is plush with aromas of dark fruit, ripe raspberry and black tea. An elegant Pinot Noir ,with both mouth watering acidity and a round mouth-feel. The palate is enticed with flavors of cherry, raspberry, red fruit and lots of spice. Notes of black tea in the finish adds complexity. But This Wine

Dec 022013
2010 Lede Family Wines Cliff Lede Vineyards Claret, Napa Valley, CA, $45 – Rating 92

A delicious blend of 45% Cab, 32% Merlot, 18% Malbec, 3% Cab Franc, 2% Petite Verdot. Rich aromas of smoky cherry, ripe plum and a bit of raspberry brightness. Soft and elegant tannins with juicy acidity on the palate offering flavors of cherry and dark red fruit.  Hints of strawberry, cola, smoke and leather to add to the complexity. Buy This Wine

Nov 202013

2012 Giordano Piemonte “Maestri Italiani” Chardonnay d.o.c., Italy, $14 (S) – Rating 90

A very balanced Chardonnay. Aged Sur-Lie with just the slightest hint of oak to round out the edges but not to overwhelm. From the Piedmont Region of northwest Italy. Soft aromos waft from the glass of red apples and baking spice. On the palate, expect an elegant and plush mouth-feel with a hint of acidity. Flavors of red apple, baking spice, tropicals and a touch of pineapple on the finish. Buy this Wine

Nov 202013
2011 Giordano Roero Arneis Vendemmia , Piedmont, Italy, $ – Rating 89

A beautiful white wine with a soft nose of citrus and some floral notes. A luxuriously soft mouth-feel with balanced acidity. Flavorful yet lean with notes of red delicious apple, citrus and spice. A touch of honeysuckle completes the finish.  Great to pair with lighter fare or as a patio sipper. Definite crowd pleaser with lower (13%) alcohol than many. Buy This Wine